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Builder promotes seven executives to new roles

Kast Construction Co. names new leaders for its Miami, Tampa and West Palm Beach offices.


Top: Sean Ouellette, Kristine Retetagos, Michael MacDonald; Bottom: Neil Levy, Alex Cervera, David Zorrilla, Sean Martin
Top: Sean Ouellette, Kristine Retetagos, Michael MacDonald; Bottom: Neil Levy, Alex Cervera, David Zorrilla, Sean Martin
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KAST Construction Co., a general contractor with offices in Miami, Tampa and West Palm Beach, has promoted seven of its executives to more senior-level roles within the company.

Sean Ouellette, according to a news release, has been promoted to senior vice president and COO. He spent the past six years as manager of KAST's Tampa office, helping the company expand its reach to St. Petersburg, Sarasota, Fort Myers and Naples.

Kristine Retetagos, meanwhile, has been promoted to the Tampa office’s senior vice president and division manager. She previously served as vice president of preconstruction services in Tampa.

In West Palm Beach, Michael MacDonald has been promoted to senior vice president and division manager. His previous roles at KAST include senior project manager, project executive and, most recently, vice president of operations.

David Zorrilla, the release states, has been promoted to senior vice president of preconstruction services. He joined KAST in 2011 and was one of KAST’s first preconstruction services employees.

In Southeast Florida, Sean Martin has been promoted to regional vice president of operations for that region. Martin has been with KAST since 2005 and has held multiple senior operations roles with the firm.

On the other side of the state, Alex Cervera has been promoted to regional vice president of operations for southwest Florida. He joined KAST in 2016 and previously served as project executive and vice president of operations. Cervera will provide operational support and leadership to KAST’s projects from Tampa to Naples.

Lastly, Neil Levy has been promoted to vice president of operations for KAST’s Miami business unit. According to the release, he has built some of Florida’s largest and most complex projects and is currently leading the company’s project team on the Legacy project in Midtown Miami.

“KAST is designing this company for the future,” CEO Mike Neal states in the release. “In this complex industry and incredibly volatile market conditions, strong leadership is absolutely the most important thing when you are leading a large company like ours.

“These leaders are battle-tested and have navigated our teams through multiple market cycles. These leaders are the best of the best. By making these changes, we have increased the horsepower of our firm’s leadership and have put great responsibility in the hands of our best people.”

 

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Brian Hartz

Brian Hartz is the Business Observer’s Tampa Bay editor. He has worked for the publication since 2017. Brian holds a master’s degree in journalism from Indiana University and has been a St. Petersburg resident since 2013. He has also worked for newspapers and magazines in Indiana, Canada and New Zealand.