Chairman of the Board
Barnard Construction Company, Inc.
Barnard of Nevada, Inc.
Barnard Environmental, Inc.
Barnard of Canada, Inc.
Barnard of Australia, Pty Ltd.
Barnard de Mexico, Inc.
In 1975, Tim Barnard moved to Montana with an idea that he could start his own construction company. He had $1,000, two shovels, a pick, and all of his worldly possessions in the cab of his pickup. His grandmother loaned him the $3,500 to cover his first bond on a $17,000 project. Since then, he’s never looked back. Mr. Barnard’s knowledge of the heavy civil industry has been gained through first-hand experience in the field and the boardroom.
Today, he continues to be involved with all major decisions in an organization that has always focused on unique and challenging projects. These remain the mainstay of our business. Tim’s first job in construction had him working in a ditch at age 15 with the family-owned business. It was there that he learned to respect hard-working men and women. This respect permeates his business today. He has always insisted on a corporate culture that treats all with dignity and respect, and builds all projects with safe, quality work, a culture in which the company as a whole is committed to doing what we say we’ll do.
Mr. Barnard received an Honorary Doctorate from Montana State University in 2011 in recognition of his lifetime professional achievement and service to community. He attended Villanova University, Gonzaga University in Florence, Italy, and Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan. Mr. Barnard has served on numerous boards. Currently, he serves on the Gonzaga University Board of Trustees. He and his wife, Mary, support numerous charitable and educational organizations.
Jeff L. Higgins
Chief Executive Officer
As CEO, Jeff Higgins is involved with all major decisions in an organization that encompasses affiliates in Canada and Australia, in the, transmission, tunneling, oil and gas, and telecommunications industries in addition to his work in dams, reservoirs, hydro, utilities and environmental projects. He has nearly 30 years of experience in the construction industry, 22 of them with Barnard. Under his leadership, Barnard has significantly broadened its scope of work while focusing on remote, difficult, and unique projects.
Mr. Higgins began estimating for Barnard Construction while earning a degree in Construction Engineering Technology at Montana State University. His range of expertise in the field covers all methods of dam, reservoir, and hydropower construction and rehabilitation, including roller-compacted concrete (RCC) and earthfill dams. One of his projects, the Saluda Dam Rehabilitation Project, earned three national awards, not only because it was completed safely, on time and on budget, but also because it encompassed finding creative solutions to unusual challenges through value engineering.
In addition to dams and reservoirs, his experience includes large-diameter pipelines, concrete structures, and electric transmission. He has worked in all types of conditions across the country and negotiated with owners, engineers and joint venture partners outside the U.S. as well. He has experience in alternative contracts, including Construction Manager at Risk. And he is committed to the Partnering process.
Paul A. Franzen
As President, Paul Franzen is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Barnard Companies. Mr. Franzen has more than 30 years of experience in the heavy civil construction industry. He joined Barnard in 1990 and was promoted to President of Barnard Construction in 2000. Mr. Franzen oversees the management and development of Barnard Construction, from negotiating new contracts and developing and implementing long-range plans, to routinely visiting project sites, participating in Partnering meetings and constructability reviews, interviewing potential new employees, and contributing to annual reviews of our in-house talent. He is closely involved in the Partnering process and our relationships with project owners. His experience in alternative contracting methods ensures that from the outset we embark on projects that will meet each owner’s needs. The Barnard Companies have experienced steady growth and expansion into new areas under his leadership.
Mr. Franzen actually began with Barnard by interning while earning a degree in Construction Engineering Technology from Montana State University, where he graduated with highest honors. MSU’s College of Engineering recently honored him with a Distinguished Alumni Award. His career has taken him from working as a laborer, carpenter and equipment operator to overseeing safety, quality, value engineering, scheduling and personnel. His areas of expertise first encompassed water and wastewater pipelines, and pumping facilities and later expanded into dam construction and rehabilitation, hydro power, oil and gas pipelines, environmental, tunneling and electric transmission work.
Joseph P. Nelson
Vice President/Operations Manager
Joe Nelson has 40 years of experience in the heavy civil industry. He worked his way up the ladder, from driving trucks, to work in the field, to estimating, to managing all of these details and the personnel who currently tackle them. Mr. Nelson joined Barnard 29 years ago and has been instrumental in developing the firm we are today. He has extensive training in the technical and management aspects of the industry in addition to the degree in Construction Engineering Technology he earned with honors from Montana State University. His trademarks within the company and the industry are his abilities to innovate, to build a team, and to share his contagious enthusiasm. MSU’s College of Engineering honored him with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011.
Mr. Nelson has worked on projects throughout the U.S., from sewer rehabilitation in Los Angeles to lake-source cooling at Cornell University in New York. He has overseen large-scale projects, including the $400 million Owens Lake Program for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. From the beginning, he has been known as a team player and a team-builder. Today, he focuses on supporting Barnard’s growth and other more recent areas of interest. He believes in Partnering; in the last 15 years, his teams/projects have earned four Marvin M. Black Excellence in Partnering Awards from the Associated General Contractors of America, an unparalleled feat. In fact, he was a pioneer of the Partnering process long before it was adopted by most organizations.
Daniel S. Schall
Vice President/Operations Manager
Dan Schall has built his 25-year career in the heavy civil construction industry specializing in tunnels, shafts, concrete, hydropower, earthwork, water and wastewater treatment plants, marine work, and turbine/generator equipment installation. Mr. Schall has been with the Barnard Companies 19 of those years, having spent a number of years early in his career with M.A. Mortenson after earning a degree in Construction Management from North Dakota State University.
For more than a decade, Mr. Schall has had oversight of and direct involvement in a broad range of successful projects throughout the U.S., a number of which have encompassed alternative contracting methods. Currently, he is overseeing the construction of twin TBM subway tunnels for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency. He also recently oversaw the successful, on-time, on-budget construction of the Lake Mead Intake No. 2 Connections and Modifications Project for the Southern Nevada Water Authority and the deep-water marine construction of a selective water withdrawal structure in central Oregon as well as the emergency repair of the Fern Ridge Dam, also in Oregon, which earned a regional Contractor of the Year Award from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Mr. Schall seeks collaboration and common goals in working with owners, engineers and joint venture partners on these challenging projects.
Mike Jenkins, Jr.
Vice President/Operations Manager
Mike Jenkins was promoted to Vice President/Operations Manager in 2011. Currently, he is overseeing Barnard’s expansion of work in the electric transmission and heavy civil areas within the industry, such as our current 138kV upgrade project in Denton, Texas. As Operations Manager, Mr. Jenkins oversees projects from estimating through design and construction, also working with owners, engineers and stakeholders in a Partnering atmosphere.
Mr. Jenkins’ 20-year career in construction has covered a broad range of projects, large and small, from a challenging lake source cooling project for Cornell University, to a backup dam requiring 1.3 million CY of RCC in South Carolina. More recently, he managed a Design-Assist contract that involved attaching a 280-foot-tall, 300-ton selective water withdrawal structure to an existing intake 270 feet below the water’s surface in a central Oregon reservoir. Several of these projects have earned national awards for success in Partnering and construction excellence. He has worked on dam and reservoir construction and rehabilitation, tunnels, underground utilities, concrete structures, and a variety of earthwork and RCC projects. His exposure to the construction industry began early: influenced by a father working as a Superintendent on a variety of projects throughout the U.S., Mike started out in his teens working as an Operator and Laborer. He then earned a B.S. in Engineering Science from Montana Tech in 1997, joining the Barnard Companies upon graduation.
Vice President/Operations Manager
Derek Tisdel has spent the majority of his 18-year career focused on heavy-civil construction. He joined the Barnard Companies immediately after earning a B.S. in Construction Management with a minor in Business Administration from Central Washington University. Since then, his work at Barnard has included numerous complex projects, from Florida to California, New York and Colorado. He began as a Project Engineer in the field, moved into project management, and was promoted to Vice President/Operations Manager in 2011. Today, he focuses on overseeing projects from estimating through design and construction, while working with owners, engineers and stakeholders in a Partnering atmosphere.
Mr. Tisdel began his career working on a complex storm drainage and utilities project. His work has also encompassed tunnel rehabilitation, lake source cooling, cross-county water transmission pipelines, dust mitigation measures, dam and reservoir water resources construction, telecommunications and wind/green-energy. He has demonstrated his ability to manage and partner with clients, while managing construction of an above-ground regional reservoir and, separately, a significant portion of the Everglades Agricultural Area Project, a $275 million project that included managing more than 50 salaried and 300 hourly employees operating under a Construction Management @ Risk contract. He has been on three project teams that have earned national Partnering awards.
Vice President/Operations Manager
Congratulations to Kevin Ellerton on his recent promotion to Operations Manager/Vice President of Barnard Construction Company, Inc. Mr. Ellerton joined the Barnard Companies as an intern in 1995 and became a full-time Project Engineer after completing his B.S. in Construction Engineering Technology from Montana State University the following year. He has spent his 18-year career focused on heavy civil construction.
Mr. Ellerton began his career working on high-pressure gas transmission lines and an urban water delivery project. He has experience in tunnels and sewer rehabilitation as well, but the bulk of his career has focused on dam, reservoir and hydroelectric construction projects. Recently, Mr. Ellerton managed the estimating and physical construction aspects of a $400 million reservoir project in South Florida and the constructability and final design associated with a future RCC dam construction project in Queensland, Australia.
Mr. Ellerton has been critical to Barnard’s Business Development, focusing on dam, reservoir, and hydroelectric projects in North America. These duties have included business development in the U.S., Canada, and Australia, strategic partnering with other contractors on very large projects ($1 billion-plus) and prequalification/proposal and estimating.
Robert A. Reseigh
Bob Reseigh’s expertise in underground construction developed from a career that spans more than 40 years. His role at the Barnard Companies is to oversee the expansion of our work in tunnel and shaft construction and rehabilitation. Mr. Reseigh built his career specializing in underground construction, both domestically and overseas. He is one of the most experienced and knowledgeable individuals in the country in deep shaft and drill and blast tunnel work, having been responsible for in excess of 6 miles of shaft sinking and 55 miles of tunnel/horizontal mine development in his career. In addition, his work has involved both mine development and heavy civil projects, including subways, outfalls, railroads, dams, pump storage, water and sewer, marine construction, and municipal work. At Barnard, Bob has proven invaluable in our strategic planning, new business development, estimating, field operations, and client contact. He also provides leadership and training to our team of experienced and new engineers.
Following graduation from the Colorado School of Mines in 1968 with a Master’s degree in Mining Engineering and service in the U.S. Army, Bob joined Peter Kiewit Sons and worked his way up through the field ranks of Project Engineer, Superintendent, Project Manager, and Estimator before being promoted to District Manager, Vice President, and Area Manager. Bob retired from Kiewit after 18 years, and decided to join Atkinson Construction in the capacity of Executive Vice President where he ran the Underground Group for 15 years prior to joining Barnard Construction.
Vice President of Finance and Accounting
As VP of Finance and Accounting, Scott Brady’s responsibilities include overall management of the accounting department, reviewing and implementing company cost controls and procedures, reviewing subcontract/vendor contracts for compliance with corporate policy as well as contract requirements, forecasting insurance/risk management, bonding, and financial needs. He was promoted to Vice President of Finance and Accounting for the Barnard Companies in 2010.
Scott grew up in Great Falls, Montana, and became interested in construction in high school. He earned a B.S. in Construction Engineering Technology from Montana State University in 1985 and immediately entered the construction industry, first working for Neal & Co. in Alaska, Guam and Hawaii, followed by seven years with Kiewit. He originally worked for Barnard as an Intern in 1984, and then rejoined Barnard in 1995 as a Project Manager. From 2000 to 2009, he managed five dust mitigation projects at Owens Lake for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power totaling approximately $380 million. Through his leadership and attention to detail, these projects have been awarded numerous regional, state, and national awards for partnering, engineering, environmental, design/ build, and community development. Mr. Brady is based at Barnard’s Home Office in Bozeman, Montana.
Jim Tilleman, CPA
In 2010, Jim Tilleman assumed the role CFO/Controller of the Barnard Companies. Jim joined Barnard as Controller in 1991. He has had a lengthy career in financial reporting and accounting, beginning by earning a B.S. in Business/Accounting from Montana State University in 1982. He became licensed as a certified public accountant (CPA) in 1983.
Prior to joining Barnard, Mr. Tilleman worked briefly for Gulf Oil Corp. in Wyoming, gaining experience in oil and gas job cost accounting and analysis, among other duties. He spent five years at Galusha, Higgins & Galusha CPAs in Helena and Bozeman, where he worked on tax planning and preparation, financial audits, budgeting, cost analysis, and cash flow forecasting for clients. He became Controller of United Tote in Shepard, Montana, in 1998, where he was responsible for financial accounting and reporting, SEC filings, income tax planning and preparation and overseeing a computer conversion.
As CFO/Controller at Barnard, Mr. Tilleman’s responsibilities include financial reporting, income tax planning and reporting, audit procedures, cost analysis, cash flow forecasting, and researching various state, federal, and international requirements related to labor and tax issues. He also coordinates with various financial institutions to ensure that the Barnard Companies’ financial and investment needs are met.