Management Team

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Kathryn Cahill Thompson

Position: Chief Executive Officer

Kathryn joined Cahill Contractors as a Project Engineer in 2007, becoming the fourth generation of the Cahill family to work in the construction business. Kathryn held positions in project management, preconstruction, and operations before taking on the CEO role in 2016.

Prior to Cahill, Kathryn worked in management consulting, nonprofit strategy consulting, and education. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce and serves on the Steering Committee for the annual Construction Industry Lunch-O-Ree benefitting the San Francisco Bay Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

M.B.A. – Stanford University Graduate School of Business

A.B., Economics/Geography; Engineering Sciences minor – Dartmouth College

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Kathryn Cahill Thompson

Chief Executive Officer
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Chuck Palley

Position: Vice Chair

Chuck Palley has almost 30 years of experience within the building construction industry, over 25 of which have been at Cahill. Chuck served as President of Cahill Contractors from 2005 and assumed the role of Vice Chair in 2018.

Chuck has been a leader in the Bay Area construction industry, serving as a past president and current Board Member of the Contractor’s Employers Association (CEA). Chuck also spearheaded the founding of the Construction Industry and Workforce Initiative (CIWI), a young adult workforce initiative intended to provide construction industry internship positions and access to development opportunities for students from under-resourced families and neighborhoods.

B.S., Civil Engineering (specialization in Construction Management) – University of Illinois

Licensed Professional Engineer in the State of California

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Chuck Palley

Vice Chair
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Blair Allison

Position: President

As President, Blair oversees all Cahill company operations and projects.  Blair has nearly 30 years of experience in the construction industry and has been with Cahill since 1996. Blair opened Cahill’s Oakland office in 2008 and grew Cahill’s East Bay work to be a core part of the company’s backlog. Blair is a licensed general contractor in the state of California.

B.S., Construction Management – Texas A&M University

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Blair Allison

President
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Guy Estes

Position: Executive Vice President

Guy joined Cahill in 1992 as a Project Engineer and now serves as Executive Vice President. Guy has deep experience in both preconstruction and construction, which he lends to support all Cahill projects.

M.S., Civil Engineering – University of California, Berkeley

B.S., Civil Engineering – Cornell University

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Guy Estes

Executive Vice President
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Arash Baradaran

Position: Vice President

Arash provides executive leadership of projects through preconstruction and construction, while also helping lead Cahill’s preconstruction efforts in its San Francisco office. With a background in structural engineering, Arash has over 20 years of experience in the construction industry, including over 10 years at Cahill working on projects including multi-family apartments and condominiums, hospitality, and education.

M.S., Construction Engineering & Management – University of California, Berkeley

B.S., Civil Engineering – University of California, Berkeley

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Arash Baradaran

Vice President
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Matt Irwin

Position: Vice President

Matt provides executive leadership  to Cahill projects across all sectors while also leading Cahill’s self-perform efforts in concrete and wood framing. Matt joined Cahill in 2006 and has spearheaded successful education, multi-family residential, and renovation projects in San Francisco and on the Peninsula.

B.A., Architecture/ Minor in City Planning – University of California, Berkeley

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Certified Green Building Professional

 

Matt Irwin

Vice President
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Nate Kaufman

Position: Vice President

Nate provides executive leadership of projects from business development through preconstruction and construction.  Additionally, Nate leads Cahill’s Oakland office and oversees Cahill’s BIM coordination efforts.  Having worked at Cahill in project management and estimating since 2005, Nate’s experience spans a wide range of market areas including residential, commercial, and occupied rehabilitation. 

B.S., Construction Management, Minor in Business Administration – California State University, Sacramento

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Nate Kaufman

Vice President
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Mark Zaleski

Position: Vice President

With over 30 years of experience in the construction industry, Mark manages preconstruction and estimating for projects from early conceptual stages to final pricing. He assists clients with budgeting, bidding, site logistics, scheduling / phasing, constructability reviews, researching alternatives, and value engineering.   He also has extensive experience in green building and is a LEED Accredited Professional.

Mark is a former US Navy Civil Engineer Corps officer with naval training and was stationed in Monterey, California, and Italy. He is currently a member of the Oakland Catholic Diocese design review board and serves as Chairman  of his church’s finance council.

M.S., Civil Engineering (Construction Management) – UC Berkeley 

B.S., Civil Engineering (emphasis in structural) – UC Irvine

EIT from California, Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society

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Mark Zaleski

Vice President
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Jeremy Bordi

Position: Project Executive

Jeremy has over 20 years of Bay Area experience in the construction industry, having worked on projects including hospitality, healthcare, historic renovations, multi-family housing and condominiums, and education.  Jeremy joined Cahill in 2015 and provides executive leadership on projects from inception through construction.

B.S., Business Management – Sonoma State University

Jeremy Bordi

Project Executive
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Matt Dennig

Position: Project Executive

As Project Executive, Matt leads major projects from preconstruction through construction, while also leading Cahill’s warranty and small projects teams. Matt has nearly 20 years of Bay Area experience in the construction industry, including over 11 years at Cahill working on projects including senior housing, multi-family apartments, historic renovations, and education.

B.A., Economics – Sonoma State University

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Matt Dennig

Project Executive
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Leadron Koo

Position: Project Executive

Leadron has over twenty years of experience in the construction industry. Since joining Cahill as an Intern in 1997, Leadron has extensively worked both in project management and estimating. A well-rounded leader and collaborator, Leadron has managed projects across healthcare, multifamily, and education market sectors.

B.S., Civil Engineering- University of California, Berkeley

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Leadron Koo

Project Executive
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Howard Carlson

Position: Field Operations Manager

Howard joined Cahill as a Carpenter in 1985 and served as an Assistant Superintendent and Superintendent for over 20 years before becoming Field Operations Manager in 2010.

As Field Operations Manager, Howard oversees Cahill’s field forces, ensuring that projects are staffed appropriately and providing mentoring and training to employees at all levels. Howard provides oversight for every Cahill project, assisting with planning, scheduling, and issue resolution.

Howard Carlson

Field Operations Manager
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Michael A. Grant

Position: Chief Financial Officer

As Cahill’s Chief Financial Officer, Mike is responsible for leading our accounting department and corporate finance operations. Mike also works with the management team to guide strategic business planning.

Mike has extensive experience in finance and the real estate and construction industry, having previously worked at Premier Homes Properties, Inc., Standard Pacific Homes, Western Pacific Housing, Richmond American Homes, Live Oak Enterprises, Panattoni Development Company, and as a senior auditor at Price Waterhouse. Mike is also the owner of a family business in Sacramento.

B.S., Business Administration, Business Finance – California State University, San Diego

B.S., Business Administration, Accounting – California State University, San Diego

Certified Public Accountant

Michael A. Grant

Chief Financial Officer
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Mina Barzanian

Position: Controller

With over 20 years of experience in the construction industry, Mina manages day-to-day operations within Cahill’s accounting department, oversees the accounting team, and ensures accuracy and efficiency in accounting across all Cahill projects and departments.

B.S., Mathematics – San Francisco State University

Minor in Managerial Accounting – University of California Berkeley Extension

Mina Barzanian

Controller
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Rob Rich

Position: Safety/HR/Legal Executive

Rob is responsible for directing Cahill’s safety, risk management, human resources, and marketing efforts. Rob has over 25 years of wide-ranging experience in the construction industry. After entering the construction field as a laborer and later becoming a foreman/superintendent for a design-build geotechnical contractor, Rob went on to work as a construction manager for non-profit and market-rate housing developers, as well as for San Francisco’s Mayor’s Office of Housing.

Rob is a member of the board of directors of Building Futures with Women and Children and serves on the steering committee of the Construction Industry Workforce Initiative (CIWI).

B.A. with Honors, Sociology – University of California, Santa Cruz

J.D. – Hastings College of the Law

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Rob Rich

Safety/HR/Legal Executive