Chris Long has over 25 years experience in both estimating and
construction management of multimillion-dollar projects in a variety
of market sectors, including education, hospitality, office, retail
During his tenure with Kaufman Lynn Construction, he has overseen
several projects for key clients, including Florida Atlantic
University and Broward College and has led Kaufman Lynn Construction’s
commitment to enhancing overall service excellence. Chris joined
Kaufman Lynn Construction from Balfour Beatty Construction, where he
was Operations Director. His previous responsibilities included
project management of all education-related projects located
throughout the Southeast region of Florida, managing an annual revenue
in excess of $50M per year.
As COO Chris provides company-wide leadership, strategy, and
management oversight. He leads the operations of the company,
reviewing, refining and monitoring all policies, procedures, and
systems to achieve consistent operational excellence.
Derek Wolfhope has expertise in site development construction
including both heavy site contractors, and community developers, with
an interest in expanding management experience into the commercial
sector. His experience includes managing all site development
construction activities including site plan design, entitlement and
permitting, budget development and management, schedule development
and management, project start-up, negotiation of contracts and scopes,
coordination of contractors, public utilities design and coordination,
municipality acceptance and final turn-over of project. Maintains
continuous involvement at every point in the construction process and
is responsible to all subcontractors, engineers, owners, and municipalities.
Elaine is responsible for the planning, development and
implementation of Kaufman Lynn’s integrated marketing activities
including branding, graphic design, advertising, public relations,
proposal development, internal communications, media relations, web
development and social media. She leads a team of marketing
professionals who ensure that effective, coordinated integrated
strategies are in place to support the goals of this fast-growing,
multi-regional construction company, while enhancing image and brand
value in all markets.
Prior to joining Kaufman Lynn, Elaine was a member of the marketing
and communications team at Florida Power & Light Company and
previously was director of corporate communications with Lockheed
Martin Corporation for more than a decade.
Elaine has been an active member of the Public Relations Society of
America since 2000 and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in
Communications and Journalism from James Madison University in Virginia.
“As our portfolio continues to grow beyond south Florida, it is
necessary for us to continue to identify opportunities to improve,
innovate and deliver excellence in what we do for each other and our
clients. Bolstering our brand and strengthening the quality of our
messaging goes hand in hand with our operational focus,” said Kaufman
Lynn Construction Chief Executive Officer Mike Kaufman.
Frank White is a seasoned construction executive and accomplished
bilingual business professional with a proven record of success
managing over $1.6 billion in projects. In 2018 he was named President
of KL, responsible for leading the day-to-day operations of the
full-service construction company.
His portfolio includes office, retail, medical, airport, K-12 and
historical projects with an expanded resume of commercial multifamily
projects. He has successfully directed, from conceptual site planning
and budgeting, through design, to turnover and occupancy, over 20,000
multifamily units including apartments, townhome communities, and
condominium/mixed-use retail projects throughout Florida using such
construction methods as tunnel form, conventional masonry and
concrete, wood framing and prefabricated concrete panels.
Frank is responsible for providing the leadership and guidance of the
entire life cycle of all construction projects. Accountable for the
business development, constructability analysis, budgeting, planning,
estimating, purchasing, scheduling, cost management, project
management, quality control and ensuring positive client,
subcontractor, and KL staff relations. From site selection to turnover
and delivery to management, he will lead the project team to create
and deliver a financially successful and quality project for KL’s clients.
Garret Southern is a seasoned executive with over 20 years of
experience in the construction industry. He started with Kaufman Lynn
as a Project Manager and quickly moved up the ranks as one of our leaders.
He graduated from University of Florida with a degree in Building
Construction and continued a legacy of a career in construction
started by his grandfather two generations ago. Prior to joining
Kaufman Lynn he worked for Balfour Beatty and was responsible for
several projects at Florida Atlantic University, including the
Innovation Village dorms, as well as projects for Palm Beach State
College, City of Miramar and various office tower projects.
In his role, Jeff Zalkin seeks to expand Kaufman Lynn’s reach within
the public, institutional, and nonprofit sectors.
Prior to joining the team at KL, Jeff has held positions with Balfour
Beatty Construction focusing on Southeast and Southwest Florida, and
most recently worked at Pirtle Construction focusing on South and
Central Florida. Jeff has been involved in the selection and
construction of projects such as the FAU Football Stadium, Miramar
Police Headquarters, UCF Colbourn Hall and the MDCPS MAST Academy on
Jeff is a former president of the Society of Marketing Professional
Services and the Design-Build Institute of America South Florida
Chapter. He earned his bachelor’s degree in advertising from the
University of Florida, his master’s degree in business administration
from Florida International University and a Certificate of Leadership
from Nova Southeastern University. He currently holds a LEED accreditation.
Joshua M. Atlas, Esq. brings over 15 years of legal and construction
experience and serves as KL’s chief legal officer responsible for the
company’s legal affairs in Florida, North Carolina, and Texas.
Atlas, who is Board Certified in Construction Law by the Florida Bar,
was most recently a partner in the West Palm Beach office of Saul,
Ewing, Arnstein & Lehr, LLP, and served as the Vice Chair of the
firm’s Construction Practice Group. Throughout his career, Atlas has
represented contractors and developers in both litigation and
transactional matters, including trying construction claims in state
and federal court and negotiating complex construction and design
agreements for residential and commercial projects. Atlas received a
Bachelor of Science from the University of Florida and a Juris Doctor
from Tulane University Law School.
Michael Kaufman founded Kaufman Lynn Construction in 1989 with three
employees, including himself. Since then, he has grown his company
into one of the largest and most successful construction companies in
South Florida with operations in North Carolina and Texas.
He has worked on and managed projects ranging from retail interiors
and renovation projects to public safety buildings, retirement
communities and corporate complexes. As CEO, Michael is focused on the
company’s regional growth, client satisfaction and the company brand.
Michael is a member of many construction industry related
organizations including the Construction Association of South Florida
and the Florida East Coast Chapter of the Associated Builders and
Contractors (ABC). As a testament to his business acumen, Michael was
a Finalist for the prestigious Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the
Year Florida Award in 2012, 2013, and 2015. He was awarded the 2009
Excalibur Award – Palm Beach County Small Business Leader of the Year
by the Sun Sentinel and a Lifetime Achievement Award and 2008 Ultimate
CEO for Palm Beach County from the South Florida Business Journal. He
has been listed on Florida Trend magazine’s Florida 500 list and was
named a 2020 Power Leader by the South Florida Business Journal. Over
the past 10 years, Kaufman Lynn Construction has received numerous
Craftsmanship Awards from the Construction Association of South
Florida, a dozen Golden Eagle awards for Quality Construction from
Associated Builders and Contractors, awards from the Design Build
Institute of America and a national award from ENR magazine as a “Best
of the Best” top projects in the United States for the historic
restoration of the Freedom Tower in Miami.
Michael serves on the Dean’s Advisory Board for the Charles E.
Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University, and is a
board member of the FAU Foundation, the Greater Fort Lauderdale
Alliance, The Executive Quorum and as a Trustee of the Greater Boca
Raton Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of the United Way
Tocqueville Society, the Florida Council of 100, and Broward Workshop.
He donates his time and support to several industry, community and
nonprofit organizations including the George Snow Scholarship Fund.
Neil Carson brings over 20 years experience of developing a multitude
of residential and commercial projects. He is a seasoned multifamily
development executive with a tremendous depth of industry knowledge
and deal-making creativity.
Neil has a track record of proven success developing projects in the
multifamily, mixed-use, senior living, retail, single-family
residential, country club and hospitality sectors. At Kaufman Lynn
Construction, Neil is responsible for conducting new business
opportunity assessments and identifying new trends in multifamily
construction and development. He reports directly to the CEO and works
closely with our entire construction team
including pre-construction services, operations, and finance. Neil
regularly interfaces with the team to manage and plan the various
efforts needed to support each stage of a construction project
including strategic planning, estimating, bidding, contracting, all
the way to project completion. Our clients leverage Neil’s experience
and industry relationships as a successful development executive with
a large national developer to assist their efforts in the areas of
land acquisition, project debt and equity funding, land/project due
diligence (including entitlement/permitting issues) and thorough
Sam Doggart has over 30 years of experience in healthcare,
educational, commercial and institutional construction throughout Florida.
Sam joined Kaufman Lynn Construction from M.J. Harris, Inc. where he
was Vice President of Operations for the state of Florida. He
previously was a senior vice president at Skanska Building USA, Inc
and Vice President of Operations at Walbridge Aldinger overseeing an
average of over $200 million in revenue annually.
In his previous role as Vice President and Managing Director of
Healthcare, Sam recruited and led a team of healthcare construction
professionals and provided oversight and direction to each on-site
project team emphasizing overall accountability, quality, scheduling
for timely completions, project organization, and financial reporting.
As EVP, Preconstruction he manages the estimating department and
coordinates closely with the business development and operations teams
to assure continuity and accuracy of cost estimates and construction budgets.
For more than 40 years Stephen has worked as the Vice President and
Chief Financial Officer for various large commercial construction and
real estate development companies; and the President of a luxury
residential builder. He has been integrally involved with every facet
of these businesses. Stephen is an experienced professional with
strong expertise in the construction and real estate industries in the
areas of operational and financial management, accounting and
taxation, financial job cost reporting, operational and capital
budgeting, finance, acquisitions and treasury management. He was the
South Florida Business Journal’s 2009 CFO of the Year.
As part of the Kaufman Lynn executive team, Stephen provides
company-wide leadership and advises the CEO on overall strategic
direction and recommendations on key business decisions. Stephen works
across KL’s business units to drive best-in-class financial reporting
and performance while systematically enhancing the Company’s
accounting, operations, and reporting platforms.
Doug Simms has nearly 30 years of accounting and financial management
experience, including 20 years in the construction industry. He
started in 1994 as a controller for C.F. Jordan Construction in El
Paso, Texas. Four years later, he moved to Florida to join Balfour
Beatty Construction, then known as Centex Rooney, where he advanced
from Controller to Vice President of Finance and ultimately to CFO.
During his fifteen-year tenure at Balfour Beatty Construction, he
managed a finance and accounting staff of up to 26, and managed risk
programs for projects in Florida, California, North Carolina, Georgia,
Louisiana, Texas, Colorado, Hawaii, Bahamas, and Trinidad. As a member
of the executive team, his focus was on maintaining internal controls
as the division grew from $250M to $800M.
Most recently, he established an annual budgeting process, segment
reporting, and reorganized the accounting department at Golden Sands
General Contractors in anticipation of doubling revenue.
As CFO, Doug is responsible for all aspects of the accounting and
financial functions of Kaufman Lynn Construction including developing
and maintaining effective accounting, financial and treasury systems
as well as maintaining the relationships with the accounting firm, law
firms, financial institutions, lenders, and bonding company.