Orion undergoes leadership changes

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From left: DuWayne Johnson, Jeff Smigielski, Roger Rehkopf, Kathy Ringnalda and Brad Walsh. Courtesy Orion Construction

Orion Construction appointed Brad Walsh as its new president.

Walsh was previously the vice president of pre-construction at Orion. He will succeed former President and CEO Roger Rehkopf, who joined the construction company as part owner in 2014. With 35 years of experience in construction, he will continue serving as CEO.

“For over a decade, I have had the privilege to be part of the driving force behind constructing many of the successful businesses, entertainment and dining establishments throughout the city of Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Holland, Lansing, Flint and beyond,” Rehkopf said. “While I will continue to remain CEO of Orion Construction, I trust that, under Brad’s leadership, the company will continue to thrive in enhancing Michigan’s cityscapes well into the future.”

Walsh joined the company in 2015 as a project manager. He has expertise in commercial, municipal, industrial, government, university and health care projects. He oversaw mid-rise, mixed-use and multifamily projects including Heritage Place, Rivers Edge and Gateway at Belknap Apartments constructions.

Walsh also led construction projects including Wheelhouse, Holiday Bar, Linear Restaurant, Corner Bar in Rockford and more.

“Roger has been an outstanding company president of Orion Construction throughout the past seven years, and through his leadership and vision, has contributed to the creation of much of the region’s commercial landscape,” Walsh said. “I am honored to fill Roger’s shoes as Orion’s new company president and continue to grow our footprint in West Michigan and beyond.”

In addition to change in leadership, Rehkopf also promoted Kathy Ringnalda, DuWayne Johnson and Jeff Smigielski.

Ringnalda was promoted to CFO after serving as the controller and office manager, overseeing day-to-day office operations and managing all areas of accounting, including construction and development accounting, accounts payable/receivable, cost accounting, payroll and other long-term financial analysis.

Johnson will take on the role of vice president for multifamily after serving as a senior project manager. Johnson has 25 years of experience in the construction industry, including in design and construction process and design evaluation.

After being a senior project manager, Smigielski’s new title is vice president of construction and logistics. He has been employed at Orion since 2015. Smigielski has experience in managing large projects, including conceptual development, project organization, estimating, scheduling, budgeting and project implementation in metro cities such as Chicago.

Since 2000, Orion Construction has managed multifamily, high-rise and mixed-use construction projects, including the Warner Building, GLC Live at 20 Monroe, Venue Tower, Spectrum Health Bridgewater and Arena Place in downtown Grand Rapids; Hyatt Place in Lansing; MSU Student Village in East Lansing; Blue Water Convention Center and Baker College in Port Huron; Samvardhana Motherson Reflectec in Marysville; and The Lodge and Alpine Student Housing in Allendale.

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