Wolgast Corporation is pleased to announce additions to its staff. President and CEO, Brian Stadler, makes these announcements. Michael H. Pung, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, has joined Wolgast’s Construction Management team as Educational Facilities Specialist. Pung has recently retired from Mt. Pleasant Public Schools as their Superintendent of Schools. His new role at Wolgast will have him serving as a liaison between Wolgast and education clients on their school construction. Pung has experience prior to his educational career working as a machinist, manufacturing engineer/manager, division trainer, and human resource manager for the Dana Corporation. During his educational career, Pung taught Machine Tool and Engineering, was the Mt. Pleasant Area Technical Center Director, and the Associate High School Principal for 18 years before obtaining the Superintendent position. While Superintendent, and even as recent as this summer, Pung was an active member of the construction team as client representative at Mt. Pleasant Public Schools, including getting their bond campaign passed. He will apply his customer side knowledge to Wolgast’s education clients.
New Construction Management Field Manager, Michael Hollingshead of Chase, Michigan, joins Wolgast with 36 years of construction experience. He has held positions of concrete finisher, foreman, carpenter, and construction superintendent. Through Hollingshead’s experience, he has established supervisory skills on the job site, also for scheduling, safety enforcement, and quality control monitoring. He has first-hand experience with carpentry, heavy equipment operation, and leading a workforce. As Wolgast Field Manager, Hollingshead will be responsible for being on the construction site from start-to-finish, participating in weekly trade contractor meetings, monitoring progress, enforcing safety standards, offering value engineering suggestions, and overseeing any warranty issues that may arise.
Derek Rickett has returned to Michigan from Colorado and has joined Wolgast Corporation as a Project Manager. As a third generation carpenter, Rickett has over sixteen years of construction experience including owning his own construction company while in Colorado. In addition, he has held positions of Project Manager, Production Manager for a home improvement company, Construction Superintendent, and Carpenter. As a Project Manager, Rickett oversaw multi-million dollar construction projects for the Air Force Academy and other government divisions. For Wolgast, he will be responsible for the implementation of estimating, management, schedule/budget adherence and quality control for projects within Wolgast’s General Construction and Design/Build Divisions. He now resides in Midland, Michigan with his wife and three sons.