About Us

Leadership

At Flagger Force we often refer to ourselves as a ‘people company’. Our intention is to hire and develop our employees for fulfilling careers at every level of our organization. The key to providing valuable career opportunities starts by assembling an effective leadership team. Only by attracting and retaining the best talent can we continue our vision of making a positive difference in the safety of others as well as the quality and expectations for the traffic control industry as a whole. We have high standards and they start from the top down. Our leadership is responsible for the lives and well-being of over 1,600 employees, hundreds of clients, and countless members of the traveling public. Everyone at Flagger Force is committed to keeping our communities moving.

Learn more about our executive leadership team below.

Mike Doner
president and CEO
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Mike Doner

president and CEO

Michael (Mike) Doner is president and CEO, of Flagger Force. As part of his everyday responsibilities, Mike oversees strategic operations, internally and externally.

Since co-founding the company in 2002, he has been focused on creating an environment where employees have the knowledge, tools, and passion to provide safe, quality work zones, keeping our communities moving throughout the eastern United States. He is committed to helping employees at every level of the organization realize their potential, both personally and professionally.

The company has been recognized as one of the Top 50 Fastest Growing Companies and Business of the Year in the Central PA region and named one of the Top 600 Specialty Contractors by Engineering News Record (ENR).

He is a graduate of the Reading Area Community College and the Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications. When Mike is not in the office or conducting job site visits throughout the company’s footprint, he is on the open water, boating and kayaking.

Safety Message

No task is so important, and no service so urgent, that we cannot take the time to perform our work safely.

Quality Message

“Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren't used to an environment where excellence is expected.” - Steve Jobs
Jen Strobel, SPHR
vice president of human resources
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Jen Strobel, SPHR

vice president of human resources

Jennifer M. Strobel is the vice president of human resources. She has been with the company since February of 2012 and is responsible for strategic planning for hiring talent throughout the company. She also oversees administrative functions, organizes internal training, and directs the development programs such as Managing from the Inside Out.

Professionally, Jen is passionate about helping women grow their self-confidence and succeed at the highest levels in all industries, but specifically in the construction industry. She volunteers on a regular basis for various organizations including Central Penn Food Bank and Leadership Lancaster.

Safety Message

Be aware of your surroundings. This is true whether you are walking, driving or sitting at your desk. We become so accustomed to our spaces that we can easily forget the world around us. I believe most accidents happen in environments where we are the most comfortable.

Quality Message

Quality is about character, it’s about interactions and it’s about accountability. If you want to be an effective leader/manager demonstrate quality in your daily actions so those around you emulate the best of you.
Sean M. Lightner
vice president of business development
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Sean M. Lightner

vice president of business development

Sean M. Lightner is the vice president of business development. As a member of the executive leadership team, Sean is responsible for the development and execution of new market entry, joint ventures with strategic partners and managing the company’s marketing and brand initiatives.

Sean joined Flagger Force in December of 2013, bringing more than 20 years of sales experience from TransUnion as well as other players in the financial services industry. He received his Bachelor of Art degree in psychology from Syracuse University and completed an Executive Leadership Program from the Harvard Business School Executive Education.

As a husband and father of three children, Sean is passionate about his family and helping people achieve their goals both professionally and personally. For the past several years, he has served on the board of directors for the Northern York County School District Polar Bear Foundation and also serves on the board for the Northern York Lacrosse Club.

Safety Message

Get the appropriate amount of rest. It makes a world of a difference from a safety perspective.

Quality Message

Acknowledge quality each time you see or receive it – that is how you drive consistency.
Mark A. Bender, CPA
vice president, CFO
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Mark A. Bender, CPA

vice president, CFO

Mark A. Bender is the vice president and CFO. He joined Flagger Force in June of 2014, after working for various accounting firms and serving 10 years in the United States Air Force. He still enjoys flying today and recently obtained his private pilot license. Mark is a youth soccer coach and an avid fan of his three sons who play at both the college and academy level.

Safety Message

Safety demands vigilance constantly. In our ever-changing business environment we can never be content that we have arrived at a final policy, practice or posture.

Quality Message

Quality is evaluated by the recipient of a product or service and is differentiated not by the cost or effort injected through the production process, but by what the recipient gets out of it.
Luke Lazar, CSP
vice president of risk and safety
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Luke Lazar, CSP

vice president of risk and safety

Luke Lazar, CSP, is the vice president of risk and safety at Flagger Force. With close to 30 years of safety consulting experience throughout various industries and companies, he is a certified safety professional (CSP) with the Board of Certified Safety Professionals.

In his current role, he strategizes the policies and practices of the company to ensure all employees and clients are safe on the job site or at the office. He oversees a team of safety professionals throughout the eastern United States with a range of skills and experiences, coaching and mentoring individuals to prevent incidents. Lazar also manages the training programs within the Flagger Force Academy for new and current field employees. While continuously advancing the safety culture of Flagger Force, his future vision for the risk department is focused on three things: being present, being proactive, and being predictive.

Lazar received his bachelor’s degree in occupational safety and health from Millersville University of Pennsylvania and is an active member of American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE).

Safety Message

This works 100% of the time…before you do that, please stop. Assess what could go wrong and visualize the worst possible outcome. Make it personal. Analyze how to adequately reduce risk. Ask yourself, do I have the proper knowledge/tools/training/PPE/etc. to safely complete the task. Act. Take the time that is necessary to ensure safety, follow procedures, use the correct tools, and ask for assistance.

Quality Message

Budgets and deadlines are important, but do not let them trump quality.

    “The Flagger Force Operations team has done a great job at providing me consistency on my job site this week. I appreciate all the hard work.”

    - Owen Crouse, Foreman, Riggs Distler

    “Today, Flagger Force did an excellent job on our work zone. I was very impressed with their level of professionalism and knowledge in traffic control. They did some great work.”

    - Phil Vigue, Foreman, Cianbro Corp.

    “The crew from Flagger Force did a great job today. These two were professional, patient, and pleasant to work with.”

    - Charles Curtis, Foreman, Verizon

    “Flagger Force has some of the best crews. They are always attentive, listen to what is needed and they all have been a pleasure to work with.”

    - Donnie Hoffer, Foreman, Brubacher Excavating

    “Flagger Force employees are polite, courteous, and very professional. It is always nice to have them on our site.”

    - Scott Gates, Foreman, UGI

    “Our Flagger Force crew did an outstanding job today. I am impressed with the quality of the level of service they provided. They were safe, courteous, and were a pleasure to have worked alongside of our crew.”

    - Steve Krizan, Foreman, BGE-Underground

    “The crews at Flagger Force are great to work with. We had a complicated rolling slowdown and they had the operation down to a science. I am very pleased with the job they performed.”

    - Andrew MacPherson, project manager, CW Wright Construction

    “The crew with my team today was outstanding. My employees made sure to tell me how knowledgeable, polite, and hardworking each member of this crew was throughout the day.”

    - Damon Barbour, Supervisor, Reg Operations Line & Sub, West, Potomac Edison

    “I want to thank Flagger Force for providing us with an outstanding and professional crew. The dedication your employees show on the road is very gratifying knowing they are the ones protecting our crew. Thank you for keeping us safe.”

    - Shane Satterwhite, foreman, Pike Electric

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