Meet the Team

  • Aaron Benike

    Aaron Benike



    Aaron is a construction engineer from Iowa State University and has been a LEED Accredited Professional since 2004. He has held the position of company President since 2011. Aaron and his wife Allison enjoy running, bike riding, skiing and fishing with their sons Carter and Ethan.

  • John Benike

    John Benike

    Chairman of the Board


    A graduate of Iowa State University with a Bachelor of Science in Construction Engineering, John Benike was company president between 1992 and 2011. John is an avid bow hunter and sportsman.

  • Jim Benike

    Jim Benike



    A construction engineering graduate from Iowa State University, Jim is Treasurer of the company and served as President from 1982 through 1992. He is an accomplished ultrarunner.

  • Mike Benike

    Mike Benike

    Executive Vice President


    Mike started working for Benike in 2007 after graduating from the University of Minnesota with a dual degree in Civil Engineering and Construction Management. Mike is a self-proclaimed “green building enthusiast” and pushes the limits of quality and innovation.

  • Mary Benike Kisilewski

    MaryBenike Kisilewski



    Mary attended Iowa State University earning a degree in construction engineering. Mary and her husband Greg enjoy boating and traveling within and out of the United States.

  • Adam Benike

    Adam Benike

    Project Manager / Estimator


    Adam is a graduate of Iowa State University where he kicked for the Cyclones football team. Adam joined Benike in 2004 as a Project Manager / Estimator. He specializes in healthcare construction. Adam enjoys spending time with his family and bow hunting.

  • Rich Bakken

    Rich Bakken

    General Superintendent


    With over 35 years of commercial construction experience, Rich is able to efficiently and effectively oversee large projects, provide support to project superintendents, assist with estimating, and manage equipment and labor resources.


  • Travis Lange

    Travis Lange

    AIA, Architect/Project Mgr


    Travis graduated from North Dakota State University in 2002 with a Bachelor of Architecture, a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Design, and minor degree in Construction Management. Travis joined Benike in 2011 as a licensed Architect and Project Manager. Travis’s dedication and professionalism help create lasting client relationships.

  • Levi Kaiser

    Levi Kaiser

    Project Manager


    Levi has over 10 years construction experience and joined Benike in 2012. He has an incredible enthusiasm for team-oriented projects. Levi has earned his LEED Green Associate and continues to focus on professional development and improvement.

  • Jack Burns


    Project Manager


    After interning with Benike in 2013, Jack graduated from North Dakota State University with a Construction Management degree in 2014.  He rejoined the Benike team in 2016 as an Assistant Project Manager managing project documents and providing solutions to clients throughout the building process. 

  • Chris Lisowski

    Chris Lisowski

    Safety Director


    Chris joined Benike in 2016 with over 20 years of construction experience. As Safety Director, Chris is committed to ensuring a strong safety culture throughout our team. In addition to his work at Benike, Chris serves as Assistant Chief for a local volunteer fire department.

  • Brea Koebele

    Brea Koebele

    Senior Estimator


    Brea joined Benike in 1998 with a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management from Minnesota State-Mankato. She has extensive experience estimating many different types of projects. Brea is a respected leader within the company who is committed to accuracy and fairness.

  • James Theobald

    James Theobald



    James joined the Benike team in 2013 as a Project Estimator. He brings multiple talents to the company with his deep knowledge of Construction Specifications, AutoCAD proficiency, and extensive local industry experience. He and his wife enjoy supporting their 3 children in Rochester youth sports.

  • Mike Ganrude

    Mike Ganrude



    Mike started with Benike in 2014 as a Project Estimator and material takeoff specialist. His many years of industry experience make him a highly valuable team member. Mike is a pro level natural bodybuilder and trains in his spare time.

  • Jessi Hanson

    Jessi Hanson

    Project Assistant


    Jessi joined the Benike team in 2016 as a Project Assistant.  She earned a Bachelor of Architecture Degree from Iowa State University in 2012 and has been working in the construction industry since graduation.  In addition to her work at Benike, Jessi is a self proclaimed farm girl and enjoys renovating her home.

  • Diane Zitzmann

    Diane Zitzmann

    Project Assistant


    Diane joined the Benike team in 1999 as an administrative assistant and was promoted to project assistant in 2015.  Diane assists the project managers and field personnel with project support. In her free time, Diane enjoys riding motorcycle, crafting, baking, and spending time with her grandchildren.

  • Kelsey Vaszily

    Kelsey Vaszily

    Marketing Manager


    Kelsey joined the Benike team in 2015 with over 10 years of marketing experience. Through her work on strategic marketing planning and business development, Kelsey plans to make Benike Construction the most recognized commercial construction brand in SE Minnesota. Kelsey has a love for country music and enjoys traveling.


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