President & CEO
Michael Kaufman is the founder, President and CEO of the Company, which he began in 1989 with three employees, including himself. Since then, Michael has grown his company into one of the largest and most successful construction companies in South Florida. Michael is passionate about his family, his company, his clients and his community.
As a testament to his leadership and business acumen, Mike was awarded the 2010 Palm Beach County Small Business Leader of the Year Excalibur Award by the Sun Sentinel newspaper. He was also awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award and the 2008 Ultimate CEO Award for Palm Beach County from the South Florida Business Journal.
Kaufman serves on the Dean’s Advisory Board for the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University, the Board of Trustees of the Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce, is member of the Tocqueville Society, and member of the Board of Business. He previously held board positions with the Florida Atlantic University Foundation. He also donates his time and support to several industry, community and nonprofit organizations including the United Way of Broward and the George Snow Scholarship Fund.
Chief Operating Officer
Chris Long has over 25 years experience in both estimating and construction management of multimillion dollar projects in a variety of market sectors, including education, hospitality, office, retail and multifamily.
During his tenure with Kaufman Lynn Construction, he has overseen several projects for key clients, including Florida Atlantic University and Broward College and has led Kaufman Lynn Construction’s commitment to enhancing overall service excellence. Chis joined Kaufman Lynn Construction from Balfour Beatty Construction, where he was Operations Director. His previous responsibilities included project management of all education related projects located throughout the Southeast region of Florida, managing an annual revenue in excess of $50M per year.
As COO Long provides company-wide leadership, strategy and management oversight. He leads the operations of the company, reviewing, refining and monitoring all policies, procedures and systems to achieve consistent operational excellence.
Senior Vice President of Multifamily Development
Frank is a seasoned construction executive and accomplished bilingual business professional with a proven record of success managing over $1.6 billion in projects. His portfolio includes Office, Retail, Medical, Airport, K-12 and Historical projects with an expanded resume of Commercial Multifamily projects. He has successfully directed, from conceptual site planning and budgeting, through design, to turnover and occupancy, over 17,000 multifamily units including apartments, townhome communities, and condominium/mixed use retail projects throughout Florida using such construction methods as tunnel form, conventional masonry and concrete, wood framing and prefabricated concrete panels.
Frank is responsible for providing the leadership and guidance of the entire life cycle of all multifamily construction projects. Accountable for business development, constructability analysis, budgeting, planning, estimating, purchasing, scheduling, cost management, project management, quality control and ensuring positive client, subcontractor, and KL staff relations. From site selection to turnover and delivery to management, he will lead the project team to create and deliver a financially successful and quality project for KL’s clients.
Sam Doggart, LEED AP
Executive Vice President, Preconstruction
Sam has over 30 years of experience in healthcare, educational, commercial and institutional construction throughout Florida.
Sam joined Kaufman Lynn Construction from M.J. Harris, Inc. where he was Vice President of Operations for the state of Florida. He previously was a senior vice president at Skanska Building USA, Inc and Vice President of Operations at Walbridge Aldinger overseeing an average of over $200 million in revenue annually.
In his previous role as Vice President and Managing Director of Healthcare, Sam recruited and led a team of healthcare construction professionals and provided oversight and direction to each on-site project team emphasizing overall accountability, quality, scheduling for timely completions, project organization and financial reporting.
As EVP, Preconstruction he manages the estimating department and coordinates closely with the business development and operations teams to assure continuity and accuracy of cost estimates and construction budgets.
Chief Financial Officer
Doug Simms has nearly 30 years of accounting and financial management experience, including 20 years in the construction industry. He started in 1994 as controller for C.F. Jordan Construction in El Paso, Texas. Four years later, he moved to Florida to join Balfour Beatty Construction, then known as Centex Rooney, where he advanced from Controller to Vice President of Finance and ultimately to CFO. During his fifteen year tenure at Balfour Beatty Construction he managed a finance and accounting staff of up to 26, and managed risk programs for projects in Florida, California, North Carolina, Georgia, Louisiana, Texas, Colorado, Hawaii, Bahamas, and Trinidad. As a member of the executive team, his focus was on maintaining internal controls as the division grew from $250M to $800M.
Most recently, he established an annual budgeting process, segment reporting, and reorganized the accounting department at Golden Sands General Contractors in anticipation of doubling revenue.
As CFO, Doug is responsible for all aspects of the accounting and financial functions of Kaufman Lynn Construction including developing and maintaining effective accounting, financial and treasury systems as well as maintaining the relationships with the accounting firm, law firms, financial institutions, lenders and bonding company.
Neil J. Carson
Managing Director, Multifamily Development
Neil brings over 20 years experience of developing a multitude of residential and commercial projects. He is a seasoned multifamily development executive with a tremendous depth of industry knowledge and deal making creativity.
Neil has a track record of proven success developing projects in the Multifamily, Mixed-Use, Senior Living, Retail, Single-family Residential, Country Club and Hospitality sectors. At Kaufman Lynn Construction, Neil is responsible for conducting new business opportunity assessments and identifying new trends in multifamily construction and development. He reports directly to the CEO and works closely with our entire construction team including preconstruction services, operations, and finance. Neil regularly interfaces with the team to manage and plan the various efforts needed to support each stage of a construction project including strategic planning, estimating, bidding, contracting, all the way to project completion. Our clients leverage Neil’s experience and industry relationships as a successful development executive with a large national developer to assist their efforts in the areas of land acquisition, project debt and equity funding, land/project due diligence (including entitlement/permitting issues) and thorough market/product analysis.