BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT TEAM
Stephanie Coble likes to stay busy and that’s one reason why she and BD Construction are the perfect match. As office manager, Stephanie looks after the myriad details required to make the office run smoothly and keep BD team members on track. She appreciates that BD Construction is a family-oriented business and that the employees all work together as a team.
Prior to joining BD, Stephanie worked in customer service and medical billing, a job which honed her skills working with people and taught her to check twice for completeness and accuracy. She earned her Associate of Applied Science degree in office technology with a medical focus in 2003.
An avid runner, Stephanie trains for and competes in half-marathons.
President and CEO
After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in business from Kearney State College (now the University of Nebraska at Kearney) in 1983, Mark Benjamin interviewed with BD Construction in Columbus, Neb. The founders, Gene Bierman and Bill Dreifurst, gave him a chance in commercial sales in the new office they were opening in Kearney.
Their decision paid off. In 1987, Mark was named general manager and, in 2002, he became the majority shareholder, president and CEO of BD Construction, Inc./Kearney. During his tenure, BD Construction has built, and continues to build, many notable projects including schools, banks, retail stores and industrial and healthcare facilities throughout Nebraska, Kansas and the Midwest.
Active in the industry and community, Mark served as a member of the Nebraska Building Chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America and was the Vice Chair of the Kearney Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. He also served on the Southeast Community College Building Construction Technology Advisory Council, and as a trustee (1 of 16 in the USA) for the national Associated General Contractors Legislative Affairs Committee.
Mark passed away in April 2015. He was a leader in the industry and in the Kearney community, and instilled the BD Construction team with the spirit, skill and enthusiasm to exceed the expectations of everyone it encounters. Mark is remembered not only because he is missed, but because of the influence he continues to have on the BD Construction team and what it continues to do day in, day out - build on his legacy.
Business Development Manager
A native of Kearney, Mike Kalb earned his BS in business administration with emphasis in finance and accounting from Kearney State College (now UNK) in 1991. Following stints as Western Missouri Region Manager for GE Capital Financial Services and as a broker for Morgan Stanley financial services, Mike joined BD construction in 2002.
Mike serves on the Association of General Contractors Nebraska Building Chapter Nebraska Design and Construction Industry Council and participated in the 2010-2011 Construction Leadership Academy. Active in the community, Mike is the co-founder of Kearney Cares, member of the Kearney Public Schools Foundation Board of Directors and vice-president of Kearney Little League. He is also the co-organizer and co-manager of five real estate development companies in the Kearney area.
As business development manager, Mike works with and advises potential clients regarding construction projects.
As a project manager/superintendent, Gary Allen leverages a wealth of experience in his role at BD Construction. Originally from Benkelman, Nebraska, Gary first came to Kearney in 1978 to earn his Bachelor of Science from Kearney State College (now the University of Nebraska at Kearney). After graduating, Gary held a number of positions. He coordinated the opening of all new Boston Market restaurants in Colorado, Wyoming and New Mexico, as well as oversaw special projects in California, Oregon and Washington. After his work there, Gary worked as head of construction with Sullivan Hayes Brokerage, and then owned Allen Construction Management in Colorado. The combination provided him experience in large retail and office developments along the Front Range, as well as tenant finish.
Gary started with BD Construction in 2008 under a special services contract to build the KREX television station in Grand Junction, Colorado. Upon the project's completion, Gary made the decision to become a full-time employee of BD Construction.
Sharing the values of many of his coworkers, Gary utilizes his free time to connect with his family while relaxing or playing golf.
Douglas S. Bierman
Executive Vice President/Senior Estimator
As the son of one of the founders of BD, Doug Bierman literally grew up in the construction business. He worked in the field during his high school summer breaks and in college began drafting and designing building plans.
After graduating with a degree in engineering technology from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, he aided Mark Benjamin in establishing the Kearney office that would eventually become BD headquarters.
Doug took on early responsibility for estimating and management, eventually developing his own electronic estimating system in Excel. Today, Doug has full responsibility for the estimating division at BD in addition to his senior management responsibilities.
Community Service Activities:
Past Worthy President, Trustee of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, “People Helping People”
Vice President of Eagle Riders
Past President, Secretary for Cosmos, a service organization with a mission statement: “Cosmos Caring for Kids!”
Linette Butler joined BD Construction in 1996 working in accounts payable and has since worked her way to senior accountant. Linette holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Due to Linette's focus and organizational skills, BD Construction employs an open-book policy and clear cost-plus-work guidelines that enable clients to easily monitor project costs, which are tracked and managed through Linette's collaboration with project managers and the estimating department.
Linette's drive is not limited to the workplace. She has served as president of the Association of General Contractors of America Nebraska Building Chapter Board of Directors – the first woman to hold that position. She also acts as chairperson of the Membership Development committee and participated in the 2010-2011 Construction Leadership Academy. Linette is also a member of the Construction Financial Management Association, the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce, Kearney Area Chamber of Commerce Envoys, Buffalo County Relay for Life and is an ardent supporter of area U.S. Military groups. Linette enjoys riding her motorcycle, attending Husker football games, traveling and spending time with her family.
Business Development Manager
Mark Lewis has held management positions since the beginning of his career. After four years as a social science major at Kearney State College (now UNK), in the early 1980s, Mark spent 10 years with The Buckle as supply manager, followed by positions as the general manager of the Buffalo County Agricultural Association and service manager for Anderson Brothers Electric.
Mark joined BD in 2000 and has specialized in business development ever since. As business development manager, Mark stays abreast of building trends, especially in the areas BD specializes in, such as education, healthcare, retail and agriculture. Mark works with both the private sector and public agencies developing feasibility studies and apprising them of BD's expertise and capabilities.
Mark volunteers his time as a YMCA coach and with the Kearney Public Schools Foundation Class Act fundraiser.
Rick Pettit was born and raised in Kearney. Appreciative of the local atmosphere, Rick remained in Kearney to work for BD Construction, joining the company in 1984 after he graduated high school. He began as a basic laborer, was eventually promoted to leadman and then foreman. Throughout his career at BD Construction, Rick has utilized opportunities to expand his industry knowledge through work experience and online classes.
Due to his reliability and motivation, Rick garnered the role of superintendent, a responsibility he still maintains today. Rick’s duties as a superintendent include managing subcontractors and suppliers, overseeing the project schedule and maintaining quality control and safety.
In addition to his role at BD Construction, Rick is an active member of Faith United Methodist Church and finds time to for boating, fishing and golfing when the weather permits.
Pre Construction Services/Estimating
Austin Larson was first introduced to construction through his grandfather, an owner of a residential construction company. Following in his footsteps, Austin pursued opportunities to gain experience in the construction industry through Habitat for Humanity, various construction class projects and working for a custom home builder during college. Austin earned his Bachelor of Science degree in construction management from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. He first joined BD Construction as an intern and was hired full-time as an estimator upon graduation.
In addition to his work as an estimator, Austin assists with pre-construction services and subcontractor pre-qualifications items for BD Construction. Austin is certified as a LEED Green Associate.
Austin participated in the Association of General Contractors Nebraska Building Chapter 2010-2011 Construction Leadership Academy. Outside of work, he is actively involved with his two sons in various sporting activities and events. In his spare time, he enjoys fishing, camping and boating with his family and the occasional ride on his motorcycle.
Member of the Industry Advisory Council for the construction management program at the University of Nebraska at Kearney
AGC Education Committee Member
Kearney Little League Board Member (Age Group Coordinator)
Youth Sports – Volunteer Coach
Born in Illinois and raised in Ohio, family ties are what led her back to Kearney to start and raise a family. Tanya feels BD Construction has a culture of its own, "They strive to grow not only as a business, but also as a purpose in the community. They see new opportunities and are therefore able to achieve great things as they continually strive to be at the forefront of education and best-practice standards."
Tanya graduated from Nebraska Wesleyan with a degree in Political Science, she then attended the University of Houston to work on her accounting hours. Having worked in both public and private accounting, her experience ranges from providing clients with personal and corporate tax return preparation, accounts payable and receivable and payroll and financial statements. She joined BD Construction in 2014 in an accounts payable position.
In her spare time, Tanya sits on several boards such as KPS Foundation and Kearney Therapeutic Horseback Riding and is a mentor in the Teammates Mentoring program. She also enjoys spending time with her two kids, traveling and watching college football.
Raised in Gibbon, Jennifer Yendra earned her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln before returning to Buffalo County with her husband to raise their family. With previous work experience in real estate, combined with more than a decade of management experience at the CHI Health Wellness Center at Good Samaritan, Jennifer blends her strengths with her interests in the Property Manager position.
Jennifer was drawn to the progressive attitude of the team at BD Construction as well as its loyalty to customers and employees. Now that she’s experienced the BD Construction atmosphere firsthand, Jennifer says it is obvious how professional and positive the company is. When she’s not helping renters find a great apartment or storage space, Jennifer and her family enjoy outdoor activities including camping and kayaking.
Vice President/Project Manager
BD Construction was Jim Hoppenstedt's first job after graduating from high school in Columbus in 1978. Although he began work as a carpenter, within a few years he had also gained significant experience in concrete and in the erection of prefabricated steel buildings.
In 1983, Jim was promoted to construction foreman. In 2000, he became a shareholder in the firm, and in 2002 was named vice president and tapped to run the new BD office in North Platte. In 2004, he returned to BD's main office in Kearney. As project manager, Jim oversees all aspects of complex, multi-million dollar projects, including procurement, scheduling and supervision of employees and subcontractors. Jim is also a member of the Association of General Contractors of America Nebraska Building Chapter Program Planning committee.
Marketing and Community Outreach
Marsha Wilkerson observed BD Construction’s work firsthand as a volunteer on a project to update several schools in Kearney. Impressed by the team’s openness, honesty and thoughtful approach to involving the community in the process, Marsha is delighted to be part of the BD Construction crew to assist other great communities.
A Kearney native and graduate of Kearney State College (now UNK), Marsha worked in communications consulting across the nation as well as marketing for healthcare and financial services in Omaha before returning to Kearney as a healthcare marketing and communications professional..
Marsha serves on the Kearney Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, as a Chamber Envoy and is a member of the Stewardship Board at Holy Cross Lutheran Church. She enjoys boating and camping with her family, especially when she can take a good book along.
Mike Bowman attended Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln before joining the U.S. Army. Following his service, he began a career in health care at Warren Memorial Hospital in Friend, Nebraska. Mike was a laboratory technician for 10 years and ultimately became the hospital's administrator for another decade. After his time at Warren Memorial, Mike served as CEO of Litzenberg Memorial County Hospital in Central City, Nebraska, for 24 years until his retirement.
In 2011, Mike brought his more than three decades of executive leadership experience in health care to BD Construction. As a business development representative, Mike's extensive expertise supports BD in establishing new connections and developing long-term relationships with regional medical facilities.
Mike currently lives in Central City, where he served on the City Council and is currently a member of the Central City Community Redevelopment Authority, the Chamber of Commerce and the American Legion. His wife, Kathy, is a RN working as a traveling nurse and his son, Joe, is an auto body technician in Lincoln.
Project Manager/ITS/Concept Designer
Prior to joining BD Construction, Andy Bartling earned his associate’s degree from Oklahoma State University-Okmulgee in Applied Science - Design Drafting Technology. He used those skills to work for an engineering company in Tulsa for 2 years. He then returned to his home state to attend the University of Nebraska at Kearney, where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Construction Management. He combined his self-taught background in computers/computer systems with his knowledge of AutoCAD software to gain a full-time position with BD Construction after completing a successful college internship with the company.
Andy currently serves as our concept designer, oversees all on-site IT (computer management) for BD Construction and does some project managing as well. Andy is certified as a LEED Green Associate.
When not at work, he enjoys college football, golfing, hunting and playing with his Golden Doodle dog, along with home improvement projects and outdoor activities with his wife.
Like many of his coworkers, Marty Coble's decision to enter the field of construction was influenced by family heritage in the industry; his father owned a construction company in Broken Bow. However, upon graduation from high school, Marty pursued other options to broaden his horizon. Running track for Cloud Community College in Concordia, Kansas, Marty pursued his associate's degree in science. Upon his graduation from college, Marty moved to Kearney because of the larger city atmosphere.
Marty joined BD Construction in 2002 as a laborer and began to work his way up the scale of responsibility. Currently, he is a superintendent, managing subcontractors and suppliers and overseeing the project schedule, quality control and safety of on-site activities.
When he's not at work, Marty enjoys the great outdoors. He appreciates the opportunities the Kearney area gives him for hunting, fishing and riding Motocross with his nephews.
Deanna Freeman first worked with BD Construction when she was the hospital administrator for the Rawlins County Health Center in Atwood, Kan., and BD was the contractor on an $8 million building and renovation project for the facility. She was so impressed with BD over the two-and-a-half-year project that when she retired from her position at the hospital, she went to work as a business development representative for BD, familiarizing hospital and other facility administrators in Kansas with BD’s experience and capabilities.
Deanna attended North Central Kansas Technical College where she earned a nursing degree before going on to receive her bachelor’s degree in healthcare services from the University of Phoenix. In all, she worked in the healthcare field for more than 20 years. Although she has a special knowledge of and interest in healthcare, she will represent BD for construction projects in all areas, including education, commercial, industrial, religious and hospitality.
Deanna and her husband live in Jewell, Kan., and are active in their church and community. Deanna enjoys baking and traveling, and because the couple lives near their two married children, she and her husband have ample opportunity to be involved with the sports and school activities of their five grandchildren.
Ryan Quiring learned the basics of construction at a young age. When he was 13, he was already working on shingling and remodeling projects in his hometown of Henderson, NE, and surrounding areas. As he entered high school, he began work erecting steel buildings and grain bins throughout central Nebraska.
While working as a foreman for a roofing company, Ryan developed an interest in general contracting and high scale projects. He pursued this interest by joining BD Construction in 2006 working as a laborer. Ryan credits his on-site superintendent for teaching him about the management side of the business, which has led to his current role at BD as a superintendent.
Although he's fairly new to the Kearney area, Ryan stays active in the community. He currently attends First Lutheran Church in Kearney. During his free time, he likes spending time outdoors with his wife and daughter, as well as driving his classic car and riding his motorcycle.
Jeff Hoppenstedt came by his love of the construction industry naturally; in fact, you might say it’s in his genes. As the son of BD Construction vice president and project manager Jim Hoppenstedt, Jeff would visit job sites with his dad as a child and started working summers for BD when he was 15. All of this has provided Jeff experience beyond his years.
Born in Columbus but raised in Kearney, Jeff is a graduate of Kearney Catholic High School and also attended the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Jeff enjoys the opportunity to work outdoors as part of a team and takes satisfaction in things he’s built himself. When not on the job site, Jeff enjoys riding four-wheelers on the river, golfing and spending time with family and friends.
Kent Cordes, P.E.
Civil Engineer/Project Manager
During his 20 years working as a design engineer and project manager in Kearney, Kent Cordes had frequent opportunities to work with BD Construction as a consultant. He enjoyed working with the BD team and noted the team members’ commitment to their clients, their professionalism and their spirit of cooperation. In 2013, Kent decided to join the BD team and looks forward to the new challenges ahead.
Originally from York, Kent obtained his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering in 1993 and his master’s degree in civil engineering a year later, both from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. A registered Professional Engineer, Kent has extensive experience with surface water drainage and stormwater runoff issues.
Off the job, Kent serves as the congregational chairman at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, participates with his son in Cub Scouts and formerly volunteered as a baseball coach in Riverdale. He is a member of the Nebraska Floodplain and Stormwater Management Association. He enjoys woodworking, fishing, camping and golf.
Assistant Project Manager
Jon Mosbarger’s early experience in the construction industry led him to pursue a degree in construction management from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. While in school, he completed an internship with BD Construction, and upon graduation, was offered a job to join BD full time.
Born and raised in Kearney, Jon was drawn to BD’s professionalism and camaraderie. Jon’s rigorous classroom education as well as his experience in the field make him a valuable member of the BD team. Jon is a member of the American Concrete Institute, and when not on the job, enjoys hunting, fishing and working on his car.
J. Roger Stone
A veteran of the construction business, Roger Stone joined BD Construction as a superintendent in June 2014. Having been in the construction business for 35 years, he appreciates the respect that BD has earned from its peers, employees, subcontractors and community leaders.
Roger is experienced in commercial field engineering, and he also owned a concrete construction company where he managed multimillion-dollar projects. Born in Boise, Idaho, he was raised in Hong Kong and he received an associate degree in construction management from Illinois Community College in Peoria, Ill.
Off the job, Roger is a wish granter and volunteer for Make-A-Wish in Nebraska and is also on the advisory board for Mission to Haiti. He enjoys spending time with his family, water skiing, snow skiing, golfing, fishing and hiking.