The Team

S. Murray Rust, Founder

Murray Rust, a native of Pittsburgh, PA, is one of the original founders of Montgomery & Rust, Inc. As an active member and former officer of local, state and national builders associations, Murray keeps the company in touch with the building industry, and has established himself as an industry leader.

Murray holds degrees in Applied Science and Mechanical Engineering from Lehigh University. He also participated in Continuing Education for Construction Engineers for two years at Cornell University.

Prior to co-founding HMR, Inc. (now Montgomery & Rust, Inc.), Murray worked with Rust Engineering and its Belgian Affiliates, Coppee-Rust for 10 years. There he served as estimator, chief scheduler, foreign office sales and contract officer, assistant superintendent, regional construction manager, and project manager. Project experience included waste water treatment plants, a steel mill complex, two chemical plants, and several pulp and paper mills. He had responsibility for complete project management of multi-million dollar construction projects. Murray is experienced in all phases of construction including material, labor, cost accounting, scheduling and safety.

Murray's Professional Affiliations:
  • 2000 – 2003 Chairman, Builder Services, Inc.
  • 1990 - President, Pennsylvania Builders Association
  • 1980 - President, Builders Association of Metropolitan Pittsburgh
  • 1979 - present Director, National Association of Home Builders
Murray's Community Affiliations:
  • 1977 - 1983 Board of Directors, Housing Opportunities Inc.
  • 1979 - 1981 President of Board of Directors, Housing Opportunities, Inc.
  • 1982 - present Board of Trustees, Shadyside Hospital Foundation
  • 1982 - present Board of Trustees, Chatham College
  • 2005 - 2007 Vice Chairman Board of Trustees, Chatham College
  • 2007 - 2014 Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Chatham College

Donald Montgomery, Founder and Architect

Don Montgomery is a registered Architect with a solid background in construction and design. Donald is originally from New England where he received his construction and architectural training. He holds an Associates Degree in Building Construction Technology, an Architectural Engineering Associates Degree, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture from Boston Architectural College. Don's architectural training was sandwiched around service in the U.S. Army where he was a Commissioned Officer in the Special Forces.

Donald worked with various Architectural firms, including Royal Barry Wills Associates, both before and after his service in the Army. His responsibilities included complete job drawings, details, client correspondence and job supervision.

After several productive years designing, renovating and building in New England, Don partnered with Murray Rust to form what was to become Montgomery & Rust, Inc.

Don is a Registered Architect licensed to practice in Pennsylvania and is a member in good standing of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). Donald built and now owns and operates, with partners, The Hartwood Restaurant and its adjunct, Whispers Pub. He also owned and operated an architectural artifacts retail shop called The Building Arts.


Greg Green, Principal

Greg joined the Company in 1999 and is one of the firm’s Principals. Greg primarily focuses on operations and estimating. Greg was the Project Manager for the 1600 Murray Avenue Condominium Building in Squirrel Hill, and for The Brakehouse Lofts Building in the Strip District.

Greg is originally from Ashtabula, Ohio. He graduated from Bowling Green University with a Bachelors of Arts in Environmental Policy with a minor in Geology. He is a past member of the Board of the Builders Association of Metropolitan Pittsburgh and a current member of the Board of Sheldon Calvary Camp.


R. Mark Rust, Principal

Mark joined the firm in 2006 and is one of the firm’s Principals. His primary areas of responsibility include financial and business development functions. Prior to joining the Company, he spent over 16 years in the Corporate Finance Department at Ferris, Baker Watts, a regional investment banking firm. His professional experience covers merger and acquisition transactions, raising capital for public and private companies, and financial advisory transactions including evaluating strategic alternatives and the issuance of fairness opinions.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Rochester and a Master of Business Administration degree with concentrations in Finance, Organizations and Markets, and Business Environment and Public Policy from the William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Rochester. He is a past member of the Board of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Pittsburgh and a current member of the Board of the Builders Association of Metropolitan Pittsburgh.


Case Donchez, Principal

Case joined the company in 2012. In 2017, he joined Mark and Greg as one of the firm's Principals. He is responsible for overall construction activities at one of our project sites and he coordinates service calls for warranty work. Prior to joining Montgomery & Rust, he spent four years in the commercial construction business with a manufacturer of precast concrete building systems.


Robert Smith, Vice President, Construction

Bob is our Senior Project Superintendent and Vice President of Construction. He started his career as a draftsman for Boeing Aircraft in Seattle. He worked there for a year before moving back to Pittsburgh to work as a Superintendent and draftsman for Washington Homes and Perry Homes. This led him to Montgomery & Rust, Inc. where he has supervised all aspects of construction at The Village of Bradford Woods, The Village of Shadyside, The Trillium of Fox Chapel, and The Village of Washington's Landing among others.

He is currently in charge of construction at Summerset at Frick Park and has been with Montgomery & Rust since 1977.


Robert J. Ference, Architectural Designer

Robert is an in-house Architectural Designer. Robert’s responsibilities include preparation of plans for customers during the design process and full sets of job drawings and detail sheets. He joined the Company in 2007 and earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Penn State.


Adelia Fry, Manager of Finance

Deedee joined the company in 2015 and serves as the Manager of Finance. Prior to joining Montgomery & Rust, she served as the bookkeeper for an HVAC contractor. She brings over 20 years of accounting and bookkeeping experience to the firm.