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Gary Garofalo

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Gary has been a champion for the growth and transformation of our company, including the relocation and design of our headquarters office. He is overseeing the company’s strategic growth initiatives in project diversity, geographic footprint, and annual volume, and is leading the effort to provide exceptional quality of service across people, divisions, and processes.

Gary joined Harkins in 1991 as controller after managing the Harkins account at Reznick, Fedder & Silverman. He is passionate about the reputation built by the leaders that came before him, as well as our commitment to corporate citizenship and helping those who are less fortunate.

As the company’s chief financial officer, he helped to grow annual revenues and to build a position of financial corporate health that is unequaled in the industry. In 2002 he oversaw the creation of Harkins’ Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP), which transferred majority ownership of the company to its employees. Harkins is now 100% employee-owned.

Larry Kraemer

Larry used to keep his career goals typed up and posted where he could see them every day. Now he shares the responsibility for setting and achieving the company’s goals in the Southeast region. He has his finger on the pulse of all Harkins projects, understands the needs of our clients, and has a clear and open mind about what our people need to do to succeed.

Larry is responsible for Harkins construction and preconstruction operations, overseeing our Multifamily, Commercial, Government, and Northeast groups. He previously led our Preconstruction, Marketing, and Business Development Departments, where he increasingly took on the role of partnering with clients to find the best solutions for their development and construction needs.

Larry likes to delegate, giving people the freedom to do their best, while holding them accountable to commitments. One of his greatest virtues is his responsiveness, whether it’s an urgent request from a client, or an ordinary email from a Harkins employee.

Ben Nichols

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A former Marine combat engineer, Ben is a consummate professional who is mission-focused and committed to serving the needs of our clientele. He continues to give back to our veteran community by serving on the boards of directors of the USO and the Society of American Military Engineers.

Between his military service and joining Harkins in 2016, he has experience in preconstruction and construction operations through his work with major design-build firms, as well as the planning, coordination, and execution of business development efforts. He directly managed the construction of over 500,000 sf of facilities in the Washington, DC area, totaling over $100M. He has worked on many successful projects, both public and private, and his specific experience includes SCIF work, commercial office, healthcare, mission-critical, hospitality, retail, and multifamily housing.

Ben was promoted to vice president in 2020, where he began overseeing our commercial group and human resources department, leading to his promotion to president the following year.