Meet the Team

Meet the Team

Martin D. Howard

Martin D. Howard

With HCDM since?
1972

Professional or charitable participation?
Bikeable Communities – Member, Board of Directors
Orange County School of the Arts – Foundation Board
John Bosco High School – Member, Board of Directors
Mary’s Medical Center Foundation – Member, Board of Trustees
ICSC – Member Licensed CA & NV State Contractor

Best HCDM memory?
With so many throughout the years, it is hard to pin one specific memory down. Our projects, our clients, our partnerships and most of all our team make for the best memories every day.

Describe your perfect day.
Ride, work, golf, eat.

Greatest album of all time?
Too many to choose from here: U2 – Boy, The Clash – London Calling, Miles Davis – Kind of Blue, Herbie Hancock – Cantaloupe Island, REM – Reckoning

Read any good books lately?
The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
Long Walk to Freedom – the Autobiography of Nelson Mandela

 

Steven Phillips

Steven Phillips

With HCDM since?
May 1996

Professional or charitable participation?
Member ICSC
Licensed soccer coach
Church volunteer

Best HCDM memory?
The company river rafting trip

Greatest album of all time?
The Beatles – White Album

Read any good books lately?
Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10 by Marcus Luttrell and Patrick Robinson

What advice would you give your childhood self?
“Your parents really do know what they’re talking about—listen.”

William Burkett

William Burkett

With HCDM since?
1997

Professional or charitable participation?
Executive Board Member + Treasurer of BKBIA – 2006-2012
Former Executive Board Member of The Guidance Center
Treasurer of Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church

Best HCDM memory?
Karate Battle Royale between Doug Haley and Gabe Shyu OR Toasting the acquisition of our first piece of commercial real estate (3777 LBB) on the roof of the building in 2002 OR a scrappy and spry Bill Robbins turning over rafts and dunking employees at the Howard CDM American River Rafting Trip.

What’s the best meal you’ve ever eaten?
Two Dodger Dogs, a bag of peanuts, and a beer at Opening Day Dodger Stadium.

Greatest album of all time?
The Wall by Pink Floyd

Read any good books lately?
Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine, and the Murder of a President by Candice Miller

Jennifer Le

Jennifer Le

With HCDM since?
December 2015

Professional or charitable participation?
Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher
Public Relations Society of America Member
Certified Cheerleading Coach

Best HCDM memory?
It was the day before a holiday weekend and we all got to go home early, but Gerry, Evan and I ended up staying late watching episodes of American Ninja Warrior and drinking beers in the kitchen.

Describe your perfect day.
Take a heated yoga class first thing in the morning, spend the rest of the day at the dog beach with my pups, and stick a handstand for more than 30 seconds.

What’s the best meal you’ve ever eaten?
Freshly caught sun-dried octopus and whole grilled sea bream overlooking Ammoudi Bay in Oia, Santorini.

Greatest personal achievement?
Spent a summer in Melbourne, Australia teaching and facilitating a yoga teacher training program.

Carmen Steinbrenner

Carmen Steinbrenner

With HCDM since?
January 2005

Professional or charitable participation?
Long Beach Little League – snack shack volunteer
Prisk Elementary – school events volunteer

Best HCDM memory?
It’s difficult to choose just one, but I will say my favorite moments are all the jokes and laughs shared in our office bullpen on a daily basis. We’re a diverse, tight knit group and I’m privileged to work with such wonderful personalities.

Describe your perfect day.
Spending the day with my little family enjoying a hike and play time at the park or beach, followed by a relaxing evening snuggled on the couch watching a movie and enjoying a glass (or two) of wine.

What’s the best meal you’ve ever eaten?
My husband, Brian, can grill a mean steak so I would certainly say his petite filet with a side of grilled asparagus and a salad from our garden. If I’m living dangerously that day, I’d include some of his grilled, cream-cheese-stuffed, bacon-wrapped jalapenos–delish!

Greatest album of all time?
The Beatles – One

Debbie Peurrung

Debbie Peurrung

With HCDM since?
March 2004

Professional or charitable participation?
Current involvement with the following – Institute of Real Estate Management OC Chapter 91; Bethany Lutheran Church; Supporter of Mayfair High School Cheer and Athletic Teams; fundraising for Alzheimer’s Foundation and the American Cancer Society

Best HCDM memory?
2017 Girls Trip to Palm Springs and 2006 River Rafting Trip

Describe your perfect day.
Leisurely waking up, meeting friends for breakfast, sauntering to the beach, sitting at the water’s edge, reading a book and/or listening to country music, watching the sun set while enjoying a seafood boil for dinner and if there are a few Jamaica-me-happy drinks throughout the process then that’s the cherry on the cake

What’s the best meal you’ve ever eaten?
Fresh salmon caught in the Kenai River in Alaska

Greatest personal achievement?
I believe that being married to the same person since December 1976 and being an awesome grandmother are tied at the top of my list.

Mario Reynoso

Mario Reynoso

With HCDM since?
January 1990

Best HCDM Memory?
2010, Reynoso Holiday BBQ for the Superintendents.

Describe your perfect day.
Rodeo competitions & riding my horses.

What’s the best meal you’ve ever eaten?
Seafood.

Greatest album of all time?
George Straight’s Greatest Hits

What would be written on your epitaph?
To Be Continued!

Gerry Parker

Gerry Parker

With HCDM since?
April 2017

Professional or charitable participation?
U.S. Green Building Council
SWIM Long Beach Masters Swim Team
Seal Beach Sea Monkeys

Best HCDM memory?
Chicken Taco Wednesdays!

Describe your perfect day.
Waking without an alarm to a beautiful sunrise and spending the day outdoors enjoying nature, then watching the sunset at the ocean.

What’s the best meal you’ve ever eaten?
Hometown Buffet with my St. John Bosco H.S. wrestling team after a very long season of cutting weight.

Greatest album of all time?
The Velvet Underground’s 1967 Album, The Velvet Underground & Nico, produced by Andy Warhol.

Greatest personal achievement?
Purchasing my first home here in Long Beach.

Eoin Crowley

Eoin Crowley

With HCDM since?
October 2015

Best HCDM memory?
My favorite memories are always the fun at the Christmas party! That, and my informal meetings with Doug to discuss the jobs over a pint downstairs at SteelCraft after work.

What’s the best meal you’ve ever eaten?
My mother’s Bacon and Cabbage

Read any good books lately?
Until Victory Always by Jim McGuinness

Greatest personal achievement?
Traveling around the world!

Kent Wells

Kent Wells

With HCDM since?
June 2012

Professional or charitable participation?
In the construction industry for 30+ years

Best HCDM memory?
The Day we received Final Inspection on the Howard CDM Bellflower Bldg. 7-27-21 that was a milestone.

Describe your perfect day?
At my house in the desert riding my dirt bike.

What’s the best meal you’ve ever eaten?
Charthouse at the break wall in Redondo Beach.

Greatest album of all time?
Pink Floyd – Dark Side of the Moon

Raymond Ramos

Raymond Ramos

With HCDM since?
August 2017

Professional or charitable participation?
Children’s Ministry – Calvary Chapel El Monte (Teaching 4th – 6th graders with my wife)
Missionary – Greater Hope Orphanage – Takeo, Cambodia (assisted with the design and layout of a new school)
Missionary/Sponsor – Water of Life Orphanage – Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Best HCDM memory?
Meeting the HCDM team.

Describe your perfect day.
Road trip anywhere enjoying the scenic route.

What is the best meal you’ve ever eaten?
Lobster in Puerto Nuevo, Mexico.

Greatest album of all time?
U2 – Joshua Tree
Depeche Mode – Violator
Jose Alfredo Jimenez – “El Rey”

Read any good books lately?
The Bible ☺

What advice would you give your childhood self?
“Invest in Microsoft and Google stock.”

Greatest personal achievement?
Marrying my beautiful wife Mary and having our beautiful baby Russell.

Brad Abernathy

Brad Abernathy

With HCDM since?
March 2018

Professional or charitable participation?
I’m a volunteer leader for Long Beach Young Life.

Best HCDM memory?
Digging holes and chasing leaks all week with John T… and having a blast doing it!

Greatest album of all time?
Back to Black – Amy Winehouse

What’s the best meal you’ve ever eaten?
Filet minion and lobster.

What advice would you give your childhood self?
Be patient.

Andrew Lee

Andrew Lee

With HCDM since?
May 2018

Professional or charitable participation?
Vice President of the Westminster Presbyterian Church Foundation in Pasadena
Member of Pasadena Educational Foundation
Volunteer at Silverlake Conservatory of Music and 826LA in Echo Park

Best HCDM memory?
So far it’s witnessing the Rams defeat the Vikings in person at a sold-out Coliseum.

Greatest album of all time?
OK Computer – Radiohead

Read any good books lately?
I’m not sure it was actually a good book, but I enjoyed “Lincoln in the Bardo” by George Saunders.

What advice would you give your childhood self?
Don’t be afraid to take on a challenge just because it’s outside your comfort zone. The best moments in life have come from the those things that were challenges before I tried them.

Ashley Fragale

Ashley Fragale

When did you start with Howard CDM?
December 2021

What is your best Howard CDM memory?
When we rented a party bus to visit a jobsite and admire all the hard work everyone had put in. From karaoke in the party bus, to tacos onsite, it was such a fun experience that we got to do as a company.

What is a fun fact about yourself?
I’ve never broken any of my fingers, but all of them are crooked.

What’s the best meal you’ve ever eaten?
Literally anything I ate in Italy. Pizza, pasta, cannoli’s… everything was amazing.

What advice would you give your childhood self?
Focus on the goal, whatever it may be, and you’ll get there eventually.

What is your greatest personal achievement?
I’d have to say planning a 3 week trip through Europe with my brother right after we graduated college. It took tons of research, planning, and putting in extra serving shifts at a restaurant to get it together, but it was all worth it! Eight countries later, my brother and I got to make a ton of friends, enjoy the best foods, and solidify our bond despite our many fights over which direction to go!

Nate Lindley

Nate Lindley

With HCDM since?
April 2019

Professional or charitable participation?
Youth Leader for various churches
Culinary Consultant

Best HCDM memory?
Enjoying a celebratory drink after the incredible grand opening nights at SteelCraft Bellflower and Garden Grove.

What’s the best meal you’ve ever eaten?
The tasting menu of 3 Michelin Star Chef Daniel Humm at Eleven Madison Park.

Greatest album of all time?
Black on Both Sides, 1999 by Mos Def

What advice would you give your childhood self?
“You don’t actually know it all, you just think you do.”

Zhanna Zhukova

Zhanna Zhukova

With HCDM since?
April 2019

Best HCDM memory?
Girl’s trip to Palm Springs.

Describe your perfect day.
A day at Aria Resort and Casino in Las Vegas with my boyfriend.

What’s the best meal you’ve ever eaten?
Truffle Pommes Frites and Scottish Salmon at The Sky Room, Sautéed Sea Scallops at Mastro’s and Smoked Salmon Benedict and Fruit tart at Bottega Louie.

Greatest album of all time?
Queen – A Night at the Opera

Read any good books lately?
The Sociopath Next Door by Martha Stout

Atalie Howard

Atalie Howard

With HCDM since?
February 2019

Professional or charitable participation?
Participate in the Trap-Neuter-Return program with FixNation

Best HCDM memory?
The Friday luncheons

What’s the best meal you’ve ever eaten?
My mom’s cooking

Greatest Album of all time?
Evryting Bob Marley

What advice would you give your childhood self?
“Don’t worry bout a ting… cause evry lil ting gon be alright”

Shelby Altoff

Shelby Altoff

With HCDM since?
August 2021

Professional or charitable participation?
World Vision Sponsor, Cal State Long Beach Cru Volunteer, Church Kids’ Ministry Volunteer

Best HCDM memory?
So far, my best memory is when the SteelCraft team went on a road trip to Downtown LA for a food tasting. Great food and even greater company to chat with on the way!

Describe your perfect day
My perfect day must start with drinking a cup of coffee followed by paddleboarding through Naples Canal in Long Beach, playing Ultimate Frisbee with friends, driving down PCH to Crystal Cove and watching the sun go down on the ocean!

What’s the best meal you’ve ever eaten?
Fettuccini Compleanno and garlic bread from La Tavolata in Artesia, CA.

What advice would you give your childhood self?
Do NOT cut your own bangs… leave haircutting to the professionals.

Gerlyn Gray

Gerlyn Gray

With HCDM since?
September 2021

Professional or charitable participation?
Milo Marathon, CicLAVia

Best HCDM memory?
Doing the office tour on my first day, and job walks on my second and third day. Very productive!

Greatest album of all time?
There’s a lot actually that I like, but it would be: Tears for Fears: Songs from the Big Chair

What advice would you give your childhood self?
Take time and be patient; patience is a virtue. Just trust the process and all your wishes will come true at the RIGHT TIME with HARD WORK and PERSERVERENCE. Save and invest as early as you can. Listen more. Read more. Don’t be scared to try new things. Trust yourself! You can do it!

Greatest Personal Achievement
Bought a house in the neighborhood that I love.

Herminia Guandique

Herminia Guandique

With HCDM since?
June 2019

Best HCDM memory?
Meeting everyone & being part of a wonderful team & of course Girl’s Trip 2019. Everyone made me feel extremely welcomed.

Describe your perfect day.
Sleeping in, attending one of my daughters sports games, getting ice cream after, a solo target trip & ending the day at my dad’s house with my family.

What’s the best meal you’ve ever eaten?
In & Out Cheeseburger no onions with extra pickles & chopped chilies cut in half & well done French Fries.

Read any good books lately?
The entire Harry Potter series

What advice would you give your childhood self?
Be patient, everything will happen when it’s meant to.

Greatest personal achievement?
Raising my daughter.

Matt Smith

Matt Smith

With HCDM since?
September 2020

Professional or charitable participation?
American Society of Professional Estimators
American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty of Animals

Best HCDM memory?
My favorite memory at HCDM is the barbeque we had on the patio where Martin and William made hamburgers & hotdogs for the whole company, it was a great time and enjoyed the banter.

Describe your perfect day.
Wake up and go for a swim, followed by champagne brunch and the inevitable nap that follows such an event. Once awakening from my slumber take the boat out, cruise around. Play a quick 9-holes in the late afternoon. Finish off the day with some BBQ back at the house.

What’s the best meal you’ve ever eaten?
I was bored one day and decided to try the food at Mar’Sel’s. I have to say their rib-eye and baby brussels sprouts were amazing.

Greatest album of all time?
The Slackers – Redlight

Jeremy Suryadi

Jeremy Suryadi

With HCDM since?
October 2020

Professional or charitable participation?
Institute of Classical Architecture and Art

Best HCDM memory?
I’d say best memory now would be watching the cranes pick up and fly the containers into place for our Watts Works project. A lot of people onsite that day and very hectic, but a lot of fun watching the executive team, clients, and designers all being onsite to watch that big milestone.

Describe your perfect day.
Being around my wonderful girlfriend and enjoying whatever the day has to offer together. 

Greatest album of all time?
The Beatles – Abbey Road

Greatest personal achievement?
Leading Cal Poly to a 2nd place finish at the NAHB 4-year program competition against 40 other universities.

Mariah Ponce

Mariah Ponce

When did you start with Howard CDM?
Monday, January 3rd 2022

What is your favorite Howard CDM memory?
My favorite Howard CDM memory is when we were able to participate in a SteelCraft tasting. We all got to taste test some amazing food while being able to enjoy lunch together as a team!

Are you involved in any professional or charitable organizations?
I volunteer as a fitness instructor for children and adults with special needs when my availability allows it!

What is a fun fact about yourself?
I am a huge fan of The Peanuts!

Describe your perfect day.
My perfect day would include getting out and being active, I love to run on the beach and then end the day with a big bowl of pasta from my favorite Italian restuarant.

Have you read any good books lately?
The Happiness Advantage: How a Positive Brain Fuels Success in Work and Life by Shawn Achor

What’s the best meal you’ve ever eaten?
Anything from Lola’s Mexican Cuisine!

Scott Bowman

Scott Bowman

With HCDM since?
November 2020

Best HCDM memory?
Walking into Ironfire one month after completion and watching people enjoy and utilize the space I assisted in building.

Describe your perfect day.
Ride my bike 50 miles down PCH in the morning. Play 18 holes of golf in the early afternoon. Fly my fiancé to Santa Barbara in the Cessna for dinner. End the evening with a late night Negroni with my cats on the couch.

What advice would you give your childhood self?
Shut up, keep going, but have fun through it all.

Greatest personal achievement?
My first career in life as an ICU nurse.

Ella Ruffino Martin

Ella Ruffino Martin

With HCDM since?
February 2021

Professional or charitable participation?
I am a No Kid Hungry and Feed America Monthly Donor, a Team Mom for my son’s baseball teams, and I founded a blueprint and paper recycling program that was inherited by Behavioral Resources. Behavioral Resources now runs the program to employ those facing developmental challenges.

Best HCDM memory?
My current favorite memory is taking the party bus to our Watts Works project in Watts. I really enjoyed touring the shipping container apartment complex that we are building, the tacos were bomb too. I like coming to work and laughing with my awesome co-workers daily. It’s definitely never a dull day around here!

Describe your perfect day.
Hot summer night with a breeze cheering the Dodgers on at Dodger Stadium with my hubby, hitting Phillipe’s first for a French Dip yum!

What’s the best meal you’ve ever eaten?
Tiramisu in Italy. Dessert is totally a meal!

What advice would you give your childhood self?
Don’t be hard on yourself! Life is going to fly by as you get older and once you have kids those days are gone in a blink of an eye, enjoy every second, it always gets better!

Rene Valdez

Rene Valdez

With HCDM since?
October 2021

Professional or charitable participation?
Domestic violence & anger management counselor

Best HCDM memory?
My favorite HCDM memory is seeing the creativity level for our GC team on projects.

Best meal
Wife’s creative cooking style

Read any good books lately?
Bible & The Shack

What advice would you give your childhood self?
Educate yourself and invest to secure your future

Vanessa Mosqueira

Vanessa Mosqueira

Professional or charitable participation?
See-LA Volunteer
No Kid Hungry Donor

Best HCDM memory?
Joining the team

What’s the best meal you’ve ever eaten?
My grandmother’s chicken and rice

Greatest album of all time?
John Coltrane – A Love Supreme

Read any good books lately?
Citizen Illegal by Jose Olivarez

Katie Howard

Katie Howard

When did you start with Howard CDM?
November 2021

What is your best SteelCraft memory?
Working with the kids, doing crafts at the Holiday Parties  at all the SteelCraft locations

What is a fun fact about yourself?
I love road trips

Describe your perfect day.
In a tropical location, a day at the beach with good people and good food

What would you say is the greatest album of all time?
No Pads, No Helmet – Simple Plan

What advice would you give your childhood self?
If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.

Alli Ovits

Alli Ovits

With HCDM since?
May 2021

Best HCDM memory?
Michel’s Downtown Chef Giuseppe slinging fresh, brick oven pizzas at the HCDM office!!

Describe your perfect day.
Hop on the first flight out to Hawaii for the Grand Opening of SteelCraft Honolulu… wake up, realize it was all a dream then head to SteelCraft Long Beach for my morning iced dirty-matcha oat milk latte from Steelhead Coffee, spend the rest of the day at the beach with my cat.

Greatest album of all time?
Crossroads (1989) – Tracey Chapman

What advice would you give your childhood self?
Your worries aren’t as important as you think they are, be kind to yourself.

Elizabeth Martinez

Elizabeth Martinez

When did you start with Howard CDM?
November 15th, 2021

Are you involved in any professional or charitable organizations?
I’m on the planning committee for Long Beach Architecture Week.

What is your best SteelCraft memory?
My favorite memory so far has been our Lunar New Year celebration. Getting to share that with my niece and taking her to feed the lion dancer was the sweetest thing ever!

What is a fun fact about yourself?
I snowboard, roller skate, do aerial yoga, paddleboard, golf and love to dance!

Describe your perfect day.
Snowboarding in the morning, lunch with a view, sunset on the beach, rooftop drinks at night! All possible in Southern California!

What would you say is the greatest album of all time?
The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

What is your greatest personal achievement?
Being the first person in my family to earn a college degree.

Tiffany Giang

Tiffany Giang

With HCDM since?
June 28, 2021

Professional or charitable participation?
Active Alumni at CDUF’s National Service Fraternity

Best HCDM memory?
So far, it has to be the Friday before Labor Day weekend. Everyone was working but also having good time while working. It created a nice pre-weekend atmosphere. I look forward to weekends, but the people and work atmosphere here makes me never dread work!

Describe your perfect day.
Waking up at a campsite, pet my dog, and going back to sleep.

What’s the best meal you’ve ever eaten?
Pizza4P in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, has the best pizzas I’ve had in my life. I think about it every day.

What advice would you give your childhood self?
Go for a job, take a hike, and enjoy. Stop worrying.

Alejandro Pages

Alejandro Pages

With HCDM since?
May 19, 2021

Professional or charitable participation?
Professional

Best HCDM memory?
Hiring process, really welcoming atmosphere

Describe your perfect day.
Foil-surf at Sunrise. Go home and spend some time with my lovely kids. Golf or kite-foil in the evening/sunset. Sugar fish/sushi for dinner. Movie night all together if I don’t fall asleep…

What’s the best meal you’ve ever eaten?
El Bulli by Ferran Adria, Cataluya, Spain

Greatest album of all time?
Hits of Phil Collins

Alex Cervantes

Alex Cervantes

With HCDM since?
August 2021

Professional or charitable participation?
Beach City Sports Volleyball

Best HCDM memory?
Haven’t been here very long so I’d say just meeting the team.

Describe your perfect day.
Morning run or volleyball at the beach. Group motorcycle ride in the afternoon. Carbs and a movie in the evening.

What’s the best meal you’ve ever eaten?
Khao Soi in Chiang Mai

Greatest album of all time?
Swimming by Mac MIller