Who We Are

Mark Howe, President of MSH Group, received his undergraduate degree from University of California at Davis in 1980. He earned an MBA at Sacramento State, and went on to pass the CPA exam.  After several years in public accounting he left the San Francisco office of KPMG Peat Marwick and purchased a seat on the Pacific Stock Exchange Option Floor. There he was a market maker in equity options.

In 1989 Mr. Howe purchased McCoy Chemical Company in Oakland, California. Mr. Howe broadened its scope of operations from janitorial chemicals to include the manufacture of bulk bags, installation of geomembranes, and the reprocessing of polyethylene resins. The company was renamed Amigo Bag & Lining.  By 1997 this company had grown from 3 employees in a 10,000 square foot warehouse to 45 employees and 60,000 square feet under roof. 

On September 23, 1997, the main facility burned down in a six-alarm fire, accelerated by the presence of 500,000 pounds of polyethylene. Mr. Howe moved from Oakland and consolidated all operations at the old Rheem Plant in Richmond, California. Shortly afterward Mr. Howe sold Amigo to concentrate on real estate development.

Karen Jewell, Assistant General Manager, received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara.  She worked as an Account Manager at McCoy Chemical in Oakland from 1992-1994.  From 1995 to 2001 she worked with Bank of America Corporation, including 4.5 years in the Public Finance department at Banc of America Securities.  There she coordinated industrial development bond and exempt-facility bond financings mainly for California-based companies.  In 2003 Karen moved into the mortgage lending industry as a retail salesperson with CitiMortgage. Later she sold residential wholesale A-paper with Countrywide. Karen joined MSH Group in February 2007.

William Travis, Construction Manager.  Travis, as he likes to be called, graduated form University of California with a Bachelors of Science degree in Math in 1977.  During his years at Cal, he built and managed a popular beer bar, Big Arts.  After graduation he worked as a carpenter for R.E.D.O. Construction, tackling high profile projects in Berkeley, such as Grandma’s Bed & Breakfast and the French Hotel. 

In 1979, Travis became a foreman on the restoration of The Western Hotel in Santa Rosa.  In 1981, he joined Indian Rock Construction and Design, where he built numerous award-winning kitchens and additions.  He also found time to play rugby at Hastings Law School and travel to Europe, Canada and New Zealand.  Travis joined MSH in August 2006, bringing with him years of experience in all phases of construction and personnel management.

Charanjeet Singh, Construction Superintendent, was born in Punjab, Jalandhar Province, India.  He graduated in 1977 from Gurunan College in the Sultanpurludhi Punjab.  For the following 14 years he worked in the construction trades for the English company Wimpy.  Wimpy had jobs in Oman, Dubai and Jordan where he spent six years tiling several of King Hussein’s palaces.  In 1984 he came to the United States under a visa obtained by Wimpy and has worked here ever since.  Mr. Singh has been with MSH for the last 10 years.


The Teams We Work With

Architects & Engineers
Interactive Resources,
Architecture & Engineering
Donald Wardlaw, Architect
Smith Engineering, Engineering  
Wells Fargo Bank United Commercial Bank
The Mechanics Bank Brownstone Investment Company
Environmental Services
Environmental Risk & Financial Solutions AEI Environmental
Vironex Drilling Services McCabell Analytical Services
Legal Services
Genser & Watkins, Attorneys at Law Wacter & Wick Environmental Attorneys
Insurance Services
MA Hays Khoe & Associates
Chubb Insurance AIG
Appraisal Services
Property Sciences  
Government Agencies
City of Richmond, Building, Planning, Public Works Contra Costs Public Health Department
Deparment of Toxic Substances Control