Jim Feldmann, CHC

As vice president, Jim Feldmann takes the lead on Rhodey’s healthcare-related construction business. His 20+ years of experience gives him deep knowledge of medical facilities and a real sensitivity to the nature of these jobs. “I work with each institution’s facility and design team to develop a plan to keep the patients safe and the staff functioning,” he says.

Jim guides projects through the design development phase, providing valuable insights on construction feasibility and ensuring that renovation plans work with existing conditions and systems. He outlines each phase of construction (often involving simultaneous projects) to meet schedule and budget requirements while also respecting patient care.

With his strong communication skills, Jim maintains frequent contact with the client, subcontractors and with his right-hand man on the job: the superintendent. “Communication is key to being successful in this business. There are always issues that arise from field changes, conflicts in existing conditions or delayed lead times. As long as we communicate with each other, most situations resolve themselves easily.”

He earned his BS/BA degree in construction management with a minor in business from Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville. He also received his Healthcare Contractor’s Certificate training from the American Society for Healthcare Engineering.

At Rhodey, Jim appreciates that the organization is built on mutual trust and respect for employees’ knowledge and experience.
Pam Duffy, he says, encourages and enables her team to make their own well-informed decisions.

Bernie Seiffert

Rhodey vice president Bernie Seiffert brings his take-charge personality to some of our most complex projects. He manages Rhodey’s longest-term client relationship, one that dates back to 1990, and leads ongoing work involving more than 100 projects per year. The keys to this lengthy business partnership, he says, are attitude and knowledge. “I have a positive attitude, and the clients are such great people. I love working with them. Because I’ve been working with them for so long, I know their business inside and out.”

Bernie’s innate organizational skills and extensive construction experience ensure that even the largest jobs run smoothly, with minimal downtime for critical manufacturing operations. He supervises process-related projects, building demolition, new construction, remodeling and general upgrades, and environmental remediation — all within the pharmaceutical industry, where regulations and requirements are complex.

More important, Bernie is known as a great communicator, and he works closely with project engineers, subcontractors and Rhodey employees dedicated to the client. He knows that coordinating multiple, concurrent projects takes a team effort — one that may involve hundreds of people —and also constant, one-on-one contact with the client.

With vice president Jim Feldmann, Bernie leads Rhodey’s safety initiatives, including ongoing training and compliance, project planning and post-construction audits to ensure our commitment to providing safe site conditions on every job.

Originally a cabinetmaker, Bernie was drawn to Rhodey’s emphasis on quality workmanship when he joined John Rhodey in the business. “I’m selling quality to our clients — that’s what I push. Quality means everything for where we are today. Repeat business is huge — there’s a trust factor that clients have because of our great work.”

Jim Imperiale

When he joined the Rhodey team, Jim Imperiale, LEED AP, DBIA, was already an industry veteran with more than 30 years of work in civil construction. Jim has experience in nearly every aspect of the business, from field work to management to business ownership, and he brings a high degree of integrity and fairness to his professional relationships. As senior project manager in the company’s general construction and subcontractor services divisions, Jim oversees each step of the building process to successfully realize the customer’s vision.

Jim’s hands-on approach to each project begins with helping to determine specs and estimating. From there, he guides every aspect of the job, including field supervision, scheduling, client service, architect and engineer relationships, contracts and change orders, and preparing warranty packages as part of the closing phase. Jim takes a proactive and organized approach to project management, and he has an excellent track record of delivering projects on time and on budget.

After attending Fontbonne University as a business administration major, Jim owned his own concrete restoration company, where he directed projects at a high level and also managed day-to-day issues.

Jim’s experience as a subcontractor working with Rhodey introduced him first-hand to the exceptional way that our company values our suppliers and subcontractors as well as our clients. Jim recognized that these relationships — built on partnership and trust — make our company stand apart. “I liked the culture of the company from the contacts I had made there,” he says.