President & CEO
Mike Kaufman has been the company president since its inception in 1989 and built the company from the ground up. Mike has worked on and managed projects ranging from retail interiors and renovation projects to municipal and institutional complexes. Mike is responsible for the daily management of all Kaufman Lynn business activities and management systems.
Mike 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 a 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 industries, community and nonprofit organizations including the United Way of Broward and the George Snow Scholarship Fund.
Prior to establishing Kaufman Lynn Construction in 1989, Mike 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.
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 the 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 a 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.
Ethel Isaacs Williams
Senior Vice President, Development & Public Affairs
Ethel is an accomplished community and business leader with over 30 years of professional experience and a highly commendable history of leadership, dedication, and advocacy. Her extensive legal knowledge of real estate, government, and public affairs combined with her passion to make a difference in the communities she serves are tremendous assets that will add value to Kaufman Lynn’s strategic growth.
A Palm Beach County-native, Ethel joins Kaufman Lynn Construction from NextEra Energy, based in Juno Beach, where she served as Director of Corporate Engagement, Diversity & Inclusion. There she was responsible for developing corporate strategies and initiatives for employee engagement, diversity, and inclusion to support talent acquisition and development enterprise-wide. Before being promoted to her last position, she was a Regional Manager of Corporate External Affairs for Florida Power & Light, a subsidiary of NextEra Energy, Inc., overseeing governmental and community affairs in Palm Beach, Martin, Okeechobee, and St. Lucie Counties. Prior to joining Florida Power and Light Company in 2010, she was the principal and owner of The Law Office of Isaacs Williams, P.A. Located in Palm Beach County, the firm’s primary practice areas of law including real estate, probate, land use and zoning, as well as government relations. In addition to a legal career, Ethel has enjoyed a successful business career with companies such as IBM and Wang Laboratories in the role of Marketing Representative for both, and HVG Investment Banking Company as Vice President.
Ethel’s community involvement is extensive. Currently she serves as Board Chair of the Boca Chamber of Commerce, Vice Chair of Quantum Foundation Board of Trustees, Past Chair of the Greater Boynton Beach Chamber of Commerce, Board member of the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, board member of The Forum Club, and a member of the National Executive Council of The Links, Incorporated. Ethel is also a member of several other civic and professional associations including the National Bar Association, the Palm Beach County Bar Association and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Hans Huang, Esq.
Chief Legal Officer
Hans Huang is the Chief Legal Officer at Kaufman Lynn Construction. In addition to managing the corporate insurance and risk programs, Hans reviews and negotiates contracts and joint venture agreements and is the liaison with outside counsel.
Hans earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In addition to legal experience, Hans is an entrepreneur and investor and has extensive executive management and consulting experience. “Hans brings a unique combination of construction law, corporate legal expertise, and entrepreneurial experience, which makes him a perfect fit for our fast-growing company,” explained Michael Kaufman, President and CEO of Kaufman Lynn Construction.
Prior to joining Kaufman Lynn Construction, Hans had his own legal practice serving clients in the retail, hospitality and biotech industries. He previously was the General Counsel and Director of Corporate Development, BioResource International, Inc.
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 pre-construction 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.
Vice President of Development
In his role, Jeff Zalkin seeks to expand Kaufman Lynn’s reach within the public, institutional, and nonprofit sectors.
Prior to joining the team at KL, Jeff has held positions with Balfour Beatty Construction focusing on Southeast and Southwest Florida, and most recently worked at Pirtle Construction focusing on South and Central Florida. Jeff has been involved in the selection and construction of projects such as the FAU Football Stadium, Miramar Police Headquarters, UCF Colbourn Hall and the MDCPS MAST Academy on Key Biscayne.
Jeff is a former president of the Society of Marketing Professional Services and the Design-Build Institute of America South Florida Chapter. He earned his bachelor’s degree in advertising from the University of Florida, his master’s degree in business administration from Florida International University and a Certificate of Leadership from Nova Southeastern University. He currently holds a LEED accreditation.