McKinstry Expands Leadership Team in Seattle

May 2014

(Seattle, Wash.) – May 16, 2014 – McKinstry, a full-service, design-build-operate-maintain (DBOM) firm that specializes in energy and facility services, announced the promotion of Heidi de Laubenfels as vice president of communications and external relations and Cheryl Di Re as vice president of human resources at McKinstry’s Seattle office. 

De Laubenfels came to McKinstry as director of communications and external relations in 2012 with the charge to elevate the McKinstry brand nationwide. Her responsibilities include managing charitable activities, public engagement, internal and external communications and public relations, marketing and overall brand stewardship. 

Since joining the company in 2010 as human resources director, Di Re has led a team of HR professionals to fulfill McKinstry’s vision for developing its people. Under Di Re’s leadership, McKinstry has deployed a number of new tools and systems providing employees improved access to training and career development. 

“We are excited to announce the promotion of Heidi and Cheryl to vice president,” said CEO Dean Allen. Their ability to lead teams, design and implement programs and solutions, and collaborate across the McKinstry network will be valuable as we look to them to help further guide and grow the company.”

De Laubenfels holds a Master of Business Administration from Seattle University’s Leadership Executive MBA program and earned a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Western Washington University. Di Re holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Eastern Washington University, as well as certifications in public relations and coaching. 

About McKinstry

McKinstry is a full-service, design-build-operate-and-maintain (DBOM) firm specializing in consulting, construction, energy and facility services. The firm’s innovative, integrated delivery methodology provides clients with a single point of accountability that drives waste and redundancy out of the design/build process. With over 1,600 professional staff and trades people throughout the United States and operations in more than 15 states, McKinstry advocates collaborative, sustainable solutions designed to ensure occupant comfort, improve systems efficiency, reduce facility operational costs, and optimize profitability “For The Life of Your Building.”  For more information, visit


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