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Paul Noelck Retires as Design Manager

Congratulations to Paul Noelck, Design Manager, who retired June 2, 2020 after 44 years of service at Todd & Sargent. After graduating from Iowa State University in 1974 with a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture, Paul gained experience working construction, driving a ready- mix truck and selling Kirby vacuums before starting his career at T & S on May 10, 1976 as an Engineering Drafter. In 1978, Paul was promoted to Designer/Drafter and in 1980 was promoted to Design Drafting Leader. In 1987, Paul was promoted to Design Manager.

In his role as Design Manager, Paul designed facilities for feed, grain, flour, pet food, and specialty process facilities. The designs at T & S have been a team effort, starting with gaining an understanding of our clients’ needs and the engineering, purchasing, and construction requirements and limitations, and then defining and refining design on drawings with input from the team until final. Paul believed these design drawings, proposal and/or projects, were the means by which the better way was found.

Some of the many clients that Paul worked closely with over the years include: Farmer’s Coop; Cargill; LDS Church; The Iams Company; Kent Feeds; West Central Cooperative/Landus; Carroll’s Foods; Premium Standard Farms; Christensen Farms; Miller Milling; Renewable Energy Group; Columbia Farms; Sanderson Farms; Parrish & Heimbecker; Siemer Milling; Bunge; AGP; King Milling; Star of the West; Chelsea Milling; Rahr Malting; Wayne Farms; Hilmar Cheese; Pilgrim’s; and many more. Paul was also heavily involved in the development of the Iowa State University Feed Mill which is currently under construction.

Paul experienced major technological shifts over his years at T & S. He created design drawings by hand his first years. In 1983, T & S got its first Computer Aided Design station. By the mid 1990’s, all T & S drafters were equipped with CAD stations. Starting in the 2013, Paul spearheaded the transition of the design group to Building Information Modeling (BIM) by implementing the use of Revit software to create 3D models of our proposals and projects. These changes continue to help T & S better serve our clients in an ever-changing world.

Paul and his wife Candy live in Boone, IA. Their family includes son Adam Noelck, wife Katie and children Otto and Marjorie of Park City UT; daughter Jessica Noelck of Madison WI; son Jason Noelck, wife Chantalle, and children Carter and Holden of Edmonds, WA; daughter Abby Noelck of Coralville, IA. Over the years, Paul was known for his many recreational pursuits including traveling, camping, hiking, biking, and exploring the National Parks—he hiked the Grand Canyon rim to rim in a day, climbed Longs Peak, and rode RAGBRAI. Paul’s retirement plans include doing more of the things he enjoys and spending time with grandkids, family, and friends and getting involved in some new activities and adventures.

While COVID-19 prevented a traditional retirement party, we were excited to celebrate Paul with a drive-by parade in April! We wish Paul, Candy, and their entire family all the best.


Brian Watson

Director of Project Management

Brian Watson is responsible for project management at Todd & Sargent, bringing consistent project delivery to our clients. He works closely with our project management teams and clients to ensure project quality, schedules, and budgets are met. Brian is a member of the Grain Elevator and Processing Society and International Association of Operative Millers. Brian graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in Construction Engineering and has been with Todd & Sargent since 2014.


Christie Mohlke

Vice President – People

Christie Mohlke leads all HR functions at Todd & Sargent, such as culture, recruiting, training, compliance, employee onboarding and orientation, employee relations, benefits, and more. She has over 10 years of experience in human resources focusing on operations management. Christie graduated with a B.B.A. in Marketing from Austin Peay State University and a Master’s in Business Administration from Cumberland University. She is a member of the National Society of Human Resource Management and is designated as a Professional of Human Resources.

Lesley Whitten

Operations Manager – Canada

Lesley Whitten oversees all aspects of our Canadian operations, from project management and engineering to field operations to ensure each facility meets client expectations. She has more than 15 years of experience in the construction industry, and she has worked on many new grain elevator builds, large scale elevator and facility upgrades, fertilizer facilities, and canola crushing plants while serving in roles from project coordinator up to project management manager. Lesley holds a CET (Certified Engineering Technologist) and PMP (Project Management Professional) accreditation.

James Bucher

Chief Financial Officer

James Bucher is responsible for Todd & Sargent’s finance, accounting, and information technology functions. He manages the T&S accounting team, banking and insurance relationships, and oversees the annual audits of the company’s financial statements, benefits plans, and insurance programs. James graduated from Iowa State University with a B.A. in Accounting and holds his Certified Public Accountant designation. James has been with Todd & Sargent since 2017.

Pat Taggart

Vice President – Field Operations

Pat Taggart is responsible for field operations at Todd & Sargent. His duties include overseeing safety, field construction teams, construction scheduling, and project quality assurance. He also oversees Todd & Sargent’s warehouse team. Pat graduated from Iowa State University with a B.S. in Agriculture Studies. Pat has been with Todd & Sargent since 1983.

Bryan Coussens, P.E.

Vice President – Engineering

Bryan Coussens is responsible for all aspects of Todd & Sargent’s engineering function. Bryan manages Todd & Sargent’s team of engineers and drafters to meet our clients’ complex engineering needs. He provides structural, process, and value engineering for projects in the grain, feed, flour, biofuels, and specialty industries. Bryan also reviews projects for code requirements and compliance. Bryan is a member of the American Concrete Institute and the American Institute of Steel Construction. He graduated from Iowa State University with a B.A. in Civil Engineering. Bryan has been with Todd & Sargent since 1996.

Scott Sylvester

Vice President – Business Development

Scott Sylvester is responsible for developing and maintaining strong client and partner relationships as well as identifying new market opportunities at Todd & Sargent. He has over 20 years serving clients and partners in the Ag and Industrial construction markets. He is an active member with the Iowa Association of Business and Industry and past member of Food Processing Suppliers Association and Iowa Lean Consortium. Scott graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a General Studies degree, with an emphasis on communications and psychology.

Alex Kerrigan

Vice President – Project Development

Alex Kerrigan is responsible for project development at Todd & Sargent, bringing ag and industrial projects from concept to reality. Alex works closely with each client’s team to develop successful facility designs and compile comprehensive and competitive cost estimates. Alex is a member of the American Feed Industry Association, Grain Elevator and Processing Society, International Association of Operative Millers, and National Grain and Feed Association. Alex graduated from the University of Notre Dame. Alex has been with Todd & Sargent since 2002.

Rori Bouchard

President – Canada

Rori Bouchard leads our Canada team to fulfilling the company mission and vision and ensures our company lives its values every day. He has more than 15 years of industry experience, with specialized knowledge in all facets of the construction of ag-industrial facilities with experience as a project manager, business development director, and managing director, among other roles. Rori is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers & Geoscientists of Manitoba and Grain Elevator and Processing Society. He graduated from the University of Manitoba with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Management.

Jon Sargent

President & CEO

Jon Sargent provides overall strategic and corporate direction to Todd & Sargent. In his role as President & CEO, he focuses on setting the company’s vision, leading the company’s leadership team, and ensuring the company lives its values every day. Jon is a member of the Grain Elevator and Processing Society (GEAPS), Construction Management Association, and former board member of Associated Builders & Contractors of Iowa. Jon graduated from the University of Iowa with a B.B.A. in Finance and from the University of Chicago with an M.B.A. in Economics. He is also a member of The Sargent Group, Inc. Board of Directors. Jon has been with Todd & Sargent since 2010.