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Management Team

Our diverse commercial construction project experience, coupled with our exceptional team of professionals, enables Herman/Stewart to provide and excel in a wide range of services.

Terry L. Varner, President

Terry Varner has a vast range of experience in restaurant, retail, hotel, and hospitality construction. His construction career began in 1980 as he worked his way through the ranks, spending time as a superintendent, estimator and project manager. In 1990 Terry joined Herman/Stewart as a superintendent, but he quickly moved from the field into the office to serve as a project manager before being promoted to vice president in 1993 and to president in 2018.

Terry truly understands all aspects of a commercial construction project. He is a hands-on leader and ready to roll up his sleeves to solve the most complex issue. He is known for his accessibility to clients and staff alike. As president, he continues to establish relationships with restaurant, retail, and hotel chief executives in the United States and abroad.

Ray Herman, Chief Executive Officer

Ray Herman received his formal education from Auburn University School of Architecture with a degree in Building Science in 1982. He began his career in commercial construction in the Washington, DC area. Ray became Vice President of Construction for a regional developer in Columbia, Maryland, where he was responsible for all construction and development activities on a variety of commercial office, retail and industrial construction projects.

Ray founded Herman/Stewart Construction in 1990, initially focusing on retail and commercial interior projects. Over the past 25-plus years, the company has grown to specialize in restaurant, retail, large specialty retail, hotel, and hospitality construction. Based out of Lanham, Maryland, Herman/Stewart has completed work in more than 40 states and is proud to say that much of its core management has been with the company for more than 25 years.

Matt Whitney, Chief Financial Officer

Matt Whitney received his Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Business Administration in 1985 and his CPA in 1988. After spending eight years as a controller in the residential construction market, he joined Herman/Stewart Construction in the early 1990s and is responsible for the financial planning, monitoring and achievement of the company’s corporate goals. Matt is also the secretary/treasurer for Herman/Stewart.

Mike Durrwachter, Vice President

Mike attended Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, MA, where, in 1991, he received both an Associate’s Degree in Architectural Engineering as well as a Bachelor of Science Degree in Construction Management. His early commercial construction career included multiple estimating and project management positions working on public and private construction before joining Herman/Stewart in 1997 as a project manager. He was involved in numerous retail renovations, roll-outs and restaurant projects before being promoted to vice president.

Juanita Fox, Vice President

Juanita Fox received her Associate’s Degree in Business Management in 1981. She joined Herman/Stewart as office manager in 1990. Over the years, Juanita has been involved in many critical aspects of the company’s business, including human resources, finance and the overall management of the company. Juanita plays an integral part in the management and operations of Herman/Stewart and was promoted to vice president in 2006.