John M. Hanson, Principal
John primarily handles Hanson Fine Building’s business development and financial management. He is responsible for ensuring that issues are sufficiently addressed at the early stages of a project to create a seamless hand-off to the production staff. He also monitors projects in production to ensure that our clients’ expectations about their project’s scope, budget, and schedule are properly aligned. John received his Bachelors in American Studies and a certificate in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania. He has served on the board of the Greater Philadelphia Preservation Alliance since 2014. John was elected as a member of the Carpenter’s Company of Philadelphia in 2010. He lives with his wife and two of his three children in University City. In a former life he was an avid Ultimate player and won the World Club Ultimate Championship in 1989.
Christopher M. Hanson, Principal
Chris acts as Principal in Charge of many of our large projects and is our resident Sustainability specialist. He works with our clients, architects, Hanson Fine Building project managers and trade contractors to ensure that every job is estimated and executed in accordance to its design and specifications. After earning his Bachelors in American Studies from Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Chris obtained a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a LEED accredited professional through the US Green Building Council, and a PHIUS Certified Builder through the Passive House Institute US. In August 2018, Chris joined the Lower Merion Historical Architectural Review Board. He also sits on the boards of the Lower Merion Affordable Housing Corporation and the Lower Merion Conservancy. He lives with his wife and two children in Gladwyne, PA. He has been observed sneaking out of the office early to satisfy his passion for fly fishing.
Kevin S. McDonnell, Project Manager
Kevin has been with Hanson Fine Building since 2007. He has worked in both the construction and architectural communities for more than 35 years. As a Project Manager, Kevin communicates with owners, architects, sub-contractors and workers, and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of our larger remodeling, preservation, and new construction projects. Besides managing his specific projects, Kevin also assists with estimating and design throughout the company. Kevin earned a B.S. in Architecture through Temple University. He is a certified green practitioner through Green Building United (formerly Delaware Valley Green Building Council) and holds a Master Composter certificate from Penn State University. Kevin’s extensive skills in photography are put to good use on a daily basis at his job sites. He is happily married (45 years in October 2022), has four children and seven grandchildren, and he loves gardening.
Kevin J. Davey, Project Manager
Kevin joined Hanson Fine Building in 2017 after working in the architecture field for six years. With his experience in architectural drafting and graphic design, Kevin also generates Hanson's marketing material as well helping to inform design decisions on various projects. Kevin graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a Bachelor of Architecture in 2011. Kevin’s love for photography permeates most aspects of his life and he is rarely seen without one of his trusty old film cameras ready to capture the decisive moment. His strange accent can be attributed to being born in Zimbabwe and growing up in South Africa.
Martin Hickman, Construction Superintendent
Martin joined Hanson as a Construction Superintendent in 2020, after subcontracting for the company, primarily on window and door restoration projects, from 2012-2019. Martin graduated from the Preservation Carpentry Program at Boston’s North Bennet Street School in 2011 and is experienced in restoring and replicating exterior architectural woodwork. Martin’s craft knowledge and commitment to the ‘beginner’s mind’ enhances his project leadership, while his past as a subcontractor dictates his management style. Outside of work, Martin enjoys laughing and telling stories with his wife and friends.
Victor Brubaker, Construction Superintendent
Victor joined the Hanson team in 2022 to provide on-site construction management. Formerly the owner-operator of a residential construction firm, Victor understands how to effectively lead building projects, from managing subcontractors to ensuring every detail is executed to precision. Experience over his 20-year construction career includes both historic renovations and sustainable projects, making him a natural fit to oversee similar Hanson scopes. Victor began his career in architecture school, then detoured to a lengthy tenure in the restaurant industry before shifting to construction. Creative pursuits, such as printmaking and metal sculpture, have marked his free time, along with traveling and eating around the world and technical mountain climbing. Victor’s hobbies have taken him to summits in Peru, Bolivia, and the Ladakh region of northwest India. When he’s not on a job site, you can find Victor hiking with his Shepherd rescue mix, Doc.
Christine McPoyle, Office Manager
Christine has managed Hanson’s office operations since 2014, minus a pause for maternity leave. A former kindergarten teacher, she later pivoted to the preservation world and worked as a conservation technician and historic site manager. Christine earned her nickname “the whip” for keeping our financial, HR, computer, and insurance administration in order – and doing so with unlimited patience and organization. She holds a B.A. from Smith College and a Certificate in Historic Preservation and Conservation from Bucks County Community College. Outside of work, Christine applies her attention to detail and problem-solving skills to sewing everything from clothes and reusable bags to seasonal linens and toys.
Christina Mackenzie, Administrative Assistant
Christina joined Hanson in 2021 to provide administrative support. Her organization and poise under pressure lend calmness and efficiency to office operations. She also offers a unique perspective on environmental responsibility. Christina holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in psychology with specialization in animal behavior from West Chester University and worked for over a decade as a zoologist for large and small mammals. She continues to conduct research on nocturnal primates in Rwanda, studying the effects of deforestation on their habitat and behavior. In her free time, she enjoys hiking with her husband and rescue Golden Retriever Finn.