The story behind our name, Menemsha
The Algonquin Indian term for calm waters, peaceful, and safe refuge.
A quaint salt-water pond and fishing village on Martha’s Vineyard’s westerly shore.
An idea for a company, from two college buddies, that grew strong and successful by rethinking how to design and construct buildings better.
A simple idea to work collaboratively and to listen closely to what a client needs. Utilize the best technologies. And engage the best talent. Always. That’s where 25 years of friendship and curiosity and passion can take you.
While our roots are in restaurant and retail development, we now work across multiple market segments. From banking, higher education, healthcare, and corporate offices to complete commercial development projects — we’ve grown simply by helping our clients grow smart.
Menemsha stands alone in an industry crowded with companies claiming they can provide multiple or turnkey services. But as a vertically integrated company, we truly specialize in each service we provide. By sharing expertise between our divisions we’ve become the best in the industry through this shared knowledge. It’s that simple.
We started with Construction and quickly added Facility Survey services. Our clients asked for more. And since we’re very good listeners, we added Architecture and Interior Design. With all of these great businesses now within our family, we decided to create a Program Management division for clients that wanted to leverage our expertise in orchestrating and navigating complex projects. Today, Menemsha’s Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) methodology links our diverse skill sets across one or all of our service lines. We know that shared knowledge between expert teams and resources drives better outcomes, sooner, and for less cost.
From a modest start in Los Angeles, and then Boston, we’ve grown into a nationwide team of diversely skilled professionals. Menemsha is committed to developing a peaceful and safe refuge for every project, large or small.
Let us know what you’re working on. We’ve got the team, the resources, and the drive to help you realize it. And yes, we’ve still got the curiosity. And the passion.
President & CEO
For over 25 years, integration and collaboration have been the guiding principles for growth at Menemsha, thanks to the leadership of John Daigle. His early adoption of Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) brought together an in-house community of specialists: building experts, project managers, along with design and facility survey professionals. This teamwork paved the way for successful coast to coast high volume construction. John continues with hands-on leadership while actively managing our Construction Services Division. A graduate of the University of Denver with a degree in Real Estate and Construction Management, John was named the 2005 Construction Executive of the Year by the Construction Financial Management Association.
Executive VP / Principal
After earning a degree in Business from the University of Denver, where Tom also studied Real Estate and Construction Management, he found himself in Seattle, WA. Leveraging his academic and hands-on construction experience, he positioned himself at the forefront of the expansion for a little-known local coffee shop chain poised for growth. Five years later, his entrepreneurial spirit started calling. Tom departed his senior role to become a partner at Menemsha. With the client’s perspective in focus, he pioneered an innovative Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) process for retail expansion. Working with fast-growing national restaurant and retail chains, he leveraged his Seattle expertise to streamline the development process and to accelerate store openings. Later, bringing this strategy into the healthcare sector, he successfully applied a similar approach to dialysis centers, Lasik eye surgery clinics, and dental offices. A recognized industry advocate for the pursuit and embrace of technology to create an edge in commercial development, Tom is a sought-after speaker on the benefits of Integrated Project Development and synergistic retail rollouts.
Chief Operating Officer
Laurie is a go-getter par excellence. Raised in the beach town of Duxbury, MA, she was Playground Queen at age five, (that’s a ten dollar prize by the way), former youth basketball coach, restaurant corporate trainer, and a Y2K, (remember that?) software consultant for State Street Bank. All were rungs on her career ladder before becoming our operations strategist working across all our divisions and directly overseeing our finance and human resource departments. Simply put, Laurie keeps the wheels turning and our Menemsha machine well oiled! Her strategic focus is squarely placed on optimizing business operations, elevating the productivity of an already hard-charging team, and maximizing ROI. She makes it look effortless, drawing upon 20 years of experience, a relentless customer-first mindset, and with the hands-on leadership and communication skills to talk shop, not just strategy. Laurie graduated from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA with a Master of Science degree in Management and works in our Boston office. When she is not knee-deep in operations, she enjoys kayaking, biking, and her beach chair – where she still finds time to wiggle her toes in the sand and look for the next Playground Queen competition.
Reza Hadaegh, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP
Creative Principal Architecture
Architect. Designer. Educator. Artist. Creative Principal at Menemsha Architecture. Reza draws upon all these facets of his background as he orchestrates the interplay of branding, architecture, and visual merchandising for his clients. A multidisciplinary veteran of advertising and marketing and an award-winning concept-driven architect, Reza remains engaged throughout the entire project development cycle, always leading and inspiring his dynamic team of talented design professionals. LEED Accredited, Reza holds a Master of Architecture degree from the University of California Berkeley and has taught at UC Berkeley, Southern California Institute of Architecture, and Otis College of Arts and Design.
Jason Tropp, LEED AP
VP Architecture & Facility Services
Revolutions Per Minute. It’s how most of us knew how to shift gears before cars became electric and started to drive themselves! For Jason, an avid snowboarder, tennis player and supporter of the Cycle for Survival charity, we can safely assume he is always in top gear. It comes from 22 years of industry experience directing construction and facility assessment projects, including 76 overseas. It comes from having supervised over 12,000 as-built site and ADA surveys. It comes from researching and testing the latest emerging technologies, including advanced mobile facility scanning. It’s all in a busy career’s work for this LEED Accredited Professional who knew since high school this was the career for him. And while studying architecture at the University of Southern California, that career came knocking. Since joining Menemsha 14 years ago, we’ve watched him build high performing teams that really deliver for our clients, both in the private and public sectors. From shopping center redevelopment to higher education, healthcare to retail, for clients like Citibank, Best Buy, Starbucks, the University of Kentucky and the Federal Defense Commissary Agency, to name but a few. Our clients know him for his life-long interest in technology and his passion for ensuring their expectations are 100% met. And for leading his teams to take the RPM redline just a little bit higher every time.
VP Business Development
Can enthusiasm be contagious? When you spend time with Jay, you know it is. High energy. Hard working. Super positive. Smart. He brings an extensive background in consumer product development for Disney and ESPN to the tune of $350 million in global sales as he drives business development for Menemsha. Add to that 25 years of multi-vertical sales experience based on building effective relationships. Born and raised in Southern California, Jay’s passions include sports, travel, and beach life. In fact, he was the driving force behind the highly acclaimed book, The Endless Summer 50th Anniversary, commemorating the iconic surfing film of 1966. Clearly, Jay’s curiosity and interests are boundless, but what ties his many diverse successes together is a belief in the importance of integrity. Something which he simply defines as “saying the same things publicly that we say privately.”
Carolyn Keith, LEED AP BD+C
National Director Client Development
An intrepid world traveler who has lived in France and Mexico, worked across Africa, and visited over 30 countries around the world, Carolyn brings an extensive depth and breadth of international experience to Menemsha. The national expansion of our Architecture and Facility Survey services is her next destination. Recognized as a top industry expert in architecture, engineering, construction, LEED green building technology and energy efficiency, she has been a LEED Accredited Professional BD+C since 2006. Carolyn has extensive business development, marketing, and project management experience in the public and private market sectors, including Higher Education, Healthcare, and Military. Fluent in English and French, she holds a B.F.A. from the Design Institute of San Diego and a B.A. from the University of Colorado. Carolyn is a past board member of the U.S. Green Building Council San Diego. She currently serves on the board of the Society of American Military Engineers San Diego. For Carolyn, it is truly building & design sans frontières.
Director Finance / Accounting / HR
If you met Jenn 20 years ago when she started at Menemsha, you might have called her a hippie. A devotee of the rock music scene, concerts came before work in her Life Plan. Today, Jenn is our longest tenured employee and has worked in almost every job in the company. She takes that knowledge and wisdom to ensure our foundation is rock solid, directing our corporate accounting, finance, and human resource departments. She is an invaluable resource to our senior leadership team and continues to play a key role in our strategic decision-making and operations. That said, we still occasionally check in with Jenn to see who’s playing where!
A quarter century of commercial construction experience only begins to tell the story. Ryan leads our West Coast Construction Operation. He has managed ground up, tenant improvement, remodel, and site upgrade construction projects for commercial office, financial services, hospitality, restaurant, automotive, petroleum, and retail clients. Experienced in high-volume, multi-project, commercial construction, and business operations, Ryan brings innovation to every project at Menemsha.
Construction Management Director
Experience. Knowledge. Collaboration. These come together under Jim’s leadership of the project delivery process. It starts with having extensive experience in retail, foodservice, and financial sectors. And in over three decades of multi-unit commercial retail development, Jim has a deep background in planning, construction, project management, and facility assessment. This breadth of knowledge results in a user-centered approach to integrated building design and construction. To all this, Jim adds his exceptional collaboration and communication skills.
Clients seek out Menemsha for our unique mix of professional services that ensure accountability, value, and quality in a scalable model.