Category: People

Annika Gaffney
Human Resources Director

Annika Gaffney

Human Resources Director


Annika brings over 20 years of industry experience across various sectors and a proven track record for cultivating inclusive, employee-friendly workplaces. As Human Resources Director, she will develop and implement a human resources strategy that aligns with Auburn’s company-wide goals and vision. Her commitment to partnership with company leaders will greatly benefit our collective goal of employee well-being and organizational growth.

Christine Hadman
Director of Construction

Christine Hadman

Director of Construction


Christine is Auburn’s Director of Construction. She is responsible for managing and supporting project managers, implementing and improving processes, and providing input on short and long-term strategic goals.

Mark Southern
Chief Financial Officer

Mark Southern

Chief Financial Officer


Mark has a wide-ranging background, with experience in construction, technology and manufacturing. He plans to apply his knowledge, guidance and resources to make informed decisions that support Auburn Mechanical’s front-line employees, owners and clients. With Mark’s emphasis on collaboration and transparency, he’ll continue to improve processes and contribute to the mission of the organization.

Darrel Zak
Safety Director

Darrel Zak

Safety Director


Darrel is a Certified Safety Professional (CSP) who offers over 15 years of experience working in the safety field for specialty contractors in the Puget Sound region. Joining Auburn at a particularly critical time, Darrel will be committed to the review and evaluation of workplace safety recommendations associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, incorporating the latest information into Auburn Mechanical’s safety policies, and procedures. He will also work with company leadership on the firm’s return-to-work policy and safety guidelines for Auburn Mechanical’s main campus and satellite offices.

Jason Gunter
Sheet Metal Superintendent

Jason Gunter

Sheet Metal Superintendent


Jason brings 10 years’ experience as a superintendent to Auburn and over 26 years of commercial HVAC experience. Jason has expertise in detailing, tracking hours, managing and installing commercial projects. He is extremely skilled in all aspects of running projects of varying sizes and is capable of communicating with customers, contractors, and management.

Jordan Guthrie
Plumbing Superintendent

Jordan Guthrie

Plumbing Superintendent


Jordan has been part of Auburn’s team since 2005, first as a field foreman and then over ten years as a superintendent providing extensive experience on tenant improvement and new construction projects. His outstanding leadership ability, industry expertise, and experience working on complex projects are invaluable to project teams

John Payne
VP Service

John Payne

Vice President Service Divison


John joined the Auburn Mechanical team in 2012 and has been in the construction and facility services field for more than 25 years. He specializes in partnering with building owners, property managers, and tenants to help them efficiently operate buildings, develop customized preventive maintenance programs that lower energy costs, lower downtime, and prolong equipment and asset life. His responsibilities include overseeing daily operations of the Service Department, expanding services and capabilities, and developing business opportunities.

Brien Lautman
Business Development Director

Brien Lautman

Business Development Director


Brien’s business experience began in 2006 with Skanska USA Building while being enrolled in the Construction Management and Finance degree programs at Washington State University. He continues today as part of our team involved in some of the company’s most complex and fast-paced projects.