The Christman Co. Announces Leadership Changes at Detroit Office

Joe Luther
Joe Luther // Photo courtesy of Christman Co.

The Christman Co. in Lansing, a national construction management and real estate development firm, has announced a phased approach to leadership succession in its Detroit office.

Ron Staley, senior vice president and principal-in-charge of southeast Michigan operations, has selected to transition leadership to Joe Luther, who has been promoted to vice president and general manager. Mary LeFevre has been promoted to regional vice president of business development.

Staley is a 40-year veteran of the construction industry. He will continue to provide oversight on the Michigan Central Station in Detroit, Book Tower in Detroit, and Heritage Hall in the Michigan State Capitol. He will also continue as executive director of Christman’s historic preservation group, which he founded in 1992. The group worked on President Lincoln’s cottage restoration and Ernest Hemingway’s home in Cuba. Staley will grow the company’s historic preservation expertise in Texas, North Carolina, and Tennessee.

Luther’s position was effective Jan. 1. He joined Christman in 2008 and has since led projects including the Accident Fund national headquarters, multiple Detroit Public Schools projects, the Jackson National Life Insurance Co. home office expansion, and others. He helped establish a mentoring program and corporate training program on project scheduling. He completed a bachelor’s degree in construction management at Michigan State University and a Master of Business Administration at Northwood University in Midland.

LeFevre joined Christman in 2013 and has more than 20 years of marketing and business development experience in markets including health care, higher education, and commercial. Her professional affiliations include Corporate Real Estate for Women – Detroit Chapter, Associated General Contractors, American Institute of Architects, and the Women in Healthcare Detroit Chapter. She has a bachelor’s degree in business education from Northern Michigan University.

The Christman Co. was founded in 1894 and also has offices in Grand Rapids, Virginia, Texas, North Carolina, and Tennessee.