Taylor Leohr – New Director of Accounting

Taylor Leohr has been named Director of Accounting at Pride One Construction. Taylor previously served as Director of Project Engineering at Pride One. Pride One Construction is a Developer and General Contractor that works primarily in the Eastern US from Florida to Michigan. Our Core focus of projects are Multi-Family Apartments, Industrial Warehouses, Hotels, Senior Living, and Commercial Construction.

Taylor has ten years of experience in accounting and construction. She started her career as a Project Accountant at Pride One in 2010 and held that role for four years. She then worked at Redwood Living for three years as their Cash Manager. She managed over 150 checking accounts and helped manage their cash flow in each account. In 2017 she came back to Pride One as a Project Engineer and in 2020 was promoted to Director of Accounting. Taylor brings a unique set of values to Pride One since she has been on the Operations and Finance side. She has been able to help bring the two sides of the company together to help with getting accurate job financials and accurate job forecasting.

Before her career started Taylor spent most of her time in the barn riding her horses. Once she started college, she shifted to playing tennis. Taylor graduated from Baldwin Wallace University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Management and Accounting in 2014. She then decided to get more schooling and in 2017 graduated with her MBA from Baldwin Wallace University.

Chris Winkle – New VP of Development

Chris Winkle has been named VP of Development of Pride One. Chris previously served as Land Development Manager. Pride One Construction is a Developer and General Contractor that works primarily in the Eastern US from Florida to Michigan. Our Core focus of projects are Multi-Family Apartments, Industrial Warehouses, Hotels, Senior Living, and Commercial Construction.

Mr. Winkle has over 27 years of experience in development on the engineering, architecture land acquisition and construction. He started his career with the Western Reserve Engineering and Surveying as a Civil Engineering Designer and Surveying Assistant. Chris then went onto working at several Cleveland area engineering and surveying companies before moving to Columbus, OH where he worked for WD Partners, a national architecture and engineering firm, as a Project and Client Manager for over 12 years. Chris then moved on to become the VP of Operations for a startup civil engineering & surveying company in Columbus for 3 years. Chris later joined a national event venue company as their VP of Land Acquisition & Development, where he helped them expand from 20 national locations to almost 50 locations before landing at Pride One Construction in 2019. Chris brings years of experience in development from both all areas of development. He is a great leader of people and is improving his department tremendously in a short period of time.

Winkle came over to Pride One over a year ago where was an instrumental part of the success of our land development team and is now developing a new team within our new Development department. Chris has team-oriented approach in managing where he is proactive in getting the team involved to learn, understand and succeed together as one in development. Chris is an integral part of our business and we are excited for him to lead our new development division for years to come.

Before his development career began, Chris was a graduate of the University of Akron. Chris has been married for 27 years to his wife Laurie and has 4 kids Caitlyn, Stephen, Mason and Brooklyn. Chris resides in Milford Center, OH.

Dan Hazlett – Vice President of Construction

Dan Hazlett, Vice President of Construction, joined Pride One in January 2020 and manages all commercial and residential projects.

Dan served our country in the United States Marine Corps and is a Persian Gulf war veteran. Dan began his Construction career in the Cleveland, Ohio sheet metal industry. Within his 28 year career he has held a number of operations positions, including superintendent, project manager, senior project manager, director of development management and director of construction. Dan is a Senior level action-oriented leader with a strong record of performance and success in commercial real estate development, general contracting and construction management Utilize team approach to drive company improvements and implementation of best practices. Superior organizational and interpersonal skills, capable of resolving multiple and complex issues.

Dan brings a level of personal and team accountability that keeps everyone focused on greater good decisions which in turn drives the highest level of traction internally and externally with our Clients, Subcontractors and vendors. Dan has instituted quarterly clarity breaks along with one-on-one construction team member meetings designed to enhance leadership skills, emotional intelligence, soft skills and management disciplines. Dan provides the guidance, autonomy and resources each team member needs to thrive once they join our Pride One construction team.

Dan has been married for 30 years to his wife Jami and they have 2 boys, Dan II and Mike. Dan is also a grandfather to Norah, she is 16 Months old. Dan resides in Homerville, OH.

Pride One Construction is headquartered in Medina, Ohio. We have a wide range of specialty Projects that include office/retail, hotel, health care, historical preservation, pre-engineered, apartment, independent living and senior living facilities. throughout the United States including ongoing projects in Ohio, Florida, Indiana, Michigan, South and North Carolina.

Tim Courtad – New President and Partner at Pride One Construction

Tim Courtad has been named President of Pride One Construction. Tim previously served as VP of Business Development. Pride One Construction is a Developer and General Contractor that works primarily in the Eastern US from Florida to Michigan. Our Core focus of projects are Multi-Family Apartments, Industrial Warehouses, Hotels, Senior Living, and Commercial Construction. Pride One was founded in 1991 and is approaching it’s 30 year Anniversary.

Tim Courtad has over 20 years of experience in construction. He started his career at Courtad Inc (40 Year Commercial Architectural Metal Company), where Tim wore every hat in the business. He was a Foreman in the field, Factory fabricator, Project Manager, Director of Operations, Estimator, Sales, HR, and Executive. Tim managed every facet of the business at one time or another. Tim has worked with many of the top Developers, General Contractors, and Sub-Contractor’s in the US. Tim brings years of experience in construction and business in which he is the perfect leader for Pride One’s future.

In 2019, Tim Courtad came over to Pride One and immediately impacted the business. Tim has solidified many big relationships and was able to closeout our hardest projects. Tim also has been one of our main architects building our infrastructure as we continue to strive for sustainability and growth. He has a great eye for talent and strategically gives our employees the tools to be successful. He has won at everything he has ever done and is relentless in the pursuit of excellence. Tim embodies a positive culture through transparency, expectations, and accountability. Tim is also a true visionary and leader of people. He sets high goals not only for himself, but also for our employees. He is a firm believer of core values in which he embodies every day with his leadership and decision-making ability.

Before his construction career began, Tim was an elite wrestler and football player in college. He played football and wrestled at Miami University of Ohio and later transferred to Ohio University where he was an All-American athlete.  Tim graduated with his bachelor’s degree in 2000 from Ohio University. Tim also coached wrestling at Cleveland State University and Clarion University where he completed his graduate class work. Tim has been married for 17 years to his wife Robin and has 4 kids Cole 16, Kara 15, Curt 12, and Cal 9. He resides in Aurora, OH.

How to Prevent Accidents With Heavy Machinery on Your Worksite

How to Prevent Accidents With Heavy Machinery on Your Worksite

Working with heavy machinery can be dangerous. The machinery is heavy, bulky, and has many parts and pieces that are dangerous to people. This is why it’s important to maintain worksite safety around heavy machinery. Accidents can and do happen, but many accidents are completely preventable. Here are some things that you can do to keep your worksite and your workers safe while working with heavy machinery.

Hire Licensed Operators

One of the things that you can do is hire licensed operators. For heavy equipment machinery, the law requires operators to hold a commercial driver’s license (CDL) which requires heavy machine operators to complete a course. Once completed, they then have the license to maintain and operate heavy machinery. While mistakes can still happen, a licensed operator is typically safer because they have had the prior training to know how to use the heavy equipment. They adhere to strict guidelines to keep themselves and others safe.

Establish Clear Procedures

For all of your employees, whether they operate on the machines or not, you want to establish clear procedures. Certain situations require lockout/tagout procedures to ensure worker safety. These procedures should be easy to understand by all employees so that they understand the risk the machinery poses and how to avoid injuring themselves or others. For example, establish a procedure for entering and exiting a heavy equipment vehicle. Falls are one of the most common accidents in the workforce, and a simple procedure established can help reduce the risk of an accident.

Teach Employees to Be Cautious

Clear procedures can help maintain safety, but an equally important step is to teach your employees what the hazards are and how to avoid them. Knowing the hazards and exercising caution around them can save the lives of your workers. For example, many heavy equipment vehicles have blind spots. A particularly risky movement operators of heavy equipment vehicles make sometimes is backing up. This is dangerous because it’s practically impossible to see anyone who’s behind the vehicle. Even if a driver has a window to see behind them, sometimes dirt and debris can fall and block that window, making it much more difficult to see. Teach your employees to exercise caution and common sense around the heavy machinery.

Worksites with heavy machinery are hazardous, but you and your employees can be safe. Following guidelines will help you reduce accidents and make your worksite safer for future employees.

If you’re planning on building a new commercial facility, contact us to learn more about how we can help fulfill your construction needs.