As founder Sam Kitchell wisely noted throughout his life, Kitchell is only where it is today because of the quality of our people. We are fortunate to employ the best, brightest, proud yet humble individuals within the building industry, and are pleased to have them all carry the title “employee owner” through our enviable profit-sharing plan. This benefit is based on an annual vesting schedule that requires no individual financial investment, and has historically performed very well with low volatility. Our employees possess a wide range of skills and talents that, when combined, present a formidable team that brings projects to life. Kitchell employee owners take tremendous pride in their work, their relationships, and the legacy that the Kitchell name evokes.

Executive Team

  • Jim Swanson

    Jim Swanson

    President and CEO

    Kitchell Corporation

    As the CEO of Kitchell Corporation, Jim Swanson works closely with each of the companies that are part of the Kitchell family, and leads the corporate team that oversees all Kitchell financial, legal, technical and human resources functions.

  • Steve Whitworth

    Steve Whitworth


    Kitchell Contractors

    Steve Whitworth joined Kitchell in 2006. He embodies the company's vision and values and has played a role on many significant projects. A stalwart client advocate, Steve brings construction expertise and fiscal responsibility to every project.

  • Russ Fox

    Russ Fox


    Kitchell CEM

    As the leader of Sacramento-based Kitchell CEM, Russ Fox's 30-plus-year tenure has encompassed every managerial level and a vast array of public-sector work. He possesses deep knowledge and an expansive portfolio of construction and program management projects.

  • Jeff Allen

    Jeff Allen


    Kitchell Development Company

    Jeff Allen has spearheaded development of many notable projects during his years with Kitchell, including retail, multifamily, office and industrial projects in Arizona and California. He is responsible for the oversight of these holdings and Kitchell's growing property management team.

  • Justin Newman

    Justin Newman


    hardison/downey construction, inc.

    Justin assumed leadership of h/d in 2019 and continues the company's nearly 35-year legacy as a contractor specializing in unique restaurant and retail, student housing, multifamily and tenant improvement projects.

  • John T. White

    John T. White


    American Refrigeration Supplies

    John T. White leads ARS, a Phoenix-based HVAC wholesaler with a national footprint 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.


Meet some of our Employee Owners

  • Bill Johal

    Bill Johal

    Project Director

    Bill’s participation with public safety and essential service facilities includes extensive time connecting with all the stakeholders. A mammoth task to some, Bill knows diligence paid early in a project’s life benefits all.

  • Julie Garcia

    Julie Garcia

    Preconstruction Manager

    Julie's expertise encompasses all preconstruction activities, specializing in healthcare construction costing and design team integration.

  • Kirk Sheeley

    Kirk Sheeley

    Project Manager

    Kirk's work experience includes serving as a project manager, cost engineer, project engineer and quality control engineer, as well as serving as a scheduling expert witness in complex construction litigation.

  • Phil Glenn

    Phil Glenn

    Senior Project Manager

    Phil is a healthcare construction expert and has managed some of Kitchell's most significant projects. He is a champion of Lean and offsite prefabrication.

  • Rob Schramm

    Rob Schramm

    Director of Development

    Rob has touched multiple facets of our business from construction to development of commercial assets. Rob is a graduate of West Point and served a tour in Operation Enduring Freedom – Afghanistan in 2006.

  • Chris Kirch

    Chris Kirch

    Senior Project Manager

    Chris, with nearly 20 years of construction experience at Kitchell, is a leader in the rapidly growing Houston, Texas region. He is a consummate team player with a commitment to ensuring the success of a project and satisfaction of the client.

  • Rick Barton

    Rick Barton

    Project Director

    Rick has worked on a wide range of public and private projects including educational and municipal facilities, parking structures, office buildings and warehouses.

  • Naveed Saboonchi

    Naveed Saboonchi

    IT Manager

    Naveed oversees Kitchell's communications and computer technology throughout California. His expertise spans research, planning, testing and deployment of complex, networked systems enabling Kitchell's offices to communicate seamlessly.

  • B.A. Golston

    B.A. Golston

    Senior Project Manager

    B.A.'s expertise encompasses construction administration, construction management and project management of public and private entities, including transportation, corrections, student housing, education and more.

  • Lilia Villalpando

    Lilia Villalpando

    Project Engineer

    Lilia's administrative responsibilities include RFI processing, change order processing and documentation, budget monitoring and monthly payment invoices for trade contractors, payment applications, prevailing wage verification, daily reports and tracking punchlist items.

  • Angela Sullivan

    Angela Sullivan

    Design-Build Project Manager

    Angela utilizes her background in architectural design to bridge the gap between design and construction on complex integrated design-build projects, leading multi-disciplinary teams from conception to completion.

  • Don Glatthorn

    Don Glatthorn

    Vice President of Development

    Don has a rich history in commercial development and has been with our California office since 1994. His public and private-sector portfolio includes strategic acquisitions, underwriting, entitlements, design, construction and leasing.

  • Mike Seiber

    Mike Seiber

    Senior Development Director

    Mike is involved in the acquisition, underwriting, entitlement, leasing, asset management and disposition of retail and other commercial properties in markets throughout California and Austin, Texas.

  • Marne Bouillon

    Marne Bouillon

    Director of Design and Construction

    With Kitchell since 1988, Marne leads acquisition and due diligence, entitlements and all facets of design and construction for Kitchell's retail, commercial and residential endeavors in California and Texas.