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Don Waller, Director of Construction

Don Waller joined Cameron Mitchell Restaurants in 2002. He has 26 years of experience in multi-state commercial development from real estate contract stage to final construction completion. He has in-depth knowledge and management abilities of due diligence processes, site analysis, development risk assessment, developer's issues and planning, zoning and entitlement. He possesses the ability to oversee, manage, specify and understand the architectural plans and specifications for building mechanical, electrical, plumbing, furniture, fixtures, food service equipment, restaurant design and décor, as well as the needs of the operation's team. His professional experiences prior to working with Cameron Mitchell Restaurants include: Continental Building Systems/ Continental Real Estate Development; Restaurant Specialties Inc., and International Installations Inc.

Don received a Civil Engineering degree from Ohio University, as well as a Computer Programming degree from Miami Dade Community College. His additional competencies include: construction budget development and administration, construction contract administration and negotiations, create and implement value engineering methodologies as well as create and implement construction quality controls, brand assurance and integrity standards.

Jim Szekeres, Construction Manager

With an extensive and diverse background in the construction industry, Jim brings more than 20 years of professional experience to Buckeye Hospitality Construction. He has successfully managed the development and construction of projects ranging from tilt-up warehouse/distribution, office T.I.'s, to renovations of historic buildings and restaurant construction throughout the county.

Jim received a degree in construction management from Colorado State University and holds a license as a qualifying agent in several states. Prior to joining the Cameron Mitchell Restaurants' team, he managed several CMR restaurant projects. His principle responsibilities included reviewing plans, creating and executing the project schedule, conceptual estimates, budgets, interfacing with clients, directing subcontractors, and maintaining quality control throughout each project.

Kodey Bake, Construction Administrative Assistant

Kodey Bake began her career at Cameron Mitchell Restaurants as a hostess at Molly Woo's in September 2007. She worked at Molly Woo's for a year before transferring to Martini, where she spent five years as an assistant administrator and lead trainer for guest services.

At Martini, Kodey was responsible for accounting invoice entries, repair and maintenance expense logging and budgetary tracking. Additionally, she handled event organization and large party planning. As a part of her role in administration, she became familiar with CMR's purveyors and vendors. Her experience at Martini is what Kodey feels has best prepared her to handle challenges as construction administrative assistant at Buckeye Hospitality Construction.

Kodey also earned a Bachelor's degree in English from Ohio State while working full-time at CMR. Her skills in organization, multi-tasking, communication and leadership make her a valuable addition to the team at BHC.

Kevin J. Smith, Facilities Manager

Kevin has nearly three decades of construction experience. While working as a project manager for a general contractor specializing in full-service restaurants, Kevin managed large-scale projects in more than 20 states. His responsibilities included preparation of invoicing and closeout documents, bidding, writing of contracts and sub-contracts, contract negotiations, problem solving, quality control and purchasing of materials.

Kevin studied engineering at Wright State University, and graduated from ITT Technical Institute with an associate degree in architectural engineering. In his time off, Kevin’s hobbies include photography, motorcycling, golf and scuba diving.

Dani Lindeboom , Accounting Manager

Dani began college studying Athletic Training at The University of Akron, but later transferred to COTC to obtain her Associate of Applied Business degree in Accounting.  She interned with the Accounting Department during the summer of 2011 and hired on as the Accounting Assistant. In 2013, Dani became Accounting Manager of the Construction and Facilities Department.

Mark Hampton, Construction Superintendent

Mark Hampton has nearly 30 years of experience in the construction and facilities industry and has worked on a variety of job types – from office buildings and real estate to restaurants and retail. He joined the Cameron Mitchell Restaurants family in 2014 as the facilities manager for Buckeye Hospitality Construction.

When he was growing up, Hampton’s father was a carpenter and owned a construction business, which is how Hampton was introduced to the industry. He has since worked for many Columbus general contractors in the last 28 years. In addition, Hampton has completed the Ohio Building Code Academy training and earned an inspector certification for the State of Ohio.

For those interested in the construction and facilities industry, Hampton stresses the importance of being patient and the ability to work in a fast-paced environment with clients in different trades.

Hampton resides in Sunbury, Ohio, with his wife, Linda, and son, Nick. Outside of work, he enjoys camping, hunting, hiking and snowboarding.

Bud Krueger, Construction Superintendent

Bud Krueger has nearly four decades of project management experience. He joined the Cameron Mitchell Restaurants (CMR) family in 2015 as a Construction Superintendent for Buckeye Hospitality Construction, LLC.

Bud graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Carthage College. Bud began his construction career in the Chicago area. For over 36 years, he worked for various construction companies in Illinois, Missouri, Ohio, Florida, Pennsylvania and Indiana before joining the CMR team. With extensive experience in project management, design/build, general contracting and more, Bud has worked on a variety of projects including remodels, expansions, new commercial and retail builds.

His love for construction and building design came from his father, who owned a general contracting business for 25 years. The best advice Bud has for those interested in pursuing this industry is to be patient and to learn from others, as there is a lot to learn.

Bud resides in Delaware, Ohio, with his wife, Carol. Outside of work, he enjoys working around his house on diverse projects.

Jason Kuhn, Construction Superintendent

Jason Kuhn brings valuable management experience and a positive attitude to the team at BHC. He is a motivated, disciplined colleague and leader with a degree in construction management from Bowling Green State University. Jason worked as a field superintendent for Garland Griffin Homes for two years before spending seven years in a supervising position. He also deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2008 and again to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in 2011.