Ben Johanneman promoted to VP of operations for McCarthy Houston Office

March 15, 2013 |

The Texas Division of McCarthy Building Companies, Inc., has promoted Ben Johanneman to vice president of operations for the Houston office. Johanneman is responsible for leading management and operations on projects. He will coordinate preconstruction strategy while also serving as the client interface.

Johanneman has worked with McCarthy for nearly 13 years and has extensive experience in the architecture, engineering and construction industries, with expertise in problem solving and process improvement, developing long-term goals into actionable strategy, team building, client relations and mentoring high potential employees.

“The ambition and passion Ben displays for his profession has been apparent from the beginning of his career,” said Mike McWay, McCarthy’s Texas region president. “He has led some of the most challenging projects in the firm’s history and his inherent leadership skills and dedication make him the perfect fit for vice president of operations.”

“Ben’s knowledge and experience have put him at the forefront of McCarthy’s management team and we are confident he will continue to help lead the Houston office as well as the company to increased success and accomplishments,” said Jim Stevenson, president of McCarthy’s Houston Division.

Originally hired for a project in Denver, Johanneman rapidly advanced to project director in just seven short years; in fact, he was one of the youngest project directors in the company. His proven project management success and extensive healthcare construction background prompted McCarthy to relocate him to Houston to lead the design and construction of the $240 million, award-winning Alkek Tower Expansion Project for The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.  Under his guidance, the project was completed ahead of schedule and under-budget. Johanneman is currently leading the $52.3 million University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) Victory Lakes Specialty Care Center expansion project in League City, Texas and the $75 million, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Pavilion in Houston.

Actively involved in the industry, Johanneman is a member of the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Texas, the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA), the Greater Houston Partnership (GHP), the GHP Green Building Sub-Committee and the Rice Design Alliance (RDA). Furthermore, his passion for the community has led to his involvement with the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, the Houston Food Bank and Habitat for Humanity.

Johanneman earned his bachelor’s of science in civil engineering from the University of Kentucky. In addition, he holds an American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) Healthcare Construction Certificate and achieved LEED Accredited Professional status from the U.S. Green Building Council. Johanneman also has won numerous individual awards including being named one of the Houston Business Journal’s Top 40 Under 40 in 2012 and an Engineering News Record Texas and Louisiana Top 20 Under 40 in 2011, providing further evidence of his role as a standout among his peers and rising young star at McCarthy and within the construction industry at large. He currently lives in the Midtown area of Houston.

About McCarthy

Celebrating 34 years of building in Texas, McCarthy is the nation’s eighth largest domestic general contractor (Engineering News-Record, May 2012) and a leading federal builder. An employee-owned company, McCarthy performs general contractor, construction management and design/build services for the following project types: healthcare, entertainment , water/wastewater, federal, port/marine, educational, parking structures, office buildings, bridges and highways, laboratory, biotechnology, retail, microelectronic, industrial facilities, tenant interiors and mixed-use project construction. In addition to Houston, McCarthy has offices in Dallas; Sacramento; San Francisco; San Diego and Newport Beach, Calif.; Phoenix; Las Vegas; St. Louis; New Mexico; Collinsville, Ill. and Atlanta. For more information please visit

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