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Leadership
Jim Swanson
President and CEO Kitchell Corporation
Jim Swanson joined Kitchell in January 2008 after an expansive search for the ideal leader to guide Kitchell Corporation as the company continued its diversified and entrepreneurial path of growth in the commercial building sector. Little did he know what the next few years would bring, as the company navigated one of the most challenging economic climates it had ever experienced during his transitional ascent to the position of CEO. Under his leadership, Kitchell has unified its 800-member workforce and companies, fostering a spirit of collaboration and innovation. He led Kitchell's 2010 acquisition of hardison/downey, inc., a well-established specialty contractor that has opened new business opportunities, preserved jobs and enhanced Kitchell's positioning in new markets. The company's geographic imprint spans the west and southwestern United States through its holdings with Kitchell Contractors Inc., Kitchell Capital Expenditure Managers, Inc. (CEM), Kitchell Development Company, American Refrigeration Supplies and hardison/downey, inc. Swanson advocates a spirit of volunteerism in his leadership role at Kitchell, serving as member of the board of the Teach for America Phoenix Chapter, an active member of Young Presidents Organization (YPO), on the board of White Mountain Country Club and as a member of the Valley of the Sun United Way Tocqueville Society.
Dan Pierce
President Kitchell Contractors, Inc.
Joining Kitchell 30 years ago, right out of college, Dan Pierce began his journey at Kitchell as a project engineer. Since his first project, St. Luke’s Hospital in Phoenix, he has advanced from project manager through senior vice president, Healthcare Division, and has been directly involved in numerous projects. Dan has been instrumental in building the company’s healthcare division, nurturing the medical technology planning division, FDI Planning Consultants, Inc., and expanding the highly regarded Virtual Construction group. He has been a champion of integrating services throughout Kitchell’s diversified family of companies. Dan obtained a bachelor's degree in construction from Arizona State University and has served on the Accreditation Review Board and the Department Advisory Council when the construction management program was established at Northern Arizona University. An ASHE-Certified Healthcare Builder, he is on the Board of Barrow Neurological Foundation, has served on the Board of the Foundation for Blind Children and is involved in the American Society for Healthcare Engineering.
Russell Fox
President Kitchell Capital Expenditure Managers, Inc.
Russell Fox has 27 years of experience in the project and construction management field, 25 of which have been with Kitchell. His background encompasses design management, value engineering, scheduling, cost control, surveying, construction administration, and field supervision. Site evaluation, contract development, A/E selection and negotiation, and claims avoidance also contribute to his ability to understand client needs. Russell is instrumental in developing viable capital improvement programs for clients, including the development of construction management systems and procedures, as well as implementing training sessions for client staff. After successful completion of Total Quality Management (TQM) courses, he has also trained more than 200 Kitchell employees on the principles of TQM. During Russell’s tenure with Kitchell, he has worked at every managerial level on a wide variety of projects. This gives him a unique and realistic approach to project implementation and dealing with issues as they arise.
Jeff Allen President Kitchell Development Company
Jeff Allen joined Kitchell in 1990. He was promoted to director of development for Kitchell Development Company (KDC) in 1993 and then became vice president in 2001. In 2006, Jeff was promoted to president of KDC where he is involved in all phases of the company’s operations. Jeff has spearheaded development of many notable Arizona projects over the past 18 years, including Chandler Heights Marketplace, Gateway Pavilions, Village at Arrowhead and Pima Crossing. He is a member of the Phoenix Thunderbirds, the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP), and Urban Land Institute (ULI). Jeff is a knowledgeable and trusted leader who will continue our commitment to building our partnership with you in the coming years.
Pat Downey
President Hardison/Downey Construction, Inc.
Pat is a native of Tucson, Arizona and obtained his B.S. in Public Administration in 1976 with highest distinction, and a law degree in 1980 from the University of Arizona. Before co-founding hardison/downey construction, inc., he spent two years in a private legal practice with an emphasis in construction and real estate, and three years as an in-house counsel for a large construction and development company. Since co-founding hardison/downey in 1985, Pat has directed the marketing and administration of the company, including bonding and banking, insurance, risk management and planning. He also serves as the “Principal in Charge” of select clients and projects. Pat is the past President of the Phoenix Chapter of the Arizona’s Contractor Association and also served on the State Board of Directors. Pat has been very active in the community, serving three years on the Executive Council of the Boys and Girls Club of Metropolitan Phoenix and engaging in fundraising for Cystic Fibrosis and Southwest Autism Research Center. He served on the Advisory Board of Directors for a Phoenix area bank for several years and was elected to the Board of Directors of Valley Commerce Bank in 2000. As President at hardison/downey, Pat’s primary role is to provide leadership through planning, directing and coordinating the marketing and sales functions, as well as the daily operations of the company. He effectively manages the h/dc team to ensure they streamline operations resulting in significant cost savings, increased productivity and construction outcomes exceeding service level expectations. In keeping with hardison/downey’s business philosophy, Pat builds and maintains relationships with current and future clients, architects, engineers, project developers, consultants and other business and community organizations. He is fully committed to providing the highest level of quality and customer service to every client.
Steve Martin
President American Refrigeration Supplies, Inc.
Steve Martin is president of American Refrigeration Supplies, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Kitchell Corporation. ARS is a leading air conditioning and refrigeration wholesaler, providing quality products and service to the heating, ventilating and air-conditioning industry. ARS sells primarily to licensed contractors in the repair and replacement market. Since 1940, ARS has grown from one location in Arizona to 33 wholesale outlets across Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas and Virginia. The company stocks approximately 17,000 items from roughly 300 different vendors.
Meet Founder Sam Kitchell

Sam Kitchell hailed from Massachusetts, attended Amherst College, and served as a commander in the U.S Navy during World War II. After the war ended and he found himself out of a job when the pre-fab housing company he worked for went bankrupt, Kitchell decided that he needed a more stable position in the construction industry and relocated his growing family to Phoenix, Arizona. He worked for a local architecture firm as a supervisor of construction projects, and also as an estimator for a building contractor before meeting Phoenix businessman James B. Phillips, who had sold a business and was looking for a new investment. Kitchell convinced Phillips that the construction industry was a good place to invest, and the businessman provided $10,000 to begin a new company. The two partners incorporated Kitchell-Phillips Contractors, Inc. in January 1950.

For three months, no one in the company drew any salary. Kitchell worked as the firm’s estimator and his wife served as the company’s secretary. By the end of year, however, Kitchell-Phillips was contracted to build a number of Safeway retail stores and a few schools near the city of Phoenix, resulting in sales of $800,000. The two men were also aided by the onset of the Korean War. Kitchell-Phillips Contractors secured projects for the American military at Luke Air Force Base and the Yuma Army Test Station. The most important of these wartime contracts was the rehabilitation and improvement of the Tank Training Command. Located at Camp Irwin in the Mojave Desert in California, the size of the contract doubled to nearly $2 million by the end of 1952.