OCMI Leadership

At O’Connor Construction Management, Inc., everyone has the potential to be a leader. We believe that leadership is a shared responsibility, in which every team member has an equal voice in the direction of the company.

At OCMI, the door is always open.

A History of Service

O’Connor was founded in 1982 by Colm O’Connor as a cost consultancy for owners and design professionals. We have offices throughout the United States and are proud to be a robust and diverse organization of more than 95 construction management professionals. Over the past three-plus decades, we have broadened our scope of services to excel at every aspect of program, project and construction management.

Ciaran O'Connor


Ciaran O’Connor has more than 15 years of leadership experience in both the construction industry and the military. He is the chairman of OCMI and received his B.S. in Organizational Psychology from St. Mary’s College of California. Ciaran served as Intelligence Officer and Economic Team Chief in the 426 Civil Affairs Battalion, Mosul, Iraq, as well as several roles for the Boeing Company – including Field Service Representative (FSR) and Mission Commander.

Justin Peterson


Justin Peterson is the President of OCMI. He began his career with the firm in 1993 as an intern, and established the Las Vegas office in 1997. Justin received a B.S. in Construction Management from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and is a Lifetime Certified Professional Estimator (ASPE), Planning & Scheduling Professional (AACEI), LEED Accredited Professional (USGBC) and a Licensed General Contractor (State of NV).

Neil Murphy


Neil Murphy is the Executive Vice President of OCMI and started with the firm in 2000. He received his B.S. in Civil Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology and currently serves as OCMI’s practice leader in Construction Management. Neil is a Certified Construction Manager (CMAA), Planning & Scheduling Professional (AACEI), and is a Licensed General Contractor (State of CA).

John Mauk


John Mauk has worked for OCMI since 1999 and is a Senior Vice President. He received his degree in Construction Management from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and is a Lifetime Certified Professional Estimator (ASPE), Certified Cost Professional (AACEI), Construction Cost Professional (NACA) and LEED Accredited Professional (USGBC). John also leads the firm’s construction audit division.

Claire O'Connor


Claire O’Connor began her career as a Marketing Coordinator for OCMI in 2005 and is now Senior Vice President. She graduated from UC San Diego with a degree in Political Science and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMI). Claire is active in many industry organizations, including Society of Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) and Construction Management Association of America (CMAA), where she served as a Board member for both organizations.

Tom Strandberg


Tom Strandberg is a Senior Vice President of OCMI and has worked for the firm since 2007. He has a B.S. degree in International Business / Political Science from San Diego State University and is working on his Masters Degree in International Construction Management. Tom is a Certified Cost Professional (AACEI), Planning & Scheduling Professional (AACEI), Project Management Professional (PMP) and LEED Accredited Professional BD+C (USGBC).

Michael Mejia


Since joining the firm in 2008, Michael Mejia has demonstrated exceptional leadership skills in both cost estimating, preconstruction services, and construction management. He holds a B.S. in Construction Engineering from San Diego State University. As an Estimating Practice Leader, Mike oversees the daily operations of the estimating staff and keeps on top of industry and market trends.

Michael Velose


Michael Velose is a Certified Professional Estimator (CPE) and Certified Cost Professional (CCP) with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering Technology and M.S. in Management of Technology. After seven years with OCMI, Michael was promoted to Vice President and currently leads our Charlotte, NC office.

Conor Clarke


Conor Clarke is a cost management executive with 12 years’ experience in team management and leadership, economic analysis and customized cost estimating solutions. He has received a B.A. in Ethics & Political Philosophy and is affiliated with the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) and Association for Advancement of Cost Engineering International (AACEI).

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