Ceco Leadership

Ceco’s Leadership Team is committed to safety, entrepreneurial in nature, innovative and creative through teamwork and employee development—all while instilling integrity and open, honest, ethical business practices.


Danny Battles – President

Before arriving at Ceco, Danny Battles earned a Bachelor of Science degree in construction management from Oklahoma State University. For more than 30 years, he has served Ceco in various roles and levels of responsibility. His tenure has seen assignments to Kansas City, Oklahoma City, Atlanta, Chicago, Phoenix, Dallas, New Orleans and now San Antonio for the past 12-plus years. Learning from the local teams with each move, he developed a keen eye on cost and efficiency while growing his leadership and organizational skills. Danny looks forward to leading Ceco into its next chapter: “We have a strong team in place to help us achieve our mission of leading the construction industry in the delivery on innovative, client-focused, structural solutions that provide exceptional client results.” Read more

Jeff Riesberg – Executive Vice President

Jeff Riesberg began his career with Ceco in 1983, upon graduation from Iowa State with a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering. Later he obtained an MBA from Rockhurst University. Since then he has worked many positions, from Project Manager to Regional Vice President. In his current role as Executive Vice President, Jeff oversees the innovation efforts of the company with responsibilities for Engineering, Innovation, Manufacturing and Equipment. He also provides direction for the training and development of our talented staff. Seeing that all local teams are provided the tools, equipment and training needed to fulfill our client commitments is his mission. He is a past chairman of the Builders’ Association, the Kansas City Chapter of Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), and remains active in AGC and other construction organizations. Jeff has a passion for building. Read more

Phil Diekemper – Senior Vice President

As a structural engineer fresh out of the University of Illinois in 1977, Phil Diekemper embarked on a career filled with interesting challenges and moves. These include time in Seattle, Southern California, New Jersey and the past 20-plus years in Chicago. That’s not to mention a three-year assignment in Singapore for Ceco Far East shortly after receiving his MBA from Seattle University. He has always accepted the Ceco challenges, applying his unique problem-solving and team-building skills. Phil enjoys building relationships within Ceco as well as more broadly throughout the industry. Today, he continues to be active as Ceco’s ambassador with national organizations, including AGC, American Concrete Institute – Strategic Development Council, American Society of Concrete Contractors, Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute and Urban Land Institute. With his vast project and organizational assignments, Phil spreads Ceco’s culture by coaching and mentoring Ceco’s leaders of the future. He also guides Ceco’s marketing and social media efforts. Read more

Lori Robey Ernst – Vice President & CFO

Lori Robey Ernst joined Ceco as Tax Accountant in 1995. Shortly thereafter, she received her CPA license from the Missouri State Board of Accounting. Sporting a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Kansas State University and 10 years of industry experience prior to joining Ceco, Lori has ascended quickly—taking on additional responsibilities until reaching her current CFO leadership role in 2018. As a trusted member of Ceco’s leadership, Lori is admired for her commitment to Ceco and attention to detail. Lori’s leadership exemplifies many of Ceco’s values, like Teamwork, Integrity and Ethics.

James Paquin – Vice President, Central Operations

Jim Paquin is an unpretentious civil engineer from the University of Wisconsin who continues to enjoy construction by influencing and inspiring others. His team reflects his personality, demonstrating a commitment to serving one another and fostering a culture of innovation. In a career spanning nearly four decades, Jim has managed many Ceco projects, teams and locations, from the Gulf Coast to the Canadian border and from the Rocky Mountains to Indiana. Notable projects include Music City Center in Nashville, Tenn., in which the team successfully poured 120,000 yards in a 12-month period. Whether organizing a team to build the U.S. Bank Stadium or to prepare a shore lunch together, Jim gets great satisfaction in watching team members build relationships and strengthen their commitment to each other as they work together to overcome obstacles, provide exceptional results and create some lasting memories along the way. Read more


Tom Wood – Vice President, East Operations

With a formal civil engineering education from The Citadel: The Military College of South Carolina, Tom Wood joined Ceco in 2001 after working for a year at an engineering consulting firm. Starting as Concrete Construction Engineer, Tom’s rapid rise within Ceco has led him to taking on the role of Vice President of Eastern Operations. He’s been key to Ceco’s transformation from a concrete formwork subcontractor to today’s heavily weighted concrete frame scope. Tom has always been competitive, and he played for The Citadel Bulldogs collegiate football team. That competitive drive has brought Ceco and his clients many successful projects. Today, his focus is to build strong teams in the Eastern United States that are motivated to exceed customer expectations and grow professionally to achieve their individual career goals. Read more


Shayne Yeisley – Vice President, West Operations

Shayne’s 25-year career began with Ceco, working out of our Seattle and Portland offices once he finished his Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from University of Missouri – Rolla. His Ceco path took him to Los Angeles, San Diego, Las Vegas and Miami, until he finally settled in Denver. Then, after Ceco’s parent acquired a competitor in Denver—Concrete Frame Associates (CFA)—he became President of that company. Under his leadership at CFA, revenue jumped more than 300% and scopes expanded to include reinforcing installation and shotcrete services. Today, Shayne leads Ceco’s West Operations. He seeks to expand Ceco’s presence in the West and become a key integral partner to our clients’ success. Read more