Hardison/Downey transitions leadership Justin Newman takes over presidency from Co-Founder Pat Downey

Phoenix Ariz. – One of the best known names in Arizona’s commercial construction industry recently changed hands as Justin Newman assumed leadership of 34-year-old hardison/downey construction inc. (h/d), taking over for President and Co-Founder Pat Downey.

Justin Newman

“We have known for some time that Justin was the guy for the job, and that impression has only solidified over the past year of working with him,” said Downey. “Justin is professional and relatable, and he will take this company to the next level. I don’t think they are going to miss me!” he joked. Downey will remain with the company through 2019 as Senior Vice President to assist the leadership team and transition.

Newman joined h/d in 2018 as Vice President and Chief Operating Officer following nearly 20 years in the construction industry. He has a diverse project background ranging from alternative energy and public works to criminal justice and high-end residential projects throughout the United States.

“Justin’s commitment to high standards and natural leadership skills are a great fit for h/d,” said Kitchell President and CEO Jim Swanson. “I should also mention that his work-out ethic will undoubtedly do wonders for our wellness plan,” he added. 

h/d became a wholly owned subsidiary of Kitchell in 2010 when Bob Hardison and Pat Downey joined forces with the 1,100-plus employee-owned company after a long history of working together.

Bob and Pat founded h/d in 1985 and successfully grew it into one of the most respected construction companies in the region. The company’s sustainability is a testament to the humble nature of its founders and their longstanding relationships, particularly within the real estate and development industry. Under their leadership h/d averaged more than $150 million in annual revenues while garnering industry awards for its work product and ethics. Today the company is recognized for its work in commercial shell and tenant improvement as well as student housing, multifamily, higher education, hospitality and industrial sectors. Revenue in 2019 is expected to exceed $200M.

Over the years, hardison/downey has supported numerous non-profits and charities including Assistance League of Phoenix, Teach for America, Bridgeway Transition Program, Wellness Community of Arizona, New Way Learning Academy, Boys and Girls Clubs of Scottsdale, Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center and First Place, and UMOM.

Newman has an aggressive outlook for h/d as the company expands its existing portfolio, grows its workforce and explores more public works projects.


About Harrison Downey

“h/d is an iconic name in our industry,” Newman said. “Bob and Pat built a foundation of unwavering integrity and a strong commitment to numerous local nonprofits and charities. I’m committed to enhancing this stellar reputation, humbled to be put in this important role and eager to grow the business.”

Prior to joining h/d, Newman was Operations Director with McCarthy Building Companies. He earned a bachelor’s degree in construction management from Northern Arizona University is a graduate of the Arizona Builders Alliance Leadership Development Program. He serves on the NAU Student Advisory Board and has previously served on the Executive Board of the Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters and the Federal Affairs Committee of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce. Newman and his wife, Kris, have six children and reside in Mesa, Ariz.

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