LWG Construction is a full-service commercial construction company founded by Leland William “Bill” Gerber and is the culmination of 36 years in the construction industry when Bill recognized things needed to be done differently. Established in 2016, LWG Construction is built on the following elevated customer service model:
- Core staff expertise supported by a comprehensive team of subcontractors
- Transparency on job schedule and budget
- Engaging with clients partners to effectively and efficiently resolve unexpected issues
- Consistently earning the trust and loyalty of our client partners
Meet the Team
Leland William (“Bill”) GerberFounder & CEO
Founder & CEO
Founder and CEO of LWG Construction, Bill’s more than 36 years of industry experience managing a diverse portfolio of projects has enabled him to build a company based upon a strong foundation of trust and repeat customers. Bill’s management style provides his team with opportunity to professionally grow while working in a collegial environment. Bill generously invests time in his employees and with his clients, ensuring that they are content and feel supported. As a philanthropic addition, Bill offers his employees “volunteer days” where they can contribute their time towards a charity of their choice. For his part, Bill is an avid supporter of the Morgan Autism Center, TKB Baseball, and All Stars Project.
Samuel B. KeehnDirector of Sales/Sr. Project Manager
Director of Sales/Sr. Project Manager
Over the course of his 16 years in the construction industry, Sam has fast-tracked his career to become Director of Sales and a key member of the leadership team of LWG Construction. LEED Accredited and a Certified Energy Auditor, Sam brings unique value to clients seeking to build sustainably. A globally experienced Sr. Project Manager, his wealth of construction knowledge makes him an invaluable resource to the entire team, from pre-construction services through to project completion. Sam’s strong work ethic means he consistently strives for excellence, working closely with our clients and our project management team in order to meet our shared goal of delivering high-quality projects on schedule, on budget and safely.
Dennis ByrdVice President – Operations
Vice President – Operations
With over 35 years of experience as a professional construction superintendent/manager, Dennis has overseen various projects across different sectors, including heavy industrial infrastructure, facility pads, major tool install, Class A office interior build-outs, new building shell construction, educational facilities, café, and food-service facilities, healthcare and fitness centers, structural and seismic upgrades, biotechnology facilities, cleanrooms, and ADA compliance upgrade projects. As Director of Field Operations for LWG Construction, Dennis leads his team with emphasis on collaboration, project tracking, and safety. His strong track record of delivering projects on time and within budget has earned him recognition within the industry and amongst his peers. He takes great pride in his work and always strives to exceed expectations while ensuring successful project completion.
Emily GerberOffice Manager/Director of Special Projects
Office Manager/Director of Special Projects
With a lifetime spent surrounded by the world of construction, it was not surprising that Emily joined the family business. Emily began her career in the construction industry 9 years ago. She is currently the Office Manager and Director of Special Projects, managing facilities, H.R. compliance, employee relations, as well as assisting with implementation of new business management systems, tools, and software across the company. With her experience in the construction industry and constant drive to improve processes and efficiency, Emily has become a valuable asset to her company and continues to help support its growth daily.
Jeremy Van Der VeenDirector of Finance
Director of Finance
Jeremy brings over 16 years of business finance and accounting experience to LWG Construction’s leadership team. His professional background was forged in the technology industry where his financial planning and analysis skills were instrumental in the growth of private companies positioning themselves for transition to public companies. It’s those honed skillsets and Jeremy’s thoughtful decision-making, along with a strong understanding of forecasting and budgeting for strategic growth that has played a key role in LWG Construction’s growth since joining the company in 2018. Jeremy is US GAAP and IFRS accredited and holds a B.S. in Finance from San Jose State University.
Karen FornashDirector of Corporate Development
Director of Corporate Development
With a career marked by success in business operations, project management and business development, Karen’s strengths lie in translating organizational vision and objectives into strong business outcomes. She has a unique ability to quickly identify opportunities for growth, develop comprehensive strategies and create actionable plans to help organizations realize their vision and reach new heights of success. Driven by her passion for excellence and commitment to innovation, Karen has been credited with leading organizations through major transformations, fostering collaboration between teams and departments, implementing successful initiatives that drive productivity and profitability, and cultivating strong relationships with clients that promote loyalty.