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.
Jake Pepper is a creative problem solver with a focus on Pepper's continued growth in the evolving construction industry. While taking the company into new markets and relationships, Jake remains responsible for Pepper Environmental Technologies, our Quality team and Integrated Construction Services (ICS). The ICS group is comprised of people who represent some of the most advanced thought leadership in our industry—investigating new technologies, evaluating new methodologies exploring high performance and solar advancements and creating innovative solutions in the field to help our clients realize their vision. In addition, Jake oversees Pepper's Field Supervision leaders and partners with them to drive continuous improvement by using technology in the field. His experience in project management benefits operations by providing integrated platforms designed to bring efficiencies at both the business and project levels.
Starting in 2002, Jake worked at Pepper in various summer internships. But after graduating from college, Jake decided to explore different opportunities in the fields of engineering and finance. By the Spring of 2013, he felt ready to bring his new perspectives on the business world back to Pepper and joined the company as a project manager. In 2015, he began working with the IT department to provide strategic direction on business-critical initiatives. Jake also provides support and insight to our virtual construction and high performance groups, and is leading initiatives related to our long-term facilities plans.
Jake completed his MBA from Northwestern University Kellogg School of Business. In addition to serving as a guest speaker for the Masters of Project Management program at Northwestern, he is an active member of CMUG, CMiC’s user community, as well as the Urban Land Institute. Outside of work, Jake volunteers as a math mentor for students involved with the POSSE Foundation and has a passion for environmental issues, including clean water and sustainable urban farming.
As executive vice president, Jay has responsibility for Operations at our Barrington office. Most recently in his role as senior vice president, he oversaw the continued growth of our K-12 and manufacturing, distribution and warehouse markets while also playing key roles with our safety and quality teams. Jay’s career in construction began more than 25 years ago with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Southern Illinois University. Since joining Pepper Construction, Jay has developed a broad level of experience in a wide variety of markets, including healthcare, retail, commercial and institutional work. In addition, he has managed our self-perform market, expanding the reach of these services beyond Pepper Construction projects and developing the infrastructure and team that support it.
With 19 years of construction, Dan began in Chicago before moving to Indiana in 2015. His experience includes retail, commercial, industrial and wastewater treatment. Now he leads Indiana’s manufacturing and industrial work. Dan holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from University of Illinois, and he is a LEED AP. He is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers and the American Society of Civil Engineers.
With more than 30 years of industry experience, Keith's career has focused on industrial construction. He has completed approximately 10 million square feet within the industrial, manufacturing and distribution markets. Keith leverages the insights he has gained to improve both the end product and the owner's experience throughout the construction process. He is a key member of several industry organizations including NAIOP and the International Association of Industrial Warehouses.
Brian has more than 25 years of industry experience, 11 of which have been with Pepper. He is responsible for fostering client relationships and leading complex projects to a successful completion by overseeing the project team and ensuring efficiency, innovation and value. Brian is Pepper Ohio's industrial expert having completed more than five million square feet of industrial construction. His specialty lies in the industrial and commercial market, where he has completed several large scale projects including the Whirlpool North American Region Ad Center. The fact that Brian began his career in the field as a superintendent allows him to bring a "big picture" perspective to his role in operations and further extends the insights that he is able to offer to client, design and trade partners. Brian attended Milwaukee School of Engineering where he received his Bachelor of Science in Architectural and Structural Engineering.
With more than 40 years of industry experience, Charlie specializes in design-build and complex projects that require extensive coordination and collaboration with the design team. This allows him to integrate a creative approach with the project's architect to meet project goals. Charlie’s experience includes advanced technologies, data and telecom, logistics and distribution, processing facilities, chemical, manufacturing and infrastructure-related projects, as well as hospitality and interior renovations. He has completed many projects involving strict adherence to government regulations and oversight.
Charlie holds a Bachelor of Science in Construction Engineering and Technology from Oklahoma State University, is a member of the Indiana Manufacturer’s Association and served as past president of Rebuilding Together Indianapolis.
With more than 30 years of construction experience that spans industrial, manufacturing, commercial office, high rise, higher education and retail markets, Phil Allemeier is a Project Director dedicated to fostering relationships and ensuring efficiency, innovation and value for clients. Over the past decade, Phil has completed approximately 15 million square feet within the industrial, manufacturing and distribution markets. He's established himself as an effective leader who leverages his vast design-build knowledge and insight to improve communication and owners' experiences.
Phil holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Building Construction and Contracting from Purdue University.