Ron McNeil, CEO and Co-Founder
Together with Ivan Harmatny, Ron co-founded LMS and has been integral to its growth and development ever since. Ron brings a lifetime of expertise in all aspects of reinforcing steel to his role as CEO. Ron is actively involved in all aspects of the daily operations of LMS and plays a lead role in LMS’ strategy and future growth and development. Ron is also actively involved in managing LMS’ pricing and plays the lead role in LMS’ procurement decisions. Ron’s commitment to the successful delivery of each project is a core foundation on which he and Ivan initially built LMS and which contributes to its success to this day.
Ron is engaged in numerous philanthropic activities both through LMS and personally, including Canucks Place Children’s Hospice, Mel Zajac Ranch, and Face the World Foundation to name just a few.
Ivan Harmatny, Director of Corporate Development and Co-Founder
Since founding LMS with Ron, Ivan has been at the heart of the business development process at LMS. LMS’ success depends upon the strength of its relationship with its customers: understanding the customers’ needs and ensuring those needs are met. Ivan works to understand the unique design and functional needs of every project, to ensure costs are minimized and installation expectations are met. Ivan is also actively engaged in opening up LMS to new markets and new opportunities. Ivan’s relentless focus on the customer is a core foundation on which he and Ron initially build LMS and which contributions to its success to this day.
Ivan is a current member of the Board of Directors of the Independent Contractors & Business Association of BC.
Norm Streu, President & COO
As President & COO, Norm is engaged in all aspects of LMS’ operations. Norm’s responsibilities include internally monitoring the progress of all projects and ensuring both customer satisfaction and efficient execution. Norm also oversees all of the administrative departments and personnel within the organization.
Norm has served as Chair of the Board of the Vancouver Regional Construction Association, director of the British Columbia Construction Association. In 2008, Norm was awarded the LMA Helm Young Lawyer Award. He is the author of countless industry articles including a regular column in the Journal of Commerce and Business in Vancouver.
Greg Hubbard, Executive Vice President - Operations
Greg is currently responsible for LMS’ operations throughout Western Canada (from British Columbia to Manitoba) on projects in each sector we serve: residential, commercial, institutional and infrastructure. Over the past decade, Greg has been a driving force behind our expansion into Alberta and Saskatchewan. Greg’s responsibilities on projects include bidding, resource planning and general project management.
Greg’s project experience is impressive; highlight projects since 2012 include the following: Northeast Anthony Henday Drive, Kelley Ramsey Office Tower, Southeast Stoney Trail, Bow Tower, University City (a 4 tower development), East Village Development (towers include: First, N3, and Evolution 1 and 2), The Guardian twin tower development, Enmax Shepard Energy Centre, River Green, 3 Civic Plaza and Concord Gardens.
The General Foremen on our project sites across Western Canada report to Greg. Greg began his career with LMS as an ironworker in 1991. He is a certified Journeyman Reinforcing Ironworker who embodied the company philosophy, as he moved progressively from Foreman to Field Superintendent, and from General Manager to his current position of Executive Vice President, Operations.
Janice Comeau, Chief Financial Officer
Janice is CFO of the LMS Group of Companies, and a board member of a number of private companies. In these roles she provides strategic financial management and senior financial expertise. Janice has thirty years of strategic corporate and financial management experience spanning a variety of industries. She has driven a number of initiatives in financial leadership roles including: syndicated financings, sale of the business, corporate and tax restructuring, financial accountability and business controls for companies undergoing significant growth or change. She has experience developing and negotiating external relationships with Boards of Directors, lenders, investors, consultants, customers, joint venture partners and auditors.
Janice is a Chartered Accountant and active in the community and supporting her profession. She served as President of the Vancouver Chapter of Financial Executives Institute, on several professional committees for the Institute of Chartered Accountants of British Columbia, and as a board member for BC Land Titles, Legal Services Society, Caravel Investments and Junior Achievement. Janice holds a Commerce degree with distinction from the University of Alberta.
Janice is the winner of Business in Vancouver’s 2016 CFO Award in the Large Private Company category and the Surrey Board of Trade Women in Business award in the Corporate Leadership category.
Michael Schutz, Vice President Finance
Michael is an experienced Chartered Accountant with over 15 years’ experience in Senior and Executive positions working with both public and private companies in such industries as construction, manufacturing, technology, mining and exploration, and other service related industries.Michael has been instrumental in developing and overseeing company initiatives and building the financial and operational plans around them. Measures include financial accountability, operational efficiencies and process improvement. He has extensive experience driving growth organically and by acquisition as well as implementing larger restructurings during business and economic downturn. In his most recent role as CFO of a mechanical trade, Mike was invaluable in guiding the Company through periods of significant growth, including all aspects of financing, strategic planning, reporting, and working closely with all external stakeholders.
Robert James, General Manager - Procurement
Robert has 45 years of experience in the steel trading industry. His experience with major Asian steel producing companies early on in his career is an invaluable asset to LMS’ Procurement Department. Robert’s knowledge of commodities and marketplace trends has not only been a key factor in establishing LMS’ purchasing strategy, but he has also been effective in establishing strong relationships with companies we work with through the entire procurement process. Robert is responsible for each step of the procurement process – from purchasing the steel from the mill to negotiating the freight rates and dock conditions for storage. Robert also oversees our testing process to ensure all of our rebar is CSA approved.
California Regional Management
Marcel Lamarche, Vice President Operations
Marcel has extensive experience in managing the requirements for large-scale projects in the residential, commercial, institutional and infrastructure sectors. He is well-versed in the manpower/staffing and production requirements for rebar fabrication and installation, and plays a lead role in managing our operations throughout California. Marcel’s diligence and commitment is second-to-none; he has demonstrated his knowledge, skills and capabilities in rebar and post-tensioning installation on impressive projects that include residential and commercial towers, grain silos, bridges and commuter train infrastructure. His technical skills are complemented by his ability to work cohesively with builders and developers.
Mark Weighall, Director of Finance
Mark brings comprehensive experience to the Johasee management team. Mark has over a decade of experience working in the construction, engineering, farming and manufacturing industry sectors. He has demonstrated capabilities in implementing organization-wide management systems for small to mid-sized organizations throughout California. Within our operations, Mark is focused on enhancing our business operations and financial reporting to support informed decision making. Day to day Mark will be responsible for operational reporting and feedback to line managers in California.
Michael Hill Jr., Project Operations Manager
Mike brings 20 years of experience to his role as Project Operations Manager, but as the son of Mike Sr., he has a lifetime of experience in the steel industry. He has been in a leadership role since 2005; his responsibilities include detailing, estimating and customer relations. His scope of operational responsibilities include inventory management and oversight of the fabrication yard.
In his early years of working for Johasee Rebar, Mike performed such roles as the fabrication shop hand, installer, foreman and Bolt Shop Manager and Structural Fab Shop Manager.