Linked In: www.linkedin.com/in/rickchafey
Rick Chafey founded Red Rock Contractors in 1998.
Rick Chafey received his Bachelors of Science in Construction Engineering & Management as an award-winning graduate from Arizona State University in 1995. Prior to college, Rick had worked within many of the construction trades, working as a residential framer during his summers, as well as working for both a stucco and concrete contractor for short stints.
Towards the end of his high school and beginning of college, Rick worked as an Electrical Superintendent for a commercial/industrial electrical contractor. Rick worked full time through the remainder of his college years as a Home Building Superintendent for one of the nation’s largest homebuilders, and upon graduation was hired as the Director of Construction for local manufacturing company. As Director of Construction, Rick completed multiple projects in Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, and Colorado ranging from 150,000 sf. manufacturing plants, retail centers, residential subdivision developments, and commercial remodels and tenant improvements.
Rick has taken his education and his real life experience and applied it to Red Rock Contractors, helping to develop Arizona’s most complete custom residential and commercial contracting company.
Linked In: www.linkedin.com/in/brettblauvelt
Brett Blauvelt is a native to Arizona and spent his High School years in California. Brett graduated from High School and moved back to Arizona to attend Mesa Community College on a Basketball scholarship. Brett graduated with a BS in Construction Drafting Technology and then moved on to Arizona State University to finish his education in Business Management.
After college, Brett started a construction clean up company for seven major pool contractors in the valley. After selling his company Brett and long time friend Rick Chafey started and developed Red Rock Contractors. Brett’s responsibilities are directed toward the outdoor environment end of the company. He heads up the sales, design and construction aspect of the pools and landscaping. Brett’s ability to help put our clients dreams in motion and to stay on top of growing trends is one of the reasons why Red Rock is so successful.
Accountant / Office Manager
Linked In: www.linkedin.com/in/jessicachrisman
Jessica moved to Arizona from New York many years ago. She graduated from Scottsdale Community College with an Associate’s Degree. Her 13 years of accounting experience began with the Hilton in Mesa. Jessica continued her accounting experience and education working for several home builders in the valley over the years.
She was hired on at Red Rock in mid 2007 as the Accountant/Office Manager. She is in charge of all of Red Rock’s accounting as well as managing the office–including human resources responsibilities. Jessica also works closely with the Superintendents and Project Managers on all jobs. In addition to these duties, she has successfully tackled the responsibilities of advertising and marketing. These tasks include assisting with management of the company website, printed brochures & pamphlets, and advertising in local magazines.
Jessica’s organization and determination is a wonderful asset to Red Rock Contractors.
Architecture / Project Manager
Linked In: www.linkedin.com/in/benjamin-haught
An Arizona native, Ben was raised on development, construction, and ranching. He attended Highland High School, Mesa Community College, and Arizona State University. He is a proud father involved in church and community.
Ben is very skilled in civil planning with recognized designs and ground breaking development approvals in Idaho and Arizona. He has successfully managed projects with environmental sensitivities, challenging topography, equestrian facilities, neighborhood mixed use, high density residential, and fully sustainable communities. His experience also includes award winning creative architecture for residential and commercial projects including entry level housing, high end custom homes, community facilities, and hospitality. Ben designed and built Gilbert’s first hotels as well as telecommunication networks. He has managed construction for government agencies such as TAACOM and Customs and Border Protection and has worked with Freeport-McMoRan as a certified miner to design and build communication infrastructure for many of their Arizona mines. Ben is constantly self-educating, staying on top of the latest in technical training in architecture, civil land planning, project management, and construction safety.
Ben’s extensive management experience and his ability to produce clean, detailed construction documents has been an invaluable addition to the Red Rock Brand.
Tom Lassen, P.E.
Design Project Manager
Linked In: www.linkedin.com/in/tomlassen
Tom, a 4th generation Arizona native, grew up in Tempe and attended Arizona State University where he received his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. He is still very much involved in his hometown community as a member of the Tempe Diablos Charity.
Tom has an extremely wide range of project management experience from master planned community land development and hotel casino outdoor environments to nuclear power plant facility improvements. He earned his professional engineering license while working for APS as a design engineer and project manager at Palo Verde Nuclear Power Plant. Although he has had an eclectic range of experience in his professional career, Tom’s real passion is for Luxury Outdoor Environment Design. He left a very successful career with APS in their Nuclear Engineering Department several years ago to pursue this passion. Tom holds a Professional Engineering License in the State of Arizona and earned a PMP certification from the Project Management Institute. He is currently enrolled in Genesis 3 Design Group for watershape designers and is working towards his SWD designation.
As Red Rock Contractors’ Principle Engineer, Tom’s ability to manage engineering and construction documentation makes him an integral part of the design process on our projects.
Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sarahkennedysk
Sarah grew up in Washington State where her exposure to the construction industry began with her parents who work in civil engineering and concrete production, respectively. She began working in the construction industry with her first job, an internship at Berger/ABAM Engineers. At Archer Construction her experience was further advanced through on the job training and work related college courses. As their A/P accountant, she began to truly understand what it takes to manage a construction project under budget. She holds an Associate of Arts Degree from Mesa Community College, graduating Summa Cum Lauda.
One of Sarah’s first duties at Red Rock was to organize and help manage the pool and landscape divisions. Continuing duties include management and organization of job files and documents, material procurement, filing of pre-liens and permits, tracking and maintenance of Red Rock’s warranty program, and website management among many other things. In addition to her regular duties as Project Coordinator, she has also been involved in general office management, marketing, hiring and training of new employees.
Skilled Craftsman / Superintendent
Jon grew up in a small town in Medina County, Ohio. He has always been a mechanically minded person. After high school he enrolled in a local trade school where he began to hone these skills. Upon completion of his trade school education Jon accepted an apprenticeship in carpentry. During his 4 years as a carpenter’s apprentice he became a member of his local trade union. He then put his education to good use, working for the next 15 years as a skilled carpenter in Hawaii. Jon has been living in Arizona with his wife and children for the past 20 years and considers it home. He is an incredibly experienced and proficient skilled craftsman, not just in the field of carpentry but also as a welder and custom fabricator. His custom fabrication work can be seen in our photo galleries. In addition to his duties as our custom fabricator, Jon is also an experienced superintendent.
Jon’s special skill set makes him an invaluable member of the Red Rock Team.
Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jakelupe
Jake Lupe, a member of the White Mountain Apache Tribe, grew up in North Eastern Arizona. He graduated from Alchesay High School with a focus on Advanced Construction Technologies. Jake then attended ITT Technical Institute where he worked with a wide variety of computer programs. Upon successful completion of the Computer Drafting and Design program, he received his Associate of Science Degree in Computer Drafting and Design and graduated Summa Cum Lauda.
While attending ITT Tech, Jake worked in the demolition side of construction for over two years. After just three months in the industry he became a Project Lead, completing both residential and commercial demolition jobs. Jake then worked at Intel-Ocotillo Site as a C.A.D operator, providing assistance in the field resolving plumbing, piping, HVAC, and other mechanical issues. Other duties included drafting and detailing chemical lines to tools that make the chipsets, motherboards, and wafers components for computers, phones, and other electronic devices.
Jake strives for excellence and challenges himself to become more efficient and productive on a daily basis. He is always expanding his knowledge and skills as a member of the Red Rock Team.
Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/in/brianlewisbl
Brian is an Arizona native who attended the Auto CAD Institute in Phoenix. He is also a graduate of the Roberto Venn School of Luthiery (stringed instrument building) and enjoys designing and building custom bass guitars in his spare time.
Brian has a diverse background in Commercial construction projects using AutoCAD. Prior to joining Red Rock, he worked on projects including the Buddy Stubb’s Harley Davidson dealership at Anthem. Brian is also versed in Clean Room Design fundamentals for Class 100 Semiconductor Fabrication processes. He has also worked in the telecommunications industry on cell tower sites and equipment layouts.
Currently Brian is involved with custom-home construction projects. Brian specializes in enabling efficient standardization of drafting software for construction drawing packages.