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Established in 1915 by members of the Gage family, Gage Brothers is now led by a team of experts in the precast concrete industry.

To learn more about each team, please click on the subheading below.


Tom Kelley, P.E.

Tom Kelley is president, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Gage Brothers Concrete Products. Kelley has served in his current role since 2001. 

A 38-year company veteran, he has been instrumental in the company's evolution through ongoing strategic planning sales strategy and product research to provide Gage Brothers clients with the highest quality product solutions available. Kelley also provides critical leadership to more than 250 employees as Gage Brothers undergoes a company culture transition and moves all operations into a new $40 million precast manufacturing facility.

Kelley has established relationships throughout the precast concrete and construction industries. A highly-skilled engineer, he gained broad international experience through serving as a precast engineering consultant for a large housing project in New Delhi (2011) and a precast manufacturing facility in Saudi Arabia (2016-17), the latter of which will soon be under construction.   

For nearly 30 years, Kelley has demonstrated exceptionally high degrees of professional ethics, service and dedication to the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI). He was a member of the PCI Architectural Committee from 1989-2011, which he also chaired for several years. In addition, Kelley founded PCI’s International Committee in 2013 and served as the group’s chairman until 2016.

Kelley was a member of the PCI Board of Directors from 2008-09 before completing the board’s chair/role rotation from 2011-2014, ultimately serving as board chairman in 2013 and immediate past chair the following year. He is also a long-standing AltusGroup member and the current Vice Chair of the National PCI Foundation Board of Trustees. Kelley was named a PCI Fellow in 2017.

One of South Dakota’s leading champions of workforce development, Kelley is a co-chair of Southeast Technical Institute’s NOW (New Opportunities for Workforce Development) Campaign, a $6.2 million, five-year campaign that aspires to bring in more potential students and produce a greater number of skilled graduates to meet the demands of the Sioux Falls workforce.

In 2012, Kelley served as co-chair of “Build it Now Sioux Falls,” a full-scale ballot campaign that enabled construction of the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center—a publicly-owned events center that has topped $2 million in net operating income each of the past two years.

In addition, Kelley is the current chair of the Sanford USD Medical Center board of directors and an active member of the Sioux Falls Development Foundation. His previous board service in the Sioux Falls community includes Lutheran Outdoors and the Southeast Tech Foundation.

A leading voice in the Sioux Falls business community, Kelley was a co-presenter at the 2018 South Dakota Manufacturers' Day Summit. His passion for learning and connecting with young people has made Kelley a frequent guest lecturer at local colleges, including South Dakota State University, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and the University of Sioux Falls.  

A native of South Dakota, Kelley holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology. He has been a licensed Professional Engineer in South Dakota since 1985 and was honored as the NSPE South Dakota Young Engineer of the Year in 1986. 

Tom Kelley and his wife (Julie) reside in Sioux Falls. They have three children (Amy, Susan, Tom) and four grandsons. 

 


David Honner

David Honner joined Gage Brothers in 1998 as a controller after eight years with a local certified public accountant (CPA) firm. In 2006, David was promoted to Chief Financial Officer and in 2012 was promoted to Vice President of Finance. He is responsible for all financial and accounting activities,including serving as the trustee for the Gage Brothers Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). 

David owns dual Bachelor of Arts degrees in Accounting and Business Administration from Mount Marty College, with a minor in Computer Science. He has been a certified public accountant since 1992. David volunteers as a board member and treasurer for Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA), and serves as a board member for the Sioux Falls Snowfox Swim Team and the Sioux Falls Aquatic Association.


Joe Bunkers

Joe Bunkers has served in various roles over the past 20 years at Gage Brothers, ranging from drafter technician,quality control manager and precast concrete sales, to his current role as Vice President of Preconstruction. Bunkers provides guidance and direction for all construction bids as well as projects in the preconstruction phase. He excels at determining how Gage Brothers can best distinguish itself from the competition. Bunkers’ determination and results-oriented accountability allows him to deliver quality work and exceed client's expectations. To ensure quality for Gage Brothers customers, Bunkers has achieved Quality Control Personnel Certification Level III from the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI). He is an active member of the Leadership PCI Committee and immediate past chair of PCI's Architectural Precast Concrete Services Committee. 


Chuck Smith

Chuck Smith is the Vice President of Operations at Gage Brothers and is responsible for the company’s engineering, operations and quality departments.Prior to joining Gage Brothers in 2006, Chuck acquired almost two decades worth of experience in engineering, project management and purchasing/logistics for automotive component suppliers. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from South Dakota State University. Chuck served as a City Commissioner for Canton (S.D.) from May 2011-May 2017 and also held the position of Mayor of Canton from May 2012-May 2016.  


Jason Heikkila

Jason Heikkila joined Gage Brothers as the Controller in March of 2015. Prior to joining Gage Brothers,Jason worked as a controller in the plastics industry for 10 years. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in mathematics and economics from the University of Minnesota–Morris. In his spare time, Jason volunteers as a treasurer at his church and coaches youth baseball and basketball.



Cassandra Nicolai

Cassandra Nicolai started at Gage Brothers in 2010 as an intern with the human resources department. During her internship, she quickly realized her passion for the industry and became a full-time human resources generalist with the company. Currently Cassandra is the Human Resources and Safety Manager for Gage Brothers. In this role, Cassandra oversees recruiting and hiring, employee development, employee recognition and wellness, risk management,worker’s compensation and safety. She is committed to a proactive safety approach, based on employee involvement and empowerment, to help identify high risk situations and ensure that Gage Brothers employees are safe on and off the job.

Cassandra holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management degree from the University of South Dakota. She is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) chapters, including both the local Sioux Empire chapter and the national chapter. She is also certified as a Professional in Human Resources by the HR Certification Institute and is recognized as a Certified Professional by the Society for Human Resource Management. 





Mike Vander Vorste

Mike Vander Vorste was recently hired as the Plant Manager at Gage Brothers. He has more than 18 years of experience in Engineering and Plant Management. Mike’s experience includes fuel ethanol production, manufacturing, project management, product design and engineering sales. In previous positions he was responsible for ensuring operational best practices, process safety management (PSM), design for manufacturability, upholding quality, performing Root Cause Analysis (RCA), process optimization and system troubleshooting. Mike holds two U.S. patents and is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of South Dakota. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.  





Joe Bunkers

jbunkers@gagebrothers.com
Joe Bunkers has served in various roles over the past 20 years at Gage Brothers, ranging from drafter technician,quality control manager and precast concrete sales, to his current role as Vice President of Preconstruction. Bunkers provides guidance and direction for all construction bids as well as projects in the preconstruction phase. He excels at determining how Gage Brothers can best distinguish itself from the competition. Bunkers’ determination and results-oriented accountability allows him to deliver quality work and exceed client's expectations. To ensure quality for Gage Brothers customers, Bunkers has achieved Quality Control Personnel Certification Level III from the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI). He is an active member of the Leadership PCI Committee and immediate past chair of PCI's Architectural Precast Concrete Services Committee. 

Eric Kurtz, P.E.

ekurtz@gagebrothers.com
Eric Kurtz has held a variety of roles in his nearly thirty years at Gage Brothers and is currently a Preconstruction Manager. As an engineer with extensive preconstruction and project management experience, Eric will visualize and assist clients throughout their projects, while providing clients innovative solutions and cost saving options. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from South Dakota State University and has been a licensed Professional Engineer since 1991. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in South Dakota, North Dakota and Wyoming.

Robb Walrath

Robb A. Walrath Jr.

rwalrath@gagebrothers.com

Robb A. Walrath Jr. has more than fifteen years of experience with Gage Brothers, providing preconstruction services to clients throughout the Upper Midwest. Robb is a Preconstruction Manager and offices in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area, where he works closely with the construction industry to provide architectural precast solutions. From providing preliminary project budgets, to design assistance for both architectural and engineering firms, Robb nurtures and creates ongoing, long-term relationships resulting in award-winning architectural precast structures. He holds an Architectural Engineering Associate in Applied Science degree from St. Paul College.

Robb currently serves as the PCI Midwest Vice Chairman and is an active member of the Minnesota Builder’s Exchange. He is also a former Director of the Board for the Builders Exchange of St. Paul and a Past President of MnPa (Minnesota Prestressed Association). In his spare time, Robb volunteers as a youth lacrosse coach and is the President of the Forest Lake High School gymnastics booster club.  






Ann Hill

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Ann Hill began her career with Gage Brothers as a drafter before joining the Preconstruction Department as an Estimator and was promoted to Preconstruction Manager in July of 2018. Ann oversees residential hollow core (corefloor) sales along with hollow core project management. Ann has more than 20 years of experience within the construction and manufacturing industries. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Management from Wayne State College. Ann is an active member of the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) and the local chapter of Toastmasters. She also volunteers with Junior Achievement of South Dakota.







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Crystal Jaeger

cjaeger@gagebrothers.com

Crystal Jaeger was hired as the company's Project Estimator in August 2018. She has 19 years of drafting experience for Gage Brothers using both AutoCAD and Revit software. She holds an Associate of Applied Science degree from Lake Area Technical Institute in Watertown, South Dakota.









Stephanie Pendrys

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Stephanie Pendrys was named the Marketing Manager for Gage Brothers in January of 2015. Prior to joining Gage Brothers, Pendrys spent four years as the sports information coordinator at the University of Sioux Falls. Before that, she served as the marketing and media relations manager for the United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona. While at UWTSA, Pendrys initiated high profile marketing programs and partnerships that included a “LIVE UNITED” campaign that received top-5 recognition from the United Way of America. Her additional experience includes marketing positions with the Carolinas PGA Section and Family Circle Cup, the world’s largest women’s only professional tennis tournament. A native of Houghton Lake, Mich., Pendrys holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and English from Albion College and a Master of Mass Communications degree from the University of South Carolina School of Journalism and Mass Communications. She earned her MBA from the University of Sioux Falls in 2012.






Dan Butler

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Dan Butler was hired as the ARCIS Account Manager for Gage Brothers in May of 2016. He joins Gage Brothers by way of Walnut Grove, Minn., and brings a diverse background in outside sales and customer service to Sioux Falls. Dan spent the past seven years as a product specialist/outside sales representative for Building Products, Inc., where he identified trends and business development opportunities for BPI in Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa. Prior to that, Dan worked in sales for Wausau Supply Company. 



Chuck Smith

csmith@gagebrothers.com
Chuck Smith is the Vice President of Operations at Gage Brothers and is responsible for the company’s engineering, operations and quality departments.Prior to joining Gage Brothers in 2006, Chuck acquired almost two decades worth of experience in engineering, project management and purchasing/logistics for automotive component suppliers. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from South Dakota State University. Chuck served as a City Commissioner for Canton (S.D.) from May 2011-May 2017 and also held the position of Mayor of Canton from May 2012-May 2016.  

Joel Bass

jbass@gagebrothers.com
Joel Bass is a Project Manager at Gage Brothers and is responsible for monitoring and overseeing projects from start to finish. Prior to joining the team at Gage Brothers, Joel managed projects, estimating, and sales with previous employers in the construction industry. With over five years of project management experience, Joel is able to cultivate trustworthy and productive relationships with the clients of Gage Brothers. Joel has his Bachelor of Science in Construction Management from South Dakota State University.








Rachel Swain

Rachel Swain has more than 21 years of experience at Gage Brothers and is currently a Project Manager. Her responsibilities include monitoring and overseeing projects from start to finish to ensure that they are always moving in the right direction. Rachel started at Gage in the drafting department and moved up to engineering before leading the drafting team for several years. These previous positions provided her with a broad understanding of precast concrete, plant processes and field construction processes, including drafting, BIM, design, managing schedules, direction of teams and estimating. Rachel holds an Architectural Engineering Associate in Applied Science degree from Southeast Technical Institute and a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from South Dakota State University.

  




Colin Karst

Colin Karst was named Gage Brothers project coordinator in May of 2016. Colin grew up in a very construction-oriented family, as his parents own a highway construction company and ready mix concrete plant in his hometown of Dell Rapids (S.D.). Prior to his employment at Gage Brothers, he spent three summers working for the D and I Railroad. Colin is a 2016 graduate of the South Dakota State University Construction Management program. During the summer months, you can usually find Colin on a golf course or on the mound for the Dell Rapids Mudcats amateur baseball team.  


Collin Moriarty, P.E.

cmoriarty@gagebrothers.com
Collin Moriarty joined Gage Brothers in 1996 as a Structural Engineer and was promoted in 2006 to the Engineering Manager. He is closely involved in all engineering processes, assigns Engineering duties to the Engineer department, and reviews structural calculations performed by other Engineers for Code Conformance. Prior to joining Gage Brothers, Collin was a Bridge Design Engineer for five years with the South Dakota Department of Transportation. Collin holds his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from University of Minnesota and has been a licensed Professional Engineer since 1996. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in South Dakota, Minnesota, North Dakota, Iowa, Colorado, Nebraska and Montana. Collin is an active member of three PCI committees: PCI Journal, PCI Handbook and PCI Diversity, as well as an active member of the AltusGroup Technical Committee.


Adam F. Roark, P.E.

aroark@gagebrothers.com
Adam Roark is a Senior Engineer and has more than a decade of experience in engineering with the last nine years spent in the precast concrete industry working for Gage Brothers. In his role with Gage Brothers, Adam has worked on jobs in ten different states and counting. These jobs have varied from flashy high rise buildings in Minneapolis and Denver, to small, but vital water treatment facilities for municipalities at locations in between. Adam holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and Masters of Science in Engineering, with an emphasis in structures, from South Dakota State University. He has been a licensed professional engineer in South Dakota since 2011 and is also a licensed professional engineer in Minnesota, Kansas, and Missouri.  




Matt Schmitz, P.E.

mschmitz@gagebrothers.com

Matt Schmitz started at Gage Brothers as an engineering and quality control intern. Upon graduating from South Dakota State University in 2012, he transitioned to a full-time position within the engineering department. As a member of the engineering team, he has served as the project engineer for a variety of jobs consisting of many different precast products as well as the primary engineer for ARCIS ultra-thin, prestressed panels. Projects designed under his watch include Washington Square, Canton Performing Arts Center and the new Avera on Louise Health campus, the largest building project in Sioux Falls history. Matt holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering degree from SDSU and has been a licensed Professional Engineer in South Dakota since the spring of 2017.











Del Toben

dtoben@gagebrothers.com
As a team member at Gage Brothers for over thirty years, Del Toben is the Chief Draftsman and personally checks every project prior to production. His experience at Gage Brothers includes working as a CAD technician, Project Coordinator, and Drafting Manager.

Del holds an Architectural Design and Building Construction Associate in Applied Science Degree from Mitchell Technical Institute. He is also a long-standing board member for the Southeast Technical Institute Advisory Board for Architectural Engineering Technology.






Jharna Pokhrel

jpokhrel@gagebrothers.com

Jharna Pokhrel joined Gage Brothers as an Architectural/Structural Engineer in August 2018. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Tribhuvan University and holds a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering with Emphasis on Structure from South Dakota State University.

Bryan McGeary

Bryan McGeary

bmcgeary@gagebrothers.com
Bryan McGeary is the Division Manager for Gage Brothers Caulking. He is responsible for overseeing the daily operations of Gage Brothers Caulking, including estimating, project management, operations, and quality control.

Bryan has his Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Management with a minor in Business from North Dakota State University. He has over 11 years of experience in joint sealants, traffic coatings, expansion joint systems, & firestopping. Bryan is OSHA 30 Safety Certified, Swing Stage Safety Certified, and is a member of Construction Leadership Council.



 
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Gage Brothers Concrete Products Inc. An Employee Owned Company
605-336-1180
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4301 W. 12th Street, Sioux Falls, SD 57106
Established in 1915 by members of the Gage family, Gage Brothers specializes in architectural precast and structural precast concrete products. Gage Brothers is based out of Sioux Falls, SD and our service area includes Colorado, Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota; including the metropolitan areas of Minneapolis, MN; Denver, CO; Bismarck, ND: Fargo, ND; and Lincoln, NE.
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