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DPR Announces Southeast Leadership Transitions

New year, new leadership opportunities for employees of DPR Construction, one of the nation’s top self-performing general contractors and an industry leader in virtual design and construction and prefabrication. DPR recently announced several leadership transitions to support its growing operations in the Southeast and throughout the company.

Nick Ertmer and Ryan Romanchuk will co-lead DPR’s Southeast region, which has eight offices with more than 1,500 employees building projects throughout the Southeast. Ertmer joined DPR in 2006 and has led multiple projects in higher education, advanced technology, and the life science markets. He most recently served as the Business Unit Leader for DPR’s Raleigh-Durham office. Romanchuk joined DPR in 2011 and, in his previous role as DPR’s South Florida office Business Unit Leader, helped grow DPR’s business across multiple higher education and healthcare campuses and participated in more than $500M and 2M sq. ft. of construction projects.

Shawn Pepple will now serve as the Business Unit Leader for Raleigh-Durham, where DPR is in the process of building its new 100,000-sq.-ft. office at Genesis in Research Triangle Park, which will include a large-scale prefabrication research and development facility. Pepple joined DPR in 2011 and has held project leadership roles with a specific focus on life sciences, as well as higher education.

Adrian Barrios will take on the Business Unit Leader role in South Florida. Barrios has been part of the DPR South Florida team since 2013 and has managed complex healthcare projects, which has led DPR to become one of South Florida’s largest and most admired healthcare builders with projects on more than 24 area campuses.

“A bright spot in what has been an incredibly challenging past year is the leadership demonstrated by Nick, Ryan, Shawn and Adrian in the Southeast,” said Mark Whitson, who serves on DPR’s Management Committee. Whitson is transitioning his role as the former Southeast Regional Leader to focus companywide on the increased integration and collaboration of DPR’s core construction capabilities across its multinational operations. At the start of the coronavirus pandemic, Whitson was instrumental in DPR’s response, mobilizing teams of leaders from around the company to focus on customer needs, operational readiness and future business stability.

“Our team of teams approach and the ability to continue to protect our people, projects and business during a year of uncertainty has us well-positioned for the future and what we call at DPR our ‘decade of strategic growth,’” said Whitson. “We are a company on a mission to be one of the most admired companies by the year 2030. How will we get there? By staying true to our purpose and core values and continuing to provide opportunities for our people to build great things for great customers. We are very excited about all the great things happening in the Southeast and look forward to where our leadership teams will take us!”