Jeff Johnson is a seasoned industry leader with more than 30 years of construction knowledge in virtually every market sector – including 20 years specifically focused on projects in Wisconsin. As an accomplished Lean practitioner, he became a founding member of the state's first Lean Construction Institute Community of Practice (LCI CoP). Major recent projects in the region under Jeff's leadership include completion of the BMO Tower, BMO corporate office and retail bank along with several other tenant and retail spaces, the multi-family space at Titletown and St. Rita Square senior-living residences. Jeff is also a recognized thought leader in Integrated Project Delivery and has worked with all contracting methods, including tri-party agreements.
Jeff holds a Bachelor of Science in Construction Engineering from Montana State University. He is a member of ASHE and AGC of Wisconsin and gives back to the local communities through support of the American Heart Association, City of Hope and Habitat for Humanity.
Heather Siemers began her career in project management and quality management, before being promoted to the position of operations improvement leader, where she oversees Pepper Indiana’s lean program. While serving as director of quality management, she became an advocate for lean construction, integrating the lean principals into the quality program and championing team education and training. Heather is Army Corps of Engineers Construction Quality Management (CQM) certified. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Building Construction Management from Purdue University, and she holds an ASHE Healthcare Construction certificate.
Heather's industry involvement includes serving as Vice Chair for the Core Group of the Lean Construction Institute (LCI) Central Indiana Communities of Practice group, where she has spoken about Lean Thinking & Technology. She serves on the steering committee for the Wabash Valley Lean Network, is a council member of the Top Notch Lafayette advisory board and serves on the board of Rebuilding Together Indianapolis. Heather is involved with the ACIG peer groups for lean and quality and with the Associated General Contractors (AGC). She is also involved with Purdue's Building Construction Management (CM) program, where she has served as a guest lecturer and advisor.
With 18 years of experience, Dave Poynton has managed a wide variety of commercial projects, including complex healthcare projects. Dedicated to collaboration and the goals of our clients, he has served as the chair of our lean committee. He has championed lean practices in our organization and on our projects, positioning Pepper Construction as a leader of Lean Construction in Illinois. Dave holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from University of Illinois, an ASHE Healthcare Construction certificate and is a LEED AP BD+C.
With 23 years of experience in the construction industry, Karen brings broad expertise on large and complex projects. A strong believer in eliminating waste and finding efficiencies, Karen is adept at leading teams through project challenges using the principles of lean construction. As senior project manager, she provides overall management of the budget and schedule with a hands-on approach. Karen holds a Bachelor of Science in Structural Engineering from Milwaukee School of Engineering, a Healthcare Construction Certificate and has completed the AGC Lean Construction Education Program.