South Burlington, Vt. – PC Construction is promoting Kevin McCarthy to president and chief executive officer, effective April 1, 2013 when Peter Bernhardt steps away from the day-to-day leadership of the company.
McCarthy, who joined PC Construction in 1998 and currently serves as executive vice president, will become a member of the employee-owned company’s board of directors and a trustee of the employee stock ownership plan.
“This is truly an exciting time as we prepare for the third generation of PC Construction leadership to step up and carry the company forward,” said Peter Bernhardt, president of PC Construction. “This key leadership succession step has been carefully planned over the past year or so to ensure a seamless transition. Kevin’s vast and diversified construction leadership experience will help secure the company’s future success while keeping our core values and the PC Way fully embedded in our activities and behavior each and every day.”
“I am proud to have Kevin step into this role, and am confident the company will continue to prosper in his hands with the help of our leadership teams and every employee-owner,” added Bernhardt.
Kevin McCarthy joined PC Construction as vice president with more than 17 years of estimating, project management and executive oversight experience in the construction industry. Throughout his time with PC Construction, he has provided leadership for various areas of the company’s construction operations in addition to estimating, strategic planning, and managing safety and various operations support services. His role evolved to senior vice president in 2007 before his promotion to executive vice president in 2011.
With this transition, Peter Bernhardt will move away from the career he built with PC Construction over the past 37 years and take on the role of chairman of the company, succeeding Jim Pizzagalli, who will remain a director. While Bernhardt will no longer be involved with daily company operations, he will continue to be a PC Construction employee-owner and work on a part-time basis dedicated to serving McCarthy and the board of directors.
Bernhardt started his career with PC Construction in 1976 as an estimator. As one of the first graduates of PC’s Engineer-in-Training program, he has served as a project engineer, assistant project manager, project manager and vice president prior to his promotion to president of the company in 1998. Over the past 15 years, Bernhardt has maintained overall responsibility for the success of PC Construction, including the acquisition of new work, operations management, strategic planning, customer service and finances.
“Peter’s leadership of the company has been superb, and his many accomplishments on behalf of PC Construction are noteworthy,” said Jim Pizzagalli. “In particular, I would highlight the company’s smooth transition from family management to independent management. Peter made this a success – not an easy task.”
“Now, as we look to a new management team, we celebrate Peter’s contributions to the incredible journey PC Construction has taken,” added Pizzagalli “The company has a bright future because of all Peter and his team have achieved, and I’m confident that success will remain true under Kevin’s leadership.”
# # #About PC Construction PC Construction offers general contracting, construction management and design-build services to private companies and public entities of all sizes. Ranking among the top 200 contractors in the country, the company manages projects up and down the East Coast and in the southeastern United States from its corporate headquarters in South Burlington, Vermont and regional offices in Maine and North Carolina. A construction industry leader for more than 50 years, PC Construction (formerly Pizzagalli Construction) is guided to success by its more than 800 dedicated employee-owners.