Johasee Rebar - California Region
Michael Hill Sr., Vice President - California Region
Since beginning his career in the rebar industry in 1972, Mike developed his career from the fabrication yard to owning and operating Johasee Rebar, which he grew into an open-shop, merit based organization with a 37-year successful track record. Johasee Rebar became a division of LMS Reinforcing Steel Group in March 2016. Mike continues to provide leadership to LMS’s California operations.Mike’s skill in building an efficient and high performing rebar fabrication and installation company is a testament to his expertise in all aspects of the business operations. Throughout his career, Mike has performed virtually every job required of a supply and install rebar company: fabrication, logistics, building cages, and placing. Today, Mike is responsible for overseeing estimating, detailing and general operations with is keen eye. Mike serves as the Vice Chairman of the California Construction Advancement Group (CCAG), which works in three distinct areas on behalf of merit shop contractors and their workers: research, education and industry advancement. The CCAG advocates for a fair and open bidding process for merit shop workers and contracts that are pursing public and private projects.
Marcel Lamarche, Vice President Operations
Marcel has extensive experience in managing the requirements for large-scale projects in the residential, commercial, institutional and infrastructure sectors. He is well-versed in the manpower/staffing and production requirements for rebar fabrication and installation, and plays a lead role in managing our operations throughout California. Marcel’s diligence and commitment is second-to-none; he has demonstrated his knowledge, skills and capabilities in rebar and post-tensioning installation on impressive projects that include residential and commercial towers, grain silos, bridges and commuter train infrastructure. His technical skills are complemented by his ability to work cohesively with builders and developers.
Tamara (Tami) Chapman, Business Operations Manager
Tami has 30 years of experience in the rebar industry; she is well-versed in estimating, detailing, and the processes and flows of the fabrication shop; she has even installed rebar on a few projects. Today Tami oversees all aspect of our day-to-day operations in California including finance, processes, safety, employee matters, continuous improvement, and customer relations. Tami serves on the Executive Board of ABC Central California Chapter, is the current President of ABC of CA and is a board member for the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Kern County. Her marketplace knowledge and industry experience provide strong support for open shop legislation and regulation.
Michael Hill Jr., Project Operations Manager
Mike brings 20 years of experience to his role as Project Operations Manager, but as the son of Mike Sr., he has a lifetime of experience in the steel industry. He has been in a leadership role since 2005; his responsibilities include detailing, estimating and customer relations. His scope of operational responsibilities include inventory management and oversight of the fabrication yard.
In his early years of working for Johasee Rebar, Mike performed such roles as the fabrication shop hand, installer, foreman and Bolt Shop Manager and Structural Fab Shop Manager.
LMS Management Team
Ron McNeil – CEO and Co-Founder
Together with Ivan Harmatny, Ron co-founded LMS and has been integral to its growth and development ever since. Ron brings a lifetime of expertise in all aspects of reinforcing steel to his role as CEO. Ron is actively involved in all aspects of the daily operations of LMS and plays a lead role in LMS’ strategy and future growth and development. Ron is also actively involved in managing LMS’ pricing and plays the lead role in LMS’ procurement decisions. Ron’s commitment to the successful delivery of each project is a core foundation on which he and Ivan initially built LMS and which contributes to its success to this day.
Ron is engaged in numerous philanthropic activities both through LMS and personally, including Canucks Place Children’s Hospice, Mel Zajac Ranch, and Face the World Foundation to name just a few.
Ivan Harmatny – Director of Corporate Development and Co-Founder
Since founding LMS with Ron, Ivan has been at the heart of the business development process at LMS. LMS’ success depends upon the strength of its relationship with its customers: understanding the customers’ needs and ensuring those needs are met. Ivan works to understand the unique design and functional needs of every project, to ensure costs are minimized and installation expectations are met. Ivan is also actively engaged in opening up LMS to new markets and new opportunities. Ivan’s relentless focus on the customer is a core foundation on which he and Ron initially build LMS and which contributions to its success to this day.
Ivan is a current member of the Board of Directors of the Independent Contractors & Business Association of BC.
Norm Streu – President & COO
As President & COO, Norm is engaged in all aspects of LMS’ operations. Norm’s responsibilities include internally monitoring the progress of all projects and ensuring both customer satisfaction and efficient execution. Norm also oversees all of the administrative departments and personnel within the organization.
Norm has served as Chair of the Board of the Vancouver Regional Construction Association, director of the British Columbia Construction Association. In 2008, Norm was awarded the LMA Helm Young Lawyer Award. He is the author of countless industry articles including a regular column in the Journal of Commerce and Business in Vancouver.
Greg Hubbard, Executive Vice President, Operations
Greg is currently responsible for LMS’ operations throughout Western Canada (from British Columbia to Manitoba) on projects in each sector we serve: residential, commercial, institutional and infrastructure. Over the past decade, Greg has been a driving force behind our expansion into Alberta and Saskatchewan. Greg’s responsibilities on projects include bidding, resource planning and general project management.
Greg’s project experience is impressive; highlight projects since 2012 include the following: Northeast Anthony Henday Drive, Kelley Ramsey Office Tower, Southeast Stoney Trail, Bow Tower, University City (a 4 tower development), East Village Development (towers include: First, N3, and Evolution 1 and 2), The Guardian twin tower development, Enmax Shepard Energy Centre, River Green, 3 Civic Plaza and Concord Gardens.
The General Foremen on our project sites across Western Canada report to Greg. Greg began his career with LMS as an ironworker in 1991. He is a certified Journeyman Reinforcing Ironworker who embodied the company philosophy, as he moved progressively from Foreman to Field Superintendent, and from General Manager to his current position of Executive Vice President, Operations.
Janice Comeau, Chief Financial Officer
Janice is CFO of the LMS Group of Companies, and a board member of a number of private companies. In these roles she provides strategic financial management and senior financial expertise. Janice has thirty years of strategic corporate and financial management experience spanning a variety of industries. She has driven a number of initiatives in financial leadership roles including: syndicated financings, sale of the business, corporate and tax restructuring, financial accountability and business controls for companies undergoing significant growth or change. She has experience developing and negotiating external relationships with Boards of Directors, lenders, investors, consultants, customers, joint venture partners and auditors.
Janice is a Chartered Accountant and active in the community and supporting her profession. She served as President of the Vancouver Chapter of Financial Executives Institute, on several professional committees for the Institute of Chartered Accountants of British Columbia, and as a board member for BC Land Titles, Legal Services Society, Caravel Investments and Junior Achievement. Janice holds a Commerce degree with distinction from the University of Alberta.
Janice is the winner of Business in Vancouver’s 2016 CFO Award in the Large Private Company category and the Surrey Board of Trade Women in Business award in the Corporate Leadership category.
Michael Schutz, Vice President Finance
Michael is an experienced Chartered Accountant with over 15 years’ experience in Senior and Executive positions working with both public and private companies in such industries as construction, manufacturing, technology, mining and exploration, and other service related industries.Michael has been instrumental in developing and overseeing company initiatives and building the financial and operational plans around them. Measures include financial accountability, operational efficiencies and process improvement. He has extensive experience driving growth organically and by acquisition as well as implementing larger restructurings during business and economic downturn. In his most recent role as CFO of a mechanical trade, Mike was invaluable in guiding the Company through periods of significant growth, including all aspects of financing, strategic planning, reporting, and working closely with all external stakeholders.