As President and Founder, Garrett Donovan knows a thing or two (or four hundred) about getting jobs done right. Before starting Donovan Contracting, Inc. in 2008, Garrett was racking up experience and know-how. He has built an impressive resume, with over 25 years working in the construction trades. Today, Garrett focuses on growing Donovan into an industry leader—a company offering the full slate of multi-unit repair, upgrade, finishing, and painting services to property managers, HOAs, and investment firms.
In his spare time, when he finds it, Garrett can be found racing his dirt bike through the open lands of Northern Nevada. Garrett is also an active musician with a knack for gritty country music (think Merle Haggard, not Carrie Underwood, sorry Carrie).
In college, Jen Leppek knew one of the most important decisions in her life was to pick a profession she could really dig into. As an honor roll and Dean’s List student with an affinity for math, Jen realized Accounting was the career for her. She worked as a bank teller while in school and was hired by a small public accounting firm straight out of school. Once that firm grew into a larger CPA firm, she decided to embrace a new opportunity and joined the progressive team at Donovan.
As team moto mom, racer, and mechanic, Jen spends weekends with her daughter traveling to different tracks and events to compete in their favorite sport, Motocross.
Executive Manager of Business Development
John Nash is certainly no newcomer to the construction industry, in fact, he’s spent the better part of his career getting to know the industry from one side of the country to the other. For 25+ years, John has worked in luxury residential housing, large-scale commercial improvement, and multi-unit and tenant construction. Amidst his 25+ years of experience, he’s spent close to 20 of them in leadership roles within the industry. In addition to knowing the ins and outs of construction, he’s also an active licensed realtor and has worked closely with investors, developers, and property managers.
Outside of the job, John’s either got a 35mm Pentax in hand, is studying horology, theology, and architecture, or is actively being a devoted husband and father to his two daughters.
Accounts Administrator / Sales
Having been in the construction industry for 25+ years, Chris knows his stuff. Battle Born from birth and raised a Nevadan, Chris has worked with the northern Nevada community for his entire career. He’s always been one to serve this community and focus solely on great customer service from ground-up construction to sales. Certified in a range of trades, Chris has had his Regional 2D-3D Laser Templator certification for over 3 years alongside being a Certified Xactimate Estimator and a C19 Contractor.
When he’s not on the job, Chris is an avid dirt biker, camper, and surfer and enjoys doing it all with his son and his Husky.
Acelina ‘Aki’ Emily
Accounts Manager Extraordinaire
With over 20 years in the painting industry, Aki has the creative eye to prove it. From landscaper to painter to art recovery coach, Aki has put a creative touch on all of her work throughout her career. As a creative problem solver and art enthusiast, she uses her background in art and her C4A Contractor’s License to go above and beyond for clients and their projects.
Fun fact, Aki moved to America from the UK in 2000, and, of course, brought her knowledge from her Art and Design college degree along with her.
Coming from a diverse background of small ranch living in Susanville, CA to FFA, 4H, and rodeo to cosmetology, Kerston makes the perfect fit when it comes to assisting every department of Donovan Contracting. Her skills are rooted deep in organization, strong communication, and great time management, all which help the Donovan team get every project done right and on time.
Kerston’s currently a full time student at the Milan Institute of Cosmetology where she’s let her talent shine and continues to hold a 4.0 GPA. After she graduates in December, she’s excited to stay on the Donovan team and unite the skills she’s learned in this industry with her cosmetology career while building up her clientele.