Our Team

Willy Dickenson, Vice President

WillyBackground: Graduate of Dunwoody Institute of Technology – Architectural Drafting and Estimating course. Joined Schwab in 1978 as lead estimator working on both negotiated and competitive bid work for our broad base of commercial, institutional and industrial customers. Responsibilities through the years have included project selection, preconstruction services, estimating, and project management. Current role as Vice President includes ensuring all company core values are applied to all construction operations and customer relations.

Past and Current Community Involvement:

  • Board Member – Rochester Area Builders – Commercial Builders Council
  • Member of the Builders Exchange of Rochester
  • Past President – Winona Area Industrial Development Association
  • Past Chairman – City of Winona Planning Commission
  • Past Chairman – Winona County Planning Commission
  • Numerous leadership roles in youth activities such as Boy Scouts and coaching and refereeing youth soccer

Doug Czaplewski, Vice President

Background: Doug started with Schwab Construction in 1986 working as an assistant project manager and estimator, and started with ATS at its founding in 2001. During his 30+ year career he has been the estimator and/or project manager on commercial, institutional, industrial, healthcare and educational projects of all types.

Doug has provided budgets, estimates, and public bid quotes for projects of all sizes – from small renovations all the way to a multi-million dollar 100-bed dormitory on a private university campus. He has been involved in numerous industrial process machinery installation projects, industrial equipment and facility maintenance projects, as well as the construction of offices, classrooms, dorm rooms, retail spaces, steel erection, machinery moving and millwright work.

Doug is a graduate of Winona State University with a Bachelor of Science in Industry with a focus on construction and a business minor.

Russ Mahlmeister, Construction Operations Director

Background: Russ joined the Schwab LLC team in 2014 and his current responsibilities includes the management of his individual projects, as well as general oversite of the management of all Schwab LLC projects, ensuring that each gets completed on time and on budget. 

He graduated from MSU-Mankato with a B.S. in Construction Management. Russ has 16 years of construction industry experience.

Russ grew up in Bismarck, North Dakota and now resides is Dover, MN. He is married with one child and in his spare time he enjoys hunting and fishing.


John Hill, VP of Estimating

Background: John has 13 years of experience in the construction industry and joined Schwab LLC after graduating from Dunwoody College of Technology in Minneapolis in 2004 with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Architectural Drafting and Estimating Technology. He is a LEED Accredited Professional and is CDT certified with the Construction Specification Institute.

John oversees the cost estimating processes and maintains the estimating program. He has also managed dozens of successful projects including church renovations and additions, new retail buildings, residential projects over 10,000 sf, higher education additions and renovations, an alternative energy center, and a new hotel with 96 guestrooms and a swimming pool.