Team Leaders

Great Team Leaders are Teammates First

We approach every project with a true collaborative mentality. Only by adopting a “We, Not I” mindset can we strengthen right partnerships — within our organization and outside of it — to exceed client objectives and strengthen our relationships in the commercial construction industry.

These seasoned leaders are responsible for building and maintaining strong client relationships and for growing capable, reliable teams that improve processes, speed delivery and support all facets of your commercial construction project.

  • Jim Madrid

    Jim Madrid

    Job Title
    Vice President, Business Development
    Located in
    Newport Beach
    Education
    California State University, Long Beach
    Bachelor of Science Construction Management Engineering

    Jim Madrid has more than 31 years of operations and business development experience for the construction industry including management for industrial, transportation, commercial, advanced technology, life sciences and energy projects. In his role as vice president, he is responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with clients and partners in McCarthy's Southern California Division with a focus on the commercial group for the Newport Beach office. McCarthy's commercial group delivers work in the transportation, water/wastewater, hospitality, correctional and government markets, as well as commercial building opportunities.

    Jim is an active member of the Coalition of Adequate School Housing (CASH), CMAA and the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE).

  • Crystal Carter

    Crystal Carter

    Job Title
    Director, Business Development
    Located in
    Atlanta
    Education
    Georgia State University
    Bachelor of Arts Marketing

    With more than 20 years of industry experience in marketing, new business development and client relationship management, Crystal Carter is a business development team member for McCarthy in the Southeast. With a focus on the commercial, renewable energy, higher education and healthcare markets, she works closely with current and potential clients and partners to ensure McCarthy is surpassing expectations.

    Crystal actively serves as a member of the board of directors for the City of Alpharetta Development Authority, a member of the executive leadership committee for the Georgia Chapter of Construction Owners Association of America, is a past president of the South Atlantic Chapter of Construction Management Association of America, and a prior board member of the Society for Marketing Professional Services, Atlanta.

  • Josh Gaghen

    Josh Gaghen

    Job Title
    Director, Business Development
    Located in
    St. Louis
    Education
    Missouri University of Science & Technology
    Master of Science Structural Engineering
    Webster University
    Master of Business Administration
    U.S. Air Force Academy
    Bachelor of Science Civil Engineering

    Josh Gaghen helps manage client relationships within McCarthy's Federal business unit. He also helps integrate design partners on Federal design-build projects. Based in St. Louis, his focus includes the Department of Defense, Department of Veterans Affairs, General Services Administration and other Federal Agencies. Josh brings a variety of experience to his role including serving as a Civil Engineering Officer in the U.S. Air Force before working as an engineer in the private sector for nearly a decade.

    An active member of the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME), Josh serves as the college outreach chair for SAME, Scott Field Post and as treasurer for the Air Force Academy Association of Graduates, Gateway Chapter. 

  • Nick Sandersfeld

    Nick Sandersfeld

    Job Title
    Director, Business Development
    Located in
    San Jose
    Education
    Iowa State University
    Bachelor of Science Marketing
    Bachelor of Science Natural Resource Ecology & Management

    Nick Sandersfeld is responsible for pursuing projects and meeting the evolving needs of clients in the greater San Jose area, with a focus on industrial, laboratory, corporate office, parking structure, educational and government facilities. He brings more than a decade of business development and marketing experience in the Santa Clara area construction industry to his role as director of business development at McCarthy. In addition to his responsibilities at McCarthy, Nick is actively involved in NAIOP, CoreNet Global, Urban Land Institute, RECON, SPUR and non-profit organizations such as the Boy Scouts of America and Rebuilding Together.

  • Paul King

    Paul King

    Job Title
    Director, Business Development
    Located in
    San Diego
    Education
    University of Cincinnati
    Bachelor of Arts Business Administration

    Paul King is responsible for maintaining client relationships, developing the strategy for project pursuits, building strong project pursuit teams, and seeking out new business opportunities in the San Diego region. He brings nearly 13 years of experience in the construction industry.

    In addition to his responsibilities with McCarthy, Paul is a former board member of the Society for Marketing Professional Services Orange County and served as a committee member for Design-Build Institute of America Western Region. He also leads McCarthy’s Heart Hats philanthropic focus in San Diego.

  • Aaron Alhady

    Aaron Alhady

    Job Title
    Vice President, Business Development
    Located in
    Sacramento
    Education
    California State University, Chico
    Bachelor of Science Construction Management

    A 30-year construction veteran, Aaron Alhady is responsible for securing new business and fostering relationships with clients throughout the greater Sacramento region. Aaron joined McCarthy in 1989 where he worked in the operations department for the company's Southern California and Sacramento offices, serving clients in the healthcare, higher education, K-14, parking structure and hospitality, markets.

  • Frances Choun

    Frances Choun

    Job Title
    Vice President, Business Development
    Located in
    San Francisco
    Education
    University of Hawaii at Manoa in Honolulu
    Bachelor of Architecture

    As a vice president in McCarthy’s Northern Pacific Division, Frances Choun develops and maintains business relationships with clients throughout the region. Her strong leadership has greatly contributed to the division’s overall growth, and after almost two decades with McCarthy, has helped propel us forward as one of the largest commercial contracting firms in California.

    Frances launched her career in architecture, where she developed an interest in the construction side of the business. Her exposure to the construction industry eventually led to her career transition. As an industry expert, she is regularly called upon by local, trade and national media to address new and projected trend, and is considered a pioneer in advancing women in the construction field. She was recently honored as a “Forever Influential Woman of Influence in Business” by the San Francisco Business Times.

    Having served in many leadership capacities for professional industry groups, Frances is the past president of the Commercial Real Estate Women’s (CREW) San Francisco Chapter, former president of the board for the San Francisco Telegraph Hill Neighborhood Center, and recent board member of the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) San Francisco Chapter. She is currently on the construction management advisory board for the City College of San Francisco.

  • Erin Valentine

    Erin Valentine

    Job Title
    Director
    Located in
    St. Louis
    Education
    St. Louis University
    Bachelor of Arts
    Washington University
    Masters Business Administration

    Since joining McCarthy in 2001, Erin Valentine has worked closely with the firm’s clients and project teams to develop new solutions to enhance project delivery. Erin’s efforts encompass multiple initiatives within McCarthy's Central Region. She actively works within the education and commercial markets for hospitality, housing, office, entertainment and related developments, including leadership of efforts with state and local governments, particularly in the justice sector.

    In addition, Erin is actively involved with numerous industry organizations including US Green Building Council, Construction Management Association of America, Associated General Contractors of America, Commercial Real Estate Women Network, Society of College and University Planning, American Institute of Architects, Missouri Municipal League, Missouri Association of Counties and American Correctional Association.