Chris Morris

President

chrism@morris-usa.com

Morris has over 38 years of experience in the commercial construction industry.  A dynamic and connected leader, Chris oversees every aspect of Morris, Inc., including personnel recruitment and motivation, and long-term client relationship development. His impressive career has included automotive, healthcare, hospitality, residential, retail, office, industrial and biotech projects.

Chris has started and operated firms and projects in California, Nevada, Arizona, Oregon, and Washington. His strengths include project programming, design coordination, entitlements, estimating, operations, and business development.

Education / Certifications

Texas A&M University
Bachelor of Science Engineering
Contractor License – Multiple States

Real Estate Broker License – Multiple States Certified/Commercial Investment Manager LEED Associate Training

Affiliations

National Association of Industrial & Office Property Owners (NAIOP)

American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE)

Construction Management Association of America (CMAA)

Janis Cenedella, P.E.

Vice President of Preconstruction

janc@morris-usa.com

With over 30 years of successful project experience and a background in both civil engineering and construction management, Jan leads the pre-construction and estimating efforts at Morris Inc. A particularly keen sense for problem solving and natural zeal for collaboration make Jan a consummate Pre-construction Director and team leader. She is involved in every aspect of the pre-construction efforts including cost estimating, value engineering, value analysis, scheduling, constructability, and has a close partnership with the design team.

Jan embodies our belief that we build better together and goes above and beyond to ensure a transparent and collaborative team environment for all stakeholders.

Education / Certifications

Stanford University
MS Construction Management

Stanford University
BS Civil Engineering

Professional Civil Engineer – California #34333
QSP/QSD License #960

Affiliations

ASCE Member

LPGA Amateur Golf Association (Events Director Orange County Chapter)

Stanford OVAL – Admissions Volunteer

DBIA Member

Jay W. Gibson

Director of Business Development

jayg@morris-usa.com

With over 40 years of experience in the construction industry, Jay brings a unique value to the Business Development role. Gibson started his career as a commercial electrician working on high end interior & ground up projects.  During this phase in his career, Gibson gained invaluable on-site experience working directly with architects and consultants.

Jay then moved into a Project Management role working with subcontractors, architects, consultants, and clients to assure his projects were being built on time, on budget, and with the highest standards.

Gibson spent the last several years working in the retail market sector in a Business Development role. His background and experience in operations, along with his track record of establishing trusting client relationships gives Jay the tools to succeed in driving new business.  Most importantly, Jay prides himself on addressing client needs while creating sustainable value for each organization.

Jay’s market sectors include Automotive, Healthcare, Science & Laboratories, Education & Ground Up and Interiors.

Education / Certifications

Certified Electrician Apprenticeship
Salt Lake City Community College, UT

OSHA 10 Certified

AFFILIATIONS

National Association of Industrial & Office Property Owners (NAIOP)

 LAHQ

Frank Carpenter

Vice President of Finance

frankc@morris-usa.com

As Vice President of Finance for Morris Inc., Frank reports directly to our President and serves as an integral member of the senior management team and advisory board. Frank is responsible for the implementation of our financial strategy, maximizing and stewarding earnings, and developing internal structure for future growth. In addition to responsibility for the financial components of the organization, he acts as our utility executive who develops and implements all internal policies and procedures, facilitates the IT, HR and administrative functions, and curates our culture, corporate values, and strategic initiatives.

Frank has over 35 years of experience in providing  financial leadership to thriving organizations of various sizes, including 14 years in the construction  industry. Previous financial roles have included  Division Controller, Controller, Vice President and Finance Manager. This lifetime of experience provides a depth of knowledge and insight which serves as the firm foundation for Morris Construction’s conservative financial strength. In addition to his accounting  acumen, Frank is a gifted communicator who  effectively translates financial data into actionable information that benefits Morris Construction by empowering stakeholders at every level of the  organization. 

As the longest tenured Morris team member, Frank provides a backbone of stability and high level of  integrity to all that we do.

Education / Certifications

University of Southern California Business Administration

Affiliations

Construction Financial Managers Association (CFMA)

Convene Key Leaders

Louie Villa

Vice President of Operations

louiev@morris-usa.com

As Vice President of Operations, Louie’s 20 years of expertise and strong grasp of project objectives allows him to provide valuable direction in both the preconstruction and construction phase. He ensures our team delivers on all project goals. His leadership and operational skills are critical to providing effective guidance for the project team. He brings a diverse background in project types including multifamily, institutional, hospitality and healthcare.

In addition to his experience in commercial construction, Louie has spent time working in development where he led project entitlements, design, and construction management from the Owner’s side; this involvement gives him a unique perspective on how he leads Morris’ operations.

Louie is committed to remaining visible and accessible throughout the entire life cycle of the project.

Education / Certifications

Texas A&M University
Bachelor of Science Construction Management

CQM Certified – Corp of Engineers