Messer Construction Co. is pleased to announce the promotion of Tim Steigerwald to president and Mark Luegering to senior vice president and chief operations officer. In his new role as president, Steigerwald assumes leadership of the construction company, including responsibility for overall company performance and strategic direction. As chief operations officer, Luegering is responsible for company-wide construction operations performance. Tom Keckeis retains the title of chief executive officer, a position he has held since 2010, and he will continue to lead Messer Inc., the parent company of Messer Construction Co., while supporting Steigerwald and Luegering during the transition. The promotion of the two senior executives is effective immediately and represents the next wave of leadership growth within the company.
“When Messer became employee-owned in 1990, it changed the course of the company because we became focused on creating opportunities for professional growth. As we’ve expanded into new regions, grown our employee base and increased the number of customers we serve, opportunities for our people have followed. Tim and Mark are perfect examples of this in action,” said Tom Keckeis, chief executive officer, Messer Inc. and Messer Construction Co. “They share a passion for building our communities, mentoring and growing our employees, and providing exceptional service to our customers. They have been at the center of our company’s growth throughout their entire careers, and are well positioned to lead our company into the future.”
Steigerwald began his career with Messer in 1984, working for the company first as a co-op for several years. After earning his bachelor’s degree in Construction Engineering and Management from Purdue University, he joined Messer full time in 1988. Five years later he earned his M.B.A. from Xavier University. Over the next 30 years, he grew from a project engineer, to a site leader, to a senior project executive overseeing multiple jobsites, to a region leader in charge of the operational performance and profit and loss for an entire market. He helped grow Messer’s Columbus region, and in 2005 led the opening of Messer’s Indianapolis office. As the company grew, so too did the need for a dedicated leader to focus on improving the way the company developed, branded and communicated about its services. In 2010 he took on company-wide project development leadership for the company, which includes leadership of the business development, sales support, marketing and corporate communication, and cost planning and estimating departments, and healthcare division. He sits on the boards of the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati and Regional Economic Development Initiative (REDI) Cincinnati, and has served on the board of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Indianapolis, Indiana, and Columbus, Ohio, as well as Ronald McDonald House of Cincinnati.
Luegering began his career with Messer in 1983 after co-oping for four years. He received a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Cincinnati and joined the company upon graduation. On his first assignment he served as a quality assurance engineer on a prominent project for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Mark quickly progressed through the ranks as a result of his operational excellence. Early in his career he was asked to move to Lexington and lead the opening of Messer’s first region office outside of Cincinnati. Later he helped lead and develop Messer’s presence in Louisville. After these successes, he returned to help lead the company’s largest region, Cincinnati. Over time, he was then charged with guiding and overseeing the project operations and performance of Messer’s northern region offices, which includes Cincinnati, Dayton, Columbus, and Indianapolis. Mark led the company’s early adoption and implementation of lean processes, and has since championed newer efforts to improve the way the company manages construction projects and delivers quality. He has been at the forefront of the company’s effort to create career paths for superintendents and advance skill development for the company’s craftforce. He has also led the company’s innovation efforts in prefabrication and technology solutions to create safer, more efficient jobsites. Mark is a Leadership Cincinnati XXVIII and University of Cincinnati Executive Program graduate. His previous community service includes past board chair for the Allied Construction Industries, the Community ReSource Center, and the Spirit of Construction. Mark is a past board member of Kicks for Kids and the University of Cincinnati Engineering Alumni Association. He is currently on the board of Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the Community ReSource Center, and the St. Elizabeth Hospital Foundation.
About Messer Construction Co.
Messer Construction Co. is a construction manager and general contractor, providing leadership for complex, commercial construction projects in the health care, higher education, life sciences and industrial market segments. An employee-owned company, Messer’s transformational investment in its people, communities and innovative building solutions has enhanced the landscape of the nine regions throughout the Midwest and Southeast in which its employees live and work. A local builder with national resources and expertise, the company has delivered value for more than 85 years through quality construction and client experiences, taking care to both exceed customer expectations and build long-term relationships.