Company Leadership

Mike Harris 1

E.M. "Mike" Harris – Founder

E.M. "Mike" Harris founded E.M. Harris Construction Company in 1989 and grew it into one of St. Louis’ most successful private general contracting and construction management companies. With his leadership, the company has successfully completed over 175 construction projects throughout the Midwest and played a key role in the revitalization of St. Louis and the preservation of its historic buildings, including Crown Square (14th Street Mall), Soulard Market Lofts (Welsh Baby Carriage), Stamping Lofts (St. Louis Stamping Company) and others. Benefitting from his vast construction management experience and his knowledge of publicly-financed construction, Mike founded our sister company Capital Consultants Inc. in 1997, which has also grown into a thriving business, providing due diligence and construction monitoring services to developers, lenders, investors and housing agencies across 48 states.

Don Buchmueller 2

Don Buchmueller – President

Don Buchmueller joined E.M. Harris Construction in 2010 and became President of the company in 2014. Don leads the Construction Department, overseeing all projects and managing current and future growth. Don has over 31 years of experience in the construction industry and has been involved with a wide range of projects, including multi-family housing, senior living, hotel/hospitality, commercial, health care, education and industrial projects of varying complexity. Don’s involvement on these projects ranged from pre-construction to project management to executive level oversight. Prior to joining E.M. Harris, Don served as a Project Executive and member of the Executive Committee at S.M. Wilson & Co. Don earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla.

Philip Krull

Philip Krull – Senior Vice President

Phil Krull joined E.M. Harris Construction in 1996 and serves as Senior Vice President - Construction and as a Project Manager. Phil coordinates with all involved entities to ensure projects are completed on time, within budget requirements and with high standards of quality. Phil is an excellent problem solver and has overseen some of the company’s largest and most complex projects, including Council Tower Senior Apartments, the Crown Square (14th Street Mall) revitalization project and Soulard Market Lofts. He is one of the most experienced historic preservation Project Managers in the St. Louis area. Prior to joining E.M. Harris, Phil served as a Project Architect for Jeffrey Brambila Architects. Phil has a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from the University of Kansas and is a Registered Architect in Missouri.

V Hoffmeister

Vic Hoffmeister – Vice President/Director of Preconstruction

Vic Hoffmeister joined E.M. Harris Construction in 1995 and serves as Vice President and Director of Preconstruction. Vic handles a variety of responsibilities, including conceptual/detail estimating, value engineering, bid processing, purchasing, scheduling and resolution of onsite problems. Vic works with Project Managers during the preconstruction phase of all projects. With years of experience as an Estimator and Project Manager, he has worked on a wide variety of projects and brings a wealth of knowledge to all E.M. Harris projects. Vic received Associate Degrees in Business Administration and Construction Management and a Certificate of Proficiency in Mechanical Drawing.

Michael Harris

Michael Harris – Vice President-Business Development

Michael Harris grew up in the construction industry beside his father who built E.M. Harris Construction. Michael has over a decade of project management experience in multi-family housing, industrial and commercial construction, and consumer electronics. He is known for his ability to skillfully coordinate construction projects, utilizing transparency and open communication to ensure each job is performed in the most feasible way and with the highest degree of quality. Michael has a Master's Degree in Construction Management from Washington University in St. Louis.

Rebecca Kraus

Rebecca Kraus – Controller

Rebecca Kraus joined E.M. Harris Construction in 2017 and serves as our Controller. She manages project accounting and also oversees office operations, including IT, human resources and health insurance. Rebecca has overseen MBE/WBE and Section 3 compliance on twelve government-financed projects. Prior to joining E.M. Harris, Rebecca worked six years for Nooter Construction, serving as Project Accountant and most recently as Project Accounting Manager. Rebecca received her Bachelor's Degree in Accounting from Missouri State University.

Steve Shawke

Steve Shawke – Project Manager

Steve Shawke joined E.M. Harris Construction in 2018 as a Project Manager, and he currently manages the renovation of Silver City Apartments, a 160-unit apartment complex in Kansas City, KS.  Steve has over 22 years of new and remodeling construction experience, including senior living, retail, offices, education, industrial, civic/public works and entertainment facilities.  He has worked in nine states for clients such as Washington University, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Target, Kohl's, CertainTeed and Wal-Mart.  Steve has excellent planning and organization skills and years of experience with plan reviews, estimating, contract negotiations, subcontractor buyout, scheduling, cost control and quality control.  He received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering, emphasis in Construction Management, from Marquette University.

Ryan Lane

Ryan Lane, LEED AP – Project Manager

Ryan Lane joined E.M. Harris Construction in 2017 as a Project Manager.  He recently completed the Pine Lawn Manor development, consisting of 41 new homes, and the 24:1 Cafe/Grace Hill Office buildout. Ryan began his construction career in the field as a carpenter's apprentice framing houses.  In 2008, he joined S. M. Wilson & Co. as a Project Engineer working on the Dr. Pepper-Snapple Group's St. Louis plant redevelopment.  Ryan also managed several architectural/industrial sheet metal projects as a Project Manager for Lackey Sheet Metal.  Prior to joining E.M. Harris, Ryan worked for nearly six years as an owner's representative with Cushman and Wakefield, managing construction for nearly 100 projects in 22 states for clients such as the Art of Shaving, Aaron Inc., ECCO, 7-Eleven, Carters, and Cricket Communications. Ryan received a Bachelor of Science Degree from Missouri State University and is LEED AP certified. 

Max Jackson

Max Jackson – Project Engineer

Max Jackson joined E.M. Harris Construction in 2017 as a Laborer on the TKE Fraternity House project in Rolla, MO.  Shortly thereafter, he received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Petroleum Engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology and joined our home office as a Project Engineer.  Max recently supervised the renovation of Woodbridge Apartments, a 115-unit apartment complex in Kansas City, MO, and currently oversees the renovation of Silver City Apartments, a 160-unit apartment complex in Kansas City, KS.  He also works closely with our Director of Preconstruction, reviewing plans and bids, providing takeoffs, reviewing and approving submittals, handling communications between subcontractors and architects and managing subcontractor contracts.