Leadership

Mike KaufmanMike Kaufman

President & CEO

Mike Kaufman has been the company president since its inception in 1989 and built the company from the ground up. Mr. Kaufman has worked on and managed projects ranging from retail interiors and renovation projects to municipal and institutional complexes. Mr. Kaufman is responsible for the daily management of all Kaufman Lynn business activities and management systems.

Mr. Kaufman is a member of many construction industry related organizations including the Construction Association of South Florida, Florida Council on Public Private Partnerships and the Florida East Coast Chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). As testament to his business acumen, Mike was a Finalist for the prestigious Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Florida Award in 2012, 2013, and 2015. He was awarded the 2009 Excalibur Award – Palm Beach County Small Business Leader of the Year by the Sun Sentinel and a Lifetime Achievement Award and 2008 Ultimate CEO for Palm Beach County from the South Florida Business Journal. Over the past five years, Kaufman Lynn Construction received 18 Craftsmanship Awards from the Construction Association of South Florida, two Golden Eagle awards for Quality Construction from Associated Builders and Contractors and a national award from ENR magazine as a “Best of the Best” top projects in the United States for the restoration of the Freedom Tower.

Kaufman serves on the Dean’s Advisory Board for the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University, the Boards of Trustees of the FAU Foundation and the Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce, and is a member of the Tocqueville Society, the Economic Council of Palm Beach County, the Florida Council of 100, and Broward Workshop.  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.

Prior to establishing Kaufman Lynn Construction in 1989, Mr. Kaufman served as a project manager and estimator for Stiles Construction Company. He then became Vice President of Siegfried Construction in Delray Beach, running the estimating department and serving as senior project manager on multi-family, commercial and institutional projects ranging from $500,000 – $16 million. After serving as Vice President of Siegfried Construction, Mr. Kaufman became the co-founder, vice president and chief estimator for Haynes Kaufman Construction in December 1986.


Chris LongChris Long

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.


Frank WhiteFrank White

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 DoggartSam 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.


Doug SimmsDouglas Simms

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 CarsonNeil 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.

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