BELLEVUE, WA (September 4, 2018) – Local general contractor Foushée and Associates (Foushée) starts its 41st year in business with a long-planned management transition—keeping with the company’s legacy of strategic leadership development. Project Managers John Dolence and Olin Wick have been promoted to Operations Manager New Construction (OMNC) and Operations Manager Tenant Improvement (OMTI), and Matt Buchanan has been hired as Business Development Manager. Today’s announcement officially puts into action a thoughtful and focused effort for a seamless transition to the next generation of Foushée leadership while maximizing the involvement of three well-respected industry veterans.
Foushée’s success is rooted in its dedication to developing people and John Dolence is no exception. Drawing on knowledge acquired in the field as a carpenter, where he started with the company 20 years ago, Dolence has established an effective hands-on management style that focuses on maximizing every employee’s potential. Dolence has been integral in broadening Foushée’s client base, having managed all phases of office, industrial, retail, and tenant improvement projects.
“In my expanded role with Foushée, I look forward to focusing my efforts on providing our people with the tools and training required to grow and deliver successful and safe projects for our clients,” Dolence commented.
Dolence’s appointment as OMNC follows the retirement of Robert Guymer after a 28-year tenure at Foushée, where he played a key role shaping the firm’s culture of safety and operational efficiency.
Olin Wick has spent his entire career with Foushée, rising from project engineer and project management roles, and has been instrumental in growing the company’s interiors and renovations group. In today’s fast-paced tenant improvement market, Wick has established an effective, results-driven leadership style that focuses on “win-win” solutions for clients, design partners, and subcontractors.
“As it has always been, my core priority is taking care of our customers’ needs while adapting to the Seattle area’s ever-changing construction landscape. Because interiors and renovations are often highly specialized, I’m excited to have a leadership role in how we deliver these projects with precision and in a collaborative way,” states Wick.
Mark Stillwell proceeds Wick in running the company’s interiors group. Over his 28-year tenure, Stillwell has been the driving force behind Foushée’s reputation as the “go-to” interiors contractor.
Matt Buchanan has joined Foushée as Business Development Manager. Buchanan brings a robust background in construction, development, and commercial real estate having worked for Sellen Construction, Kidder Mathews, and Panattoni Development. Buchanan will lead the firm’s marketing, business development, and strategic planning efforts.
“Since joining Foushée, I’ve grown to appreciate the strong relationships the company has built over the last four decades. It’s my goal to maintain those connections by truly understanding our clients’ objectives and leveraging Foushée’s resources to provide our project teams and partners with forward-thinking solutions,” says Buchanan.
Buchanan’s hiring as Business Development Manager is proceeded by the retirement of Britt Slone after a 17-year tenure at Foushée. Slone’s focus on client relationships transformed Foushée into the multi-faceted, full-service construction firm it is today.
One of Foushée’s keys to success has been bridging the company’s past to their future by developing leaders from within their organization and attracting the industry’s best talent. With Eric Jones and Lisa Koch continuing as CEO/President and CFO, Foushée has the right resources in place to remain one the Puget Sound region’s premier general contractors and continued sustainable growth.
“Matt, John, and Olin bring a fresh perspective to Foushée’s leadership team. I know their energy and commitment will support the company’s planned expansion during the next construction cycle and beyond. Robert, Mark, and Britt’s guidance through this transition has been so valuable and kept us rooted in the values that have been instrumental to our success,” says Jones.
Relationships. Passion. Commitment. For Foushée, every client relationship is a long-term commitment. We go beyond contractual obligations to help teams succeed with their construction projects. The difference since 1977: dedication and creative solutions. Our clients are many and diverse, and much of our volume comes from repeat customers with needs from new construction to renovations.