The Walden Team Charlie Walden Jose Aguilar Julio Alvarado Richard Brown Joel Miner Javier Alvarez Kevin Lord Rod Lambert
Charlie Walden

Charlie Walden
Owner and Founder

As the founder of Walden Construction in 1977 and subsequently Walden Structures, Inc. (WSI) twenty years later, Charlie Walden has been applying his visionary leadership in the modular industry for over 30 years. A veteran of the Navy, Charlie also worked in his family business before starting his own career in the modular industry. He started Walden Construction in Phoenix, AZ and relocated to California three years later.

Charlie has been fortunate to be involved in many “leading edge” projects. Throughout its history, Walden Structures has erected numerous multi-story modular buildings, constructing both the first three-story and the first four-story modular buildings in the western United States. Charlie attributes his success to a combined team approach with the customer, his company’s personnel, and vendors. He has built his business with an unwavering integrity and welcomes responsibility and accountability.

Charlie has set not only aggressive goals for his company, but also for the entire modular industry.  He believes that by continuously improving the product, expanding the core competencies of his business, and by exceeding each customer’s expectations, that the industry will exponentially expand, as well.

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Mick Duva

Nicholas R. Duva
Chief Executive Officer

During the last 20 years, Nick has been the CEO or COO of 10 different companies. His expertise is guiding companies through turbulent economic and/or financial conditions. Simultaneously, he improves systems and procedures to produce higher quality products, while reducing costs and improving cash flow. He adapts out-of-industry approaches to achieve success.

Nick started his career as a Project Manager in the United States Air Force Systems Command working with Titan III missiles and F-15 aircraft. He earned Masters Degrees in Electrical Engineering and Systems Management during that timeframe. He worked in the aerospace industry and the financial services industry before entering the turnaround business, which produced the leadership positions mentioned above.

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Roger McCoy

Roger McCoy
Vice President, Sales and Major Programs

With nearly 25 years experience in the Construction and Mechanical industries, Roger has developed and utilized the skills and knowledge necessary to lead a national sales effort, while maintaining an exceptional level of customer service. Prior to Walden, Roger held senior level positions, including VP-Treasurer of a $250 million home builder, as well as Chief Information Officer of a $1 billion Mechanical Contractor. He was National Brand Manager and subsequently Sales Manager for a $500 million Mechanical Contractor.

Roger has also been the owner of 3 contracting companies. He is dedicated to bringing the highest quality product and service to his customers in the modular building industry. Roger holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in Business Administration and is a U.S. Army veteran.

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Richard Brown

Richard Brown
Chief Operating Officer

Richard is an operations executive with 20 years experience starting, growing, and expanding asset-based businesses – most recently with the third largest modular company in the United States. Prior to joining WSI, Mr. Brown led a division of a NASDAQ-traded public company where he served as Vice President, Division Manager, and Corporate Officer from 1992-2012. Notably, Mr. Brown led a robust strategic planning effort that resulted in the profitable expansion of the business from 2 to 16 states, while driving revenues to over $160MM and assets to over $500MM. Mr. Brown has a sales and general management background with four separate asset-based divisions - each division held strong ties to the commercial and industrial construction sectors. Mr. Brown holds a Bachelors degree in Speech Communication from California State University, Northridge and a Master of Business Administration degree from Azusa Pacific University.

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Jose Aguilar

Jose Aguilar
Estimator/Project Manager

Starting his career with Walden 1998, Jose has had the opportunity to gain knowledge of the different phases pertaining to the modular building industry. He has held positions in materials management as well as the marketing department, and his diversified experience now includes materials, purchasing, sales, and estimating. Prior to joining Walden Structures, Jose was Purchasing Agent and Warehouse Manager at Westinghouse Electric and Cutler-Hammer.

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Ruben Soto

Ruben Soto
Director of Quality

Prior to joining Walden Structures, Ruben served three years in the Modular Construction industry as a Production Manager and Quality Manager, capitalizing on his previous experience in the Automotive Industry to implement process improvements. Throughout his ten year tenure at General Motors Corp, Ruben held a variety of leadership positions in Maintenance, Production, Materials, and Quality which ultimately culminated in his promotion to a Plant Superintendent. During that time, Ruben also earned his Certified Quality Engineer certification from the American Society for Quality. Ruben is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and completed 8 years of active military service as a U.S. Naval Officer before pursuing a position in industry.

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Frank Carillo

Frank Carrillo
Estimator/Project Manager

Frank joined the Walden team in sales/estimating in 2009 bringing more than 10 years experience in the construction industry and over 3 of those years spent in the commercial modular industry. He has revealed a track record of success in Sales, Job Costing, Project Planning and Management. Frank began his career in the commercial development field in 1998 and later transitioned to modular construction. He has held positions as a senior estimator, project manager and buyer which have allowed him to see projects thru from conception to completion.

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Julio Alvarado

Julio Alvarado
Health & Safety Officer

Julio joined Walden in October 2011, bringing over 12 years experience in the areas of Environmental Health & Occupational Safety and Risk & Health Management for the construction and maintenance industries. Julio specializes in implementing safety programs, developing procedures that utilize line organization as an effective means for controlling accident and health exposures, as well as the management of worker’s compensation claims.

As an Authorized OSHA Outreach Trainer, he helps Walden stay abreast of the latest industry safety requirements and standards, and works to spread an awareness of each employee’s role in maintaining a safe working environment.

Julio utilizes his experience and knowledge to uphold the highest safety standards throughout every phase of a project.

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Jim Tithof

Jim Tithof
Director of Manufacturing

Jim has a unique perspective of the modular building industry since his expertise includes 11 years in site installation of commercial buildings, and 14 years in manufacturing management. He has held positions as Production Manager, Plant Manager and General Manager in California, Texas, and Arizona. Since joining Walden in May of 2008, Jim has been leading the production management teams in both the Riverside and Mentone facilities. His direction emphasizes team building and development of an efficient and quality minded production staff to support Walden’s goal to provide the highest quality product in the industry. With 25 years experience and LEAN training under his belt, Jim is well positioned to ensure that Walden’s buildings fulfill the customer’s needs.

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Kevin Lord

Kevin Lord
Director of Engineering & Service

Kevin brings more than two decades of experience in Manufactured Housing, Factory Built Housing, and the Commercial Modular Industry. His wide range of manufacturing experience includes quality control, production, design, engineering, site development, costing analysis, and purchasing. He has a proven track record with several large and successful companies, and for the past 9 years has been experiencing that success at Walden. Kevin has collaborated on projects as small as a 24 sq ft Guard Shack to a 54,000 sq ft single story building, as well as two, three and four story buildings. His proficiency includes board and computer aided drafting of commercial, institutional, industrial and residential projects, as well as an exhaustive knowledge of building codes and standards. In his role as Director of Engineering & Service at Walden, Kevin manages a team of 3 engineers and 6 draftsmen. He is responsible for interfacing with plan approval agencies from different states, various engineers, jurisdictional representatives, and state regulatory agencies. Kevin also participates in the bidding process to ensure compliance to building code requirements, specifications, and meeting the customer’s needs.

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Rod Lambert
Engineering Manager

Rod joined Walden in 2004 with 15 years experience in the field of engineering, 13 of which have been in the modular building industry. Rod is responsible for project development, plan checking and agency approval of commercial and military projects. During his time at Walden, he has been accountable for many custom projects, including multi-level buildings, medical buildings, and military training facilities. Prior to joining Walden, Rod was a structural drafter at Bonaldo Engineering where he spent 2 years drafting commercial and residential projects. It was shortly after, in 1996 that he entered the modular building industry as a draftsman. Rod moved up to a senior draftsman position where he was responsible for the development of drawings, assembling multiple structural packages for custom projects, and agency approval of both commercial and educational buildings. In 2000 he was promoted to Engineering Manager and was responsible for all aspects of the engineering department, to include design, plan checking, and agency approval for all projects.

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Javier Alvarez

Javier Alvarez
Production Manager

Javier joined Walden Structures in 1998 as a Production Supervisor, bringing with him over 11 years of experience in the construction industry. As a Production Supervisor for WSI, Javier oversaw a variety of departments, including: Mills, Walls, Roofing, Floors, and Special Projects. In 2013, Javier transitioned into the role of Production Manager.
Prior to joining Walden Structures, Javier worked at Baron Homes as a Foreman overseeing the Framing, Drywall, Floors, and Roofing departments.

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Jeremy Brown

Jeremy Brown
Engineering Manager

Jeremy joined Walden in 2002 and brings with him 10 years of engineering experience all in the Modular Building Industry. While at Walden he had started as a draftsman responsible for completing detailed drawings ranging from Educational and Commercial Buildings. In 2004, Jeremy had advanced into the position of Engineering Manager for Military MOUT Facilities ranging from Container technologies to single and multistory Modular Training Facilities. He now supervises the Engineering department for the Mentone Facility.

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Candace Juhnke
Purchasing Manager

Candace brings more than 10 years experience in the modular building industry. She joined the Walden Structures sales/estimating team in 2005. Through her demonstrated versatility, she became Purchasing Manager in 2006. Candace began her career as commercial project estimator in 1999. In 2000, she shifted to estimating educational projects, and it was not long afterwards that she was promoted to estimating supervisor for the educational projects. Candace’s proficiency prior to joining Walden has also included a position as Lean Enterprises Consultant where she was responsible for applying process analysis tools to all aspects of the manufacturing process, from proposal to completion, with particular emphasis on purchasing, production, and field installation. Candace holds a BA degree from Briar Cliff College in Iowa and has completed some graduate work at Arizona State University.

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Kevin Juhnke

Kevin Juhnke
Engineering Manager

Since 2005, Kevin has been working with the Walden team on single and multi-story commercial modular buildings. Kevin’s experience in engineering combines 15 years of modular industry experience as well as 3 years of structural steel detailing experience. His career began in 1987 with the Sioux Foundry in Iowa as structural steel detailer for office buildings, prisons, and shopping centers. In 1990, Kevin moved to Arizona where he became a designer of ocean cargo containers for office and military use. He later gravitated to steel frame classrooms and office buildings and held the position of senior design technician, working on projects ranging in size from 1,400 sq ft to 40,000 sq ft. Kevin moved to California in 1999 and took on an Engineering Manager position for commercial buildings.

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Jose Aguilar

Jose Aguilar
Estimator/Project Manager

Jose has 13 years of modular industry experience. Since his introduction to the industry in 1998, he has held positions in both the materials management and the marketing departments at Walden Structures. His diversified manufacturing experience includes roles in materials, purchasing, sales and estimating.

Prior to joining Walden Structures in 1998, he spent twelve years as a Purchasing Agent and Warehouse Manager at Westinghouse Electric and Cutler-Hammer.

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Joel Miner

Joel Miner
Chief Financial Officer

Joel has served as the Chief Financial Officer or as an outside consultant for Walden Structures since 1998. He has over 23 years experience as a CFO or controller for a number of companies in a number of different industries, both publicly and privately held. He earned a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from California State University at Long Beach and his CPA license in 1980. He also spent over four years in public accounting.

Prior to joining Walden Structures, Joel served as CFO for The Forecast Group – a large entry-level homebuilder in the western states – as well as for The Centennial Group, Inc. and its various affiliates – a group of companies and partnerships involved in real estate development, construction, management and lending. Both of these companies were publicly financed. He has also served as controller for two privately held companies in the service and finance sectors.

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our team

As with most successful organizations, it is the people within who are the key to this success. Walden Structures has over 300 experienced and dedicated personnel who work together towards common goals…quality and efficiency. Our team consists of engineers, estimators, production management, quality control inspectors, builders and a senior management team with over 80 years combined modular building industry experience.

It is with collaboration that we have been able to provide the highest quality building in modular construction.

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