MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Knutson Construction announces key leadership changes including the addition of James Benning as president; appointment of owner Steve Curry as chairman of the company’s newly formed advisory board; appointment of Executive Vice President Dave Bastyr as member of the advisory board; and naming John Curry as director of customer experience.
Benning will support and oversee all aspects of Knutson operations for all offices. Knutson offers services from pre-construction through substantial completion in sectors as diverse as healthcare, recreation, hospitality, corporate, government, manufacturing, education, industrial, civic, retail, community and worship.
“James embodies our core values. He’s collaborative, smart and driven,” says Steve Curry, owner and chairman of the Knutson advisory board.
Benning comes to Knutson from Indianapolis, where he led construction for both Milhaus and Buckingham Companies from 2014 to 2019. In these positions, he was responsible for the construction of more than $900 million in mixed use, multi family, retail and commercial construction.
Born and raised in Spearfish, S.D., Benning earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business communication and consulting from the University of South Dakota. He spent the early portion of his career - from 1999 – 2014 - in Spearfish as vice president of Ainsworth Benning Construction, a company started by his father and later sold to The Journey Group.
Throughout his career, Benning has been active in community and industry initiatives. He currently serves on the board of the National Multifamily Housing Council where he is part of the design and construction peer group. Benning says, “My strength is in creating consistency and setting standards – things that align with and are critical to our focus on delivering ‘the Knutson experience’.”
Knutson Advisory Board
As Benning takes on day-to-day responsibilities for running Knutson, owner Steve Curry will serve as chairman of the company’s newly formed advisory board. He will be joined by Executive Vice President Dave Bastyr, who joined the company in 1980, and additional members from outside the company. Bastyr will also remain involved to oversee special projects.
The Knutson Customer Experience
The company’s strategic plan has led to the creation of a new role focused on customer experience. This key position will be directed by family member (son) John Curry. In this role John will be dedicated to fulfilling Knutson’s vision that the customer is central to every decision and action that Knutson makes throughout the construction journey. John Curry joined Knutson in 2015 following a career in professional hockey for the Pittsburgh Penguins and Minnesota Wild organizations. John Curry holds an MBA from the University of Minnesota.
About Knutson Construction Services
Knutson Construction provides customers with preconstruction, design-build, general contracting and construction management services. Since 1911, Knutson has been providing expert construction services to customers in healthcare, recreation, hospitality, corporate, government, manufacturing, education, industrial, civic, retail, community and worship. The company has offices in Minneapolis, Rochester and Mankato, Minn.; Iowa City and Cedar Rapids, Iowa; and Eau Claire, Wis. Learn more at knutsonconstruction.com