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.
As a Lake Tahoe enthusiast and construction guru, Paul adds quite the touch of expertise to the Donovan team. Working for several major construction companies in the Tahoe area since ‘92, building custom homes around the lake, and gaining his own license in 2006, Paul is the Foreman of Donovan Contracting and has what it takes to get Donovan’s projects from fruition to reality.
To Paul, construction is his hobby, a hobby that he’s been able to make into an enjoyable and successful career. His other hobbies revolve around his family. Being a father, a husband, and putting his family at the top of his list is what Paul enjoys most.
Construction engineering expert … that’s Lindsey. Lindsey has a wide (worldwide to be exact) background in construction project management, engineering, and leadership from her US Army days. Working in construction across 4 countries and 20 states, Lindsey’s span of project knowledge is one to shine light on.
Outside of the construction world, Lindsey keeps herself busy. Attending Folsom Lake College pursuing degrees in Construction Management, Business, and Econ, coaching youth softball for her nonprofit organization, playing softball herself for both military and civilian teams, and spending time raising her two children, Lindsey’s a go-getter (and can beat anyone in a softball game).
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.