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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.

John Dzarnowski Named President of FGM Architects Inc.

John Dzarnowski

FGM Architects announced that John Dzarnowski has been named President of the firm. John joined the firm in 2007 and has been integral to the growth of FGM’s municipal and recreation practices. Enhancing Communities by Creating Quality Environments is the mission of the firm and the cornerstone of John’s 30 year career in public architecture. FGM’s CEO, John Ochoa commented, “I’ve known John as an insightful, respected leader; FGM is in very good hands moving forward.”

FGM Architects FGM Architects has specialized in the planning and design of environments for work, study and play since 1945. From early strategic facilities planning through building and interior design to furniture selection, our team of more than 75 professionals supports the needs of our clients with a total commitment to service. We offer a unique combination of experience, talent and proximity to our clients. Commitment to service means approaching small renovation assignments with the same enthusiasm as large, highly visible projects. We build relationships as well as projects. www.fgmarchitects.com

David Murphy Named Project Manager at Drilling Service Co.

David Murphy

Murphy, who has worked at DSC for 13 years, was promoted from general labor foreman to project manager. He is part of the third generation of the Murphy family to work at the firm. He followed in a family tradition, by beginning his career at the 63-year-old company in a crafts position.

Other members of the Murphy family working at Drilling Service are: Mark Murphy, president; Jeffrey Murphy, executive vice president; Bruce Murphy, vice president; Michael Murphy, mechanic; Austin Murphy, laborer; and Alexander Murphy, Laborer

In his new position, Murphy will perform estimating and project management services. He will also be assisting the management team in setting and attaining the company’s yearly goals. David Murphy has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree from Lindenwood University.

Western Specialty Contractors Promotes Crystal Moyer to Senior National Account Program Manager

Crystal Moyer

Western Specialty Contractors has promoted Crystal Moyer of Eureka, MO to Senior National Account Program Manager. She was a National Account Manager for the past two years.

Western recently restructured its Marketing/Business Development/National Account Department into two main focuses – National Account Program and National Account Asset, each headed by a Senior Manager. Moyer will head the National Account Program and oversee a pair of National Account Managers.

Moyer and her team will focus on strategically identifying organizations they believe will be a good fit for national partnership and work with regional development teams to expand work with this client evenly across all branches, establish new accounts and manage the list of prospective accounts. Additionally, the team will create and modify the department’s go/no go process for continual evaluation of accounts, identify and implement Master Service Agreement options for accounts, and maintain and nurture the national contacts for each account.

Western launched its National Account Program in 2010 to provide property managers with a single-source for exterior repairs and restoration services on their nationwide facilities. Western has 30+ branch locations to serve their clients’ needs anywhere in the United States.

“What we are trying to do by restructuring our National Account Program is provide facility managers and owners with a single contact at Western to manage the building envelope maintenance on all of their facilities, no matter where they are in the country,” said Moyer. “This way the process becomes more streamlined and efficient for the facility manager.”

Moyer has 10 years of business development experience. Prior to Western, Moyer worked as Director of Employer Relations at Kaplan University in St. Louis, MO and as a Recruiter for Career Education Corporation in Fenton, MO.

She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Missouri Baptist University and a Masters in Business Administration from Webster University.

Family-owned and operated for more than 100 years, Western Specialty Contractors is the nation’s largest specialty contractor in masonry and concrete restoration, waterproofing and specialty roofing. For more information about Western Specialty Contractors, visit www.westernspecialtycontractors.com.

CRG Announces New Senior Leadership Team

Shawn Clark

CRG today announced the appointment of Shawn Clark as group president effective immediately. Clark, former Vice President of Finance at CRG and son of Clayco CEO and Chairman Bob Clark, has over a decade of experience in the real estate industry with a focus on project and fund-level financing activity.  Former President Chris McKee will assume the role of Chief Development Officer and Bob Clark will take on duties of Chief Executive Officer.

“CRG is a culture-first developer focused on performance and providing real estate solutions to our clients. Our new leadership team represents the best in the business with proven track record for delivering results,” Clayco CEO and Chairman Bob Clark said. “I am honored that Shawn is leading CRG is this capacity and playing such an important role with an accomplished team of senior leaders that reflects the strength and diversity of our organization.”

CRG is the private real estate development arm of Chicago-based Clayco that buys, develops and operates real estate assets.  CRG’s total revenue grew nearly 18 percent to $484.5 million last year, up from $412 million in 2016.

Earlier this year, CRG launched three new industrial projects in top tier markets across the United States. The Cubes at DuPont is master planned as a 1.6 million square foot institutional quality business park on the former Intel campus in DuPont, Washington. The Cubes at Etna 70 is a 155-acre land development is centrally located in Etna Township in Columbus, Ohio and The Cubes at Inland 85 is a 324-acre site in Spartanburg County, South Carolina.

Last summer, CRG completed the Everly on the Loop, a 14-story student high-rise building on the east end of the Delmar Loop. Currently, CRG has two multi-family developments underway in Chicago’s Uptown and Bucktown neighborhoods.

Shawn Clark is the founder of Illumination; an immersive theatrical event that raises money for rare disease research and Co-Chair of the associate board for the Greater Chicago Food Depository.

Seasoned Client-Side Veteran Joins Crb’s Business Development And Strategy Team

Ralph Grant

Ralph Grant, a chemical engineer with 28 years of experience leading high-performing project teams, has joined CRB’s Central region as the director of business development. Grant’s strong engineering skills and personal interests as an award-winning photographer and painter are the perfect mix of science and art that will benefit business development at CRB. These skills bring an understanding of client needs in the evolving world of engineering consulting and sourcing of capital projects.

Grant was previously the senior director of engineering at Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals, managing capital strategy for its generics businesses. He has worked in many market segments, including engineering consulting, construction, process safety, skid fabrication, specialty chemicals, pharmaceuticals, biofuels, food, beverage and dairy. Grant has executed hundreds of projects, aligning business with capital strategy and finding economic solutions to technical engineering problems.

“In my previous position, working with CRB helped me be successful on many projects. I’m excited to be a part of CRB’s culture of technical excellence, entrepreneurialism and relentless pursuit of success,” Grant said.

Grant will focus on cultivating relationships with new and existing clients—getting to know their strengths and opportunities. He will address their needs by accessing CRB’s deep bench of experts in engineering, consulting and construction. While Grant will be based in St. Louis, he will support clients in the nine-state region and clients who have offices abroad.

“Ralph brings a keen strategic eye to his work that is pragmatic yet always creative. We have witnessed his talents when partnering with him on projects over the past 10 years,” Central Region Leader Tim Greenwald, said. “We are thrilled to have his innovative thinking and dry wit as part of our entrepreneurial team. I’m confident our clients will find tremendous value in his expertise.”

CRB is a full-service network of engineers, architects, constructors and consultants, assisting advanced technology organizations in the planning, design, construction and operational support of facilities across the globe. For more information, visit crbusa.com.

Midas Hospitality Promotes Lucinda Fryman to Corporate Director of Revenue Management

Lucinda Fryman

Midas Hospitality, a premier hotel management group, recently promoted Lucinda Fryman to Corporate Director of Revenue Management.

In this position, Fryman will oversee the revenue management team while providing direction and leadership that is in accordance with the company’s mission.  She will also be responsible for training, systems and standards in order to achieve growth and innovation.  Fryman will oversee the development, execution, and measurement of the organization’s strategic planning for all market segments and revenue streams.

Fryman has more than 20 years of hospitality experience.  Prior to this position, she served as the Director of Revenue Management at Midas Hospitality.  She previously held directorial and managerial positions at various properties owned by Hilton Hotels Worldwide.

“Lucinda has played an integral role at Midas Hospitality for more than six years, and this promotion is to acknowledge her hard work, industry expertise and skillset to further enhance our hotel revenue performance,” said Kurt Furlong, EVP Sales & Marketing and Principal.

Founded in 2006, Midas Hospitality has developed, opened and currently manages numerous properties including 40 hotels in 14 states. For more information, call (314) 692-0100 or visit http://www.midashospitality.com.

April 13, 2018

Gary Hahn

Gary Hahn joins Subsurface Constructors, Inc. as Business Development Manager for the North Central Region

Subsurface Constructors is excited to announce the opening of our third satellite location with an office in Minneapolis, MN. Gary Hahn, P.E.  was recently hired to be the Business Development Manager – North Central Region, covering primarily Minnesota, Wisconsin, North and South Dakota. Having a business development manager and geotechnical/structural engineer in this region will allow us to better support engineers, contractors, and owners in the decision making process when it comes to soft soil construction projects.

Gary grew up in Milwaukee, WI and attended the University of Minnesota. Following graduation from the University of Minnesota in 2009, Gary worked in geotechnical consulting and special inspections and construction materials testing for nearly 4 years in both Milwaukee, WI and Minneapolis, MN. From 2013 until early 2018 he worked as a structural design engineer and project manager in Minneapolis.  He currently lives in Minneapolis with his wife and young son.  He is an avid golfer as well as marathoner, ultra-marathoner and triathlete.

Subsurface Constructors has served the construction industry for over 100 years in Missouri and adjacent states, bringing innovative, cost-conscious and practical approaches to design and construction of deep foundations, earth retention systems and ground improvement. 

Bloomsdale Excavating Announces New Executive Leadership Team Member – Pete Buback Rejoins Company

Pete Buback

Bloomsdale, MO – Bloomsdale Excavating has announced longtime industry veteran, Pete Buback will rejoin the company as Executive Vice President after spending the previous six years with sister company, Nexus Construction Service Group.  Pete originally joined Bloomsdale Excavating in 2004 as Regional Manager of the St. Louis region and for eight years served in a variety of roles.  In 2012, he was one of the founding members of Nexus Construction Service Group, as Vice President of Business Development focusing on constructability analysis, budgeting & estimating, GPS file building, site civil construction management and owner’s representation to a variety of owners and general contractors in Missouri, Illinois and Arkansas.

As Executive Vice President, Pete will oversee all day-to-day business operations, implement corporate business plans, interact with top priority clients, and evaluate organizational success, among other responsibilities.

According to Scott Drury, President of Bloomsdale Excavating, “We are excited to have Pete rejoin the Bloomsdale Excavating side of our business.  He has been instrumental in our growth both with Nexus Construction Service Group and Bloomsdale Excavating prior to that.  His re-joining is a result of our long term strategic vision for growth and our focus on setting the bar in the industry.

Pete’s college education at Missouri University of Science & Technology (former University of Missouri-Rolla) has seen his career cover working for civil engineering firms, home builders and excavation and grading contractors in project and executive capacities.  Through Nexus Construction Service Group, Pete has recently been instrumental in projects such as the Washington University East End Campus Transformation project in St. Louis, Stanberry Reclamation project near St. Joseph, MO and Marketplace West in Rolla, MO.

Bloomsdale Excavating, a wholly owned subsidiary of Heptacore, Inc., founded in 1946 by Marvin Drury provides excavation, grading, site utility and concrete services for the residential/ commercial, quarry/mining, landfill, public construction sectors.  Bloomsdale provides construction services across Missouri, Illinois, and Kansas.

MHS Legacy Group Announces Hire of New Chief Financial Officer

Joseph Huss

Joseph F. Huss brings years of experience and leadership to new role

MHS Legacy Group, a national holding company of specialty contractors based in St. Louis, announces the hire of Joseph F. Huss as Chief Financial Officer. Huss brings a diverse and deep background in all areas of executive financial management with success at building and leading a high-performance finance organization.

“We are very excited to have Joe join the MHS family,” said Walt Hatfield, president of MHS Legacy Group. “His forward-thinking and creative approaches to our financial functions will be a great addition to our company as we continue to grow.”

Most recently, Huss was the CFO at a biodiesel manufacturing company in south Roxana, Ill. Throughout his extensive career, Huss was responsible for financial reporting and treasury functions, cash flow forecasting and budgeting, coordination with outside legal/tax counsel, management of banking relations, risk management, employee benefit programs and much more. He is a Certified Public Accountant.

MHS Legacy Group was founded in 1895 in St. Louis and holds a diverse group of specialty contracting companies in the roofing, custom metal fabrication, building enclosure and glazing, and industrial scaffolding industries. For more information, visit www.mhslegacygroup.com.

MC Hotel Construction Hires Director of Operations

Randy Wild has more than 25 years of commercial construction and business experience

Randy Wild

MC Hotel Construction, a general contractor specializing in new hotel construction and renovations, recently hired Randy Wild as Director of Operations.  In this position, Wild will create and implement procedures, as well as manage and supervise daily operations.  He will oversee business development, monitor financial oversight, and cultivate both vendor and subcontractor relationships.  Wild’s responsibilities include maintaining and enforcing the corporation’s safety programs to ensure OSHA compliance.  He also will oversee job safety site practices.

Wild has more than 25 years of commercial construction and business experience.  Prior to joining MC Hotel Construction, he founded and eventually sold Paragon Certified Restoration, one of the area’s largest disaster recovery and restoration businesses with offices in Swansea, Ill., Columbia and St. Louis, Mo.

“Randy’s ability to face challenges by developing cutting edge solutions makes him an integral asset to our management team,” said Jim Heinz, Vice President.  “He is the perfect fit when it comes to our mission of providing excellent hotels for our clients, and we look forward to incorporating his vision of growth and opportunity into our future.”

MC Hotel Construction, which is also located at 1804 Borman Circle Dr. in Maryland Heights, MO, specializes in hotel construction and renovations with projects currently underway in six states.  MC Hotel Construction builds for leading brands such as Hilton, Marriott, IHG, Starwood and Legacy Suites.  For more information, call (314) 339-6600 or visit http://www.mchotelconstruction.com

April 6, 2018

Explore St. Louis Welcomes Anaja “AJ” Sander as New Director of Community Engagement

Anaja Sanders

Explore St. Louis is pleased to announce the hiring of Anaja “AJ” Sander as new Director of Community Engagement. In her new role, Sander will serve as a community liaison for Explore St. Louis and the lead development representative for the St. Louis Civic Pride Foundation.  She will also guide several committees, as well as maintain and develop relationships with stakeholders throughout the St. Louis region.

Prior to joining Explore St. Louis, Sander served in a variety of capacities for the Greater St. Louis Area Council, Boy Scouts of America including District Director and District Executive.  She also served as Youth Ministries Director for the Salvation Army, and was a Youth Minister for the South Side Christian Center.

Sander’s has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology degree from Central Methodist University and an Associate of Arts in Psychology degree from State Fair Community College.

Explore St. Louis is the driving force behind St. Louis’ $5 billion convention and tourism industry, the official destination marketing organization of St. Louis City and County and operator of the America’s Center Convention Complex. 

Terri Rollings Joins the Leica Geosystems Team

Terri Rollings

Rollings has joined Leica Geosystems as Territory Sales Representative for Building Construction and Survey products in Missouri and Southern Illinois.    With a background of over 25 years serving the St. Louis construction market, Terri brings expertise in a wide range of topics, from positioning with robotic total stations, to laser levels, to underground detection solutions. Terri is based in St. Louis, MO and can be reached at terri.rollings@leica-geosystems.com or via telephone at (314) 240-2219.

March 30, 2018

Mosby Building Arts Expands Their Design & Sales Department

Mosby Building Arts is pleased to announce the addition of two new licensed architects, Arthur Merdinian as a Home Consultant and Architect, and Lucy Stopsky as Architect.

Lucy Stopsky

Lucy Stopsky is our new licensed Architect; She is licensed in Missouri and Illinois. Lucy received her bachelor’s degree in Architecture from University of Illinois, and her master’s degree in Architecture from Washington University. She has several years of experience with residential design-build firms. Lucy has been working in Chicago, Illinois for the past five years, and is excited to move back to her hometown of St. Louis. Mosby Building Arts is excited to have her on the team!

Arthur Merinian

Arthur Merdinian is joining our team as a Home Consultant and Architect, he is licensed in Missouri and Illinois. Arthur received his bachelor’s degree in Arts from Hobart College, then his master’s degree in Architecture from Washington University. He has 25 years of experience in the residential remodeling and construction industry. Arthur is also an active chairman with the St. Louis Building Code Review Committee. Mosby Building Arts looks forward to Arthur bringing his knowledge to the team.

Mosby Building Arts continues to expand in all areas. For other open positions at Mosby Building Arts, visit their Careers page.

Mosby Building Arts has been the trusted resource for discerning home owners for residential architecture, design, and remodeling in Metro St. Louis for over 70 years. Learn more at www.CallMosby.com.

Greensfelder Attorney Jessica Courtway Named 2018 ABA Forum on Construction Law Diversity Fellow

Jessica Courtway

Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C. is pleased to announce that Jessica Courtway, an attorney in the firm’s St. Louis office, has been selected by the American Bar Association (ABA) Forum on Construction Law as a 2018 Diversity Fellow.

The ABA Forum on Construction Diversity Fellowship program aims to draw diverse construction lawyers into the ranks of active, long-term forum members by identifying those who have demonstrated interest in the Forum on Construction and are potential candidates for future Forum leadership. The largest organization of construction lawyers in the United States, the ABA Forum on Construction Law has more than 6,000 members who represent all segments of the construction industry.

Ms. Courtway is a member of Greensfelder’s Construction industry group, representing clients in a variety of construction matters including construction litigation and arbitration, prosecution of mechanic’s liens, contract negotiation, and contractor licensing issues.

Ms. Courtway also holds a number of leadership positions in professional and community organizations. She serves as president of the Missouri Asian-American Bar Association and vice chair of the Young Lawyers Division of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis.

Ms. Courtway received her J.D. (cum laude) from Washington University School of Law and her Bachelor of Arts (magna cum laude) from Saint Louis University.

Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C., founded in 1895, is a full-service law firm with offices in St. Louis, Chicago and Belleville, Ill.  Greensfelder offers comprehensive legal solutions for clients locally, nationally and internationally. Areas of practice include business services; communications and media; construction; creditors’ rights and bankruptcy; educational, religious and tax-exempt organizations; employee benefits; employment and labor; energy; franchising and distribution; health care; intellectual property; litigation; real estate; securities and financial services; and trusts and estates.  Find out more at www.greensfelder.com.

Western Specialty Contractors Promotes Jon Carden to Branch Manager of its San Francisco Branch

Jon Carden

Western Specialty Contractors has promoted Jon Carden of Hayward, CA to Branch Manager of its San Francisco branch office. Carden was previously Superintendent at the branch.

Serving Northern California since 1965, Western’s San Francisco branch offers the following commercial specialty services:

  • Building cleaning
  • Concrete restoration
  • EIFS restoration/recoating
  • Epoxy and chemical grout injection
  • Expansion joint systems
  • Exterior wall coatings
  • Masonry restoration
  • Parking deck restoration
  • Waterproofing

Carden will be responsible for running the branch office, which will include marketing, sales, estimating, oversight of operations and administrative functions, safety of all branch employees, and productivity of office staff and field crews. Additionally, Carden will be responsible for ensuring the branch’s profitability by forecasting and managing the budget, identifying market trends, ensuring quality control and building/maintaining customer relationships.

Carden has been with Western Specialty Contractors since 2003, and has held the positions of Craftsman, Foreman and Superintendent at the San Francisco Branch before being promoted to Branch Manager. He has worked in the waterproofing industry for a total of 36 years.

He is a member of ASTM International, an international standards organization that develops and publishes voluntary consensus technical standards for a wide range of materials, products, systems and services. Carden is serving on an ASTM committee to update the cold applied waterproofing standard.

Additionally, Carden is acting as an advisor to the Sam Mazza Foundation, offering guidance on maintaining the 109-year-old castle located in Pacifica, CA.

Family-owned and operated for more than 100 years, Western Specialty Contractors is the nation’s largest specialty contractor in masonry and concrete restoration, waterproofing and specialty roofing.  For more information about Western Specialty Contractors, visit www.westernspecialtycontractors.com.

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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.

 

Gary Hahn

Gary Hahn joins Subsurface Constructors, Inc. as Business Development Manager for the North Central Region

Subsurface Constructors is excited to announce the opening of our third satellite location with an office in Minneapolis, MN. Gary Hahn, P.E.  was recently hired to be the Business Development Manager – North Central Region, covering primarily Minnesota, Wisconsin, North and South Dakota. Having a business development manager and geotechnical/structural engineer in this region will allow us to better support engineers, contractors, and owners in the decision making process when it comes to soft soil construction projects.

Gary grew up in Milwaukee, WI and attended the University of Minnesota. Following graduation from the University of Minnesota in 2009, Gary worked in geotechnical consulting and special inspections and construction materials testing for nearly 4 years in both Milwaukee, WI and Minneapolis, MN. From 2013 until early 2018 he worked as a structural design engineer and project manager in Minneapolis.  He currently lives in Minneapolis with his wife and young son.  He is an avid golfer as well as marathoner, ultra-marathoner and triathlete.

Subsurface Constructors has served the construction industry for over 100 years in Missouri and adjacent states, bringing innovative, cost-conscious and practical approaches to design and construction of deep foundations, earth retention systems and ground improvement. 

Bloomsdale Excavating Announces New Executive Leadership Team Member – Pete Buback Rejoins Company

Pete Buback

Bloomsdale, MO – Bloomsdale Excavating has announced longtime industry veteran, Pete Buback will rejoin the company as Executive Vice President after spending the previous six years with sister company, Nexus Construction Service Group.  Pete originally joined Bloomsdale Excavating in 2004 as Regional Manager of the St. Louis region and for eight years served in a variety of roles.  In 2012, he was one of the founding members of Nexus Construction Service Group, as Vice President of Business Development focusing on constructability analysis, budgeting & estimating, GPS file building, site civil construction management and owner’s representation to a variety of owners and general contractors in Missouri, Illinois and Arkansas.

As Executive Vice President, Pete will oversee all day-to-day business operations, implement corporate business plans, interact with top priority clients, and evaluate organizational success, among other responsibilities.

According to Scott Drury, President of Bloomsdale Excavating, “We are excited to have Pete rejoin the Bloomsdale Excavating side of our business.  He has been instrumental in our growth both with Nexus Construction Service Group and Bloomsdale Excavating prior to that.  His re-joining is a result of our long term strategic vision for growth and our focus on setting the bar in the industry.

Pete’s college education at Missouri University of Science & Technology (former University of Missouri-Rolla) has seen his career cover working for civil engineering firms, home builders and excavation and grading contractors in project and executive capacities.  Through Nexus Construction Service Group, Pete has recently been instrumental in projects such as the Washington University East End Campus Transformation project in St. Louis, Stanberry Reclamation project near St. Joseph, MO and Marketplace West in Rolla, MO.

Bloomsdale Excavating, a wholly owned subsidiary of Heptacore, Inc., founded in 1946 by Marvin Drury provides excavation, grading, site utility and concrete services for the residential/ commercial, quarry/mining, landfill, public construction sectors.  Bloomsdale provides construction services across Missouri, Illinois, and Kansas.

MHS Legacy Group Announces Hire of New Chief Financial Officer

Joseph Huss

Joseph F. Huss brings years of experience and leadership to new role

MHS Legacy Group, a national holding company of specialty contractors based in St. Louis, announces the hire of Joseph F. Huss as Chief Financial Officer. Huss brings a diverse and deep background in all areas of executive financial management with success at building and leading a high-performance finance organization.

“We are very excited to have Joe join the MHS family,” said Walt Hatfield, president of MHS Legacy Group. “His forward-thinking and creative approaches to our financial functions will be a great addition to our company as we continue to grow.”

Most recently, Huss was the CFO at a biodiesel manufacturing company in south Roxana, Ill. Throughout his extensive career, Huss was responsible for financial reporting and treasury functions, cash flow forecasting and budgeting, coordination with outside legal/tax counsel, management of banking relations, risk management, employee benefit programs and much more. He is a Certified Public Accountant.

MHS Legacy Group was founded in 1895 in St. Louis and holds a diverse group of specialty contracting companies in the roofing, custom metal fabrication, building enclosure and glazing, and industrial scaffolding industries. For more information, visit www.mhslegacygroup.com.

MC Hotel Construction Hires Director of Operations

Randy Wild has more than 25 years of commercial construction and business experience

Randy Wild

MC Hotel Construction, a general contractor specializing in new hotel construction and renovations, recently hired Randy Wild as Director of Operations.  In this position, Wild will create and implement procedures, as well as manage and supervise daily operations.  He will oversee business development, monitor financial oversight, and cultivate both vendor and subcontractor relationships.  Wild’s responsibilities include maintaining and enforcing the corporation’s safety programs to ensure OSHA compliance.  He also will oversee job safety site practices.

Wild has more than 25 years of commercial construction and business experience.  Prior to joining MC Hotel Construction, he founded and eventually sold Paragon Certified Restoration, one of the area’s largest disaster recovery and restoration businesses with offices in Swansea, Ill., Columbia and St. Louis, Mo.

“Randy’s ability to face challenges by developing cutting edge solutions makes him an integral asset to our management team,” said Jim Heinz, Vice President.  “He is the perfect fit when it comes to our mission of providing excellent hotels for our clients, and we look forward to incorporating his vision of growth and opportunity into our future.”

MC Hotel Construction, which is also located at 1804 Borman Circle Dr. in Maryland Heights, MO, specializes in hotel construction and renovations with projects currently underway in six states.  MC Hotel Construction builds for leading brands such as Hilton, Marriott, IHG, Starwood and Legacy Suites.  For more information, call (314) 339-6600 or visit http://www.mchotelconstruction.com

March 6, 2018

Explore St. Louis Welcomes Anaja “AJ” Sander as New Director of Community Engagement

Anaja Sanders

Explore St. Louis is pleased to announce the hiring of Anaja “AJ” Sander as new Director of Community Engagement. In her new role, Sander will serve as a community liaison for Explore St. Louis and the lead development representative for the St. Louis Civic Pride Foundation.  She will also guide several committees, as well as maintain and develop relationships with stakeholders throughout the St. Louis region.

Prior to joining Explore St. Louis, Sander served in a variety of capacities for the Greater St. Louis Area Council, Boy Scouts of America including District Director and District Executive.  She also served as Youth Ministries Director for the Salvation Army, and was a Youth Minister for the South Side Christian Center.

Sander’s has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology degree from Central Methodist University and an Associate of Arts in Psychology degree from State Fair Community College.

Explore St. Louis is the driving force behind St. Louis’ $5 billion convention and tourism industry, the official destination marketing organization of St. Louis City and County and operator of the America’s Center Convention Complex. 

Terri Rollings Joins the Leica Geosystems Team

Terri Rollings

Rollings has joined Leica Geosystems as Territory Sales Representative for Building Construction and Survey products in Missouri and Southern Illinois.    With a background of over 25 years serving the St. Louis construction market, Terri brings expertise in a wide range of topics, from positioning with robotic total stations, to laser levels, to underground detection solutions. Terri is based in St. Louis, MO and can be reached at terri.rollings@leica-geosystems.com or via telephone at (314) 240-2219.

March 30, 2018

Mosby Building Arts Expands Their Design & Sales Department

Mosby Building Arts is pleased to announce the addition of two new licensed architects, Arthur Merdinian as a Home Consultant and Architect, and Lucy Stopsky as Architect.

Lucy Stopsky

Lucy Stopsky is our new licensed Architect; She is licensed in Missouri and Illinois. Lucy received her bachelor’s degree in Architecture from University of Illinois, and her master’s degree in Architecture from Washington University. She has several years of experience with residential design-build firms. Lucy has been working in Chicago, Illinois for the past five years, and is excited to move back to her hometown of St. Louis. Mosby Building Arts is excited to have her on the team!

Arthur Merinian

Arthur Merdinian is joining our team as a Home Consultant and Architect, he is licensed in Missouri and Illinois. Arthur received his bachelor’s degree in Arts from Hobart College, then his master’s degree in Architecture from Washington University. He has 25 years of experience in the residential remodeling and construction industry. Arthur is also an active chairman with the St. Louis Building Code Review Committee. Mosby Building Arts looks forward to Arthur bringing his knowledge to the team.

Mosby Building Arts continues to expand in all areas. For other open positions at Mosby Building Arts, visit their Careers page.

Mosby Building Arts has been the trusted resource for discerning home owners for residential architecture, design, and remodeling in Metro St. Louis for over 70 years. Learn more at www.CallMosby.com.

Greensfelder Attorney Jessica Courtway Named 2018 ABA Forum on Construction Law Diversity Fellow

Jessica Courtway

Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C. is pleased to announce that Jessica Courtway, an attorney in the firm’s St. Louis office, has been selected by the American Bar Association (ABA) Forum on Construction Law as a 2018 Diversity Fellow.

The ABA Forum on Construction Diversity Fellowship program aims to draw diverse construction lawyers into the ranks of active, long-term forum members by identifying those who have demonstrated interest in the Forum on Construction and are potential candidates for future Forum leadership. The largest organization of construction lawyers in the United States, the ABA Forum on Construction Law has more than 6,000 members who represent all segments of the construction industry.

Ms. Courtway is a member of Greensfelder’s Construction industry group, representing clients in a variety of construction matters including construction litigation and arbitration, prosecution of mechanic’s liens, contract negotiation, and contractor licensing issues.

Ms. Courtway also holds a number of leadership positions in professional and community organizations. She serves as president of the Missouri Asian-American Bar Association and vice chair of the Young Lawyers Division of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis.

Ms. Courtway received her J.D. (cum laude) from Washington University School of Law and her Bachelor of Arts (magna cum laude) from Saint Louis University.

Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C., founded in 1895, is a full-service law firm with offices in St. Louis, Chicago and Belleville, Ill.  Greensfelder offers comprehensive legal solutions for clients locally, nationally and internationally. Areas of practice include business services; communications and media; construction; creditors’ rights and bankruptcy; educational, religious and tax-exempt organizations; employee benefits; employment and labor; energy; franchising and distribution; health care; intellectual property; litigation; real estate; securities and financial services; and trusts and estates.  Find out more at www.greensfelder.com.

Western Specialty Contractors Promotes Jon Carden to Branch Manager of its San Francisco Branch

Jon Carden

Western Specialty Contractors has promoted Jon Carden of Hayward, CA to Branch Manager of its San Francisco branch office. Carden was previously Superintendent at the branch.

Serving Northern California since 1965, Western’s San Francisco branch offers the following commercial specialty services:

  • Building cleaning
  • Concrete restoration
  • EIFS restoration/recoating
  • Epoxy and chemical grout injection
  • Expansion joint systems
  • Exterior wall coatings
  • Masonry restoration
  • Parking deck restoration
  • Waterproofing

Carden will be responsible for running the branch office, which will include marketing, sales, estimating, oversight of operations and administrative functions, safety of all branch employees, and productivity of office staff and field crews. Additionally, Carden will be responsible for ensuring the branch’s profitability by forecasting and managing the budget, identifying market trends, ensuring quality control and building/maintaining customer relationships.

Carden has been with Western Specialty Contractors since 2003, and has held the positions of Craftsman, Foreman and Superintendent at the San Francisco Branch before being promoted to Branch Manager. He has worked in the waterproofing industry for a total of 36 years.

He is a member of ASTM International, an international standards organization that develops and publishes voluntary consensus technical standards for a wide range of materials, products, systems and services. Carden is serving on an ASTM committee to update the cold applied waterproofing standard.

Additionally, Carden is acting as an advisor to the Sam Mazza Foundation, offering guidance on maintaining the 109-year-old castle located in Pacifica, CA.

Family-owned and operated for more than 100 years, Western Specialty Contractors is the nation’s largest specialty contractor in masonry and concrete restoration, waterproofing and specialty roofing.  For more information about Western Specialty Contractors, visit www.westernspecialtycontractors.com.

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Explore St. Louis Welcomes Anaja “AJ” Sander as New Director of Community Engagement

Anaja Sanders

Explore St. Louis is pleased to announce the hiring of Anaja “AJ” Sander as new Director of Community Engagement. In her new role, Sander will serve as a community liaison for Explore St. Louis and the lead development representative for the St. Louis Civic Pride Foundation.  She will also guide several committees, as well as maintain and develop relationships with stakeholders throughout the St. Louis region.

Prior to joining Explore St. Louis, Sander served in a variety of capacities for the Greater St. Louis Area Council, Boy Scouts of America including District Director and District Executive.  She also served as Youth Ministries Director for the Salvation Army, and was a Youth Minister for the South Side Christian Center.

Sander’s has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology degree from Central Methodist University and an Associate of Arts in Psychology degree from State Fair Community College.

Explore St. Louis is the driving force behind St. Louis’ $5 billion convention and tourism industry, the official destination marketing organization of St. Louis City and County and operator of the America’s Center Convention Complex. 

Terri Rollings Joins the Leica Geosystems Team

Terri Rollings

Rollings has joined Leica Geosystems as Territory Sales Representative for Building Construction and Survey products in Missouri and Southern Illinois.    With a background of over 25 years serving the St. Louis construction market, Terri brings expertise in a wide range of topics, from positioning with robotic total stations, to laser levels, to underground detection solutions. Terri is based in St. Louis, MO and can be reached at terri.rollings@leica-geosystems.com or via telephone at (314) 240-2219.

March 30, 2018

Mosby Building Arts Expands Their Design & Sales Department

Mosby Building Arts is pleased to announce the addition of two new licensed architects, Arthur Merdinian as a Home Consultant and Architect, and Lucy Stopsky as Architect.

Lucy Stopsky

Lucy Stopsky is our new licensed Architect; She is licensed in Missouri and Illinois. Lucy received her bachelor’s degree in Architecture from University of Illinois, and her master’s degree in Architecture from Washington University. She has several years of experience with residential design-build firms. Lucy has been working in Chicago, Illinois for the past five years, and is excited to move back to her hometown of St. Louis. Mosby Building Arts is excited to have her on the team!

Arthur Merinian

Arthur Merdinian is joining our team as a Home Consultant and Architect, he is licensed in Missouri and Illinois. Arthur received his bachelor’s degree in Arts from Hobart College, then his master’s degree in Architecture from Washington University. He has 25 years of experience in the residential remodeling and construction industry. Arthur is also an active chairman with the St. Louis Building Code Review Committee. Mosby Building Arts looks forward to Arthur bringing his knowledge to the team.

Mosby Building Arts continues to expand in all areas. For other open positions at Mosby Building Arts, visit their Careers page.

Mosby Building Arts has been the trusted resource for discerning home owners for residential architecture, design, and remodeling in Metro St. Louis for over 70 years. Learn more at www.CallMosby.com.

Greensfelder Attorney Jessica Courtway Named 2018 ABA Forum on Construction Law Diversity Fellow

Jessica Courtway

Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C. is pleased to announce that Jessica Courtway, an attorney in the firm’s St. Louis office, has been selected by the American Bar Association (ABA) Forum on Construction Law as a 2018 Diversity Fellow.

The ABA Forum on Construction Diversity Fellowship program aims to draw diverse construction lawyers into the ranks of active, long-term forum members by identifying those who have demonstrated interest in the Forum on Construction and are potential candidates for future Forum leadership. The largest organization of construction lawyers in the United States, the ABA Forum on Construction Law has more than 6,000 members who represent all segments of the construction industry.

Ms. Courtway is a member of Greensfelder’s Construction industry group, representing clients in a variety of construction matters including construction litigation and arbitration, prosecution of mechanic’s liens, contract negotiation, and contractor licensing issues.

Ms. Courtway also holds a number of leadership positions in professional and community organizations. She serves as president of the Missouri Asian-American Bar Association and vice chair of the Young Lawyers Division of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis.

Ms. Courtway received her J.D. (cum laude) from Washington University School of Law and her Bachelor of Arts (magna cum laude) from Saint Louis University.

Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C., founded in 1895, is a full-service law firm with offices in St. Louis, Chicago and Belleville, Ill.  Greensfelder offers comprehensive legal solutions for clients locally, nationally and internationally. Areas of practice include business services; communications and media; construction; creditors’ rights and bankruptcy; educational, religious and tax-exempt organizations; employee benefits; employment and labor; energy; franchising and distribution; health care; intellectual property; litigation; real estate; securities and financial services; and trusts and estates.  Find out more at www.greensfelder.com.

Western Specialty Contractors Promotes Jon Carden to Branch Manager of its San Francisco Branch

Jon Carden

Western Specialty Contractors has promoted Jon Carden of Hayward, CA to Branch Manager of its San Francisco branch office. Carden was previously Superintendent at the branch.

Serving Northern California since 1965, Western’s San Francisco branch offers the following commercial specialty services:

  • Building cleaning
  • Concrete restoration
  • EIFS restoration/recoating
  • Epoxy and chemical grout injection
  • Expansion joint systems
  • Exterior wall coatings
  • Masonry restoration
  • Parking deck restoration
  • Waterproofing

Carden will be responsible for running the branch office, which will include marketing, sales, estimating, oversight of operations and administrative functions, safety of all branch employees, and productivity of office staff and field crews. Additionally, Carden will be responsible for ensuring the branch’s profitability by forecasting and managing the budget, identifying market trends, ensuring quality control and building/maintaining customer relationships.

Carden has been with Western Specialty Contractors since 2003, and has held the positions of Craftsman, Foreman and Superintendent at the San Francisco Branch before being promoted to Branch Manager. He has worked in the waterproofing industry for a total of 36 years.

He is a member of ASTM International, an international standards organization that develops and publishes voluntary consensus technical standards for a wide range of materials, products, systems and services. Carden is serving on an ASTM committee to update the cold applied waterproofing standard.

Additionally, Carden is acting as an advisor to the Sam Mazza Foundation, offering guidance on maintaining the 109-year-old castle located in Pacifica, CA.

Family-owned and operated for more than 100 years, Western Specialty Contractors is the nation’s largest specialty contractor in masonry and concrete restoration, waterproofing and specialty roofing.  For more information about Western Specialty Contractors, visit www.westernspecialtycontractors.com.

March 23, 2018

Western Specialty Contractors Hires Jillian Chew as National Account Program Manager

Jillian Chew

Western Specialty Contractors has hired Jillian Chew of Wildwood, MO as National Account Program Manager. In this role, Chew will assist in the company’s efforts to identify, establish and develop relationships with large, multi-location customers. Assigned to three to five customers, Chew will also work to establish productive, professional relationships with high-level executives and other key contacts for all assigned client accounts, as well as effectively communicate to customers the benefits of a national account partnership with Western.

Chew has seven years of sales experience, having previously worked as a Retirement Sales Representative for Paychex, an Admissions Advisor for Kaplan University and an Admissions Representative for Corinthian College.

She has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Communication from the University of Missouri St. Louis and an MBA from Kaplan University.

Family-owned and operated for more than 100 years, Western Specialty Contractors is the nation’s largest specialty contractor in masonry and concrete restoration, waterproofing and specialty roofing. For more information about Western Specialty Contractors, visit www.westernspecialtycontractors.com.

Eva Fryar, Vice President of Construction Operations at Payne Family Homes

Named to Professional Builder Magazine’s 40 Under 40 Class of 2018

Payne Family Homes, a leading St. Louis, Missouri based homebuilder, is proud to announce that Vice President of Construction Operations Eva Fryar has been selected for Professional Builder magazine’s 40 Under 40 Class of 2018, featured in their March 2018 issue. Her contributions are a key reason that Payne Family Homes has become the St. Louis metropolitan area’s fastest-growing homebuilder, growing from $7 million in sales in 2009 to $90 million in 2017. She also is one of a very few women to hold the title of Vice President of Construction Operations in a male-dominated field.

Fryar provides strategic leadership and direction for the homebuilder’s growing portfolio of residential homes in the St. Louis, Missouri metropolitan region. She oversees 26 people including field superintendents, estimators, and the company’s in-house architecture, purchasing and customer care teams. She also coordinates the efforts of approximately 100 suppliers.

She is charged with opening six new residential developments in early 2018, as well as again leading the campaign and building efforts for the 2018 St. Louis St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway house, an effort that has helped raise over $4 million to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital since 2014.

In addition to her achievements at Payne Family Homes, Fryar is chair of the committee for the St. Louis Professional Women in Building Council. She is also an active member of the St. Louis Home Builders Association for which she sits on its board of directors and is helping to start the association’s student education chapter. Fryar has been a judge for the National Home Builders Association Residential Construction Management Competition, which gives college students the opportunity to apply skills learned in the classroom by completing a management project/proposal for an actual construction company. She also volunteers with Habitat for Humanity and helps build a house every year for a low-income family.

“Eva is exceptionally bright and a great contributor to Payne’s executive team and its overall strategic direction,” says Ken Kruse, Payne Family Homes president. “We are very proud of Eva’s dedication, her perfecting of new processes and the way she leads her team. This recognition is well deserved.” 

Professional Builder received more than 150 nominations this year, illustrating the depth of talent among this collection of future and present industry leaders. The magazine’s editors selected the winners based on both personal and professional accomplishments. This year’s class included 15 women and 25 men representing all regions of the United States.

For more information about Payne Family Homes, visit www.paynefamilyhomes.com or call 314-477-1218.

Byrne & Jones Construction Adds Christine Lips & Michael Stolze as Accounting Assistants

Christine Lips

Christine Lips and Michael Stolze have joined Byrne & Jones Construction as accounting assistants.  Byrne & Jones is a diversified St. Louis civil site contractor serving clients through six divisions – concrete, sports, asphalt, soil stabilization, marine and micro-surfacing.

Lips received her degree in business administration and management and a minor in mathematics from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.   Stolze received his degree in accountancy from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

Michael Stolz

Founded in 1976, Byrne & Jones Construction builds and maintains parking lots, roads and highways, athletic fields, running tracks, tennis courts, underground drainage systems and paved surfaces and performs a variety of marine construction.  Learn more at www.byrneandjones.com. 

Western Specialty Contractors Promotes Tom Brooks to Chief Operating Officer

Tom Brooks

Western Specialty Contractors proudly announces the promotion of Sr. Vice President of Operations Tom Brooks to the position of Chief Operating Officer (COO), effective Jan. 1, 2018. Brooks replaces COO Jim Rechtin, Sr., who retired from Western after 46 years of service.

Brooks will utilize his more than 20 years of construction industry experience to oversee and manage all aspects of day-to-day operations, plus implement strategies for continued bottom line growth. He plans to work closely with Western’s  President Jeff Kelley to develop and propose new programs that support the company’s short- and long-term objectives.

“Tom has demonstrated strong business acumen, along with the ability to lead and mentor others,” said Kelley. “I am very excited for Tom and I look forward to new opportunities in 2018 and beyond.”

Brooks started with Western in 2012 as Vice President – Operations and Business Development, then was promoted to Sr. Vice President of Operations in 2016.

Brooks has a degree in Building Construction Management from Purdue University – North Central Campus and an AAS in Electrical Engineering Technology from Southern Illinois University. He was a Corporal in the United States Marine Corps, a veteran of Desert Storm and a graduate of the Military Police Academy. He is a member of the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA), Construction Users Round Table (CURT) and U.S. Green Building Council.

Family-owned and operated for over 100 years, Western Specialty Contractors is the nation’s largest specialty contractor in masonry and concrete restoration, waterproofing and specialty roofing. For more information about Western Specialty Contractors, visit www.westernspecialtycontractors.com.

 

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Mosby Building Arts Expands Their Design & Sales Department

The St. Louis remodeling firm hires two new architects.

Mosby Building Arts is pleased to announce the addition of two new licensed architects, Arthur Merdinian as a Home Consultant and Architect, and Lucy Stopsky as Architect.

Lucy Stopsky

Lucy Stopsky is our new licensed Architect; She is licensed in Missouri and Illinois. Lucy received her bachelor’s degree in Architecture from University of Illinois, and her master’s degree in Architecture from Washington University. She has several years of experience with residential design-build firms. Lucy has been working in Chicago, Illinois for the past five years, and is excited to move back to her hometown of St. Louis. Mosby Building Arts is excited to have her on the team!

Arthur Merinian

Arthur Merdinian is joining our team as a Home Consultant and Architect, he is licensed in Missouri and Illinois. Arthur received his bachelor’s degree in Arts from Hobart College, then his master’s degree in Architecture from Washington University. He has 25 years of experience in the residential remodeling and construction industry. Arthur is also an active chairman with the St. Louis Building Code Review Committee. Mosby Building Arts looks forward to Arthur bringing his knowledge to the team.

Mosby Building Arts continues to expand in all areas. For other open positions at Mosby Building Arts, visit their Careers page.

Mosby Building Arts has been the trusted resource for discerning home owners for residential architecture, design, and remodeling in Metro St. Louis for over 70 years. Learn more at www.CallMosby.com.

Greensfelder Attorney Jessica Courtway Named 2018 ABA Forum on Construction Law Diversity Fellow

Jessica Courtway

Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C. is pleased to announce that Jessica Courtway, an attorney in the firm’s St. Louis office, has been selected by the American Bar Association (ABA) Forum on Construction Law as a 2018 Diversity Fellow.

The ABA Forum on Construction Diversity Fellowship program aims to draw diverse construction lawyers into the ranks of active, long-term forum members by identifying those who have demonstrated interest in the Forum on Construction and are potential candidates for future Forum leadership. The largest organization of construction lawyers in the United States, the ABA Forum on Construction Law has more than 6,000 members who represent all segments of the construction industry.

Ms. Courtway is a member of Greensfelder’s Construction industry group, representing clients in a variety of construction matters including construction litigation and arbitration, prosecution of mechanic’s liens, contract negotiation, and contractor licensing issues.

Ms. Courtway also holds a number of leadership positions in professional and community organizations. She serves as president of the Missouri Asian-American Bar Association and vice chair of the Young Lawyers Division of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis.

Ms. Courtway received her J.D. (cum laude) from Washington University School of Law and her Bachelor of Arts (magna cum laude) from Saint Louis University.

Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C., founded in 1895, is a full-service law firm with offices in St. Louis, Chicago and Belleville, Ill.  Greensfelder offers comprehensive legal solutions for clients locally, nationally and internationally. Areas of practice include business services; communications and media; construction; creditors’ rights and bankruptcy; educational, religious and tax-exempt organizations; employee benefits; employment and labor; energy; franchising and distribution; health care; intellectual property; litigation; real estate; securities and financial services; and trusts and estates.  Find out more at www.greensfelder.com.

Western Specialty Contractors Promotes Jon Carden to Branch Manager of its San Francisco Branch

Jon Carden

Western Specialty Contractors has promoted Jon Carden of Hayward, CA to Branch Manager of its San Francisco branch office. Carden was previously Superintendent at the branch.

Serving Northern California since 1965, Western’s San Francisco branch offers the following commercial specialty services:

  • Building cleaning
  • Concrete restoration
  • EIFS restoration/recoating
  • Epoxy and chemical grout injection
  • Expansion joint systems
  • Exterior wall coatings
  • Masonry restoration
  • Parking deck restoration
  • Waterproofing

Carden will be responsible for running the branch office, which will include marketing, sales, estimating, oversight of operations and administrative functions, safety of all branch employees, and productivity of office staff and field crews. Additionally, Carden will be responsible for ensuring the branch’s profitability by forecasting and managing the budget, identifying market trends, ensuring quality control and building/maintaining customer relationships.

Carden has been with Western Specialty Contractors since 2003, and has held the positions of Craftsman, Foreman and Superintendent at the San Francisco Branch before being promoted to Branch Manager. He has worked in the waterproofing industry for a total of 36 years.

He is a member of ASTM International, an international standards organization that develops and publishes voluntary consensus technical standards for a wide range of materials, products, systems and services. Carden is serving on an ASTM committee to update the cold applied waterproofing standard.

Additionally, Carden is acting as an advisor to the Sam Mazza Foundation, offering guidance on maintaining the 109-year-old castle located in Pacifica, CA.

Family-owned and operated for more than 100 years, Western Specialty Contractors is the nation’s largest specialty contractor in masonry and concrete restoration, waterproofing and specialty roofing.  For more information about Western Specialty Contractors, visit www.westernspecialtycontractors.com.

March 23, 2018

Western Specialty Contractors Hires Jillian Chew as National Account Program Manager

Jillian Chew

Western Specialty Contractors has hired Jillian Chew of Wildwood, MO as National Account Program Manager. In this role, Chew will assist in the company’s efforts to identify, establish and develop relationships with large, multi-location customers. Assigned to three to five customers, Chew will also work to establish productive, professional relationships with high-level executives and other key contacts for all assigned client accounts, as well as effectively communicate to customers the benefits of a national account partnership with Western.

Chew has seven years of sales experience, having previously worked as a Retirement Sales Representative for Paychex, an Admissions Advisor for Kaplan University and an Admissions Representative for Corinthian College.

She has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Communication from the University of Missouri St. Louis and an MBA from Kaplan University.

Family-owned and operated for more than 100 years, Western Specialty Contractors is the nation’s largest specialty contractor in masonry and concrete restoration, waterproofing and specialty roofing. For more information about Western Specialty Contractors, visit www.westernspecialtycontractors.com.

Eva Fryar, Vice President of Construction Operations at Payne Family Homes

Named to Professional Builder Magazine’s 40 Under 40 Class of 2018

Payne Family Homes, a leading St. Louis, Missouri based homebuilder, is proud to announce that Vice President of Construction Operations Eva Fryar has been selected for Professional Builder magazine’s 40 Under 40 Class of 2018, featured in their March 2018 issue. Her contributions are a key reason that Payne Family Homes has become the St. Louis metropolitan area’s fastest-growing homebuilder, growing from $7 million in sales in 2009 to $90 million in 2017. She also is one of a very few women to hold the title of Vice President of Construction Operations in a male-dominated field.

Fryar provides strategic leadership and direction for the homebuilder’s growing portfolio of residential homes in the St. Louis, Missouri metropolitan region. She oversees 26 people including field superintendents, estimators, and the company’s in-house architecture, purchasing and customer care teams. She also coordinates the efforts of approximately 100 suppliers.

She is charged with opening six new residential developments in early 2018, as well as again leading the campaign and building efforts for the 2018 St. Louis St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway house, an effort that has helped raise over $4 million to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital since 2014.

In addition to her achievements at Payne Family Homes, Fryar is chair of the committee for the St. Louis Professional Women in Building Council. She is also an active member of the St. Louis Home Builders Association for which she sits on its board of directors and is helping to start the association’s student education chapter. Fryar has been a judge for the National Home Builders Association Residential Construction Management Competition, which gives college students the opportunity to apply skills learned in the classroom by completing a management project/proposal for an actual construction company. She also volunteers with Habitat for Humanity and helps build a house every year for a low-income family.

“Eva is exceptionally bright and a great contributor to Payne’s executive team and its overall strategic direction,” says Ken Kruse, Payne Family Homes president. “We are very proud of Eva’s dedication, her perfecting of new processes and the way she leads her team. This recognition is well deserved.” 

Professional Builder received more than 150 nominations this year, illustrating the depth of talent among this collection of future and present industry leaders. The magazine’s editors selected the winners based on both personal and professional accomplishments. This year’s class included 15 women and 25 men representing all regions of the United States.

For more information about Payne Family Homes, visit www.paynefamilyhomes.com or call 314-477-1218.

Byrne & Jones Construction Adds Christine Lips & Michael Stolze as Accounting Assistants

Christine Lips

Christine Lips and Michael Stolze have joined Byrne & Jones Construction as accounting assistants.  Byrne & Jones is a diversified St. Louis civil site contractor serving clients through six divisions – concrete, sports, asphalt, soil stabilization, marine and micro-surfacing.

Lips received her degree in business administration and management and a minor in mathematics from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.   Stolze received his degree in accountancy from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

Michael Stolz

Founded in 1976, Byrne & Jones Construction builds and maintains parking lots, roads and highways, athletic fields, running tracks, tennis courts, underground drainage systems and paved surfaces and performs a variety of marine construction.  Learn more at www.byrneandjones.com. 

Western Specialty Contractors Promotes Tom Brooks to Chief Operating Officer

Tom Brooks

Western Specialty Contractors proudly announces the promotion of Sr. Vice President of Operations Tom Brooks to the position of Chief Operating Officer (COO), effective Jan. 1, 2018. Brooks replaces COO Jim Rechtin, Sr., who retired from Western after 46 years of service.

Brooks will utilize his more than 20 years of construction industry experience to oversee and manage all aspects of day-to-day operations, plus implement strategies for continued bottom line growth. He plans to work closely with Western’s  President Jeff Kelley to develop and propose new programs that support the company’s short- and long-term objectives.

“Tom has demonstrated strong business acumen, along with the ability to lead and mentor others,” said Kelley. “I am very excited for Tom and I look forward to new opportunities in 2018 and beyond.”

Brooks started with Western in 2012 as Vice President – Operations and Business Development, then was promoted to Sr. Vice President of Operations in 2016.

Brooks has a degree in Building Construction Management from Purdue University – North Central Campus and an AAS in Electrical Engineering Technology from Southern Illinois University. He was a Corporal in the United States Marine Corps, a veteran of Desert Storm and a graduate of the Military Police Academy. He is a member of the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA), Construction Users Round Table (CURT) and U.S. Green Building Council.

Family-owned and operated for over 100 years, Western Specialty Contractors is the nation’s largest specialty contractor in masonry and concrete restoration, waterproofing and specialty roofing. For more information about Western Specialty Contractors, visit www.westernspecialtycontractors.com.

New Hires at PGAV Destinations
Extensive Staffing Increases Continue in Newly-renovated Downtown Studio

St. Louis-based design firm PGAV Destinations announces the hiring of an additional six new team members, bringing fresh skillsets to newly-created positions. “This group of exciting talent comes on the heels of 16 new hires we announced in November of last year,” said PGAV Principal and Chair Mike Konzen. “PGAV’s explosive growth in new clients and more ambitious, ground-breaking projects require that we greatly expand our abilities. These new passionate and creative team members are ready to embrace that opportunity.”

Matt Halveland

BIM Manager Matt Halveland, from Florissant, MO, received his Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from the Kansas State University College of Architecture Planning and Design (’03). He has previously worked as an Associate Designer and Project and BIM Manager at LNB Architecture and Interiors.

Whitney Jones

Receptionist and Hospitality Specialist Whitney Jones, from St. Louis, MO, received her Bachelor of Science and Arts in Applied Behavioral Science from Fontbonne University (’14). She has previously served as a nanny, in animal management for Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus, and as Interim Elephant Manager at the Elephant Conservation Centre in Nairobi.

Jedd Pellerin

Project Architect Jedd Pellerin, from Manchester, VT, received his Bachelor of Science in Architectural Technology with a minor in Management from Keene State College (’00). He has previously served as a project manager for both The McBride Company and Ridberg+Associates, as well as a Principal Architect for Socius Architects.

Kathleen Robert

Senior Graphic Designer Kathleen Robert, from St. Louis, MO, received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from the University of Kansas (’89) and attended Saint Louis University. She has previously served as an adjunct professor at the University of Missouri, as well as art director and graphic designer for both Kiku Obata & Company and Zipatoni.

Matthew Scott

Visual Storyteller Matthew Scott, from Chicago, IL, holds his Associates in English and Communication from East-West University (’07). A professional photgorapher and videographer, he has been working as a freelance Cinematographer and Sound Engineer on countless national and international projects, including the 2016 Presidential Debates, Square-Enix, Yoplait, and more.

P. J. Tamayo

Returning designer P.J. Tamayo, from Orlando, FL, is a graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design (’02) with a Bachelor of Arts in Sequential Art with minors in both Video and Drawing. He has previously worked at Oracle as a Principal Multimedia Specialist, and a Creative Manager at Falcon’s Treehouse (now Falcon’s Creative Group).

PGAV has recently completed a $3.2m renovation to accommodate its growing team and the exciting needs of its client base. The expanding design firm is currently hiring Graphic Designers, Designers, Illustrators, Intern Architects, Architects, and Project Architects. Visit http://pgavdestinations.com/about/careers/ to learn more.

PGAV Destinations is a global leader in the planning and design of unique destinations. Now entering its sixth decade, the practice has evolved to become the ideal destination-consulting partner, skilled at developing growth-oriented master plans and translating those plans into successful projects.

Oculus Inc. Announces New National Director of Business Development

Oculus Inc., a full-service architecture and interior design firm headquartered in St. Louis, announces the addition of Heather Nauss as National Director of Business Development. In her role, Nauss will lead client relationship management and strategy development for the company’s St. Louis, Dallas and Portland offices, and will be instrumental in growing Oculus’ business in the healthcare, retail, corporate, education, hospitality, restaurant and government markets.

Nauss brings over 15 years of experience in the architecture and design industry where she has held positions in business development and marketing at companies including Working Spaces, Inc., Harley Ellis Devereaux and M2 Architecture Studio. Throughout her experience, Nauss has proven her success in sales as a crucial member of a development team that achieved a 90% project win hit rate, as well as a key member of the largest, most successful design studio that exceeded sales goals by 2%.

Nauss earned a B.S. degree in Marketing Communications from Missouri State University. She is currently a board member for Books for STL Kids and is a member of CREW St. Louis, Urban Land Institute and American Society for Healthcare Engineering.

Oculus Inc. delivers comprehensive architecture, interior, planning and move management services that support business change and promote business value. Oculus is WBE-Certified and regularly cited in top industry rankings for retail architecture and design, sustainability, interior design and overall growth. www.oculusinc.com.

New Hires at Murphy Company

Michael Hughes

Michael Hughes, P.E., has been appointed senior engineer for Murphy Company, a leading mechanical engineering and contracting firm. The announcement was made by Mike Werdes, manager, design/build. Hughes, a licensed professional engineer, brings more than 20 years of experience creating innovative cost-efficient designs in manufacturing as well as the pharmaceutical, aviation, chemical and life sciences industries.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Missouri-Columbia and is licensed in five states, including Missouri, Illinois, Texas, Utah and Arizona. “We are delighted to have someone with Mike’s vast experience and abilities join our team,” said Werdes.  “His project experience and technical knowledge fits well with our highly capable engineering team.”

Steven Bruening

Steven Bruening has joined Murphy Company in the role of plumbing designer. Bill McKanna, plumbing supervisor for the mechanical engineering and contracting firm, made the announcement. Bruening holds a bachelor’s degree in construction management and design from Southeast Missouri State University.  With more than 10 years in the construction industry, Bruening worked four-and-one-half years as a plumbing/fire protection designer and, earlier, as a CAD technician for two different Midwestern engineering firms. He also is an active member of the American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE). He is background includes the Boy Scouts of America where he attained the rank of Eagle Scout and was elected to the “Order of the Arrow” after having held several leadership positions. He attended Marquette High School where he attended college preparatory courses and utilized AutoCAD.

Trish Munsell

Trish Munsell has been appointed contract administrator at Murphy Co., a leading mechanical engineering and contracting firm.  The appointment was announced by Brian Norvell, general counsel. Munsell, who holds a bachelor of science degree from Southeast Missouri State University, has worked in contract administration for both Centene Corp. and Express Scripts, Inc., among others. She previously served as assistant vice president/director of business development for Ansira Marketing. Prior to that, she served as a paralegal with TLC Vision Corp. and a legal assistant in the legal/compliance group at NISA Investment Advisors, L.L.C.

Murphy Company is one of the nation’s top mechanical contracting and engineering firms delivering innovative solutions to the commercial, industrial and institutional markets. Founded in 1907, the firm employs more than 1,000 people nationwide. For more information, visit www.murphynet.com.

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KAI Hires Veronica Castro de Barrera to Manage Multiple Transit Projects in Texas, Expand National Market

Veronica Castro de Barrera

KAI proudly announces the addition of architect Veronica Castro de Barrera, AIA, LEED AP, as Transit Studio Leader in its Dallas, TX office.

“Veronica, as the leader of the Transit Group, seeks to bring her expertise, love and compassion for mobility solutions to KAI as we look to serve transit-focused clients nationally,” said Darren James, AIA, President and COO of KAI Texas. “Additionally, Veronica will work with our teams to ensure that mobility from all modes of transportation is incorporated into our community transformative projects.”

KAI has designed and managed the construction of more than 100 light rail stations in the Midwest and Southwest United States. Current transit projects include planning for the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) Cotton Belt Station, DART D2 Station, San Antonio VIA Brooks City-Base Transit Center and Austin Capital Metro IDIQ, as well as planning and review of DART’s overall security of the urban core stations.

Castro de Barrera has grown in her professional architectural career over the past 20 years where she has pursued her passion to design public projects that improve the quality of life. She specializes in transit and recreation projects, which include design of the high-capacity transit Metro Rail Stations for the first commuter rail line in Austin, TX, as well as the preliminary design of the Metro Rail downtown station for the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority in Austin. Her creativity extends to public art installations where she was commissioned by the City of Austin Convention Center to create an interactive piece of art for the city at the corner of Trinity and Cesar Chavez streets in downtown Austin, which was unveiled in July 2016.

Other Austin-area projects she has designed and managed include: the Lakeline Station Park and Ride, Austin Convention Center exterior renovations and ADA improvements, bicycle commuter project for the City of Austin, Tech Ridge Park and Ride, Milton Reimers Ranch Park and Cooperfield Neighborhood Park.

“I am passionate about transit, walkable cities, public art and all aspects of active mobility, place-making and land use that promotes complete, equitable and sustainable communities,” said Castro de Barrera. “I believe that good design strengthens communities, especially when the urban fabric connects people to opportunities and delights the human spirit.”

Castro de Barrera has a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Texas at San Antonio and is registered with the Texas Board of Architectural Examiners. She is also certified as a LEED Accredited Professional through the United States Green Building Council.

Castro de Barrera is a member of the American Institute of Architects, Texas Society of Architects and Congress for the New Urbanism. She serves on the Board of Directors for Creative Action and Congress for the New Urbanism Central Texas Chapter.

KAI Design & Build is a national 100+ person design and build firm headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri. For more information about KAI Design & Build, visit www.kai-db.com or call 314-241-8188.

Byrne & Jones Matt Hicks, CFB-S, Earns Certified Sports Builder Designation

Matt Hicks

Matt Hicks, CFB-S, of Byrne & Jones Sports has been named a certified sports builder.  The American Sports Builders Association (ASBA) has awarded the certified field builder designation to Hicks, who is director of project management for Byrne & Jones Sports.  Byrne & Jones now has seven certified sports builders on its staff.

Hicks earned his CFB-S designation by documenting his experience in the industry building athletic fields and passing an examination on all relevant areas of constructing sports fields.  Hicks has built more than 30 athletic fields including the synthetic turf fields at Sportport International in Maryland Heights, Mo., Missouri Rush Soccer Complex in O’Fallon,Mo.,  Chaminade College Preparatory School baseball & football stadiums in Creve Coeur, Mo., Millikin University football and softball stadiums in Decatur, Ill. and LaBar Practice Fields at the University of Notre Dame.

Hicks has a degree in construction management from Missouri State University in Springfield, Mo.

With more than 450 member companies, ASBA is a national organization for builders, designers and suppliers of materials for tennis courts, running track, natural and synthetic turf fields, indoor and outdoor synthetic sports surfaces.  It has served has a centralized source for technical information, including consumer-oriented information since 1965.  For more information, visit www.sportsbuilders.org

Founded in 1976, Byrne & Jones Construction is a diversified St. Louis civil site contractor. Learn more at www.byrneandjones.com.

Maevers Promoted to Senior Project Manager for Murphy Co.

Joel Maevers

Joel Maevers, P.E., LEED AP, has been promoted to senior project manager at Murphy Co., a leading mechanical engineering and contracting firm.  The promotion was announced by Conrad Philipp, vice president, commercial.

“Since joining Murphy in 2015 as a project manager, Joel has demonstrated an exceptional ability to develop relationships with customers and to lead our field team members,” said Philipp. “He also has developed a new labor tracking system which we are using on the majority of our larger projects. It has proven to be very helpful.”

A 2000 graduate of the University of Missouri-Rolla  with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, Maevers is a licensed professional engineer in both Missouri and Illinois, a LEED accredited professional (2007), and a Chicago Register Energy Professional.

A member of the Mechanical Contractors Association, Maevers previously served as a designer, estimator and project manager for a plumbing contractor. He also was previously appointed by St. Louis County to the Board of Examiners as the professional engineer on the five-member committee responsible for approving licensure examination for all plumbers, pipe fitters and drain layers as well as for review of the exams and test procedures.  He is OSHA 30-hour certified.

Murphy Company is one of the nation’s top mechanical contracting and engineering firms delivering innovative solutions to the commercial, industrial and institutional markets. For more information, visit www.murphynet.com.

IBEW Local 1 Business Manager Frank Jacobs Appointed To the Regional Union Construction Center Board

Frank Jacobs

An organization that works to strengthen the St. Louis minority- and women-owned contracting community has named IBEW Local 1 Business Manager Frank Jacobs to its board of directors.   Jacobs will serve the Regional Union Construction Center (RUCC) for an unspecified term.

RUCC was launched in December 2007 as an initiative of PRIDE of St. Louis, Inc., now known as the Saint Louis Construction Cooperative.   RUCC’s mission is to help minority and women owners of union construction companies grow businesses via a structured program that helps them improve their business skills. After having their operation assessed by industry experts, participants receive a tailored training and educational program, one-on-one counseling and have a five-person business advisory board they meet with monthly.

“Frank Jacobs has taken a pro-active approach to bring more minorities into the construction trades,” said Alan Richter, executive director, RUCC.  “Some of his minority and women members have launched their own electrical contracting businesses and he works the region’s most successful electrical contractors who are members of the St. Louis Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA).  He’ll be a tremendous asset to our board.”

Under Jacobs’ and St. Louis NECA Executive Vice President Doug Martin’s leadership the IBEW/NECA Electrical Connection partnership was recently honored with an Inclusion Award from the St. Louis Council of Construction Consumers.  IBEW/NECA has supported RUCC since its inception 11 years ago.

Jacobs chairs the IBEW/NECA Joint Apprenticeship Trust Fund, which oversees workforce training at the training center.  More 25 percent of apprentices enrolled in the training center are minorities.  In 2017, IBEW/NECA formed an education partnership with St. Louis Community College to further career development.

A native St. Louisan, Jacobs represents 7,000 IBEW members, including 5,000 active members working in the electrical industry.   In addition to workforce development, Jacobs helps guide the Electrical Connection IBEW/NECA partnership in supporting economic development and a number of community betterment initiatives including Rebuilding Together St. Louis, Habitat for Humanity, STEM initiatives and more.  Jacobs is a Saint Louis Science Center advisory board member.  He has served on the Ballwin Athletic Association executive board for more than 20 years and also has served as the St. Louis County Athletic Association president.

Attorney Mara Lahnar Joins Midwest BankCentre’s WomenConnect Advisory Board

Mara Lahnar

Mara J. Lahnar, a partner in the law firm of Mickes O’Toole, LLC, has been elected to the Midwest BankCentre WomenConnect Advisory Board.

Lahnar leads the firm’s banking and finance group, providing comprehensive legal and business counsel to banks, credit unions and other financial institutions. Her work encompasses regulatory compliance, commercial lending, loan enforcement, general counseling, business advising and more.

She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri, Columbia, Mo., and her law degree at Saint Louis University, St. Louis, Mo. A member of the Missouri Bankers Association, she serves on its legal counsel section.

Midwest BankCentre (www.midwestbankcentre.com), founded in St. Louis in 1906, employs a staff of 300 currently working at 19 bank locations in the City of St. Louis, St. Louis County, Jefferson County and St. Charles County. In April 2015, it acquired Southern Commercial Bank, formed in 1891. In July 2016, it purchased Bremen Bank & Trust Co., founded in 1868.

Western Specialty Contractors COO Jim Rechtin, Sr. Retires After 46 Years

Jim Rechtin

Senior Vice President of Operations Tom Brooks Promoted to Fill Position

Western Specialty Contractors bid farewell on Jan. 1, 2018 to Chief Operating Officer Jim Rechtin, Sr. who officially retired from the company after 46 years of dedicated service. Senior Vice President of Operations Tom Brooks has been promoted to replace Rechtin as COO.

“I can tell you, with 46 years of experience working for Western Specialty Contractors, that it is a great place to work, with great people top to bottom, that has endless job opportunities,” said the retiring Rechtin. “Going to work for Western turned into more than just a job for me, it became a lifelong career.”

Rechtin started working for Western in 1971 as a laborer, then was promoted to foreman two years later, then to Superintendent in 1975. In 1977, Rechtin was promoted to Sales/Project manager, then two years later to Department Branch Manager, then to Branch Manager in 1982. In 1992, he was promoted to Region Manager where he served for 14 years before being promoted to Eastern Division Manager where he oversaw 18 branch offices. In 2009, Rechtin was promoted to Vice President of Operations, then to Chief Operating Officer in 2014.

“Western’s growth to over $225 million in revenue can be attributed to Jim’s leadership and dedication. He has been instrumental in mentoring several of our Superintendents and Sales/Project Managers into Branch and Regional Managers,” said Western President Jeff Kelley. “Jim has been a great business partner and friend. I have to say I appreciate his loyalty, help and expertise over the years.”

For the past several years, Rechtin has been preparing his successor for the COO position, and plans to continue working with Western’s senior management team on a consulting basis during his retirement.

Family-owned and operated for over 100 years, Western Specialty Contractors is the nation’s largest specialty contractor in masonry and concrete restoration, waterproofing and specialty roofing. For more information about Western Specialty Contractors, visit www.westernspecialtycontractors.com.

Byrne & Jones Construction Adds Barbara Pogue as Administrative Assistant

BarbaR Pogue

Barbara Pogue has joined Byrne & Jones Construction as an administrative assistant.  Byrne & Jones is a diversified St. Louis civil site contractor serving clients through six divisions – concrete, sports, asphalt, soil stabilization, marine and micro-surfacing.

Founded in 1976, Byrne & Jones Construction builds and maintains parking lots, roads and highways, athletic fields, running tracks, tennis courts, underground drainage systems and paved surfaces and performs a variety of marine construction.  Learn more at www.byrneandjones.com. 

Sarah Sever

Sarah Sever Joins Murphy Co. as HR Coordinator

Sarah Sever has joined Murphy Co. as human resources coordinator.  The announcement was made by Kathy Johnson, director of human resources for the mechanical engineering and contracting firm. Sever has more than five years’ experience in HR and recruiting, having worked for Colibri Learning Group and Bridges Community Support Services in St .Louis. She also worked as a job placement specialist for MERS/Goodwill Industries and as a victim advocate for the St. Charles County Prosecuting

Attorney’s Office.  She holds a Masters in Human Resources from Lindenwood University and earned a Bachelor of Science in social work from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Founded in 1907, Murphy Company is one of the nation’s top mechanical contracting and engineering firms delivering innovative solutions to the commercial, industrial and institutional markets. For more information, visit www.murphynet.com. 

Wendi Prange Joins Lawrence Group

Wendi Prange

Wendi Prange recently joined Lawrence Group as director of talent development. Prange’s role is to foster human collaboration and growth. She will help the firm grow by integrating resources and structure around training and mentoring while fostering individual growth opportunities for employees. Prange attained a Bachelor of Science in management from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and a Master of Business Administration from McKendree University. She brings more than eight years of talent development, employee engagement and action planning experience to Lawrence Group.

Lawrence Group is a building design, development, and project delivery firm with offices in Austin, Charlotte, New York and St. Louis. Visit them at thelawrencegroup.com or connect on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook.

March 16, 2018

Western Specialty Contractors Hires Jillian Chew as National Account Program Manager

Jillian Chew

Western Specialty Contractors has hired Jillian Chew of Wildwood, MO as National Account Program Manager. In this role, Chew will assist in the company’s efforts to identify, establish and develop relationships with large, multi-location customers. Assigned to three to five customers, Chew will also work to establish productive, professional relationships with high-level executives and other key contacts for all assigned client accounts, as well as effectively communicate to customers the benefits of a national account partnership with Western.

Chew has seven years of sales experience, having previously worked as a Retirement Sales Representative for Paychex, an Admissions Advisor for Kaplan University and an Admissions Representative for Corinthian College.

She has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Communication from the University of Missouri St. Louis and an MBA from Kaplan University.

Family-owned and operated for more than 100 years, Western Specialty Contractors is the nation’s largest specialty contractor in masonry and concrete restoration, waterproofing and specialty roofing. For more information about Western Specialty Contractors, visit www.westernspecialtycontractors.com.

Eva Fryar, Vice President of Construction Operations at Payne Family Homes

Named to Professional Builder Magazine’s 40 Under 40 Class of 2018

Payne Family Homes, a leading St. Louis, Missouri based homebuilder, is proud to announce that Vice President of Construction Operations Eva Fryar has been selected for Professional Builder magazine’s 40 Under 40 Class of 2018, featured in their March 2018 issue. Her contributions are a key reason that Payne Family Homes has become the St. Louis metropolitan area’s fastest-growing homebuilder, growing from $7 million in sales in 2009 to $90 million in 2017. She also is one of a very few women to hold the title of Vice President of Construction Operations in a male-dominated field.

Fryar provides strategic leadership and direction for the homebuilder’s growing portfolio of residential homes in the St. Louis, Missouri metropolitan region. She oversees 26 people including field superintendents, estimators, and the company’s in-house architecture, purchasing and customer care teams. She also coordinates the efforts of approximately 100 suppliers.

She is charged with opening six new residential developments in early 2018, as well as again leading the campaign and building efforts for the 2018 St. Louis St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway house, an effort that has helped raise over $4 million to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital since 2014.

In addition to her achievements at Payne Family Homes, Fryar is chair of the committee for the St. Louis Professional Women in Building Council. She is also an active member of the St. Louis Home Builders Association for which she sits on its board of directors and is helping to start the association’s student education chapter. Fryar has been a judge for the National Home Builders Association Residential Construction Management Competition, which gives college students the opportunity to apply skills learned in the classroom by completing a management project/proposal for an actual construction company. She also volunteers with Habitat for Humanity and helps build a house every year for a low-income family.

“Eva is exceptionally bright and a great contributor to Payne’s executive team and its overall strategic direction,” says Ken Kruse, Payne Family Homes president. “We are very proud of Eva’s dedication, her perfecting of new processes and the way she leads her team. This recognition is well deserved.” 

Professional Builder received more than 150 nominations this year, illustrating the depth of talent among this collection of future and present industry leaders. The magazine’s editors selected the winners based on both personal and professional accomplishments. This year’s class included 15 women and 25 men representing all regions of the United States.

For more information about Payne Family Homes, visit www.paynefamilyhomes.com or call 314-477-1218.

Byrne & Jones Construction Adds Christine Lips & Michael Stolze as Accounting Assistants

Christine Lips

Christine Lips and Michael Stolze have joined Byrne & Jones Construction as accounting assistants.  Byrne & Jones is a diversified St. Louis civil site contractor serving clients through six divisions – concrete, sports, asphalt, soil stabilization, marine and micro-surfacing.

Lips received her degree in business administration and management and a minor in mathematics from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.   Stolze received his degree in accountancy from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

Michael Stolz

Founded in 1976, Byrne & Jones Construction builds and maintains parking lots, roads and highways, athletic fields, running tracks, tennis courts, underground drainage systems and paved surfaces and performs a variety of marine construction.  Learn more at www.byrneandjones.com. 

Western Specialty Contractors Promotes Tom Brooks to Chief Operating Officer

Tom Brooks

Western Specialty Contractors proudly announces the promotion of Sr. Vice President of Operations Tom Brooks to the position of Chief Operating Officer (COO), effective Jan. 1, 2018. Brooks replaces COO Jim Rechtin, Sr., who retired from Western after 46 years of service.

Brooks will utilize his more than 20 years of construction industry experience to oversee and manage all aspects of day-to-day operations, plus implement strategies for continued bottom line growth. He plans to work closely with Western’s  President Jeff Kelley to develop and propose new programs that support the company’s short- and long-term objectives.

“Tom has demonstrated strong business acumen, along with the ability to lead and mentor others,” said Kelley. “I am very excited for Tom and I look forward to new opportunities in 2018 and beyond.”

Brooks started with Western in 2012 as Vice President – Operations and Business Development, then was promoted to Sr. Vice President of Operations in 2016.

Brooks has a degree in Building Construction Management from Purdue University – North Central Campus and an AAS in Electrical Engineering Technology from Southern Illinois University. He was a Corporal in the United States Marine Corps, a veteran of Desert Storm and a graduate of the Military Police Academy. He is a member of the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA), Construction Users Round Table (CURT) and U.S. Green Building Council.

Family-owned and operated for over 100 years, Western Specialty Contractors is the nation’s largest specialty contractor in masonry and concrete restoration, waterproofing and specialty roofing. For more information about Western Specialty Contractors, visit www.westernspecialtycontractors.com.

New Hires at PGAV Destinations
Extensive Staffing Increases Continue in Newly-renovated Downtown Studio

St. Louis-based design firm PGAV Destinations announces the hiring of an additional six new team members, bringing fresh skillsets to newly-created positions. “This group of exciting talent comes on the heels of 16 new hires we announced in November of last year,” said PGAV Principal and Chair Mike Konzen. “PGAV’s explosive growth in new clients and more ambitious, ground-breaking projects require that we greatly expand our abilities. These new passionate and creative team members are ready to embrace that opportunity.”

Matt Halveland

BIM Manager Matt Halveland, from Florissant, MO, received his Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from the Kansas State University College of Architecture Planning and Design (’03). He has previously worked as an Associate Designer and Project and BIM Manager at LNB Architecture and Interiors.

Whitney Jones

Receptionist and Hospitality Specialist Whitney Jones, from St. Louis, MO, received her Bachelor of Science and Arts in Applied Behavioral Science from Fontbonne University (’14). She has previously served as a nanny, in animal management for Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus, and as Interim Elephant Manager at the Elephant Conservation Centre in Nairobi.

Jedd Pellerin

Project Architect Jedd Pellerin, from Manchester, VT, received his Bachelor of Science in Architectural Technology with a minor in Management from Keene State College (’00). He has previously served as a project manager for both The McBride Company and Ridberg+Associates, as well as a Principal Architect for Socius Architects.

Kathleen Robert

Senior Graphic Designer Kathleen Robert, from St. Louis, MO, received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from the University of Kansas (’89) and attended Saint Louis University. She has previously served as an adjunct professor at the University of Missouri, as well as art director and graphic designer for both Kiku Obata & Company and Zipatoni.

Matthew Scott

Visual Storyteller Matthew Scott, from Chicago, IL, holds his Associates in English and Communication from East-West University (’07). A professional photgorapher and videographer, he has been working as a freelance Cinematographer and Sound Engineer on countless national and international projects, including the 2016 Presidential Debates, Square-Enix, Yoplait, and more.

P. J. Tamayo

Returning designer P.J. Tamayo, from Orlando, FL, is a graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design (’02) with a Bachelor of Arts in Sequential Art with minors in both Video and Drawing. He has previously worked at Oracle as a Principal Multimedia Specialist, and a Creative Manager at Falcon’s Treehouse (now Falcon’s Creative Group).

PGAV has recently completed a $3.2m renovation to accommodate its growing team and the exciting needs of its client base. The expanding design firm is currently hiring Graphic Designers, Designers, Illustrators, Intern Architects, Architects, and Project Architects. Visit http://pgavdestinations.com/about/careers/ to learn more.

PGAV Destinations is a global leader in the planning and design of unique destinations. Now entering its sixth decade, the practice has evolved to become the ideal destination-consulting partner, skilled at developing growth-oriented master plans and translating those plans into successful projects.

Oculus Inc. Announces New National Director of Business Development

Oculus Inc., a full-service architecture and interior design firm headquartered in St. Louis, announces the addition of Heather Nauss as National Director of Business Development. In her role, Nauss will lead client relationship management and strategy development for the company’s St. Louis, Dallas and Portland offices, and will be instrumental in growing Oculus’ business in the healthcare, retail, corporate, education, hospitality, restaurant and government markets.

Nauss brings over 15 years of experience in the architecture and design industry where she has held positions in business development and marketing at companies including Working Spaces, Inc., Harley Ellis Devereaux and M2 Architecture Studio. Throughout her experience, Nauss has proven her success in sales as a crucial member of a development team that achieved a 90% project win hit rate, as well as a key member of the largest, most successful design studio that exceeded sales goals by 2%.

Nauss earned a B.S. degree in Marketing Communications from Missouri State University. She is currently a board member for Books for STL Kids and is a member of CREW St. Louis, Urban Land Institute and American Society for Healthcare Engineering.

Oculus Inc. delivers comprehensive architecture, interior, planning and move management services that support business change and promote business value. Oculus is WBE-Certified and regularly cited in top industry rankings for retail architecture and design, sustainability, interior design and overall growth. www.oculusinc.com.

New Hires at Murphy Company

Michael Hughes

Michael Hughes, P.E., has been appointed senior engineer for Murphy Company, a leading mechanical engineering and contracting firm. The announcement was made by Mike Werdes, manager, design/build. Hughes, a licensed professional engineer, brings more than 20 years of experience creating innovative cost-efficient designs in manufacturing as well as the pharmaceutical, aviation, chemical and life sciences industries.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Missouri-Columbia and is licensed in five states, including Missouri, Illinois, Texas, Utah and Arizona. “We are delighted to have someone with Mike’s vast experience and abilities join our team,” said Werdes.  “His project experience and technical knowledge fits well with our highly capable engineering team.”

Steven Bruening

Steven Bruening has joined Murphy Company in the role of plumbing designer. Bill McKanna, plumbing supervisor for the mechanical engineering and contracting firm, made the announcement. Bruening holds a bachelor’s degree in construction management and design from Southeast Missouri State University.  With more than 10 years in the construction industry, Bruening worked four-and-one-half years as a plumbing/fire protection designer and, earlier, as a CAD technician for two different Midwestern engineering firms. He also is an active member of the American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE). He is background includes the Boy Scouts of America where he attained the rank of Eagle Scout and was elected to the “Order of the Arrow” after having held several leadership positions. He attended Marquette High School where he attended college preparatory courses and utilized AutoCAD.

Trish Munsell

Trish Munsell has been appointed contract administrator at Murphy Co., a leading mechanical engineering and contracting firm.  The appointment was announced by Brian Norvell, general counsel. Munsell, who holds a bachelor of science degree from Southeast Missouri State University, has worked in contract administration for both Centene Corp. and Express Scripts, Inc., among others. She previously served as assistant vice president/director of business development for Ansira Marketing. Prior to that, she served as a paralegal with TLC Vision Corp. and a legal assistant in the legal/compliance group at NISA Investment Advisors, L.L.C.

Murphy Company is one of the nation’s top mechanical contracting and engineering firms delivering innovative solutions to the commercial, industrial and institutional markets. Founded in 1907, the firm employs more than 1,000 people nationwide. For more information, visit www.murphynet.com.

March 2, 2018

Spellman Brady Increases Staff of EDAC Designers

Amy Shoemaker

Amy Shoemaker Receives Evidence-based Design Accreditation and Certification (EDAC).

Spellman Brady & Company is proud to announce that designer Amy Shoemaker has earned her Evidence-based Design Accreditation and Certification (EDAC). Ms. Shoemaker is the most recent Spellman Brady designer to receive EDAC , which brings the firm’s designers to 20% certified.

Evidence-Based Design (EBD) is the process of basing healthcare facility planning and design decisions about the built environment on credible research to achieve the best possible patient, staff and operational outcomes. Research evidence attests to the fact that the physical environment impacts patient stress, patient and staff safety, staff effectiveness and quality of care provided in hospitals and other healthcare settings.

In order to earn EDAC, Ms. Shoemaker passed a two-hour, 110-question multiple-choice exam. The exam’s five sections tested her on EBD in healthcare, the research process, the pre-design process, construction, and occupancy. The exam certifies professional’s ability to practice the EBD process.

Spellman Brady & Company is an award-winning St. Louis–based interior design firm specializing in senior living, healthcare, and higher education environments. For more information about Spellman Brady & Company, please visit www.spellmanbrady.com.

IMPACT Strategies Welcomes Craig Spidle

Craig Spiele

IMPACT Strategies is excited to welcome Craig Spidle to the team! Craig with be filling the newly created role of Director of Construction Operations focusing on the delivery of expert services, the execution of construction projects, and helping guide them to a successful completion.

Hailing form Wildwood, Missouri, Craig has 38 years of construction industry experience, most of which was spent in executive level roles in the St. Louis region. Craig has held the senior level positions of Vice President of Sverdrup Corporation, President of CRB Builders, and most recently Regional Manager for Burns & McDonnell. His industry executive level experience and finely tuned skill set are a welcome addition to the IMPACT Team and will aid in the continued growth of the company.

Mark Hinrichs, President of IMPACT Strategies, said “We’re ecstatic to have Craig on our team as his talents will certainly benefit our company. We have a great opportunity for growth by attracting someone with his knowledge and leadership experience.” 

Relationship Builder Joins Holland Construction Team 

Steve Schomaker

Steve Schomaker has joined Holland Construction Services as the newest member of its business development team. However, he is anything but new to commercial construction. Schomaker has been building relationships and generating business in the commercial building industry throughout the Metro East for more than 30 years. He also serves as the mayor of Albers, Illinois.

“I began working in commercial construction as Poettker Construction’s first business development guy back in 1986 and was there until 2004,” Schomaker said. “It was then that I went to work for GRS Construction in Columbia, Illinois for 12 years. When the owner of GRS decided to retire and close the company, I wasn’t quite ready to retire yet.”

A close friend of Schomaker’s told Holland CEO Bruce Holland that Schomaker was looking to continue building commercial building relationships. It wasn’t long before Holland offered Schomaker the opportunity to work for him.

“I’m thrilled to be working as part of the Holland team,” said Schomaker. “Holland is built on integrity and they’re the nicest people I’ve ever met. In the construction business, it’s all about integrity and relationships, trying to help people acknowledge and realize hopes and dreams. Holland is not just there to build a building for clients. Holland is there to build long-term relationships that are built with honesty and integrity. I look forward to sharing the contacts I’ve cultivated over the past 30 years,” he added.

Holland said Schomaker’s down-to-earth, genuine work ethic pairs well with the company’s values and mission.

“We’re open for business doing smaller projects,” Holland said. “Smaller projects are managed in a different way. The numbers are different and the process is different. We’ll do almost anything for our clients, and we welcome the job no matter the size. Steve Schomaker’s many longstanding relationships with companies and individuals across the region will benefit us greatly. We welcome the opportunity to work with him.”

Schomaker is a native of Albers, Illinois and a graduate of Mater Dei High School in Breese and Kaskaskia College in Centralia. He has been married to Debbie Schomaker for 33 years; the couple has a son, Cole, who is a public school teacher in Mascoutah.

Holland Construction Services is a full-service construction management, general contracting, and design/build firm based in Swansea, Ill., guided by the principle of providing our clients the best possible building experience on every project.  Holland has been providing quality construction services throughout the Midwest since 1986, when it was founded by company CEO Bruce Holland.

Luby Equipment Services Promotes Jim Bailey as Equipment Manager

Jim Bailey

Luby Equipment Services, a St. Louis-based CASE Construction Equipment Dealer, has announced the promotion of Jim Bailey to Equipment Manager effective immediately. Bailey has been the Rental Manager for the past 15 years and is replacing long time Equipment Manager, Larry Valco, who has retired after 30 years of service.

“Jim has done an outstanding job developing the rental department and has shown a keen ability to mentor and develop employees,” said Doug Juergensen, COO, Luby Equipment Services.

In his new role, Bailey will be responsible for adjusting to industry trends, configuring stock machines, and ensuring the appropriate time to buy, sell, and transfer equipment. “Jim has developed strong relationships with our customers over the last 15 years which will give us the ability to forecast what our customers will need, when they will need it,” said David Kedney, Sales Manager, Luby Equipment Services.

“I am very excited to have such a tenured and customer-centric manager on our team, and look forward to the positive impact he will have on our customers as well as the company,” said Kedney.

Luby Equipment Services operates out of its headquarters in Fenton, MO., and seven other branch locations. The company serves its customers equipment needs with a variety of new, used, and rental equipment. The company represents several manufacturers, including CASE Construction, Takeuchi, Doosan, Indeco, Atlas Copco, Wacker Neuson, Oshkosh Airport Products, Eager Beaver and Towmaster trailers.

Randall Burke and Thomas Everett Join Castle Contracting  

Randall Burke

Castle Contracting has expanded its St. Louis-based team with the hiring of Randall Burke and Thomas Everett. Randall Burke joined Castle as Estimating Manager. In this role, he reviews project plans, interacts with subcontractors and material vendors, and collaborates with project teams to provide accurate cost estimates to customers for site grading and site utility projects. Prior to joining Castle, Burke served as estimator/project manager at Plattin Creek Excavating in Arnold, Mo. His previous experience also includes serving as an excavating contractor, riding superintendent and heavy equipment operator. Burke earned a certificate in the heavy equipment operations program at Linn State Technical College in Linn, Mo.

Thomas Everett

And Thomas Everett joined Castle as Warehouse Logistics Manager, where he serves as the first point of contact for foreman needs and deliveries, including equipment, small tools and warehouse stock items. Prior to joining Castle, he was a laborer in concrete construction at Buchheit Construction in St. Charles. Everett earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting systems and forensics from Maryville University in St. Louis. He is a Veteran of the United States Marine Corps.

“Randy and Tom are great additions to the Castle team, and our clients will benefit from their specialized expertise,” said Michael Pranger, vice president of operations at Castle Contracting.

Castle Contracting, LLC provides turnkey site preparation services, site utilities, earthwork and trenchless technology directly to owners; general contractors; and mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection contractors. The company’s subsurface utility mapping service provides industry-leading underground utility investigation and mapping.

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.

Western Specialty Contractors Hires Jillian Chew as National Account Program Manager

Jillian Chew

Western Specialty Contractors has hired Jillian Chew of Wildwood, MO as National Account Program Manager. In this role, Chew will assist in the company’s efforts to identify, establish and develop relationships with large, multi-location customers. Assigned to three to five customers, Chew will also work to establish productive, professional relationships with high-level executives and other key contacts for all assigned client accounts, as well as effectively communicate to customers the benefits of a national account partnership with Western.

Chew has seven years of sales experience, having previously worked as a Retirement Sales Representative for Paychex, an Admissions Advisor for Kaplan University and an Admissions Representative for Corinthian College.

She has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Communication from the University of Missouri St. Louis and an MBA from Kaplan University.

Family-owned and operated for more than 100 years, Western Specialty Contractors is the nation’s largest specialty contractor in masonry and concrete restoration, waterproofing and specialty roofing. For more information about Western Specialty Contractors, visit www.westernspecialtycontractors.com.

Eva Fryar, Vice President of Construction Operations at Payne Family Homes

Named to Professional Builder Magazine’s 40 Under 40 Class of 2018

Payne Family Homes, a leading St. Louis, Missouri based homebuilder, is proud to announce that Vice President of Construction Operations Eva Fryar has been selected for Professional Builder magazine’s 40 Under 40 Class of 2018, featured in their March 2018 issue. Her contributions are a key reason that Payne Family Homes has become the St. Louis metropolitan area’s fastest-growing homebuilder, growing from $7 million in sales in 2009 to $90 million in 2017. She also is one of a very few women to hold the title of Vice President of Construction Operations in a male-dominated field.

Fryar provides strategic leadership and direction for the homebuilder’s growing portfolio of residential homes in the St. Louis, Missouri metropolitan region. She oversees 26 people including field superintendents, estimators, and the company’s in-house architecture, purchasing and customer care teams. She also coordinates the efforts of approximately 100 suppliers.

She is charged with opening six new residential developments in early 2018, as well as again leading the campaign and building efforts for the 2018 St. Louis St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway house, an effort that has helped raise over $4 million to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital since 2014.

In addition to her achievements at Payne Family Homes, Fryar is chair of the committee for the St. Louis Professional Women in Building Council. She is also an active member of the St. Louis Home Builders Association for which she sits on its board of directors and is helping to start the association’s student education chapter. Fryar has been a judge for the National Home Builders Association Residential Construction Management Competition, which gives college students the opportunity to apply skills learned in the classroom by completing a management project/proposal for an actual construction company. She also volunteers with Habitat for Humanity and helps build a house every year for a low-income family.

“Eva is exceptionally bright and a great contributor to Payne’s executive team and its overall strategic direction,” says Ken Kruse, Payne Family Homes president. “We are very proud of Eva’s dedication, her perfecting of new processes and the way she leads her team. This recognition is well deserved.” 

Professional Builder received more than 150 nominations this year, illustrating the depth of talent among this collection of future and present industry leaders. The magazine’s editors selected the winners based on both personal and professional accomplishments. This year’s class included 15 women and 25 men representing all regions of the United States.

For more information about Payne Family Homes, visit www.paynefamilyhomes.com or call 314-477-1218.

Byrne & Jones Construction Adds Christine Lips & Michael Stolze as Accounting Assistants

Christine Lips

Christine Lips and Michael Stolze have joined Byrne & Jones Construction as accounting assistants.  Byrne & Jones is a diversified St. Louis civil site contractor serving clients through six divisions – concrete, sports, asphalt, soil stabilization, marine and micro-surfacing.

Lips received her degree in business administration and management and a minor in mathematics from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.   Stolze received his degree in accountancy from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

Michael Stolz

Founded in 1976, Byrne & Jones Construction builds and maintains parking lots, roads and highways, athletic fields, running tracks, tennis courts, underground drainage systems and paved surfaces and performs a variety of marine construction.  Learn more at www.byrneandjones.com. 

Western Specialty Contractors Promotes Tom Brooks to Chief Operating Officer

Tom Brooks

Western Specialty Contractors proudly announces the promotion of Sr. Vice President of Operations Tom Brooks to the position of Chief Operating Officer (COO), effective Jan. 1, 2018. Brooks replaces COO Jim Rechtin, Sr., who retired from Western after 46 years of service.

Brooks will utilize his more than 20 years of construction industry experience to oversee and manage all aspects of day-to-day operations, plus implement strategies for continued bottom line growth. He plans to work closely with Western’s  President Jeff Kelley to develop and propose new programs that support the company’s short- and long-term objectives.

“Tom has demonstrated strong business acumen, along with the ability to lead and mentor others,” said Kelley. “I am very excited for Tom and I look forward to new opportunities in 2018 and beyond.”

Brooks started with Western in 2012 as Vice President – Operations and Business Development, then was promoted to Sr. Vice President of Operations in 2016.

Brooks has a degree in Building Construction Management from Purdue University – North Central Campus and an AAS in Electrical Engineering Technology from Southern Illinois University. He was a Corporal in the United States Marine Corps, a veteran of Desert Storm and a graduate of the Military Police Academy. He is a member of the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA), Construction Users Round Table (CURT) and U.S. Green Building Council.

Family-owned and operated for over 100 years, Western Specialty Contractors is the nation’s largest specialty contractor in masonry and concrete restoration, waterproofing and specialty roofing. For more information about Western Specialty Contractors, visit www.westernspecialtycontractors.com.

New Hires at PGAV Destinations
Extensive Staffing Increases Continue in Newly-renovated Downtown Studio

St. Louis-based design firm PGAV Destinations announces the hiring of an additional six new team members, bringing fresh skillsets to newly-created positions. “This group of exciting talent comes on the heels of 16 new hires we announced in November of last year,” said PGAV Principal and Chair Mike Konzen. “PGAV’s explosive growth in new clients and more ambitious, ground-breaking projects require that we greatly expand our abilities. These new passionate and creative team members are ready to embrace that opportunity.”

Matt Halveland

BIM Manager Matt Halveland, from Florissant, MO, received his Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from the Kansas State University College of Architecture Planning and Design (’03). He has previously worked as an Associate Designer and Project and BIM Manager at LNB Architecture and Interiors.

Whitney Jones

Receptionist and Hospitality Specialist Whitney Jones, from St. Louis, MO, received her Bachelor of Science and Arts in Applied Behavioral Science from Fontbonne University (’14). She has previously served as a nanny, in animal management for Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus, and as Interim Elephant Manager at the Elephant Conservation Centre in Nairobi.

Jedd Pellerin

Project Architect Jedd Pellerin, from Manchester, VT, received his Bachelor of Science in Architectural Technology with a minor in Management from Keene State College (’00). He has previously served as a project manager for both The McBride Company and Ridberg+Associates, as well as a Principal Architect for Socius Architects.

Kathleen Robert

Senior Graphic Designer Kathleen Robert, from St. Louis, MO, received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from the University of Kansas (’89) and attended Saint Louis University. She has previously served as an adjunct professor at the University of Missouri, as well as art director and graphic designer for both Kiku Obata & Company and Zipatoni.

Matthew Scott

Visual Storyteller Matthew Scott, from Chicago, IL, holds his Associates in English and Communication from East-West University (’07). A professional photgorapher and videographer, he has been working as a freelance Cinematographer and Sound Engineer on countless national and international projects, including the 2016 Presidential Debates, Square-Enix, Yoplait, and more.

P. J. Tamayo

Returning designer P.J. Tamayo, from Orlando, FL, is a graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design (’02) with a Bachelor of Arts in Sequential Art with minors in both Video and Drawing. He has previously worked at Oracle as a Principal Multimedia Specialist, and a Creative Manager at Falcon’s Treehouse (now Falcon’s Creative Group).

PGAV has recently completed a $3.2m renovation to accommodate its growing team and the exciting needs of its client base. The expanding design firm is currently hiring Graphic Designers, Designers, Illustrators, Intern Architects, Architects, and Project Architects. Visit http://pgavdestinations.com/about/careers/ to learn more.

PGAV Destinations is a global leader in the planning and design of unique destinations. Now entering its sixth decade, the practice has evolved to become the ideal destination-consulting partner, skilled at developing growth-oriented master plans and translating those plans into successful projects.

Oculus Inc. Announces New National Director of Business Development

Oculus Inc., a full-service architecture and interior design firm headquartered in St. Louis, announces the addition of Heather Nauss as National Director of Business Development. In her role, Nauss will lead client relationship management and strategy development for the company’s St. Louis, Dallas and Portland offices, and will be instrumental in growing Oculus’ business in the healthcare, retail, corporate, education, hospitality, restaurant and government markets.

Nauss brings over 15 years of experience in the architecture and design industry where she has held positions in business development and marketing at companies including Working Spaces, Inc., Harley Ellis Devereaux and M2 Architecture Studio. Throughout her experience, Nauss has proven her success in sales as a crucial member of a development team that achieved a 90% project win hit rate, as well as a key member of the largest, most successful design studio that exceeded sales goals by 2%.

Nauss earned a B.S. degree in Marketing Communications from Missouri State University. She is currently a board member for Books for STL Kids and is a member of CREW St. Louis, Urban Land Institute and American Society for Healthcare Engineering.

Oculus Inc. delivers comprehensive architecture, interior, planning and move management services that support business change and promote business value. Oculus is WBE-Certified and regularly cited in top industry rankings for retail architecture and design, sustainability, interior design and overall growth. www.oculusinc.com.

New Hires at Murphy Company

 

Michael Hughes

Michael Hughes, P.E., has been appointed senior engineer for Murphy Company, a leading mechanical engineering and contracting firm. The announcement was made by Mike Werdes, manager, design/build. Hughes, a licensed professional engineer, brings more than 20 years of experience creating innovative cost-efficient designs in manufacturing as well as the pharmaceutical, aviation, chemical and life sciences industries.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Missouri-Columbia and is licensed in five states, including Missouri, Illinois, Texas, Utah and Arizona. “We are delighted to have someone with Mike’s vast experience and abilities join our team,” said Werdes.  “His project experience and technical knowledge fits well with our highly capable engineering team.”

Steven Bruening

Steven Bruening has joined Murphy Company in the role of plumbing designer. Bill McKanna, plumbing supervisor for the mechanical engineering and contracting firm, made the announcement. Bruening holds a bachelor’s degree in construction management and design from Southeast Missouri State University.  With more than 10 years in the construction industry, Bruening worked four-and-one-half years as a plumbing/fire protection designer and, earlier, as a CAD technician for two different Midwestern engineering firms. He also is an active member of the American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE). He is background includes the Boy Scouts of America where he attained the rank of Eagle Scout and was elected to the “Order of the Arrow” after having held several leadership positions. He attended Marquette High School where he attended college preparatory courses and utilized AutoCAD.

Trish Munsell

Trish Munsell has been appointed contract administrator at Murphy Co., a leading mechanical engineering and contracting firm.  The appointment was announced by Brian Norvell, general counsel. Munsell, who holds a bachelor of science degree from Southeast Missouri State University, has worked in contract administration for both Centene Corp. and Express Scripts, Inc., among others. She previously served as assistant vice president/director of business development for Ansira Marketing. Prior to that, she served as a paralegal with TLC Vision Corp. and a legal assistant in the legal/compliance group at NISA Investment Advisors, L.L.C.

Murphy Company is one of the nation’s top mechanical contracting and engineering firms delivering innovative solutions to the commercial, industrial and institutional markets. Founded in 1907, the firm employs more than 1,000 people nationwide. For more information, visit www.murphynet.com.

March 2, 2018

Spellman Brady Increases Staff of EDAC Designers

Amy Shoemaker

Amy Shoemaker Receives Evidence-based Design Accreditation and Certification (EDAC).

Spellman Brady & Company is proud to announce that designer Amy Shoemaker has earned her Evidence-based Design Accreditation and Certification (EDAC). Ms. Shoemaker is the most recent Spellman Brady designer to receive EDAC , which brings the firm’s designers to 20% certified.

Evidence-Based Design (EBD) is the process of basing healthcare facility planning and design decisions about the built environment on credible research to achieve the best possible patient, staff and operational outcomes. Research evidence attests to the fact that the physical environment impacts patient stress, patient and staff safety, staff effectiveness and quality of care provided in hospitals and other healthcare settings.

In order to earn EDAC, Ms. Shoemaker passed a two-hour, 110-question multiple-choice exam. The exam’s five sections tested her on EBD in healthcare, the research process, the pre-design process, construction, and occupancy. The exam certifies professional’s ability to practice the EBD process.

Spellman Brady & Company is an award-winning St. Louis–based interior design firm specializing in senior living, healthcare, and higher education environments. For more information about Spellman Brady & Company, please visit www.spellmanbrady.com.

IMPACT Strategies Welcomes Craig Spidle

Craig Spiele

IMPACT Strategies is excited to welcome Craig Spidle to the team! Craig with be filling the newly created role of Director of Construction Operations focusing on the delivery of expert services, the execution of construction projects, and helping guide them to a successful completion.

Hailing form Wildwood, Missouri, Craig has 38 years of construction industry experience, most of which was spent in executive level roles in the St. Louis region. Craig has held the senior level positions of Vice President of Sverdrup Corporation, President of CRB Builders, and most recently Regional Manager for Burns & McDonnell. His industry executive level experience and finely tuned skill set are a welcome addition to the IMPACT Team and will aid in the continued growth of the company.

Mark Hinrichs, President of IMPACT Strategies, said “We’re ecstatic to have Craig on our team as his talents will certainly benefit our company. We have a great opportunity for growth by attracting someone with his knowledge and leadership experience.” 

Relationship Builder Joins Holland Construction Team 

Steve Schomaker

Steve Schomaker has joined Holland Construction Services as the newest member of its business development team. However, he is anything but new to commercial construction. Schomaker has been building relationships and generating business in the commercial building industry throughout the Metro East for more than 30 years. He also serves as the mayor of Albers, Illinois.

“I began working in commercial construction as Poettker Construction’s first business development guy back in 1986 and was there until 2004,” Schomaker said. “It was then that I went to work for GRS Construction in Columbia, Illinois for 12 years. When the owner of GRS decided to retire and close the company, I wasn’t quite ready to retire yet.”

A close friend of Schomaker’s told Holland CEO Bruce Holland that Schomaker was looking to continue building commercial building relationships. It wasn’t long before Holland offered Schomaker the opportunity to work for him.

“I’m thrilled to be working as part of the Holland team,” said Schomaker. “Holland is built on integrity and they’re the nicest people I’ve ever met. In the construction business, it’s all about integrity and relationships, trying to help people acknowledge and realize hopes and dreams. Holland is not just there to build a building for clients. Holland is there to build long-term relationships that are built with honesty and integrity. I look forward to sharing the contacts I’ve cultivated over the past 30 years,” he added.

Holland said Schomaker’s down-to-earth, genuine work ethic pairs well with the company’s values and mission.

“We’re open for business doing smaller projects,” Holland said. “Smaller projects are managed in a different way. The numbers are different and the process is different. We’ll do almost anything for our clients, and we welcome the job no matter the size. Steve Schomaker’s many longstanding relationships with companies and individuals across the region will benefit us greatly. We welcome the opportunity to work with him.”

Schomaker is a native of Albers, Illinois and a graduate of Mater Dei High School in Breese and Kaskaskia College in Centralia. He has been married to Debbie Schomaker for 33 years; the couple has a son, Cole, who is a public school teacher in Mascoutah.

Holland Construction Services is a full-service construction management, general contracting, and design/build firm based in Swansea, Ill., guided by the principle of providing our clients the best possible building experience on every project.  Holland has been providing quality construction services throughout the Midwest since 1986, when it was founded by company CEO Bruce Holland.

Luby Equipment Services Promotes Jim Bailey as Equipment Manager

Jim Bailey

Luby Equipment Services, a St. Louis-based CASE Construction Equipment Dealer, has announced the promotion of Jim Bailey to Equipment Manager effective immediately. Bailey has been the Rental Manager for the past 15 years and is replacing long time Equipment Manager, Larry Valco, who has retired after 30 years of service.

“Jim has done an outstanding job developing the rental department and has shown a keen ability to mentor and develop employees,” said Doug Juergensen, COO, Luby Equipment Services.

In his new role, Bailey will be responsible for adjusting to industry trends, configuring stock machines, and ensuring the appropriate time to buy, sell, and transfer equipment. “Jim has developed strong relationships with our customers over the last 15 years which will give us the ability to forecast what our customers will need, when they will need it,” said David Kedney, Sales Manager, Luby Equipment Services.

“I am very excited to have such a tenured and customer-centric manager on our team, and look forward to the positive impact he will have on our customers as well as the company,” said Kedney.

Luby Equipment Services operates out of its headquarters in Fenton, MO., and seven other branch locations. The company serves its customers equipment needs with a variety of new, used, and rental equipment. The company represents several manufacturers, including CASE Construction, Takeuchi, Doosan, Indeco, Atlas Copco, Wacker Neuson, Oshkosh Airport Products, Eager Beaver and Towmaster trailers.

Randall Burke and Thomas Everett Join Castle Contracting  

Randall Burke

Castle Contracting has expanded its St. Louis-based team with the hiring of Randall Burke and Thomas Everett. Randall Burke joined Castle as Estimating Manager. In this role, he reviews project plans, interacts with subcontractors and material vendors, and collaborates with project teams to provide accurate cost estimates to customers for site grading and site utility projects. Prior to joining Castle, Burke served as estimator/project manager at Plattin Creek Excavating in Arnold, Mo. His previous experience also includes serving as an excavating contractor, riding superintendent and heavy equipment operator. Burke earned a certificate in the heavy equipment operations program at Linn State Technical College in Linn, Mo.

Thomas Everett

And Thomas Everett joined Castle as Warehouse Logistics Manager, where he serves as the first point of contact for foreman needs and deliveries, including equipment, small tools and warehouse stock items. Prior to joining Castle, he was a laborer in concrete construction at Buchheit Construction in St. Charles. Everett earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting systems and forensics from Maryville University in St. Louis. He is a Veteran of the United States Marine Corps.

“Randy and Tom are great additions to the Castle team, and our clients will benefit from their specialized expertise,” said Michael Pranger, vice president of operations at Castle Contracting.

Castle Contracting, LLC provides turnkey site preparation services, site utilities, earthwork and trenchless technology directly to owners; general contractors; and mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection contractors. The company’s subsurface utility mapping service provides industry-leading underground utility investigation and mapping.

February 23, 2018

Luby Equipment Services Hires Jenny Swafford as Sales & Marketing Coordinator

Jenny Swafford

Luby Equipment Services, a St. Louis-based CASE Construction Equipment Dealer, has announced the hiring of Jenny Swafford as its Sales & Marketing Coordinator effective immediately. Prior to Luby Equipment Services, Swafford has served as the Customer Service Manager at Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers for the past 7 years out of the Caseyville, Illinois location. There she was responsible for ensuring an excellent customer experience on auction day along with supporting the sales team’s efforts throughout the year. “Jenny has always shown initiative in the performance of her duties, going above and beyond what was expected of her, and consistently delivered exceptional customer service,” said David Kedney, Sales Manager, Luby Equipment Services. “I know the same level of dedication and commitment will be applied in her new role as she leads the sales support efforts.” As the Sales & Marketing Coordinator, Swafford will develop marketing plans, with a heightened focus on social media efforts, customer and community outreach, plus the managing of the company’s digital marketing efforts. “I am very excited to have such a strong talent on our team and look forward to the favorable impact she will have on both the sales & marketing departments and the company,” said Kedney. Luby Equipment Services operates out of its headquarters in Fenton, MO., and seven other branch locations. They serve their customers equipment needs with a variety of new, used, and rental equipment. The company represents several manufacturers, including CASE Construction, Takeuchi, Doosan, Indeco, Atlas Copco, Wacker Neuson, Oshkosh Airport Products, Eager Beaver and Towmaster trailers.

CARA McKEDY, DENNY CRAIN PROMOTED TO PRINICIPALS; MIKE FAVAZZA JR. JOINS DESIGN FIRM AS CFO 

Changes in management structure part of strategic, succession planning

Vern Remiger

Vern Remiger, president of Remiger Design, the architectural, planning and interior design firm, has positioned the company for future growth with the recent promotions and staff addition. Cara McKedy and Denny Crain will assume more operational responsibilities as well as continuing to grow and diversify the firm’s portfolio. Mike Favazza Jr. will provide financial oversight as the company moves forward.

“These promotions certainly reward Cara and Denny for their contributions to our firm’s success,” Remiger said. “Equally important, Cara and Denny will be positioned to carry on my vision when the time comes for me to step aside. Mike provides the financial expertise to ensure that we sustain our success.”

McKedy joined Remiger Design in January 2011. As a senior project and client relationship manager, she has been charged with overseeing interior design services and maintaining relationships with the firm’s clients. She will maintain this role as a principal while expanding the firm’s business by focusing on the corporate office, retail and hospitality sectors.

McKedy has led projects across the country and globe for Remiger’s clients. Her career as an interior designer started in May 2005.

Denny Crain started with Remiger Design in April 2014 as a project leader and he became a licensed architect in January 2016. His primary responsibilities range across all design and construction phases of projects for the firm’s clients. As a principal, he will further develop the firm’s business while focusing on the education, institutional and industrial industries.

Crain also has more than 10 years of experience from other local design firms before his move to Remiger Design.

Crain and McKedy work closely with the firm’s staff of designers and architects to ensure each project works seamlessly and all services are coordinated to finish on time and on budget.

Mike Favazza has more than 14 years of both public and private accounting experience, including specializing in accounting services for small businesses and working as a controller for a $50 million retailer based in St. Louis.

Favazza served as an outside financial consultant before recently accepting the CFO position in January 2018. In this role, he will oversee several initiatives to improve profitability and efficiencies in Remiger Design’s business processes.

“This gives Remiger Design a talented management group to lead and grow our respective services in interior design and architecture,” Remiger said. “I will continue to oversee the company’s operations but Cara and Denny will become more involved as we move forward. And Mike will keep us on track financially.

“These changes in our management structure are part of our strategic and succession planning. Eventually, this group will assume the reins to take Remiger Design into the future,” he said.

Remiger founded the firm back in August 2010. Since then, it has grown to 15 employees. Its revenues doubled in the past three years, ending 2017 at $3.3 million. The company serves clients across the country in several industries: corporate offices, education, institutional, retail and hospitality.

Clients include, Cass Information Systems, a global pharmaceutical company, MasterCard, Cushman and Wakefield, Washington University, Great Rivers Greenway and Gateway Arch Park Foundation. The latter includes coordinating work done by designers and architects on the St. Louis Riverfront and Jefferson National Memorial Expansion. Nearing completion, the $380 million project integrates the iconic region’s Gateway Arch, riverfront and downtown.

Before starting his own firm, Remiger’s experience included 25 years as the chief architect and chief operating officer at his previous firm.

Based in St. Louis, MO, the firm provides architectural, planning and interior design services in several environments: educational, institutional and industrial facilities, corporate offices, and retail and hospitality. The firm was founded in 2010 by Vern Remiger, an industry veteran with more than 30 years of experience in architecture, interior design, planning and facilities management.

Kappel Named General Manager of Micro-Surfacing Division for Byrne & Jones Construction Co.

Mike Kappel

Mike Kappel has been named general manager of the micro-surfacing division for St. Louis-based Byrne & Jones Construction Co.  Byrne & Jones is a diversified St. Louis civil site contractor serving clients through six divisions – concrete, sports, asphalt, soil stabilization, marine and micro-surfacing.

Kappel joined Byrne & Jones in 2002 as a project manager. In his new position, Kappel will oversee the micro-surfacing division which serves commercial and municipal customers, building and maintaining parking lots, roads and highways.   Micro-surfacing is a preventative maintenance paving product used to prolong the life of roads and parking surfaces.

Kappel holds a degree in construction management from Purdue University.  He is a member of the SITE Improvement Association and served as its board president in 2016 and 2017.

Founded in 1976, Byrne & Jones builds and maintains parking lots, roads and highways, athletic fields, running tracks, tennis courts, underground drainage systems and paved surfaces and performs a variety of marine construction.  Learn more at www.byrneandjones.com.

 

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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.

Spellman Brady Increases Staff of EDAC Designers

Amy Shoemaker

Amy Shoemaker Receives Evidence-based Design Accreditation and Certification (EDAC).

Spellman Brady & Company is proud to announce that designer Amy Shoemaker has earned her Evidence-based Design Accreditation and Certification (EDAC). Ms. Shoemaker is the most recent Spellman Brady designer to receive EDAC , which brings the firm’s designers to 20% certified.

Evidence-Based Design (EBD) is the process of basing healthcare facility planning and design decisions about the built environment on credible research to achieve the best possible patient, staff and operational outcomes. Research evidence attests to the fact that the physical environment impacts patient stress, patient and staff safety, staff effectiveness and quality of care provided in hospitals and other healthcare settings.

In order to earn EDAC, Ms. Shoemaker passed a two-hour, 110-question multiple-choice exam. The exam’s five sections tested her on EBD in healthcare, the research process, the pre-design process, construction, and occupancy. The exam certifies professional’s ability to practice the EBD process.

Spellman Brady & Company is an award-winning St. Louis–based interior design firm specializing in senior living, healthcare, and higher education environments. For more information about Spellman Brady & Company, please visit www.spellmanbrady.com.

IMPACT Strategies Welcomes Craig Spidle

Craig Spiele

IMPACT Strategies is excited to welcome Craig Spidle to the team! Craig with be filling the newly created role of Director of Construction Operations focusing on the delivery of expert services, the execution of construction projects, and helping guide them to a successful completion.

Hailing form Wildwood, Missouri, Craig has 38 years of construction industry experience, most of which was spent in executive level roles in the St. Louis region. Craig has held the senior level positions of Vice President of Sverdrup Corporation, President of CRB Builders, and most recently Regional Manager for Burns & McDonnell. His industry executive level experience and finely tuned skill set are a welcome addition to the IMPACT Team and will aid in the continued growth of the company.

Mark Hinrichs, President of IMPACT Strategies, said “We’re ecstatic to have Craig on our team as his talents will certainly benefit our company. We have a great opportunity for growth by attracting someone with his knowledge and leadership experience.” 

Relationship Builder Joins Holland Construction Team 

Steve Schomaker

Steve Schomaker has joined Holland Construction Services as the newest member of its business development team. However, he is anything but new to commercial construction. Schomaker has been building relationships and generating business in the commercial building industry throughout the Metro East for more than 30 years. He also serves as the mayor of Albers, Illinois.

“I began working in commercial construction as Poettker Construction’s first business development guy back in 1986 and was there until 2004,” Schomaker said. “It was then that I went to work for GRS Construction in Columbia, Illinois for 12 years. When the owner of GRS decided to retire and close the company, I wasn’t quite ready to retire yet.”

A close friend of Schomaker’s told Holland CEO Bruce Holland that Schomaker was looking to continue building commercial building relationships. It wasn’t long before Holland offered Schomaker the opportunity to work for him.

“I’m thrilled to be working as part of the Holland team,” said Schomaker. “Holland is built on integrity and they’re the nicest people I’ve ever met. In the construction business, it’s all about integrity and relationships, trying to help people acknowledge and realize hopes and dreams. Holland is not just there to build a building for clients. Holland is there to build long-term relationships that are built with honesty and integrity. I look forward to sharing the contacts I’ve cultivated over the past 30 years,” he added.

Holland said Schomaker’s down-to-earth, genuine work ethic pairs well with the company’s values and mission.

“We’re open for business doing smaller projects,” Holland said. “Smaller projects are managed in a different way. The numbers are different and the process is different. We’ll do almost anything for our clients, and we welcome the job no matter the size. Steve Schomaker’s many longstanding relationships with companies and individuals across the region will benefit us greatly. We welcome the opportunity to work with him.”

Schomaker is a native of Albers, Illinois and a graduate of Mater Dei High School in Breese and Kaskaskia College in Centralia. He has been married to Debbie Schomaker for 33 years; the couple has a son, Cole, who is a public school teacher in Mascoutah.

Holland Construction Services is a full-service construction management, general contracting, and design/build firm based in Swansea, Ill., guided by the principle of providing our clients the best possible building experience on every project.  Holland has been providing quality construction services throughout the Midwest since 1986, when it was founded by company CEO Bruce Holland.

Luby Equipment Services Promotes Jim Bailey as Equipment Manager

Jim Bailey

Luby Equipment Services, a St. Louis-based CASE Construction Equipment Dealer, has announced the promotion of Jim Bailey to Equipment Manager effective immediately. Bailey has been the Rental Manager for the past 15 years and is replacing long time Equipment Manager, Larry Valco, who has retired after 30 years of service.

“Jim has done an outstanding job developing the rental department and has shown a keen ability to mentor and develop employees,” said Doug Juergensen, COO, Luby Equipment Services.

In his new role, Bailey will be responsible for adjusting to industry trends, configuring stock machines, and ensuring the appropriate time to buy, sell, and transfer equipment. “Jim has developed strong relationships with our customers over the last 15 years which will give us the ability to forecast what our customers will need, when they will need it,” said David Kedney, Sales Manager, Luby Equipment Services.

“I am very excited to have such a tenured and customer-centric manager on our team, and look forward to the positive impact he will have on our customers as well as the company,” said Kedney.

Luby Equipment Services operates out of its headquarters in Fenton, MO., and seven other branch locations. The company serves its customers equipment needs with a variety of new, used, and rental equipment. The company represents several manufacturers, including CASE Construction, Takeuchi, Doosan, Indeco, Atlas Copco, Wacker Neuson, Oshkosh Airport Products, Eager Beaver and Towmaster trailers.

Randall Burke and Thomas Everett Join Castle Contracting  

 

Randall Burke

Castle Contracting has expanded its St. Louis-based team with the hiring of Randall Burke and Thomas Everett. Randall Burke joined Castle as Estimating Manager. In this role, he reviews project plans, interacts with subcontractors and material vendors, and collaborates with project teams to provide accurate cost estimates to customers for site grading and site utility projects. Prior to joining Castle, Burke served as estimator/project manager at Plattin Creek Excavating in Arnold, Mo. His previous experience also includes serving as an excavating contractor, riding superintendent and heavy equipment operator. Burke earned a certificate in the heavy equipment operations program at Linn State Technical College in Linn, Mo.

Thomas Everett

And Thomas Everett joined Castle as Warehouse Logistics Manager, where he serves as the first point of contact for foreman needs and deliveries, including equipment, small tools and warehouse stock items. Prior to joining Castle, he was a laborer in concrete construction at Buchheit Construction in St. Charles. Everett earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting systems and forensics from Maryville University in St. Louis. He is a Veteran of the United States Marine Corps.

“Randy and Tom are great additions to the Castle team, and our clients will benefit from their specialized expertise,” said Michael Pranger, vice president of operations at Castle Contracting.

Castle Contracting, LLC provides turnkey site preparation services, site utilities, earthwork and trenchless technology directly to owners; general contractors; and mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection contractors. The company’s subsurface utility mapping service provides industry-leading underground utility investigation and mapping.

March 2, 2018

Luby Equipment Services Hires Jenny Swafford as Sales & Marketing Coordinator

Jenny Swafford

Luby Equipment Services, a St. Louis-based CASE Construction Equipment Dealer, has announced the hiring of Jenny Swafford as its Sales & Marketing Coordinator effective immediately. Prior to Luby Equipment Services, Swafford has served as the Customer Service Manager at Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers for the past 7 years out of the Caseyville, Illinois location. There she was responsible for ensuring an excellent customer experience on auction day along with supporting the sales team’s efforts throughout the year. “Jenny has always shown initiative in the performance of her duties, going above and beyond what was expected of her, and consistently delivered exceptional customer service,” said David Kedney, Sales Manager, Luby Equipment Services. “I know the same level of dedication and commitment will be applied in her new role as she leads the sales support efforts.” As the Sales & Marketing Coordinator, Swafford will develop marketing plans, with a heightened focus on social media efforts, customer and community outreach, plus the managing of the company’s digital marketing efforts. “I am very excited to have such a strong talent on our team and look forward to the favorable impact she will have on both the sales & marketing departments and the company,” said Kedney. Luby Equipment Services operates out of its headquarters in Fenton, MO., and seven other branch locations. They serve their customers equipment needs with a variety of new, used, and rental equipment. The company represents several manufacturers, including CASE Construction, Takeuchi, Doosan, Indeco, Atlas Copco, Wacker Neuson, Oshkosh Airport Products, Eager Beaver and Towmaster trailers.

CARA McKEDY, DENNY CRAIN PROMOTED TO PRINICIPALS; MIKE FAVAZZA JR. JOINS DESIGN FIRM AS CFO 

Changes in management structure part of strategic, succession planning

Vern Remiger

Vern Remiger, president of Remiger Design, the architectural, planning and interior design firm, has positioned the company for future growth with the recent promotions and staff addition. Cara McKedy and Denny Crain will assume more operational responsibilities as well as continuing to grow and diversify the firm’s portfolio. Mike Favazza Jr. will provide financial oversight as the company moves forward.

“These promotions certainly reward Cara and Denny for their contributions to our firm’s success,” Remiger said. “Equally important, Cara and Denny will be positioned to carry on my vision when the time comes for me to step aside. Mike provides the financial expertise to ensure that we sustain our success.”

McKedy joined Remiger Design in January 2011. As a senior project and client relationship manager, she has been charged with overseeing interior design services and maintaining relationships with the firm’s clients. She will maintain this role as a principal while expanding the firm’s business by focusing on the corporate office, retail and hospitality sectors.

McKedy has led projects across the country and globe for Remiger’s clients. Her career as an interior designer started in May 2005.

Denny Crain started with Remiger Design in April 2014 as a project leader and he became a licensed architect in January 2016. His primary responsibilities range across all design and construction phases of projects for the firm’s clients. As a principal, he will further develop the firm’s business while focusing on the education, institutional and industrial industries.

Crain also has more than 10 years of experience from other local design firms before his move to Remiger Design.

Crain and McKedy work closely with the firm’s staff of designers and architects to ensure each project works seamlessly and all services are coordinated to finish on time and on budget.

Mike Favazza has more than 14 years of both public and private accounting experience, including specializing in accounting services for small businesses and working as a controller for a $50 million retailer based in St. Louis.

Favazza served as an outside financial consultant before recently accepting the CFO position in January 2018. In this role, he will oversee several initiatives to improve profitability and efficiencies in Remiger Design’s business processes.

“This gives Remiger Design a talented management group to lead and grow our respective services in interior design and architecture,” Remiger said. “I will continue to oversee the company’s operations but Cara and Denny will become more involved as we move forward. And Mike will keep us on track financially.

“These changes in our management structure are part of our strategic and succession planning. Eventually, this group will assume the reins to take Remiger Design into the future,” he said.

Remiger founded the firm back in August 2010. Since then, it has grown to 15 employees. Its revenues doubled in the past three years, ending 2017 at $3.3 million. The company serves clients across the country in several industries: corporate offices, education, institutional, retail and hospitality.

Clients include, Cass Information Systems, a global pharmaceutical company, MasterCard, Cushman and Wakefield, Washington University, Great Rivers Greenway and Gateway Arch Park Foundation. The latter includes coordinating work done by designers and architects on the St. Louis Riverfront and Jefferson National Memorial Expansion. Nearing completion, the $380 million project integrates the iconic region’s Gateway Arch, riverfront and downtown.

Before starting his own firm, Remiger’s experience included 25 years as the chief architect and chief operating officer at his previous firm.

Based in St. Louis, MO, the firm provides architectural, planning and interior design services in several environments: educational, institutional and industrial facilities, corporate offices, and retail and hospitality. The firm was founded in 2010 by Vern Remiger, an industry veteran with more than 30 years of experience in architecture, interior design, planning and facilities management.

Kappel Named General Manager of Micro-Surfacing Division for Byrne & Jones Construction Co.

Mike Kappel

Mike Kappel has been named general manager of the micro-surfacing division for St. Louis-based Byrne & Jones Construction Co.  Byrne & Jones is a diversified St. Louis civil site contractor serving clients through six divisions – concrete, sports, asphalt, soil stabilization, marine and micro-surfacing.

Kappel joined Byrne & Jones in 2002 as a project manager. In his new position, Kappel will oversee the micro-surfacing division which serves commercial and municipal customers, building and maintaining parking lots, roads and highways.   Micro-surfacing is a preventative maintenance paving product used to prolong the life of roads and parking surfaces.

Kappel holds a degree in construction management from Purdue University.  He is a member of the SITE Improvement Association and served as its board president in 2016 and 2017.

Founded in 1976, Byrne & Jones builds and maintains parking lots, roads and highways, athletic fields, running tracks, tennis courts, underground drainage systems and paved surfaces and performs a variety of marine construction.  Learn more at www.byrneandjones.com.

February 23, 2018

ACG St. Louis Hires New Executive Director to Spearhead Continued Growth

Amy Reubsan

The Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) St. Louis Chapter is pleased to announce the hiring of Amy Ruebsam as its new executive director of the St. Louis chapter.

Ruebsam will seek to strategically position ACG for future growth, while focusing on membership development and increasing sponsorship opportunities. Weintraub Advertising’s Association Management Division led by Darcie Carney, CAE, will continue to manage ACG’s administrative responsibilities.

“The Board is extremely excited to welcome Amy into our local chapter.  We believe it will be a perfect fit,” said Kevin Prunty, ACG St. Louis President and Vice President at RGA Private Debt & Equity. “I am confident in Amy’s ability to take our chapter to the next level of growth and provide members an even better and stronger association.”

Her non-profit experience includes serving as the Chapter Manager of the Human Resource Association of the Midlands in Omaha, NE and the District Director of the Muscular Dystrophy Association, also in Omaha.

“Joining ACG is a tremendous opportunity for me to apply my non-profit and sales experience to enhance membership value and help grow the organization,” Ruebsam said.

ACG St. Louis’ 325 members drive corporate growth and mid-market dealmaking in the Midwest. Members include corporate CFOs, local banks, private equity and mezzanine firms, local investment banking professionals, area law and accounting firms and leaders at the area’s top advisory and service companies.

KAI Design & Build Expands Marketing Department with New Director of Marketing, Senior Marketing Coordinator and Promotions

Pictured from left: Michelle Gray, Senior Marketing Coordinator; Kristina Glassl, Marketing and Events Coordinator; Daniel Poole, Director of Marketing; and Ashley Mensinger, Graphic Designer.

KAI Design & Build has expanded its Marketing Department with the addition of new hire Daniel Poole as Director of Marketing and Michelle Gray as Senior Marketing Coordinator. Ashley Mensinger and Kristina Glassl were also promoted within the department.

New Hires

Daniel Poole, Director of Marketing – Poole has seven years of marketing and public relations experience, having previously led content marketing strategy for a Webster Groves, MO-based engineering firm. In his new position, Poole will be responsible for developing and implementing the corporate marketing strategy, promoting and improving process management, expanding and managing brand awareness, and engaging and leading the marketing team. He has a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Bachelor of Science in Public Relations from Southeast Missouri State University and is pursuing his Master’s degree in Management & Leadership from Webster University. He is currently the Communications Director of SMPS St. Louis.

“2018 is already proving to be a big year for KAI. As we continue to grow, I’m focused on working with leadership to develop strategy that is innovative, thoughtful, inclusive and emphasizes our unique position in the industry and the communities we serve,” said Poole. “KAI has a compelling story to tell from their collaborative value offering to their incredible group of talent. There is an excitement in the air that fuels individuals to do great things, and it’s empowering. I’m excited to be part of something this special and proud to join the team.”

Michelle Gray, Senior Marketing Coordinator – Gray has 14 years of AEC industry experience, most recently as Senior Marketing Coordinator for an architectural firm based in Creve Coeur, MO. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Business with a specialization in Mass Communications and a minor in Spanish from the University of Florida. In her new role, Gray will play an integral part in proposal management and strategic messaging. She will also provide expertise in market research and trend analysis.

Promotions

Ashley Mensinger, Graphic Designer – Mensinger was promoted from Project Coordinator to Graphic Designer. In her new position, Mensinger will provide graphic and administrative support to the marketing department. She will be essential in helping build brand awareness and provide support in process management. She has five years of industry experience, most recently as a Project Coordinator at an architectural and engineering firm in St. Louis, MO. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art from the University of Missouri – St. Louis.

Kristina Glassl, Marketing and Events Coordinator – Glassl was promoted from Marketing Assistant to Marketing and Events Coordinator. In her new role, Glassl will manage project photography, organize and direct company-wide events, oversee proposal submissions and manage the customer relationship management database. She has been with KAI since 2016 and previously worked as an Accounts Payable Specialist for The UP Companies. She has a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from the University of Dayton in Ohio.

KAI Design & Build is a national 100+ person design and build firm headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri. A renowned leader in the industry, KAI provides design and build integrated project delivery solutions through collaboration, technology, processes and expertise. For more information about KAI Design & Build, visit www.kai-db.com or call 314-241-8188.

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Luby Equipment Services Hires Jenny Swafford as Sales & Marketing Coordinator

Jenny Swafford

Luby Equipment Services, a St. Louis-based CASE Construction Equipment Dealer, has announced the hiring of Jenny Swafford as its Sales & Marketing Coordinator effective immediately. Prior to Luby Equipment Services, Swafford has served as the Customer Service Manager at Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers for the past 7 years out of the Caseyville, Illinois location. There she was responsible for ensuring an excellent customer experience on auction day along with supporting the sales team’s efforts throughout the year. “Jenny has always shown initiative in the performance of her duties, going above and beyond what was expected of her, and consistently delivered exceptional customer service,” said David Kedney, Sales Manager, Luby Equipment Services. “I know the same level of dedication and commitment will be applied in her new role as she leads the sales support efforts.” As the Sales & Marketing Coordinator, Swafford will develop marketing plans, with a heightened focus on social media efforts, customer and community outreach, plus the managing of the company’s digital marketing efforts. “I am very excited to have such a strong talent on our team and look forward to the favorable impact she will have on both the sales & marketing departments and the company,” said Kedney. Luby Equipment Services operates out of its headquarters in Fenton, MO., and seven other branch locations. They serve their customers equipment needs with a variety of new, used, and rental equipment. The company represents several manufacturers, including CASE Construction, Takeuchi, Doosan, Indeco, Atlas Copco, Wacker Neuson, Oshkosh Airport Products, Eager Beaver and Towmaster trailers.

CARA McKEDY, DENNY CRAIN PROMOTED TO PRINICIPALS; MIKE FAVAZZA JR. JOINS DESIGN FIRM AS CFO 

Changes in management structure part of strategic, succession planning

Vern Remiger

Vern Remiger, president of Remiger Design, the architectural, planning and interior design firm, has positioned the company for future growth with the recent promotions and staff addition. Cara McKedy and Denny Crain will assume more operational responsibilities as well as continuing to grow and diversify the firm’s portfolio. Mike Favazza Jr. will provide financial oversight as the company moves forward.

“These promotions certainly reward Cara and Denny for their contributions to our firm’s success,” Remiger said. “Equally important, Cara and Denny will be positioned to carry on my vision when the time comes for me to step aside. Mike provides the financial expertise to ensure that we sustain our success.”

McKedy joined Remiger Design in January 2011. As a senior project and client relationship manager, she has been charged with overseeing interior design services and maintaining relationships with the firm’s clients. She will maintain this role as a principal while expanding the firm’s business by focusing on the corporate office, retail and hospitality sectors.

McKedy has led projects across the country and globe for Remiger’s clients. Her career as an interior designer started in May 2005.

Denny Crain started with Remiger Design in April 2014 as a project leader and he became a licensed architect in January 2016. His primary responsibilities range across all design and construction phases of projects for the firm’s clients. As a principal, he will further develop the firm’s business while focusing on the education, institutional and industrial industries.

Crain also has more than 10 years of experience from other local design firms before his move to Remiger Design.

Crain and McKedy work closely with the firm’s staff of designers and architects to ensure each project works seamlessly and all services are coordinated to finish on time and on budget.

Mike Favazza has more than 14 years of both public and private accounting experience, including specializing in accounting services for small businesses and working as a controller for a $50 million retailer based in St. Louis.

Favazza served as an outside financial consultant before recently accepting the CFO position in January 2018. In this role, he will oversee several initiatives to improve profitability and efficiencies in Remiger Design’s business processes.

“This gives Remiger Design a talented management group to lead and grow our respective services in interior design and architecture,” Remiger said. “I will continue to oversee the company’s operations but Cara and Denny will become more involved as we move forward. And Mike will keep us on track financially.

“These changes in our management structure are part of our strategic and succession planning. Eventually, this group will assume the reins to take Remiger Design into the future,” he said.

Remiger founded the firm back in August 2010. Since then, it has grown to 15 employees. Its revenues doubled in the past three years, ending 2017 at $3.3 million. The company serves clients across the country in several industries: corporate offices, education, institutional, retail and hospitality.

Clients include, Cass Information Systems, a global pharmaceutical company, MasterCard, Cushman and Wakefield, Washington University, Great Rivers Greenway and Gateway Arch Park Foundation. The latter includes coordinating work done by designers and architects on the St. Louis Riverfront and Jefferson National Memorial Expansion. Nearing completion, the $380 million project integrates the iconic region’s Gateway Arch, riverfront and downtown.

Before starting his own firm, Remiger’s experience included 25 years as the chief architect and chief operating officer at his previous firm.

Based in St. Louis, MO, the firm provides architectural, planning and interior design services in several environments: educational, institutional and industrial facilities, corporate offices, and retail and hospitality. The firm was founded in 2010 by Vern Remiger, an industry veteran with more than 30 years of experience in architecture, interior design, planning and facilities management.

Kappel Named General Manager of Micro-Surfacing Division for Byrne & Jones Construction Co.

Mike Kappel

Mike Kappel has been named general manager of the micro-surfacing division for St. Louis-based Byrne & Jones Construction Co.  Byrne & Jones is a diversified St. Louis civil site contractor serving clients through six divisions – concrete, sports, asphalt, soil stabilization, marine and micro-surfacing.

Kappel joined Byrne & Jones in 2002 as a project manager. In his new position, Kappel will oversee the micro-surfacing division which serves commercial and municipal customers, building and maintaining parking lots, roads and highways.   Micro-surfacing is a preventative maintenance paving product used to prolong the life of roads and parking surfaces.

Kappel holds a degree in construction management from Purdue University.  He is a member of the SITE Improvement Association and served as its board president in 2016 and 2017.

Founded in 1976, Byrne & Jones builds and maintains parking lots, roads and highways, athletic fields, running tracks, tennis courts, underground drainage systems and paved surfaces and performs a variety of marine construction.  Learn more at www.byrneandjones.com.

February 23, 2018

ACG St. Louis Hires New Executive Director to Spearhead Continued Growth

Amy Reubsan

The Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) St. Louis Chapter is pleased to announce the hiring of Amy Ruebsam as its new executive director of the St. Louis chapter.

Ruebsam will seek to strategically position ACG for future growth, while focusing on membership development and increasing sponsorship opportunities. Weintraub Advertising’s Association Management Division led by Darcie Carney, CAE, will continue to manage ACG’s administrative responsibilities.

“The Board is extremely excited to welcome Amy into our local chapter.  We believe it will be a perfect fit,” said Kevin Prunty, ACG St. Louis President and Vice President at RGA Private Debt & Equity. “I am confident in Amy’s ability to take our chapter to the next level of growth and provide members an even better and stronger association.”

Her non-profit experience includes serving as the Chapter Manager of the Human Resource Association of the Midlands in Omaha, NE and the District Director of the Muscular Dystrophy Association, also in Omaha.

“Joining ACG is a tremendous opportunity for me to apply my non-profit and sales experience to enhance membership value and help grow the organization,” Ruebsam said.

ACG St. Louis’ 325 members drive corporate growth and mid-market dealmaking in the Midwest. Members include corporate CFOs, local banks, private equity and mezzanine firms, local investment banking professionals, area law and accounting firms and leaders at the area’s top advisory and service companies.

KAI Design & Build Expands Marketing Department with New Director of Marketing, Senior Marketing Coordinator and Promotions

Pictured from left: Michelle Gray, Senior Marketing Coordinator; Kristina Glassl, Marketing and Events Coordinator; Daniel Poole, Director of Marketing; and Ashley Mensinger, Graphic Designer.

KAI Design & Build has expanded its Marketing Department with the addition of new hire Daniel Poole as Director of Marketing and Michelle Gray as Senior Marketing Coordinator. Ashley Mensinger and Kristina Glassl were also promoted within the department.

New Hires

Daniel Poole, Director of Marketing – Poole has seven years of marketing and public relations experience, having previously led content marketing strategy for a Webster Groves, MO-based engineering firm. In his new position, Poole will be responsible for developing and implementing the corporate marketing strategy, promoting and improving process management, expanding and managing brand awareness, and engaging and leading the marketing team. He has a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Bachelor of Science in Public Relations from Southeast Missouri State University and is pursuing his Master’s degree in Management & Leadership from Webster University. He is currently the Communications Director of SMPS St. Louis.

“2018 is already proving to be a big year for KAI. As we continue to grow, I’m focused on working with leadership to develop strategy that is innovative, thoughtful, inclusive and emphasizes our unique position in the industry and the communities we serve,” said Poole. “KAI has a compelling story to tell from their collaborative value offering to their incredible group of talent. There is an excitement in the air that fuels individuals to do great things, and it’s empowering. I’m excited to be part of something this special and proud to join the team.”

Michelle Gray, Senior Marketing Coordinator – Gray has 14 years of AEC industry experience, most recently as Senior Marketing Coordinator for an architectural firm based in Creve Coeur, MO. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Business with a specialization in Mass Communications and a minor in Spanish from the University of Florida. In her new role, Gray will play an integral part in proposal management and strategic messaging. She will also provide expertise in market research and trend analysis.

Promotions

Ashley Mensinger, Graphic Designer – Mensinger was promoted from Project Coordinator to Graphic Designer. In her new position, Mensinger will provide graphic and administrative support to the marketing department. She will be essential in helping build brand awareness and provide support in process management. She has five years of industry experience, most recently as a Project Coordinator at an architectural and engineering firm in St. Louis, MO. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art from the University of Missouri – St. Louis.

Kristina Glassl, Marketing and Events Coordinator – Glassl was promoted from Marketing Assistant to Marketing and Events Coordinator. In her new role, Glassl will manage project photography, organize and direct company-wide events, oversee proposal submissions and manage the customer relationship management database. She has been with KAI since 2016 and previously worked as an Accounts Payable Specialist for The UP Companies. She has a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from the University of Dayton in Ohio.

KAI Design & Build is a national 100+ person design and build firm headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri. A renowned leader in the industry, KAI provides design and build integrated project delivery solutions through collaboration, technology, processes and expertise. For more information about KAI Design & Build, visit www.kai-db.com or call 314-241-8188.

February 16, 2018

New Hires at Murphy Company 

Maria Ogata

Maria L. Ogata has been named purchasing agent for Murphy Company, a leading mechanical engineering and contracting firm. The announcement was made by Dave Book, vice president – purchasing & facilities. Ogata has more than 18 years’ experience in commercial mechanical contracting with most of that being in the procurement area.  “We are delighted to have someone with her extensive purchasing skills and experience join our outstanding team,” said Book. She attended both MacMurray College in Jacksonville, IL, and more recently, Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville.

Daniel Ruiz

Daniel Ruiz has joined Murphy Company as help desk technician.  His appointment was announced by Michael Julson, network manager for the mechanical engineering and contracting firm. Ruiz has worked as a desktop support technical and service center technician since 2012.  His work experience includes repairs and trouble-shooting of personal computers, smartphones and tablets.  Earlier, as a manager/supervisor for two game shops, he also did troubleshooting and repair of electronic game systems.  He has extensive computer skills and HTML experience which he also brings to his new position.

Murphy Company is one of the nation’s top mechanical contracting and engineering firms delivering innovative solutions to the commercial, industrial and institutional markets. For more information, visit www.murphynet.com.

Michael Delano Jr. Joins Striler Group as Project Executive

Mike Delano, Jr.

The Striler Group hired Michael Delano Jr. as Project Executive to lead industrial and commercial projects. Michael’s career includes over one billion of construction and development project oversight, including the New Busch Stadium (St. Louis Cardinals), Kauffman Stadium Renovation (Kansas City Royals), Marlins Ballpark (Miami Marlins), Ed Smith Stadium (Orioles Spring Training).  He served as Owner’s Rep for the Oceana Key Biscayne and Oceana Bal Harbor ultra-luxury condominiums in Miami, FL as well as Business Development Manager for Coastal Construction Group.

Midas Hospitality Hires Director of Revenue Management

Morgan Bilek

Midas Hospitality, a premier hotel management group, recently hired Morgan Bilek as Director of Revenue Management. In this position, Bilek will implement and execute the company-wide revenue management culture and philosophy.  Her responsibilities include handling transient and group pricing strategies, creating a proper segmentation mix, and overseeing revenue management objectives and strategies in order to maximize hotel room revenue at all Midas properties.

Bilek has more than 12 years of hospitality experience.  Prior to joining Midas Hospitality, she worked as the Director of Revenue Management for a hospitality management group based in Kentucky.  She also has worked in a similar capacity for a hospitality property operator and developer in Wyoming.

Founded in 2006, Midas Hospitality has developed, opened and currently manages numerous properties including 40 hotels in 14 states. For more information, call (314) 692-0100 or visit http://www.midashospitality.com.

Longtime Contract Furniture Sales & Installation Veteran Joins Professional Installers, Inc.

Dennis Popp

Longtime contract furniture sales and installation expert, Dennis Popp recently joined the team at ProfessionalInstallers, Inc. (PI) as a Senior Project Manager. As the transformation of the office workspace continues to evolve, Dennis will bring best practice means and methods to PI, especially in the architectural wall installation area.

Prior to joining PI, Dennis worked for NewSpace Business Interiors.  NewSpace is a St. Louis based contract furniture dealer and Teknion Authorized Dealer.  Dennis brings 34 years of business interior sales and installation experience to the PI team.  His primary responsibilities will focus on preconstruction, constructability and feasibility analysis, major project oversight, project logistics, estimation and architectural wall installation projects.  Likewise, Dennis will be the installation liaison between architect, owner, dealer, and general contractor on projects.

With a B.S. in Business Administration from Southeast Missouri State University, Dennis’ understanding of complex projects lends well to the construction industry.

Dennis has most recently been instrumental working on projects such as Anders CPA renovation, Washington University Olin Library, Metal Exchange Corporation new offices, Nestle modular wall renovation and BJC IT Services Group reapplication of space.  He is also currently on the Foundation Board of the Nazareth Living Center.

Grant Named MCAA Region E Vice President

Brian Grant

Brian Grant, President of Grant Contracting Company in Fenton, Mo., was elected to the position of MCAA Region E Vice President at the MCAA Annual Meeting on January 25, 2018 during the MCAA Convention at the World of Concrete/World of Masonry in Las Vegas.

Brian is currently in his thirty-fifth year in the masonry industry.  He is a Professional Engineer, holding a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the Missouri University of Science and Technology.

Brian is past president of the Mason Contractors Association of St. Louis, and the American Subcontractors Association-Midwest Council.  Brian is also past Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Masonry Institute of St. Louis.  He currently serves as Management Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Bricklayer’s Union Local 1 of Missouri Pension and Welfare Funds.  Brian currently sits on the Mason Contractors Association of St. Louis’  Arbitration Board  and is on the Board of Trustees for the Masonry Institute of St. Louis.

In addition to the Mason Contractors Association of St. Louis and the American Subcontractors Association Midwest Council, Brian is currently a member of the Mason Contractors Association of America, The Masonry Society and the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Grant Contracting Company, a certified masonry construction firm with an over seventy year history, specializes in commercial, industrial and institutional masonry.

The Mason Contractors Association of America (MCAA) and our members welcome Brian to his new role.

 

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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.

ACG St. Louis Hires New Executive Director to Spearhead Continued Growth

Amy Reubsan

The Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) St. Louis Chapter is pleased to announce the hiring of Amy Ruebsam as its new executive director of the St. Louis chapter.

Ruebsam will seek to strategically position ACG for future growth, while focusing on membership development and increasing sponsorship opportunities. Weintraub Advertising’s Association Management Division led by Darcie Carney, CAE, will continue to manage ACG’s administrative responsibilities.

“The Board is extremely excited to welcome Amy into our local chapter.  We believe it will be a perfect fit,” said Kevin Prunty, ACG St. Louis President and Vice President at RGA Private Debt & Equity. “I am confident in Amy’s ability to take our chapter to the next level of growth and provide members an even better and stronger association.”

Her non-profit experience includes serving as the Chapter Manager of the Human Resource Association of the Midlands in Omaha, NE and the District Director of the Muscular Dystrophy Association, also in Omaha.

“Joining ACG is a tremendous opportunity for me to apply my non-profit and sales experience to enhance membership value and help grow the organization,” Ruebsam said.

ACG St. Louis’ 325 members drive corporate growth and mid-market dealmaking in the Midwest. Members include corporate CFOs, local banks, private equity and mezzanine firms, local investment banking professionals, area law and accounting firms and leaders at the area’s top advisory and service companies.

KAI Design & Build Expands Marketing Department with New Director of Marketing, Senior Marketing Coordinator and Promotions

Pictured from left: Michelle Gray, Senior Marketing Coordinator; Kristina Glassl, Marketing and Events Coordinator; Daniel Poole, Director of Marketing; and Ashley Mensinger, Graphic Designer.

KAI Design & Build has expanded its Marketing Department with the addition of new hire Daniel Poole as Director of Marketing and Michelle Gray as Senior Marketing Coordinator. Ashley Mensinger and Kristina Glassl were also promoted within the department.

New Hires

Daniel Poole, Director of Marketing – Poole has seven years of marketing and public relations experience, having previously led content marketing strategy for a Webster Groves, MO-based engineering firm. In his new position, Poole will be responsible for developing and implementing the corporate marketing strategy, promoting and improving process management, expanding and managing brand awareness, and engaging and leading the marketing team. He has a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Bachelor of Science in Public Relations from Southeast Missouri State University and is pursuing his Master’s degree in Management & Leadership from Webster University. He is currently the Communications Director of SMPS St. Louis.

“2018 is already proving to be a big year for KAI. As we continue to grow, I’m focused on working with leadership to develop strategy that is innovative, thoughtful, inclusive and emphasizes our unique position in the industry and the communities we serve,” said Poole. “KAI has a compelling story to tell from their collaborative value offering to their incredible group of talent. There is an excitement in the air that fuels individuals to do great things, and it’s empowering. I’m excited to be part of something this special and proud to join the team.”

Michelle Gray, Senior Marketing Coordinator – Gray has 14 years of AEC industry experience, most recently as Senior Marketing Coordinator for an architectural firm based in Creve Coeur, MO. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Business with a specialization in Mass Communications and a minor in Spanish from the University of Florida. In her new role, Gray will play an integral part in proposal management and strategic messaging. She will also provide expertise in market research and trend analysis.

Promotions

Ashley Mensinger, Graphic Designer – Mensinger was promoted from Project Coordinator to Graphic Designer. In her new position, Mensinger will provide graphic and administrative support to the marketing department. She will be essential in helping build brand awareness and provide support in process management. She has five years of industry experience, most recently as a Project Coordinator at an architectural and engineering firm in St. Louis, MO. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art from the University of Missouri – St. Louis.

Kristina Glassl, Marketing and Events Coordinator – Glassl was promoted from Marketing Assistant to Marketing and Events Coordinator. In her new role, Glassl will manage project photography, organize and direct company-wide events, oversee proposal submissions and manage the customer relationship management database. She has been with KAI since 2016 and previously worked as an Accounts Payable Specialist for The UP Companies. She has a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from the University of Dayton in Ohio.

KAI Design & Build is a national 100+ person design and build firm headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri. A renowned leader in the industry, KAI provides design and build integrated project delivery solutions through collaboration, technology, processes and expertise. For more information about KAI Design & Build, visit www.kai-db.com or call 314-241-8188.

February 16, 2018

New Hires at Murphy Company 

Maria Ogata

Maria L. Ogata has been named purchasing agent for Murphy Company, a leading mechanical engineering and contracting firm. The announcement was made by Dave Book, vice president – purchasing & facilities. Ogata has more than 18 years’ experience in commercial mechanical contracting with most of that being in the procurement area.  “We are delighted to have someone with her extensive purchasing skills and experience join our outstanding team,” said Book. She attended both MacMurray College in Jacksonville, IL, and more recently, Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville.

Daniel Ruiz

Daniel Ruiz has joined Murphy Company as help desk technician.  His appointment was announced by Michael Julson, network manager for the mechanical engineering and contracting firm. Ruiz has worked as a desktop support technical and service center technician since 2012.  His work experience includes repairs and trouble-shooting of personal computers, smartphones and tablets.  Earlier, as a manager/supervisor for two game shops, he also did troubleshooting and repair of electronic game systems.  He has extensive computer skills and HTML experience which he also brings to his new position.

Murphy Company is one of the nation’s top mechanical contracting and engineering firms delivering innovative solutions to the commercial, industrial and institutional markets. For more information, visit www.murphynet.com.

Michael Delano Jr. Joins Striler Group as Project Executive

Mike Delano, Jr.

The Striler Group hired Michael Delano Jr. as Project Executive to lead industrial and commercial projects. Michael’s career includes over one billion of construction and development project oversight, including the New Busch Stadium (St. Louis Cardinals), Kauffman Stadium Renovation (Kansas City Royals), Marlins Ballpark (Miami Marlins), Ed Smith Stadium (Orioles Spring Training).  He served as Owner’s Rep for the Oceana Key Biscayne and Oceana Bal Harbor ultra-luxury condominiums in Miami, FL as well as Business Development Manager for Coastal Construction Group.

Midas Hospitality Hires Director of Revenue Management

Morgan Bilek

Midas Hospitality, a premier hotel management group, recently hired Morgan Bilek as Director of Revenue Management. In this position, Bilek will implement and execute the company-wide revenue management culture and philosophy.  Her responsibilities include handling transient and group pricing strategies, creating a proper segmentation mix, and overseeing revenue management objectives and strategies in order to maximize hotel room revenue at all Midas properties.

Bilek has more than 12 years of hospitality experience.  Prior to joining Midas Hospitality, she worked as the Director of Revenue Management for a hospitality management group based in Kentucky.  She also has worked in a similar capacity for a hospitality property operator and developer in Wyoming.

Founded in 2006, Midas Hospitality has developed, opened and currently manages numerous properties including 40 hotels in 14 states. For more information, call (314) 692-0100 or visit http://www.midashospitality.com.

Longtime Contract Furniture Sales & Installation Veteran Joins Professional Installers, Inc.

Dennis Popp

Longtime contract furniture sales and installation expert, Dennis Popp recently joined the team at ProfessionalInstallers, Inc. (PI) as a Senior Project Manager. As the transformation of the office workspace continues to evolve, Dennis will bring best practice means and methods to PI, especially in the architectural wall installation area.

Prior to joining PI, Dennis worked for NewSpace Business Interiors.  NewSpace is a St. Louis based contract furniture dealer and Teknion Authorized Dealer.  Dennis brings 34 years of business interior sales and installation experience to the PI team.  His primary responsibilities will focus on preconstruction, constructability and feasibility analysis, major project oversight, project logistics, estimation and architectural wall installation projects.  Likewise, Dennis will be the installation liaison between architect, owner, dealer, and general contractor on projects.

With a B.S. in Business Administration from Southeast Missouri State University, Dennis’ understanding of complex projects lends well to the construction industry.

Dennis has most recently been instrumental working on projects such as Anders CPA renovation, Washington University Olin Library, Metal Exchange Corporation new offices, Nestle modular wall renovation and BJC IT Services Group reapplication of space.  He is also currently on the Foundation Board of the Nazareth Living Center.

Grant Named MCAA Region E Vice President

Brian Grant

Brian Grant, President of Grant Contracting Company in Fenton, Mo., was elected to the position of MCAA Region E Vice President at the MCAA Annual Meeting on January 25, 2018 during the MCAA Convention at the World of Concrete/World of Masonry in Las Vegas.

Brian is currently in his thirty-fifth year in the masonry industry.  He is a Professional Engineer, holding a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the Missouri University of Science and Technology.

Brian is past president of the Mason Contractors Association of St. Louis, and the American Subcontractors Association-Midwest Council.  Brian is also past Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Masonry Institute of St. Louis.  He currently serves as Management Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Bricklayer’s Union Local 1 of Missouri Pension and Welfare Funds.  Brian currently sits on the Mason Contractors Association of St. Louis’  Arbitration Board  and is on the Board of Trustees for the Masonry Institute of St. Louis.

In addition to the Mason Contractors Association of St. Louis and the American Subcontractors Association Midwest Council, Brian is currently a member of the Mason Contractors Association of America, The Masonry Society and the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Grant Contracting Company, a certified masonry construction firm with an over seventy year history, specializes in commercial, industrial and institutional masonry.

The Mason Contractors Association of America (MCAA) and our members welcome Brian to his new role.

February 9, 2018

Luby Equipment Services Promotes Vince Smith to Rental Manager

Vince Smith

Luby Equipment Services, a St. Louis-based CASE Construction Equipment Dealer, has announced the promotion of Vince Smith to Rental Manager effective immediately. Smith has been the rental coordinator for the past 4 years based out of the corporate headquarters.

Prior to Luby Equipment Services, Smith spent 9 years as the Assistant Manager at Nu-Way Rents located in St. Louis. In his new role, Smith will be responsible for providing leadership in guaranteeing efficient procedures and management of all branch rental activities. He is replacing longtime rental manager Jim Bailey, who is transitioning into an equipment management role.

“Vince’s skills and experience will be instrumental in the future growth of the rental department as well as improving the customer experience,” said David Kedney, Sales Manager, Luby Equipment Services. “The rental industry is poised for accelerated growth over the next three years, especially in the St. Louis Metro area, and with Vince in this leadership role, we will be positioned to take advantage of these opportunities.”

Luby Equipment Services operates out of its headquarters in Fenton, Mo., and seven other branch locations. They serve their customers equipment needs with a variety of new, used, and rental equipment. The company represents several manufacturers, including CASE Construction, Takeuchi, Doosan, Indeco, Atlas Copco, Wacker Neuson, Oshkosh Airport Products, Eager Beaver and Towmaster trailers.

Erin Wright Joins Rosemann & Associates, P.C as Architect/Project Manager

Erin Wright

Rosemann & Associates, P.C. is pleased to welcome Erin Wright to its St. Louis staff as Architect/Project Manager. Erin comes to Rosemann with more than 14 years of specific expertise in the multi-family and commercial sectors and brings an abundance of design experience with her.

Erin’s experience prior to Rosemann included project management for Capital Consultants and Checkmate Design, where she was instrumental in managing lender/investor inspections, physical needs and property assessments, plan reviews, construction document management and interior design of historic tax credit residential projects.

“We are excited to add Erin to our team, she brings a strong background in project management and a commitment to excellence,” said Jarrett R. Cooper, Vice President/St. Louis Studio Director.

Erin is a registered architect, LEED® accredited professional and served as a board member for the St. Louis Cultural Resources Office Preservation Board. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri.

New Hires at HOK’s St. Louis Office

Fatemeh Shirpour

Fatemeh Shirpour, has joined HOK in St. Louis. She will support the HOK office as design professional.

Shirpour joins HOK after receiving her Master’s degree in architecture from Washington University in St. Louis and after having previously been an intern with HOK. Shirpour is originally from Tehran, Iran.

HOK is a global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm. Through a network of 23 offices worldwide, HOK provides design excellence and innovation to create places that enrich people’s lives and help clients succeed. DesignIntelligence consistently ranks HOK as a leader in sustainable, high-performance design and technology innovation.​

Brianna Ratermann

Brianna Ratermann, has joined HOK in St. Louis. She will support the HOK interiors group department as an interiors librarian intern. Ratermann joins HOK while pursuing her degree in interior design as a senior at Stephens-The Institute of Business and Arts in St. Louis.

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

Jared Zipprich promoted to Senior Project Manager at McGrath & Associates

Jared Zipprich

Jared Zipprich has been promoted to Senior Project Manager at McGrath & Associates, a 100 percent employee-owned general contractor and construction management firm. Zipprich has been with McGrath & Associates for more than three years as a Project Manager.
McGrath & Associates is a 100 percent employee-owned general contractor and construction management firm specializing in commercial, health care, industrial, institutional and pharmaceutical construction projects since 1983.. For more information, call Ken Knobbe at (314) 772-7600 or visit www.mcgrathconstruction.com.

The UP Companies Hires Paul Renaud to Head Up New Drywall Division

Paul Renaud

The UP Companies (UPCO) has hired Paul Renaud of O’Fallon, MO as General Manager of Square UP Builders’ new Drywall Division. As General Manager, Renaud oversees preconstruction and field operations including contract execution and administration, personnel training and career development, and the implementation of safety plans. He is also integrally involved in the division’s overall business planning.

“Paul’s experience and proven leadership skills are a real asset to our customers and to the outcomes they have come to expect from Square UP,” said Brian Arnold, Vice President of The UP Companies.

Renaud has 39 years of management experience, having previously worked as Director of Self Perform at Paric Corporation and as General Manager at McBride and Son Companies. He also served as Mayor of the City of O’Fallon, MO for 10 years and previously served on the St. Louis Carpenters Joint Apprenticeship Board and St. Louis YouthBuild Leadership Steering Committee.

The UP Companies (UPCO) is one of the region’s largest full-service MBE-certified contracting companies. For more information, go to www.theupcompanies.com or call 314.865.3888.

 

Barb Anderson-Kerlin Named AIA President of St. Louis Chapter

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Barb Anderson-Kerlin, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C, has been named as the 2018 president of the St. Louis chapter of the American Institute of Architects. A senior associate project manager for HOK’s St. Louis practice, Anderson-Kerlin brings more than 30 years of experience into her new leadership role with the AIA.

“One of my biggest goals this year is to continue to guide the chapter to reflect the changing St. Louis architecture community,” said Anderson-Kerlin. “Another main focus will be to support AIA’s four strategic plan initiatives: knowledge, prosperity, sustainability and workforce.”

Anderson-Kerlin has served on the board of the St. Louis AIA since 2015 and chaired the chapter’s Volunteer Speaker’s Bureau, which seeks to introduce the design industry to underserved communities.

“Barb has been a bright, positive influence on our board of directors,” noted Steve Anton, AIA St. Louis’ outgoing president. “She routinely shares insightful perspectives on issues important to our membership.”

A mother of two grown daughters, three stepdaughters and one stepson, Anderson-Kerlin also hopes to use her leadership role in AIA to champion greater equality within the design industry.

“Decades ago I was told, ‘You need to decide if you want to be a good architect or a good mother, because you can’t be both,’” said Anderson-Kerlin. “While the issues women face have changed over the years, inequity, particularly as design leaders, still exists. With an increasing number of women graduating with degrees in architecture, the best thing we can do for the future of the profession is to support each other, mentor talented, young women and empower them to be leaders.”

At HOK, Anderson-Kerlin has overseen design teams working on complex commercial and residential projects.

“We’re incredibly proud of Barb,” said Eli Hoisington, AIA LEED AP, design principal at HOK’s St. Louis office. “Her commitment to the profession makes her an excellent choice to lead AIA St. Louis. We feel extremely lucky to have her leading and strategizing alongside us every day.”

In addition to her involvement with the AIA, Anderson-Kerlin has served on the Missouri Gateway Chapter of the U.S. Green Build Council and currently serves on the Habitat for Humanity St. Louis board.

HOK is a global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm. Through a network of 23 offices worldwide, HOK provides design excellence and innovation to create places that enrich people’s lives and help clients succeed. DesignIntelligence consistently ranks HOK as a leader in ​​sustainable, high-performance design and technology innovation.

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