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Our History

In the mid-1940s, Juel Market and Milt Johnson worked for Walker Brothers Construction constructing homes in the Eau Claire area.

In 1948, they decided to form their own company to build homes.

In 1952, Market & Johnson constructed their first commercial project, Altoona High School in Altoona, Wisconsin, and by 1956 the company had transitioned from home building to commercial construction.

In 1964, Milt Johnson decided to sell his portion of the firm to Juel Market. That same year Marv Market joined the firm. His brother, Dan Market, joined in 1970.

The firm has experienced steady growth throughout the years, and today, we are western Wisconsin's largest contractor with over $400 million in annual construction volume.

In 1995, the company expanded by adding an office in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, and in 2013, we expanded again by opening an office in Oakdale, Minnesota. In 2022, we relocated the Oakdale, Minnesota office to Stillwater, Minnesota.

Today, the ownership team extends beyond the Market Family to include several key employees. However, the original principles established by Juel Market remain the same; complete the job in a timely fashion, maintain the highest quality that can be achieved, and do the project right the first time.

Today, Market & Johnson, Inc. is a premier general contractor/construction manager with a footprint that extends well beyond our roots in western Wisconsin. By maintaining a core set of principles that go back to the company's start over seventy years ago, Market & Johnson continues to diversify and provide construction solutions for new industry segments and across a much broader geography

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Kevin Renley, LEED AP
President and Chief Operating Officer

Kevin Renley began his career at Market & Johnson in 2001 as a project manager and has progressively moved through senior management levels; today, he serves as the firm's President and Chief Operating Officer. Kevin is an active member of the M&J team, has been a partner in ownership of Market & Johnson since January 2012, and serves on Market & Johnson's Board of Directors. Kevin Renley graduated from UW-Madison with a Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering, is a LEED Accredited Professional, and is registered by the State of Wisconsin as a Professional Engineer.

Jason Plante
Vice President

Jason is a Vice President of Market & Johnson, serves on the Board of Directors, and has been a partner in ownership since 2012. As Director of Business Development, he initiates new business relationships and maintains old ones. Jason has a wealth of knowledge and perspective in many areas of construction, including site selection, financial analysis, budget estimating, financing, design, construction review, and city approvals. In addition to being responsible for leading and overseeing the development of business opportunities for Market & Johnson, he is heavily involved in the community through service and community leadership. 

Jason holds a Marketing and Management degree from UW-Eau Claire.

Mike Seichter
Vice President

Mike Seichter has been with Market & Johnson for 31 years and has over 41 years of construction experience. He was Market & Johnson's first employee in the La Crosse area. As LaCrosse's Division Manager, he leads the LaCrosse office and is a readily accessible liaison between our clients, their architects, and our field staff. He is dedicated to managing the project schedule, anticipating any challenges, and finding workable solutions to bring each project to a completed state that exceeds our clients' expectations. In addition to his Division Manager duties, he has been a partner in ownership of Market & Johnson since 2012 and serves on Market & Johnson's Board of Directors.
Mike has a bachelor's degree in Construction Management from UW-Stout.

Justin Geissler
Project Executive

A UW–Stout graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree in Construction Management, Justin joined the firm in 2005 and the ownership team in January 2022 and now serves on our Board of Directors. As a Senior Project Manager, Justin brings a well-rounded perspective to project management while delivering exceptional service to our clients. He has successfully managed some of Market & Johnson's most critical and high-profile projects, including the Pablo Center at the Confluence in Eau Claire and several notable projects for Chippewa Valley Technical College. Justin is committed to providing leadership and oversight to Market & Johnson's project management process improvement. 

Kasey Lemke
Director of Pre-Construction

Kasey joined Market & Johnson's ownership team in January 2022 and is a member of the firm's Board of Directors. Kasey has over 19 years of construction experience, and as Director of Pre-Construction, he leads Market & Johnson's preconstruction processes and continually looks for opportunities to advance these services. Kasey has been an integral part of the growth of our preconstruction team and is a valuable resource to our clients, design team members, project managers, and business development. 

Kasey is LEED certified and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Construction Management and a minor in Business from UW–Stout.

Mike Shea
Project Executive

Mike began his career at Market & Johnson as an intern while attending UW-Platteville, where he graduated with Bachelor’s Degrees in Construction Management and Business Administration. In January 2022, Mike became a partner in ownership and serves on Market & Johnson’s Board of Directors.

Mike is a LEED Green Associate and manages complex projects in various market sectors, most of which fall in complex industrial/manufacturing and medical projects. Mike has championed and grown the firm's field engineer/intern program and continues to help train, mentor, and develop this program and guide team members to succeed in their professional ambitions.

Patrick Sullivan
Industrial Division Manager

Patrick is a graduate of UW-Eau Claire and began his career with Market & Johnson over 19 years ago. As a Project Manager, Patrick has successfully managed the Industrial Division's largest and most challenging projects in Texas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. As the Industrial Division Manager, he will continue to grow the company's industrial division.  

Patrick joined Market & Johnson's ownership team in January 2022; he serves on the firm's Board of Directors.

Tyler Swanson
Project Executive

Tyler began his career at Market & Johnson as an intern ten years ago, and today he is a partner in ownership and serves on the Boards of Directors of Market & Johnson. Tyler's expertise covers construction in both private and public sectors and includes many healthcare projects ranging from complex surgery center remodels, additions, and two replacement critical access hospitals. 

Tyler spearheaded the onboarding and implementation of ProCore, the firm's project management software, and he continues to implement and optimize technology in the project management suite. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Construction Management from UW-Stout.

Chad Ellingson, CPA
Director of Risk Management

Chad joined Market & Johnson in 2018 as Chief Financial Officer, where he applied his 14 years of construction industry knowledge to handle a wide variety of strategic initiatives within financial, compliance, and contract initiatives. As the Director of Risk Management, Chad now leads our legal, compliance, and risk management strategies and actions and serves as a member of our Board of Directors. Chad is a Certified Public Accountant and a graduate of UW-Whitewater with a Master of Professional Accountancy. Chad is a trusted advisor to the board of directors and a strong liaison to our legal and insurance partners.

Brittany Gerth, CPA
Director of Accounting

Brittany joined Market & Johnson in 2019 in the Controller role, where she was integral in leading the accounting team and process improvement efforts. As the Director of Accounting, Brittany provides strategic leadership of financial and accounting initiatives and ensures top client service. Brittany is a Certified Public Accountant with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from UW-Eau Claire. Brittany is a trusted advisor to the board of directors and to the company’s leadership team. 

2350 Galloway St.
P.O. Box 630
Eau Claire, WI 54702-0630
Fax: (715) 834-2331
1652 Lakeshore Dr.
La Crosse, WI 54603
Fax: (608) 782-7873
1950 Curve Crest Blvd
Stillwater, MN  55082
Fax: (651) 846-5607