Jim Lavender

Jim Lavender is a third generation engineer / builder. At 16, he began working summers as a construction laborer and continued as a laborer / heavy equipment operator for Midwest giant, Payne & Dolon Inc. even while attending Michigan Technological University.

Jim graduated from Michigan Tech with a Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering degree and a Construction Management major and minor in Economics. While at national building contractor, E.W. Howell, he advanced to Senior Project Manager and at age 28, he managed the construction of the $45 million dollar Bay Plaza multi-use project in New York City.

From there, Jim moved on to become Development Manager and General Contractor of the Factory Stores at Park City, Utah for Charter Oak Development. This project received national recognition for building and then opening 50 stores in six months. It remains as one of the top producing Factory Outlets today. He advanced to Director of Development for Charter Oak and in this capacity developed retail centers nationwide.


In 1995, Jim became Principal for The Jack Johnson Company, a full service national design firm providing entitlement, planning, engineering and architectural services. At this position he specialized in resort and mountain development and was the Design Principal for the $120 million dollar Deer Crest ski resort development. Deer Crest was a multi jurisdictional project that advanced Jim's decade-long working relationships with local governments.

In 2000, Jim joined Heil Construction, Inc. as President of the Utah Division. In just 4 years, he grew this division from five employees and an annual volume of $5 million, to 25 employees and a $25 million annual volume. This growth established Heil as the largest contractor in Summit and Wasatch counties, where Heil expanded as an award-winning resort builder. With his extensive development experience, Jim expanded Heil's services to include Development Services and Development Management, which has become a large sector of Heil's services. Jim has extensive experience providing project assessment, stabilization and enhancement plans for developers, lending institutions, and court appointed receivers and it is his unique experience as a principal for a national contractor, a national design firm and a national developer that provides him with a comprehensive construction and development background.

Jim Lavender