Rik Kunnath is the Executive Chairman of the Board for Pankow Management, Inc., the holding company for the various entities that constitute the Pankow group of companies. Pankow is nationally recognized for its innovative construction methods, and as one of the industry's foremost practitioners of Design-Build as a project delivery technique. Projects include urban, high and mid-rise office buildings, mixed-use developments, hotels and residential, health care, public and education facilities.
Rik Kunnath joined Pankow in 1979 and has been in the construction industry for more than 30 years. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Detroit, and is a registered Civil Engineer and licensed contractor and real estate broker in numerous states. As a frequent speaker to industry groups and academic institutions, his topics include trends affecting the design and construction industry, alternative delivery models and innovation in construction.
In 1993, Rik Kunnath was among a handful of practitioners that founded the Design-Build Institute of America in Washington, DC. He served as its National Chairman in 1995 and as President of the Design Build Education and Research Foundation and is the former President of the Foundation for Integrated Services. Currently, he serves as President of the Board of Directors of the Charles Pankow Foundation, and is a member of Lambda Alpha International, the Honorary Society for the Advancement of Land Economics. He has also served on the Board of Directors of SPUR (San Francisco Planning & Urban Research Association), on the Advisory Council of the University of Detroit's School of Engineering and Board of Advisors of the Children's Hospital of Oakland. Mr. Kunnath is a Certified Arbitrator for the Large and Complex Case Panel of the American Arbitration Association of Northern California.
Rik Kunnath has received numerous awards and recognitions. He was named Engineering Alumnus of the Year by his alma mater, the University of Detroit Mercy, College of Engineering and Science. He is a City of Hope Spirit of Life Honoree and received an Achievement Award from the Building Industry Conference Board of the Bay Area for his contribution to the construction industry.
Timothy Murphy is an 18-year Pankow company veteran and the former Chief Financial Officer of the Pankow Companies. Prior to joining Pankow, he worked in public accounting. He is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the California State Bar. Mr Murphy holds both a B.A. degree in accounting and a J.D. degree from Gonzaga University, as well as a Master of Law degree from Boston University.
Ron Klemencic is Chairman and CEO of Magnusson Klemencic Associates, a major international structural and civil engineering firm headquartered in Seattle, Washington. Ron earned his bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from Purdue University and his master's degree in Structural Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley. He has served as a Charter Member of the Charles Pankow Foundation National Advisory Council since 2006 and has been instrumental in guiding CPF's strategic and functional directions in the Foundation's initial start-up period.
Ron has acquired a reputation in the building industry as an "idea guy," based on his success in advancing innovative engineering solutions for large buildings and for his innate ability to "see the big picture." His unique contributions can be seen in his many structural projects that are found in 22 states in the U.S. and in 21 other countries, with $5.2 billion of structures designed in the last 5 years alone.
Ron is a past 5-year Chairman of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, the only international organization that brings together all the disciplines involved in creating the global urban environment. He led the development of standards and criteria for naming the tallest buildings in the world; organized professional conferences on tall buildings in London, Seoul, New York among others, and represented the Council publicly on wide-ranging subjects relating to tall buildings and their effect on community life. Ron recently led the development of a new high-rise design methodology known as "Performance-Based Seismic Design" (PBSD), which provides buildings with increased safety, reliability, and flexibility at a reduced cost. PBSD represents the future of high-rise development and, at Ron's advocacy, is rapidly being adopted throughout the United States.