Q&D’s executive team is made up of proven leaders, innovators and forward-thinking managers who understand client commitment and the power of the collaborative approach. Lance Semenko, COO, leads Q&D’s daily operations under the leadership of the board of directors, with the support of division vice presidents who are at the top of their respective construction management fields.
Norm Dianda is still a big part of Q&D and while he spends less time in the office these days, he is often at headquarters catching up with employees, friends and clients, statusing projects, reviewing safety in the field, managing philanthropic projects and mentoring young managers.
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Chairman of the Board
Q&D first opened its doors in 1964 when Norm Dianda and friend Lawrence Quadrio successfully negotiated their first project…a $600 kitchen remodel. In 2014, Q&D celebrated 50 years of building relationships and teamwork across the U.S.
Born in Reno, NV, in May of 1939, Norm grew up in rural south Reno, the son of a railroad worker. He later moved to his grandfather’s farm where he always had an interest in working with his hands and building projects. As a teenager, he went to work for a significant person in his life: George Sergeant, owner of the Sergeant Showcase and Fixture Shop where he honed his carpentry skills and business acumen.
Though Mr. Quadrio has passed, Norm has kept the “Q” in honor of his friend and business partner. A simple tribute that sums up the respect and dedication to partnership on which Q&D was founded.
Norm has continued to emphasize that everything Q&D is involved with will be built with the three guiding principles that started the organization…service, integrity and quality.
Today, Norm is still the heart, soul and official tour giver of Q&D. Why? Form Norm, seeing roads built and buildings come out of the ground will always be a passion.
From giving generously to fund youth organizations, support school sports teams, provide outreach assistance to local schools and engaging in university outreach activities, to supporting national charitable causes like multiple sclerosis research and breast cancer awareness, Norm is truly committed to making the communities in which Q&D works better places to live.
Norm married the love of his life, Laura Caramella, over 50 years ago, and they have two boys; Mike and Chris. Mike, his wife Julie and their son Joey. Chris, his wife Jamie and their daughter’s Gianna, Kendall, & Reece. Mike and Chris are also involved in the management of Q&D. Chris is CEO & President and Mike is Secretary/Treasurer.
As CEO & President, Chris expands company vision and guides the future of Q&D.
Chris graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno with a degree in Applied Economics and Statistics.
A Reno native, he is proud also to have attended Bishop Manogue High School where he expanded his dedication to community service and stewardship. He is an active alumnus, supporting youth sports and other activities at the school.
Chris is an avid hunter and has traveled the world on safaris and other excursions. He is very involved in wildlife conservation, supporting conservation groups such as Nevada Bighorn Unlimited, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, and the Foundation for North American Wild Sheep.
Chris, his wife Jaimie and their three children make their home in Reno, NV.
As a Secretary/Treasurer, Mike Dianda helps guide Q&D’s future.
Mike and his wife Julie are active supporters of Moms on the Run, which raises money to support northern Nevadan women battling cancer. They also regularly participate and sponsor fundraising events for special needs children.
An avid shooter and hunter, he holds records and has won awards for both.
Mike, Julie and their three children live in Reno, NV.
Chief Operating Officer
Lance Semenko is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Q&D Construction, overseeing day-to-day operations of the company. He reports directly to the managing directors on matters of company management, strategy and operations. Lance began his construction career a laborer at Helms Construction in 1983, working his way up to estimator/project manager of heavy/civil projects. At Q&D, he started as a project manager, working his way to leading the Heavy/Civil Division as Senior Vice President. Lance’s management style is collaborative. His ability to train and inspire his team has made him successful in managing complex, diverse projects and make him and excellent leader.
Lance has his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from the University of Nevada, Reno.
No stranger to challenging schedules, Lance worked together with the developer at Legend’s at Sparks Marina to value engineer the sitework and infrastructure on the $100 million shopping destination to ensure completion of pads and roads in time for key tenants on the CM at Risk project. Most recently as Senior Vice President of Q&D’s Heavy/Civil division, he guided all the infrastructure work at Northstar for the Ritz-Carlton Highlands Lodge, a CM at Risk project that included $75 million in road construction and foundation work built at elevation, on tight timelines and under strict environmental regulation.
Lance’s leadership activities have included: AGC Board of Directors, the Committee for Excellence in Education, the Board of Directors for the Chamber, a Board Member for the Reno-Tahoe Winter Games Coalition, Member of Civil & Environmental Engineering Advisory Board and Board Member of the Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows. Lance has also volunteered for Sparks Little League, Sparks Babe Ruth, Reno Ballers Basketball and Pop Warner football.
When Lance and his wife Cathy aren’t watching their sons play sports or hunting with their youngest son, they like to travel the country attending professional sporting events and golfing. Their goal is to visit every major league baseball stadium together!
Chief Financial Officer
Chuck began his career at FMC Corporation, managing the annual budget and forecast for the Bradley Fighting Vehicle program in the San Jose facility. He quickly moved up to Finance Manager, relocating to headquarters where he managed annual budget preparation, strategic planning and financial reporting on a one billion dollar partnership between two Fortune 500 companies. Prior to joining Q&D, Chuck had been the Controller and Chief Financial Officer for a local heavy highway and underground construction company for 12 years.
Chuck holds a Bachelors of Accountancy and an MBA in Financial Management from New Mexico State University.
Chuck has a history of cross-industry experience that serves Q&D well by increasing productivity, efficiency, and profitability. His ideals and vision fit well with the company culture of creativity and “can-do” spirit.
Chuck and his wife Audra live in Washoe Valley with their two children. They enjoy snow skiing, water skiing, mountain biking, all-terrain vehicles and exploring the western U.S. Chuck is a member of the Blue Ribbon Coalition, which supports responsible, motorized wilderness recreation and environmental stewardship, and he devotes his spare time to his family and hobbies.
VP – Heavy/Civil Division
Jeff oversees the day-to-day operations of Q&D’s Heavy/Civil Division, leading bidding efforts and overseeing work on hand. He leads preconstruction efforts for general engineering projects at Q&D, contributing to constructability and project strategy. Throughout construction, he ensures goals for quality, budget, and schedule are met.
Taking a no-nonsense approach to team-building and looking at all aspects of the challenges of a project, Jeff believes that the unusual or untested approach needs to be considered and all team members are encouraged to contribute.
With a BS in Civil Engineering and a Masters in Business Administration from University of Nevada, Reno, Jeff has the skills required to get the job done right.
Jeff has been a part of the Q&D team since 2003, signing on as a Project Manager/Estimator during northern Nevada’s most recent development boom. Since then, he has developed a track record for leading successful, large-scale and technically complex projects, and for completing them ahead of schedule and within budget. Jeff uses innovative approaches to save cost and time for his clients. In the past several years he has been key to the development of CM at Risk approaches and teams for NDOT, RTC and regional utility clients seeking partnership from their general contractor as part of the larger project team.
Taking on some of Q&D’s most challenging projects has allowed Jeff’s talents to shine. He helped steer the award-winning Golden Eagle Regional Park project in Sparks, NV to an amazing 3.2% savings on what was at the time the largest turf installation in the U.S., a $22,000,000 project. Proof of Jeff’s innovative approaches to projects include the award-winning Hawthorne Utilities Rehabilitation, during which Q&D’s teams replaced every sewer and water supply pipe and connection in the Hawthorne, NV using an effective technique called “pipe-bursting” to reduce trenching. He was part of the team that invented the new polymer paving machine used at Q&D to repair bridge overlays which increases production during critical shutdowns required for this work
Jeff is actively involved in the AGC and is a member of the ACE Charter High School Board of Directors.
Jeff lives in Reno with his wife Summer and their child. Together they enjoy the northern Nevada lifestyle, supporting and watching Wolf Pack sporting events, hanging out at Lake Tahoe, skiing, hiking biking and running.
VP – Building Division
Toby Basta joined Q&D Construction in 2006 with nearly 10 years’ experience in the carpentry and construction industries. His first undertaking was the 300,000-square-foot, eight-story Ritz Carlton Lake Tahoe and its four-story parking garage. The highly-complex concrete superstructure led to work on more than $100 million in commercial projects for Q&D Construction over the next seven years including The Outlets at Legends, which gave Toby an opportunity to head up construction on two Scheels All Sports stores in Utah and Montana, respectively.
A Reno native and graduate of Reno High School, Toby received a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Colorado and a Master of Science in Construction Management from the University of California, Berkeley. In addition to his experience and academic credentials, Toby is a Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Accredited Professional, and is Building Information Modeling (BIM) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Certified. He is also a graduate of the Associated General Contractors (AGC) Leadership program.
As Vice President of the Building Division, Toby is responsible for oversight of all division elements, specifically, expanding Q&D Construction’s commercial building project and custom homes catalog by utilizing his experience managing numerous high-profile projects in Reno-Tahoe and across the West.
VP – Aviation Division
Duane Boreham is responsible for the management of all Q&D Aviation Division projects which includes projects from single kiosk installations to multi-million-dollar baggage system upgrades to terminal expansions and major security revisions. Since 2009, Q&D’s aviation work has expanded to include over 75 different U.S. airports and major airline clients like Southwest, United, and Delta who value Q&D Aviation Division’ relationship-driven approach to each project.
Duane joined Q&D Construction in 2001 as a project manager, working his way up to senior manager after the successful completion of the $55 million Reno-Tahoe International Airport Automated Baggage Control (ABC) Project in 2009. During that project, he laid the foundation for the Q&D Aviation Services Division, developing relationships in the industry and formulating plans to deploy Q&D’s services across the U.S. He returned to Reno-Tahoe International in 2011 as the leader of the CM at risk team to manage the next phase of RNO’s upgrades, the $23 million Gateway project, a complex, phased expansion, remodel, communications upgrade and security improvement project completed in 2013.
In addition to his vast experience in the aviation field, Duane is an active member of the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) and Airport Consultants Council (ACC). He is also a member of the International Partnering Institute (IPI), a non-profit corporation devoted to research and implementation of partnering concepts and techniques in construction project settings.
Since 2009, Duane’s Q&D Aviation Services teams have completed projects at more than 100 airports including Chicago-Midway Airport, Los Angeles International Airport, Phoenix Sky Harbor, San Francisco International Airport, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Dallas Love Field and Houston Intercontinental Airport.
Duane devotes his spare time to coaching youth sports (baseball and football) and volunteering for the Ronald McDonald House.
Duane and his wife Michele live in Sparks and are proud of their four children, two of whom reside with them and two who attend college. The family enjoys camping, archery and all-terrain vehicle riding.
Kevin oversees the operations and management of Q&D’s major assets and equipment including a full-service large-equipment mechanic’s shop, the trucking department, a 100,000-ton-per-year crushing/recycling plant and the company’s partnership in a 200,000-ton-per-year hot plant. His responsibilities include overseeing the deployment, inventory and maintenance of the largest privately-owned fleet of heavy/civil equipment in Northern Nevada.
Kevin enjoys creating relationships with many different teams and applies his background in project management to understanding, evaluating and reshaping Q&D’s processes to improve project efficiency and get the best value for Q&D’s clients. He says as operations manager his work days are never the same and he is energized by new challenges and a chance to contribute to the company’s vision for the future.
Kevin’s career in construction started in 2000 and includes multiple internships while working to attain his BS in Construction Engineering Management at Oregon State University. Originally from a logging town, Roseburg, Oregon, he moved to the Reno-Sparks area in 2005 and began working for a competitor as a project manager. There he managed many projects for NDOT, RTC and the City of Reno ranging from major road reconstruction to the management of portable asphalt plants for large-scale paving projects.
In 2009 Kevin signed on with Q&D as a project manager/estimator, bidding, winning and effectively managing multiple projects. His favorites are the award-winning Moana Lane Expansion and the Mayberry Drive Reconstruction, both in Reno, NV, and the preconstruction for the Kingsbury Grade Reconstruction CM at Risk project. He was quickly promoted to VP of the Heavy/Civil Division and briefly worked for a sister company to Q&D as a general manager before returning to Q&D to run operations.
Kevin is a member of the Reno Rodeo Association, working to plan the yearly event. He is also a member of the Nevada AGC NDOT and RTC committees.
Kevin enjoys the Reno-Tahoe area’s iconic landscapes and the hard-working friendliness of the west. He lives in Washoe Valley with his wife Tara and three daughters. They enjoy traveling with the kids to visit family in Oregon, Texas and California.
VP – Business Development & External Affairs
Phone (775) 786-2677
Chris Barrett joined Q&D Construction as VP – Business Development & External Affairs with over 25 years in public affairs, government relations and forming business-to-business relationships. He earned the trust and respect of business and political leaders repeatedly to help them achieve their goals. Chris has a strong track record of success working for some of the most well-respected businesses in northern Nevada. While Chris has represented Q&D Construction over the years on many issues, we are proud to have him join us.
A 1982 graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno from the College of Business Administration with an emphasis on Management, Chris represented the College of Business as a student senator and also served as Student Body Vice President his senior year. Upon graduation, Chris joined the staff of former U.S. Senator Paul Laxalt in Washington D.C. He returned home to Reno in 1985 to begin his business career in Nevada.
Over the years Chris worked for and alongside many political leaders of the Silver State. These relationships quickly earned the attention of business leaders to assist them in their public affairs and government relations needs. Chris is no stranger to the construction industry. He worked summers and holiday vacations to put himself through school. He started as a laborer, digging ditches, and worked his way up to a pipe layer and a heavy equipment operator.
Chris currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and on the Board of Directors of Bishop Manogue Catholic High School. His is a former Board member of the St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation, The Boy Scouts of America Sierra Chapter and a member of a number of ad hoc and appointed community committees.