David Laux – Owner / President
David is the owner and founder of Laux Construction LLC. He was born into the industry, as his father and uncle both worked in construction. As a teenager, he worked for K&D General Contractors in Williamston, MI, owned by his Uncle. In the late 1990s, David entered the Carpentry Apprenticeship, where he obtained his license in carpentry. David has well over 30 years in the Lansing Area Commercial Construction Industry.
David whole-heatedly believes in teamwork, being proactive, always having a positive attitude, having a sincere interest in developing lasting relationships and helping our clients achieve their objectives successfully. These traits, among others, have helped Laux a leading General Contractor in the Greater Mid-Michigan area.
Ronni Laux – Office Manager
Ronni has been with the company since it has started in 1996. She has taken on several roles as the company has grown. Starting from knowing very little about construction, she is very knowledgeable in every aspect to date. Before her time at Laux Construction, Ronni worked at MSU Foundation, and quit her job there to stay home with her two young daughters, one being a newborn.
Currently, Ronni is the Office Manager, and CFO of Laux Construction. She trains the office new hires on pay application processes, handles contract management, and the money management.
“Why do I like working here or in construction.. well, I had two kids I had to put through college, so I had no choice! But, in all honesty, David came to me and told me he quit his job the same day or so that I quit mine. He decided to do this, and I needed to help. Little did we know it would take off like it did. There have been many struggles. But, it is a miracle that this paid off for our family. We are beyond thankful.”
Kori Crippen – Human Resources Specialist/Project Management Assistant
Kori started working for Laux full time in 2014, after several years of part-time work growing up. She started out as the Receptionist and doing several Administrative tasks. Kori then started learning more about accounting department and project management department and assisting in those areas. In 2017, she was promoted to the Human Resources Department where she deals with payroll, accounts payable and receivable, and company benefits, Project Management Assistant. Kori also has created a new Marketing position within the company, and runs our Marketing Department as well.
“What I love most about Laux Construction, and construction in general, is how hard everyone works as a team to get things done. Not one person can get a project done without every single person in our office, in the field, and our subcontractors on site. Seeing the jobs on paper during kick-off meetings, and then taking the progress pictures, AND the after pictures, it is the most rewarding thing possible.”
Kitty Gailey – Accounts Payable Controller/Project Management Assistant
Kitty Gailey started in 2012. She previously worked for a private sector company, which closed their doors after quite sometime after losing funding. We were excited to take her in. Kitty started out as an Administrative Assistant, and eventually became Accounts Payable and also assists in the Project Management Department.
Kitty also helps train new office staff members when they are hired for the clerical end of the office.
Heather Kirchen- Receptionist
In August 2017, Heather started as our part-time receptionist. After January 2018, she is now full-time! Heather previously worked for corporate companies for majority of her adult career. Currently, she handles all receptionist duties, such as answering the phone, greeting customers, filing, assisting with closeout documents, Certificate of Insurances, and helping with accounting procedures as well.
“It is refreshing to work for a company that has personal interest and expectations in their employees. I love seeing projects unfold and the competitive nature of the construction industry. It is a great feeling to like coming to work everyday.”
David Perhne – Field Operations Manager
David joined Laux Construction in August of 2015. David handles all field staff and provides supervision including, but not limited to, safety precautions, guaranteeing quality standards are met, as well as supervising the use of equipment on site, and training field staff new hires.
Chris Martin – Director of Project Management and Estimating
Chris was the first office employee Laux Construction ever hired, and he has stuck with us! He has been with us since 2001, and has managed several successful projects for the State of Michigan, Michigan State University, Lansing Community College, Ingham County, Michigan Department of Corrections, and residential homes, just to name a few. In January of 2017, Chris was promoted from Senior Project Manager, to Director of Project Management and Estimating. He currently oversees the estimating department as well as the entire project management department.
“I enjoy seeing an idea come to life by the hard work and talent of many different people on a team– it is very exciting and fulfilling. As a general contractor/ construction manager, we are able to see someone’s ideas and concepts translated to a design by architects and engineers. We take that idea and build a team that can take many small parts and pieces and combine them all to make that idea become a reality for the client. And, years later, I can drive past the same building, or park, or monument, and feel the pride that I had a part in making that happen.”
Brandon Garred – Project Manager
In 2007, Brandon was hired on as our second office employee. Originally, he was an Estimator. In 2009, business called for him to be promoted to Project Manager. While he was still assisting occasionally with estimating, he was primarily a Project Manager. He provides field supervisory responsibilities, project staffing, scheduling, quality control, and subcontractor relations. Brandon has managed several successful projects for the State of Michigan, but, his most popular customer is Michigan State University, and private customers. Brandon enjoys the diverse challenge that comes with delivering a successful project.
Brian Stiebe – Project Manager
Brian joined the Laux Construction team in April of 2013. He was previously employed for 16 years as a structural engineer. Brian has brought his engineering and design experience to help Laux Construction grow as a leader in the design/build market. His responsibilities include estimating, project budgeting, preliminary building and site layout, and coordination with subcontractors in bidding of design/build projects.
Eric Reed – Estimator
Eric joined is in 2015 as an Assistant Estimator. In January 2017, changes were made to our estimating and Project Management department, leaving someone new in charge. As of May 2017, Eric became Laux Construction’s only Estimator. Eric does have assistance from others in the office when needed. He currently looks for projects to bid, sends out invitations to bid, and prepares for bid day.
David Rockafellow – Project Manager/Estimator
David Rockafellow took our last vacant spot in the fall of 2017. He graduated from Ferris State University in 2008 with a Bachelors in Architectural Technology and Construction Management. David has worked in the Michigan Construction Industry as a subcontractor for approximately 10 years. He currently works mainly in the Project Management department, but has been getting more familiar with the Estimating Department processes as well, and bidding more projects.
“I grew up in a construction family, and this has always been in my blood. Construction is all I have ever wanted to do. What made me come to Laux was because of the people. Everyone is treated more like family, as opposed to coworkers. The projects we bid, receive, start, and finish, are also very rewarding as well.”