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Jennifer Bognet, VP, Bognet Construction

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Jennifer Bognet is the vice president of Bognet Construction, and is responsible for many strategic and operational aspects of the company, including client relations, business development, marketing and communications, human resources, and community outreach. She works closely with the executive team to ensure the effective execution of corporate strategy and goals.

In this role, she defines and deploys evaluation and measurement tools and processes, and uses her expertise to enhance Bognet’s project-delivery system, with a focus on continual improvement.

Jennifer is very active in commercial real-estate organizations such as CREW, NAIOP, DCBIA, and the Washington Board of Trade, along with their related committees and events. Her drive, leadership, and dedicated focus on complete client satisfaction continue to differentiate Bognet Construction from its competitors.

About Bognet Construction

Bognet Construction, founded in 1998 by Jim Bognet and Jeff Kaiser, is a $50 million company based in Arlington, Virginia. With its team of project managers, superintendents, and support staff, the commercial builder completes tenant interiors and base building projects for some of the regions largest corporations, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations, including Freddie Mac, Chemonics International, and General Dynamics. Most recently, Bognet Construction built the offices for Visa International and ManTech International, and it has completed multiple projects for the General Services Administration and related federal agencies.

Bognet Construction is committed to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) projects, a standard for “green” building design. Most of the company’s project managers have completed their LEED accreditation—something the owners believe is critical as they move forward. For details visit www.bognet.com.

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