The LDKerns Team
Experienced and talented professionals ready to meet your needs.
David Kerns, President and Certified Construction Manager at LDKerns Contractors since 2001. As the son of a City of Tulsa Civil Engineer, his first job was in construction. He earned a BS in Construction Science from the University of Oklahoma in 1989, then spent 12 years with Hensel Phelps Construction.
At LDKerns, David oversees direct operations and serves as Quality Control Manager. He is routinely on jobsites and attends weekly meetings with Owners. Although he is involved with the details, his most important role is to be the “big picture” visionary that keeps LDKerns on track.
Pete EdwardsVP / Operations
Pete Edwards, Certified Construction Manager, joined LD Kerns in 2003. He began his career in the U.S. Army where he worked up the rank to Sergeant. Upon returning to his civilian life, he began his career in construction. Pete has worked through the ranks in the role of Foreman, Superintendent, Project Manager, and now VP of Operations.
Pete is extremely capable of organizing multiple projects and in making the right decisions. In the last five years, he has managed over 30 public projects. This is in addition to managing several other commercial projects. Pete is very detail oriented and driven by thorough scheduling.
Earl JacksPre-Construction Manager
Earl started with LDKerns in 2009, he has served in all phases of pre-construction and project management. He has a 20-year background in construction beginning as a plumber apprentice and working his way up to Licensed Plumbing Contractor. Today, he still holds a State of Oklahoma Plumbing Contractors License.
He has prepared GMP budgets and conceptual estimates for all sizes of commercial projects. Earl has developed and solicited bid packages allowing him to form relationships with local subcontractors, essential to successful cost-effective projects. Earl has demonstrated a unique ability to work with both clients and subcontractors to resolve budget concerns without sacrificing quality. He has worked alongside architects to develop budgets during the design phase. His budgeting on Construction Management projects has historically been within 2% of actual costs on bid day.
Bret KaltenbachGeneral Superintendent
Hardworking and determined would best describe Bret. He started with LD Kerns Contractors in 2004 as a carpenter and quickly proved to be responsible and trustworthy to complete any task big or small. Bret has managed every type of building construction from traditional wood frame to complex pre-engineered metal building structures including site development and coordination with city officials. He has completed Globally Harmonized System Hazard Communications training, OSHA 30 hr safety certification, First-Aid and CPR and has never had a lost-time accident on any jobsite. Bret also works very hard developing good relationships with the owners representatives and always counts it a privilege to work with them. When it absolutely positively has to be done on time, you can count on Bret.
Danny DuncanProject Manager
Danny began his career in construction in 2001. He started on jobsites as a Carpenter Forman and worked his way up to Project Manager for a large Sub Contracting Firm. His experience in the field gives great depth to his ability to manage subcontractors. He joined LD Kerns in 2015 to manage the construction of Garfield Elementary School. Danny’s best traits are his attention to detail and communication skills among owners and architects. Currently Danny is a part of the Purdue University Project Management Institute that provides intensive management education and ongoing continuing education. He oversees the bid package development, sub-bidding process and the contract administration with subcontractors. Danny is most in tune to the scheduling process of the project and assures the project stays on schedule.
Josh MilburnProject Manager
Josh joined LDKerns in February 2014. He began his career in construction after graduating from Oklahoma State University in 2006 with a B.S. in Construction Management. In our operations, Josh is directly responsible for handling the management of projects from the early design phase to the final closeout documents while maintaining consistent communication and collaboration between the owner, architect and other client representatives. His solid experience in implementing controls and streamlining operations provide the greatest project outcome for all parties involved.
Brent has over 21 years of experience in the construction industry and joined LD Kerns Contractors in 2010. His background is in carpentry, framing and drywall placement. For ten years, he has worked as a Superintendent. Brent is known for his no-nonsense, straightforward leadership and is highly respected by all on the job site. He has completed OSHA 30-hour training and ensures the upmost level of safety on his job site. One of his most valuable assets is his uncanny ability to find innovative or creative solutions.
Jim has over 28 years of experience in the construction industry. He is the main contact in the field and the direct supervisor of construction crews and subcontractors to ensure safety standards are upheld and the set schedule is met. He oversees all phases of the project from initial planning to completion. Jim is responsible for the daily coordination between the architect/engineer, owner and the jobsite.
Jeff started with LD Kerns in 2009 as a project superintendent. He began his career in construction as an electrician and continues to hold a State of Oklahoma Electrical License. In 2017 Jeff transitioned into our estimating department. His history in the field makes the budgeting and estimating most efficient and thorough.
James SweetinProject Manager
James has more than 20 years of experience in the construction industry. As Concrete Project Manager, he is responsible for the coordination of multiple projects, ensuring the work performance is top quality. He is also attentive to schedules so that all are met in a timely fashion.