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Harkins Announces Long-Planned Leadership Change

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Harkins President Gary Garofalo Succeeds Dick Lombardo as CEO

Harkins Builders, Inc. is pleased to announce that the company’s long-planned change in leadership has taken place.

With the retirement of Dick Lombardo on January 2, Harkins president Gary Garofalo has assumed the role and responsibilities of CEO, setting and managing the strategic goals of the company and serving as the main point of communication between the board of directors and Harkins’ business operations. Larry Kraemer has taken over from Gary as COO, with the construction vice presidents reporting to him. Dick will continue to serve on the Harkins Board of Directors.

Gary joined the company in 1991 and has managed the company’s finances as CFO since 1992. He was promoted to President and COO in 2016, and Larry Kraemer was also promoted at that time, to Executive Vice President. Larry has been with Harkins since 1989, serving since 1998 as Vice President of Preconstruction and Marketing.

Gary expressed his appreciation for the support of our customers. “During these first two years as president when Dick and Larry and I were speaking with our clients about this transition, all of them expressed their confidence in our succession plan and our vision for the future of our company, and we are all very grateful for that.”

He spoke further about the company’s future. “Larry and I are both very excited to be seeing our strategic plans getting results. All of our major construction groups – Commercial, Government, and Multifamily – are helping us to grow our product diversity, and our Northeast and Southeast Divisions are strengthening and widening our geographical presence. 2018 promises to be a record-breaking year in revenues, and we are very proud of how all of our employee-owners are fostering consistency of exceptional quality across people, divisions, and processes.”

Harkins employees honored outgoing CEO Dick Lombardo with a retirement celebration in December, and will pay tribute to him in the February edition of the company’s newsletter, the Harkins Header.