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Our Team

The people of Synergos

"Synergos translates from the Greek language into “Working Together”. This simple, yet powerful statement is foundational in creating a system of solutions for our people, our companies, and our builder customers. The Synergos model combines a start-up and entrepreneurial way of thinking with established and highly successful trade companies, allowing for new ideas to be supported through tactical know-how. Our leadership teams combine for decades of experience in both the home builder and trade contractor sectors, providing a holistic approach to tackling challenges and opportunities.

Today’s challenges will look different than tomorrow’s, so it’s important that our model is built around flexible systems, innovative reasoning, adaptable automation, and passionate associates. I’m so proud of our amazing team and the strides we have made so far and look forward to the part we will play in making positive changes within the industry."
- Rich Gallagher

Executive Team

 
Rich Gallagher
Chief Executive Officer

A proud graduate of the University of Arizona, Rich has more than 20 years of experience in the homebuilding community across various markets. His unique background of serving in multiple leadership roles, within both the home builder and contractor sectors, facilitates strategic and operational decision-making that is solution-minded for the entire industry.

 
Reed Graham
Chief Operating Officer

After graduating from Pittsburg State, Reed spent 14 years with public and private home builders in Construction, Customer Service, Process Improvement, Centralized Scheduling, Purchasing and Operations. Between joining Erickson as Chief Operating Officer and becoming its President. he was recognized by Professional Builder Magazine as a “Top 40 Under 40” construction industry pro.

 
Kristi Herbst
VP of Finance

Kristi joined the Synergos team in April 2019, where she plays an integral role in setting direction of the organization’s overall strategies for long-term growth, investment and operations. Kristi brings to the company 15 years of homebuilding experience working with a public home builder. During that time she held multiple roles within the finance organization in various markets. She is a graduate of Central Michigan University, where she earned a degree in Accounting.

 
Gary Pollard
VP of HR

Gary joined the Synergos team in 2020 bringing a strong business acumen and a proven track record of developing and implementing strategies that support growing, changing organizations. As part of the Synergos leadership team Gary is responsible for enhancing organization effectiveness via the design and implementation of tactics that will enable the Synergos family of companies to maximize its performance. Gary possesses a B.A. in Economics from Saint Michael’s College in Burlington, Vermont.

 
Jeff Rogers
VP of Expansion

Jeff joined the Synergos team in July 2021.  After graduating from Construction Management, Jeff spent time in structural design, sales and operations fulfilling multiple leadership roles in numerous markets allowing him a conscious and cultured approach in his 20 plus years’ experience in creating, developing, and integrating cross functional teams in expansion satellite operations.

 
Michael Brewer
Senior Advisor

Michael founded Brewer Enterprises in 1990 and brings over 40 years of plumbing industry experience to the company.  In addition to being the company’s strategic visionary, Michael OVERSAW all aspects of the business and WAS instrumental in architecting the strategy that LED Brewer Enterprises to become the largest residential plumbing contractor in Arizona.

 
Toby Thomas
Senior Advisor

Mr. Thomas is a 3rd generation native to Arizona, growing up in Northwest Phoenix and comes from a long line of skilled and respected electricians. As President of Austin Companies, Toby focused on the continued development of relationships with construction partners and homeowners by providing the highest quality work at fair pricing.

Key Team Members

 
Meghann Woo
Director of Operations

“As the Director of Operations at Synergos, I have the rare and unique opportunity of being able to see and help influence how related companies fit together to supplement and complement each other, for the most optimal performance results of each company. Because “Synergos” quite literally means “Working Together”, the underlying and subliminal result is that you’ve now set the tone for a group of already-stellar professionals who understand the benefit of setting each other up for success. I am excited every day about what we get to (never “have to”) go do. It’s a winning formula for how to help everyone win together!”

Meghann joined the Synergos family in August 2020, bringing with her 16 years of homebuilding experience with various roles in Construction, Procurement Management, Business Analysis, and Process Development. She is a PMI certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and a proud graduate of the University of Hawaii at Manoa and Grand Canyon University, where she completed her MBA.

 
Todd Sickels
Director of Construction

“My role at Synergos is unique as I get the opportunity to partner with all of our teams and companies, to help create cohesion with our collective field teams.  Most organizations would not invest in a role such as mine to help be a resource to our teams.  This investment makes Synergos a truly dynamic organization that I am proud to be a part of!”

Todd joined the Synergos team in March 2021 as our Director of Construction. In this role, Todd is tasked with overseeing tactical and strategic schedule scope alignment for the Synergos family of trades.  Prior to joining the Synergos team, Todd led the CAPEX initiatives for Erickson Companies, one of the Synergos family companies. Todd brings a passion for building high performing teams in addition to 15 years of leadership experience.

 
Greg Clark
Director of Design

“As Director of Design at Synergos, I’m given the opportunity to apply my architectural and production homebuilding experience to help our builder-partners design homes that are more efficiently built by our trade companies, thus reducing potential issues during construction, and allowing for better cooperation through the life of a project. I’m also given the opportunity to contribute to internal design projects that arise through expansion and acquisition.”

Greg brings a well-established career in the residential construction and architectural fields to the Synergos team, which he leverages to facilitate construction practice efficiencies and pre-construction design coordination among our companies. He has 8 years in design and management experience in the production home building space and has served as an architectural project manager, consultant to the U.S. Coast Guard’s engineering division, and as owner-operator for a home design service. Greg held several titles with Erickson Companies prior to joining Synergos.

 
Geneva Paliwodzinski
Director of IT Business Systems

“I have worked in Information Technology across multiple industries and have found that technology can be a powerful tool for enabling success, no matter your business model or approach.  At Synergos, our people are our strength, and our goal is to support them and make their work lives easier and more efficient, whether they are in the field constructing homes or providing support from an office through the use of technology.”

Geneva brings over 20 years of experience in the Information Technology and Consulting industries to the Synergos team. Her hands on experiences as a Project and Program Director in software development and delivery, cloud services and optimization, business process design, enterprise software implementation, and data and system integrations provide her with a holistic understanding of the modern IT landscape. In her role, Geneva will be responsible for helping to set and execute IT strategy across the Synergos companies as well as identifying opportunities to support the growth of the organization.

 
Greg Willmer
Treasurer

“Synergos provides a unique opportunity to contribute one’s unique ideas and perspectives to further strengthen and support company vision and valuesAll of this is accomplished while providing room for further development which is critical in today’s ever-changing construction industry.”

Greg transitioned over to Synergos in early 2022 after spending 8 years at Erickson Companies where he had the fortunate opportunity to build and lead a successful team of accounting & finance professionals. Career responsibilities have also included financial analysis, forecasting, risk management, audit control, treasury, and IT oversight. Greg earned his undergraduate degree from Northern Illinois University and an MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management. 

 
Jake Robinson
Operations Manager

“My past experiences managing companies within the aerospace and commercial construction communities have provided me with a robust understanding of quality, lean operations, customer service and leadership. As an Operations Manager with Synergos, I’m able to leverage those prior experiences to impart innovative processes and procedures within the Synergos family of trades in support of our current and future builder-partners. We value win-win solutions for our customers and employees, and champion safety and integrity above all else.”

Jake joined the Synergos team in October 2021, and is currently tasked with analyzing, designing, and developing operational procedures within the Synergos family of trades (presently with Austin HVAC). He has 12 years of leadership experience working in various roles in Construction, Project Management and Lean Operations.  Jake is a proud USMC veteran and a graduate from Arizona State University.

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