As President of Hightower Initiatives, Don Kohlenberger provides operational leadership and guidance on some of the nation’s largest and most complex construction enterprises. His positive impact on the Midwest construction industry is evident in many iconic building structures that currently comprise the Twin Cities skyline. He is an accomplished business executive creating innovative solutions to complex business challenges and making high-stakes strategic decisions for over 30 years.
Hightower Initiatives provides answers to the inherent challenges of complex projects with optimism, integrity, and a commitment to fulfilling promises.
Industry Advocacy is important to Don. Don continues to serve numerous industry initiatives including:
Policy Chair on the Minnesota Building Jobs Coalition
Strategic Team Leader for the Housing Options Coalition’s Condominium Legislation Initiative
Chair Emeritus of the Minnesota State University, Mankato Construction Management Program
Entrepreneurial Advisor for the Metropolitan Economics Development Association
Mentor to Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) construction firms in the Twin Cities
Business support advisor on numerous development initiatives
What Our Clients Have to Say
“He delivers the project. He coordinates everyone. Everyone on the team knows their stuff, but he orchestrates the parties to make sure all of the gears are meshing to deliver.”
“He really cares about what the product is. It’s not a transaction. He genuinely wants to create something unique. He’s looking at the bottom line while navigating aspirational outcomes.”
“I have a profound amount of trust in him.”
“Bigger aspirations shouldn’t get washed away when things get challenging. It’s easy to jettison design or some feature that will really distinguish a project. Don is good at not throwing that out when the going gets tough.”