team leaders

Team Leaders

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It’s a philosophy that enables continuous growth and opportunity and keeps leaders grounded in reality. Though we have grown rapidly over the past several years, the Castle team still closely resembles a family. Led by a team of individuals who have played a big part in that growth, this team of leaders proves every day that their commitment to their partners, work ethic in the field and dedication to our clients make all the difference.

  • Mike Pranger

    Mike Pranger

    Job Title
    Vice President Operations

    As the executive leader of Castle, Mike is responsible for overseeing all management and operations for the company. With a commitment to deliver an exceptional experience for clients on every project, he brings more than two decades of experience to his wide variety of roles, including carpenter apprentice and assistant superintendent to estimating, preconstruction and project management. Mike has an extensive background in both the building and civil sectors. A Castle team member since 2005, he previously worked for eight years with McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. He is a member of Associated General Contractors of Missouri, the St. Louis Council of Construction Consumers and the American Subcontractors Association.

  • Sherri Cavaletti

    Sherri Cavaletti

    Job Title
    Director of Project Accounting

    Since 2005, Sherri has been responsible for overseeing daily accounting operations for all Castle projects, including accounts receivable, accounts payable, payroll and billing. Collaborating with project staff, she supports accounting, billing, forecasting, subcontract billing, contract review, change order management, and close-out. Sherri is an integral leader in client and supplier partnerships, making sure they have an exceptional client experience through quality financial processes and communication. As a champion of employee engagement, she is passionate about making sure Castle is a great place to work. Sherri is a member of Construction Financial Management Association.

  • Brian Carlson

    Brian Carlson

    Job Title
    Project Director
    Education
    Missouri University of Science & Technology
    Bachelor of Science Civil Engineering

    As a project director and director of St. Louis markets, Brian’s focus is on the delivery of civil construction projects and pursuits direct to owners/developers as well as local general contractors. His primary duties include design-build and other alternative delivery opportunities, including leveraging Castle’s unique expertise in self-performing civil site work from concept through construction and closeout. Brian joined Castle in 2016 after 14 years managing large-scale highway projects. He is a Designated Design-Build Professional, a member of the Design-Build Institute of America and a Master Drainlayer in the city of St. Louis and St. Louis County.

  • Dan O'Neal

    Dan O'Neal

    Job Title
    Project Director
    Education
    Missouri University of Science & Technology
    Bachelor of Science Civil Engineering
    University of Missouri-St. Louis
    Master of Business Administration

    As project director, Dan leads Castle teams in the execution of large civil construction projects. He joined Castle after 18 years with sister company, McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. He has worked throughout the organization from project engineer to superintendent and project manager, while playing a key role in projects worth nearly $2 billion. Dan has been involved with a variety of complex projects, including those located in dense, urban environments for both private and public sector clients. His extensive experience includes bio-safety research laboratories, aquariums, museums, hospitals, public transportation and pharmaceutical facilities.

  • Trey Patterson

    Trey Patterson

    Job Title
    Regional Safety Manager
    Education
    University of Central Missouri
    Bachelor of Science Safety Management

    Trey oversees and manages the safety program for Castle Contracting. His 15 years of safety experience includes nearly 11 years at McCarthy Building Companies, Inc., Castle’s sister company. Throughout his career, Trey has focused on developing, managing and executing safety and safety education programs for heavy industrial facilities, dense urban project sites, heavy self-perform work and other larger, complex sites. Trey is licensed as a Construction Health and Safety Technician (CHST), an Occupational Hygiene and Safety Technician (OHST) and a Certified Safety Professional (CSP). He also is a member of the American Society of Safety Engineers.

  • David Denny

    David Denny

    Job Title
    Director Field Operations
    Education
    Southern Illinois University Carbondale
    Bachelor of Science Civil Engineering

    As Director Field Operations at Castle, David oversees and communicates daily with project teams. With more than two decades of industry experience, he is responsible for training and development of superintendents, foremen, field employees and internal apprentices. David also created a foreman development program to standardize Castle’s field management and train future project leaders; he also partners with the AGC Laborers Training Center and Local 513 Operating Engineers Training Center to optimize our apprenticeship training program. David has prior experience in safety and risk and is a Master Drain Layer in St. Louis City and County.

  • Kurt Dulle

    Kurt Dulle

    Job Title
    Project Director

    Kurt is the lead utility expert at Castle, responsible for overseeing MEP civil and utility projects. With more than 25 years of experience in project management and preconstruction, he helps manage some of the firm’s most complex projects. Kurt is a Master Drainlayer in St. Louis and St. Louis County, St. Charles, Mo., and St. Charles County, and is also a registered Installer in Missouri.

  • Rich Mueller

    Rich Mueller

    Job Title
    Chief Estimator
    Education
    Saint Louis University
    Bachelor of Science Business Administration/Marketing

    Rich collaborates with Castle project directors and the estimating team to deliver comprehensive, accurate estimates for clients. Bringing two decades of industry experience with a variety of delivery methods ranging from GMP to hard bid, his deep understanding of constructability helps drives accountability for Castle as a project partner and leads to frequent value engineering ideas to improve cost certainty for clients. Rich serves on the McCarthy National Preconstruction Steering Committee – Specialty Markets/Self-Perform Group and has a Master Drainlayer’s License in St. Louis County and the city of St. Louis.

  • Aaron Retherford

    Aaron Retherford

    Job Title
    Director, Business Development
    Education
    Illinois State University
    Bachelor of Science, Construction Management

    As a member of the Castle leadership team, Aaron focuses on growing the company’s sales through the cultivation of new business opportunities. Additional responsibilities include prioritizing project opportunities, developing and leading pursuit strategies, managing sales activity and leading Castle’s marketing and branding initiatives. Since joining Castle in 2010, Aaron also served as an estimator and preconstruction manager. He is a member of Associated General Contractors of Missouri, St. Louis Council of Construction Consumers, and American Subcontractors Association. Aaron also volunteers for St. Louis Children’s Hospital Foundation’s KIDstruction Week industry-wide fundraising effort and serves on the St. Louis Council of Construction Consumers golf committee.

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