John W. Danforth Co., one of the largest mechanical contractors in the northeast, recently announced the promotion of three long-time team members to vice president roles with the company. Mike Bement was named vice president, shop operations, Rich DeLotto was named vice president, operations, and Patrick Moran was named vice president, virtual design and construction.

“Mike, Rich and Pat have been exemplary leaders for our team and have made important contributions to our success throughout their careers at Danforth,” said Patrick McParlane, Danforth president and COO. “We are confident that they will continue to excel in their new roles and help us continue to build on our 138-year legacy of leadership and success in the mechanical contracting industry.”

Bement joined Danforth in 1993, and has been director of shop operations since 2016. In his new role, he will use his more than 28 years of industry knowledge and experience to increase opportunities for success through active engagement and participation early in the construction and acquisition phase of select projects. He will also continue to drive innovation and efficiency across Danforth’s fabrication shops in Buffalo, Rochester and Albany, implementing industry-best processes and procedures. Bement graduated from Erie Community College with a degree in construction technology and is a certified weld inspector. He is a member of the Mechanical Contractors Association of America National Fabrication Committee, the Pipe Fabrication Institute, the Niagara County Community College Welding Technology Advisory Board, and the Local 22 Joint Apprentice Training Committee.

Since joining Danforth as a project administrator in 2007, DeLotto has become one of the company’s most experienced operational leaders, most recently serving as senior project executive. In addition to leading Danforth’s Buffalo operations group, he has managed multi-million-dollar projects out of the company’s Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse regions, and is currently in a leadership role on a major healthcare project in Utica, New York.  In his new role, DeLotto will be accountable for maintaining operational excellence across the organization and will continue to collaborate with all departments to ensure the operations group consistently delivers industry-leading experiences every day. A graduate of the State University of New York College at Brockport, DeLotto currently holds the positions of chairman of Local 71 Labor Management Committee, vice president of Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning National Association Buffalo chapter, and trustee of Local 71 Joint Apprentice Training Committee.

Moran has been with Danforth for more than 30 years and most recently served as director of virtual design and construction building information modeling. He is regarded as one of the leading VDC professionals in the industry and has been a key contributor on several projects across New York State worth between $30-$100 million. In his new role, Moran will be integrated into the early stages of construction and acquisition, partnering with Danforth’s project management team to ensure the company is utilizing VDC to gain a competitive edge in the most cost-effective way. He will also continue to oversee VDC operations, assigning projects, maintaining VDC standards, and continuing to develop an industry-leading team of VDC professionals. Moran is a graduate of Erie Community College with a degree in Mechanical Drafting.

Founded in Buffalo, New York in 1884, Danforth has more than 1,000 employees across a geographic footprint that includes its Buffalo headquarters and regional operations in Rochester, Syracuse, Poughkeepsie, Albany, New York, and Columbus, Ohio. Danforth operates an Employee Stock Ownership Plan, giving the company’s workforce an ownership stake in the company.