With more than 30 years of experience, Fred was named Chief Executive Officer of Lee Contracting in 2019, and also serves on its board of directors. Prior to being named CEO, Fred served three years as the company’s Chief Financial Officer. Under his leadership, Lee is building on its strengths of providing high-valued industrial construction services to its customers, while offering long-lasting skilled trade careers with an excellent retirement program to its employees. Additionally, Fred is focused on evolving Lee’s leadership and infrastructure to support the continued robust growth of the company.
Before joining Lee Contracting in 2016, Fred spent three decades in the automotive and banking industries with Ally Financial and General Motors. He served most of that time in finance and human resources roles; which included new business development, sales and marketing, mergers and acquisitions, executive compensation, regulatory compliance, product development and manufacturing.
Fred received his Bachelor of Business Administration and Master of Business Administration from Eastern Michigan University. He also completed the Executive Training Program at Arizona State University’s Thunderbird School of Global Management.
Chief Human Resources and Administrative Officer
Joining Lee Contracting in 2020, Krista brings more than 30 years of experience to her role as Chief Human Resources and Administrative Officer. As CHRO/CAO, she directs the strategy and management of the organization’s HR, safety, IT and purchasing operations. She is also responsible for the organization and administration of board matters as the Secretary of the Board.
Immediately prior to joining the organization, Krista served as Senior Director, Total Rewards at Viseton Corporation, a global automotive electronics supplier and Fortune 500 Company. Krista led transformation efforts to globalize compensation strategies for effective resource deployment and built competitive benefits solutions to successfully attract and retain talent in target markets. She has also held roles with The Taubman Company, Ally Financial, Comerica Bank, Accenture and Ford Motor Company.
Krista received her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Labor and Industrial Relations from Michigan State University. She is a Certified Benefits Professional and Certified Executive Compensation Professional. Krista is a mentor with Menttium, a pioneer in corporate mentoring programs that support leadership development and inclusion efforts in the global community.
Chief Operations Officer
Joining Lee with nearly 20 years of experience, Kevin serves as the company’s Chief Operations Officer. He is tasked with maintaining Lee’s high standards of operational excellence during the company’s continued growth.
Kevin oversees the operations and skilled trades teams, while supporting a culture of safety, and will work to attract and grow talent. He plays an important role in enhancing the execution of project delivery, while continuing to delver those projects on schedule and on budget.
Immediately prior to joining Lee, Kevin served as Plant Manager at BorgWarner, where he was promoted several times over the last 11 years.
His strong and diverse background includes experience in engineering, manufacturing, production control, purchasing and program management.
Kevin holds a Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Stony Brook, a Master of Engineering in Industrial Engineering from the University of Buffalo and a Master of Business Administration from Walsh College.
Chief Marketing Officer
Jacqueline joined Lee Contracting in 2020 and brings more than 20 years of experience to the company. In her role as Chief Marketing Officer, Jacqueline leads the organization’s strategic marketing and communications function, including branding, design, digital experience, advertising, social media, public/media relations and strategic partnerships.
Immediately prior to joining Lee, Jacqueline served as Vice President of Marketing and Communications for REDICO, a Michigan-based commercial real estate firm. She has also served in leadership roles at Village Green, Trinity Health, Detroit Regional Chamber and the Detroit Medical Center.
Jacqueline currently serves as the Chair of the Finance & Budget Committee of CREW Detroit, a non-profit organization focused on advancing women in the commercial real estate industry. She is also a member of the Communication & Editorial Committee of CREW Network, the national CREW organization. In addition, she currently serves on Central Michigan University’s Broadcast and Cinematic Arts (BCA) Department’s Alumni Advisory Board, a group that develops and implements strategies for engaging alumni and professionals in support of the BCA Department’s students and overall efforts. Jacqueline served as Board Member, Secretary and Board Liaison to the Communications Committee of CREW Detroit from 2020-2022. She was named a Notable Leader in Marketing by Crain’s Detroit Business in 2023.
Jacqueline holds a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Broadcast and Cinematic Arts from Central Michigan University.
Chief Sales Officer
Michael joined Lee Contracting in 2004 as an Account Manager, where he built a strong customer base, contributed to revenue growth and led the sales team to be achieve the GM Supplier of the Year award for two years. He was also instrumental in placing Lee as one of the preferred installation contractors for all three OEM automotive companies.
Promoted to Director of Sales in 2018, Michael now leads the sales team, which includes more than 40 Account Managers, Project Managers and Sales Assistants. In addition to being responsible for achieving the company’s aggressive sales goals, he is also accountable for cultivating Lee Contracting’s client base, leading the acquisition strategy of new customers and the mentoring and training of the sales staff.
A Master Electrician by trade, Michael has spent more than 35 years in the industrial contracting industry. Michael also served as the Sargent of Arms for the Michigan Electrical Contractors Association (MECA) for two years. Prior to joining the Lee family, Michael owned his own electrical company and worked for several contracting companies.
Michael is a member of the executive management team and serves as a board advisor.
Director of Strategy and Member of the Board
Neil has held various positions at Lee Contracting over the last 18 years. Prior to his current role as Director of Strategy, Neil has spent time in the Director of Sales and Facilities Manager roles at Lee. He also serves as a Member of the Board.
As Director of Strategy, Neil counsels the leadership team on creating ways to achieve long-term growth and revenue goals. He is tasked with identifying strategic opportunities to expand Lee Contracting’s business, while taking those strategies from planning phase to execution.
Prior to joining Lee Contracting, Neil has held mechanical engineering roles at Harley-Davidson and United States Steel.
Neil holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Technological University. He also received his Master in Finance from Walsh College.
Senior Director of Operations
John has been a member of the Lee Industrial Contracting team for more than 25 years. Throughout his tenure with the company, he has held a variety of positions, starting as a Heavy Equipment Operator, and advancing into his current role as Senior Operations Manager for Lee’s rigging and machine repair department. John now oversees the work of close to 100 team members, working on an average of more than 500 projects each year.
John was responsible for starting Lee’s rigging division in 2004. The department, which started with just two employees has grown to nearly 50 staff members.
Senior Director of Operations
Vince joined the Lee Contracting team in 2009 and brings more than 20 years of experience to the organization. Over the last 12 years, Vince has served as Electrical Foreman, Electrical Estimator and was promoted to the role of Operations Manager in 2015, where he oversees the day-to-day activities of the electrical department.
In his current role, Vince leads a team of 90, and is responsible for managing the operations of the department, while ensuring departmental efficiency and effectiveness.
Prior to joining Lee Contracting, Vincent served as a Field Electrician with Summit Electric, Gemini Electric and Archery Electric.
Vince has his Michigan Master Electrician License and Michigan Electrical Contractor License.
Director of Operations
With more than 30 years of experience in the steel fabrication industry, Mike began his career at Lee Contracting in 2010 as an Install Foreman. Prior to being promoted to his current role as Operations Manager in 2018, Mike served as Weld/Fab Department Manager and played a key role in developing the department and building it in to what it is today.
Mike leads the operations of Lee Contracting’s weld/fab and fleet maintenance teams, managing a staff of nearly 50 tradesman, managers, engineers and estimators. In his role, Mike is the liaison between the sales and wed/fab teams, driving the department’s revenue goals, while overseeing project execution.
Prior to joining Lee Contracting, Mike worked in a wide range of fabrication fields, including structural steel, machine bases and sheet metal.
Senior Director of Operations
Andrew brings nearly 25 years of experience to Lee Contracting. As Senior Operations Manager, Andrew oversees the company’s mechanical team of more than 100 staff. He directs the day-to-day activities of the air compressor, HVAC, pipefitting, Pontiac School maintenance and building departments, while providing support and direction for a group of Estimators and Department Managers, to achieve continued operational improvements and efficiencies.
Immediately prior to joining Lee Contracting, Andrew spent more than seven years with Limbach Company, where he served as Pipefitter Foreman, Project Manager and Estimator. He also spent more than a decade with American Ideal Heating Company.
Andrew holds a State of Michigan Mechanical Contractor’s License, a State of Michigan Boiler Installers License and a State of Michigan Journeyman Plumber License. He is a Certified Victaulic Installer, ARI Refrigeration Technician and holds an ASME PVC Bonder Qualification.
Andrew received his Associate Degree in Computer Information Systems from Henry Ford Community College. He has also attended the Pipefitting Industry Training Center.
Director of Operations
Alec joined Lee Contracting seven years ago as a Carpentry Department Manager, ultimately transitioning to the role of Operations Director for Lee’s foundations department in 2023. In his current role, Alec acts as the liaison between sales and the 40+ member Foundations team, working to review estimates, forecast workload, implement training programs and oversee project execution.
Prior to joining the Lee team, Alec served in concrete construction roles with several organizations in Metro Detroit. His experience includes commercial and heavy industrial construction.
Alec studied electrical technology at Mott Community College and completed the Detroit Carpenter’s Apprenticeship Program through Carpenter’s Local 687. He also has his residential builder’s license and Storm Water Operator license.
ROB BARRICK, PE, LEED, AP, CEM, GBE
Chairman of the Board
Rob has served as the Chairman of the Board for Lee Industrial Contracting since 2016. He brings more than 35 years of leadership experience to the board, and has extensive knowledge of the successful operation of an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP).
Rob served as CEO of Smith Seckman Reid, Inc. (SSR) from 1986 to 2018, and currently serves as Chairman of the company. Under his leadership, SSR grew from 85 employees, generating $5 million in revenue, to 450 team members generating $75 million in revenue. SSR has been partially owned by an ESOP since 1983 and became 100% employee owned in 2016.
He holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree in mechanical engineering from Vanderbilt University and a Master of Business Administration from Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor in the construction management graduate program at Vanderbilt University.
A registered Professional Engineer in 16 states, Rob serves on the Board of Architectural and Engineer Examiners for the State of Tennessee, and the board of SRF consulting engineers in Minneapolis. He is a Founder and former Board Chair of the Nashville Food Project, a not-for-profit organization which last year provided over 200,00 meals to homeless and food insecure people in the Nashville area.
Member of the Board
Joining the Lee Contracting board in 2020, David currently serves as Chief Financial Officer and board member at Cathcart Construction Company – Florida, LLC, an infrastructure underground and general contractor based in Orlando, and as Chief Financial Officer and board member at ProcessMiner Inc., a leader in cloud-based predictive analytic solutions for manufacturers. He is also the founder of Life Expeditions, Inc., an executive coaching firm for C-suite leaders.
David has also held financial leadership positions at North Highland, TRX, GE Energy, Mirant and Arthur Andersen. In addition to the Lee board, he also serves on the board of SRF Consulting Group.
He received his Bachelor of Business Administration from Notre Dame and his Master of Business Administration.
Member of the Board
Rick joined the Lee Contracting board in 2017. He currently serves as the Vice President, Total Customer Satisfaction & Programs at Faurecia, one of the top 10 largest automotive parts manufacturers in the world.
Prior to Faurecia, Rick has held leadership roles with Gestamp, BorgWarner, Inc., Magna Powertrain, AL-KO Kober Group, TI Automotive and Vari-Form.
Rick received his Bachelor of Arts in administrative & commercial studies and political science from The University of Western Ontario, as well as his Certificate in Quality Assurance from Fanshawe College, located in London, Ontario. He is a Certified Quality Engineer and completed management and leadership training at the University of Michigan – Dearborn and Center for Creative Leadership.
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