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Harkins Vice President Nichols Promoted to President

Ben Nichols
Ben Nichols
COLUMBIA, MD — Harkins announces the promotion of Ben Nichols to President. This change in leadership is the first step of a succession planning process that began 10 years ago in anticipation of Harkins' current CEO Gary Garofalo and current COO Larry Kraemer’s upcoming retirements. Over the next two years, Nichols will work closely with Garofalo as Harkins continues to execute its succession plan and will ultimately assume the role of CEO in 2024 upon Garofalo's retirement.

Nichols joined Harkins in 2016 as a Project Executive of the government group. He was promoted to Vice President in 2020 and began overseeing the commercial group and human resources department the following year. In Nichols' former role, he was responsible for preconstruction and construction operations, along with planning, coordinating, and executing business development efforts.

In his nine years of industry experience, Ben has worked on many projects in public and private sectors of various markets, including mission critical, military, office, health care, hospitality, and multifamily housing. Prior to entering the civilian world, he graduated from the Naval Academy and served in the Marine Corps as a Combat Engineer Officer from 2008-2013.

“He is an exceptional leader that works well to find common solutions among all team members he works with,” Garofalo said. “Whether it be internally or externally, I believe Ben will excel at making and maintaining long-term partnerships that have been the foundation of our success for over 56 years.”

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