Charter School Expertise
We are a dynamic team with expertise and experience that can help you find facilities solutions for your charter school. We can help you, no matter if you are a new school looking for charter school facilities solutions or if you are a well-established school or a charter management organization building expansion buildings for existing schools. Our backgrounds include education, real estate, construction, finance, and sales and marketing. Click on one of our portraits to read more.
Mr. Hileman joined HighMark School Development in April 2008. In his role as CEO/President, he leads the company’s efforts to provide facility solutions for the nation’s growing charter school movement. He has developed over $100MM of charter school real estate and is a licensed realtor and member of the National Association of Realtors and the Salt Lake Board of Realtors. Prior to joining HighMark, a veteran of 21 years in the consumer Packaged Goods industry, he began his career with Kraft Foods as a sales representative and assumed increasing responsibilities that encompassed sales management, strategic planning and customer marketing. His experiences required 9 relocations across 7 states and included 2 corporate assignments, New York and Chicago. After more than 16 years with Kraft, Mr. Hileman joined Sara Lee Corporation as Vice President of Sales and assumed responsibility for National Accounts that included Kroger, Safeway and Albertsons. Based in St. Louis, he developed and led the implementation of the strategic planning process for the U.S. Fresh Bakery business and established collaborative relationships that led to growth. Mr. Hileman was promoted to Vice President, Customer Development with responsibility of the world’s largest and strategically critical customer, Wal-Mart Inc. This assignment required yet another move for his family to the headquarters of Wal-Mart in Bentonville, Arkansas, where his leadership translated into delivery of between 56% and 80% of the company’s annual bakery growth over 3 years. Mr. Hileman holds a BA in Communications from Brigham Young University.
Vice President-Sales & Marketing
Mr. Skousen joined HighMark School Development in April 2008 and brings 15 years of experience in finance, sales and marketing to various industries. Mr. Skousen is Vice President for HighMark School Development with responsibility over sales and marketing. Prior to holding this title, Mr. Skousen was the director of Investment Banking for HighMark where he capitalized school development project across the country. Prior to joining HighMark, Mr. Skousen co-founded and was the president of a financial services Mortgage Company for six years where he helped generate $20 million in funded loan volume per month resulting in over $100 thousand per month in top line revenue. Prior to starting his own company, Mr. Skousen worked in the Silicon Valley for IBM where he managed an $80 million sales quota in a highly competitive “High Tech” marketplace. Mr. Skousen began his professional career as a consultant for PriceWaterhouseCoopers, where he prepared tax compliance and managed financial portfolios for high net worth clients. Mr. Skousen holds a BS in Finance and Marketing from Brigham Young University.
Vice President-Construction and Facilities
Mrs. Nichols joined HighMark School Development in September 2008. In her role as Director of Finance, she leads the underwriting process for future assets, legal & insurance compliance, real estate transaction coordination, construction budget & draw processing, asset management and risk mitigation. She started her career as a successful Operations Manager for Target Corporation where she managed a crew of three supervisors and twenty employees in back-end operations. In less than a year, she was promoted from a $15 million store to a $30 million store. She then took a position in corporate retail where she gained valuable experience in compiling and analyzing profitability reports and building long-term business relationships. While working in retail, Mrs. Nichols earned her Microsoft Certified Systems Engineers certificate and started a career in technology with 3M Health Information Systems and Ebix Life, Inc. She has 10 years of building and managing client relationships. Prior to joining the HighMark team, Mrs. Nichols worked for WhiteStar Consultancy and has extensive experience with QuickBooks, payroll processing, and general accounting. Mrs. Nichols holds a BA in Business Administration from University of Florida.
Director of Finance
Mrs. Sweeris brings to HighMark School Development an extraordinary blend of construction and financial expertise. Before joining HighMark in July 2011, she spent the past 5 years with Bouma Construction, specializing in the areas of pre-construction and land use. In her most current 3 years, she supported HighMark as a Design/Build Project Developer, assisting in over $50MM in construction projects. Tammy brings to HighMark a passion for educational construction with over 300 projects completed, spanning more than 20 years. She started her career in finance/credit and transitioned her expertise to the construction industry where she served as CFO, while focusing on project management, business development and operations. As Director of Construction & Facilities, she will manage the different processes needed to provide facilities that appropriately serve the programming needs of our various charter school clients. She will continue to mitigate asset risk by supporting our end-users with proper facility care. Tammy’s vast experience in educational facilities allows her to assist our clients in proper space utilization ensuring programming and vision are brought to reality. Her credentials also include US Department of Labor OSHA instructor, ACCE Construction Management Accreditation Visiting Team Member and active participation in many construction industry related organizations. Her other past projects include hospitals, public libraries and public works projects, which enhance her ability to work with the various municipalities associated with project development.
Director of Business Development
Mr. Beausoleil joined HighMark in September 2011. As Director of Business Development, Mr. Beausoleil leads our market entry and “first call” efforts with school boards, authorizers, management companies, industry associations, and school founders and staff. His early role assists the team in developing effective and appropriate customer solutions. He is responsible for assessing market topography; assembling and analyzing relevant data; monitoring legislation; and extending that first hand of friendship to those needing facility and financial solutions.
Prior to HighMark, Mr. Beausoleil served as the Director of Business Development for Bouma Construction, a firm generally considered the largest builder of charter schools nationally. Before Bouma he served the same role with Gundlach Champion, a regional design/builder. There he expanded Gundlach’s multi-state reach on both public and private projects, securing its largest design/build project. And he developed unique facility studies for detention centers and vehicle maintenance facilities—deploying innovative approaches still used today.
Mr. Beausoleil also served in the healthcare industry and information technology; and he taught in the US and Japan for seven years. His teaching resume includes universities, community colleges, and corporate training for such industry leaders as Toshiba, Hitachi, NSK, and Taiho Pharmaceuticals.
Mr. Beausoleil holds Bachelors’ degrees in English and Psychology from Grand Valley State University. He also holds an MA in English from Indiana State University.
Director of Construction and Facilities
Mr. Talbot joined HighMark in July of 2013. His background in the construction industry will add to the HighMark School Development suite of services. Mr. Talbot will work with the Design and Construction teams to facilitate the construction process, provide insight to alternate building methods and the impact they have on cost and schedule. Prior to joining Highmark Mr. Talbot worked with a nationally recognized General Contracting firm where he managed projects from preconstruction to project turnover. Many of these projects were completed utilizing the Design Build delivery system where his responsibility was to lead the development of the design/engineering and manage the construction process ensuring that the Owner’s requirements were met. Mr. Talbot began his career constructing retail stores throughout the country. This experience brought many challenges and lessons learned while working in various regions of the country. Mr. Talbot’s many years in the construction industry will benefit you, the Highmark client, by providing proven construction leadership in design and engineering, value engineering analysis of building systems and evaluation of contractor site performance, quality and safety. Accreditations: LEED AP, DBIA Certifications, Total Quality Management Certification
Accounting Manager Bio
Business Compliance Manager
Kelsy Alsup joined HighMark School Development in April 2013. As Business Compliance Manager she is the source of contact for all of HighMark’s schools currently in development. She directs the communicative traffic as each project takes shape and engages the members of the HighMark team and those of the client school as needed. She also has the responsibility of getting to know the vision and mission behind each school and its founders so she can accurately present that story to HighMark’s capital investors.
Prior to joining HighMark, Miss Alsup gained valuable experience as a Contract Analyst in the private sector where she learned to recognize what makes a strong agreement and how to stay in compliance with terms. She also spent 2 years working in both local and state governments.
Miss Alsup holds a BS from Brigham Young University in Landscape Management. She also holds a Masters’ degree in Public Administration with endorsements in Finance and Local Government.
Pam Bluemel joined HighMark School Development in October 2013. As Paralegal/Transaction Coordinator she works closely with legal counsel on real estate transaction closings, coordinates due diligence requirements, and uses knowledge of the HighMark processes and business to help expedite closings and track our assets.
Prior to joining HighMark, Miss Bluemel worked with the Real Estate, Environmental, Energy & Finance practice group at Snell & Wilmer L.L.P. in Salt Lake City and previously interned at Jones Waldo Holbrook & McDonough, PC.
Miss Bluemel holds a BS from the University of Utah in Architectural Studies with an Honors Certificate, as well as an AAS in Paralegal Studies from Salt Lake Community College.