Mckinstry Strengthens Leadership Team With Corporate Officer Promotions

SEATTLE, WA (Jan. 8, 2024) – McKinstry named two new vice presidents as corporate officers and promoted two to senior vice president. Megan Owen has been promoted to senior vice president, enterprise sales and marketing; James Miller to senior vice president, construction; Jesse Sycuro to vice president of operations, technical services and Ashley Ruiz to vice president, social impact. The promotions serve to strengthen operational excellence for clients and partners and foster continued innovation, growth and impact nationwide.

“As McKinstry grows strategically across the country to best meet the needs of our clients and partners and expand our impact, these promotions present an opportunity for our leaders to extend their influence,” said Joseph Hagar, McKinstry president and chief financial officer. “Megan, James, Jesse and Ashley play pivotal roles in driving the development and success of their teams, and we look forward to seeing their demonstrated leadership and expertise being further leveraged in their elevated roles.”

Megan Owen

In recognition of her continued leadership in many aspects of how McKinstry faces the marketplace and forms client-facing services, Megan Owen has been promoted to senior vice president. Megan remains instrumental in leading positive change — from her invaluable role in the creation of our Action for Impact plan to leading the formation and management of our enterprise strategies to driving sales excellence.

As leader of Enterprise Sales and Marketing, Megan serves and supports all business units in their understanding of sales methods, go-to-market approaches, and deep understanding of their marketplace.

She has served on the board for Northwest Energy Coalition for nearly eight years where she’s cultivated lasting relationships with critical energy partners and decision makers across the Pacific Northwest and influenced the development of energy and renewable policies within Oregon, Idaho, Washington and Montana.

James Miller

In recognition of his instrumental role in lifting operational excellence across construction and in leading improvements that positively affect both client satisfaction as well as our bottom line, James Miller has been promoted to senior vice president.

A 28-year veteran of McKinstry, James built the operations platform for our construction business.

In the industry, he serves on SMACNA, a key industry association for mechanical contractors, where he’s a managing trustee on the Northwest Sheetmetal Organizational Trust and a board member on the Labor-Management Committee.

Jesse Sycuro

Jesse Sycuro’s promotion to vice president of operations recognizes his leadership in technical services, his reputation as an exemplar of our values and his passion for the art of the possible.

Since joining McKinstry in 2005 as a commissioning engineer, Jesse has served technical services in roles that include engineer, people manager, salesperson, business unit leader, and national operations director. He’s helped scale our technical services offerings, build and enable new teams, and lead operations as we expanded our national footprint — including the launch and growth of one of McKinstry’s largest accounts.

Jesse actively represents McKinstry in the industry — most recently as president of the Building Commissioning Association and on multiple ASHRAE technical committees. He previously served as a Naval Nuclear Power Officer, is a licensed professional engineer, and last (but not least) is a volunteer Zamboni driver for his local ice rink.

Ashley Ruiz

Ashley Ruiz’s promotion to vice president reflects the vital role she plays in leading initiatives that are at the heart of McKinstry’s Action for Impact plan.

Ashley joined McKinstry in 2011, leading the first K-12 powerED project in the Mountain Region. While taking on increasing responsibilities within E&TS, Ashley launched and participated in numerous efforts to grow community service and diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) at McKinstry.

In 2017, Ashley pivoted to the newly created role of corporate director of community relations and DEI where she further fostered our socially responsible culture and reputation. Ashley also manages the McKinstry Charitable Foundation and has expanded and advanced popular philanthropic programs including the Impact Fund and People’s Choice.

Since 2021, Ashley has led our social impact function, managing a team focused on DEI, operational zero carbon, community engagement, and vendor diversity. Ashley is the inaugural chair of the Mechanical Contractors Association Western Washington DEI Committee, and currently serves on the SMACNA Western Washington DEI Committee and the City and County of Denver Environmental Justice Committee.

About McKinstry

McKinstry is a national leader in designing, constructing, operating and maintaining high-performing buildings. From new construction and ongoing operations to adaptive reuse and energy retrofits, the company provides a single point of accountability across the entire building lifecycle. McKinstry focuses on people and outcomes to ensure the built environment serves owners, operators and occupants alike. McKinstry is your trusted partner for the life of your building.

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