President and CEO
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.
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.
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.
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.
hardison/downey construction, inc.
Nick has been in the construction industry for over 25 years as a senior operating and management executive, and possesses a unique blend of leadership, vision, broad-based experience and the ability to deliver superior results. After graduating from NYC Carpenter College in 1986, he began his career in New York City as a Carpenter and a member of local union 531. Since then, he has been involved in building over $1 billion in major commercial projects, including financial institutions, healthcare / hospital facilities, office buildings, educational and public works. He has extensive knowledge of all construction delivery methods, including Design/Build, CMAR, Negotiated and Hard Bid.
As President at hardison/downey, Nick’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, Nick 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.
Nick was awarded the “Triple C Award” by the State of New York Department of Law and Robert Abrams, New York State Attorney General. The award is presented in recognition of outstanding character, courage and community concern, honoring those that exhibit qualities that show they care deeply about the community and the quality of the social environment in which they live.
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.