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Holly Lifke

Chief Human Resources Officer & Executive Vice President

As executive vice president of human resources, Holly leads our human resources strategy. She oversees talent management, succession planning, performance management, process development and improvement, training and development, organizational effectiveness, compensation and benefits and labor relations.

She also plays a critical role as a member of the strategic planning team, helping shape the future of human resources to align with all organizational strategies, like making sure Boldt achieves and promotes a diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace.

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David Thomack


David is a 30-year veteran of the construction industry who joined Boldt in 2005 and now serves as President. David has led successful transformational projects for owners across the country—including CPMC/Sutter Health, San Francisco Airport, the University of Wisconsin – Madison and Sacred Heart/St. Mary’s Health System. His construction background includes commercial, public sector, healthcare, aviation, and science and technology.

David’s experience with operational excellence, strategic visioning, process implementation and Integrated Lean Project Delivery® has made him a leader in creating and managing successful, collaborative teams in the construction industry.

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Stacy Robben

Chief Marketing Officer & Executive Vice President

Stacy leads enterprise business development and marketing initiatives, focusing on client development, brand strategy and positioning. She oversees company strategies, communication and creative marketing efforts to drive innovation and adapt to an ever-changing landscape.

Over the past 30 years, Stacy has held business development and marketing positions at leading professional service firms in the built environment. She has a pulse on the current construction market and knows how to strategically use that insight to build strong relationships and drive growth in Boldt’s key market segments.

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Ben Bruns

Vice President of Modular

Ben is responsible for leading the growth of Boldt’s modular business geographically and across industry sectors. He leads business development initiatives to promote the distinct advantages of Boldt’s innovative modular solutions. This includes the STAAT MOD®® prefabricated ICU modular building product that is helping to transform the healthcare industry’s construction projects.

Ben has more than two decades of knowledge and experience in business development, jobsite project management and engineering. He leads with an emphasis on innovation, Lean fundamentals, continuous improvement and an uncompromising focus on safety. Ben is passionate about building long-term relationships with clientele across the country.

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Jay Grosskopf

General Manager—Technical Services & Executive Vice President

Jay leads Boldt Technical Services, backed by more than 40 years of experience in the construction industry. He leads Boldt’s in-house team of architects and engineers, providing design and construction technology services to our operating groups and partners, as well as design, programming and design management services to our clients. Since joining Boldt in 1988, Jay has delivered many successful projects with the highest level of client satisfaction.

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Jeff Shipley

Chief Operating Officer

Jeff leads construction operations across The Boldt Company, bringing a hands-on approach to leadership, disciplined project controls, Lean construction expertise and a passion for people and safety. He serves in an integral role at Boldt as the company continues to grow its footprint in the healthcare, power, industrial, education, automotive and commercial markets.

Prior to assuming the role of COO, Shipley led Boldt’s San Francisco, Sacramento, Oklahoma City and Detroit offices. Collectively, he has nearly 20 years’ experience in the industry. A native of Edmond, Okla., Shipley earned a bachelor’s degree in construction science from the University of Oklahoma.

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Maribeth Achterberg

Chief Information Officer

Maribeth is a seasoned professional with a stellar track record in IT and leadership. Her active participation in tech community, coupled with her role as a published author and speaker, underscores her multifaceted expertise.

In her role at Boldt, Maribeth is set to amplify technological innovation, ensuring operational efficiency and effectiveness.

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John Heck

General Manager—National Power and Industrial & Executive Vice President

John leads Boldt’s National Power and Industrial division, overseeing operations for some of our most technical and specialized projects, nationwide. With more than 35+ years of experience with Boldt, John brings a depth and diversity of experience in construction, and a strong reputation for promoting internal continuous improvement and achieving consistent client satisfaction.

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Jake Ruatti

Chief Financial Officer

Jake leads all of Boldt’s accounting and financial functions. He manages the audit committee, adds oversight for tax & treasury and is a trustee of the retirement plans.

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Doug Dulin

Vice President of Strategy

Doug is responsible forshaping and advancing processes that influence The Boldt Group’s short- and long-term strategy. He provides oversight for our Operational Excellence program as well as the continued development of the Boldt Business System, which includes our Management System, Operating and People Systems. A multi-talented leader with an exemplarytrack recordin both manufacturing and healthcare industries, Doug enables our operating groups to deliver consistent, high-quality projects with drastically reduced time and material waste over industry standards.

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Emily Haupt

Vice President of Talent Strategies

As the Vice President of Talent Strategies, Emily develops Boldt’s talent roadmap focused on attracting, developing, and retaining the industry’s top talent. With a strong business sense, combined with a communication and corporate talent development background, she provides the elevated level of expertise needed to oversee a dynamic and diverse strategic plan. Her unique professional background helps develop a sustainable workplace environment that educates, engages, encourages inclusive behaviors, and motivates Boldt’s complex workforce.

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Mark Nolta

Vice President of Corporate Estimating

Mark joined Boldt as Vice President of Corporate Estimating and Preconstruction with 36 years of varied experience in estimating, structural engineering, design coordination, and construction administration. In his current role, he facilitates excellence in estimating and preconstruction services across Boldt’s operations.  This includes management of a core team of individuals ready to support all Operating Groups.  Mark works with project teams to prepare the deliverables required to set projects up for success. This includes all aspects of construction costs, material availability, document and constructability review, subcontractor scope and experience evaluation, construction schedules and logistics.  He also oversees implementation of all technology used during Preconstruction, especially VDC.

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Jeff Niesen

Executive Vice President of Strategic Projects

Jeff is responsible for overall business leadership, including pre-construction, construction management, value engineering, planning, contract administration and safety programs. He works with the project principal, integrated teams and all areas of his staff to make sure we are delivering projects to maximum satisfaction for each owner.

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Will Lichtig

Chief Innovation Officer & Executive Vice President

Will is a nationally recognized leader in the Lean and integrated project delivery methods. He has been at the forefront in developing our Integrated Lean Project Delivery® (ILPD) process. His drive for innovation and reliable commitment to continuous improvement, lean processes and problem solving make Will a vital member of the Boldt team.

Will works with Boldt teams to develop and implement Lean processes for target value design, lean production planning and control, built-in quality, lean problem-solving and other innovative approaches to project delivery. Will shares his experience and lean project delivery knowledge to coach Boldt project leaders on the skills required to implement these innovative methods.

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Steve Schultz

Executive Vice President of Special Projects at The Boldt Group

Steve’s role entails coaching and mentoring General Managers new to their positions in The Boldt Company’s operating groups. This taps Steve’s expertise in people development and collaboration including preparing others to perform at the highest level.  

Before assuming this role, Steve most recently led Boldt’s operations and office locations in Minnesota and brings 30+ years of construction experience with the company to his work.     

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Klas Berghede

Vice President of Production and Innovation

Klas is a leader in industrialized construction, Integrated Lean Project Delivery® and prefabrication/modular construction. Throughout his 10+-year career with Boldt, Klas has helped lead the development of our innovative prefabrication manufacturing capability, pushing Boldt to the forefront of the industry in prefabrication and modular construction. He works closely with Boldt clients and project teams to help develop prefabrication plans that align with the clients’ needs, implementing the solutions in the field, and overseeing the prefabrication production.

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Jason Krueger

Vice President and General Manager, Minnesota Operations

Jason leads the operations for Boldt’s Minnesota offices in Rochester, Minneapolis and Cloquet as well as its Eau Claire ,Wis. office. He is a seasoned veteran of the construction industry, with an established track record of managing large, complex projects in diverse sectors, from healthcare to heavy industrial. Jason has played a key role in Boldt’s introduction to the highly specialized proton therapy market, establishing Boldt as a national leader in proton therapy equipment installation.

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Steve Lind

General Manager of Western Operations and Vice President

As Vice President and General Manager for Boldt’s western operations, Steve is responsible for the financial success and growth strategies of our Sacramento and San Francisco offices. Since joining Boldt in 2006, Steve has held a variety of roles, with including financial management for large, complex projects in the healthcare, higher education, commercial and industrial market sectors. His experience with process implementation and integrated project delivery has made him a leader in establishing successful collaborative teams.

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Rob Branyan

Vice President of Labor Relations

As Vice President of Labor Relations, Rob directly supervises all aspects of Boldt’s labor relations program including planning, developing, coordinating, and implementing labor relations policies and procedures, which include negotiating contracts and achieving bargaining goals. As a strategic business partner for union and workforce development, Rob leads diverse craft staffing initiatives and provides creative solutions where labor relations shortages and challenges exist. Rob’s experience comes from three decades of collective bargaining on both the contractor and union side as well as previously holding numerous Union positions.

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Melanie Taylor

Vice President of Modular Manufacturing

Melanie holds a key leadership role in furthering Boldt’s impact in the industrialized construction space. She leads the modular manufacturing process, ensuring the timeliness, safety, productivity, speed and quality with which Boldt delivers industry-leading modular solutions.

Since joining Boldt in 2005, Melanie has developed and cemented a reputation as a forward-thinking leader, embracing innovation and promoting collaborative team environments. Having demonstrated strong leadership and mastery of various delivery methods, especially CMAR and IPD, across multiple sectors and geographies, she has shown herself to be a dedicated promoter of Lean construction, a savvy problem solver, and a fierce advocate for clients’ goals. These strong suits are well-aligned with the innovative manufacturing practices and environment she leads in modular.

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John Huggett

Vice President – Central Operations

An exceptional communicator and strategist, John leads project execution and general strategy for Boldt’s Central Operations offices in the Madison, Chicago and Milwaukee markets. His vision and construction experience helps create understanding and alignment across both groups. The result is a team that is engaged and aligned toward a single goal — exceeding expectations. From financial management to on-site safety and quality programs, John helps teams foresee and avoid pitfalls, recognize opportunities, and maintain focus.

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Randy Haak

Chief Legal Officer

As Chief Legal Officer, Randy will lead The Boldt Group on all corporate legal matters, including corporate structure, ethics programs, insurance and governance, the Boldt ESOP, mergers and acquisitions, risk training, mentoring and licensing.

Randy brings with him a wide range of legal counsel experience with a concentration on construction law, banking and finance law, and employment and discrimination law. He has been lead counsel on more than 25 bank mergers and acquisitions, and advised employers on a wide variety of personnel matters and regulatory compliance issues and has negotiated many employment contracts.

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Nathan Johnson

General Counsel

As General Counsel, Nathan has primary responsibility for legal matters pertaining to the company’s operations including oversight and support of Boldt’s project and commercial contracts, joint ventures, project claims, and litigation matters.

Additionally, he will provide strategic support on various company initiatives related to Boldt’s risk management function and other corporate strategic initiatives.

The Boldt Group Board of Directors: Tom Boldt – Chairman, Bob DeKoch, Randy Haak, Jim Rossmeissl, Dave Kievet