31 Jan Kevin Wagner Joins Roanoke as Chief Operating Officer
Kevin Wagner Joins Roanoke as Chief Operating Officer
January 31, 2023
Kevin Buchek, President and founder of Roanoke Construction, announced today that Kevin Wagner has joined the firm as Chief Operating Officer.
Kevin Wagner brings more than 20 years of construction and management experience to Roanoke. Most recently, Kevin served as Chief Operating Officer at The Vecino Group, a real estate development, design, and construction company based in Springfield, Missouri. During his time there, Kevin focused on implementing the company’s strategic plan, turning the everyday details of the business into long-term operational and financial success. As Roanoke’s Chief Operating Officer, Kevin Wagner will be the operational lead for efficiency in systems, processes, and procedures, and will manage both field and project management staff.
Kevin developed an interest in construction when he was framing houses as a teenager. He graduated from Missouri State University with a degree in construction management. During this time, he was a member of Laborers Local 264 and worked at Western Waterproofing in the summers. After cutting his teeth as a laborer, Kevin began working for JE Dunn Construction, rising through the ranks over 12 years to become a senior project manager and start JE Dunn’s Springfield, MO office. He has also worked as the President/CEO of DeWitt & Associates, Inc., a construction management firm, and as a regional director for construction with the Mercy Health System.
“After an exhaustive, year-long search, we are so pleased to have found Kevin to fill this critical role in our company,” Buchek said. “We are a mission-driven company; we build housing to improve people’s lives and strengthen communities. At every level, when making a new hire, we seek out individuals that believe in this mission. Kevin shares our sense of responsibility to the communities we serve.”
Buchek noted that Kevin also shares Roanoke’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. “We don’t just want to meet M/WBE quotas on our projects, we want to exceed them, and we want to do everything we can to support M/WBE businesses so that they can achieve long-term success. We are also building a diverse staff, coaching women and people of color for growth within our company. When we retire, we want Roanoke’s leadership to reflect the rich diversity of our region.” Buchek continued. “Kevin shares our commitment to hiring, training, and promoting women and people of color to be our next generation leaders. We are delighted to have him join us at Roanoke.”
“During my career, I have had the privilege of experiencing firsthand how working with organizations that have a strong commitment to mission, diversity and doing the right thing for the right reasons can have a real and meaningful impact to those they serve,” Wagner said. “Access to safe, quality and affordable housing is fundamental in building strong communities. Roanoke’s mission to deliver on that, along with their commitment to diversity as a way of doing business and not just a goal, is what drew me to the organization. The Roanoke team has made some outstanding impacts in their first decade and is poised to be a major participant in delivering affordable housing for generations, and I’m thrilled to be part of it.”