Category Archives: Employee News

At LS Black Constructors, we recognize the importance of our team members. When your on our team, we have your back. We believe team means more than just working together. It means facing things head on, together, while holding one another accountable. Insisting on greatness, because let’s be honest, you’re only as good as your team.

LS Black Announces New Estimating Coordinator

LS Black Constructors, a full-service construction firm specializing in design-build, is pleased to announce the addition of Katie Bollmeier as estimating coordinator. Bollmeier has been working with the firm for the past nine months as a contract employee. “Katie brings a team mindset and a high-level of organization making her a tremendous asset to our organization and helping us meet our goals on a daily basis,” stated Sterling Black, owner and CEO. Katie comes to LS Black with a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of St. Thomas and a background in project management for a face-paced project management firm. Her expertise in planning, scheduling and business administration will ensure the needs and expectations of both internal and external team members are met. Bollmeier will be responsible for coordinating all hard-bid project estimates and working in an overall administration role for the preconstruction team.

“Katie has proven to be a team player and critical asset to our firm over the past nine months. As we grow, I am confident she will continue to add value to our team and organization as a whole,” stated Brandon Davis, Director of Preconstruction.


LS Black Constructors Names Jim French Chief Operating Officer

St. Paul, Minnesota (February 21, 2018) – LS Black Constructors, a full-service construction firm located in St. Paul, MN, is pleased to announce the promotion of Jim French to Chief Operating Officer (COO). French most recently served as Vice President of Operations and has been with the firm since 2006. In his new role, French will continue to be responsible for the company’s operations, with an increased responsibility and focus on driving the firm’s strategic prioritization, accountability, and operational excellence.

French has more than 15 years of experience in construction management, business development and financial operations. He specializes in delivering work for the Federal Government and has helped to deliver major assignments for such clients as US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC), and the Minnesota National Guard. His project experience includes government facilities and public spaces, transportation facilities and infrastructure, and higher education buildings and facilities. Prior to joining LS Black Constructors, French worked at JLG Architects as an Architect. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Minnesota.

“Jim’s contributions to the operations of LS Black Constructors have been tremendous,” exclaimed Sterling Black, Owner and CEO, “His demonstrated knack for finding and developing talent that aligns with the company’s culture and core values has helped positioned us for continued growth and success for years to come.”

LS Black Constructors Announces New Director of Preconstruction

St. Paul, Minnesota (January 24, 2018) – LS Black Constructors, a full-service construction firm located in St. Paul, MN, is pleased to announce the addition of Brandon Davis as director of preconstruction. Davis will drive all preconstruction efforts on behalf of the firm, leading the estimating team to build strong client and subcontractor relationships, implementing strategic processes, and offering best value solutions for their clients. Davis, a designated Design-Build Professional, will also be responsible for managing the design process on the firm’s design-build projects. With 22 years of experience, Davis brings expertise in planning, scheduling and budgeting to ensure client needs and expectations are understood and met throughout the course of their project. He has successfully overseen projects ranging in value from $50,000 to over $135,000,000 in both public and private markets; and clients regularly request his involvement early in the construction planning process to identify cost savings, establish schedules, and support efficient design efforts.

“We are thrilled to have Brandon join our team,” says Sterling Black, Chief Executive Officer. “His experience, industry knowledge, and certification with the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA), will add increased value to our clients and design partners.”

LS Black Constructors Announces New Marketing Coordinator

LS Black Constructors is pleased to announce the addition of Holly Jasper, joining the team as Marketing Coordinator. Jasper comes to LS Black with extensive construction marketing experience helping coordinate and manage project teams to successfully win work. Jasper will immediately begin working on new project pursuits within the firm’s Federal and Building Divisions. Jasper will utilize her extensive industry experience to help develop and execute the firms marketing efforts, including advertising, public relations, social media and event planning.

Jasper’s diverse experience will bring a fresh perspective to the company. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from the College of St. Scholastica, and most recently served as Marketing and Communications Coordinator for Ever-Green Energy. Jasper is also a trained writer, editor and brings more than ten years of experience creating case studies, RFPs, white papers, business proposals, and creative content for award submissions and social media posts.

“I’m thrilled to join the team and work among such a remarkably tenacious and talented group of professionals,” said Jasper. “I have witnessed LS Black’s fun and aggressive culture and look forward to contributing my talents to the team.”

Michele Ode, Director of Marketing and Business Development says, “I am confident Holly will prove to be a strong asset to the LS Black team. Her experience in industry specific marketing will add a new dimension to the work our team produces and we are excited to have her onboard.”