/ The Lincoln Team
We talk a lot about our guided process, leading our clients along the construction journey. But that process begins and ends with real people.
Our team is built on experience, with many team members that have been with Lincoln Construction for 20+ years. We keep our experts, and when we hire new people, we bring in folks with a ton of experience. Our expert guides are core to who we are. They’re core to how we meet construction challenges. And they’re core to why our clients love us.
First Year at Lincoln: 1973
When Kurt started with Lincoln in 1973, he immediately recognized that prevailing industry practices left much for clients to desire. He saw that construction managers believed their only function was construction. Kurt knew that Lincoln could do more, and began building our process around providing a better experience for clients. Nearly 50 years later, Kurt still provides guidance and vision for employees, ensuring that our approach continues to put client needs first.
First Year at Lincoln: 2004
Growing up around the business, Greg has been directly and indirectly involved with Lincoln for much of his life. From demolition to rough carpentry, Greg worked a variety of jobs as a laborer and superintendent. Since moving into the corporate office, he worked his way to VP of Planning and Marketing in 2007, and was named President of Lincoln Construction in 2015. Greg provides a deep level of care to clients, touching nearly every engagement. A trait that runs in the family.
First Year at Lincoln: 1983
In over 30 years as a project manager, Jim has helped define our relationship-driven philosophy. Through his experience managing numerous large and complex projects, he has seen how teamwork and our advocacy have created consistent, positive client experiences. Jim has worked with other colleagues to define our client relationships around meaningful principles, including close collaboration, clear communication, transparency, and problem solving.
First Year at Lincoln: 1979
Great construction accounting is about being a thoughtful steward of your money, and that is what Kip Lanka brings to our approach. As a CPA, Kip has built our accounting function around our clients. Whether he’s preparing pro formas to aid our development clients, or working with private university CFOs to consider appropriate project funding, his client-focused methodology is simple: Ensure that our reporting clearly, concisely, and transparently conveys how we’re spending our clients’ money.
First Year at Lincoln: 2009
Andrea learned the “Lincoln Way” as a summer laborer on a demolition crew tasked with demolishing an existing space for a Kohl’s store project. After graduating from Purdue and the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC. Andrea spent five years working in the retail industry with Lane Bryant and Sears. Andrea re-joined the Lincoln team in 2009 and quickly became involved in community and industry groups, corporate marketing, business development, and human resources.
First Year at Lincoln: 2016
At Lincoln, safety, quality and personal relationships have always been a top priority for our team – we brought Michael Jirele on to ensure those priorities are supported daily. Michael brings 18 years of experience and new ideas to the table from his tenure as a VP of Operations with his previous firm. In addition, Michael has remained very active in the industry serving on many committees and boards such as AGC Ohio – which only helps reinforce and maintain our success.
First Year at Lincoln: 2016
With 24 years of experience in the construction industry, Chris’ knowledge and problem-solving skills are evident every step of the way. Throughout his career, he has been on the frontline overseeing complex projects while developing long-term client relationships and cultivating teamwork through mentoring efforts. He has created and maintained positive relationships with clients throughout the years – redefining how construction projects are developed through transparent client experiences.
“Clients do not simply hire us to construct a building—they understand that our strength is in collaboration, planning, guidance and providing advocacy for their needs. Our clients know that working with us means they’re getting a fully invested partner.”
Greg Schmitt / President
“Because our superintendents have so much experience, most of us 20+ years, there is top down trust in the field operations. Leadership and Project Managers trust that we will get things done efficiently, and we trust that they will have our back if we do the right thing. “
Bill Meredith / Superintendent
“I’ve used a common phrase with our team all these years, and I think it has really stuck. If there’s a challenge, we need to come up with three unique solutions to overcome that challenge. And one of those solutions shouldn’t cost the client a dime.”
Kurt Schmitt / Chairman
“We actually lose projects fairly often because we are “too honest.” But that’s key to who we are. Bad news or good news doesn’t get better with time. If we lose a project for being honest, it’s probably not the right type of client. “
Andrea Schmitt / VP of Marketing & Human Resources
“In the pre-construction phase, their money is our money. We try to be very hands on, getting involved as early in the project as possible. This allows us to estimate accurately, continually making adjustments as the project progresses to keep budgets accurate and the client in the loop. “
Chris Hoff / VP of Construction Services