Wayne started his first business at age 20 in Omaha, Nebraska. Having learned to fly while still in high school, Wayne founded and managed a charter flight company that quickly grew and evolved into a substantial airport operation offering aircraft maintenance, parts, flight training, aircraft rental, charter flights, avgas and jet fuel sales, aircraft sales, and corporate aircraft management services. After operating the aviation business for 21 years, he sold it and joined a friend in Colorado Springs who owned a commercial general contracting business. For the next several years, he immersed himself in the construction business, learning all he could about operating a professional and competent construction contracting firm.
In 2004, he headed out on his own again, this time to start JetCare Management Group, LLC. (The name of the company was changed to Great West Construction, LLC in 2008 to better reflect the nature of the firm’s business operations.) Earning his A-1 Unlimited Building Contractor’s License from the Pikes Peak Regional Building Department, Wayne set about building a company based on experience, integrity, and reliability. These cornerstones of Great West Construction have served the company well in establishing a niche and reputation as a general contractor known for its high-quality workmanship, and strict adherence to budgets and schedules.
With a firm commitment to his faith, an unwavering trust in God, and a desire to operate and act in line with Biblical principles, he is building a business with a clear mission to give back to others and operate in complete integrity.
Wayne’s wife of over twenty-five years, Denise, is co-owner of the company. They have two daughters, Jordan and Taylor. Jordan is married to Nate Middlebrook, and is Mommy to twins Isaiah and Reverie, son Arlo, and daughter Nova. Taylor is a graduate of Azusa Pacific University, with a political science degree. While at APU, she was inducted into the Pi Sigma Alpha National Political Science Honor Society. She is married to her college sweetheart, Dylan Takanishi. Family interests include travel, spending time with friends, involvement in ministry, and community service. Wayne has an awesome Little Brother, Kurtis, through Big Brothers Big Sisters – Pikes Peak. His personal time is often spent riding motorcycles, following the Nebraska Cornhuskers, and playing basketball.
Superintendent / Project Manager
Great West Start Date: January 2009
George was born and raised in Connecticut. Immediately after graduating from high school he joined the United States Air Force. His Air Force career as a construction equipment operator had him stationed in New Hampshire, Maine, Alaska and finally Germany. His exposure to diverse cultures and organizations has taught him to approach situations with an open mind.
After his retirement from the Air Force in 1994 he moved to Denver, Colorado where he worked for 7 years with a large earth-moving general contractor. After moving to Colorado Springs in 2001 he worked for a single-family tract home builder for 6 years and then for a short time with a paint and drywall contractor. George currently holds a Building Limited (B-1) license with the Pikes Peak Regional Building Department.
George is a team player who recognizes that every trade involved in the project is a valuable member of the team. Not willing to sacrifice quality or safety he leads the team to complete the job on schedule and within budget.
George and his wife Sabine live in Peyton, with 3 of their 7 children. His 2 oldest daughters live in Denver. Their family fellowships at Church For All Nations and are involved with a local youth orchestra. George enjoys hunting and archery with his kids.
Estimator / Project Manager
Great West Start Date: March 2011
Bob began his career in the Construction industry in 1978, working part time as a laborer while attending high school. During Bob’s 30 plus years in the industry he has performed the duties of Estimator, Project Superintendent, Project Engineer and Project Manager on numerous commercial projects.
In 1993 Bob moved to the Colorado Springs area and began his own general contracting business. For 16 years Bob gained valuable experience in performing all the duties associated with owning and managing a company, whose main focus was the construction of large scale ministry related projects.
Bob earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Structural Engineering from California State University Northridge. From his education and previous training he has become very detailed oriented and places a high emphasis on being well organized and prepared. Above all Bob prides himself in performing his duties with the utmost integrity and honesty.
Bob and his wife Terri live up the pass in Cascade. They have two daughters, Brittany and Melissa, and two of the cutest grandkids you have ever seen. Bob and his family worship together at Rocky Mountain Calvary Chapel and he holds firm to the truths which are proclaimed in Titus 3:4-7. Bob is a big fan of the Air Force Academy football team and when he is not cheering on the Falcons he enjoys playing golf, and camping and fishing in Colorado’s great outdoors.
Project Engineer / Accounting
Great West Start Date: February 2014
Jennifer is a true Colorado native. Prior to joining Great West, she worked as the accounting / office manager for a meat packing plant. Jennifer currently runs the accounting department at Great West. She also performs Project Engineer responsibilities in support of our Project Management team.
Jennifer is married to Jason, and has two beautiful daughters, Tyli and Isley.
Jennifer and Jason are members of the Colorado Dwarf Cars Club, and are actively campaigning their cars at tracks throughout Colorado, and at tracks as far away as Utah and Nebraska. Jennifer was State Champion in her class in both 2015 and 2016 in her #86 car.
Great West Start Date: September 2016
Jim began his construction career in 1980 as a drywaller working on custom homes and residential remodels in Southern California. He teamed up with a commercial construction company in 1983, and in 1987 Jim obtained his California C-9 Classification License as a Commercial Framing and Drywall Contractor.
In July 2000 Jim moved his family to Colorado Springs, the birth place of his father, and formed Jim Thompson Construction. Here he primarily focused on basement finishes, residential remodels and commercial tenant finishes. In 2008, Jim took his 25 years of construction and management experience and began superintending.
Jim is married to his 2nd wife Michelle. They have 14 children and 5 grandchildren between them. Six of their children are college grads, and 3 presently attend college in the University of Colorado system. Jim received Jesus as Savior in 1979 at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa and called Calvary Chapel his home fellowship for more than 25 years. Jim believes “The greatest joy next to receiving and serving Christ and His church, is seeing your children do the same.”
Great West Start Date: October 2017
Great West Start Date: October 2017
Jonas Rivera is a loving husband and father of two. As a child he was an “Army Brat”, born in Heidelberg, Germany. Growing up his family was re-stationed just about every two years, mainly along the east coast of the United States.
Upon graduating high school, Jonas spent the next three years as a Loss Prevention Manager in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. Just after turning 21 he relocated to Jacksonville Florida, where he met the love of his life as she was in the process of completing her Elementary Education Degree at The University of North Florida. After his soon-to-be wife completed her degree in 2003, they purchased their first home in Spring Hill, Florida. Jonas then obtained his Insurance Adjusters License and began a career as a Public Insurance Adjuster. He represented homeowners and business owners with various insurance claims. This also sparked his love for construction. Following the birth of his son Quinten in 2009, Jonas followed his new passion in construction and began remodeling homes as an Independent Contractor.
While on a business trip to Denver, Colorado in 2013, Jonas explored the surrounding areas and fell in love with Colorado Springs. After witnessing the abundance of construction on his trip, he began discussing relocation plans with his wife, who was pregnant with their second child. Shortly after the birth of his daughter Zoë, they decided to make the move. In 2015 Jonas and his family settled down in the cozy Stetson Hills neighborhood of Colorado Springs.
At that time he teamed up with a former colleague and family friend, Casey Copley, continuing in the construction industry by launching Remarkable Results, LLP. In October 2017, after fervent prayer, Jonas joined the Great West Construction Family.
Jonas and his family are active member of Austin Bluffs Community Church. His life verse is “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6
Great West Start Date: December 2017
Jonathan moved to Colorado Springs from Vancouver, British Columbia in the summer of 2016 with his wife Courtney and two sons Carter and Aidan. A native of beautiful Vancouver Island on the West Coast of Canada, Jonathan grew up with a do-it-yourself attitude that he learned from his father, gaining new building and fix-it skills at every opportunity. He also developed a strong interest in aviation and flying, which he pursued as a career until 2013, when an opportunity led to a transition to the world of construction. Always keen to learn new skill sets, Jonathan dove into this new ambition doing a wide variety of residential renovations.
After moving to Colorado, the combination of his love for aviation and construction experience led to a connection with Great West Construction. Jonathan’s past experiences also include working as a Printing Press Operator, a Float Plane Dockhand, a Base Manager for a small airline, and a Flight Simulator Technician for a major airline. Jonathan’s wife Courtney is a Registered Behavior Technician at Alpine Autism Center and is currently working toward a Master’s degree.