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Midas Hospitality Names Jim Brueggemann as New CFO

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Brueggemann previously served as company’s Vice President of Finance

Midas Hospitality, a premier hotel management group, recently appointed Jim Brueggemann, CPA, as the company’s new Chief Financial Officer.

Brueggemann will manage the company’s central accounting office in order to deliver accurate and timely financial analysis.  He will be accountable for the development of economic strategies and preparation of corporate growth plans.   Brueggemann also will oversee both financial forecasting efforts and risk management operations.

Prior to his new position, Brueggemann was the company’s Vice President of Finance.  He joined Midas Hospitality in May, 2013 with more than 18 years of accounting and finance experience.  The majority of his career has been in real estate construction and development, as well as property management.  Brueggemann graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a BSBA in Accounting.

“Jim is an excellent choice for Chief Financial Officer, and we are pleased to promote him to this very integral position within our organization,” said David Robert, Midas Hospitality’s Managing Member and CEO.  “We look forward to achieving even greater success in the upcoming years thanks to his experience and industry knowledge.”

Founded in 2006, Midas Hospitality has developed, opened and currently manages numerous properties including 30 hotels in 11 states.

James Busch joins Integrated Facility Services (IFS) as CFO

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James Busch of Columbia, Illinois, has joined Integrated Facility Services (IFS) as chief financial officer (CFO). Busch, a Certified Public Accountant, oversees financial operations and activities for IFS, a St. Louis-based HVAC, plumbing, piping, fire protection and building automation firm. He also serves as the firm’s ethics officer and is responsible for hiring and training IFS’ accounting and human resource personnel.

Busch has 27 years of experience in the accounting industry. He most recently was a partner at a certified public accounting firm where he oversaw accounting assurance and provided business and tax advisory services to construction and manufacturing firms. He has a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. He is a member of The American Institute of CPAs, Missouri Society of CPAs and Kiwanis International.

Integrated Facility Services (IFS) is a full-service HVAC, plumbing, piping, fire protection and building automation firm with more than 250 professional and trade employees.

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.

 

Kirby-Smith Names John Arapidis as Vice President of Major Accounts

John Arapidis

Kirby-Smith Machinery, Inc., a leading Komatsu distributor, has announced the hiring of John Arapidis as Vice President of Major Accounts.

Arapidis will be responsible for the management and development of long-term strategic partnerships between Kirby-Smith and its large-scale customer base. He will office out of Kirby-Smith’s Dallas location. Executive Vice President & COO for Kirby-Smith, Jeff Weller, believes Arapidis will make an immediate impact in his new role. “John boasts an impressive pedigree in this industry,” said Weller.  “I believe with his abilities, there is no doubt we will be able to offer an entirely new level of customer satisfaction.”

Arapidis brings over 29 years of industry experience with Komatsu into the position. Most recently serving as National Accounts Manager for Komatsu, he began his career with the Dresser Finance division, later leaving the finance group and moving to the role of Manager, Distribution and Planning for Komatsu Mining Systems.  He has also served roles as Director of Region Sales/Marketing for the West and Vice President – Rental & ReMarketing for Komatsu.

Arapidis is proud to say he has worked with customers across all regions of the United States and Canada. In every market he has served, the key to success has been creating an outstanding customer experience. “I want to create great and memorable experiences for our customers,” said Arapidis. “The type of experiences that will ensure our customers continue to return.”

Kirby-Smith Machinery, Inc. was established in 1983 and is recognized as one of the premiere new and used heavy construction equipment and crane dealers in the country.

New Hires at Oculus Inc.

Lee Bruner

Oculus Inc. is pleased to announce the addition of Lee Bruner to its professional staff as a Job Captain/Project Designer.

Lee brings nine years of experience to Oculus Inc. with expertise in building code analysis and design development. His duties will include client communication, design and construction document development, engineering coordination, specifications, estimating, and construction administration. His skills include client management, code review, ADA compliance & specifications. He has worked nationwide on projects for retail, commercial office clients, and federal projects.  Specifically, Lee has experience with The Ohio Veterans Memorial Museum, The AEP Transmission Group Headquarters, The Streets of Saint Charles, MO and One World Trade Center.

To compliment Mr. Bruner’s work experience, he holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture Technology from Ranken Technical College and a Master of Architecture from Southern Illinois University. Lee is an Associate AIA, LEED Green Associate, NCARB and REVIT Architecture Certified Professional.

“We are excited to have Lee join our St. Louis team,” said Lisa Bell-Reim, Oculus Inc. President.  “He brings tremendous project experience, an impressive past portfolio, and professional attitude to our firm.”

Christy Johnson

Oculus Inc. is pleased to announce the addition of Christy Johnson to its professional staff as a Project Manager/Project Architect. Christy brings over ten years of experience to Oculus Inc. as a licensed architect with a history of working on award winning projects. She earned a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Arkansas and a Master of Architecture from the University of Chicago. She is experienced with creating construction documents, writing project specifications and coordinating with city and engineer officials.

Christy will be working with project and programming data, synthesizing information into floor plans and space layouts, developing approved layouts into developed designs and assisting with the preparation of construction details and drawings for permit. She also provides invaluable support to our interior design staff.  Ms. Johnson obtained her Arkansas Licensure is April 2014 and delivers expansive national experience working on award winning school and municipal projects.
“We knew as soon as we interviewed Christy that she would be a great fit for our team,” said Lisa Bell-Reim, Oculus Inc. President.  “Her history of work with award winning projects is invaluable and we are excited to watch her continue to excel in the industry.”

Anthony Dallessandro

Oculus Inc. is pleased to announce the addition of Anthony Dallessandro to its professional staff as a Job Captain/Project Manager.
Anthony brings experience to Oculus Inc. through work with national retail brands as well as a well-rounded set of skills in all other areas of architectural practice. He holds a Bachelor and Master of Architecture from The Pennsylvania State University, where he earned a Schreyer’s Honor College Scholarship as well as a Design Excellence and St. Louis AIA Student Awards. He possesses a set of creativity and production skills that allow for strong problem solving during design, production, and construction administration phases. Anthony’s duties consist of schematic design development, conceptual and construction documents, digital model construction, and interacting with clients. His graphic skills include drafting in AutoCAD, REVIT, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Rhino, SketchUp and 3Ds Max.
To compliment Mr. Dallessandro’s academic background and extensive work experience on the East Coast, Anthony is also pursuing his NCARB accreditation.

“Anthony has been a fantastic addition to our team,” said Lisa Bell-Reim, Oculus Inc. President.  “He brings extensive experience on not only a local level but also a national level which we couldn’t be more excited about.”

Morgan Perry

Oculus Inc., is pleased to announce the addition of Morgan Perry, AIA as a Project Manager/Project Architect to its professional staff.

Morgan brings seven years of experience working in the architectural industry. She will be providing project and client management, design and construction document development, and construction administration for our retail portfolio. She has healthcare and retail project experience that spans from the east to west coast, dealing with both new construction and renovations. She is adept at resolving functional, programmatic and design issues to meet the needs of projects and communicating design intent.  Her work related software skills are Revit Architecture, AutoCAD, SketchUp, InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop.

To compliment Ms. Perry’s national work experience her education background is international with an Architectural Graduate degree from Helsinki University of Technology (Otaniemi, Finland) and Master of Architecture from Washington University. Morgan is a registered Architect in the state of Missouri.

“We could not be happier to gain Morgan as a new Architect,” said Lisa Bell-Reim, Oculus Inc. President.  “We’re positive her previous experience will bring invaluable benefits to our firm.”
Oculus Inc. is a nationally, WBE-Certified, full-service architecture and consulting services firm with offices in St. Louis & Dallas.

January 6, 2017

New Hires at Castle Contracting

Brian Carlson

Castle Contracting has hired Brian Carlson as project director. In this role, Carlson will oversee the delivery of prime contracts for civil construction projects and pursuits, focusing on design-build and other alternative delivery opportunities. He will leverage Castle’s unique expertise in self-performing civil site-work from concept through construction and closeout.

“Throughout his career, Brian has a strong track record of helping his clients achieve considerable recognition for their projects,” says Mike Myers, vice president of Castle Contracting. “He is a terrific addition to the Castle team.”

Prior to joining Castle, Carlson spent 14 years managing large-scale highway construction projects as senior project manager at Millstone Weber, LLC (formerly Fred Weber, Inc.). He has worked on several major interstate projects throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area, including managing MoDOT’s $75 million Route 364 Phase 3 Design-Build project and the $32 million I-270 Dorsett/Page Interchange project.

A member of the Design-Build Institute of America and DBIA Mid-America Region, Carlson recently achieved Designated Design-Build Professional status from the organization’s certification board. He received his bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from Missouri University of Science & Technology in Rolla, Mo., and has earned certification as a Master Drainlayer for St. Louis city and county.

Matthew Groves

Matthew Groves Joins Castle Contracting as Project Director. In this role, Groves will help lead solar project pursuits and assist with the national expansion of the company’s CastleGPS service, which provides industry-leading subsurface utility investigation and mapping to construction projects.

“Matthew’s hands-on project leadership experience makes him a great addition to the Castle team,” says Mike Myers, vice president of Castle Contracting. “His broad construction expertise will benefit our clients and contribute to Castle’s market and geographic expansion.”

Groves joined Castle from Byrne & Jones, where his roles included serving as a general manager for site work and special projects as well as a project manager/estimator. He also worked as a project manager at Saint Louis University.

Groves received his bachelor’s degree in computer-aided drafting and design from the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Mo., as well as an MBA from Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Mo. He is a member of the American Public Works Association and Young Executives of SITE Improvement Association.

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.

Steve DeBarry Named Geotechnology CFO

Steve DeBarry

Geotechnology, Inc., a leading provider of geotechnical and environmental engineering, geophysics, water resource management, materials testing and drilling services, announced that Steve DeBarry has joined the company as its new Chief Financial Officer (CFO).

DeBarry will report directly to Geotechnology President and CEO Ed Alizadeh, and will oversee all accounting and finance functions.

“Steve has strong technical and financial skills gained through 15+ years of hands-on experience as a Controller, CFO & CIO,” said Alizadeh. “I am confident that Steve’s knowledge and leadership skills will have a positive impact on our growing company and its operations.”

DeBarry is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in Missouri and received a B.S. in Business Administration with an emphasis in accounting from Washington University. He began his career in public accounting but has spent most of his career in the private sector.

Established more than 30 years ago, Geotechnology, Inc. is a professional corporation offering a comprehensive range of consulting services in applied earth and environmental sciences, including geophysics, water resource management, geotechnical and environmental engineering, materials testing and drilling.

New Hire at McClure Engineering

McClure Engineering welcomes Mechanical Designer, Ashley Mansfield. Ashley received her Associates of Science degree in CAD Technology and Design from Lewis & Clark Community College. She joins McClure with 10 years of mechanical design experience and is proficient in AutoCAD, Revit and Navisworks.

Midas Hospitality Promotes Chris Shinkle to Senior Director of Development

Chris Shinkle

Midas Hospitality, a premier hotel management group, recently promoted Chris Shinkle to Senior Director of Development.

Shinkle will manage the day-to-day operations of the company’s development team, which focuses on new hotels and acquisitions, as well as the organization’s renovation life cycle.  His responsibilities include overseeing a variety of services the company provides including project planning, procurement, information technology, scheduling, budget management, and project execution.

Prior to this position, Shinkle served as the company’s Director of Information Technology, as well as its Director of Operations.  He joined Midas Hospitality in 2011 as a general manager and has held key roles within the company throughout the years.  He has more than 15 years of hospitality experience.

“Chris has been with our company for more than five years, and he has truly earned this new position and all that it encompasses,” said David Robert, Midas Hospitality’s Managing Member and CEO.  “We are excited to see all that Chris will accomplish in his new role.”

 

Edward J. Twehous named AGC of Missouri Board Chairman

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Ed Twehous

Missouri Highway Contractor to Lead Statewide Association in 2017

Ed Twehous, vice president of Twehous Excavating Company, Inc. has been elected the chairman of the board of the Associated General Contractors of Missouri (AGC) for 2017.    Twehous is a life-long resident of Jefferson City and has been active in the construction industry for over 40 years.  Twehous has the rare drive to deeply engage in issues and organizations in which he believes.  He has an extensive list of civic and charitable responsibilities – many related to St. Francis Xavier Parish in Taos, MO and Helias Catholic High School in Jefferson City.  Twehous has served on construction industry-related boards and commissions for several municipalities in Missouri and, since 2008, has been a member of the Missouri Blasting Safety Board (appointed by Gov. Matt Blunt).

Twehous’s dedication to the construction industry doesn’t end there.  He has been deeply engaged in the Associated General Contractors for over 30 years.  He has served on the AGC of America’s Board of Directors/Governors, has been chairman of most every committee he’s served on with the AGC of Missouri and was Chairman of the AGC of Missouri in 2005, long before the merger with the AGC of St. Louis. Whether it is the governmental affairs committee, joint committees with MoDOT or DNR, or the Young Executives Club, Ed dives in with gusto.  Twehous also was instrumental in the merger of the former AGC of Missouri with the AGC of St. Louis in late 2014.

Other officers of the AGC for 2017 are:  chair elect of the board – William Wagner, S. M. Wilson & Co.; vice chair of the board – Chip Jones, Emery Sapp & Sons, Inc.; secretary-treasurer – Becky Spurgeon, Interface Construction Corporation; building division chair – Greg Hesser, Alberici Constructors, Inc.; heavy/highway/infrastructure division chair – Paul Ideker, Ideker, Inc.; building division vice-chair – John Doerr, Tarlton Corporation; and, heavy/highway/infrastructure division vice-chair – Bryan Wilkerson, Clarkson Construction Company.

Serving on the board representing contractor members are:  Scott Drury, Bloomsdale Excavating Co., Inc.; Zachary Hamilton, Kwame Building Group, Inc.; Michael Kennedy, Jr., KAI Design & Build; Joe Ritz, Comanche Construction, Inc.; Don Rosenbarger, Delta Companies; and, Sean Thouvenot, Branco Enterprises, Inc.

Serving on the board representing the AGC’s specialty contractors are:  Jamie Loch, Collins & Hermann, Inc. and Jon Danuser, Johnson Controls, Inc.

Serving on the board representing the AGC’s supplier/service providers are Maureen Crawford, Seiler Instrument & Manufacturing Co., Inc. and Erik Thompson, Silver Eagle Construction Products, Inc.

The ex-officio board members representing the Construction Leadership Council and Young Executives Club for 2017 are Oliver Coulson of Tarlton Corporation and Randy Besand of Pace Construction, respectively.

The Associated General Contractors of Missouri is the leading voice of the construction industry in Missouri, representing over 500 commercial, industrial, heavy and highway contractors, industry partners and related firms in 110 counties throughout Missouri.

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.

New Hires at Castle Contracting

Brian Carlson

Castle Contracting has hired Brian Carlson as project director. In this role, Carlson will oversee the delivery of prime contracts for civil construction projects and pursuits, focusing on design-build and other alternative delivery opportunities. He will leverage Castle’s unique expertise in self-performing civil site-work from concept through construction and closeout.

“Throughout his career, Brian has a strong track record of helping his clients achieve considerable recognition for their projects,” says Mike Myers, vice president of Castle Contracting. “He is a terrific addition to the Castle team.”

Prior to joining Castle, Carlson spent 14 years managing large-scale highway construction projects as senior project manager at Millstone Weber, LLC (formerly Fred Weber, Inc.). He has worked on several major interstate projects throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area, including managing MoDOT’s $75 million Route 364 Phase 3 Design-Build project and the $32 million I-270 Dorsett/Page Interchange project.

A member of the Design-Build Institute of America and DBIA Mid-America Region, Carlson recently achieved Designated Design-Build Professional status from the organization’s certification board. He received his bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from Missouri University of Science & Technology in Rolla, Mo., and has earned certification as a Master Drainlayer for St. Louis city and county.

Matthew Groves

Matthew Groves Joins Castle Contracting as Project Director. In this role, Groves will help lead solar project pursuits and assist with the national expansion of the company’s CastleGPS service, which provides industry-leading subsurface utility investigation and mapping to construction projects.

“Matthew’s hands-on project leadership experience makes him a great addition to the Castle team,” says Mike Myers, vice president of Castle Contracting. “His broad construction expertise will benefit our clients and contribute to Castle’s market and geographic expansion.”

Groves joined Castle from Byrne & Jones, where his roles included serving as a general manager for site work and special projects as well as a project manager/estimator. He also worked as a project manager at Saint Louis University.

Groves received his bachelor’s degree in computer-aided drafting and design from the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Mo., as well as an MBA from Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Mo. He is a member of the American Public Works Association and Young Executives of SITE Improvement Association.

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.

Steve DeBarry Named Geotechnology CFO

Steve DeBarry

Geotechnology, Inc., a leading provider of geotechnical and environmental engineering, geophysics, water resource management, materials testing and drilling services, announced that Steve DeBarry has joined the company as its new Chief Financial Officer (CFO).

DeBarry will report directly to Geotechnology President and CEO Ed Alizadeh, and will oversee all accounting and finance functions.

“Steve has strong technical and financial skills gained through 15+ years of hands-on experience as a Controller, CFO & CIO,” said Alizadeh. “I am confident that Steve’s knowledge and leadership skills will have a positive impact on our growing company and its operations.”

DeBarry is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in Missouri and received a B.S. in Business Administration with an emphasis in accounting from Washington University. He began his career in public accounting but has spent most of his career in the private sector.

Established more than 30 years ago, Geotechnology, Inc. is a professional corporation offering a comprehensive range of consulting services in applied earth and environmental sciences, including geophysics, water resource management, geotechnical and environmental engineering, materials testing and drilling.

New Hire at McClure Engineering

McClure Engineering welcomes Mechanical Designer, Ashley Mansfield. Ashley received her Associates of Science degree in CAD Technology and Design from Lewis & Clark Community College. She joins McClure with 10 years of mechanical design experience and is proficient in AutoCAD, Revit and Navisworks.

Midas Hospitality Promotes Chris Shinkle to Senior Director of Development

Chris Shinkle

Midas Hospitality, a premier hotel management group, recently promoted Chris Shinkle to Senior Director of Development.

Shinkle will manage the day-to-day operations of the company’s development team, which focuses on new hotels and acquisitions, as well as the organization’s renovation life cycle.  His responsibilities include overseeing a variety of services the company provides including project planning, procurement, information technology, scheduling, budget management, and project execution.

Prior to this position, Shinkle served as the company’s Director of Information Technology, as well as its Director of Operations.  He joined Midas Hospitality in 2011 as a general manager and has held key roles within the company throughout the years.  He has more than 15 years of hospitality experience.

“Chris has been with our company for more than five years, and he has truly earned this new position and all that it encompasses,” said David Robert, Midas Hospitality’s Managing Member and CEO.  “We are excited to see all that Chris will accomplish in his new role.”

 

December 30, 2016

Steve Mast to Retire From S. M. Wilson

Steve Mast

Steven Mast, Vice President at S. M. Wilson & Co., will retire at the end of 2016 after 23 years with the company and 42 total years in the commercial construction industry.  Mast has overseen S. M. Wilson’s retail market sector operations for most of his tenure with the company, and since joining the firm has been involved with more than $1.6 billion of construction projects around the country for well known retailers including Target, Von Maur, Cabela’s, and most recently IKEA.  This includes more than $600 million of renovations and new construction at 130 Target Stores across the central region of the United States.

“Steve has been instrumental for cultivating strong relationships with our retail clients and then providing outstanding service as Project Executive on these projects,” said Amy Berg, President of S. M. Wilson.  “His track record of success in retail construction speaks for itself.  He was also integral to our winning the contract to build the IKEA store in St. Louis.  Steve will be missed by all of us at S. M. Wilson.”

Steve started his career in construction at the age of 15, working summers for a construction firm in Iowa. After graduating from the University of Florida with a B. S. in Building Construction, he worked his way up to management positions in project manager and business development.  In 1993, he joined S. M. Wilson as Vice President.

Sarah Miller Promoted to Assistant Estimator at S. M. Wilson

Sarah Miller

S. M. Wilson & Co. has promoted Sarah Miller to Assistant Estimator.  She will be responsible for the supporting the company’s estimating team as they develop and submit bids for potential construction projects.  Sarah has worked in the estimating department since joining S. M. Wilson in 2014.

Sarah is a graduate of Southeast Missouri State University and has also studied Estimating at St. Louis Community College.

S. M. Wilson is a full-service construction management, design/build and general contracting firm with headquarters in St. Louis. 

December 23, 2016

Alexander Brockman

NewGround Appoints Alexander Brockman as Vice President, Business Development

NewGround, a St. Louis-based design-build firm, announces the appointment of Alexander Brockman as Vice President of Business Development. He will be responsible for leading business development activities for the states of Iowa, Illinois and Indiana.

“As an organization that is committed to attracting and retaining the industry’s top professionals, Alexander is a welcomed addition to the NewGround staff with experience that not only complements, but expands upon our industry expertise. With his thorough understanding of the market, Alexander is the ideal person to lead these three markets and drive growth for the organization,” said Jeff Winter, Senior Vice President of Business Development.

Alexander brings over six years of experience in the financial services industry, during which time he was a top performer in his region, generating new business and deepening existing customer relationships.

Alexander holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Central Methodist University.

“With a background in retail banking and brokerage, I am excited to bring a strategic and consultative business approach to NewGround and their clients. We are entering into a historic change and transference of wealth, making it imperative for our industry to learn, evolve and grow with our customer/member base,” said Alexander Brockman.

NewGround, headquartered in St. Louis, designs and builds custom facilities including retail and corporate environments.

 

CREW-St. Louis Member Monica Conners Appointed To Crew Network Foundation’s Board Of Directors

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Monica Conners

Monica Conners is one of six members selected to serve on the 2017-18 Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) Network Foundation Board of Directors. The foundation is an international initiative that supports women in commercial real estate. Funding provides educational programs, scholarships, mentoring opportunities and cutting-edge industry research to advance the success of women in the industry.

As a champion director, Conners will help the foundation further its reach by continuing to raise awareness and funds that build opportunities for women and girls in the commercial real estate industry.

Conners is senior director of client development at the Lawrence Group, a national development and design firm based in St. Louis. She manages existing and new relationships for the St. Louis, Austin, Charlotte and New York offices and is responsible for cultivating growth in Lawrence Group’s markets.

A member of CREW-St. Louis since 2010, Conners has chaired the programs committee, served on the board of directors and most recently served as chapter president during 2016.

The St. Louis chapter of CREW Network was started in 1982. Since then, it has grown to become one of the largest of CREW Network’s 76 chapters in North America, with more than 180 members from all disciplines in commercial real estate.

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Steve Mast to Retire From S. M. Wilson

Steve Mast

Steven Mast, Vice President at S. M. Wilson & Co., will retire at the end of 2016 after 23 years with the company and 42 total years in the commercial construction industry.  Mast has overseen S. M. Wilson’s retail market sector operations for most of his tenure with the company, and since joining the firm has been involved with more than $1.6 billion of construction projects around the country for well known retailers including Target, Von Maur, Cabela’s, and most recently IKEA.  This includes more than $600 million of renovations and new construction at 130 Target Stores across the central region of the United States.

“Steve has been instrumental for cultivating strong relationships with our retail clients and then providing outstanding service as Project Executive on these projects,” said Amy Berg, President of S. M. Wilson.  “His track record of success in retail construction speaks for itself.  He was also integral to our winning the contract to build the IKEA store in St. Louis.  Steve will be missed by all of us at S. M. Wilson.”

Steve started his career in construction at the age of 15, working summers for a construction firm in Iowa. After graduating from the University of Florida with a B. S. in Building Construction, he worked his way up to management positions in project manager and business development.  In 1993, he joined S. M. Wilson as Vice President.

Sarah Miller Promoted to Assistant Estimator at S. M. Wilson

Sarah Miller

S. M. Wilson & Co. has promoted Sarah Miller to Assistant Estimator.  She will be responsible for the supporting the company’s estimating team as they develop and submit bids for potential construction projects.  Sarah has worked in the estimating department since joining S. M. Wilson in 2014.

Sarah is a graduate of Southeast Missouri State University and has also studied Estimating at St. Louis Community College.

S. M. Wilson is a full-service construction management, design/build and general contracting firm with headquarters in St. Louis. 

December 23, 2016

Alexander Brockman

NewGround Appoints Alexander Brockman as Vice President, Business Development

NewGround, a St. Louis-based design-build firm, announces the appointment of Alexander Brockman as Vice President of Business Development. He will be responsible for leading business development activities for the states of Iowa, Illinois and Indiana.

“As an organization that is committed to attracting and retaining the industry’s top professionals, Alexander is a welcomed addition to the NewGround staff with experience that not only complements, but expands upon our industry expertise. With his thorough understanding of the market, Alexander is the ideal person to lead these three markets and drive growth for the organization,” said Jeff Winter, Senior Vice President of Business Development.

Alexander brings over six years of experience in the financial services industry, during which time he was a top performer in his region, generating new business and deepening existing customer relationships.

Alexander holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Central Methodist University.

“With a background in retail banking and brokerage, I am excited to bring a strategic and consultative business approach to NewGround and their clients. We are entering into a historic change and transference of wealth, making it imperative for our industry to learn, evolve and grow with our customer/member base,” said Alexander Brockman.

NewGround, headquartered in St. Louis, designs and builds custom facilities including retail and corporate environments.

December 16, 2016

John Hilmes, CPA, Joins Byrne & Jones Construction as CFO

John Hilmes

John Hilmes, CPA, has joined Byrne & Jones Construction to serve as its chief financial officer.  Byrne & Jones is one of the largest commercial paving companies in Metro St. Louis and has offices in Peoria, Ill. and Omaha, Neb.  The firm performs asphalt, concrete, sports, soil stabilization, micro surfacing and marine construction.

Hilmes has more than 30 years’ experience in finance. He will oversee all financial aspects Byrne & Jones, including accounting, cash management, financial statement preparation, budgeting, annual audit and review, payroll, and tax management.

Hilmes has a degree in accounting from University of Missouri-St. Louis and earned an MBA from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, Ill.

Byrne & Jones Construction is one of the St. Louis area’s largest commercial paving contractors.

Kirby-Smith Machinery Names Woody Ferrell as Account Manager for Pipeline Services Division

Woody Ferrell

Kirby-Smith Machinery, Inc., a leading Komatsu distributor, is pleased to announce the appointment of Woody Ferrell as Account Manager – Pipeline Services Division.

Ferrell will focus on developing relationships within the Oil and Gas Pipeline construction industry, and represent Kirby-Smith nationally as the company expands its presence in the sector. As Account Manager for Kirby-Smith’s newly dedicated pipeline division, he will work closely with customers to understand their needs and create effective solutions. Ferrell’s sharp understanding of pipeline equipment applications and tireless effort to see his customers succeed made him a natural fit for the position.

Ferrell is a Co-Chair of the Membership Committee with the (DCA) Distribution Contractors Association, and has over 25 years’ experience in the construction equipment industry, bringing a wealth of sales and marketing expertise to his new position at Kirby-Smith. He recently held the position of Director of National Accounts Pipeline Construction with Volvo CE, where he spent the last four years developing their Pipeline Division. During his time at Volvo, Woody held roles as Region Manager, Product Manager and Vice President of Remarketing. Prior to this role, Woody worked with CNH where he developed and launched their heavy compaction line offering to asphalt paving industry. Woody has also spent several years in the rental industry as a field representative and managing a location.

 

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Alexander Brockman

NewGround Appoints Alexander Brockman as Vice President, Business Development

NewGround, a St. Louis-based design-build firm, announces the appointment of Alexander Brockman as Vice President of Business Development. He will be responsible for leading business development activities for the states of Iowa, Illinois and Indiana.

“As an organization that is committed to attracting and retaining the industry’s top professionals, Alexander is a welcomed addition to the NewGround staff with experience that not only complements, but expands upon our industry expertise. With his thorough understanding of the market, Alexander is the ideal person to lead these three markets and drive growth for the organization,” said Jeff Winter, Senior Vice President of Business Development.

Alexander brings over six years of experience in the financial services industry, during which time he was a top performer in his region, generating new business and deepening existing customer relationships.

Alexander holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Central Methodist University.

“With a background in retail banking and brokerage, I am excited to bring a strategic and consultative business approach to NewGround and their clients. We are entering into a historic change and transference of wealth, making it imperative for our industry to learn, evolve and grow with our customer/member base,” said Alexander Brockman.

NewGround, headquartered in St. Louis, designs and builds custom facilities including retail and corporate environments.

December 16, 2016

John Hilmes, CPA, Joins Byrne & Jones Construction as CFO

John Hilmes

John Hilmes, CPA, has joined Byrne & Jones Construction to serve as its chief financial officer.  Byrne & Jones is one of the largest commercial paving companies in Metro St. Louis and has offices in Peoria, Ill. and Omaha, Neb.  The firm performs asphalt, concrete, sports, soil stabilization, micro surfacing and marine construction.

Hilmes has more than 30 years’ experience in finance. He will oversee all financial aspects Byrne & Jones, including accounting, cash management, financial statement preparation, budgeting, annual audit and review, payroll, and tax management.

Hilmes has a degree in accounting from University of Missouri-St. Louis and earned an MBA from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, Ill.

Byrne & Jones Construction is one of the St. Louis area’s largest commercial paving contractors.

Kirby-Smith Machinery Names Woody Ferrell as Account Manager for Pipeline Services Division

Woody Ferrell

Kirby-Smith Machinery, Inc., a leading Komatsu distributor, is pleased to announce the appointment of Woody Ferrell as Account Manager – Pipeline Services Division.

Ferrell will focus on developing relationships within the Oil and Gas Pipeline construction industry, and represent Kirby-Smith nationally as the company expands its presence in the sector. As Account Manager for Kirby-Smith’s newly dedicated pipeline division, he will work closely with customers to understand their needs and create effective solutions. Ferrell’s sharp understanding of pipeline equipment applications and tireless effort to see his customers succeed made him a natural fit for the position.

Ferrell is a Co-Chair of the Membership Committee with the (DCA) Distribution Contractors Association, and has over 25 years’ experience in the construction equipment industry, bringing a wealth of sales and marketing expertise to his new position at Kirby-Smith. He recently held the position of Director of National Accounts Pipeline Construction with Volvo CE, where he spent the last four years developing their Pipeline Division. During his time at Volvo, Woody held roles as Region Manager, Product Manager and Vice President of Remarketing. Prior to this role, Woody worked with CNH where he developed and launched their heavy compaction line offering to asphalt paving industry. Woody has also spent several years in the rental industry as a field representative and managing a location.

 

In Memoriam George L. Hensley, Jr.

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George Hensley, Jr., President of Hensley Construction, Inc., lost his courageous battle with cancer on Sunday, December 18.

A visitation was held on Wednesday, December 21 from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Bopp Chapel, Kirkwood, MO.  A memorial service will be held on December 22 at 1 pm at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 243 W. Argonne Drive, Kirkwood, MO  63122, (314) 966-8600.

In lieu of flowers, Hensley Construction has designated http://tinyurl.com/Kick-It-for-cancer-research, a not-for-profit in support of cancer research, for memorial contributions,  or The Boys & Girls Club of St. Louis, Herbert Hoover campus www.bgcstl.org.

 

 

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.

John Hilmes, CPA, Joins Byrne & Jones Construction as CFO

John Hilmes

John Hilmes, CPA, has joined Byrne & Jones Construction to serve as its chief financial officer.  Byrne & Jones is one of the largest commercial paving companies in Metro St. Louis and has offices in Peoria, Ill. and Omaha, Neb.  The firm performs asphalt, concrete, sports, soil stabilization, micro surfacing and marine construction.

Hilmes has more than 30 years’ experience in finance. He will oversee all financial aspects Byrne & Jones, including accounting, cash management, financial statement preparation, budgeting, annual audit and review, payroll, and tax management.

Hilmes has a degree in accounting from University of Missouri-St. Louis and earned an MBA from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, Ill.

Byrne & Jones Construction is one of the St. Louis area’s largest commercial paving contractors.

Kirby-Smith Machinery Names Woody Ferrell as Account Manager for Pipeline Services Division

Woody Ferrell

Kirby-Smith Machinery, Inc., a leading Komatsu distributor, is pleased to announce the appointment of Woody Ferrell as Account Manager – Pipeline Services Division.

Ferrell will focus on developing relationships within the Oil and Gas Pipeline construction industry, and represent Kirby-Smith nationally as the company expands its presence in the sector. As Account Manager for Kirby-Smith’s newly dedicated pipeline division, he will work closely with customers to understand their needs and create effective solutions. Ferrell’s sharp understanding of pipeline equipment applications and tireless effort to see his customers succeed made him a natural fit for the position.

Ferrell is a Co-Chair of the Membership Committee with the (DCA) Distribution Contractors Association, and has over 25 years’ experience in the construction equipment industry, bringing a wealth of sales and marketing expertise to his new position at Kirby-Smith. He recently held the position of Director of National Accounts Pipeline Construction with Volvo CE, where he spent the last four years developing their Pipeline Division. During his time at Volvo, Woody held roles as Region Manager, Product Manager and Vice President of Remarketing. Prior to this role, Woody worked with CNH where he developed and launched their heavy compaction line offering to asphalt paving industry. Woody has also spent several years in the rental industry as a field representative and managing a location.

December 2, 2016

McCarthy Promotes Ryan Moss to Project Director

Ryan Moss
Ryan Moss

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. has promoted Ryan Moss to Project Director in the firm’s Central Division.

In this role, Moss will serve as the on-site director for the new Washington University East Expansion project scheduled to begin construction in spring 2017. The project will transform the east end of the university’s Danforth Campus and is one of the most significant construction projects in the university’s history.

Since joining McCarthy as superintendent in 2007, Moss has held leadership roles on several prominent education and healthcare projects. His project experience includes the Center for Global Citizenship and Spring Hall residential tower at Saint Louis University as well as numerous expansion projects at Mercy Hospital Jefferson campus, St. Luke’s Hospital, St. Anthony’s Medical Center and Phelps County Regional Medical Center in Rolla, Mo.

“Ryan is a skilled project leader who has demonstrated his expertise in managing complex construction projects and successfully leading project teams,” said John Buescher, president of McCarthy’s Central Division.

Moss received his bachelor of science degrees in civil engineering and business from Washington University and earned his accreditation as a LEED Green Associate from the U.S. Green Building Council.

Greg Fix Joins Lawrence Group

Greg Fix
Greg Fix

Greg Fix recently joined Lawrence Group as senior director of client development. Fix brings more than 20 years of experience in managing relationships with key business partners and clients. He has worked with trusted healthcare and academic institutions to align project goals and implement strategic initiatives. Fix received his MBA from Saint Louis University and undergraduate degree from the University of Missouri in business logistics.

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

December 2, 2016

Kim Von der Heyde joins McGrath as Project Engineer

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Kim Von der Heyde

Kim Von der Heyde of Crestwood, MO, has joined McGrath & Associates as project engineer. She is responsible for estimating, project coordination, scheduling and cost reporting for pharmaceutical projects.

Von der Heyde has 14 years of experience in construction project coordination and is a graduate of Stevens Institute of Business & Arts. She is LEED AP, BD&C certified.

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. 

Haberberger Welcomes Steve Batey & Shawn Thompson 

Haberberger is pleased to announce the addition of two new team members. Shawn Thompson, of Webster Groves has joined as virtual construction and technology manager, and Steve Batey, of St. Louis,  has been hired as an estimator.

Shawn Thompson
Shawn Thompson

Thompson joins Haberberger with over 18 years of experience in the mechanical contracting field. His background experience includes work across several different industries on a variety of projects that include sports venues, hospitals, energy plants, industrial facilities, high-rise buildings, schools and many other commercial projects. In his new role as virtual construction and technology manager, Thompson will be responsible for the implementation and development of Building information modeling (BIM) and construction technology at Haberberger, working in partnership with Haberberger’s team of project managers and field staff.

Steve Batey
Steve Batey

Batey, who previously worked at Haberberger as a project manager and estimator, has returned after nine years.  He brings a wealth of estimating experience in the industrial, advanced technology, commercial and healthcare markets, with projects ranging in cost from $50,000 to $100 million. Originally from Richmond, Va., Batey relocated to the St. Louis area after serving several years as the mid-Atlantic division lead estimator for Southland Industries. Batey studied construction management and engineering at J.S. Reynolds Community College located in Richmond.

Haberberger, Inc. is a 68-year-old mechanical contracting company that offers complete HVAC installation, customized maintenance programs, process piping and piping fabrication, and refrigeration and energy management services to a variety of industrial and commercial customers.

Megan Banks Promoted to Assistant Project Manager At S. M. Wilson

Megan Banks
Megan Banks

Megan Banks has been promoted to Assistant Project Manager at S. M. Wilson & Co.  She will be responsible for helping Project Managers organize, schedule, plan, control and deliver construction projects.  Megan is currently working\ on the company’s Millikin University construction project and Maplewood Fire Station.

Megan began her career as an intern at S. M. Wilson four years ago and has been a Project Engineer for the past three years.  She previously worked on several high-profile projects, including projects for BJC HealthCare and Blessing Hospital and The Orion high rise development in the Central West End.

Earlier this year, Megan was one of 20 African-American professionals under the age of 40 to be honored at the St. Louis American Foundation’s 6th Annual Salute to Young Leaders.  She was recognized for her excellence in work and in her commitment to community building through service to others.

Megan holds a B. S. in Construction Management from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. She also completed the OSHA 30 Hour Construction Safety and Health Certification for the Construction Industry.

S. M. Wilson is a full-service construction management, design/build and general contracting firm with headquarters in St. Louis.  S. M. Wilson is one of the largest general construction and construction management firms in the St. Louis area.  The company posted $305 million in 2015 revenues, and ranks 220th in Engineering News-Record’s 2016 list of Top 400 commercial contractors nationwide. For more information, visit www.smwilson .com.

November 25, 2016

PDS Hires Landscape Designer

Trevor Schmitt
Trevor Schmitt

Trevor Schmitt has joined the Planning Design Studio team as a Landscape & Urban Designer. Trevor received his Bachelors of Landscape Architecture from Ball State University with a minor in Construction Management.

Most recently Trevor worked as a Landscape Design consultant for a regional Landscape Contractor, consulting with Clients to assess their wants and needs regarding their property; developing comprehensive landscape plans; and managing landscape crews to complete the construction of his design projects.

PDS is an employee owned design firm offering professional consulting services to public and private clients. For more information visit www.planningdesignstudio.com

 

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