Meet the Team

Edge Companies and its partnerships employ over 30 full time people including managers, estimators, support staff , superintendents, and carpenters. Additionally, our partnership company, DML Construction Services, employees 20 to 30 carpenters and laborers on a hourly basis. We believe in a “Project Team” approach with our clients, architects and engineers. Our ability to work well with different architects and engineers has driven our projects to be completed on time, on schedule and at the lowest cost to the owner. We feel our knowledge and experience allows us to provide smooth management of your project.

The Edge Management Team

Ward Phifer; Partner – Development & Business Development

Ward has been in commercial construction and development since graduating from The University of Northern Iowa’s Construction Management Program in 1989. He has held Senior and Executive positions with local general contractors and has worked for clients throughout the Midwest. Ward focuses on business development while also managing special projects with a hand’s-on approach.

Jason Ceretti; Partner – Commercial Construction

Jason is a 2003 graduate of The University of Northern Iowa. Jason grew up watching his father in the construction business and working part-time when he could. He has extensive involvement in retail development and has work with several national retailers and developers. Jason is responsible for pre-construction activities including estimating, bidding and scheduling. Jason’s experience, knowledge and reputation with subcontractors and vendors assure every project budget is accurate.

DJ Opdahl; Partner – Commercial Construction

DJ, a 2001 Iowa State University, Construction Engineering graduate, brings large project experience to the team. While working on large complex corporate offi ce, hospitality and education projects, he has learned the importance of detail and organization needed to complete these projects on schedule and budget. DJ oversees project management of commercial contracting projects.

Dean Armantrout; Partner – Healthcare Construction

In 1996 Dean started his career as project manager for a construction manager with an emphasis on healthcare construction. His resumes includes experience in all facets of healthcare including; surgery centers, pediatrics, emergency room, CT scan, radiology, linear accelerator, patient room and medical offi ce facilities. Dean is a member of American Society of Healthcare Engineers (ASHE), holds his Healthcare Contractor’s Certifi cate and is a graduate of The University of Northern Iowa.