Management Team

The hardison/downey management team works together to oversee the daily operations of the company, including manpower scheduling, forecasting, finance and administration, marketing and risk management. Collectively, they have more than 70 years of experience in the construction industry, as well as long tenures with hardison/downey itself.

 

DowneyPAT DOWNEY  |  PRESIDENT

Pat is a native of Tucson, Arizona and obtained his BS in Public Administration in 1976 with highest distinction, and a law degree in 1980 from the University of Arizona. Before co-founding hardison/downey construction, inc., he spent two years in a private legal practice with an emphasis in construction and real estate, and three years as an in-house counsel for a large construction and development company.

Since co-founding hardison/downey in 1985, Pat has directed the marketing and administration of the company, including bonding and banking, insurance, risk management and planning. He has also serves as the "Principal in Charge" of select clients and projects. Since becoming President in 2013, he oversees all facets of the company.

Pat has been married to his wife, Debbie, for 15 years and is a father of three. In his spare time, he enjoys hunting, fishing, outdoor activities and travel, particularly to San Diego.

 

 

KurtzmanJIM KURTZMAN  |  VICE PRESIDENT

Jim is a native of Chicago, IL and obtained a degree in Marketing and Communications in 1988 from the University of Arizona. Before joining hardison/downey in 1996, Jim was a National Marketing Representative for the Arizona Department of Commerce. Prior to that he spent eight (8) years in Phoenix in a sales and marketing role for several firms. In his free time, Jim enjoys spending time with his two kids and indulging in his passion for fitness.

Jim oversees all aspects of marketing and business development for the company, including sales forecasting goals, creating and maintaining client and industry relationships, and event and sponsorship activity. In addition, Jim plays a role in general company management, hiring of new employees, operational functions and risk management.

 

 

MuhlemanCONRAD MUHLEMAN  |  DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

A California native, Conrad moved to Arizona in 1971 to continue college, attending ASU's Construction Engineering program. He later worked for a small developer building housing subdivisions, apartments, condominiums, commercial shell buildings and tenant improvements. With a partner in 1981, he continued in the construction field building speculative and custom homes and building a portfolio in tenant improvement work.

In 1995, Conrad joined hardison/downey as a Project Manager, primarily doing tenant improvements and renovations. His portfolio of projects includes work for Toyota, DHL, Caremark, Express Scripts and GoDaddy, to mention a few. More recently, he became Director of Operations, with direct day-to-day responsibility of the overall construction service operations for the company, including client services, safety, quality control, information technology and project management processes.

A father of two and a grandfather, Conrad has been married to his wife, Cindy, for 40 years and enjoys spending time with family, golf and cooking.

 

ErtsJESSICA ERTS  |  DIRECTOR OF FINANCE

Jessica was raised in Bay City, Michigan and received her BS in Accountancy in 2007. She joined hardison/downey in 2011 after having worked in construction finance since 1998. Jessica manages the financial and accounting teams for the company, and plays a role in general company management, operational functions and risk management.

She has served on the planning committee for Women in Construction, West Coast since 2014. In addition to volunteering her time to a number of local charities, she serves on the Advisory Board for two non-profit organizations: Blue Line K9 Foundation and Shatter It.

Jessica and her husband, Wes, have been together for 11 years. While on vacation, she enjoys scuba diving and also spending time at their cabin in the White Mountains.