Douglas Martin, C.S.P.
Corporate Safety Director
Doug Martin has extensive experience in all areas of safety in the heavy civil construction industry. Mr. Martin earned a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska and an M.B.A. from the University of Denver. He holds both Associate in Risk Management (ARM) and Certified Safety Professional (C.S.P.) certifications.
Mr. Martin joined Barnard in 2007 having previously developed, implemented, trained, and monitored a complete safety program for a large regional contractor. He conducts similar duties at our Home Office as well as for our projects in the field. His position involves regular training visits to project sites and reporting to agencies. His work history provides a valuable combination of safety, insurance, and risk management work. He is seasoned at working with owners and regulators as well as engineers and crews.
Tina M. Shepard
Tina Shepard has more than 25 years of experience in all aspects of equipment management, from purchasing, leasing, and selling to maintenance and mobilization. She joined the Barnard Companies in 2003 after honing her expertise and developing contacts with vendors around the globe while working with the Washington Companies. She has completed coursework in fleet management, personnel management, and effective negotiating techniques.
At Barnard, Ms. Shepard oversees 200-plus pieces of heavy machinery, a large crusher plant operation, and a broad range of smaller equipment. She is our contact for those interested in purchasing or selling heavy equipment. Our fleets range from equipping a gas pipeline crew of up to 350 on a six-month project, to the longer-term establishment of a state-of-the-art aggregate processing operation. She also contributes equipment cost information to Barnard’s estimating teams.
Human Resources Director
Ron Holden’s 10 years in training, recruiting, and refining organizational policy for the North Dakota State Highway Patrol translated nicely to his position heading up Human Resources for the Barnard Companies. Mr. Holden’s range of expertise ensures that Barnard’s employees receive generous benefits and comply with the most current industry regulations. He actively recruits exceptional students as new hires and for our internship program and seeks to fill key positions. He serves as Barnard’s Ethics Compliance Officer, ensuring that our Ethics Policy and Program are current, effective and enforced. His role at Barnard also involves continual training at jobsites and the Home Office and oversight of drug testing in the field.
Mr. Holden earned a B.S. in Criminal Justice from Minot State University and a Master’s in Management from the University of Mary. He served a total of 28 ½ years in the N.D. Highway Patrol before moving to our Home Office in Montana.
Corporate Environmental Director
Eight of Kathi Jenkins’ 15 years in the environmental engineering field have been focused on the construction industry. Ms. Jenkins earned a B.S. in Environmental Engineering from Montana Tech of the University of Montana in 1997. Early in her career, she worked for small environmental engineering consulting firms in three states. In her role as Corporate Environmental Director at Barnard, she oversees the company’s environmental concerns, policies and programs, including direct involvement with each project, both in training and research for Best Practices as well as compliance with local, state and federal regulations. She works with estimating teams and onsite project management to ensure that environmental concerns are considered with paramount importance, side-by-side with safety and quality. She is the contact for those who have an environmental concern, be it a potential project with a complex environmental consideration, or a Project Engineer assigned to a project with a commitment to protecting the environment.
Prior to moving into the Corporate Environmental Director position, Ms. Jenkins worked for Barnard in the field as an Environmental Engineer for the Owens Lake Dust Mitigation Program, the Saluda Dam Remediation Project, and the Round Butte Dam Selective Water Withdrawal Project. Over the last 12 years, the Owens Lake Program has required implementation of significant environmental mitigation measures as well as the daunting task of protecting the Snowy Plover, a California State Protected Species. During multiple phases of work, Ms. Jenkins provided training for each person onsite at Owens Lake, crew size exceeding 250 at various times. At Saluda and Round Butte dams, she served as the Environmental Engineer, performing tasks related to monitoring, documenting and maintaining excellent environmental stewardship.
Information Technology and Services Director
Mr. Lundberg has spent the last 12 years keeping multi-faceted, multi-location organizations current and connected through the latest technology. His current position at the Barnard Companies encompasses directing an IT department that outfits and trains more than 150 engineers, crews, and support and administrative personnel with accounting, material tracking, Microsoft Office, Windows and Primavera software. The department also is responsible for the LAN and WAN networks, including a converged voice and data network. In addition, the department continually establishes and maintains remote networks each time Barnard opens a new field office. He also participates in facilities planning and operations, and assists in negotiating and estimating for the IT portions of new contracts.
Joining Barnard in 2001, Mr. Lundberg has ensured that our staff is working with the most productive design, budgeting and scheduling tools available. He holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering with a Computer Engineering option from Montana State University.
In her role as Estimating Manager, Kelly Pavlik oversees the Estimating Department and coordinates the myriad of activities required to bid multiple projects at one time. Her job includes implementing systemwide upgrades to our Sharpe Estimating program and maintaining the Document Exchange segment of the website. She also manages dissemination of bid information to team participants in-house as well as to potential subcontractors and suppliers. She trains, both formally and informally, new hires and interns assigned to Estimating, among other duties.
Ms. Pavlik earned a B.S. in General Engineering with a Civil Option from Montana Tech in Butte, Montana. While in school, she worked as an intern on takeoffs and material management for a large General Contractor in California. Upon first joining Barnard as a Project Engineer in 2003, she worked on a water transmission pipeline project in Colorado. Afterward, she began work in various areas within the Estimating Department. She was promoted to Estimating Manager in 2008.
Jean Conover joined the Barnard Companies as our Marketing Director in 2012. In this position, her work encompasses managing the Marketing Department in creation and production of prequalifications, proposals, and other responses to Owner’s requests for information as well as more traditional marketing materials such as Barnard’s website, brochures, trade show materials and advertising.
Ms. Conover comes to Barnard from Montana State University’s Museum of the Rockies, where she served as Marketing Director. Her prior experience also includes business development for a web-based media agency, design manager for a publisher of educational materials, and graphic design for the University of Texas at Austin. She earned a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is a past President of the American Marketing Association’s Austin, Texas, Chapter.
Erik Kirsch, P.E., P.L.S.
Erik Kirsch’s advanced training and 16 years of experience in the fields of surveying and computer aided drafting (CAD) benefit project Owners and our employees alike. Mr. Kirsch joined Barnard Construction immediately after earning a degree in Construction Engineering Technology in 1998 from Montana State University. He surveyed on multiple projects in the field prior to moving into the Home Office to oversee drafting and quantity takeoff activities on all types of heavy civil construction projects. After earning his Professional Engineer certification in 2006, Mr. Kirsch left Barnard briefly to gain further experience in the design field and pursue licensure as a Professional Land Surveyor. He worked on several municipal design projects and subdivision developments in addition to performing land boundary surveys before rejoining Barnard as our Survey/CAD Manager in 2009.
In this position, his responsibilities include training and oversight of company design standards in areas of AutoCAD drafting and field survey techniques. He provides project-based training to staff engineers in the areas of construction layout, GPS instrumentation, topographic surveys, quantity measurement, 3-D terrain modeling, alignment design, quality control, and as-built preparation.
Director of Development
As Director of Development, Mr. Merselis is responsible for Barnard’s investments in the acquisition and development of real estate properties. Mr. Merselis brings to this new position more than 25 years of experience in this field.
After earning a B.S. in Business Economics from the University of Arizona, Mr. Merselis’ career in real estate included leading commercial development subsidiaries for H.F. Ahmanson’s Home Savings of America and Watt Industries in Southern California, followed by his management of Lowe Enterprises’ pension fund advisor’s entity in Phoenix, Arizona. Mr. Merselis has been involved in acquiring, managing and developing real estate assets including: commercial office; industrial; hospitality; and master-planned residential communities in the Western U.S. Mr. Merselis has held NASD, insurance and real estate licenses in California and Arizona. He has also been a member of the Urban Land Institute, the Real Estate Investment Advisory Council, and the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.