NewGround Appoints Mike Crane as Senior Vice President of Construction

  Crane to lead Project Management Team, grow business objectives

CHESTERFIELD, Mo., November 9, 2020–NewGround, a St. Louis-based innovative architecture, design, and project management firm, is excited to announce Mike Crane will lead the Project Management Team as Senior Vice President of Construction.

With over 17 years of international retail project management, real estate services, and multi-family residential construction, Mike’s Chicago-based role will manage NewGround’s expanding Project Management Team. His position is responsible for planning, organizing, staffing, training, and managing all the functions of project management and implementation for NewGround and to lead the business unit to achieve company objectives for growth, revenue and profitability.

“It is very exciting and a privilege for me to join such a committed team of consummate professionals at NewGround,” said Mike Crane, Senior Vice President of Construction at NewGround. “I look forward to the opportunity to build upon the tremendous success already achieved and help drive NewGround’s goals and ambitions into the future.”

In his previous role as Director of Operations at JLL, Mike was responsible for the facilities and project management service delivery for two global pharmaceutical companies, expanding the footprint and services in North America, Latin America, and Asia-Pacific. His global experience included managing high-producing teams in these areas in account management, project development/management, and strategic planning. Mike was also a founding member of VetNet, JLL’s Business Resource Group that actively recruits and mentors veterans to advance their post-military careers.

“Mike’s deep expertise in international project management and construction made him the perfect candidate to take NewGround to the next level to reach our goals in 2021 and beyond, and we are thrilled to welcome Mike as the new leader of our Project Management Team,” said Kevin Blair, President and CEO at NewGround.

Mike served as an active duty Military Intelligence Officer in roles from Platoon Leader to Operations Officer in Afghanistan, Kosovo, and Germany and is a recipient of the Bronze Star for meritorious service as a U.S. liaison.

Mike holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Illinois-Chicago and a Bachelor of Science in Systems Engineering from the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York.

About NewGround

NewGround is the industry thought-leader in strategy, innovative design, and project management, and has been for over 100 years. We help financial institutions and retailers master the power of their space to create the next generation workplace and retail solutions. At NewGround, we are driven by our core values of: Communication, Collaboration, Innovation, Service, and Excellence. Headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, NewGround maintains corporate offices in Chicago, Illinois, Honolulu, Hawaii, and Waterloo, Ontario, with a regional presence throughout the U.S. For more information, visit NewGround at


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