26 years of Progressive Leadership Experience
Bennett Donaldson, President of J.B. Donaldson Company, is a 4th generation builder. He founded J.B. Donaldson Company after spending his entire career in the construction industry. He began his “education” as a laborer for his father’s construction company. As time passed, he moved into superintendent and project management positions before finally branching out on his own in 1997. This lifetime of construction experience has exposed Bennett to all aspects of the construction process and ultimately became the cornerstone of the comprehensive construction, design-build business he proudly oversees today. Bennett is a high-energy manager, successful in building, motivating dynamic teams and cultivating a company culture in which staff members feel comfortable voicing questions and concerns, as well as contributing new ideas that drive company growth. He is a results-focused management professional offering 25 years of progressive leadership experience. Bennett transforms high-potential staff into outstanding leaders who demonstrate the creativity and savvy that is critical to financial, operations success, and providing client with facilities they require.
23 years of Interior Design
Karen is an award-winning Design Consultant who manages large-scale commercial interior projects. She is successful at listening to the needs of the client and collaborating on a creative vision. She is an innovative thinker who customizes each space in a unique way, with visually appealing and inspiring designs to meet the clients goals. Karen is skilled at finding cost-effective solutions and materials while creating excellent space plans, elevations and designs for all commercial projects, including Preliminary Floor Plan programming.
24 years of Real Estate Development Experience
Clay is an accomplished real estate and construction lawyer who has helped numerous clients successfully navigate industrial, office, retail, multifamily and residential development projects. Clay is an energetic real estate executive with experience in many aspects of commercial real estate, including: development, law, management, construction, acquisitions, dispositions and leasing. Clay has an undergraduate degree (B.A.) and a law degree (J.D.) from the University of Michigan. Clay is a member of the State Bar of Michigan and serves on the council for its Real Property Law Section. Clay is also a Michigan Real Estate Broker.
40 Years of Construction Experience
Joe “Cool” has been working in the construction industry for over 42 years. He has held many positions during his tenure, starting as a laborer and worked his way up to the Superintendent Manager. Joe oversees a staff of Superintendents to help ensure that the projects are running smoothly. Joe is responsible for the management of all field activities including organizing schedules, monitoring progress towards milestones, and maintains safety requirements are met on every project.
Kristen is new to the construction industry and brings expert experience to the JBD teams administrative needs. Her background is in the Hospitality Industry, where she worked as an Executive Assistant for many years. Kristen assists the team with administrative duties such as processing invoices, close out documentation, making sure subcontractors have updated insurance requirements, and providing a high level of customer service.
18 years Business, Billing and Contract Management
Jen is a skilled financial professional with practical management experience. At J.B. Donaldson Company, she oversees large and complex projects, while maintaining high team morale and energy. She is experienced in A/P processes and managing vendor relations, while diligently managing various contracts, billing, AIA, sworn statements and waiver protocols to ensure company success and client satisfaction.
Prior to joining the JBD Team in March of 2020, Scott has had several years of experience as a Project Engineer. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University in Public Policy. Scott assists the Project Managers in permitting, cost management/budgets, and project scheduling. One of Scott’s career highlights was working on the Orchard Lake Country Club Renovation since he is an avid golfer.
36 years of Construction and Development Experience
Scott has over 30 years in the construction Industry and also has held his Michigan builders license since 1992. Throughout his career, Scott has worn many hats including Director of Field Operations, Lead Estimator, Project Manager, Senior Project Manager and Project Executive. He has worked in many areas of the construction industry including Commercial Retail, Office, Health Care, Education, Non-Profits and Industrial. With the time that Scott has put into his career, he has gained many strengths allowing him to bring his projects to completion successfully. Conceptual estimating, Plan and Specification Estimating, Project procurement, Project presentation, contract negotiations, Contract and Scope writing, Scheduling, Situation Solutions and excellent organizational skills.
25 years of Construction and Project Management Experience
Prior to graduating from Eastern Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management, Bob served in the United States Air Force. Through his extensive professional background, he has completed projects all over the country for some of the largest national brands. Bob is responsible for estimating projects, contract negotiations, qualifying subcontractors, scheduling, and project development. His years of estimating and successfully turning over challenging projects has made him an asset to the JBD team. Bob’s upbeat and playful personality is key in maintaining project relationships.
24 years of Construction and Project Management Experience
With over 18 years of construction experience, Chris began by installing the underground conduit that powered the old Wonder Bread factory and now powers the Motor City Casino. With projects in over 30 states, he has completed work on light industrial buildings, 700-unit multi-family apartment buildings, retail buildings, country clubs and high-rise renovations for fortune 500 companies. Chris has worked in various capacities, including superintendent, field manager and project manager for companies such as Milzow Builders, Acme Enterprises, PCI and Edward Rose and Sons. Chris managed construction projects for GM, Ally Financial, Ulta Beauty, BCBS Michigan and Walmart. His experience, along with a B.A. Degree in Project Management, give him a solid understanding of differing construction approaches and help him think outside the box to provide exceptional results to his clients.
Brenden is new to JB Donaldson’s team and brings 10 plus year’s experience in various construction related trades. As a Project Engineer for the multifamily division of JBD, Brenden can be found in the office where he is responsible for issuing contracts, pricing materials, and keeping track of all the important details for each job, ensuring every detail makes it from concept and planning to the field for construction. Occasionally, Brenden can also be found in the field where he assists the site superintendents’ with field needs and coordination.