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Meet a Member – John Hoodjer
Vice President, JE Dunn Construction

John HoodjerJohn Hoodjer, who began his career at JE Dunn Construction 16 years ago as an intern, is one of the organization’s youngest vice presidents in its century-long existence. Hoodjer worked in project management, field supervision, scheduling, and quality duties for his first nine years at JE Dunn. He also gained further experience in safety, LEAN, and MEP.

Hoodjer joined JE Dunn’s Mission Critical group in 2018 and was promoted to vice president three years ago. Today, he is the regional lead for the company’s largest client, which requires him to oversee 600 employees across many projects, sites, and states.

Currently, Hoodjer is responsible for the construction of two greenfield campuses that span over 400 acres for a confidential hyperscale Mission Critical client, totaling $2.6 billion of work. Because of Hoodjer’s involvement and strong performance, JE Dunn’s portfolio with this client continues to grow nationally.

Background and Experience
His impressive career began long before JE Dunn. Hoodjer’s ten-year service in the military jumpstarted his leadership journey and armed him with the tools to train and coach others. Throughout college, he gained experience at several construction companies. After graduating in 2008, Hoodjer joined JE Dunn because of our beliefs, values, and professional development opportunities.

Involvement with 7×24 Exchange and Mission Critical Industry
Outside of his work at JE Dunn, Hoodjer has had strong ties to the 7×24 Exchange community over the last several years. Working alongside Jack Duren from MMC Contractors, he formed the 7×24 Exchange Silicon Prairie Chapter. His intention was to bring market awareness to the mission critical industry. What started as an idea has transformed into an organization of 10 board members and 53 corporate sponsors covering the Nebraska and Iowa regions.

Hoodjer also served as the 7×24 Exchange Silicon Prairie Chapter Treasurer on the Board of Directors for two and half years, and he took over as Chapter President just over six months ago.

Additional Activities
Outside the construction industry, Hoodjer volunteers for the American Heart Association, Ronald McDonald House, and CureSMA. Through his philanthropic efforts, he’s managed to raise $15,000 in fundraising for the American Heart Association. Additionally, he has raised funds and awareness for CureSMA via their Walk & Roll events, raising nearly $15,000. Although his service is a time commitment, Hoodjer believes that putting effort into things he’s passionate about and helping his community progress has a re-energizing effect on his life.