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Leadership Team

Leadership Team

The Darland team views owners and our construction industry partners as just that—partners—with whom we strive to build positive working relationships. Honesty, integrity, and accountability are hallmarks of all we do.

Darland is led by company principals Duke and Jay Matz. In addition, longtime Darland employee and Vice-President of Construction Operations, Pete Knapp and Vice-President of Preconstruction Services, Alan Walters serve on the leadership team. They each have devoted their careers to the building industry. Bringing together an unmatched combination of experience and skills, they form one of the most dynamic, effective leadership teams in the building industry.

Duke Matz

With over two decades of executive management experience in construction and real estate, Duke leads the innovative, solution-oriented process that has become a hallmark of Darland’s services. In addition to his business development and administrative responsibilities for the firm, many clients turn to Duke for project development support because he acts and thinks like a building owner, putting their interests first and foremost.

Jay Matz

With extensive connections throughout the region’s business community, along with over 20 years experience in construction and real estate, Jay focuses on key strategies for the future, including delivering on customer expectations and pursuing business opportunities in growth markets. He uses his talents to effectively lead Darland’s business development and marketing efforts.

Pete Knapp

Pete was introduced to construction by his father, who was the General Superintendent for Darland from 1956 to 1979. Following in his father’s footsteps, Pete joined Darland in 1973 and was promoted to General Superintendent in 1984. Pete now supervises all Darland field superintendents, coordinates office/field operations, leads scheduling activities, and is an inspirational safety director for the company.

Alan Walters

As Darland’s preconstruction manager, Alan has a firm understanding of all aspects of construction from civil and structural systems to interior finishes. His vast knowledge of the industry and ability to accurately estimate large-scale projects has allowed him to develop valuable relationships with clients, subcontractors, suppliers and vendors.