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Electrical Connection Joins Salute to IBEW President Emeritus Edwin D. Hill

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Edwin Hill

The Electrical Connection mourns the loss of inspirational labor leader Edwin D Hill.  Hill passed away on Dec. 1, 2018.  He began his career as construction wireman in 1956 and rose through the ranks to become president of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and was later honored as its president emeritus.

“The labor movement has lost one of its greatest visionaries and leaders,” noted IBEW International President Lonnie R. Stephenson.  “We join with President Hill’s friends and family in mourning his loss. But while this is a moment of great sadness, we draw inspiration and joy from President Hill’s nearly six-decades of service to working families and the union that was the cause of his life: the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.”

Hill navigated numerous challenges for IBEW, strengthening the union with progressive programs to deliver greater value in its highly skilled and safe workforce.  Among those was the“Code of Excellence,” which helped earn local NECA contractor PayneCrest an AGC Keystone Award in 2016 for its work with IBEW on the Flint Creek Environmental Retrofit in Gentry, Ark.  The project’s use of the “Code of Excellence” was spotlighted by Electric TV.  Read more.

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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.

KRJ Architecture Promotes Tim Uelk, to Associate in Charge of Construction Administration. 

Tim Uelk

KRJ Architecture, a St. Louis-based architectural firm specializing in the design of educational and civic facilities, has promoted Tim Uelk, to the Associate in Charge of Construction Administration.

In this role, Uelk is responsible for managing information between building owners, the design team and contractors during the construction phase. He also assists with project cost estimates throughout the project and surveys existing building conditions.

Uelk joined KRJ in 2014 and brings to the role extensive experience in renovations, additions and new construction for educational, civic and government clients, including school districts, municipalities and ambulance districts.

“Tim consistently provides clients with the level of service that KRJ strives to sustain,” said David Kromm, president of KRJ Architecture. “His leadership adds to KRJ’s long tradition of maximizing a community’s resources through designing and enhancing new and existing community facilities.”

Uelk holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Drury University. He is a LEED Green Associate with an Associate AIA designation from the American Institute of Architects.

New Hires at Muphy Company

Charles Cova

Charles (“Jerry”) Cova has been appointed as account manager for Murphy Data Center Services. The announcement was made by Eric Gottschlich, manager, Murphy DCS. Cova has more than 17 years’ experience in the industry, having worked as a program service manager and account manager for a national firm providing facility services and consulting on data centers and other critical infrastructure.

From 2001 to 2008 he was responsible for management of HVAC, generator, UPS, battery and fire system maintenance for customers. From September 2008 to 2018 he provided account management services in local, regional and national territories.

He attended both the University of Nebraska Omaha and Saint Louis University

Murphy DCS is a turn-key data center services solution, providing strategic integration of all facility infrastructure components, from consulting, design and construction to operation and maintenance. For more information, visit www.murphynet.com.

Sid Sarginson

Sid Sarginson has been named an engineer for Murphy Company. The announcement was made by Mike Werdes, vice-president, engineering. A May 2018 graduate of Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville,Sarginson holds  a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering with a math minor. He previously served as a mechanical engineering intern at both Murphy Company and at Westermeyer Industries, Inc. a designer and supplier of components for the air-conditioning and refrigeration industries.

A graduate of Jersey Community High School, Sarginson served as a 4-H Club president 2007-2010, and as the Jerseyville FFA vice president 2013-14 and FFA treasurer 2011-12. He holds an Illinois State FFA degree and was honored with the Outstanding FFA Award, among others. He also was a member of the Jersey County Young Leaders, an affiliate of the Illinois Farm Bureau, and a member of the National Honors Society.

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.

Midas Capital Hires Director of Investor Relations

Laura Robbins

Laura Robbins brings development and managerial experience to investment company

Midas Capital, an investment company specializing in hotel acquisition and development, recently hired Laura Robbins as Director of Investor Relations.  Robbins will be responsible for establishing potential investor opportunities, as well as strengthening existing client relationships.  She will assist with raising capital, manage investor events, oversee communication strategies, and supervise marketing and research efforts.

Prior to joining Midas Capital, Robbins served as Chief Development Officer at a non-profit social services organization.  She has more than 10 years of director and development experience in various financial, hospitality, entertainment, and non-profit industries.

Robbins is currently earning her Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo.  She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree in Independent Theater Studies from the Boston University School for the Arts in Boston, Mass.

“Laura brings a wide array of fundraising and relationship management skills to our company,” said Midas Capital’s Managing Member and Co-Founder J.T. Norville.  “She is a strategic individual who will lead our efforts in the investment community while upholding our high standards of excellence.”

Midas Capital – the sister company of premier hotel management group Midas Hospitality – is located at 1804 Borman Circle in St. Louis, Mo.  For more information about Midas Capital, call (314) 692-0100 or visit http://www.midashotelfund.com.

November 29, 2018

Zane Truman

Zane Truman Joins McCarthy as Director of Business Development

Zane Truman has joined McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. as director of business development in the firm’s Advanced Technology and Manufacturing group.

In this position, Truman will build relationships with current and potential clients in the pharmaceutical and manufacturing sectors to expand McCarthy’s project work in a 28-state region—from the Plains to the East Coast.

Truman joins McCarthy with significant experience in the pharmaceutical, biotech, food and beverage, and oil and gas industries. Most recently, he served as director of engineering at the Alkem Laboratories pharmaceutical facility in Fenton, Mo., and he previously served as a project manager at CRB, an engineering, architecture and construction firm in St. Louis.

“Zane is a tremendous asset to McCarthy as we continue to expand our presence in the growing pharmaceutical and manufacturing sectors,” said Ryan Freeman, senior vice president at McCarthy. “His strong background and deep understanding of client needs will position us for ongoing success.”

Truman earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and a master’s degree in construction management from Washington University in St. Louis. He is a member of the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA).

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. is the oldest privately held national construction company in the country – with more than 150 years spent collaborating with partners to solve complex building challenges on behalf of its clients. More information about the company is available online at www.mccarthy.com or by following the company on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Google+.

BSA LifeStructures Hires Leah Hofferkamp as Director, Interior Design

Leah Hofferkamp

Nationally recognized architecture and engineering firm BSA LifeStructures (BSA) has hired Leah Hofferkamp as director of interior design in its St. Louis office. As the director, Leah will coordinate efforts between interiors and architecture for the firm’s healing, learning, and discovery markets.

Named a 2017 American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Ones to Watch award winner, Leah embodies the traits the award recognizes: exceptional leadership potential and a willingness to push the boundaries of the interior design profession. She earned her master’s degree in architecture from Washington University in St. Louis and a bachelor’s degree in interior design from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Leah is also a registered architect and interior designer in Missouri and certified by the Council for Interior Design Qualification and LEED AP Building Design + Construction.

With nearly 15 years of design experience, Leah’s work is recognized throughout the industry. Her expertise and skills will greatly impact BSA’s design teams. Leah’s understanding of building design as an architect, as well as the function of the interiors, allows for her projects to have a cohesiveness inside and out. “To see projects that exceed the client’s expectations, while being both functional and beautiful to the client, is very rewarding,” says Leah.

BSA, a national, integrated design firm, creates inspired solutions that improve lives. BSA provides architecture, engineering, interior design, and planning services for spaces that support and enhance healing, learning, and discovery – facilities known as LifeStructures. Learn more at www.bsalifestructures.com.

November 23, 2018

S. M. WILSON PROMOTES JORDAN SANDERS TO PROJECT MANAGER

Jordan Sanders

S.M. Wilson & Co. has promoted Jordan Sanders to Project Manager. As Project Manager, he will be responsible for handling all administrative functions for a project, including scheduling, holding progress meetings, generating meeting minutes, tracking costs and maintaining logs for all project information.

Sanders joined S. M. Wilson in 2012 and has worked on a variety of projects including the Alton School District Renovations, School of Osage R-II School District Heritage Building Addition, and Renovation and BJC Campus Renewal Project. Most recently, he filled the role of Assistant Project Manager for Tallgrass Creek Residential Building 1.5. His dedication and attention to detail played a pivotal role in the early completion of the new four-story, 113,000 SF residential facility. Sanders holds a B.S. in Construction Management from Southeast Missouri State University. He is OSHA 30 and ASHE certified.

S. M. Wilson is a full-service construction management, design/build and general contracting firm with headquarters in St. Louis. For more information, visit www.smwilson.com. 

Oculus Inc. Hires James Standing, Elevates Interior Design Division in St. Louis

James Standing

Standing’s expertise will grow Oculus in healthcare, financial and hospitality markets 

Oculus Inc., a full-service architecture and interior design firm headquartered in St. Louis, has strengthened their interior design business group with the addition of outstanding talent and leadership. James Standing will assume the role of acting director of Interior Design for Oculus Inc. He will oversee interior design services for a variety of building and market types, including healthcare, education, senior living and financial services.

“James’s proven track record in designing high-profile, beautiful interior spaces for over 30 years is a tremendous addition to our growing organization,” noted Lisa Bell-Reim, president of Oculus Inc. “We’re thrilled to bring our architectural expertise together with James’s outstanding reputation and elevate the interior design division in St. Louis and surrounding markets.”

“Oculus Inc. is an award-winning architectural and design firm that I’m honored to be a part of,” commented Standing. “Joining Oculus Inc. is a new and exciting endeavor that will allow me to continue to pursue my passion for the art of interior design. I’m looking forward to great achievements in this new role,” he added.

Standing co-founded Standing Design LLC with his wife, Jerri, in 1996. After 22 years, the couple is winding down their business. Effective December 15, 2018, the Standing Design business will formally shutter and transition its client base to Oculus Inc.

In the past year, Oculus Inc. has added more than 10 professional architects, project managers, designers and corporate staff to the St. Louis headquarters and the Dallas and Portland offices. 

Oculus Inc. delivers comprehensive architecture, interior, planning and move management services that support business change and promote business value. Founded in 1994, Oculus creates high-performance design for clients in the retail, commercial, restaurant, education, government and healthcare industries. For more information, visit oculusinc.com.

CREW-St. Louis Honors Wendy Timm with Lifetime Achievement Award

Wendy Timm

CREW-St. Louis presented a Lifetime Achievement Award to Wendy Timm at its Third Annual Signature Event on Nov. 13. Timm was honored for her leadership within the organization, as well as her contributions to the region’s economic development, and civic and charitable endeavors.

“CREW-St. Louis is honored to present our Lifetime Achievement Award to Wendy for her dedication to our mission and for her contributions to the economic development of our region,” said Lynn Goessling, 2018 CREW-St. Louis president. “Wendy has served as a mentor and role model for so many of our members. She continues as a true ambassador in promoting the St. Louis region as a great place for commercial real estate development and for companies to call it home.”

Timm’s ties to CREW-St. Louis started in 1983 when few women carried a significant presence or voice in the industry. She has played a critical part and served as a role model in advancing, educating and supporting women to influence the commercial real estate industry.

As president of CREW-St. Louis in 1999, she founded the CREW-St. Louis Annual Golf Classic, which continues as the industry’s premier networking event. She has worked with countless members on significant developments in St. Louis, and continues to serve as a mentor for women who have chosen a career path in the commercial real estate industry.

Her career spans more than four decades as an appraiser, mortgage banker, real estate developer/financier and consultant. Timm’s passion for urban planning and real estate development have moved the St. Louis region forward. She helped deliver notable projects such as Clayton on the Park, Maryland Walk, 4545 Lindell, Metro Lofts, Old Town Executive Center, Claytonian, Hi-Pointe Lofts, Summit Lofts, Cupples O1, Mississippi Lofts and Millwell Office Park.

Her role in the St. Louis region has been recognized. She was selected as a Woman of Influence by the St. Louis Business Journal in 2004. Timm also was inducted into the Midwest Real Estate News Hall of Fame in 2014. 

CREW-St. Louis is one of the largest of CREW Network’s global chapters. Its more than 200 members come from all disciplines in commercial real estate. For more information, visit www.crewstl.org. Follow CREW-St. Louis on Twitter @CREWSTL.

Frank Lewis Receives Lifetime Achievement Award 

Frank Lewis

Frank Lewis, retired from Sundek Products, Arlington, TX, received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society of Concrete Contractors, (ASCC), St. Louis, MO on September 20, at the organization’s Annual Conference in Charlotte, NC.

Lewis joined ASCC’s Decorative Concrete Council in 1999; Sundek Products was a charter member. He served as council director from 2009-2011.

“During his long tenure with our association Frank was a teacher, trainer, speaker, mentor and cheerleader for the DCC and the decorative concrete industry,” said Bev Garnant, executive director, ASCC. The award was presented in recognition of Lewis’ devotion and commitment to the DCC, and his efforts to make it the foremost organization in the U.S. dedicated to the decorative concrete industry.

The ASCC is a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the capabilities of those who build with concrete, and to providing them a unified voice in the construction industry.  Members include concrete contracting firms, manufacturers, suppliers and others interested in the concrete industry such as architects, specifiers and engineers.  There are approximately 730 member companies in the United States and 12 foreign countries.

For more information, visit www.ascconline.org or call the ASCC office at (866) 788-2722. 

Chris Sullivan Joins American Society of Concrete Contractors 

Chris Sullivan

Chris Sullivan, noted concrete industry speaker and trainer, has joined the American Society of Concrete Contractors (ASCC), St. Louis, MO as decorative concrete specialist (DCS). The DCS provides leadership, counsel and direction for the Decorative Concrete Council (DCC), a specialty council of ASCC. One of the key responsibilities of the DSC, says ASCC executive director Bev Garnant, is answering two member hotlines; one for decorative concrete questions and the second covering polished concrete.

Sullivan is part owner and vice president of sales and marketing for ChemSystems Holdings, Inc. He is a frequent public speaker on all topics dealing with decorative concrete and has authored four books and hundreds of articles for industry publications. He has been a presenter at the World of Concrete since 2005 and at the Concrete Décor Show since 2009. Sullivan was inducted into the Decorative Concrete Hall of Fame in 2015.

The ASCC is a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the capabilities of those who build with concrete, and to providing them a unified voice in the construction industry.  Members include concrete contracting firms, manufacturers, suppliers and others interested in the concrete industry such as architects, specifiers and distributors.  There are approximately 730 member companies in the United States and 12 foreign countries.

For more information, visit www.ascconline.org or call the ASCC office at (866) 788-2722.

 John Suelthaus Elected President of Home Builders Association of St. Louis & Eastern Missouri

John Suelthaus

John Suelthaus, president of Kingbridge Homes, has been elected the 85thpresident of the Home Builders Association (HBA) of St. Louis & Eastern Missouri.

The HBA is a local trade association of more than 600 member firms representing the residential construction industry. 

Oculus Inc. Promotes Jim Stotlar to Senior Project Manager

Jim Stotlar

Stotlar to provide architectural leadership in variety of industries

Oculus Inc., a full-service architecture and interior design firm, has promoted Jim Stotlar to senior project manager for its St. Louis headquarters. Stotlar, AIA, LEED Associate, GGP, has diverse experience in federal and healthcare projects.

“Jim has been an instrumental part of our company for nearly 4 years now,” said Lisa Bell-Reim, Oculus Inc. president. “The variety of experience he brings to the table is a major piece of Oculus’ identity. He will be integral in our continued success in the federal and healthcare markets, among others. We look forward to seeing how Jim will lead in his new role.”

In his new position, Stotlar will be responsible for managing staff and contributing to the leadership of Oculus. He will also continue to oversee project budgets, schedules and programs, coordinate project communications and documentation, estimate fees, determine scopes of work and prepare proposals and contracts. Stotlar joined the firm in 2015 as a project architect. He was promoted to project manager in 2017.

Stotlar is a member of the American Institute of Architects and a LEED Associate with the U.S. Green Building Council. He also is a certified Green Globes Professional ™ through the Green Building Initiative.

He holds a Bachelor of Architecture with a Minor in Planning from Kansas State University and a Master of Arts in Interior Design from RMIT University, located in Melbourne, Australia.

Outside of its headquarters in St. Louis, Oculus has offices in Dallas and Portland, Ore.

Oculus Inc. delivers comprehensive architecture, interior, planning and move management services that support business change and promote business value. Founded in 1994, Oculus creates high-performance design for clients in the retail, commercial, restaurant, education, government and healthcare industries. For more information, visit oculusinc.com.

Building Careers

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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.

Zane Truman

Zane Truman Joins McCarthy as Director of Business Development

Zane Truman has joined McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. as director of business development in the firm’s Advanced Technology and Manufacturing group.

In this position, Truman will build relationships with current and potential clients in the pharmaceutical and manufacturing sectors to expand McCarthy’s project work in a 28-state region—from the Plains to the East Coast.

Truman joins McCarthy with significant experience in the pharmaceutical, biotech, food and beverage, and oil and gas industries. Most recently, he served as director of engineering at the Alkem Laboratories pharmaceutical facility in Fenton, Mo., and he previously served as a project manager at CRB, an engineering, architecture and construction firm in St. Louis.

“Zane is a tremendous asset to McCarthy as we continue to expand our presence in the growing pharmaceutical and manufacturing sectors,” said Ryan Freeman, senior vice president at McCarthy. “His strong background and deep understanding of client needs will position us for ongoing success.”

Truman earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and a master’s degree in construction management from Washington University in St. Louis. He is a member of the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA).

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. is the oldest privately held national construction company in the country – with more than 150 years spent collaborating with partners to solve complex building challenges on behalf of its clients. More information about the company is available online at www.mccarthy.com or by following the company on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Google+.

BSA LifeStructures Hires Leah Hofferkamp as Director, Interior Design

Leah Hofferkamp

Nationally recognized architecture and engineering firm BSA LifeStructures (BSA) has hired Leah Hofferkamp as director of interior design in its St. Louis office. As the director, Leah will coordinate efforts between interiors and architecture for the firm’s healing, learning, and discovery markets.

Named a 2017 American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Ones to Watch award winner, Leah embodies the traits the award recognizes: exceptional leadership potential and a willingness to push the boundaries of the interior design profession. She earned her master’s degree in architecture from Washington University in St. Louis and a bachelor’s degree in interior design from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Leah is also a registered architect and interior designer in Missouri and certified by the Council for Interior Design Qualification and LEED AP Building Design + Construction.

With nearly 15 years of design experience, Leah’s work is recognized throughout the industry. Her expertise and skills will greatly impact BSA’s design teams. Leah’s understanding of building design as an architect, as well as the function of the interiors, allows for her projects to have a cohesiveness inside and out. “To see projects that exceed the client’s expectations, while being both functional and beautiful to the client, is very rewarding,” says Leah.

BSA, a national, integrated design firm, creates inspired solutions that improve lives. BSA provides architecture, engineering, interior design, and planning services for spaces that support and enhance healing, learning, and discovery – facilities known as LifeStructures. Learn more at www.bsalifestructures.com.

November 23, 2018

S. M. WILSON PROMOTES JORDAN SANDERS TO PROJECT MANAGER

Jordan Sanders

S.M. Wilson & Co. has promoted Jordan Sanders to Project Manager. As Project Manager, he will be responsible for handling all administrative functions for a project, including scheduling, holding progress meetings, generating meeting minutes, tracking costs and maintaining logs for all project information.

Sanders joined S. M. Wilson in 2012 and has worked on a variety of projects including the Alton School District Renovations, School of Osage R-II School District Heritage Building Addition, and Renovation and BJC Campus Renewal Project. Most recently, he filled the role of Assistant Project Manager for Tallgrass Creek Residential Building 1.5. His dedication and attention to detail played a pivotal role in the early completion of the new four-story, 113,000 SF residential facility. Sanders holds a B.S. in Construction Management from Southeast Missouri State University. He is OSHA 30 and ASHE certified.

S. M. Wilson is a full-service construction management, design/build and general contracting firm with headquarters in St. Louis. For more information, visit www.smwilson.com. 

Oculus Inc. Hires James Standing, Elevates Interior Design Division in St. Louis

James Standing

Standing’s expertise will grow Oculus in healthcare, financial and hospitality markets 

Oculus Inc., a full-service architecture and interior design firm headquartered in St. Louis, has strengthened their interior design business group with the addition of outstanding talent and leadership. James Standing will assume the role of acting director of Interior Design for Oculus Inc. He will oversee interior design services for a variety of building and market types, including healthcare, education, senior living and financial services.

“James’s proven track record in designing high-profile, beautiful interior spaces for over 30 years is a tremendous addition to our growing organization,” noted Lisa Bell-Reim, president of Oculus Inc. “We’re thrilled to bring our architectural expertise together with James’s outstanding reputation and elevate the interior design division in St. Louis and surrounding markets.”

“Oculus Inc. is an award-winning architectural and design firm that I’m honored to be a part of,” commented Standing. “Joining Oculus Inc. is a new and exciting endeavor that will allow me to continue to pursue my passion for the art of interior design. I’m looking forward to great achievements in this new role,” he added.

Standing co-founded Standing Design LLC with his wife, Jerri, in 1996. After 22 years, the couple is winding down their business. Effective December 15, 2018, the Standing Design business will formally shutter and transition its client base to Oculus Inc.

In the past year, Oculus Inc. has added more than 10 professional architects, project managers, designers and corporate staff to the St. Louis headquarters and the Dallas and Portland offices. 

Oculus Inc. delivers comprehensive architecture, interior, planning and move management services that support business change and promote business value. Founded in 1994, Oculus creates high-performance design for clients in the retail, commercial, restaurant, education, government and healthcare industries. For more information, visit oculusinc.com.

CREW-St. Louis Honors Wendy Timm with Lifetime Achievement Award

Wendy Timm

CREW-St. Louis presented a Lifetime Achievement Award to Wendy Timm at its Third Annual Signature Event on Nov. 13. Timm was honored for her leadership within the organization, as well as her contributions to the region’s economic development, and civic and charitable endeavors.

“CREW-St. Louis is honored to present our Lifetime Achievement Award to Wendy for her dedication to our mission and for her contributions to the economic development of our region,” said Lynn Goessling, 2018 CREW-St. Louis president. “Wendy has served as a mentor and role model for so many of our members. She continues as a true ambassador in promoting the St. Louis region as a great place for commercial real estate development and for companies to call it home.”

Timm’s ties to CREW-St. Louis started in 1983 when few women carried a significant presence or voice in the industry. She has played a critical part and served as a role model in advancing, educating and supporting women to influence the commercial real estate industry.

As president of CREW-St. Louis in 1999, she founded the CREW-St. Louis Annual Golf Classic, which continues as the industry’s premier networking event. She has worked with countless members on significant developments in St. Louis, and continues to serve as a mentor for women who have chosen a career path in the commercial real estate industry.

Her career spans more than four decades as an appraiser, mortgage banker, real estate developer/financier and consultant. Timm’s passion for urban planning and real estate development have moved the St. Louis region forward. She helped deliver notable projects such as Clayton on the Park, Maryland Walk, 4545 Lindell, Metro Lofts, Old Town Executive Center, Claytonian, Hi-Pointe Lofts, Summit Lofts, Cupples O1, Mississippi Lofts and Millwell Office Park.

Her role in the St. Louis region has been recognized. She was selected as a Woman of Influence by the St. Louis Business Journal in 2004. Timm also was inducted into the Midwest Real Estate News Hall of Fame in 2014. 

CREW-St. Louis is one of the largest of CREW Network’s global chapters. Its more than 200 members come from all disciplines in commercial real estate. For more information, visit www.crewstl.org. Follow CREW-St. Louis on Twitter @CREWSTL.

Frank Lewis Receives Lifetime Achievement Award 

Frank Lewis

Frank Lewis, retired from Sundek Products, Arlington, TX, received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society of Concrete Contractors, (ASCC), St. Louis, MO on September 20, at the organization’s Annual Conference in Charlotte, NC.

Lewis joined ASCC’s Decorative Concrete Council in 1999; Sundek Products was a charter member. He served as council director from 2009-2011.

“During his long tenure with our association Frank was a teacher, trainer, speaker, mentor and cheerleader for the DCC and the decorative concrete industry,” said Bev Garnant, executive director, ASCC. The award was presented in recognition of Lewis’ devotion and commitment to the DCC, and his efforts to make it the foremost organization in the U.S. dedicated to the decorative concrete industry.

The ASCC is a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the capabilities of those who build with concrete, and to providing them a unified voice in the construction industry.  Members include concrete contracting firms, manufacturers, suppliers and others interested in the concrete industry such as architects, specifiers and engineers.  There are approximately 730 member companies in the United States and 12 foreign countries.

For more information, visit www.ascconline.org or call the ASCC office at (866) 788-2722. 

Chris Sullivan Joins American Society of Concrete Contractors 

Chris Sullivan

Chris Sullivan, noted concrete industry speaker and trainer, has joined the American Society of Concrete Contractors (ASCC), St. Louis, MO as decorative concrete specialist (DCS). The DCS provides leadership, counsel and direction for the Decorative Concrete Council (DCC), a specialty council of ASCC. One of the key responsibilities of the DSC, says ASCC executive director Bev Garnant, is answering two member hotlines; one for decorative concrete questions and the second covering polished concrete.

Sullivan is part owner and vice president of sales and marketing for ChemSystems Holdings, Inc. He is a frequent public speaker on all topics dealing with decorative concrete and has authored four books and hundreds of articles for industry publications. He has been a presenter at the World of Concrete since 2005 and at the Concrete Décor Show since 2009. Sullivan was inducted into the Decorative Concrete Hall of Fame in 2015.

The ASCC is a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the capabilities of those who build with concrete, and to providing them a unified voice in the construction industry.  Members include concrete contracting firms, manufacturers, suppliers and others interested in the concrete industry such as architects, specifiers and distributors.  There are approximately 730 member companies in the United States and 12 foreign countries.

For more information, visit www.ascconline.org or call the ASCC office at (866) 788-2722.

 John Suelthaus Elected President of Home Builders Association of St. Louis & Eastern Missouri

John Suelthaus

John Suelthaus, president of Kingbridge Homes, has been elected the 85thpresident of the Home Builders Association (HBA) of St. Louis & Eastern Missouri.

The HBA is a local trade association of more than 600 member firms representing the residential construction industry. 

Oculus Inc. Promotes Jim Stotlar to Senior Project Manager

Jim Stotlar

Stotlar to provide architectural leadership in variety of industries

Oculus Inc., a full-service architecture and interior design firm, has promoted Jim Stotlar to senior project manager for its St. Louis headquarters. Stotlar, AIA, LEED Associate, GGP, has diverse experience in federal and healthcare projects.

“Jim has been an instrumental part of our company for nearly 4 years now,” said Lisa Bell-Reim, Oculus Inc. president. “The variety of experience he brings to the table is a major piece of Oculus’ identity. He will be integral in our continued success in the federal and healthcare markets, among others. We look forward to seeing how Jim will lead in his new role.”

In his new position, Stotlar will be responsible for managing staff and contributing to the leadership of Oculus. He will also continue to oversee project budgets, schedules and programs, coordinate project communications and documentation, estimate fees, determine scopes of work and prepare proposals and contracts. Stotlar joined the firm in 2015 as a project architect. He was promoted to project manager in 2017.

Stotlar is a member of the American Institute of Architects and a LEED Associate with the U.S. Green Building Council. He also is a certified Green Globes Professional ™ through the Green Building Initiative.

He holds a Bachelor of Architecture with a Minor in Planning from Kansas State University and a Master of Arts in Interior Design from RMIT University, located in Melbourne, Australia.

Outside of its headquarters in St. Louis, Oculus has offices in Dallas and Portland, Ore.

Oculus Inc. delivers comprehensive architecture, interior, planning and move management services that support business change and promote business value. Founded in 1994, Oculus creates high-performance design for clients in the retail, commercial, restaurant, education, government and healthcare industries. For more information, visit oculusinc.com.

November 9, 2018

Mary Weidenbenner Receives SHRM-SCP Accreditation

Mary Weidenbenner

Highly distinguished HR credential sets NewGround apart in competitive market

NewGround, a St. Louis-based experiential architecture, design, and delivery firm, recently celebrated Mary Weidenbenner, Vice President of Human Resources, as she earned her SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) accreditation from the Society for Human Resource Management.

The SHRM Body of Competency and Knowledge (SHRM BoCK™) is the foundation for this certification. The SHRM BoCK organizes eight behavioral competencies into three clusters: Leadership (Leadership & Navigation, Ethical Practice), Interpersonal (Relationship Management, Communication, Global & Cultural Effectiveness), and Business (Business Acumen, Consultation, Critical Evaluation).

Human resource (HR) professionals who develop strategies, lead the HR department, influence the community, analyze performance data, and align HR strategies with organizational goals are eligible to take this highly distinguished exam.

“Receiving my SHRM-SCP accreditation was an important accomplishment in my HR career here at NewGround, and this strategic competency-based certification will also give us a more competitive edge to attract and retain top talent,” said Mary Weidenbenner, Vice President of Human Resources.

Earning this credential sets HR professionals apart from their colleagues and keeps organizations more competitive in today’s economy. SHRM certification is the only HR accreditation offered by the world’s largest HR membership organization.

“We are so proud of Mary in her achievement earning the SHRM-SCP accreditation,” said Kevin Blair, President and CEO. “Mary’s hard work and determination to achieve this highly distinguished goal really paid off, and we would love to congratulate her on reaching her goal.”

NewGround is an international, award-winning architecture, design, and delivery firm, providing dynamic, experiential, market-driven environments. For more information, visit NewGround at www.newground.com.

Tamika Cain-Proctor joins Kwame Building Group as Vice President

Tamika Cain-Proctor

Tamika Cain-Proctor has joined Kwame Building Group, Inc., as Vice President. She will oversee KWAME’s infrastructure construction projects, including aviation, tunnel, light rail and roads. With experience on LEED-certified projects, Cain-Proctor brings added value in the areas of site and safety inspections, quality control and cost engineering.

Cain-Proctor has more than 18 years of experience in construction project management and engineering. She holds a Master of Science in Structural/Geotechnical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Oklahoma. She is a member of the Society of Women Engineers and the American Institute of Architecture.

Kwame Building Group, Inc. (KWAME) is one of the nation’s top pure construction management firms, dedicating 100 percent of its resources to project management services. For more information, visitwww.kwamebuildinggroup.com or call (314) 862-5344.

November 2, 2018

KAI Hires Dan Forguson as Vice President of Finance 

Dan Forguson

KAI Design & Build proudly announces the addition of Dan Forguson of Columbia, Illinois as Vice President of Finance.

In his new role, Forguson reports to the CFO and is responsible for providing enterprise leadership in the areas of financial planning and analysis, mergers and acquisitions, and project controls.

“As KAI continues to experience both organic and acquisitive growth, we are placing a high priority in the area of business analytics,” said Forguson. “We are making strategic investments in talent and ERP enhancements in order to maintain a pulse on our business and to ensure that we are growing profitably.”

Forguson has 10 years of experience in the AEC industry, having previously held the title of Regional Project Controls Director at Jacobs in St. Louis. Forguson has a bachelor’s degree in finance from Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville and his MBA from Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri. He is currently working on a master’s degree in accounting at DePaul University – Chicago, and he is a member of the American Association of Cost Engineers (AACE).

“With his depth of experience in corporate financial management within the architecture and engineering industry, Dan brings his knowledge and skills with mergers and acquisitions, business analytics, forecasting and project controls,” said Michael Hein, AIA, PMP, Chief Operating Officer at KAI. “Dan will also be helping us define the right metrics for our internal scorecard allowing us to monitor our business on a weekly basis.”

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

NewGround Promotes Javier Fernandez to Construction Manager

The new role will serve multiple clients across the U.S.

Javier Fernandez

NewGround, a St. Louis-based experiential architecture, design, and delivery firm, recently celebrated the promotion of Javier Fernandez to the role of Construction Manager. Javier will be responsible for providing leadership and managing a multitude of construction projects, with a primary focus on Chartway Federal Credit Union (FCU).

Prior to his new role, Javier joined NewGround in 2015 and served as Project Manager on numerous projects throughout the U.S., including Chartway FCU, ESB Financial, Visions FCU, Union Savings Bank, and DATCU.

Javier brings an impressive skill set with excellent client relations and high-quality construction projects to succeed in his new role.

With more than 12 years of experience in the architecture field and 10 years serving as a project manager, Javier has worked in various construction ranks building projects for clients in the New York City and Long Island areas.

“Javier’s work always reflects our core values of quality, teamwork, dedication, and integrity, and I am confident that his construction leadership experience will help him continue to deliver successful projects for our clients at NewGround for years to come,” said Chip Nix, Senior Vice President of Build Operations.

Javier holds a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Technology from the New York Institute of Technology in Old Westbury, N.Y.

NewGround is an international, award-winning architecture, design, and delivery firm, providing dynamic, experiential, market-driven environments. Over the last century, NewGround has completed more than 15,000 projects throughout the USA, Canada and in the United Kingdom. For more information, visit NewGround at www.newground.com.

Oculus Inc. Adds to Administrative Team

Architecture and interior design firm brings two new hires to headquarters

Oculus Inc., a full-service architecture and interior design firm, is growing its administration team with the additions of Amber Wendler and Taylor Wells. Both Wendler and Wells will be based out of the firm’s St. Louis corporate headquarters.

“As Oculus Inc. continues to grow its business, we need a strong support team in order for us to meet our clients’ expectations and bring our work to new levels,” said Lisa Bell-Reim, Oculus Inc. president. “We are excited to have Amber and Taylor on board to help us meet our goals.”

Wendler comes to Oculus Inc. with more than 20 years of administrative experience. She most recently served as an accounting associate for Agency for Community Transit, based in Granite City, Ill. She has also worked for ITP Corporation for the Boeing Company and Helmkamp Construction Company, both located in the St. Louis metro area.

Wells brings seven years of professional experience to Oculus Inc., most recently coming from Hoefert Law in Alton, Ill. She possesses a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville.

Outside of its headquarters in St. Louis, Oculus has offices in Dallas and Portland, Ore.

Oculus Inc. delivers comprehensive architecture, interior, planning and move management services that support business change and promote business value. Founded in 1994, Oculus creates high-performance design for clients in the retail, commercial, restaurant, education, government and healthcare industries. For more information, visit oculusinc.com.

October 26, 2018

Oculus Inc. Grows Staff in St. Louis and Dallas Markets

New hires will support architectural services to retail, hospitality and government industries

Oculus Inc., a full-service architecture and interior design firm, has hired Jack Bowe, Justin Kanturek and Lavell Johnson II to serve the retail, hospitality and government industries from its St. Louis and Dallas offices.

“We are very excited about the additions of Jack, Lavell and Justin,” said Lisa Bell-Reim, Oculus Inc. president. “As Oculus continues to evolve in the architectural and interior design industry, we require a team with diverse backgrounds and unique skillsets. Jack, Justin and Lavell will be instrumental in helping us continue to develop state-of the-art work for our national and international clients.”

Bowe joins Oculus Inc. as a project manager and brings a comprehensive architectural design and consulting services background with specialization in complex commercial and restaurant design. Prior to joining Oculus Inc., Bowe worked as an independent architectural contractor for projects including the Shaw Burger Station, a competing proposal for the Forest Park Boathouse, and Elmwood Restaurant in the St. Louis-area. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Architecture from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

Kanturek also joins Oculus Inc. as a project designer for the St. Louis office, previously working on the Creve Coeur Park Soccer Complex and Weber Workforce Center.  Kanturek also served as an adjunct Teacher at Lewis & Clark Community College. He has a bachelor’s degree in Architectural Studies from the University of Illinois and is on schedule to complete his Master of Architecture degree from Southern Illinois University – Carbondale in December.

Named a project designer for the firm’s Dallas office, Johnson II brings seven years of professional experience to Oculus Inc., most recently as a designer of residential and commercial roof and floor systems and retail layouts. He has a Master of Architecture with an emphasis in Urban Design, plus a Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

Oculus Inc. delivers comprehensive architecture, interior, planning and move management services that support business change and promote business value. For more information, visit oculusinc.com.

Karlos Ramirez Joins Midwest BankCentre’s Legal Board of Directors

Karlos Ramirez

Karlos Ramirez, president and chief executive officer of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan St. Louis, has been elected to the Midwest BankCentre legal board of directors.

As leader of the Hispanic Chamber since 2011, he works to promote business opportunities for Hispanic-owned firms and professionals and to drive economic development in the region. Earlier in his career, he was director of the University Center and conference services at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio.

Ramirez chairs the board of directors for the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership, which oversees economic development efforts in St. Louis City and County. He earned his bachelor’s degree in education at Northern Illinois University, Dekalb, Ill., and his master’s degree in educational administration at Illinois State University in Normal, Ill. He is a member of the Association of Chambers of Commerce Executives (ACCE), the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC), Veiled Prophet and Sigma Lambda Beta fraternity, a Latino-based fraternity with a multicultural membership.

Midwest BankCentre, a mainstay of St. Louis community banking since 1906, ranks among St. Louis’ largest locally owned banks with assets of about $1.9 billion and deposits of $1.4 billion. It provides integrated financial services with expertise in commercial, retail and digital banking; business cash management; mortgage lending; consumer lending; and insurance.

Monica Pangaribuan Passes Hawai’i Contractors License Exam

Monica Pangaribuan

NewGround employee meets state requirement for local licensing

NewGround, a St. Louis-based design and delivery firm, recently celebrated Monica Pangaribuan, who successfully passed the Hawai’i Contractors Exam. The state of Hawai’i requires a licensed Responsible Managing Employee (RME) as well as a local, on-island RME. This enables Monica to serve as NewGround’s RME for projects in Hawai’i.

As Project Manager for NewGround, Monica provides direct management of production and schedule milestones, project goals, quality control, and job site safety. Monica also inspects and reviews the construction process to enforce compliance with plans, specifications, building, and safety codes. Bringing nearly 14 years of experience as a Project Manager or Project Engineer, Monica has served at numerous companies, including Bow Construction Management Services, Collawn Building Services, Lendlease, and Kitchell CEM, Nan Inc.

In addition to her recent RME certification, Monica holds certifications in Construction Quality Management for Contractors for the USA Corps of Engineers, Asbestos Awareness, OSHA 30, ACI, and First Aid/CPR.

“We are extremely proud of Monica and glad to have her on our team,” said Chip Nix, Senior Vice President of Build Operations. “NewGround looks forward to the many great things yet to come in Hawai’i with Monica supporting our efforts.”

About NewGround NewGround is an award winning international design and delivery firm that creates custom, brandinfused, experiential environments that accelerate client growth and performance. Over the last century, NewGround has completed more than 15,000 projects throughout the USA, Canada and in the United Kingdom. Headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, NewGround maintains corporate offices in Chicago, Illinois, Honolulu, Hawaii, and Toronto, Ontario, with a regional presence throughout the US. For more information, visit NewGround at www.newground.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.

S. M. WILSON PROMOTES JORDAN SANDERS TO PROJECT MANAGER

Jordan Sanders

S.M. Wilson & Co. has promoted Jordan Sanders to Project Manager. As Project Manager, he will be responsible for handling all administrative functions for a project, including scheduling, holding progress meetings, generating meeting minutes, tracking costs and maintaining logs for all project information.

Sanders joined S. M. Wilson in 2012 and has worked on a variety of projects including the Alton School District Renovations, School of Osage R-II School District Heritage Building Addition, and Renovation and BJC Campus Renewal Project. Most recently, he filled the role of Assistant Project Manager for Tallgrass Creek Residential Building 1.5. His dedication and attention to detail played a pivotal role in the early completion of the new four-story, 113,000 SF residential facility. Sanders holds a B.S. in Construction Management from Southeast Missouri State University. He is OSHA 30 and ASHE certified.

S. M. Wilson is a full-service construction management, design/build and general contracting firm with headquarters in St. Louis. For more information, visit www.smwilson.com. 

Oculus Inc. Hires James Standing, Elevates Interior Design Division in St. Louis

James Standing

Standing’s expertise will grow Oculus in healthcare, financial and hospitality markets 

Oculus Inc., a full-service architecture and interior design firm headquartered in St. Louis, has strengthened their interior design business group with the addition of outstanding talent and leadership. James Standing will assume the role of acting director of Interior Design for Oculus Inc. He will oversee interior design services for a variety of building and market types, including healthcare, education, senior living and financial services.

“James’s proven track record in designing high-profile, beautiful interior spaces for over 30 years is a tremendous addition to our growing organization,” noted Lisa Bell-Reim, president of Oculus Inc. “We’re thrilled to bring our architectural expertise together with James’s outstanding reputation and elevate the interior design division in St. Louis and surrounding markets.”

“Oculus Inc. is an award-winning architectural and design firm that I’m honored to be a part of,” commented Standing. “Joining Oculus Inc. is a new and exciting endeavor that will allow me to continue to pursue my passion for the art of interior design. I’m looking forward to great achievements in this new role,” he added.

Standing co-founded Standing Design LLC with his wife, Jerri, in 1996. After 22 years, the couple is winding down their business. Effective December 15, 2018, the Standing Design business will formally shutter and transition its client base to Oculus Inc.

In the past year, Oculus Inc. has added more than 10 professional architects, project managers, designers and corporate staff to the St. Louis headquarters and the Dallas and Portland offices. 

Oculus Inc. delivers comprehensive architecture, interior, planning and move management services that support business change and promote business value. Founded in 1994, Oculus creates high-performance design for clients in the retail, commercial, restaurant, education, government and healthcare industries. For more information, visit oculusinc.com.

CREW-St. Louis Honors Wendy Timm with Lifetime Achievement Award

Wendy Timm

CREW-St. Louis presented a Lifetime Achievement Award to Wendy Timm at its Third Annual Signature Event on Nov. 13. Timm was honored for her leadership within the organization, as well as her contributions to the region’s economic development, and civic and charitable endeavors.

“CREW-St. Louis is honored to present our Lifetime Achievement Award to Wendy for her dedication to our mission and for her contributions to the economic development of our region,” said Lynn Goessling, 2018 CREW-St. Louis president. “Wendy has served as a mentor and role model for so many of our members. She continues as a true ambassador in promoting the St. Louis region as a great place for commercial real estate development and for companies to call it home.”

Timm’s ties to CREW-St. Louis started in 1983 when few women carried a significant presence or voice in the industry. She has played a critical part and served as a role model in advancing, educating and supporting women to influence the commercial real estate industry.

As president of CREW-St. Louis in 1999, she founded the CREW-St. Louis Annual Golf Classic, which continues as the industry’s premier networking event. She has worked with countless members on significant developments in St. Louis, and continues to serve as a mentor for women who have chosen a career path in the commercial real estate industry.

Her career spans more than four decades as an appraiser, mortgage banker, real estate developer/financier and consultant. Timm’s passion for urban planning and real estate development have moved the St. Louis region forward. She helped deliver notable projects such as Clayton on the Park, Maryland Walk, 4545 Lindell, Metro Lofts, Old Town Executive Center, Claytonian, Hi-Pointe Lofts, Summit Lofts, Cupples O1, Mississippi Lofts and Millwell Office Park.

Her role in the St. Louis region has been recognized. She was selected as a Woman of Influence by the St. Louis Business Journal in 2004. Timm also was inducted into the Midwest Real Estate News Hall of Fame in 2014. 

CREW-St. Louis is one of the largest of CREW Network’s global chapters. Its more than 200 members come from all disciplines in commercial real estate. For more information, visit www.crewstl.org. Follow CREW-St. Louis on Twitter @CREWSTL.

Frank Lewis Receives Lifetime Achievement Award 

Frank Lewis

Frank Lewis, retired from Sundek Products, Arlington, TX, received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society of Concrete Contractors, (ASCC), St. Louis, MO on September 20, at the organization’s Annual Conference in Charlotte, NC.

Lewis joined ASCC’s Decorative Concrete Council in 1999; Sundek Products was a charter member. He served as council director from 2009-2011.

“During his long tenure with our association Frank was a teacher, trainer, speaker, mentor and cheerleader for the DCC and the decorative concrete industry,” said Bev Garnant, executive director, ASCC. The award was presented in recognition of Lewis’ devotion and commitment to the DCC, and his efforts to make it the foremost organization in the U.S. dedicated to the decorative concrete industry.

The ASCC is a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the capabilities of those who build with concrete, and to providing them a unified voice in the construction industry.  Members include concrete contracting firms, manufacturers, suppliers and others interested in the concrete industry such as architects, specifiers and engineers.  There are approximately 730 member companies in the United States and 12 foreign countries.

For more information, visit www.ascconline.org or call the ASCC office at (866) 788-2722. 

Chris Sullivan Joins American Society of Concrete Contractors 

Chris Sullivan

Chris Sullivan, noted concrete industry speaker and trainer, has joined the American Society of Concrete Contractors (ASCC), St. Louis, MO as decorative concrete specialist (DCS). The DCS provides leadership, counsel and direction for the Decorative Concrete Council (DCC), a specialty council of ASCC. One of the key responsibilities of the DSC, says ASCC executive director Bev Garnant, is answering two member hotlines; one for decorative concrete questions and the second covering polished concrete.

Sullivan is part owner and vice president of sales and marketing for ChemSystems Holdings, Inc. He is a frequent public speaker on all topics dealing with decorative concrete and has authored four books and hundreds of articles for industry publications. He has been a presenter at the World of Concrete since 2005 and at the Concrete Décor Show since 2009. Sullivan was inducted into the Decorative Concrete Hall of Fame in 2015.

The ASCC is a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the capabilities of those who build with concrete, and to providing them a unified voice in the construction industry.  Members include concrete contracting firms, manufacturers, suppliers and others interested in the concrete industry such as architects, specifiers and distributors.  There are approximately 730 member companies in the United States and 12 foreign countries.

For more information, visit www.ascconline.org or call the ASCC office at (866) 788-2722.

 John Suelthaus Elected President of Home Builders Association of St. Louis & Eastern Missouri

John Suelthaus

John Suelthaus, president of Kingbridge Homes, has been elected the 85thpresident of the Home Builders Association (HBA) of St. Louis & Eastern Missouri.

The HBA is a local trade association of more than 600 member firms representing the residential construction industry. 

Oculus Inc. Promotes Jim Stotlar to Senior Project Manager

Jim Stotlar

Stotlar to provide architectural leadership in variety of industries

Oculus Inc., a full-service architecture and interior design firm, has promoted Jim Stotlar to senior project manager for its St. Louis headquarters. Stotlar, AIA, LEED Associate, GGP, has diverse experience in federal and healthcare projects.

“Jim has been an instrumental part of our company for nearly 4 years now,” said Lisa Bell-Reim, Oculus Inc. president. “The variety of experience he brings to the table is a major piece of Oculus’ identity. He will be integral in our continued success in the federal and healthcare markets, among others. We look forward to seeing how Jim will lead in his new role.”

In his new position, Stotlar will be responsible for managing staff and contributing to the leadership of Oculus. He will also continue to oversee project budgets, schedules and programs, coordinate project communications and documentation, estimate fees, determine scopes of work and prepare proposals and contracts. Stotlar joined the firm in 2015 as a project architect. He was promoted to project manager in 2017.

Stotlar is a member of the American Institute of Architects and a LEED Associate with the U.S. Green Building Council. He also is a certified Green Globes Professional ™ through the Green Building Initiative.

He holds a Bachelor of Architecture with a Minor in Planning from Kansas State University and a Master of Arts in Interior Design from RMIT University, located in Melbourne, Australia.

Outside of its headquarters in St. Louis, Oculus has offices in Dallas and Portland, Ore.

Oculus Inc. delivers comprehensive architecture, interior, planning and move management services that support business change and promote business value. Founded in 1994, Oculus creates high-performance design for clients in the retail, commercial, restaurant, education, government and healthcare industries. For more information, visit oculusinc.com.

November 9, 2018

Mary Weidenbenner Receives SHRM-SCP Accreditation

Mary Weidenbenner

Highly distinguished HR credential sets NewGround apart in competitive market

NewGround, a St. Louis-based experiential architecture, design, and delivery firm, recently celebrated Mary Weidenbenner, Vice President of Human Resources, as she earned her SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) accreditation from the Society for Human Resource Management.

The SHRM Body of Competency and Knowledge (SHRM BoCK™) is the foundation for this certification. The SHRM BoCK organizes eight behavioral competencies into three clusters: Leadership (Leadership & Navigation, Ethical Practice), Interpersonal (Relationship Management, Communication, Global & Cultural Effectiveness), and Business (Business Acumen, Consultation, Critical Evaluation).

Human resource (HR) professionals who develop strategies, lead the HR department, influence the community, analyze performance data, and align HR strategies with organizational goals are eligible to take this highly distinguished exam.

“Receiving my SHRM-SCP accreditation was an important accomplishment in my HR career here at NewGround, and this strategic competency-based certification will also give us a more competitive edge to attract and retain top talent,” said Mary Weidenbenner, Vice President of Human Resources.

Earning this credential sets HR professionals apart from their colleagues and keeps organizations more competitive in today’s economy. SHRM certification is the only HR accreditation offered by the world’s largest HR membership organization.

“We are so proud of Mary in her achievement earning the SHRM-SCP accreditation,” said Kevin Blair, President and CEO. “Mary’s hard work and determination to achieve this highly distinguished goal really paid off, and we would love to congratulate her on reaching her goal.”

NewGround is an international, award-winning architecture, design, and delivery firm, providing dynamic, experiential, market-driven environments. For more information, visit NewGround at www.newground.com.

Tamika Cain-Proctor joins Kwame Building Group as Vice President

Tamika Cain-Proctor

Tamika Cain-Proctor has joined Kwame Building Group, Inc., as Vice President. She will oversee KWAME’s infrastructure construction projects, including aviation, tunnel, light rail and roads. With experience on LEED-certified projects, Cain-Proctor brings added value in the areas of site and safety inspections, quality control and cost engineering.

Cain-Proctor has more than 18 years of experience in construction project management and engineering. She holds a Master of Science in Structural/Geotechnical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Oklahoma. She is a member of the Society of Women Engineers and the American Institute of Architecture.

Kwame Building Group, Inc. (KWAME) is one of the nation’s top pure construction management firms, dedicating 100 percent of its resources to project management services. For more information, visitwww.kwamebuildinggroup.com or call (314) 862-5344.

November 2, 2018

KAI Hires Dan Forguson as Vice President of Finance 

Dan Forguson

KAI Design & Build proudly announces the addition of Dan Forguson of Columbia, Illinois as Vice President of Finance.

In his new role, Forguson reports to the CFO and is responsible for providing enterprise leadership in the areas of financial planning and analysis, mergers and acquisitions, and project controls.

“As KAI continues to experience both organic and acquisitive growth, we are placing a high priority in the area of business analytics,” said Forguson. “We are making strategic investments in talent and ERP enhancements in order to maintain a pulse on our business and to ensure that we are growing profitably.”

Forguson has 10 years of experience in the AEC industry, having previously held the title of Regional Project Controls Director at Jacobs in St. Louis. Forguson has a bachelor’s degree in finance from Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville and his MBA from Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri. He is currently working on a master’s degree in accounting at DePaul University – Chicago, and he is a member of the American Association of Cost Engineers (AACE).

“With his depth of experience in corporate financial management within the architecture and engineering industry, Dan brings his knowledge and skills with mergers and acquisitions, business analytics, forecasting and project controls,” said Michael Hein, AIA, PMP, Chief Operating Officer at KAI. “Dan will also be helping us define the right metrics for our internal scorecard allowing us to monitor our business on a weekly basis.”

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

NewGround Promotes Javier Fernandez to Construction Manager

The new role will serve multiple clients across the U.S.

Javier Fernandez

NewGround, a St. Louis-based experiential architecture, design, and delivery firm, recently celebrated the promotion of Javier Fernandez to the role of Construction Manager. Javier will be responsible for providing leadership and managing a multitude of construction projects, with a primary focus on Chartway Federal Credit Union (FCU).

Prior to his new role, Javier joined NewGround in 2015 and served as Project Manager on numerous projects throughout the U.S., including Chartway FCU, ESB Financial, Visions FCU, Union Savings Bank, and DATCU.

Javier brings an impressive skill set with excellent client relations and high-quality construction projects to succeed in his new role.

With more than 12 years of experience in the architecture field and 10 years serving as a project manager, Javier has worked in various construction ranks building projects for clients in the New York City and Long Island areas.

“Javier’s work always reflects our core values of quality, teamwork, dedication, and integrity, and I am confident that his construction leadership experience will help him continue to deliver successful projects for our clients at NewGround for years to come,” said Chip Nix, Senior Vice President of Build Operations.

Javier holds a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Technology from the New York Institute of Technology in Old Westbury, N.Y.

NewGround is an international, award-winning architecture, design, and delivery firm, providing dynamic, experiential, market-driven environments. Over the last century, NewGround has completed more than 15,000 projects throughout the USA, Canada and in the United Kingdom. For more information, visit NewGround at www.newground.com.

Oculus Inc. Adds to Administrative Team

Architecture and interior design firm brings two new hires to headquarters

Oculus Inc., a full-service architecture and interior design firm, is growing its administration team with the additions of Amber Wendler and Taylor Wells. Both Wendler and Wells will be based out of the firm’s St. Louis corporate headquarters.

“As Oculus Inc. continues to grow its business, we need a strong support team in order for us to meet our clients’ expectations and bring our work to new levels,” said Lisa Bell-Reim, Oculus Inc. president. “We are excited to have Amber and Taylor on board to help us meet our goals.”

Wendler comes to Oculus Inc. with more than 20 years of administrative experience. She most recently served as an accounting associate for Agency for Community Transit, based in Granite City, Ill. She has also worked for ITP Corporation for the Boeing Company and Helmkamp Construction Company, both located in the St. Louis metro area.

Wells brings seven years of professional experience to Oculus Inc., most recently coming from Hoefert Law in Alton, Ill. She possesses a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville.

Outside of its headquarters in St. Louis, Oculus has offices in Dallas and Portland, Ore.

Oculus Inc. delivers comprehensive architecture, interior, planning and move management services that support business change and promote business value. Founded in 1994, Oculus creates high-performance design for clients in the retail, commercial, restaurant, education, government and healthcare industries. For more information, visit oculusinc.com.

October 26, 2018

Oculus Inc. Grows Staff in St. Louis and Dallas Markets

New hires will support architectural services to retail, hospitality and government industries

Oculus Inc., a full-service architecture and interior design firm, has hired Jack Bowe, Justin Kanturek and Lavell Johnson II to serve the retail, hospitality and government industries from its St. Louis and Dallas offices.

“We are very excited about the additions of Jack, Lavell and Justin,” said Lisa Bell-Reim, Oculus Inc. president. “As Oculus continues to evolve in the architectural and interior design industry, we require a team with diverse backgrounds and unique skillsets. Jack, Justin and Lavell will be instrumental in helping us continue to develop state-of the-art work for our national and international clients.”

Bowe joins Oculus Inc. as a project manager and brings a comprehensive architectural design and consulting services background with specialization in complex commercial and restaurant design. Prior to joining Oculus Inc., Bowe worked as an independent architectural contractor for projects including the Shaw Burger Station, a competing proposal for the Forest Park Boathouse, and Elmwood Restaurant in the St. Louis-area. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Architecture from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

Kanturek also joins Oculus Inc. as a project designer for the St. Louis office, previously working on the Creve Coeur Park Soccer Complex and Weber Workforce Center.  Kanturek also served as an adjunct Teacher at Lewis & Clark Community College. He has a bachelor’s degree in Architectural Studies from the University of Illinois and is on schedule to complete his Master of Architecture degree from Southern Illinois University – Carbondale in December.

Named a project designer for the firm’s Dallas office, Johnson II brings seven years of professional experience to Oculus Inc., most recently as a designer of residential and commercial roof and floor systems and retail layouts. He has a Master of Architecture with an emphasis in Urban Design, plus a Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

Oculus Inc. delivers comprehensive architecture, interior, planning and move management services that support business change and promote business value. For more information, visit oculusinc.com.

Karlos Ramirez Joins Midwest BankCentre’s Legal Board of Directors

Karlos Ramirez

Karlos Ramirez, president and chief executive officer of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan St. Louis, has been elected to the Midwest BankCentre legal board of directors.

As leader of the Hispanic Chamber since 2011, he works to promote business opportunities for Hispanic-owned firms and professionals and to drive economic development in the region. Earlier in his career, he was director of the University Center and conference services at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio.

Ramirez chairs the board of directors for the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership, which oversees economic development efforts in St. Louis City and County. He earned his bachelor’s degree in education at Northern Illinois University, Dekalb, Ill., and his master’s degree in educational administration at Illinois State University in Normal, Ill. He is a member of the Association of Chambers of Commerce Executives (ACCE), the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC), Veiled Prophet and Sigma Lambda Beta fraternity, a Latino-based fraternity with a multicultural membership.

Midwest BankCentre, a mainstay of St. Louis community banking since 1906, ranks among St. Louis’ largest locally owned banks with assets of about $1.9 billion and deposits of $1.4 billion. It provides integrated financial services with expertise in commercial, retail and digital banking; business cash management; mortgage lending; consumer lending; and insurance.

Monica Pangaribuan Passes Hawai’i Contractors License Exam

Monica Pangaribuan

NewGround employee meets state requirement for local licensing

NewGround, a St. Louis-based design and delivery firm, recently celebrated Monica Pangaribuan, who successfully passed the Hawai’i Contractors Exam. The state of Hawai’i requires a licensed Responsible Managing Employee (RME) as well as a local, on-island RME. This enables Monica to serve as NewGround’s RME for projects in Hawai’i.

As Project Manager for NewGround, Monica provides direct management of production and schedule milestones, project goals, quality control, and job site safety. Monica also inspects and reviews the construction process to enforce compliance with plans, specifications, building, and safety codes. Bringing nearly 14 years of experience as a Project Manager or Project Engineer, Monica has served at numerous companies, including Bow Construction Management Services, Collawn Building Services, Lendlease, and Kitchell CEM, Nan Inc.

In addition to her recent RME certification, Monica holds certifications in Construction Quality Management for Contractors for the USA Corps of Engineers, Asbestos Awareness, OSHA 30, ACI, and First Aid/CPR.

“We are extremely proud of Monica and glad to have her on our team,” said Chip Nix, Senior Vice President of Build Operations. “NewGround looks forward to the many great things yet to come in Hawai’i with Monica supporting our efforts.”

About NewGround NewGround is an award winning international design and delivery firm that creates custom, brandinfused, experiential environments that accelerate client growth and performance. Over the last century, NewGround has completed more than 15,000 projects throughout the USA, Canada and in the United Kingdom. Headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, NewGround maintains corporate offices in Chicago, Illinois, Honolulu, Hawaii, and Toronto, Ontario, with a regional presence throughout the US. For more information, visit NewGround at www.newground.com.

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Mary Weidenbenner Receives SHRM-SCP Accreditation

Mary Weidenbenner

Highly distinguished HR credential sets NewGround apart in competitive market

NewGround, a St. Louis-based experiential architecture, design, and delivery firm, recently celebrated Mary Weidenbenner, Vice President of Human Resources, as she earned her SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) accreditation from the Society for Human Resource Management.

The SHRM Body of Competency and Knowledge (SHRM BoCK™) is the foundation for this certification. The SHRM BoCK organizes eight behavioral competencies into three clusters: Leadership (Leadership & Navigation, Ethical Practice), Interpersonal (Relationship Management, Communication, Global & Cultural Effectiveness), and Business (Business Acumen, Consultation, Critical Evaluation).

Human resource (HR) professionals who develop strategies, lead the HR department, influence the community, analyze performance data, and align HR strategies with organizational goals are eligible to take this highly distinguished exam.

“Receiving my SHRM-SCP accreditation was an important accomplishment in my HR career here at NewGround, and this strategic competency-based certification will also give us a more competitive edge to attract and retain top talent,” said Mary Weidenbenner, Vice President of Human Resources.

Earning this credential sets HR professionals apart from their colleagues and keeps organizations more competitive in today’s economy. SHRM certification is the only HR accreditation offered by the world’s largest HR membership organization.

“We are so proud of Mary in her achievement earning the SHRM-SCP accreditation,” said Kevin Blair, President and CEO. “Mary’s hard work and determination to achieve this highly distinguished goal really paid off, and we would love to congratulate her on reaching her goal.”

NewGround is an international, award-winning architecture, design, and delivery firm, providing dynamic, experiential, market-driven environments. For more information, visit NewGround at www.newground.com.

Tamika Cain-Proctor joins Kwame Building Group as Vice President

Tamika Cain-Proctor

Tamika Cain-Proctor has joined Kwame Building Group, Inc., as Vice President. She will oversee KWAME’s infrastructure construction projects, including aviation, tunnel, light rail and roads. With experience on LEED-certified projects, Cain-Proctor brings added value in the areas of site and safety inspections, quality control and cost engineering.

Cain-Proctor has more than 18 years of experience in construction project management and engineering. She holds a Master of Science in Structural/Geotechnical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Oklahoma. She is a member of the Society of Women Engineers and the American Institute of Architecture.

Kwame Building Group, Inc. (KWAME) is one of the nation’s top pure construction management firms, dedicating 100 percent of its resources to project management services. For more information, visitwww.kwamebuildinggroup.com or call (314) 862-5344.

November 2, 2018

KAI Hires Dan Forguson as Vice President of Finance 

Dan Forguson

KAI Design & Build proudly announces the addition of Dan Forguson of Columbia, Illinois as Vice President of Finance.

In his new role, Forguson reports to the CFO and is responsible for providing enterprise leadership in the areas of financial planning and analysis, mergers and acquisitions, and project controls.

“As KAI continues to experience both organic and acquisitive growth, we are placing a high priority in the area of business analytics,” said Forguson. “We are making strategic investments in talent and ERP enhancements in order to maintain a pulse on our business and to ensure that we are growing profitably.”

Forguson has 10 years of experience in the AEC industry, having previously held the title of Regional Project Controls Director at Jacobs in St. Louis. Forguson has a bachelor’s degree in finance from Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville and his MBA from Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri. He is currently working on a master’s degree in accounting at DePaul University – Chicago, and he is a member of the American Association of Cost Engineers (AACE).

“With his depth of experience in corporate financial management within the architecture and engineering industry, Dan brings his knowledge and skills with mergers and acquisitions, business analytics, forecasting and project controls,” said Michael Hein, AIA, PMP, Chief Operating Officer at KAI. “Dan will also be helping us define the right metrics for our internal scorecard allowing us to monitor our business on a weekly basis.”

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

NewGround Promotes Javier Fernandez to Construction Manager

The new role will serve multiple clients across the U.S.

Javier Fernandez

NewGround, a St. Louis-based experiential architecture, design, and delivery firm, recently celebrated the promotion of Javier Fernandez to the role of Construction Manager. Javier will be responsible for providing leadership and managing a multitude of construction projects, with a primary focus on Chartway Federal Credit Union (FCU).

Prior to his new role, Javier joined NewGround in 2015 and served as Project Manager on numerous projects throughout the U.S., including Chartway FCU, ESB Financial, Visions FCU, Union Savings Bank, and DATCU.

Javier brings an impressive skill set with excellent client relations and high-quality construction projects to succeed in his new role.

With more than 12 years of experience in the architecture field and 10 years serving as a project manager, Javier has worked in various construction ranks building projects for clients in the New York City and Long Island areas.

“Javier’s work always reflects our core values of quality, teamwork, dedication, and integrity, and I am confident that his construction leadership experience will help him continue to deliver successful projects for our clients at NewGround for years to come,” said Chip Nix, Senior Vice President of Build Operations.

Javier holds a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Technology from the New York Institute of Technology in Old Westbury, N.Y.

NewGround is an international, award-winning architecture, design, and delivery firm, providing dynamic, experiential, market-driven environments. Over the last century, NewGround has completed more than 15,000 projects throughout the USA, Canada and in the United Kingdom. For more information, visit NewGround at www.newground.com.

Oculus Inc. Adds to Administrative Team

Architecture and interior design firm brings two new hires to headquarters

Oculus Inc., a full-service architecture and interior design firm, is growing its administration team with the additions of Amber Wendler and Taylor Wells. Both Wendler and Wells will be based out of the firm’s St. Louis corporate headquarters.

“As Oculus Inc. continues to grow its business, we need a strong support team in order for us to meet our clients’ expectations and bring our work to new levels,” said Lisa Bell-Reim, Oculus Inc. president. “We are excited to have Amber and Taylor on board to help us meet our goals.”

Wendler comes to Oculus Inc. with more than 20 years of administrative experience. She most recently served as an accounting associate for Agency for Community Transit, based in Granite City, Ill. She has also worked for ITP Corporation for the Boeing Company and Helmkamp Construction Company, both located in the St. Louis metro area.

Wells brings seven years of professional experience to Oculus Inc., most recently coming from Hoefert Law in Alton, Ill. She possesses a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville.

Outside of its headquarters in St. Louis, Oculus has offices in Dallas and Portland, Ore.

Oculus Inc. delivers comprehensive architecture, interior, planning and move management services that support business change and promote business value. Founded in 1994, Oculus creates high-performance design for clients in the retail, commercial, restaurant, education, government and healthcare industries. For more information, visit oculusinc.com.

October 26, 2018

Oculus Inc. Grows Staff in St. Louis and Dallas Markets

New hires will support architectural services to retail, hospitality and government industries

Oculus Inc., a full-service architecture and interior design firm, has hired Jack Bowe, Justin Kanturek and Lavell Johnson II to serve the retail, hospitality and government industries from its St. Louis and Dallas offices.

“We are very excited about the additions of Jack, Lavell and Justin,” said Lisa Bell-Reim, Oculus Inc. president. “As Oculus continues to evolve in the architectural and interior design industry, we require a team with diverse backgrounds and unique skillsets. Jack, Justin and Lavell will be instrumental in helping us continue to develop state-of the-art work for our national and international clients.”

Bowe joins Oculus Inc. as a project manager and brings a comprehensive architectural design and consulting services background with specialization in complex commercial and restaurant design. Prior to joining Oculus Inc., Bowe worked as an independent architectural contractor for projects including the Shaw Burger Station, a competing proposal for the Forest Park Boathouse, and Elmwood Restaurant in the St. Louis-area. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Architecture from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

Kanturek also joins Oculus Inc. as a project designer for the St. Louis office, previously working on the Creve Coeur Park Soccer Complex and Weber Workforce Center.  Kanturek also served as an adjunct Teacher at Lewis & Clark Community College. He has a bachelor’s degree in Architectural Studies from the University of Illinois and is on schedule to complete his Master of Architecture degree from Southern Illinois University – Carbondale in December.

Named a project designer for the firm’s Dallas office, Johnson II brings seven years of professional experience to Oculus Inc., most recently as a designer of residential and commercial roof and floor systems and retail layouts. He has a Master of Architecture with an emphasis in Urban Design, plus a Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

Oculus Inc. delivers comprehensive architecture, interior, planning and move management services that support business change and promote business value. For more information, visit oculusinc.com.

Karlos Ramirez Joins Midwest BankCentre’s Legal Board of Directors

Karlos Ramirez

Karlos Ramirez, president and chief executive officer of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan St. Louis, has been elected to the Midwest BankCentre legal board of directors.

As leader of the Hispanic Chamber since 2011, he works to promote business opportunities for Hispanic-owned firms and professionals and to drive economic development in the region. Earlier in his career, he was director of the University Center and conference services at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio.

Ramirez chairs the board of directors for the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership, which oversees economic development efforts in St. Louis City and County. He earned his bachelor’s degree in education at Northern Illinois University, Dekalb, Ill., and his master’s degree in educational administration at Illinois State University in Normal, Ill. He is a member of the Association of Chambers of Commerce Executives (ACCE), the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC), Veiled Prophet and Sigma Lambda Beta fraternity, a Latino-based fraternity with a multicultural membership.

Midwest BankCentre, a mainstay of St. Louis community banking since 1906, ranks among St. Louis’ largest locally owned banks with assets of about $1.9 billion and deposits of $1.4 billion. It provides integrated financial services with expertise in commercial, retail and digital banking; business cash management; mortgage lending; consumer lending; and insurance.

Monica Pangaribuan Passes Hawai’i Contractors License Exam

Monica Pangaribuan

NewGround employee meets state requirement for local licensing

NewGround, a St. Louis-based design and delivery firm, recently celebrated Monica Pangaribuan, who successfully passed the Hawai’i Contractors Exam. The state of Hawai’i requires a licensed Responsible Managing Employee (RME) as well as a local, on-island RME. This enables Monica to serve as NewGround’s RME for projects in Hawai’i.

As Project Manager for NewGround, Monica provides direct management of production and schedule milestones, project goals, quality control, and job site safety. Monica also inspects and reviews the construction process to enforce compliance with plans, specifications, building, and safety codes. Bringing nearly 14 years of experience as a Project Manager or Project Engineer, Monica has served at numerous companies, including Bow Construction Management Services, Collawn Building Services, Lendlease, and Kitchell CEM, Nan Inc.

In addition to her recent RME certification, Monica holds certifications in Construction Quality Management for Contractors for the USA Corps of Engineers, Asbestos Awareness, OSHA 30, ACI, and First Aid/CPR.

“We are extremely proud of Monica and glad to have her on our team,” said Chip Nix, Senior Vice President of Build Operations. “NewGround looks forward to the many great things yet to come in Hawai’i with Monica supporting our efforts.”

About NewGround NewGround is an award winning international design and delivery firm that creates custom, brandinfused, experiential environments that accelerate client growth and performance. Over the last century, NewGround has completed more than 15,000 projects throughout the USA, Canada and in the United Kingdom. Headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, NewGround maintains corporate offices in Chicago, Illinois, Honolulu, Hawaii, and Toronto, Ontario, with a regional presence throughout the US. For more information, visit NewGround at www.newground.com.

Erik Kocher and Dan Sullivan to Speak at Athletic Business Show in New Orleans

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Erik Kocher

Design Principal, Erik Kocher, and Project Architect, Dan Sullivan, have been invited to speak at the Athletic Business Conference, November 7-10 in New Orleans. The conference is a solution-focused event for athletic, fitness and recreation professionals offering the latest trends and innovations from industry experts.

Dan Sullivan

Erik and Dan’s presentation, “Master Planning Collegiate Recreation Facilities: The Foundation to a Successful Programming and Feasibility Study” will be a start-to-finish discussion on how to develop a successful collegiate recreation facility master plan.

In this session, attendees will learn how to:

  • Determine what steps are involved in a facilities master plan.
  • Identify what master plans cost, how long they take to complete and who should participate in the process.
  • Recognize some of the limitations, missteps and political bomb shells that can be a part of the master planning process.

Additionally, Erik will be part of a panel session during the conference called, “Fad or Fixture? Innovations in College and Community Recreation and Aquatic Center Design and Programming.” The panel of experts will discuss new innovations and technologies in recreation and aquatics facilities, and whether they are fads or fixtures.

Erik has been involved in the design and construction of more than 130 collegiate sports, recreation and wellness facilities and 70 community center projects across the country. He is a frequent speaker at national conferences and has been a juror five times for Athletic Business’ Facility of Merit Awards.

Dan is a passionate sports designer. Creating transformative spaces for students and athletes drives his design process.

For more information about the conference, click here.

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KAI Hires Dan Forguson as Vice President of Finance 

Dan Forguson

KAI Design & Build proudly announces the addition of Dan Forguson of Columbia, Illinois as Vice President of Finance.

In his new role, Forguson reports to the CFO and is responsible for providing enterprise leadership in the areas of financial planning and analysis, mergers and acquisitions, and project controls.

“As KAI continues to experience both organic and acquisitive growth, we are placing a high priority in the area of business analytics,” said Forguson. “We are making strategic investments in talent and ERP enhancements in order to maintain a pulse on our business and to ensure that we are growing profitably.”

Forguson has 10 years of experience in the AEC industry, having previously held the title of Regional Project Controls Director at Jacobs in St. Louis. Forguson has a bachelor’s degree in finance from Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville and his MBA from Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri. He is currently working on a master’s degree in accounting at DePaul University – Chicago, and he is a member of the American Association of Cost Engineers (AACE).

“With his depth of experience in corporate financial management within the architecture and engineering industry, Dan brings his knowledge and skills with mergers and acquisitions, business analytics, forecasting and project controls,” said Michael Hein, AIA, PMP, Chief Operating Officer at KAI. “Dan will also be helping us define the right metrics for our internal scorecard allowing us to monitor our business on a weekly basis.”

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

NewGround Promotes Javier Fernandez to Construction Manager

The new role will serve multiple clients across the U.S.

Javier Fernandez

NewGround, a St. Louis-based experiential architecture, design, and delivery firm, recently celebrated the promotion of Javier Fernandez to the role of Construction Manager. Javier will be responsible for providing leadership and managing a multitude of construction projects, with a primary focus on Chartway Federal Credit Union (FCU).

Prior to his new role, Javier joined NewGround in 2015 and served as Project Manager on numerous projects throughout the U.S., including Chartway FCU, ESB Financial, Visions FCU, Union Savings Bank, and DATCU.

Javier brings an impressive skill set with excellent client relations and high-quality construction projects to succeed in his new role.

With more than 12 years of experience in the architecture field and 10 years serving as a project manager, Javier has worked in various construction ranks building projects for clients in the New York City and Long Island areas.

“Javier’s work always reflects our core values of quality, teamwork, dedication, and integrity, and I am confident that his construction leadership experience will help him continue to deliver successful projects for our clients at NewGround for years to come,” said Chip Nix, Senior Vice President of Build Operations.

Javier holds a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Technology from the New York Institute of Technology in Old Westbury, N.Y.

NewGround is an international, award-winning architecture, design, and delivery firm, providing dynamic, experiential, market-driven environments. Over the last century, NewGround has completed more than 15,000 projects throughout the USA, Canada and in the United Kingdom. For more information, visit NewGround at www.newground.com.

Oculus Inc. Adds to Administrative Team

Architecture and interior design firm brings two new hires to headquarters

Oculus Inc., a full-service architecture and interior design firm, is growing its administration team with the additions of Amber Wendler and Taylor Wells. Both Wendler and Wells will be based out of the firm’s St. Louis corporate headquarters.

“As Oculus Inc. continues to grow its business, we need a strong support team in order for us to meet our clients’ expectations and bring our work to new levels,” said Lisa Bell-Reim, Oculus Inc. president. “We are excited to have Amber and Taylor on board to help us meet our goals.”

Wendler comes to Oculus Inc. with more than 20 years of administrative experience. She most recently served as an accounting associate for Agency for Community Transit, based in Granite City, Ill. She has also worked for ITP Corporation for the Boeing Company and Helmkamp Construction Company, both located in the St. Louis metro area.

Wells brings seven years of professional experience to Oculus Inc., most recently coming from Hoefert Law in Alton, Ill. She possesses a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville.

Outside of its headquarters in St. Louis, Oculus has offices in Dallas and Portland, Ore.

Oculus Inc. delivers comprehensive architecture, interior, planning and move management services that support business change and promote business value. Founded in 1994, Oculus creates high-performance design for clients in the retail, commercial, restaurant, education, government and healthcare industries. For more information, visit oculusinc.com.

October 26, 2018

Oculus Inc. Grows Staff in St. Louis and Dallas Markets

New hires will support architectural services to retail, hospitality and government industries

Oculus Inc., a full-service architecture and interior design firm, has hired Jack Bowe, Justin Kanturek and Lavell Johnson II to serve the retail, hospitality and government industries from its St. Louis and Dallas offices.

“We are very excited about the additions of Jack, Lavell and Justin,” said Lisa Bell-Reim, Oculus Inc. president. “As Oculus continues to evolve in the architectural and interior design industry, we require a team with diverse backgrounds and unique skillsets. Jack, Justin and Lavell will be instrumental in helping us continue to develop state-of the-art work for our national and international clients.”

Bowe joins Oculus Inc. as a project manager and brings a comprehensive architectural design and consulting services background with specialization in complex commercial and restaurant design. Prior to joining Oculus Inc., Bowe worked as an independent architectural contractor for projects including the Shaw Burger Station, a competing proposal for the Forest Park Boathouse, and Elmwood Restaurant in the St. Louis-area. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Architecture from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

Kanturek also joins Oculus Inc. as a project designer for the St. Louis office, previously working on the Creve Coeur Park Soccer Complex and Weber Workforce Center.  Kanturek also served as an adjunct Teacher at Lewis & Clark Community College. He has a bachelor’s degree in Architectural Studies from the University of Illinois and is on schedule to complete his Master of Architecture degree from Southern Illinois University – Carbondale in December.

Named a project designer for the firm’s Dallas office, Johnson II brings seven years of professional experience to Oculus Inc., most recently as a designer of residential and commercial roof and floor systems and retail layouts. He has a Master of Architecture with an emphasis in Urban Design, plus a Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

Oculus Inc. delivers comprehensive architecture, interior, planning and move management services that support business change and promote business value. For more information, visit oculusinc.com.

Karlos Ramirez Joins Midwest BankCentre’s Legal Board of Directors

Karlos Ramirez

Karlos Ramirez, president and chief executive officer of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan St. Louis, has been elected to the Midwest BankCentre legal board of directors.

As leader of the Hispanic Chamber since 2011, he works to promote business opportunities for Hispanic-owned firms and professionals and to drive economic development in the region. Earlier in his career, he was director of the University Center and conference services at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio.

Ramirez chairs the board of directors for the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership, which oversees economic development efforts in St. Louis City and County. He earned his bachelor’s degree in education at Northern Illinois University, Dekalb, Ill., and his master’s degree in educational administration at Illinois State University in Normal, Ill. He is a member of the Association of Chambers of Commerce Executives (ACCE), the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC), Veiled Prophet and Sigma Lambda Beta fraternity, a Latino-based fraternity with a multicultural membership.

Midwest BankCentre, a mainstay of St. Louis community banking since 1906, ranks among St. Louis’ largest locally owned banks with assets of about $1.9 billion and deposits of $1.4 billion. It provides integrated financial services with expertise in commercial, retail and digital banking; business cash management; mortgage lending; consumer lending; and insurance.

Monica Pangaribuan Passes Hawai’i Contractors License Exam

Monica Pangaribuan

NewGround employee meets state requirement for local licensing

NewGround, a St. Louis-based design and delivery firm, recently celebrated Monica Pangaribuan, who successfully passed the Hawai’i Contractors Exam. The state of Hawai’i requires a licensed Responsible Managing Employee (RME) as well as a local, on-island RME. This enables Monica to serve as NewGround’s RME for projects in Hawai’i.

As Project Manager for NewGround, Monica provides direct management of production and schedule milestones, project goals, quality control, and job site safety. Monica also inspects and reviews the construction process to enforce compliance with plans, specifications, building, and safety codes. Bringing nearly 14 years of experience as a Project Manager or Project Engineer, Monica has served at numerous companies, including Bow Construction Management Services, Collawn Building Services, Lendlease, and Kitchell CEM, Nan Inc.

In addition to her recent RME certification, Monica holds certifications in Construction Quality Management for Contractors for the USA Corps of Engineers, Asbestos Awareness, OSHA 30, ACI, and First Aid/CPR.

“We are extremely proud of Monica and glad to have her on our team,” said Chip Nix, Senior Vice President of Build Operations. “NewGround looks forward to the many great things yet to come in Hawai’i with Monica supporting our efforts.”

About NewGround NewGround is an award winning international design and delivery firm that creates custom, brandinfused, experiential environments that accelerate client growth and performance. Over the last century, NewGround has completed more than 15,000 projects throughout the USA, Canada and in the United Kingdom. Headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, NewGround maintains corporate offices in Chicago, Illinois, Honolulu, Hawaii, and Toronto, Ontario, with a regional presence throughout the US. For more information, visit NewGround at www.newground.com.

October 19, 2018

New Hires at S. M. Wilson

Jake Fenster

S. M. Wilson & Co., has hired Jacob Fenster as an Estimator, Janell Lanahan as a Job Accountant/Project Assistant, Gary Parker as a Project Engineer, Ryan Brockmann as Assistant Project Manager and Patrick Aylesworth as Project Manager.

Fenster will be responsible for assembling cost estimates and developing constructability reviews and value engineering studies for construction projects. He holds a BS in Technology Management with a dual Major in Construction Management and Design and Facilities Management and Sustainability from Southeast Missouri State University.

Janell Lanahan

Lanahan is S. M. Wilson’s new Job Accountant/Project Assistant. She graduated from Hickey College and has 17 years construction experience.

Gary Parker

Parker will be responsible for helping establish procedures with the design professionals, consultants and Owner of projects for information flow, approvals

meetings and reporting. He will also track shop drawings, submittals, material deliveries and RFIs through the duration of projects and assist the Project Manager with MBE/WBE participation and workforce inclusion. Parker joins S. M. Wilson with 19 years construction experience.

Ryan Brockmann

Brockmann joins S. M. Wilson with 13 years construction experience. He will be responsible for helping establish procedures with the design professionals, consultants and Owner of projects for information flow, approvals, meetings and reporting. He will also track shop drawings, submittals, material deliveries and RFIs through the duration of projects and assist the Project Manager with MBE/WBE participation and workforce inclusion. Brockmann holds a BA in Finance from Missouri State.

Aylesworth, a LEED Green Associate, will be responsible for handling all administrative functions for a project, including scheduling, holding progress meetings, generating meeting minutes, tracking costs and maintaining logs for all project information. Aylesworth has a background in Virtual Design & Construction and holds a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies from Arizona State.

S. M. Wilson is a full-service construction management, design/build and general contracting firm with headquarters in St. Louis. For more information, visit www.smwilson.com.

Nonyameko H. Waddell joins Kwame Building Group as Vice President

Nonyameko H. Waddell

Nonyameko H. Waddell has joined KWAME Building Group, Inc., as vice president, bringing construction management, legal and real estate development experience to the position.  Waddell will oversee Kwame’s healthcare and higher education construction management projects, and will lead the firm’s pre-construction services.

Waddell has more than nine years of experience in project management and commercial real estate development.  She holds a Juris Doctorate from John Marshall Law School and a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management from Southern Polytechnic State University.

Kwame Building Group, Inc. (KWAME) is one of the nation’s top pure construction management firms, dedicating 100 percent of its resources to project management services. For more information, visitwww.kwamebuildinggroup.com or call (314) 862-5344.

Rob Koester Named Executive VP & CFO for Murphy Company

Rob Koester

Rob Koester, CPA, has been named executive vice president and chief financial officer for Murphy Company, the area’s largest mechanical contractor and engineering firm. The announcement was made by Patrick J. Murphy, Jr., president and chief executive officer.

Koester joined Murphy Co. in 2003 and has served as CFO. He holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Truman State University and began his accounting career with Deloitte.

In making the announcement, Patrick Murphy, Jr.  noted that Koester has shown tremendous financial acumen and strategic thought leadership and has taken on additional responsibilities.

“Rob has worked diligently to ensure Murphy is always in the soundest of financial positions to tackle multiple large projects and, when necessary, to weather any temporary downturns in the construction cycle,” said Murphy.

Koester oversees Murphy’s accounting, finance, human resources, IT, risk management, procurement and facilities departments.  Under Koester’s leadership Murphy has implemented numerous best practices in these areas that have helped support the company’s growth over the past 15 years.    During Koester’s tenure with Murphy he played an instrumental role in the successful implementation of Murphy’s ERP system, development of a robust employee wellness program and continued investment in leading-edge technology and state-of-the-art data and communications systems.  Murphy has also significantly expanded talent and resources in those key areas under Rob’s leadership.

Outside of Murphy, Koester serves on the boards of SSM Health Foundation – St. Louis, Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois, American Contractors Insurance Group and St. Clair Stars Baseball Club. Koester is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants

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. 

Skaggs Named COO of Missouri Operations for Murphy Company

Tom Skaggs

Thomas C. Skaggs has been named chief operating officer of Missouri Operations for Murphy Company, the area’s largest mechanical contractor and engineering firm. The announcement was made by Patrick J. Murphy, Jr., president and chief executive officer.

Skaggs has been a member of the Murphy team for more than 25 years, serving as vice president of operations since 2014. He recently led the Missouri Operations Group through a realignment of resources.  Earlier, he oversaw the company’s safety program for two decades, building Murphy Co.’s training program and establishing an enviable record for safety performance.  He also started and served as general manager, then COO, of QualSafe Solutions, a subsidiary division of Murphy Co. that provides safety related services to owners and other contractors.

Skaggs has been active on an industry national level, serving for over a decade as a past chairman of the National Safety and Health Committee for the Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA), which represents approximately 2,600 firms.  Locally, he serves on the board of directors for the MCA of Eastern Missouri.

“Tom’s leadership to streamline Missouri operations and expand our safety programs while also maintaining high-quality standards has been a tremendous asset,” commented Patrick Murphy, Jr.  “I’m delighted to have him take on this expanded role for the company.”

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.

Manor Real Estate Hires Director of Acquisitions Adam Brandvein to Represent Residential Real Estate Buyers & Sellers

Adam Brandvein

Manor Real Estate, a locally-owned real estate company, recently hired Adam Brandvein as Director of Acquisitions.  In this position, Brandvein will source and negotiate acquisition opportunities for both single-family and multi-family properties.  He will identify and research target property markets that align with Manor Real Estate’s ongoing growth and brand objectives.

Prior to joining the company, Brandvein worked as a Commercial Loan Analyst for a national residential finance company.  He previously served as a Transaction Manager for a global real estate services business.

Brandvein is a licensed Real Estate Salesperson in Missouri.  He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Telecommunications from Indiana University in Bloomington, IN.

“Adam will be instrumental in researching and managing real estate opportunities for a wide array of residential buyers and sellers,” said Manor Real Estate Owner Don Cherry.  “His real estate background will truly be an asset to our company, and we look forward to his joining our team.”  Cherry added that “Adam will also be in charge of renting our company’s apartment buildings located in the popular University City and Skinker-DeBaliviere neighborhoods.”

Founded in 1971, Manor Real Estate is a full-service firm that handles residential and commercial real estate, as well as apartment property rental.  The company is located at 3270 Hampton Ave.  For more information about Manor Real Estate, call (314) 647-6611 or visit http://www.manorrealestate.com.

October 12, 2018

Christina Dancy Joins Midwest BankCentre as Assistant Vice President and BankCentre Leader

Christina Dancy

Christina Dancy has joined Midwest BankCentre as assistant vice president and leader of the bank’s Pagedale branch. Midwest BankCentre Chairman and CEO Jim Watson made the announcement.

As branch leader, Dancy cultivates relationships with new and existing customers, fosters a positive work environment and focuses on branch growth. She also serves as a community liaison, providing financial education to area residents and business owners and by partnering with community organizations to help their members achieve their financial goals. Current partners include the Heartland St. Louis Black Chamber of Commerce, Beyond Housing, Prosperity Connection, Grace Hill Women’s Business Center and the St. Louis Regional Unbanked Taskforce.

Prior to joining Midwest BankCentre, Dancy was assistant vice president at U.S. Bank Community Development Corporation.

Dancy earned her bachelor’s degree in public policy and administration at the University of Missouri-St. Louis and her master’s degree in management and leadership at Webster University. She is a certified anti-money laundering compliance specialist (CAMS) and is an alumna of Focus St. Louis’ Diversity Leadership Fellowship

A 2018 recipient of the St. Louis American’s Salute to Young Leaders Award, she is a member of the Regional Business Council’s Young Professionals Network-Leadership 100.She serves as a board member of Dream Builders 4 Equity and previously served on the board of Lutheran Family & Children’s Services. Dancy also is a member of the Urban League Guild of Metropolitan St. Louis and the St. Louis Diversity and Inclusion Consortium. She supports the United Way of Greater St. Louis as a member of the Charmaine Chapman Leadership Society Cabinet.

Joe Dietz Promoted to Vice President, Order Development and Engineering at Winco Windows

Joe Dietz

Joe Dietz has been named Vice President, Order Development and Engineering at St. Louis based Winco Windows.

“Dietz is committed to streamlining and improving how Winco handles the order process and ensures quality control,” said Bill Krenn, Winco President and CFO.

As Vice President of Order Development and Engineering, Dietz will oversee estimating, design, shop drawings, paper fabrication and submittals. He is also responsible for Quality Control and Field Service.

Dietz has been with Winco for nine years. Dietz has a B.S. in Business Administration, Marketing/Management. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri.

Kurtis Suellentrop Promoted to Vice President, Sales and Marketing at Winco Windows

Kurtis Suellentrop

Winco Windows, a St. Louis-based manufacturer of architectural and heavy commercial aluminum windows sold across the United States, is pleased to announce the promotion of Kurtis Suellentrop, one of the company’s Leadership Team members to Vice President, Sales and Marketing.

“Kurtis has positively impacted our relationships with customers and architects,” said Bill Krenn, Winco President and CFO. “His creative approach to marketing, and sales can be directly linked to our steadily increasing business.”

As Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Suellentrop, will focus on securing new business opportunities and transforming how Winco markets itself. This will include independent, and corporate sales representatives, architectural relationship development, territory sales development, marketing, promotional, and brand development.

Suellentrop has been with Winco for 16 years. Prior to Sales and Marketing, Suellentrop managed Winco’s R&D program, including multi-threat systems encompassing psychiatric, dynamic, acoustic, thermal, tornado, and hurricane windows.

He graduated from the University of Missouri-Rolla, earning a B.S. in mechanical engineering with an emphasis in design and thermodynamics.

For more information, contact Winco Window Company at (314) 725.8088 or visit www.wincowindow.com.

Christie Brinkman Joins Castle Contracting as Business Development Manager

Christie Brinkman has joined Castle Contracting, LLC as business development manager. In this position, she focuses on building relationships with potential clients to understand their needs and deliver solutions to complex civil contracting challenges. Brinkman collaborates with internal teams to establish and execute growth strategies for target clients and markets. This includes supporting division leaders in identifying, qualifying, tracking, prioritizing and positioning pursuit opportunities to maximize success for the St. Louis-based civil contracting firm. Brinkman also represents Castle at industry events and within professional organizations.

Brinkman joined Castle with a wide range of relevant sales, marketing and business development experience. Most recently, she served as business development director at Horner & Shifrin, Inc., where she helped guide the 85-year-old engineering firm to achieve record revenues. Her experience also includes positions with a national educational resources company, a local MBE/DBE civil engineering firm, a regional healthcare system and an international consulting firm.

Brinkman earned bachelor’s degrees in business administration and international studies from the University of Missouri in Columbia, Mo. She is active in several industry organizations, including Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW), St. Louis Council of Construction Consumers (SLCCC), Missouri Society for Healthcare Engineering (MOSHE), Urban Land Institute (ULI), International Facility Management Association (IFMA), Construction Forum STL, American Public Works Association (APWA) and Missouri Association of County Transportation Officials (MACTO). 

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. 

October 5, 2018

St. Louis Community College Foundation Taps PARIC Vice President Hayes For Board of Directors

Howard Hayes

Howard Hayes, PARIC Corp. vice president of diversity and inclusion, has been elected to the Board of Directors of the St. Louis Community College Foundation. The role of the Foundation is to build awareness and understanding of the college while raising funds to help meet continuing financial needs of students and of the college. The Foundation is a non-profit, 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt organization with assets of more than $8.5 million and an endowment of $3.5 million, according to Jo-Ann Digman, the Foundation’s executive director. “The STLCC Foundation has awarded almost $2 million in financial assistance to thousands of students,” Digman said. “We’re pleased to have Mr. Hayes working to help us meet the financial needs of students so they may successfully complete their program of studies and move into the work force as productive citizens.”

Hayes, in his role as PARIC vice president, is responsible for developing and executing initiatives to create and to foster open and inclusive work environments as well as supporting small, local, minority-owned and women-owned companies seeking to do business with PARIC. Before joining PARIC, Hayes worked for the St. Louis Development Corporation overseeing inclusion and workforce goals on large-scale projects including Ballpark Village, Cortex Innovation Center, Union Station and Scottrade Center. He earned a Bachelor of Science in business administration at St. Louis University and a Master of Business Administration at Webster University.

Established in 1979, PARIC specializes in commercial and interiors, education, healthcare, historic and urban redevelopment, hospitality and entertainment, municipal, science and technology, senior living and sports complexes. More information is at www.paric.com .

OCULUS INC. GROWS INTERIOR DESIGN STAFF

Architecture and interior design firm adds five new hires

Oculus Inc., a full-service architecture and interior design firm headquartered in St. Louis, announces the addition of five new interior design staff members to the St. Louis and Portland offices. The new hires will better support the firm’s expanded design services in the hospitality, retail and healthcare markets.

Carolyn Fava

“As Oculus Inc. grows into new and more sophisticated markets, we are dedicated to adding strategic resources to provide our clients with high-end, truly innovative designs that eloquently communicate their message and brand through physical spaces,” said Lisa Bell-Reim, Oculus Inc. President. “These new, talented additions to the interior design team will strengthen Oculus’ capabilities and we’re thrilled to have them on board.”

Mallory Smith

Joining the St. Louis office are interior designers Carolyn Fava and Mallory Smith. Fava’s background includes an emphasis on green design, design-build and architecture. Smith previously worked as a Project Designer at Cushman & Wakefield. Also joining the St. Louis office is project designer Carlos Goldberg. Goldberg comes to the team after working as an interior architectural designer with a focus on senior living, hospitality and luxury residences.

Carlos Goldberg

The Portland office welcomes Jaime Merrill as interior designer. Merrill joins the staff with a residential interior design background.

Jamie Merrill

Oculus Inc. has made significant strides in the hospitality industry, most notably the recent acquisition of Staicoff Design Company in Portland, Ore. Oculus employs 50 professional architects, designers, and corporate staff in the St. Louis headquarters and the Dallas and Portland offices.

Oculus Inc. delivers comprehensive architecture, interior, planning and move management services that support business change and promote business value. Founded in 1994, Oculus creates high-performance design for clients in the retail, commercial, restaurant, education, government and healthcare industries. For more information, visit oculusinc.com.

M+H Architects Announces Expansion of Ownership

Pictured L to R: Mark Hugeback, Justin Bruce, Mike Deane, Larry Valenza, and Larry Mitchell

M+H Architects announced earlier this week that they have expanded the company’s ownership to drive its ongoing mission and help their clients realize their goals by providing creative design solutions. M+H Architects will have three new Shareholders/Principals: Mike Deane, Larry Valenza, and Justin Bruce.

As the firm’s first Vice Presidents they will continue to advance the company vision through extended target markets and fostering client relationships.  “We want to continue our collective success and add in a fresh, vibrant attitude,” said Larry Mitchell, Principal and President of M+H Architects.  “We also want to create new opportunities for our staff regarding our approach to marketing, design and the execution of architecture. The new Shareholders are all great leaders and influencers with positive attitudes and proven track records. They are willing to challenge the status quo and inspire a future generation of leaders.”

M+H’s future will uphold its consistent philosophy of a transparent, focused, and responsive company.  “We will have additional and expanded opportunities for relationships and collaboration that will build a stronger organization to galvanize our momentum for the unfolding future of M+H,” said Mark Hugeback, Principal and Secretary/Treasurer of M+H Architects. “This announcement is just another step in our journey to structure M+H for future growth and continued success.”

Construction Safety Expert Joins Guarantee Electrical Company as Corporate Safety Director

Todd Cook

The executive management team at Guarantee Electrical Company (Guarantee) is excited to announce long-time construction safety veteran, Todd Cook, CSP has joined the company as Corporate Safety Director.  With nearly 20 years in safety program management, Todd will lead, organize and administer efforts of the Guarantee corporate health and safety programs including, jobsite safety inspections/evaluations; claims management; regulatory agency interaction, insurance programs; and fleet management.

Prior to joining Guarantee, Mr. Cook was the Director of Safety and Health for Thomas Industrial Coatings where he successfully developed, implemented and monitored the company’s safety, health, and training programs.  Additionally he has served in various safety roles for general contractors on many high profile transportation, power generation and heavy industrial projects during his 20 year career.

According to Rick Oertli, CEO Guarantee Electrical Company, “We are extremely fortunate to have someone with Todd’s leadership, experience and insights in bringing our already robust safety program to another level.  His experience working on projects for global construction companies as well as on private and public projects will help us to continue to be a nationwide leader in corporate safety.”

In addition to his B.S. Construction Management from Southern Illinois University – Carbondale and Master of Science in Industrial Hygiene from Montana Tech, Todd holds several other safety certifications including Certified Safety Professional (CSP).  Todd is also a member of the American Society of Safety Professionals, the American Hygiene Association, and the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists.

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Founded in 1902, St. Louis based Guarantee Electrical is consistently ranked among the largest electrical contractors in the United States. Its operations include branch offices in Granite City, IL. and Denver, CO, plus ongoing operations in California.   The company provides full-scope electrical contracting, including preconstruction, construction, engineering and design, design-build, design-assist, value engineering, procurement, electrical and communications systems, service and preventive maintenance.  To learn more, visit www.geco.com 

Tim Manherz, TAS Commercial Concrete Recipient of ASCC Member Owner Safety Award

The Safety and Risk Management Council (SRMC) of the American Society of Concrete Contractors (ASCC), St. Louis, is pleased to announce that Tim Manherz, senior vice president of operations, TAS Commercial Concrete, Houston, TX, is this year’s recipient of the ASCC Member Owner Safety Award, presented September 20 at the association’s Annual Conference in Charlotte.  The purpose is to annually recognize one owner/executive of a contractor member company that displays a clear focus and passion for safety, and provides the leadership that creates a best-in-class safety culture.

Manherz received a B.S. in construction from Arizona State University where he graduated with honors and was named “Outstanding Graduate” of his class. He is a member of the ASCC board of directors and current president of the Tilt-Up Concrete Association.

TAS works over 3,000,000 man hours annually.  For the past three years they have had an RIR average of 1.9 and an average EMR of 0.45. In nominating Tim, TAS’ employees wrote, “Safety has always been priority for TAS management, with Tim as one of the TAS Safety Team’s biggest champions. Tim is the live wire conducting the energy that binds production and safety into a unified force at TAS, now operating in Houston, Dallas, and several cities in central Texas. His close work with, and mentorship to the Safety Team, ensures a constant line of communication between production and safety, thus facilitating a unity of action that ultimately benefits every TAS employee.”

This award is in keeping with Goal #1 of the ASCC Strategic Plan: Increase the Number of Contractor Member Owners Who Truly Demonstrate a Personal Commitment to Safety.

“Strong safety cultures thrive in organizations where leaders take an active role,” says Mike Schneider, SRMC council director.  “Contractor member owners that understand this know that building a true safety culture begins and ends with them: the priorities they set, the choices they make and their expectations of others.  It requires effort and commitment from the top, but employees will tell you that it makes a difference.”

The Safety and Risk Management Council (SRMC) is a specialty council dedicated to making ASCC contractors the safest in the industry.

The ASCC is a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the capabilities of those who build with concrete, and to providing them a unified voice in the construction industry.  For more information visit the web site at www.ascconline.org or call (866) 788-2722.

Orvin T. Kimbrough Elected CEO of Midwest BankCentre and Its Holding Company 

Extends Entrepreneurship at Nation’s Third Largest United Way to Bank’s Community Focus

Orvin T. Kimbrough, president and CEO of United Way of Greater St. Louis, has been elected by the board of directors as CEO of Midwest BankCentre and its holding company, Midwest BankCentre, Inc. He will remain a member of the bank board, on which he has served since 2015. The appointment is effective Feb. 1, 2019. Kimbrough will stay in his current role with United Way until then.

Midwest BankCentre CEO and Chairman Jim Watson will continue in his current role until Kimbrough joins the bank, and then serve full-time as executive chairman of Midwest BankCentre while remaining vice chairman of Midwest BankCentre, Inc. Dale Oberkfell continues as president and chief financial officer of Midwest BankCentre.

Kimbrough, 43, joins Midwest BankCentre after a nearly 20-year career leading entrepreneurial, community-focused nonprofit organizations. As president and CEO since 2013 of United Way of Greater St. Louis, it has advanced from the fifth to the third largest United Way in the country, generating more than $82.5 million annually in private and public funding to create social impact. It is among the region’s leading nonprofits.

Kimbrough’s entrepreneurial approach has been shaped by his educational background in social work, business and theology. He graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work. He earned his master’s degree in business administration at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Kimbrough also graduated from Aquinas Institute of Theology with a master of arts in theology. He currently serves as adjunct professor in Washington University’s Brown School of Social Work, designing a post-graduate course on teams and leadership.

“We are deeply grateful to Orv for his decade of service and leadership with United Way of Greater St. Louis,” said Rich McClure, board chair of United Way of Greater St. Louis. “Orv has made a lasting impact in the St. Louis region during his time with United Way. As CEO, he led the community through five successful campaigns, raising more than $370 million to help others live their best possible lives. In addition, Orv has guided the organization through a strategic transformation in how United Way engages with stakeholders and supports our community. United Way’s board and staff remain focused and committed to the important work of our agencies and partners, and we look forward to continuing a strong relationship with Orv in his new role with Midwest BankCentre.”

According to McClure, United Way has convened a search committee of the board to conduct a national search for Kimbrough’s successor. The committee expects to have a president and CEO named and in place before Kimbrough’s departure.

The appointment of Kimbrough, who will become the region’s only African-American bank CEO, affirms the transformation begun by Midwest BankCentre in 2011, when it enlarged its vision of service to the community. About the same time, the bank entered into a consent decree with the U.S. Department of Justice, which expired in mid-2016. The bank committed to open a bank branch in an area of St. Louis populated primarily by African-American citizens; invest in a special financing program to expand loans to St. Louis area neighborhoods with majority African-American residents; allocate funding for consumer financial education and credit repair; and expand marketing.

About Midwest BankCentre: Midwest BankCentre, a mainstay of St. Louis community banking since 1906, employs a staff of about 280 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. It ranks among St. Louis’ largest locally owned banks with assets of about $1.9 billion and deposits of $1.4 billion. It provides integrated financial services with expertise in commercial, retail and digital banking; business cash management; mortgage lending; consumer lending; and insurance. The bank is a local leader in the St. Louis Regional Unbanked Task Force and its Bank-On Save-Up St. Louis initiative. Since 2001, Midwest BankCentre has consecutively achieved the Bauer Financial 5-Star Superior financial rating each quarter. Further details are available at www.midwestbankcentre.com.

About United Way of Greater St. Louis: United Way of Greater St. Louis mobilizes the community with one goal in mind — helping people live their best possible lives. Located throughout 16 counties in Missouri and Illinois, United Way helps one in three people in the region build a foundation for a good quality of life through basic needs, financial stability, education, health and strong communities. For more information, contact 314-421-0700 or visit www.HelpingPeople.org.

Editor’s note:     Orvin T. Kimbrough, born in East St. Louis, currently lives in St. Louis County with his wife, Latriece, and their two children, Maddison and Matthew.

Elsperman to Serve as 2019 President of AGC of America

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As Tarlton Corp. celebrates its Founders Day, the company looks forward to another year of industry service and leadership: Dirk Elsperman, Tarlton executive vice president and chief operating officer, will be sworn in as president of Associated General Contractors of America in April 2019. When he takes office, Elsperman will become one of only four AGC principals from the bi-state area to lead the national organization.

The announcement coincides with an important milestone in Tarlton’s history – Founders Day, a day of companywide celebration each fall that marks the Oct. 2 birthday of Arthur Elsperman, one of the firm’s founders and first generation of leaders. Arthur Elsperman served as the first president of the AGC of St. Louis (now the AGC of Missouri) in 1950.

Locally, five others from Tarlton have served as president or chairman of the state association: J. Al Riley in 1967, Robert Elsperman in 1981, Bob Siess in 1995, Tracy Hart in 2008 and Dirk Elsperman in 2013. Hart, Tarlton president, began her service to the St. Louis chapter in 1996 and also has been active with the national AGC.

Three AGC of Missouri members have served as treasurer of the AGC of America, including Robert Elsperman in 1999. In addition, over the last 20 years Tarlton employees collectively have held more than 100 committee positions with the national association and more than 520 committee positions with the St. Louis/Missouri chapter. In those 20 years, 26 Tarlton employees have chaired or served on AGC of St. Louis/Missouri committees.

As president of AGC of America, which is celebrating its centennial this year, Dirk Elsperman will have the unique opportunity to speak with AGC chapter leaders and members across the United States to glean important industry insights on issues and concerns facing general contractors today.

A leader in the construction industry, Elsperman has 30 years of experience and a history of service in local and national capacities for AGC. In addition to serving as chairman of the board for AGC of Missouri, he has been a contributing member on 10 committees for AGC of America that focus on construction education and training; project management and delivery; Lean construction; government affairs; and labor policy, negotiations and agreements. He also is certified in the AGC of America Advanced Management Program.

In his year as AGC of America president, Elsperman will promote workforce development and diversity in construction. He seeks to further educate and engage young people in considering the many rewarding careers in the construction industry. “I am honored to have the opportunity to serve AGC of America as we continue in the mission to provide advocacies that help shape our industry’s future,” he adds.

Elsperman has worked in all aspects of Tarlton’s operations, including apprenticing as a carpenter, estimating, project engineering and management and executive management. He holds OSHA 30 Hour and First Aid certifications. He is a member of the Southern Illinois Builders Association and served on the executive board for the St. Louis Construction Collaborative, a labor-management group that works to improve the construction industry in St. Louis.

Elsperman is a LEED Accredited Professional. He earned a bachelor’s degree in applied economics and business management from Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., and a master’s degree in business administration from Washington University in St. Louis. He serves on advisory boards for The Salvation Army, Olin Business School and the Foundation for St. Andrew’s Resources for Seniors. An avid outdoor enthusiast, Elsperman enjoys hiking, rafting, swimming, cycling and running. He regularly participates in philanthropic races and events with Tarlton and individually.

The AGC of America is the leading association for the construction industry, representing more than 26,000 firms, including more than 6,500 of America’s leading general contractors and more than 9,000 specialty contracting firms. More than 10,500 providers and suppliers are associated with the AGC through a nationwide network of chapters.

St. Louis-based Tarlton Corp. is a leader in general contracting and construction management throughout the Midwest. The firm has completed many landmark projects in and around St. Louis and holds steadfast to its goal to improve the lives of St. Louisans through construction, civic involvement and philanthropy.

In business since 1946, Tarlton Corp. is a WBENC-Certified Women’s Business Enterprise that completes projects for wide-ranging clients in the life science, higher education, health care, commercial, power and industrial markets. Tarlton also has special expertise in concrete construction, concrete restoration and hydro excavation services.

Michael Train Joins Ranken Technical College Board of Trustees

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Ranken Technical College has announced that Emerson President Michael Train has become a member of its Board of Trustees.

“For many years, Emerson has been among our most generous donors, has been a pillar of our Micro-Enterprise Program which enables Ranken students to obtain valuable hands-on technical experience, and has hired countless Ranken graduates,” said Ranken President Stan Shoun. “In addition to being grateful for their corporate support, we are deeply appreciative to Mike and other Emerson executives who personally commit and invest in our region’s future workforce.”

Emerson’s Automation Solutions and Commercial & Residential Solutions business platforms hold leading global positions and support a broad range of customers that include some of the world’s most recognizable brands. As president, Train drives the company’s focus on software and digital technology development, major investments, international growth and global shared service organizations. In addition, he serves as chairman of Emerson Automation Solutions, continuing the automation leadership he brought to his previous position as executive president of Emerson Automation Solutions.

“Ranken and Emerson have a deep legacy of partnering to enhance not just the St. Louis community but manufacturing as an industry,” Train said. “We have long worked together to help prepare the workforce of the future, and I am excited to continue this vital work as a member of the board.”

Train holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from General Motors Institute and a master’s degree in business administration from Cornell University. He currently serves on Cornell University’s Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management Advisory Council and was a 2008 Eisenhower Fellowship recipient.

Ranken Technical College is a private, non-profit, degree-granting institution of higher learning whose primary mission is to provide the comprehensive education and training necessary to prepare students for employment and advancement in a variety of technical fields. For more information, visit https://ranken.edu/

S. M. Wilson President Amy Berg Joins Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis’ Industry Council and Wyman Center Board of Trustees

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S. M. Wilson & Co., President, Amy Berg, has been named to the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis’ Industry Council and the Wyman Center Board of Trustees.

As President and member of S. M. Wilson’s Executive Committee and Executive Planning Committee, Berg guides and manages the company and assists in determining the future direction of S. M. Wilson. During her 22 year tenure with the firm, Berg has been instrumental in the development of new business, client retention and establishing public relations and marketing strategies.

Berg recently joined the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis’ Industry Council which is designed to provide important feedback regarding economic conditions within a key Eighth District industry sector. She will serve on the real estate council, providing insight on the economic conditions affecting the construction and real estate industry.

In addition, Berg was elected to the Board of Trustees of Wyman Center, an organization dedicated to empowering teens from economically disadvantaged circumstances to lead successful lives and build strong communities. Her term will begin in January 2019. As a member of the board, she will serve a three-year term to help the organization achieve strategic goals and initiatives, oversee policies, monitor performance and ensure long-range planning meets the needs of future generations.

Berg is also active in the business community as a board member of the Missouri Growth Association, as well as sitting on the board of Habitat for Humanity and Richard A. Chaifetz School of Business Advisory Board at Saint Louis University.

S. M. Wilson is a full-service construction management, design/build and general contracting firm with headquarters in St. Louis. For more information, visit www.smwilson.com.

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