Ken Cates


As the co-founder of Northstar Management Company, Ken brings 36 years of experience to the Northstar team. In this capacity, he serves as a Project Principal on Northstar projects. He has worked on over 1,000 projects lifetime, representing a cumulative value of more than $2.5 billion.

Ken is a renowned speaker for education conferences and programs on the Project Process. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Facility Guidelines Institute (FGI) and has been actively involved for many years with FGI’s Health Guidelines Revision Committee, which develops and updates guidelines for the design and construction of health care facilities.

Ken earned his Bachelor of Science in construction engineering at Southern Illinois University — Edwardsville (SIU-E) and completed the civil engineering curriculum at Washington University in St. Louis. In 2009, Ken was honored with the Crystal Eagle Award from the American Society of Healthcare Engineering (ASHE), which recognizes an outstanding ASHE member for excellent leadership qualities, innovation, and overall contribution to ASHE and the field of healthcare facilities management. In 2012, Ken was inducted into the SIU-E Alumni Hall of Fame.