Together JF Construction brings over 40 years of experience and more than 4 billion dollars worth of quality construction projects spreading from the northwest and through out the west coast. We have an outstanding team that is passionate about what we do. Meet our leadership team:
Eric Jacobsen – CEO Eric has 33 years of experience in the senior housing industry in a wide variety of capacities. After a brief stint in sales for an international conglomerate, he went to work for a senior housing company preparing feasibility studies and doing development consulting. In his next job he directed and assisted with the development and acquisitions activities for one of the largest senior housing companies in America, followed by a job as VP of development and acquisitions for a smaller company where he was quickly promoted to chief operating officer, where he assumed the responsibility for all facility operations for the company including field operations, and corporate office support. Eric assumed the title of Chief Operating Officer later that year just prior to the company’s public offering. Since leaving his last job Eric has developed or acquired, and participates as an owner in approximately 29 senior housing communities. Eric is a graduate of the University of Oregon, with a degree in Business Administration, with a concentration in finance.
Marlon Fenton – President Marlon has 26 years of land entitlement and finance experience, leading the development of more than $4 billion worth of projects, in areas of residential and senior housing, residential lots and retail, commercial and industrial facilities. He is multi-faceted in his experience holding the skills of civil engineer, general engineer, building and concrete contractor and real estate broker. Marlon began his career in 1985 as a development consultant and civil engineer where he perfected his skills in managing real estate development projects. From there he was able to start his own Commercial Real Estate company where he grew the business to a $40 million enterprise and was responsible for all aspects of the development process from land acquisition, project planning and development to entitlement approval, scheduling and projecting and construction management. Throughout his career, Marlon has held the titles of President and Senior Vice President to real estate development companies where he has been responsible for more than 4,500 units and over $2 billion in land development. Marlon is nationally recognized for award winning senior housing developments, urban, and mixed-use multi-housing. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Cal Poly University.
Tom McLean – Vice President (Supply Chain)
Tom has been working in the industry for 44 years, starting his career in high school as a mechanic and later promoted to sales. He worked this position throughout college to support himself while attending Washington State University, graduating with a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration, Operations and Systems Management.
Out of college, Tom began his career at Red Dot Corporation, working in several departments, such as new product development, quality management, warranty administration and sales. This experience expanded his purchasing knowledge and gave him an understanding of heavy-duty products and complex OEM customers.
In 1984 Tom joined the Jacobsen & Mosher team working, as a manufacturer’s representative to provide technical sales to Freightliner, Volvo Truck Group, PACCAR, Western Star and Daimler Trucks North America. Tom contributes a track record with multiple sales successes along with years of excellent customer relations to JF Construction.
Currently Tom resides in Lake Oswego, Oregon with his wife of 38 years. His hobbies include golfing, gardening, and spending time with his grandchildren at their beach house on Puget Sound.
Kristy Blizzard – Controller Kristy began her career in accounting in 1979 working alongside her family in the auto industry. Here she mastered such jobs as accounts payable/receivable, payroll, budgeting, financial statements and year-end reports for tax planning. From this experience, she launched her own business, where she worked as a controller to businesses around the Portland metro area. She successfully provided financial and accounting services to a wide variety of fields such as real estate, construction, graphic arts, restaurants, bars, and senior housing, among many more.
Kristy joined the JF Construction team in 2008, working as the controller for the company. She is responsible for all aspects of account, human resources, and payroll for the company.
Ryan Simmelink - Project Manager
Ryan is a successful Project Manager and construction team lead with experience managing simultaneous projects, contracts, and personnel. He began his career writing contracts with one of the largest home builders in the country. Within a year, he was hired by a premier infill development company where he quickly moved up in the purchasing department as a successful part of a team tasked with reducing construction costs by $10 million dollars in an effort to get through the economic downturn. To further his career, he took a position with a startup construction company building and renovating senior housing communities across California and Oregon. After successful completion of multiple senior housing projects, Ryan brought his skillset to JF Construction. Ryan has a proven track record for efficiency and delivering projects within scope, schedule and under market costs. As a project manager and contracting professional, Ryan brings with him 10 years of experience negotiating contracts, managing increasingly complex construction projects and ensuring compliance with numerous regulations, safety standards, and build specifications. Ryan graduated from Macalester College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and from San Diego State University with a Master’s Degree in City Planning.