Vice President of Finance & Administration (Retired)
Megen Construction Company, Inc
Fleet Fangman is a construction finance and accounting professional with over four decades of experience in the construction industry. A certified construction industry technician, Fleet joined Megen Construction Company in 2002 as the Controller and was promoted to the Vice President of Finance and Administration in July 2005, serving the company for almost 20 years. In this role, Fleet oversees the accounting and administration for numerous high-profile construction projects throughout the tristate and the country. Her broad-based thinking in accounting disciplines and leadership in driving procedural change has made her a significant asset to Megen. Fleet also serves as the Corporate Safety Officer for Megen Construction Company.
Before joining Megen, Fleet Fangman served as the Accounting/Office Manager and then Controller for Kuempel Service, Inc. (now known as Debra-Kuempel) for almost 19 years - one of the largest MEP contractors in the greater Cincinnati region.
Fleet has held leadership positions for many construction organizations and has been recognized as a fierce, thoughtful, and empowering leader throughout her career. Fleet has been a member of the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC), North Central Region Chapter, for over 18 years. She has held various leadership roles for NAWIC, including President, Treasurer, and Director, and has served as Chair of regional programs and the education committee. For over 12 years, Fleet has been on the Board of Trustees of Spirit of Construction Foundation, has served as President, Vice President, and as an active member on various committees, including Outreach, Grant Selection, Gala, and Endowment Committees.
Recognized as a leading construction professional by many organizations, Fleet has received a National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) Leadership Award, the Venue/Lead Cincinnati Magazine’s C-Suite Award for Outstanding Senior Executive, and was selected as one of Cincinnati’s Wise Women for Cincinnati’s most distinguished women leaders. Most recently, Fleet received the She Builds award from ACI for her significant contributions to the greater Cincinnati commercial construction industry for her leadership and advocacy efforts resulting in a positive outcome for the construction sector.
Fleet values community involvement, and she is actively involved in many community organizations. Her community involvement has included the Dan Beard Council Boy Scouts of America Board of Directors, Rosie’s Girls, Walnut Hills Soup Kitchen, and NuWay Foundation. She has also served as Board Chair and Elder at Norwood Christian Church. Fleet is incredibly passionate about workforce development programs and initiatives that introduce and engage youth in construction career opportunities that positively impact our industry and our community.
Vice President & Construction Executive (Retired)
Turner Construction Co.
Bob Grace is a trained architect and Cincinnati builder. His career began with Turner in 1979. Bob joined Turner’s Cincinnati office in 1981, serving as a project superintendent, estimator, senior estimator, and chief estimator in Ohio and St. Louis, Missouri, until he was promoted to project manager in Cincinnati in 1996. In 2001 Bob transferred to Turner’s office in Orlando, to accept an assignment as a project executive. He returned to Cincinnati and the role of preconstruction services manager in 2005. In 2008, he became an account coordinator and then an account executive in business development. In 2016 Bob was promoted to construction executive.
Bob Grace has led teams to construct and renovate some of our city’s most iconic structures. Some of his projects include:
Great American Tower
Paul Brown Stadium
Nippert Stadium Renovation
UC Lindner Varsity Village
NKU Bank of KY Center (now BB&T Arena)
UC Lindner College of Business
Union Terminal Renovation & Restoration
Court & Walnut Development
FC Cincinnati’s new stadium in the West End
Bob graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a B.A. in architecture, and is a board member of the Architectural Foundation of Cincinnati, Cincinnati Early Learning Center, Cincinnati / NKY Salvation Army, a volunteer at the Ohio High School Athletic Association, and St. Mary’s Parish.
Bob is thankful for all of the friends he has made throughout the industry and has enjoyed playing a part in shaping the region.
Tom Grote, Sr.
Thomas Dyer Grote, Sr., was born in May of 1928, the grandson of Thomas J. Dyer, a name that has been synonymous with mechanical contracting since 1908.
Tom was the older of two sons born to Richard and Marie Dyer Grote. He grew up on the east side of Cincinnati. He graduated from St. Xavier High School and Notre Dame University, earning his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business in 1949. After graduating from college, Tom honorably served our country as an Intelligence Officer in the United States Army. Immediately following his military service, Tom joined the family business founded by his Irish immigrant grandfather and great uncle. Neither of them even had the benefit of a high school education. With little more than a few dollars in their pockets and a dedication to hard work, the two brothers learned the plumbing trade and eventually opened their own business. Around the time Tom Sr was born, the Dyer company was named the Plumbing Contractor for the prestigious 575 foot / 49 story tall Carew Tower in downtown Cincinnati. That project, followed by the Ford Motor Company Headquarters “Schaefer Building” in Dearborn, Michigan, established the Dyer Company as an industry leader.
In 1964 after successfully running and growing the Dyer Company, Tom Sr., along with his younger brother Dick, expanded services to include Commercial HVAC installation; and Dyer was awarded the Kenwood, Springfield, and Hamilton Shopping Centers.
In the Mid 1970s, Tom Sr embraced new (at the time) technology to increase project efficiency and allow for pre-fabrication of Plumbing and Mechanical components on the job site. The Pin Bar MEP Coordination Process allowed Sheet Metal, Plumbing, Piping, Sprinkler, and Electrical Contractors to pre-plan MEP installations with exact dimensions and elevations for these systems. This eliminated lost time with field conflicts and allowed for pre-fabrication of construction components to begin.
Tom Sr. and his brother continued their vertical integration of services again in 1982 by founding CINFAB, a Sheet Metal Fabrication and Installation Contractor.
Through the 1980s, Dyer secured work in most of the local area hospitals, power plants, and automotive plants, including Ford, GM, Honda, and Toyota.
One particularly noteworthy accomplishment was when Tom Sr. successfully secured a place on the construction team that worked for Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) when they were going through a significant expansion of their hospital network. This work included both plumbing and HVAC contracts for facilities in Ohio, Colorado, Tennessee, Georgia, and Florida.
Tom Sr. handed the reins of the companies over to his sons Tom Jr. and Tim, who purchased the majority ownership of the businesses in 1992. Tom Sr. still came to the office regularly well into his 80s.
Schrudde & Zimmerman Inc.
Nicholas Bernard Zimmerman, born March 28, 1937, was a General Contractor for Schrudde – Zimmerman, Inc. in Covington, Kentucky. He graduated from St. Xavier High School in 1955 and continued his education at the University of Cincinnati, gaining meaningful experience as an intern with Messer Construction from 1958-to 1960. After graduating from UC with a BS in Civil Engineering in 1960, he was offered a position with Messer Construction. Nick spent three years with Messer Construction before joining his father, Bernard Zimmerman.
Outside of work, Nick was on the Board of Directors for the Greater Cincinnati Boys Club and the Board of Directors for Fifth Third Bank in Northern Kentucky. He also was on the Advisory Board for Fifth Third Bank. Even after he retired to Naples, Florida, Nick continued to assist his son, Mark Zimmerman, with business at Schrudde - Zimmerman.
Per his son Mark Zimmerman
He was a very hard-working man who would work in the field as a carpenter, then come into the office at night after dinner, do the bidding and paperwork, and everything else it took to run a business. He did that for probably the first 20 years of his career. He also was a very loyal co-worker and employer. During his tenure, most of our employees worked with him side by side from their 30s until they retired. We have had many employees work for us for over 25 years, and some much longer. He truly cared about his work and his employees. He treated everyone with respect and got the job done.
He was a generous man at work and within the community; to this day, many do not know how generous he was. He helped many people financially with the understanding that he would remain anonymous, and I will keep his wishes with that.
Even while in “retirement” in Naples, FL, he would call every day and ask if there was something I needed him to work on or look at. He just loved working. And he had drawings for all of our projects rolled up down there, and if I ever needed any advice, he would unravel them and look at it with me.