Milestone's staff is composed of experienced and dedicated team members all with the same goal of providing the highest quality product within the specified time schedule and budget. We are a team that is service/customer oriented and strive for professionalism at all times. This has helped to build long lasting client relationships and friendships over the last 25 years.

John O. Gradle, P.E.

John O. Gradle, P.E.

Title: President

Email: jgradle AT milestoneconstruction.us

John is a company co-founder and current owner within Milestone Construction, Inc. Prior to founding Milestone Construction, Inc., John was involved in the design and construction of high end custom retirement and health care communities with projects throughout the mid west and the state of Florida. He has extensive experience in the areas of civil and architectural design along with construction management/general construction. John graduated from Purdue University in 1975 with honors in Civil Engineering, is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Indiana and is a current member of Chi Epsilon Civil Engineering Honorary. John is a past president and board member of the local Kosciusko County chapter of the National Builder's Association. He is a past president and board member of the Wawasee School System Building Trades Program and is currently a member of the "Project Lead the Way" advisory board, a national program created to promote the field of engineering to high school students.


John J. Kolton

John J. Kolton

Title: Secretary/Treasurer

Email: jkolton AT milestoneconstruction.us

John J. Kolton, also co-founder and current owner within Milestone Construction, Inc., graduated in 1975 from Bradley University with a degree in Construction. He received a Master's in Business Administration from DePaul University in 1978. John has expertise as a cost manager for general construction and is involved in both design/build and competitive bid projects. He is proficient in the preparation of conceptual budgets up through the preparation of the final construction cost/contract. He has completed numerous commercial projects in Indiana and southern Michigan. John is a past board member of the Kosciusko County Builder's Association.


Lester Hamell

Lester Hamell

Title: General Superintendent

Email: lhamell AT milestoneconstruction.us

In 1999, Lester Hamell became a part owner with Milestone. Les Hamell's responsibilities include supervision and field coordination of both residential and commercial projects. Les has worked in the construction industry for over 40 years as a carpenter and as a previous owner of his own construction company. He is highly skilled as a carpenter and craftsman. Because of his knowledge and experience he is extremely successful in the day to day coordination and field project management of any construction project..


Mat Pritchard

Mat Pritchard

Title: General Superintendent/Lead Carpenter

Email: mpritchard AT milestoneconstruction.us

Mat Pritchard grew up in Syracuse, Indiana and graduated from Wawasee High School. Mat is a 1994 graduate from Vincennes University with degrees in Construction Technology and Retail Management. He is a general superintendent/lead carpenter with Milestone Construction. His responsibilities include supervision & coordination of both remodel & new construction. He is a current member of the Wawasee School System Building Trades Program.