EY announced that Ed Alizadeh of Geotechnology, Inc. is a finalist for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2016 Award in the Central Midwest, which encompasses Missouri and Kansas. The awards program, which is celebrating its 30th year, recognizes entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.
Alizadeh was selected as a finalist by a panel of independent judges. Award winners will be announced at a black-tie celebration on June 16, 2016 at the Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland in Kansas City, Missouri.
As Geotechnology’s CEO, Alizadeh has led the firm to unprecedented growth during the last few years as it completed geotechnical, environmental, materials testing, geophysical, non-destructive testing and drilling projects for clients all over the Midwest and Mid-south.
“Successful operations have enabled us to increase our capabilities; open branch offices in Illinois, Kansas, Arkansas and Mississippi; and acquire substantially all of the assets of two firms to expand the firm’s geographic footprint into Tennessee, Kentucky and Ohio,” said Alizadeh. “I am confident that Geotechnology will continue to experience positive growth, thanks in part to our strong relationships with longstanding clients and also to our highly qualified and dedicated staff of professionals.”
The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 145 cities in more than 60 countries throughout the world. Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year National program. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner, will be announced at the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year National Awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 19, 2016. The awards are the culminating event of the Strategic Growth Forum™, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.
Founded and produced by EY, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored by SAP America, Merrill Corporation and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. In the Central Midwest, region sponsors include PNC Bank, Lathrop & Gage, Lockton Companies and Common Ground Public Relations.
Mark McClanahan represents St. Louis remodeling with the Harvard University program
Mark McClanahan, President of St. Louis remodeling firm Mosby Building Arts, has been named a member of the Remodeling Futures Steering Committee for theJoint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University, the preeminent research center for the residential sector of the American economy. He is one of only 8 people nationwide who specifically represent the remodeling aspect of residential housing.
As part of his committee appointment, McClanahan will meet with groups of housing industry leaders 4 times a year to share insights and analyze trends in housing. He recently took part in the Remodeling Futures Conference in Cambridge, MA, an event he describes as “a meeting of the nation’s top remodeling leaders.”
“The Joint Center for Housing Studies is a cross-section of professionals from every sector of housing, and I’m honored to have been asked to have been part of a panel discussion on the current status of residential remodeling,” said McClanahan. “The recent conference provided valuable insights into consumer and industry professional attitudes toward the on-line home services market, generational shifts in housing needs, and the evolving structure of the home improvement industry.”
During McClanahan’s 2 year tenure he will regularly take part in surveys, seminars and conferences. “I believe the most valuable aspects of being a member of the Remodeling Futures Program are feeling the pulse of the health of the industry, and having influence in the direction of the research the Harvard team performs. Mosby Building Arts strives to elevate the reputation and skills of the remodeling industry, so the steering committee is the best place for us to enact these changes.”
About Mosby Building Arts
Mosby Building Arts has been the trusted resource for home remodeling, architecture, design and repair in Metro St. Louis for 68 years. As a family-owned business, Scott Mosby and his team have been recognized nationally and locally for high standards of customer service and business ethics. Learn more atwww.CallMosby.com.
John Morgan, respected businessman, engineer, and pioneer in the St. Louis foundation industry, passed away on April 8, 2016.
Mr. Morgan is known in the construction industry for turning a pile-driving company into a full service provider of foundation support methods.
Mr. Morgan joined the Smith-Brennan Pile Company in 1959, seven years after graduating from Washington University. Upon graduation, he had moved to Ohio to work as an engineer for an atomic energy plant, but returned to St. Louis in 1958 to work for Tarlton Corporation. A chance meeting at a bird dog field trial put him on a new course. There he met Edwin Kuntz, owner of Smith-Brennan. The shared a passion for bird dogs, construction, and new technology.
Mr. Morgan joined Smith-Brennan with the goal of developing a new division of the company to offer customers new, economical alternatives of foundation support, including drilled caissons, which called for drilling holes into the ground and filling the holes with poured concrete reinforced by steel rods.
Mr. Morgan became president of the company in 1968 and became owner in 1984, after which he renamed it Subsurface Constructors to better reflect the company’s range of services. He became chairman of the company in 1998 and handed the day-to-day reins of the company to his sons Jim and Jeff.
During his time at Subsurface Constructors, Mr. Morgan was involved with the construction of many of the major structures in the St. Louis area, including: the Arch, the Hyatt Regency at the Arch, much of the BJC complex, parts of the University of Missouri in St. Louis, Alton Memorial Hospital, Boeing, the Missouri Historical Society, the Scott Trade Center, the Metrolink Cross County Extension, I-270, and Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital.
He also was active in industry associations, serving as president of the Associated General Contractors of St. Louis and the St. Louis Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers.
Under the leadership of his sons Jim and Jeff, Subsurface Constructors has continued to embrace useful new technologies, such as vibro stone columns, and expanded nationwide. Last year the company opened its first branch office in Massachusetts.
The latest People in the News highlighting new hires, promotions, honors & recognition of the men and women in the St. Louis building community.
Holland Construction Services Expands Team
Bill Hibbits joins Holland with 26 years as a senior superintendent, including 30 multi-family housing projects consisting of luxury apartments, senior living facilities, hotels, and student housing in Kansas, Colorado, Indiana, Louisiana, Missouri, Florida and Nebraska. His first project with Holland will be the new $34.5 million luxury apartment community, Alinea at Town & Country, in St. Louis, Missouri.
Dan Boschen comes to Holland with 21 years construction experience working on various senior living, multi-family, hotel and commercial projects. Dan will be supervising the Encore at Forest Park project, a $38.4 million luxury apartment complex in St. Louis, Missouri.
Mike Arnett brings over 20 years of experience to Holland working on a variety of commercial, retail, healthcare, and senior living projects around the country. His first project with Holland will be working on a new $18 million assisted living facility in Pickerington, Ohio.
Holland Construction Services is a full-service construction management, general contracting, and design/build firm based in Swansea, Illinois.
Katie McCutchen has joined the Holland team in the newly created position of Assistant Controller. Katie comes to Holland with over 12 years of construction accounting experience. Her experience and skills will increase the accounting department’s capacity to meet the expansion of financial reporting responsibilities as the company continues to grow.
“I’m thrilled to join this rapidly expanding company,” Katie said. “Holland Construction has demonstrated their sustained ability to deliver on their commitment to excellence and integrity. The company continues to expand its geographic reach and I look forward to working with a truly talented group of professionals.”
The latest People in the News highlighting new hires, promotions, honors & recognition of the men and women in the St. Louis building community.
Electrical Connection’s Jim Curran Elected to the Board of the Missouri Partnership
The Missouri Partnership, a leading economic development organization, has elected Jim Curran to its board of directors. Curran is executive vice president of the Electrical Connection and has more than 30 years of experience in economic development. The Electrical Connection is a labor-management partnership of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1 and the St. Louis Chapter, National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA).
Curran develops business opportunities for IBEW/NECA statewide by working with organizations advancing Missouri’s economic development, energy and technology needs. He is board secretary for theHawthorn Foundation and also serves its executive committee. Curran is also vice chair and executive committee member for the Missouri Energy Initiative, which sets energy policy for the state. In addition, Curran’s board service includes Tech 44, the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) – Gateway Chapter, the U.S. Green Building Council-Missouri Chapter (USGBC),Univerdant Sustainability Network, LLC, the Construction Forum Education Foundation STEM Committee, the St. Louis Regional Chamber Energy and Environmental Committee and the incubator advisory board of The Economic Development Center of St. Charles County.
Led by its 12-person board, the Missouri Partnership provides direct support to companies interested in investing in Missouri and works statewide to connect companies with the best locations and solutions for their business goals. For more information, visit www.missouripartnership.com.
Electrical Connection members provide safe and reliable electrical construction, maintenance, repair and replacement services in Missouri and nationwide. More is online at www.electricalconnection.org.
PARIC Adds Earl Strauther As Director of Diversity & Inclusion
PARIC Corp., the Midwest construction organization recognized as an industry leader in workforce diversity, has recruited Earl G. Strauther, formerly the City of St. Louis Compliance Manager, to direct the company’s next steps toward excellence and advocacy.
While at the City of St. Louis and the St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment (SLATE), Strauther focused on workforce compliance and engagement with MBE and WBE enterprises.
At PARIC, Strauther will further develop the company’s approach to workforce inclusion and outreach to the community, according to Paric President Keith Wolkoff.
“Paric has a good roadmap of what we believe can lead to a more successful approach to workforce inclusion, but it is a long road and we need the horsepower to enact real and tangible change,” Wolkoff says. “If we can be successful with our approach, then hopefully we can set a new standard and raise the bar for the construction industry and for the area in general,” Wolkoff adds.
Strauther earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Management and Communications plus a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership and Administration at Concordia University. He also earned the designation as a Fellow in Executive Management at the University of Kansas.
Two Gershman Mortgage Loan Officers Receive Top Certification
Bill and Lisa Nass are the only two people in Missouri to be named as a Certified Reverse Mortgage Professional (CRMP)
Gershman Mortgage is proud to announce that Bill Nass, Vice President, and Lisa Nass, Loan Originator, have received the distinction of Certified Reverse Mortgage Professional (CRMP). Bill, who has been with Gershman Mortgage since 2001, became a CRMP in March of 2016, while Lisa, who has worked at Gershman Mortgage since 2009, was named a CRMP in January 2014.
Those who earn the CRMP are characterized as someone who demonstrates an exceptional knowledge and competency in the area of reverse mortgages and dedication to maintaining the highest professional and ethical principles. The CRMP is governed by the Independent Certification Committee and is administered by the National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association (NRMLA). The CRMP requires applicants to meet the following eligibility criteria:
The individual must have three years of experience originating reverse mortgages or must have personally closed 50 or more reverse mortgages
Complete the course An Explanation of the NRMLA Code of Ethics and Its Impact on Our Daily Routine
Complete an Independent Certification Committee approved course on preventing, detecting and reporting elder abuse
Must complete 12 credits of continuing education (CE)
Once eligibility criteria is met, the individual must pass a multiple-choice exam. While hundreds of NRMLA members have acquired continuing education credits, only 114 individuals have been awarded CRMP designation since June 2010.
“A reverse mortgage is a sound financial strategy that can help seniors in their retirement years. Bill and Lisa, as CRMPs, are the reverse mortgage experts in this area and can guide anyone interested in learning more about how to secure one,” explained Mark Unangst, vice president.
Gershman Mortgage is one of the oldest independent mortgage companies in the Midwest, founded over 60 years ago.
Edward D. Golterman, respected businessman, entrepreneur and pioneer in the field of architectural acoustics, passed away at the age of 90 on Saturday, April 16, 2016.
Mr. Golterman served in the U.S. Navy; studied at Miami of Ohio, Westminster College, and received his MBA from Washington University in St. Louis after World War II. He began his career as a salesman for his father’s business and took over the company just two years later after his father’s death. That business — the Herbert Golterman Company, began operations in 1946 selling chain link fencing and other building products to residential customers — later morphed into Golterman & Sabo, a leading manufacturer of architectural acoustical products.
A talented visionary, Mr. Golterman found the perfect technical and business partner in Steve Sabo, and together they established Golterman & Sabo (G&S) Inc. in 1950. As the post war baby boom began, the company saw opportunities with the educational market. By the 1960’s, school chalkboards were their primary product. They developed and held a patent on a trim system for chalkboards and soon became a major market leader. Many schools today have Golterman & Sabo chalkboards and markerboards in their classrooms.
In 1981, he worked with an HOK architect to design and build wood framed and fabric covered acoustical panels for an auditorium at Christian Brothers High School in St. Louis. When the company could not find a contractor willing to install this new product, Mr. Golterman developed the installation method and installed the first G&S acoustical panels. From that small project, the specialty acoustical product line grew to what it is today.
Over the years, Mr. Golterman introduced many products to the construction industry: prefabricated stair systems, steel chalkboards, markerboards and custom tack board systems; but his most lasting contribution was developing the first fabric covered acoustical panels.
The company’s vision expanded when the third generation, Mr. Golterman’s sons Herb, Ned and Andy Golterman, joined the family business in the 1980s. Along with a team of dedicated and forward-thinking employees, the Goltermans have grown the business into one of the leading acoustical and architectural products companies in the United States. G&S continues to be an industry leader, garnering many awards in the construction industry over the years.
Mr. Golterman retired in 1995 at age 70, although he continued to consult in the business he loved, working with sons Herb, Ned and Andy. A lifelong resident of Kirkwood, Missouri (a historic suburb of St. Louis), Mr. Golterman saw G&S Acoustics move from previous locations on The Hill and in South City to its current location at 3555 Scarlet Oak Boulevard in Kirkwood in 1999.
Mr. Golterman loved his hometown of Kirkwood, and he never lived more than a mile from his boyhood home on Jefferson Avenue. He was a 60-year member of First Presbyterian Church in Kirkwood. Mr. Golterman served as head of the St. Louis County Planning and Zoning Committee and the Kirkwood Planning and Zoning Committee.
Mr. Golterman will be remembered for his sense of humor and his love for his family, his Kirkwood community, gardening and the St. Louis construction industry. He is remembered for his honesty and fairness in his business dealings and well respected by all who knew him.
Mr. Golterman is survived by his wife, Molly Golterman (nee Stephens) and his five children: Gail (Mike) Finney, Herb (Laura) Golterman, Ned (Nora Ryan) Golterman, Andy (Nancy) Golterman and Carol (Kevin) Diffendaffer, 12 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Herb and Margaret Golterman; his first wife, Dorothy Golterman (nee Macdonald); and one son, Jack Golterman. Memorials may be made to Dirk’s Fund Shelter at www.boppchapel.com.
The latest People in the News highlighting new hires, promotions, honors & recognition of the men and women in the St. Louis building community.
Todd Bundren Promoted to Senior Associate
Todd Bundren was recently promoted to senior associate. Bundren joined Lawrence Group in 2006 and is experienced in the design of senior living, commercial, retail, and residential projects. Bundren is LEED® AP BD+C and serves as Lawrence Group’s director of sustainability. Bundren resides in St. Louis. Lawrence Group is a building design, development, and project delivery firm headquartered in St. Louis.
New Hires at KAI
Edwin Chin has joined KAI Design & Build as Senior Mechanical Engineer. A native of New Orleans, La., Chin brings more than 30 years of mechanical engineering experience to KAI, and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology from the University of Houston. Chin is a certified Professional Engineer and a member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers.
“We are excited to welcome Edwin Chin to the KAI family,” shared Paul Piazza, Director of MEP Engineering for KAI. “With his extensive history in MEP, Edwin will be a valuable asset to our team,” said Paul Piazza, PE, Director of KAI’s MEP Engineering group. “We are excited to welcome Edwin to our team.”
Chin will be working within KAI’s multi-disciplined team on the design, coordination and production of engineering construction and bid documents on complex projects. Chin will also be responsible for collaborating with lead engineers on design efforts from start to finish to ensure compliance with scope, budget and schedule at both KAI’s St. Louis and affiliate offices
Chris Mazurek is the new Business Development Manager at KAI Design & Build.
Mazurek has more than three decades of experience in the construction industry, including project management, estimating, and general contracting, and more recently, sales strategies, client services, and business development. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Construction Management from Bowling Green State University. Mazurek is active in the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA), International Facilities Management Association, St. Louis Regional Chamber and the Association for Corporate Growth.
“Chris has a diverse background in construction, technology and business that has proven successful,” said KAI Design & Build President Michael B. Kennedy. “so we look forward to him strengthening our pipeline in the build community.”
As Business Development Manager, Mazurek will work to further KAI’s market position through developing new owner relationships and generating new construction leads. Chris will also identify potential business opportunities in addition to the negotiation and closes of business deals for both KAI’s St. Louis and affiliate offices.
Mazurek resides in Creve Coeur, MO. Outside of the office, he enjoys playing both soccer and hockey, and has been a private pilot for over 8 years.
Nesselhauf Joins Kadean Construction as Project Manager
Kevin Nesselhauf has joined Fenton-based Kadean Construction Company, one of the region’s oldest and most successful firms specializing in pre-construction, design-build, construction management, and general contracting, the company announced today.
Nesselhauf is joining the company as Project Manager. He is a 2008 and 2013 graduate of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville with a Bachelor’s degree in Construction Management and a Master’s degree in Business. He currently serves as the SIUE Alumni Association President, and is a LEED Accredited Professional.
Before joining Kadean, Nesselhauf worked the past eight years at the Phillips 66 Wood River (IL) Refinery, where he spent time as a field supervisor, turnaround manager, and as a maintenance planning and scheduling supervisor.
PGAV Destinations Expands Design Team Destination design leader hires four architectural designers
The global planning and design firm, PGAV Destinations announced the hiring of four architectural designers for their rapidly growing destination design team. These important talent additions will support the more than $1.2 billion in master planning and design projects currently underway in 2016.
“It’s an exciting time at PGAV Destinations,” said principal and chair Mike Konzen, “With new global client partnerships and expanding projects with existing clients, we are able to recruit the most talented designers that our universities are producing. It’s fantastic to have these four join our creative team.”
Architect Marchelle Gant is a graduate of the University of Illinois where she received both her Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies and her Master of Architecture. She has previously worked with BLDD Architects Inc., America Reads and America Counts, and the East St. Louis Action Research Project.
Architectural designer Jinyang Liu is a graduate of North Carolina State University with a Master of Architecture. He was previously interned in Beijing, China with the China Construction Engineering Design Group Corporation Limited.
Architectural designer Ian Min is an Urban Planning graduate of Zhejiang University in Hangzhou and received his Master of Architecture from Washington University in St. Louis, MO. He has previously worked on the Avian Observatory near the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers with the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts.
Architectural designer Joe Windler received Bachelor of Architecture degrees from both the Illinois Institute of Technology and Fakulta architektury VUT v Brnĕ. He previously worked as an architectural designer at Brininstool + Lynch, Fables Inc., and CCI Construction.
Newmark Grubb Zimmer Welcoms Ben Weis To St. Louis Office
Newmark Grubb Zimmer is proud to announce the addition of Ben Weis to the St. Louis office. Mr. Weis will specialize in both landlord and tenant representation within the St. Louis retail market and throughout the Newmark platform. Mr. Weis is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Masters in Accounting.
Former President of Kaiser Electric and the American Subcontractors Association – Midwest Council, Steve Giacin has joined Professional Installers, Inc. (PI) as its new President and Chief Operating Officer. PI founder, Aubrey Kimberling, has assumed the position of Chairman of the Board and CEO. Located in Maryland Heights, MO, Professional Installers, was established in 1984 and continues to be the premier contract office furniture installer in the Midwest.
Steve brings 35+ years of construction, construction management, operations and executive level experience to the Professional Installers, Inc. team. Steve will be responsible for corporate strategy, growth, cost containment and business development. “As part of our overall growth and diversification strategy, we are very excited to have someone with Steve’s experience and qualifications in the construction industry joining our team and look forward to opening up new vertical and geographic market channels for PI”, added Aubrey Kimberling.
Before joining PI, Giacin most recently was the Vice President, Division General Manager for a national electrical contracting firm overseeing its Colorado operation which included $35 million of P/L responsibility. Prior to that he was President of St. Louis based Kaiser Electric from 2008-2014. He has also served as the President of the American Subcontractors Association – Midwest Council, has been a Leadership Chair and Board Member of ASA National, served on the Boards of NECA St. Louis Chapter, St. Louis Amateur Blues and Affton Hockey, and was Hockey Coach at MICDS in 2011-2012. Having grown up in his father’s masonry and snow removal businesses, Steve became an IBEW electrical apprentice in 1985, worked in the field as an electrician from 1989-1993 before taking his first management position. Steve has his Bachelor of Science degree from Webster University. Steve’s wife Cathy is Executive Director of the Bi-State Fabricators Association.
Founded in 1984, St. Louis based Professional Installers, Inc. is a proud member of the Facilities Services Network, a nationwide best practices and leadership group comprised of the top 20 contract furniture installers in the U.S.
Bapsy Rodrigues Joins HOK’s St. Louis Office as Senior Tax Accountant
Bapsy Rodrigues, CPA, has joined HOK as a senior tax accountant in St. Louis. Rodrigues will work with departmental leaders in planning and managing budgets, as well as provide support in all tax issues and filings.
Prior to joining HOK, Rodrigues was a tax supervisor at Abengoa ABD. She earned her degree in commerce from St. Agnes College in Mangalore, India.
HOK is a global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm.
Todd Schirach Hired as DMS
Todd Scharich, Seneca, S.C., has been named director of member services of the American Society of Concrete Contractors, (ASCC), St. Louis, MO, according to Bev Garnant, executive director. Scharich has served in a part-time position with ASCC, as decorative concrete specialist, since 2012. He will retain those responsibilities as well.
Scharich managed a family-owned masonry construction firm in the 90s and opened decorative concrete supply outlets serving the upper Midwest in 2000. He has been a World of Concrete speaker since 2003, in addition to speaking at numerous other events and meetings across the country. Scharich is a frequent author for Concrete Construction, Concrete International, Concrete Contractor and Concrete Décor magazines. He is a member of ACI 310 Decorative Concrete Design and Construciton.
“Todd has been an advocate and innovator in the decorative concrete industry for many years,” says Garnant. “He has helped increase the level of workmanship through education and training, while increasing the demand for decorative concrete within the design and construction industries. We are extremely pleased that he has joined ASCC in a full time position.”
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.
Angie Eslinger Promoted to Senior Associate
Angie Eslinger, AIA, LEED AP was recently promoted to senior associate for Lawrence Group’s senior living studio. Eslinger joined Lawrence Group in 2005 and brought with her more than three years of project design experience and leadership. Angie is a registered architect and LEED® AP.
Lawrence Group is a building design, development, and project delivery firm headquartered in St. Louis.
Sarah Davis Joins HOK’s St. Louis Office as Model Maker
Sarah Davis has joined HOK as a model maker in St. Louis. Davis will use wood, plastic, laser cutting and 3D printing in the office’s model shop to visually convey HOK’s design solutions to clients.
Before joining HOK, Davis worked as a project administrator at Alberici Constructors and a digital design specialist at Emerald City Jewelers. Davis earned her degree in integrated studio arts from Iowa State University.
HOK is a global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm
Mike Lawless of KJWW Engineering Consultants has been named to ENR Midwest’s 2016 Top 20 Under 40. Lawless, PE, FPE, LEED AP, is a client executive working out of the firm’s St. Louis office.
ENR’s Top 20 Under 40 honors individuals under the age of 40 who represent the “best-of-the-best” in their construction and design careers by giving back to their industry and communities. Winners were cited for leadership, career progress, community involvement and creating landmark projects for their region.
Lawless has been with KJWW for his entire 15-year career. He leads large, technically challenging and complex healthcare and science and technology projects, including the current designs of the new 250,000-square-foot BJC West County Hospital and the new 357,000-square-foot University of Kansas Hospital. In addition to new construction, his projects include renovations, expansions, and infrastructure upgrades. He also provides quality control and peer reviews for many projects, overseeing the coordination of disciplines and quality of documents.
Mike works collaboratively with architectural and construction firms to maximize buildings’ operational efficiency through integrated design solutions while maintaining or lowering construction costs. He continually researches new opportunities for applying proven technologies in unique ways to blend reliable solutions with cutting-edge thinking.
For more on the ENR Top 20 Under 40, visit enr.com/top20under40.
KJWW, headquartered in the Quad-Cities, Ill., has more than 500 employees in 15 national and international locations, and is a subsidiary of IMEG Corporation.