Our Management

Lance Gidel

Lance founded Gidel & Kocal over 30 years ago, creating a commercial construction company that delivers high quality construction and tenant improvements with a personal touch. To this day, Lance remains involved in overseeing the success of every project.
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From project managers to laborers, he’s created a tight-knit group of professionals, each reflecting his own sense of professional zeal. He continues to be involved in projects ranging from small tenant improvement projects to ground-up, new construction of 20,000 to 50,000 sf retail/commercial buildings on multi-acre lots.

In addition to leading Gidel & Kocal, Lance has spent 25+ years teaching Design and Operation of Building Systems I and II classes for Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA). Lance holds a Masters in Education from the University of San Francisco. His RPA classes are recognized and accepted by the State of California Department of Real Estate for continuing education credits. In addition to being a licensed general contractor in California, Lance is licensed for commercial construction in Nevada, Washington and Hawaii.

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John Alley

Project Manager
For over 25 years at Gidel & Kocal Construction, John has acted as Superintendent and Project Manager utilizing his Construction Management Certification from San Jose State University. 
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John has extensive experience with ground up construction, building renovations, market ready projects, T.I. work, seismic retrofits and ADA compliance.

John communicates with clients and the subcontractors, ensuring that the original schedule stays intact. As Project Manager, John coordinates and supervises the field staff and site superintendents. During the close-out process, John confirms that the final details of each project have been successfully achieved and that we have reached client satisfaction.

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Ashley Gidel

Project Manager
Ashley utilizes her Business degree from the University of San Diego and background in Real Estate as a Project Engineer. She is OSHA 30 certified and assists the team in all the day to day tasks of a project.
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She has experience with all phases of a project including: collecting bids, permit processes, issuing and tracking Change-Orders, RFI’s, preparing subcontract agreements, coordinating subcontractors, reviewing and approving project related invoices, facilitating jobsite meetings and preparing meeting minutes. She is organized and efficient in assisting the completion of all of her projects.

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Rick Steiner

Project Manager
Rick Steiner joined Gidel & Kocal Construction in 2013. He has had extensive experience in residential construction. He transitioned to commercial construction, working for JJ Albanese as a Project Manager.
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As a Project Manager for Gidel & Kocal, he manages sales, budgets, estimating, project schedules, contract review, change orders and weekly client meetings. Projects have included market readies, TI’s, & retail – primarily CVS stores.

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Lilian Ramey

Project Manager
Lilian joined Gidel and Kocal Construction as Project Engineer in 2014 and quickly was promoted to Project Manager within the year.
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She has over 10 years experience in Construction Management in Silicon Valley.  She is very organized and responsive with her clients.

She enjoys the challenge of high-rise TI’s and Market Ready projects.  She understands that Class A high and mid-rise buildings have special rules and considerations that don’t apply to standard office buildings. She has also managed several building renovations, market readies and T.I.’s in two story office buildings. Lilian takes pride in making sure that all current and future tenants are comfortable during and after construction.  She utilizes her AB degree from University of California, Davis on a daily basis.

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Alyssa Pedersen

Operations Manager
Alyssa joined Gidel & Kocal Construction in 1999 as an Accounts Payable Assistant while obtaining her degree in accounting from San Jose State University. 
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Alyssa provides a wide range of invaluable services for Gidel & Kocal Construction, from accounts receivable management, planning employee safety training to preparing and reviewing monthly financial statements. She manages all financial and banking requirements. In addition Alyssa is also in charge of the HR and safety departments of the company.

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Kelly Acevedo

Marketing Director
Kelly has been the Marketing Director for Gidel & Kocal Construction since 2012.
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She is an active member of BOMA, CREW and ACREM. She works diligently on numerous committees within these organizations, adding value to everything she does. Over the 5 years she has been with Gidel & Kocal, she has expanded the marketing program to reach Property Managers, Asset Managers, Brokers and direct clients. Kelly is also in charge of various events sponsored by Gidel & Kocal such as the yearly golf tournament and sushi making class. In addition to her marketing duties, she also is in charge of accounts payable. Prior to working at Gidel & Kocal, Kelly worked in the construction industry for 11 years.

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David Baird

Project Manager
Joining Gidel & Kocal as a carpenter in 2000, David quickly worked his way through the ranks showing that field experience is key when managing projects.
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In addition to being well versed in ADA and environmental codes, David is certified and has managed asbestos abatement projects. With an advanced education specializing in electronics, David holds degrees in advanced electronics from Diablo Valley College.

David manages all aspects of your project ensuring that it is done on time and within budget. With 17 years of commercial construction experience, he’s adept at preparing accurate estimates and project schedules. 

As Project Manager, David is in charge of coordinating the work of multiple subcontractors on each job and keeping the client informed every step of the way. At Gidel & Kocal Construction, David has managed GSA projects, medical and dental office build outs, bank retail remodels, ground-up auto dealership projects, as well as tenant improvements in a variety of structures. 

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Mike Habing

General Superintendent
Entering the construction field as an Apprentice in drywall and metal stud framing, over the next twenty years, Mike advanced to and gained a variety of construction experience in project management and job supervision.
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His strengths include job scheduling, handling multi-phase projects, supervisory skills and ensuring secure, well-maintained jobsites.

After joining Gidel & Kocal Construction in 2003, Mike managed ground-up auto dealership projects, warm shell conversions to bank and office use, as well as the conversion of office space to medical laboratory and treatment facilities.

His responsibilities include, developing, maintaining and adhering to project schedules and budgets. Coordinating and overseeing all Superintendents and field employees. Ordering and securing project supplies to meet the project schedule. Updating and working with clients during the build-out process and reviewing subcontractor change order and billing submissions.

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Steve Smith

Project Manager
Steve Smith joined Gidel and Kocal Construction in 2014 with over thirty years of commercial construction experience.
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Steve’s experience includes ground up and tenant improvement work on projects ranging from medical, restaurant, retail, banks, offices and manufacturing facilities.

His main focus since joining our team has been developing new client relationships with several large electronic manufactures and he has recently completed two “state of the art” facility improvements ahead of schedule and within budget. He is committed to the company’s vision, ensuring that his team focuses on guaranteeing “On time completion, with zero punch lists”, enforcing safe job sites and providing quality assurance to our clients.

Steve attended North Harris College in Houston Texas and his father owned a commercial construction company which sparked his passion for construction at an early age. He resides in Santa Cruz Ca. and enjoys being outdoors and camping with his wife and four daughters.

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