Get to know some of the remarkable people that make our company’s work possible.
Doua Xiong, Journeyman Carpenter
Doua immigrated to the United States from Thailand as a child and was the first in his family to learn the carpentry trade. Today, his ten-year old son aspires to follow in his footsteps. Doua recently completed an elevator core as part of an expansion project at the Ordway Theater in St. Paul, Minnesota – the third major theater project he’s helped build in his ten years with McGough.
Charlie Burns, Cement Finisher Foreman
Charlie’s role running McGough’s “curb crew” plays perfectly to his passions, providing him a wide variety of experiences and problem-solving opportunities. The nature of this specialty trade has allowed him to work on hundreds of McGough projects in his 15 years with the company, where he started as a laborer and continues to seize growth opportunities that reflect his tremendous expertise and commitment to quality.
Gregg Siemsen, Carpenter Foreman
Growing up with several uncles who worked in the trades inspired Gregg to pursue a career in construction. In his ten years with McGough, Gregg has played key roles on many complex projects across a wide variety of sectors thanks to his exceptional expertise, ingenuity, and collaborative mind-set. His most memorable accomplishments are the byproducts of great teamwork.
Heriberto “Eddie” Aguilar, Cement Finisher
Working safely and working with high-caliber people are among Heriberto “Eddie” Aguilar’s greatest professional passions. When a friend attempted to recruit him to McGough two-and-a-half years ago, it was the company’s culture that ultimately sold him on the transition. In between his work on some of McGough’s corporate office projects, Eddie regularly travels to spend time with family in his Mexico hometown.
Steve Brettschneider, Journeyman Carpenter
A member of McGough’s warehouse prefabrication team, Steve plays an important role in optimizing the speed, cost, and quality of the company’s projects through lean construction processes. He also finds great reward in his role as a mentor to many junior employees, sharing the expertise and wisdom he has acquired through his 35 years in the trade – just as his father, also a carpenter, did for him as a young child.
Mark Petricka, Crane Operator
Each construction project presents unique challenges, and Mark always rises to the occasion … literally. Along with 30-plus years of experience operating crane and other major construction equipment, he credits his steady hand and level head with equipping him to navigate project conditions of all types – from tight sites to windy conditions to overnight work – with safety and precision as he works from hundreds of feet up in the air.
Nick Joki, Apprentice Laborer
Two years ago, Nick decided to follow in his father’s footsteps by taking up a career in construction and has been learning the ropes of the business as a versatile apprentice. He takes great pride in the caliber of training and quality standards involved in his work and looks forward to continuing to grow his career with McGough.
Charlie McGough, Field Superintendent
Charlie’s passion for construction goes far beyond his company connection as a grandson of one of McGough’s six founding brothers. After working as a laborer through his school years – like many of the men of the five generations before him – Charlie pursued a full-time career in construction and has worked his way up to operations leadership, thriving on the camaraderie and problem-solving inherent to the construction business.
Cynthia Aguilera, Journeyman Carpenter
A decade ago, Cynthia seized the opportunity to explore a new career through a WomenVenture program and was pleasantly surprised to find her calling in carpentry. Now a journeyman carpenter with McGough for four-and-a-half years, Cynthia thrives on the satisfaction of seeing the fruits of her hard work at the end of the day and values the example her accomplishments set for her three children.
Lynn Hoffman, Field Superintendent
Growing up on a rural farm instilled in Lynn the work ethic that led him to work his way up from carpenter to superintendent during his 25-year career with McGough. In that time, as well as in his 15 years in the business prior to that, Lynn has contributed to or led the construction of over 50 buildings – from healthcare to multi-family residential to industrial projects and more – throughout his home state of Minnesota.
Leigh Nordstrom, Journeyman Carpenter
Despite growing up the only girl in a family with six brothers, Leigh never felt the odd man out. Like all six of her brothers, her father, and eventually, her husband, she found calling in carpentry and, for the last 18 years, has made it her career. New to McGough in early 2013, she revels in how quickly she finds a different kind of “family” in her colleagues as they pull together to bring great buildings to life.