The following profile of employees is a virtual documentary of experience, design-build knowledge and innovative thinking.
Whether it’s an office building, manufacturing plant, distribution facility, medical building, shopping center, or other commercial structure, clients have counted us to turn their vision into reality.
Russ Felderman (Founder)
Russ founded Felderman Construction in 1975 after working for several years for other construction companies. Russ focuses on consulting and existing client relationships. He received a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Tri-State University. As a 46-year veteran of the commercial and industrial construction industry, Russ has successfully broadened Felderman's role as a full in-house design-build general contractor. His efforts have garnered Felderman Design-Build to be named on America's Top Metal Builder's List in 2003, The Falcon Club and The Butler Club.
Russ's motto is, "If you can imagine it, we can design and build it."
Ryan Harris (President)
Ryan joined Felderman Design-Build in 2002 as a Business Developer after completing his Bachelor's degree at the University of New Hampshire. He progressed to Vice President in 2010 and President in 2014. Ryan focuses on project management, coordination of sales, administration of company personnel and directs the review of corporate quality control and performance. Additionally, he designs, implements and monitors Felderman's strategic business plan to guide future growth.
Ryan's effort on the job and in the community have given him the distinct recognition of being awarded a "Forty Under 40" Award in 2015. Ryan continues to push Felderman Design-Build to qualify as a High Performance Builder, Million Dollar Club and Performance Builder for Nucor.
Outside of the office, Ryan sits on the Nucor Building Systems Presidents Advisory Team and serves on the Board of Directors of the Community Transportation Network. He also enjoys spending time at the lake with his wife and children.
Ryan's motto is, "Our goal is to build lasting relationships."
Dan Eads (Senior Project Manager)
Dan joined Felderman Design-Build in 2000 as a Senior Project Manager. Dan has over 40 years' experience in the construction industry, primarily in project management and sales. During his time with Felderman, Dan has increased Felderman's presence in surrounding communities in the Fort Wayne area. Dan's primary duties with Felderman Design-Build are planning and managing projects and customer satisfaction.
In his spare time, Dan enjoys hunting and fishing.
Jeff Maines, LEED AP (Senior Project Manager)
Jeff joined Felderman Design-Build in 1994 as an architectural designer and estimator. During his time with Felderman, Jeff has been promoted to Senior Project Manager. In his current role, Jeff is responsible for planning and managing projects and customer satisfaction. Jeff is also a LEED Accredited Official, which allows him to provide advanced knowledge in green building practices.
When away from the office, Jeff enjoys serving in his church community and spending time and traveling with his 3 children.
Mike Cress (Senior Project Manager)
Mike joined Felderman Design-Build in 2006 as a Field Engineer and Fire Protection Sales Assistant. Mike is a 2005 graduate of Purdue University, with a Bachelor's degree in Construction Engineering Technology and an Associate's degree in Architectural Engineering Technology. During his time with Felderman, Mike has been promoted to Senior Project Manager. In his current role, Mike is responsible for planning and managing projects and customer satisfaction.
Cory McMichael (Project Manager)
Cory joined Felderman Design-Build in 2018 as a Project Manager. Cory is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati and has a degree in Construction Management. He has over 15 years of experience in the Design-Build Construction Industry, working as a project manager, site superintendent and retail manager. During his time with Felderman Design-Build, Cory was an integral part of the redesign of the new Felderman Office. Cory's primary duties with Felderman Design-Build are managing projects and customer satisfaction.
In his spare time, Cory enjoys spending time with his family and watching thoroughbred racing.
Greg DeWeese, LEED AP (Design Manager)
Greg joined Felderman Design-Build in 1985 as a Design Manager. Greg is a graduate of the University of Saint Francis with an Associate's degree in Commercial Art. He has over 20 years of experience in Architectural Drafting and Engineering. Greg's primary duties with Felderman Design-Build are conceptual design and permitting. Greg has been instrumental in establishing and maintaining the Felderman Design-Build standard for every job.
When away from the office, Greg enjoys home improvement projects, golfing, and driving in the country.
Mike Scherman, LEED Green Associate (CAD Detailer)
Mike joined Felderman Design-Build in 2017 as a CAD Detailer. Mike is a graduate of the University of Kansas with a degree in Architecture. He has over 10 years of experience in the architectural and design field. Mike's primary duties with Felderman Design-Build are drafting and detailing, coordinating field review changes into construction documents, as well as assisting in conceptual design strategies.
In his spare time, Mike travels to new places and spends time with his wife and son. When he isn't traveling or with family, he enjoys photography.
Wendy Smith (Office/Accounting Manager)
Wendy joined Felderman Design-Build in 2016 as an Accounting Manager. Wendy is a graduate of Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, with a Bachelor's degree in Accounting. She has over 15 years of accounting experience in the construction and manufacturing industries. Wendy's primary duties with Felderman Design-Build are financial reporting, human resources and office management.
In her spare time, Wendy enjoys spending time with her family, biking the trails of Fort Wayne and trying out new, local restaurants.
Christy Hinds (Marketing/Project Coordinator)
Christy joined the Felderman team in 2018 as a Marketing and Project Coordinator. Christy is a graduate of Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, with a Bachelor's degree in English and Secondary Education. She has over 10 years of marketing and customer relationship management experience. Christy's primary duties with Felderman Design-Build are managing client relations and marketing.
In her free time, Christy likes to run, stay active in her church community and spend time with her husband and children. She enjoys traveling the world and all things Disney.
Rick Reiff (Field Coordinator)
Rick joined Felderman Design-Build in 2011 as a Field Coordinator. Rick grew up in the construction industry, learning from his father who owned a commercial construction company. He worked as a vehicle mechanic for the United States Army and then went into construction full-time, filling various roles in sales, drafting and management. Rick's primary duties with Felderman Design-Build are coordination of field personnel, safety and supervision.