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Hicor Group Moves Into New Grand Center Headquarters After Completing $1.1 Million Renovation Of Historic Washington Avenue Residence

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The Hicor Group, a minority certified (MBE) Contractor based in St. Louis, has moved its headquarters into the former Bronson Residence, a 132-year-old Late Victorian home listed on the National Historic Register at 3201 Washington Avenue, after completing an extensive $1.1 million historic renovation.  The renovation began in April 2016 after the building had been left in a state of disrepair for many years and included significant interior and exterior upgrades.

The focus of the project centered around the interior finishes of the building. Special attention was paid to repairing the original plaster moldings on the ceilings and walls along with meticulously preserving and restoring the vast amount of original millwork and casework throughout the building. Utilizing their recently acquired millwork reproduction capabilities, the Hicor Group was able to recreate a considerable amount of historically accurate wood windows for the project.

“The biggest challenge was creating an updated commercial office space while maintaining the historical accuracy of the building,” said Andrew Stafford, President of the Hicor Group.  New mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems were also an important aspect of the project to convert the former residential building into a functional commercial space.

“We do have a vast amount of experience throughout our organization when it comes to historic restoration work. This project created the opportunity for us to showcase our capabilities while at the same time meeting our need for growth and giving us a distinct facility to house our corporate offices,” said Stafford. “The uniqueness of this space has created an energetic and creative environment for us to work in and enjoy.”

Three levels of the interior have been converted into commercial offices. The back yard of the house, once a historically significant Japanese garden, has been converted into an outdoor meeting and event space with lighting, décor and amenities suitable for small to medium size gatherings.

The Washington Avenue property was redeveloped by Acree-Kelley LLC, which bought the house in 2014.  The property is located next to the former Central States Life Insurance Building, now known as the Barnett on Washington, at 3207 Washington.  Drew Acree and Jeff Kelley of Acree-Kelley LLC are also co-founders of Chameleon Integrated Services and managing partners of The Hicor Group.  Chameleon provides Information Technology support services to agencies and organizations worldwide.

The Hicor Group provides carpentry, concrete, and general contracting services to multiple facets of the construction market here in St Louis and throughout Missouri. Founded in 2014, the company is a MBE and an SBA-certified Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB).  Stafford, a ten-year veteran construction industry, is President. For more information on The Hicor Group, visit

Founded in 2003, Chameleon is a minority and SBA-certified Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB).  

Missouri’s Prevailing Wage Debate and Its Impact on Businesses and Workers Clarified

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In the wake of the recent enactment of right to work legislation, Missouri lawmakers are proposing additional changes to the state’s business environment. Of note, a bill which would eliminate Missouri’s prevailing wage law, HB 104. Currently being revised by the Missouri House, if passed, the bill’s proposed effective date is August 28. 2017.

Shareholder Brad Kafka is vice chair of Polsinelli’s national Labor and Employment practice group and leads the firm’s St. Louis Labor and Employment practice group. Kafka is experienced in all aspects of labor and employment law including: federal and state court litigation, collective bargaining negotiations, defense of union organizing campaigns, and other areas. He is a frequent lecturer on labor, employment and ERISA topics before business groups and trade associations.

The prevailing wage issue can be confusing for employers, workers and business owners. Kafka can clarify the issue by explaining its significance in plain language and demystifying both sides of the issue. Kafka is an excellent source to answer complicated questions such as:

  • What is prevailing wage? How is it calculated?
  • Does it differ from county to county?
  • What industries would be affected by this change?
  • How could union trades be impacted by a change to prevailing wage?
  • How will businesses be impacted?
  • How will employees be impacted?
  • What has been the result in states that have eliminated prevailing wage?
  • How can businesses and employers prepare for this potential change?

Kafka is available for interviews in person, in studio, by phone and by email. He is also available for panel discussions on the topic.

Polsinelli is an Am Law 100 firm with approximately 800 attorneys in 20 offices, serving corporations, institutions, and entrepreneurs nationally.

Electrical Connection Sponsors Saint Louis FC’s Third Season in St. Louis

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Saint Louis Football Club (Saint Louis FC) kicks off its third season with a new look and a continuing prominent sponsorship by the Electrical Connection.  Saint Louis FC made significant roster changes in the off season, including naming Preki Radosavljevic its new head coach, and unveilednew jerseys emblazoned with the Electrical Connection logo. The Electrical Connection is a partnership of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1 and the St. Louis Chapter, National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA).

The home opener is April 1, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. in a match against the Ottawa Fury FC at Toyota Stadium in World Wide Technology Soccer Park.  On March 17, 2017, Saint Louis FC celebrated the start of the 2017 campaign at Hollywood Casino, unveiling its new jersey and saluting its fans. Reflecting the growing interest in Saint Louis FC, 10 games will be televised on KPLR-TV.  As it did last year, the Electrical Connection is offering a free jersey giveaway for every home game at

“If you have attended any of the home games, you know that St. Louis has embraced Saint Louis FC with great enthusiasm,” said Jim Curran, executive vice president, Electrical Connection. “We are proud to support the team and leverage our partnership to advance other beneficial community initiatives supported by IBEW/NECA.”

Last year, the Electrical Connection sponsored Saint Louis FC’s “Christmas in July” fundraiser at its July 30, 2016 soccer game to raise money for the Saint Francois County “Shop with a Cop” program and reenergize the “Shop with a Cop” program in Ferguson, Mo.  In addition, Saint Louis FC hosted a “going green game” presented by the Electrical Connection to raise awareness of energy conservation and a cleaner environment.  Planning is underway to renew both initiatives this year.

“The Electrical Connection has been a great partner of Saint Louis FC since its inception, said Jim Kavanaugh, CEO, Saint Louis FC.  “It not only helped bring outdoor professional soccer back to St. Louis, but it has helped Saint Louis FC broaden its outreach in the community.”

Saint Louis FC is playing 32 games this year, including 16 home games at Toyota Stadium in World Wide Technology Soccer Park. The park features a Biergarten, Corner Flag Hospitality Patios, a Fan Zone, space for tailgate parties, a Craft Beer Corner, and great food options. For game tickets,

Saint Louis FC plays in 30-team United Soccer League (USL).

New Hampton Inn St. Louis Wentzville Opens in Wentzville, Mo.

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Midas Hospitality to manage property

 Hampton Inn St. Louis Wentzville recently opened at 150 Wentzville Bluffs Dr. in Wentzville, Mo. in a new development called Wentzville Bluffs.  The $12 million 64,000-square-foot hotel has 109 rooms and suites.

Midas Hospitality, a premier hotel management group, is managing the hotel.  The property features a state-of-the-art fitness center, indoor pool, meeting rooms, and backyard seating areas with a grill and gazebo. Midas Hospitality’s sister company MC Hotel Construction, a general contractor specializing in new hotel construction and renovations, built the hotel.

“The development features a B & B Movie Theatre, Planet Fitness, Stone Summit Steak House, and Hot Shots Sports Bar that are all within walking distance for our hotel guests,” said Midas Hospitality President Rob Willard.  “Wentzville is a growing area, and we are excited to be a part of this vibrant community.”

Founded in 2006, Midas Hospitality has developed, opened and currently manages numerous properties including 40 hotels in 14 states.  The company serves global brands including Hilton, IHG, Marriott, and Starwood.  Midas Hospitality’s headquarters are located at 1804 Borman Circle Dr. in Maryland Heights, Mo.  For more information, call (314) 692-0100 or visit

St. Louis Design & Construction Industry Help with Autism Awareness

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April kicks off World Autism Awareness Month with the St. Louis design and construction industry lending a hand in giving St. Louis a distinct “blue hue.”  On April 2, 2017, St. Louis will join Autism Speaks’ worldwide “Light it up Blue” awareness campaign by lighting numerous structures and landmarks blue.  Companies and organizations participating in the effort by either lighting their office or assisting in lighting structures include HOK, Illuminating Engineering Society St. Louis; International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1; Lighting Associates, Inc., and St. Louis Lighting Group.  According to the Centers for Disease Control, autism is diagnosed in one out of 68 children.

To date, local structures and landmarks that will be lit blue on April 2nd include:

  • James S. McDonnell Planetarium in Forest Park
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1 union hall in South St. Louis
  • Express Scripts in North St. Louis County
  • The Magic House, Kirkwood
  • Mungenast Lexus of St. Louis, 13,700 Manchester Rd.
  • HOK, Downtown St. Louis
  • Four Seasons Hotel, Downtown St. Louis
  • Saint Louis Zoo in Forest Park
  • MilliporeSigma, South St. Louis


Businesses and civic organizations interested in lighting their structures blue can visit the Autism Speaks web site for information on blue filters at

In addition to lighting St. Louis blue, many in the community will be wearing blue clothing or showcasing the color blue in some way. To learn more on how to participate, visit or call the St. Louis Chapter of Autism Speaks at 314-989-1003.

Autism Speaks will kick off Autism Awareness Month on Saturday April 1, 2016 with a family fun event at Mungenast Lexus of St. Louis at 13,700 Manchester Road.  The 10 a.m. to noon event will include local resource vendors, sensory friendly activities, food, and more.

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and autism are both general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. The CDC has called autism a national public health crisis whose cause and cure remain unknown. For more information, visit

Construction Underway to Transform Former Hospice Home in Edwardsville into Memory Care Community

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IMPACT Strategies is underway with a renovation project that will transform the former Relais Bonne Eau Hospice Home in Edwardsville into a new memory care community for Cedarhurst Assisted Living. The 20,600 square foot building located on Marine Rd. has sat vacant since closing in December 2015. The memory care community, named Ruth’s House in honor of the grandmother of Cedarhurst founder and owner Joshua Jennings, to set to open early summer after a $1 million renovation.

As part of the renovation project, IMPACT Strategies will increase the resident capacity of the building to 17 units by repurposing storage areas that are no longer needed. Additionally, construction crews will remove doors, windows, and walls around the central corridor to create an inviting open area for residents and guests.

“We selected IMPACT for this project because they understand our business model and know exactly what we need to achieve with this building,” said Josh Stevens, president of Cedarhurst. “We currently have more than 225,000 square feet of senior living space under construction with IMPACT in Illinois and Missouri.  We consider them to be a very reliable partner in senior housing construction.”

Upon completion, Ruth’s House will accommodate up to 36 residents with Alzheimer’s or dementia related illness. Inside the community, residents will enjoy a peaceful décor, an on-site chapel, a large great room perfect for gathering with friends and family as well as private bathrooms in every apartment.  Ruth’s House will offer resident-centered care and support by a highly trained and mission driven staff.

IMPACT Strategies, Inc. specializes in Retail, Commercial, Medical, Senior Housing and Education construction and offers comprehensive construction services including design-build, general contracting, construction management and pre-construction management.

Senior Lifestyle Corporation Launching $31 Million, 91-Unit The Sheridan in Chesterfield, Mo.

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62 Assisted Living/29 Memory Care Residences to Open Late Summer 2017

Senior Lifestyle Corporation (SLC) has opened a Welcome Center at 16100 Chesterfield Parkway West, Suite 145, for The Sheridan at Chesterfield, the third senior living community it has under development in metro St. Louis.

The building, which will total 84,000 square feet of finished space and rank as SLC’s largest and most elaborate facility in the metro area, is taking shape on a 3.2-acre site in Chesterfield Village. It will host a combination of 62 assisted living apartments and 29 memory care units developed specifically to support those with dementia, including Alzheimer’s.  It is slated to open in late summer 2017.

“While The Sheridan in Chesterfield shares a core identity with its sister communities in Creve Coeur and near Laumeier Park – a nurturing environment supported by the latest technology and advances in senior living design – its amenities are unique,” noted Denise Niemann, executive director.  Distinguishing features of the Signature Collection service array found exclusively at Chesterfield include a 24-hour concierge, a movie theatre and a communal space that is a coffee bar by day and a bistro by night.

All told, residents will have access to approximately 30,000 square feet of elegantly finished common area that will include gathering rooms, two dining rooms, a fitness center and an art studio.  Additionally, integrated internet technology will make it easy for residents to stay in touch with family and staff.

Memory care residents will benefit from SLC’s highly regarded Embrace program that uses designated interior areas and outdoor gardens to directly address the symptoms of dementia via a curriculum of cooking, aromatherapy, literature appreciation, gardening and other activities.

The project is currently supporting  approximately 175 construction jobs and is forecast to create 120 full-time equivalent jobs (both full- and part-time permanent positions) when it opens.

Brinkmann Constructors is the general contractor; Wiegmann Associates the mechanical contractor.

Senior Lifestyle, a closely-held national owner, operator and developer of senior housing communities based in Chicago, Ill., has two other Sheridan properties underway locally. 

Poor Condition of U.S. Bridges Hits Close to Home: Missouri Ranks 4th in Nation in Structurally Deficient Bridges

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The length of the nation’s nearly 56,000 structurally deficient bridges if placed end-to-end would stretch 1,276 miles, or half the distance from New York to Los Angeles, a new examination of federal government data by the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) shows.  There are 185 million daily crossings on nearly 56,000 structurally deficient U.S. bridges. About 1,900 of those bridges are on the Interstate Highway System.

It’s a problem that hits very close to home. More than 3,190 bridges in Missouri, or 13.1 percent of the state’s inventory, are “structurally deficient,” according to ARTBA’s fourth annual analysis of the latest U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) National Bridge Inventory database. Drivers in our state cross these bridges 5,068,727 times a day.

The 2016 figure of 3,190 bridges is down from 3,222 in 2015. Missouri ranks 4th in the nation in terms of the number of structurally deficient bridges and 11thwhen considering structurally deficient bridges as a percent of total inventory. Nationwide, an average of 9 percent are structurally deficient.

According to ARTBA Chief Economist Dr. Alison Premo Black, the report’s key takeaway—and the most important thing to focus on—is that 1,900 bridges on the National Highway Freight Network are structurally deficient. “That’s America’s Economic Expressway,” Black said. “Bridge failures or restrictions on that 66,000-mile network should not be an option. Those bridges and the freight network overall should be the focal point of any new federal infrastructure initiative that emerges. Improving its performance and minimizing the chance of any major disruptions on it would provide big and recurring economic returns.”

State-specific information from the analysis—including rankings and the locations of the 250 most heavily traveled structurally deficient bridges in the nation and top 25 most heavily traveled in each state—is available on ARTBA’s website.

It is imperative that members of the U.S. Congress turn their attention to rebuilding our nation’s infrastructure, especially the National Highway Freight Network.  At the same time, Missouri legislators need to create long-term, sustainable funding for the state’s road and bridges.

One only needs to remember the Aug. 1, 2007, I-35W bridge collapse in Minneapolis to understand that the safety of drivers and passengers who transverse these structurally deficient bridges every day are at stake. MoDOT does an excellent job of monitoring and prioritizing repairs on Missouri’s bridges and roads, but their resources have been cut back dramatically.  At the same time, our roads and bridges are further deteriorating.

To learn more about the issue and how the U.S. funds its infrastructure click here.

Leonard Toenjes, CAE, is president of the Associated General Contractors of Missouri.  AGCMO is the Missouri affiliate of Washington, D.C.-based ARTBA.

City of Edwardsville Awards J.F. Electric as Business of the Year

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J.F. Electric Honored for Excellence and Innovation

J.F. Electric was named Edwardsville’s Business of the Year for 2016 in a recent ceremony held outside of the mayor’s office. The City of Edwardsville has annually honored businesses for their significant role in driving Edwardsville’s business community and economic growth. To be considered for a Business of the Year award, the organization must be setting the standards for excellence and innovation with their business practices and community involvement.

Previous award winners include World Wide Technology, Panttoni Development Company, Inc., and Tri-Star Properties.

At the ceremony, Jonathan Fowler of J.F. Electric stated, “We are honored to be recognized with this prestigious award by the city of Edwardsville. We’ve been a part of the Edwardsville community for over 50 years and are proud to call Edwardsville home.” The company’s history dates back five generations to 1904, originating in south St. Louis. J.F. Electric has been doing business in southern Illinois since 1924 when the business was moved to Centralia. In 1969, J.F. Electric moved its headquarters to Edwardsville and currently employs more than 700 employees, serving customers in four different states.

J.F. Electric is an electrical contractor that’s in the business of creating connections for over 100 years and is one of the region’s largest privately held businesses. 


People On The Move In The Local Construction Industry

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The latest People in the News highlighting new hires, promotions, honors & recognition of the men and women in the St. Louis building community.

Promotions at Lawrence Group

Christina Claggett

Christina Clagett, AIA, NCARB was recently promoted to associate. Clagett joined Lawrence Group in February 2015 and specializes in the execution of historic renovation projects. She has contributed to a variety of historic scopes for the firm, working on the assessment and documentation as well as the renovation of medium and large-scale historic architecture. Christina received her master’s degree in architecture from Kansas State University and recently became a registered architect.

Nicole Hoffarth

Nicole Hoffarth, AIA, NCARB was recently promoted to associate. Hoffarth is a registered architect in Lawrence Group’s education studio. She joined Lawrence Group in 2015 bringing with her more than three years of experience in universal design and renovations for a variety of markets including education, hospitality, corporate and community.

Lawrence Group is a building design, development, and project delivery firm headquartered in St. Louis.

Jef Ebers Joins HOK’s St. Louis Office as Design Professional

Jef Ebers

Jef Ebers, has joined HOK in St. Louis as an environmental graphic designer.  Ebers will work on a variety of high-profile corporate projects including Square and several CORTEX Innovation District projects. Ebers brings more than 20 years of experience and returns to HOK after serving as adjunct faculty at The Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis. He earned his degree in industrial design from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.

HOK is a global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm.

Kristi Zoref Joins HOK’s St. Louis Office as Project Interior Designer

Kristi Zoref

Kristi Zoref has joined HOK in St. Louis as a project interior designer.  Zoref transferred from HOK’s New York office and will support the HOK St. Louis team’s corporate interior projects and work on the BJC HealthCare WUMC Campus Renewal Project.

Zoref earned her degree fine arts from Maryville University in St. Louis, Missouri.

HOK is a global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm.


March 24, 2017

Dale Bax Joins Midwest BankCentre’s St. Charles County Advisory Board

Dale Bax

Dale Bax, vice president of Bax Engineering Co., has been elected to the Midwest BankCentre St. Charles County Advisory Board. Bax leads residential design for the full-service civil engineering and land surveying firm, based in St. Charles, Mo.

Bax belongs to several industry organizations, including the Home Builders Association of St. Louis & Eastern Missouri, Missouri Society for Professional Surveyors, Missouri/Kansas Chapter American Concrete Pavement Association, Engineers’ Club of St. Louis, American Public Works Association, and the Transportation Engineers Association of Metropolitan St. Louis. Within the local community, he is active in the St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce, Sunrise Rotary Club of St. Charles and St. Jude’s Dream Home.

Midwest BankCentre (, founded in St. Louis in 1906, employs a staff of 300 currently working at 20 bank locations in the City of St. Louis, St. Louis County, Jefferson County and St. Charles County.

Martin Padilla Rejoins Trivers as an Architectural Designer

Martin Padilla

Trivers is happy to announce that Martin Padilla has returned to the firm as an Architectural Designer. After receiving his Master of Architecture degree from Washington University, Martin served as a Project Designer at Trivers early in his career. He spent the remaining recent years at a variety of firms gaining experience in diverse building types, working on projects such as the Jesuit Archive and Research Center, various projects at Washington University and the University City Master Plan that resulted in several addition and renovation projects throughout the district. He returned to Trivers in 2017 with a focus on civic and higher education projects. Martin teaches a Revit Crash Course at Washington University and also serves as the Assistant Director for Career Services in Architecture at Washington University’s Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts.

Brad Lohrum and Bob Haefner Join Geotechnology

Brad Lohrum

Geotechnology, Inc., a leading provider of geotechnical and environmental engineering, geophysics, water resource management, materials testing and drilling services, has hired Brad Lohrum as a senior scientist and Bob Haefner as a scientist in the St. Louis office.

Lohrum has seven years of experience conducting and managing asbestos and lead-based paint surveys, abatement observation and testing, and indoor air quality assessments. He is a Missouri and Illinois licensed asbestos inspector, and a Missouri licensed asbestos management planner, lead risk assessor and project designer, lead abatement supervisor, and air sampling professional.

Bob Haefner

Haefner has three years of experience conducting asbestos and lead-based paint surveys, as well as abatement observation and testing. He is a Missouri and Illinois licensed asbestos inspector, asbestos abatement supervisor, lead risk assessor, and air sampling technician.

“The addition of Brad and Bob to our company will enhance our build-related hazardous materials inspection and abatement services, and expand our environmental consulting services to existing and new clients,” said Geotechnology Environmental Manager Michael Roark, R.G., LEED AP.

Niemann Named Executive Director of The Sheridan at Chesterfield Assisted Living and Memory Care Community  

Denise Niemann

Denise Niemann has been named executive director of The Sheridan at Chesterfield, a 91-unit assisted living and memory care community currently under construction at 16300 Justus Post Road in Chesterfield, Mo.

Niemann brings to the assignment more than 15 years of experience in managing the daily operations of progressive retirement communities. She holds a bachelor’s degree in humanistic studies from St. Mary’s College of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Indiana.

The Sheridan at Chesterfield is one of three senior living communities being built in metro St. Louis by Senior Lifestyle Corporation, a closely-held national owner, operator and developer of senior housing based in Chicago, Ill.  The other Sheridan communities are in Creve Coeur and Sunset Hills.

March 17, 2017

Mechanical Contractors of Eastern Missouri Appoints Stephens Executive Director

Kristy Stephens

Kristy Stephens has been named executive director of the Mechanical Contractors Association of Eastern Missouri.  The announcement was made by George D. Corey, P.E., MCA-EMO president.

Prior to joining MCA-EMO, Stephens worked as an independent consultant facilitating and executing strategic marketing and communication plans for clients in healthcare, pharmaceutical, exhibit and event production, and the nonprofit sector. She brings an additional 12 years of experience in administration from varying roles – as a project manager for research at Washington University, program manager for the Nonprofit Services Consortium, and grants and volunteer manager for the St. Louis Regional Arts Commission. She earned her master’s degree from the University of Arkansas in 2006 and her bachelor’s degree from Webster University in 2001. She currently serves on the board of Modern STL, an organization dedicated to the preservation and celebration of modern architecture.

“We are thrilled to have Kristy serving at the helm of our organization,” said Corey, who also serves as senior vice president of Mechanical Solutions, Inc. “Her project management experience combined with her employment within the not-for-profit sector is an excellent match with the work of our association.”

MCA-EMO offers programs crucial to the ongoing success of contractors and vendors operating within the construction industry in Eastern Missouri. 

JLL Announces St. Louis Office Promotions 

JLL today announced several promotions within its St. Louis office. David Steinbach has been promoted to Managing Director, David Biales to Executive Vice President, and Ed Backer to Senior Associate.

David Steinbach

Steinbach, who specializes in landlord and tenant representation, has been with JLL since 2008. He acts as an exclusive advocate in all matters pertaining either to his clients’ properties or to their real estate issues including early renewals, disposition strategies, lease buyouts and/or subleasing. As Managing Director, Steinbach oversees all operations for the St. Louis office.

David Biales

Biales has worked with JLL since 2010 specializing in office leasing. He has consistently been a Top Producer, one of the firm’s highest honors, and has been featured in Real Estate Forum magazine as one of 20 international brokers for the next generation. Biales has participated in more than 500 commercial sale and lease transactions.

Ed Backer

Backer specializes in office, landlord, and tenant representation, and has been with JLL since 2013.  He has participated in more than 150 commercial sale and lease transactions while at JLL.

JLL (NYSE: JLL) is a leading professional services firm that specializes in real estate and investment management

Poettker Construction Company Promotes Keith Poettker & Dave Lammers

Keith Poettker

Poettker Construction Company, a second generation family-owned and veteran owned construction management and design/build firm, has appointed Keith C. Poettker as President and Dave Lammers as Contract Compliance Officer.

Keith Poettker began his career with the firm in 1990 and served as Vice President Preconstruction since 2005.  He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Management from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, IL.  His certifications and recognition include American Hospital Association (AHA) Certified Healthcare Constructor (CHC), International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) Certified Development, Design and Construction Professional (CDP) and 2015 CenterBuild 20 Under Forty Recipient, Central Illinois Builders Association (CIBA) Board of Directors, and National Association of State Contractors Licensing Agencies (NASCLA) licensed contractor.  He succeeds Charles V. Poettker, who will continue as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Poettker Construction.

Dave Lammers

Dave Lammers has over 28 years of construction safety and quality control experience, and has been Poettker Construction’s Safety Director since 2014.  Under Dave’s safety oversight, the company’s EMR rating has dropped to the lowest in its history at 0.73.  Under the new appointment, he will be responsible for overseeing both the safety and quality control departments.  He is an active member of the Southern Illinois Builder’s Association (SIBA) safety committee, and his certifications include AGC Safety Management, EM385.1-1 Military Competent Person & Inspector, Infection Control Risk Assessment, OSHA 30 Hour, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Construction Quality Management for Contractors Training.

Midas Hospitality Names GM and Sales Director to its New Hotel Hampton Inn St. Louis Wentzville to open this month

Angie Gadesi

Midas Hospitality, a premier hotel management group, recently appointed Angie Gadesi as General Manager and Danette Beaver as Area Director of Sales for its new Hampton Inn St. Louis Wentzville in Wentzville, Mo.

As General Manager, Gadesi will oversee all property operations and sales which includes specializing in team building, delivering superior guest service while ensuring product quality standards are met, and achieving revenue goals.  Gadesi, a 24-year hospitality industry veteran, has worked at Midas Hospitality for four years.

As Area Director of Sales, Beaver will provide total account management and establish strong client relations by providing personalized account service and creating satisfied guests.  She will target groups and corporations to grow market share and exceed the hotels’ sales goals.  Beaver has 17 years of industry experience and has been with Midas Hospitality for two years.

Danette Beaver

“We are extremely excited about Angie and Danette leading the sales and operations team at our new Wentzville hotel,” said Midas Hospitality president Rob Willard.  “It is very rewarding to see our team members grow into new positions and take on additional responsibilities with Midas Hospitality.  We know the Hampton Inn will be a huge success with their leadership.”

Founded in 2006, Midas Hospitality has developed, opened and currently manages numerous properties including 40 hotels in 14 states.  The company serves global brands including Hilton, IHG, Marriott, and Starwood.  Midas Hospitality’s headquarters are located at 1804 Borman Circle Dr. in Maryland Heights, Mo.  For more information, call (314) 692-0100 or visit

Midwest BankCentre Expands Role of CFO Oberkfell; Adds President to Executive Responsibilities

Dale Oberkfell

Midwest BankCentre (MBC) Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Dale E. Oberkfell has been appointed president of the locally owned community bank. Oberkfell, who was named executive vice president and CFO in 2012, continues in his role as CFO. He also was elected a director of the bank and its holding company, Midwest BankCentre, Inc. Midwest BankCentre Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Jim Watson made the announcement.

In his expanded capacity, Oberkfell oversees the bank’s retail operations, fee services and marketing activities. He continues to monitor financial operations and facilitate strategic planning.

Oberkfell has 39 years of banking and corporate accounting experience. Prior to joining MBC, he was executive vice president and CFO of Reliance Bank.

Oberkfell is serving his fifth year as chairman of the board of directors for the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines, which provides funding and liquidity for mortgage lending, economic development and affordable housing to 1,400-plus participating institutions in 13 states and three U.S. territories. Locally, he serves on the boards of Good Shepherd Children & Family Services and Villa di Maria Montessori School.

Oberkfell is a certified public accountant (CPA) in both Missouri and Illinois. He earned his bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and his master’s degree in business administration from Washington University, both in St. Louis, Mo. He is a member of the Missouri Bankers Association, Missouri Society of Certified Public Accountants, Illinois CPA Society and American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Midwest BankCentre has been a mainstay of St. Louis community banking since 1906. It ranks among St. Louis’ largest locally owned banks with assets of about $1.8 billion and deposits of $1.3 billion.

Helmkamp Construction Company Hires new Estimator

Andy Reynolds

Helmkamp Construction Company is happy to announce the hiring of Andy Reynolds as an Estimator. Andy has 15 years of experience in the St. Louis construction market in the Healthcare, Building, and Industrial markets. We welcome him into his new role as he helps Helmkamp grow and prosper.

Helmkamp is a relationship-based general contractor, based in East Alton, IL, working exclusively for private, professional, repeat buyers of construction, primarily in the industrial, power, manufacturing, healthcare, higher education, and pharmaceutical industries. Helmkamp provides self-performed general contracting services, including civil, millwright, concrete, carpentry, structural steel, and excavations.

Carlos Deschapell, Jr., Joins G & S Architectural Products as Project Assistant

Carlos Deschapell, Jr.

Carlos Deschapell, Jr. has been named Project Assistant at St. Louis based G&S Architectural Products. Deschapell is responsible for customer order acknowledgements, shop drawings, issuing purchase orders and releasing orders.

Prior to coming to G&S Architectural Products, Deschapell served in the military as a job mechanic. He is currently working on his bachelor’s degree in construction management.

“We love to offer opportunities for young professionals to explore their talents at our growing company,” says Herb Golterman, president of parent company Golterman & Sabo. “Carlos is already adding value to our business.”  Outside of work, Deschapell, enjoys watching sports and exploring the city of St. Louis.

Golterman & Sabo is a premier provider and installer of architectural products for the commercial, education and healthcare industries.  

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Newmark Grubb Zimmer Welcomes Dan Rossini & Jay Kerley to St. Louis Office

Newmark Grubb Zimmer is pleased to announce Dan Rossini & Jay Kerley have joined the team as Managing Directors of Investment Properties. Dan and Jay will specialize in the Investment Brokerage sector, specifically with retail, industrial and office property/clients.

Kirt Daniels joins Wiegmann Associates as Project Engineer

Kirt Daniels

Kirt Daniels of Oakville, MO, has joined Wiegmann Associates as a Project Engineer. Daniels is responsible for designing and selecting HVAC systems for client facilities, and provides mechanical engineering support on construction projects.

Daniels is experienced in valve diagnostics, preventive maintenance and testing of critical valves in the process control industry. He has Valve Technician I and FlowScanner Data Acquisition & Interpretation I certifications, and holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Missouri – Columbia.

Wiegmann Associates is a St. Louis-based mechanical contractor serving the commercial, industrial and institutional markets, and a national leader in design/build HVAC projects.


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