Grand Rapids, Michigan, July 30, 2021 – Local construction manager, CD Barnes Construction has recently appointed a new President and Vice President of the firm. In 1996, Todd Oosting joined CD Barnes as Director of Business Development before becoming Vice President in 1999. He has now taken over as President and CEO. Todd is responsible for overseeing contract negotiations, land acquisition, consulting, property management, business development, and marketing programs. He is also in charge of overseeing the company’s growth strategies. Tom Berry joined CD Barnes in 2016 as a Project Manager and has transitioned to Vice President and COO. As Vice President of CD Barnes Construction, Tom is responsible for both the business and operational direction of the company. Tom served in the Marine Corps which helped him build a strong work ethic, leadership skills, and precise organizational methods. He is responsible for overseeing the operations of the company both in the field and the office.
CD Barnes has also added 4 new people to their operations team. Lynne Blondell was hired as Project Manager and is now managing two provisioning center projects. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Construction Management from Michigan State University. Born and raised on the east side of the state, Lynne started her career as a Project Manager for a drywall contractor out of the Detroit area. She then transitioned to a Superintendent role for a general contractor, working her way up to a Project Manager position. Lynne has over ten years of construction experience in the retail, education, office, tenant improvement, and multi-residential industries. Lynne and her family now reside in the West Michigan area, and in her free time she enjoys baking, working in her garden, and cheering the Michigan State Football team on in the Fall.
Tom Minnema has been hired as a Superintendent and is now managing a provisioning center project in Kalamazoo. He was born, raised, and still resides in the West Michigan area. Tom received his bachelor’s and master’s degree in Business Administration from Calvin College and Saint Xavier College, respectively. Prior to joining CD Barnes, Tom ran and operated a residential construction company with two colleagues, building over 330 single family homes and condos before going to work as a Superintendent for another local general contractor. His over 30 years of experience in the construction industry makes him an asset to the CD Barnes Team. When Tom isn’t working, he enjoys spending time with his wife, children, and grandchildren.
Ken Medema has also been hired as a Superintendent and is working on a renovation project for a big box retailer in Taylor. Ken was born and raised in Chicago and now resides in West Michigan with his wife of 42 years. Before he came to CD Barnes, Ken worked for a mason contractor out of Chicago and then for a local general contractor out of Grand Rapids. He has over 40 years of construction experience working in the education, church, restaurant, and multi-residential industries. In his spare time Ken enjoys spending time with his family, fishing, and working in his garden with his wife.
Also joining the CD Barnes team is James Phelps, hired as a Superintendent. He has over 30 years of experience in the commercial construction industry, having worked for numerous general contractors in West Michigan throughout his career. In his spare time, he crew chiefs on a professional race team and enjoys spending time with his grandchildren.
CD Barnes Construction is excited to announce these new faces to the team and looks forward to building long lasting relationships with their new employees!