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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.

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.

Edwardsville Construction Tops $122 Million With 2 Months Remaining

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By KERRY SMITH, EDITOR, ST. LOUIS CONSTRUCTION NEWS AND REVIEW MAGAZINE 

With 60 days left on the calendar, the City of Edwardsville can already say 2018 has been a record-breaking year with regard to commercial and residential construction dollars being pumped into the Metro East community.

Year-to-date figures for the first 10 months of 2018 indicate that construction projects breaking ground in Edwardsville thus far this year total a whopping $122.6 million, a 19.2 percent increase over all of 2017.

“We have another two months to go, and we’re anticipating another $15 million of construction projects coming through in additional permits,” said Walter Williams, director of economic and community development for the city. “This is our best year yet in terms of the number of construction dollars being invested in our community.”

Edwardsville-based Contegra Construction and Highland-based Plocher Construction are leading the way in new commercial construction projects this year, according to Williams.

New Poag Richland Residential Project

Among Contegra’s 2018 projects are the New Poag Richland Residential Project, a $20 million, 9-building, 486-bed housing community on a 15-acre site very near Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, and Timberlake Village, a $3.2 million retail center along Illinois Route 157 that features Kyoto Japanese Steakhouse.

Plocher Construction’s 2018 work in Edwardsville includes Edwardsville Town Center, a mixed-use development spanning 26 acres at Route 157 and Governors’ Parkway, directly across from SIUE. The $35 million, 75,000-square-foot-plus project will also feature residential apartments with multiple outlots for future tenants.

Williams said that in all of 2017, new construction dollars permitted by the City of Edwardsville totaled $102.8 million.

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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.

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.

Pinnacle Contracting, Inc. Selected as Construction Manager for $9 Million Historic Renovation

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Pinnacle Contracting, Inc. has been tapped by St. Louis-based developer Pier Property Group to execute the historic renovation of the Steelcote Manufacturing Company Paint Factory complex at 801 Edwin Street in mid-town St. Louis, Mo.

Pinnacle is targeting a spring 2019 completion for the 42,000-square-foot, $9 million conversion that will create 31 units in the landmark five-story building.  A second adjoining structure will house the leasing office and bike storage while a third building will host two additional units bringing total residence count to 33.   Fifteen indoor tempered parking spaces and exterior gated parking for guests and residents will also be constructed.

In addition to traditional loft floor plans with 10- to 12-foot ceiling heights, two-story units with rooftop terraces and panoramic views of St. Louis will also be available.  Loft finishes include oversized window bays, sealed concrete floors, quartz countertops and back-painted glass backsplashes in kitchens.

Founded in St. Louis, Steelcote pioneered rubber enamel coatings for a variety of products and was once a world leader in the field.  It opened the building on Edwin Street in 1922 and finished building out upper levels in 1929.  Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and located within St. Louis University’s Midtown Redevelopment Area, the complex has been vacant since 2006.

“We have been fortunate to meet with family members of the original owners of the building who have shared their memories of milestones and significant events with the re-development team,” said Pinnacle Vice President of Operations, Tim McLaughlin, “Their stories and collector’s items are evident throughout the design, which aims to bring elements of the past back to life.”

Led by Michael Hamburg, Pier Property Group focuses on the acquisition, renovation and management of historic buildings.  It specializes in development opportunities that utilize public/private partnerships and creative financing.

Members of its St. Louis-based project team are architect Trivers Associates and the local office of structural engineer KPFF Consulting Engineers.

“The assignment poses multiple technical challenges ranging from the unique mat slab foundation in the basement to the detailed layout coordination required to respond to the specific structural requirements within each floor slab,” added McLaughlin. “Thorough preconstruction planning is key.”

Founded in 1998 in St. Louis by Tom McLaughlin and Nelson Grumney, Jr., Pinnacle Contracting provides general contracting, construction management and design-build services.  In its 20th year of business, Pinnacle works in many different markets including historic renovation, office, educational, industrial, healthcare, hospitality, retail and multi-family.

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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.

Hastings + Chivetta, KAI Design & Build Redo Busy Grand Blvd Crossings to Increase Safety

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By KERRY SMITH, EDITOR, ST. LOUIS CONSTRUCTION NEWS & REVIEW MAGAZINE

Architect Hastings + Chivetta and General Contractor KAI Design & Build are seeing the results of their recent redesign and construction of the Grand and West Pine Boulevards streetscape to enhance pedestrian safety at Saint Louis University.

Making it safely for pedestrians to cross and making the entire crossway accessible were key project priorities. KAI Design & Build Director of Field Operations Steve Kizer said the newly rebuilt streetscape runs along Grand Boulevard northbound and southbound from Lindell Boulevard two blocks south to Laclede Avenue.

“It’s not unusual for 300 to 400 pedestrians to be crossing at any of these points along Grand at peak times such as 9am and 3pm,” Kizer said.

HCA President Chris Chivetta said the fast-track project, which began right after Saint Louis University’s commencement ceremonies in May and was completed just three months later, is part of the university’s overall master plan that HCA is in the process of updating.

“The newly redesigned, rebuilt crossing features a wider median that can more safely accommodate pedestrians waiting for the light to change at these busy intersections,” Chivetta said. “The project scope also includes additional lighting, improved traffic signals and bollards situated along the media and sidewalks to prevent cars from encroaching into pedestrian areas.”

Slowing down vehicles as they approach the campus to facilitate a safer central campus core was a chief goal of the project, according to Chivetta.

More about those new bollards: Kizer said they’re designed, built and secured to be able to withstand a severe blow from an oncoming vehicle.

“Each of the bollards contains a steel tube measuring 10 inches in diameter and one inch thick,” said Kizer. “They’re installed into a concrete pad that is attached to a 10-inch I-beam that is perpendicular to the steel tube and embedded into the concrete. These bollards are built to withstand a 50-mile-an-hour vehicular impact.”

To create space for the wider median, the third northbound traffic lane was eliminated.

In addition to safety-specific improvements, the streetscape project included landscape design and aesthetic improvements.

Kizer credited civil engineer Stock & Associates for its project expertise.

“This streetscape project was fast-paced and involved a lot of people working on-site at one time,” Kizer said. “The architect, general contractor, engineer and top-quality subcontractors all pulled together and made this happen as a team.”

An unforeseen element during construction, Kizer said, was discovering a network of trolley tracks in the excavation area. Workers had to physically remove the track infrastructure before work could commence.

The new streetscape also has visual and audio instructions to indicate when it is safe for pedestrians to cross. The improvements are features of a brand-new signalization system that was installed as part of the project. Also, within the project’s scope, existing asphalt was milled and replaced, and new stamped concrete pavers were installed.

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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.

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.

September 28, 2018

Gillani Joins USA Mortgage As Branch Manager 

Michael Gillani

Mike Gillani has joined USA Mortgage as branch manager in charge of overseeing its new partnership with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Select Properties. Prior to joining USA Mortgage, the 20-year industry veteran founded and led Chesterfield, Mo.-based Boardwalk Lending since 2004. Gillani resides in Wildwood, Mo. 63021.

New Hires at Murphy Company

Carrie Shoults

Carrie Shoults has joined Murphy Company as refrigeration customer service representative. The announcement was made by Bob Eichelberger, manager, refrigeration solutions for the mechanical contracting and engineering firm. Shoults served as a dispatch supervisor for AAA Missouri for 12 years and most recently worked as a dispatch supervisor for MTM, Inc. She attended Truman State University and St. Louis Community College, and currently is studying business at Columbia College.

Tawnya Naslund

Tawnya Naslund has joined Murphy Company as a service dispatcher. The announcement was made by Stephanie Oberle, service dispatch supervisor. Naslund has more than nine years experience coordinating service and preventative maintenance schedules for multiple field technicians in HVAC, fire suppression and building automation controls.

Brian Thompson

Brian Thompson has been appointed refrigeration project manager for Murphy Company, the area’s largest mechanical contractor and engineering firm. The announcement was made by Bob Eichelberger, manager, refrigeration solutions. Thompson has more than 16 years’ experience in the supermarket retail facility and service industry.  Most recently he served as manager of construction and maintenance for a franchise holder of over 75 McDonald’s in Tennessee where he was responsible for a large team of technicians covering service/maintenance and construction for multiple locations. Prior to that he served as a facilities maintenance manager with a division of Kroger, a manager of facilities for United Supermarkets, and then as senior facilities manager and HVAC/R alarms/customer service manager for Supervalu.  Early in his career he also served as a district maintenance manager for Winn-Dixie. He attended the University of Memphis.

Murphy Company is one of the nation’s top mechanical contracting and engineering firms delivering innovative solutions to the commercial, industrial and institutional markets.  Murphy offers process piping, HVAC, refrigeration, plumbing, design-build, piping fabrication, energy solutions and 24-hour service emanating from its five locations in St. Louis, Denver, Colorado Springs, Boulder and Northern Colorado. For more information, visit www.murphynet.com. 

Justin Pham Joins Wiegmann Associates as Project Engineer

Justin Pham

Mr. Pham will be responsible for designing and selecting HVAC systems for client facilities, and provides mechanical engineering support on construction projects. He has expertise in Computer Aided Design (CAD) software. Pham holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the Missouri University of Science & Technology in Rolla. 

Wiegmann Associates is a St. Louis-based mechanical contractor and a national leader in design/build HVAC projects. For more information, visit www.wiegmannassoc.com or call (636) 940-1056.

Kyle Wilson Joins Kadean Construction As Director Of Project Development

Kyle Wilson

Kyle Wilson, AIA, has joined Kadean Construction as Director of Project Development, and will lead the company’s marketing and business development. He also will lend his architecture expertise to Kadean’s construction delivery process.

Wilson previously worked as an architect for HDA Architects, where he held a variety of positions since 2006 — from an associate to managing director.

“We are excited to have Kyle on board to help develop new business for us in the St. Louis area and throughout the Midwest,” said Kadean President Mike Eveler. “Kyle is highly qualified and will be a great addition to our team.”

Founded in 1963, Kadean Construction is based in Fenton, MO in suburban St. Louis, and has become one of the Midwest’s most successful construction companies. It specializes in design-build, construction management, and general contracting for a diverse set of major clients in the health care, industrial, commercial, office, senior care, and multi-family industries.

Wilson, who is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Accredited Professional, is licensed in 15 states, from as far west as California, throughout the Midwest, and as far south as Texas and Florida.

He also holds a certificate from the National Council of Architecture Registration Boards (NCARB), and is a member of  the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Urban Land Institute (ULI) St. Louis Chapter, and the Webster Groves, MO Architecture Review Board.

Wilson earned his Bachelor of Architecture degree in 2006 from the University of Kansas, and a Master of Business Administration degree from Webster University in 2012.

During his career, Wilson has designed in excess of two million square feet of commercial, retail, and residential space worth more than $300 million in construction costs.

Cari A. Noll Joins Midwest BankCentre as Senior Vice President-Private Banker 

Cari Noll

Cari A. Noll has joined Midwest BankCentre as senior vice president-private banker. Midwest BankCentre Chairman and CEO Jim Watson made the announcement.

With nearly 20 years in the financial services industry, Noll helps high net worth clients meet their personal and financial goals with concierge service. “Her experience and track record of providing excellent service and financial advice make her a true asset to our Midwest BankCentre clients and team,” said Erin Erhart, executive vice president of retail and fee services.

Prior to joining Midwest BankCentre, Noll was senior vice president and private banker at Commerce Trust Co. She earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Lindenwood University. 

Cari Noll resides in Defiance, Mo. (63341). Her office is located at Midwest BankCentre’s branch at 500 Chesterfield Center, Chesterfield, Mo.

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. Further details are available at www.midwestbankcentre.com.

September 21, 2018

David Denny

Castle Contracting Promotes David Denny to Director, Field Operations

In this role, he oversees Castle’s field operations staff to ensure that project teams have the people, equipment and other resources required to successfully execute their work on a daily basis. His responsibilities also include the hiring, training and development of superintendents, foremen, field employees and internal apprentices.

Denny joined Castle in 2012 as an estimator/project manager and was promoted to field operations manager in 2013. His 22-year construction career has also included serving in estimating and project management positions at Goodwin Brothers Construction, RV Wagner, Inc., Kozeny-Wagner and J.H. Berra Construction Co.

“David is a proven leader who understands the importance of supporting construction teams to maximize their overall performance,” said Michael Pranger, vice president, operations at Castle Contracting. “Our clients and teams will benefit from his skilled leadership.”

Denny earned a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He is a member of the Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA) and American Subcontractors Association (ASA) – Midwest. He is also a Master Drainlayer in St. Louis City and County. 

Castle Contracting, LLC provides turnkey site preparation services, site utilities, earthwork and trenchless technology directly to owners; general contractors; and mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection contractors. The company’searthmoving expertise is visible throughout the St. Louis region and from coast to coast.

Plans Unveiled For Former Crestwood Mall Site

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Crestwood City Center’s Master Plan Calls for Mixed-use Development 

The Remiger Design + Cedergreen team unveiled a comprehensive Master Plan to redevelop the 47-acre site of the former Crestwood Mall. The plan includes retail, office, multifamily, entertainment, parking structures and community spaces. The proposed development was shown at an event for commercial real estate brokers on Wednesday, Oct. 3.

Remiger Design, a St. Louis-based architectural, planning and interior design firm, is working with Chris Cedergreen, a commercial real estate design advisor, with extensive experience master planning and designing large-scale multiuse projects, as well as corporate headquarters and other complex commercial real estate developments, throughout the United States and internationally.

Vern Remiger, founder and president of Remiger Design, discussed plans for an urban town setting for Crestwood City Center, the community’s name. “There is great potential developing a modern lifestyle community where we combine the best of all worlds – a place where people can live, work, play and be entertained. The goal is to create a 24-hour community, with office workers during the day, residents around the clock and the necessary retail, restaurants and entertainment to support workers, residents and visitors to Crestwood City Center.”

Currently plans call for more than 794,000 square feet of buildings for retail, office and residential, but the design is so the plan can respond to market conditions as they develop.

The vision for the project includes:

  • More than 160,000 square feet of retail and entertainment spaces including 69,000 square feet of street side retail, a pharmacy, four out lots and a cinema. Much of the street side retail will be focused on service-based business such as restaurants, breweries, concert venues, coffee shops and smaller boutique apparel.
  • 240,000 square feet of office and medical space designed to accommodate tenants seeking a large floorplate or a smaller floorplate. Another out lot is set aside for financial or medical use. Some of the retail buildings may also accommodate smaller office users.
  • The residential component will include a high-end, energy-efficient four-story, multifamily building with amenities such as fitness room, pool, outdoor cooking and meeting areas for residents.
  • Plans call for nearly 3,000 parking spaces, including several structured parking decks for the office building and surrounding retail and residents. Ground level parking will be abundant throughout the site.

As an urban community, Crestwood City Center will connect to Grant’s Trail, developed by Great Rivers Greenway. The trail is the most heavily used of the region’s 16 active greenways, with more than one-half million bikers and walkers using the trail each year.

“Our connection with Grant’s Trail will tie directly into Crestwood City Center’s town center,” Remiger noted. “This will further the goal of making this an attractive place to live, work and visit.”

Remiger added that Crestwood City Center is modeled after some of the country’s top and successful redevelopments. “We looked at places such as The Market Common in Arlington, VA, Kierland Commons in Scottsdale, AZ, and The Roosevelt Collection in Chicago, IL. Closer to home, you have The Streets of St. Charles, although that’s not nearly on the scale of Crestwood City Center. We believe we can build a first-class development that carries the same urban feel of these successful projects.”

The site sits on the former Crestwood Court, the St. Louis area’s first major mall that opened in 1957. The once bustling mall that became known as Crestwood Plaza once housed more than 100 retailers in its one million square feet. As shoppers’ habits changed, the mall declined until it closed in September 2013.

The current owner UrbanStreet Group has completed the environmental remediation and demolition of the mall. Recently, a group of investors operating within Walpert Properties Inc., a St. Louis-based developer, have the site under contract and have engaged the Remiger Design + Cedergreen team to take the development in a new direction and create the master plan for the mixed-use development. HBD will be the general construction contractor. Pam Hinds and Christopher Zoellner of Balke Brown Transwestern (314-621-1414) are handling the office and retail leasing, respectively, for Crestwood City Center.

About Remiger Design

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

Regional Leaders Announce Plan To Update, Modernize & Expand America’s Center Convention Complex

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Next Gen Project Will Ensure the Complex Remains an Economic and Employment Generator for the Entire Region

Today, officials of St. Louis City and County have come together to announce the AC Next Gen Project, which will update and expand the America’s Center Convention Complex to secure its place as an economic and employment driver for the entire region. The need to expand the Complex has never been more urgent as cities across the country are making large investments in their convention centers and luring lucrative meetings and events to their communities.

It is time for the St. Louis region to come together and invest in America’s Center that is critically important to the City of St. Louis, St. Louis County and the State of Missouri. The Complex is an anchor to an entire subsector of the City’s downtown bringing hundreds of thousands of people to the metropolitan area every year. The Complex hosts roughly 100 events annually, with more than 600,000 attendees, 300,000 hotel room nights and generating $265 million of new direct economic spending for the community according to Johnson Consulting. Most importantly, the facility supports more than 3,300 full-time jobs for residents across the St. Louis region.

“I’m excited to announce a joint commitment between St. Louis City and St. Louis County in America’s Center,” said Mayor Lyda Krewson of the City of St. Louis. “This investment has paid off for the St. Louis region in the past and it will continue to do so in the future.” At present, America’s Center’s prominence and value to the region are threatened because its amenities have not kept pace with competing facilities in other cities. The Cervantes Convention Center was originally built in 1977, and is in need of modernization, including expanded, contiguous and consistent quality exhibit space, improved loading dock access to the exhibit halls, the addition of a sizeable multi-purpose space, improved service access to exhibit halls and meetings areas, as well as other improvements.

The total cost of implementing the AC Next Gen Project is estimated at approximately $175 million and will include the following elements:

• Addition of 92,000 square feet of highly usable exhibit space, which enhances the exhibit hall layout of the Complex allowing the facility to host larger events.
• A 65,000 square feet signature multi-purpose ballroom and meeting area with 20,000 square feet pre-function event space for clients, positioning St. Louis dominantly in its competitive set.
• 22,000 square feet of new support space to improve service access to current and new exhibit halls and ballrooms.
• The construction of 26 new loading docks and renovation of existing 12 docks that will all be enclosed to enhance access and aesthetics of the building and surrounding areas.
• An outdoor pavilion to serve the needs of convention attendees and improve the convention center district ambiance for residents and area workers as well.
• Refurbishment of the central Washington Avenue entrance, which serves as St. Louis’ front door for the hundreds of thousands of event attendees who visit the Complex.
• The Dome will remain a flexible multi-purpose venue for meeting planners and other clients hosting large-scale events and activities.

Upon completion, these enhancements will stabilize the current decline in event bookings and potentially create nearly 36 percent growth according to the most recent estimates by  Johnson Consulting. “This is a good deal for County taxpayers as the proposed revenue will be paid from out of town visitors who stay in our County hotels and motels,” said County Executive Steve Stenger of St. Louis County.

Through the support of legislation proposed by elected officials in both St. Louis City and County, the project will be funded by the extension of payments from the designated fund set up through the hotel and motel taxes collected in St. Louis City and County, which was initiated to build The Dome at America’s Center. There will be no new tax on local residents, as this is only paid by people staying in area hotels, as has been the case since the construction of The Dome began. Ordinances detailing the financing packages are to be introduced shortly in both St. Louis City and St. Louis County.

“The America’s Center plays a critical role as an economic driver for the entire region. The Complex is truly a window for the hundreds of thousands of event attendees who visit us and are hopefully inspired to return here for future leisure or business event purposes,” stated Kathleen ‘Kitty’ Ratcliffe, President of Explore St. Louis. “On an annual basis, St. Louis hosts over 25 million visitors who spend more than $5.8 billion in our community. Expanding and upgrading the America’s Center will help us build on these visitor numbers and the 88,000 local jobs they help support throughout our region’s hospitality industry.”

The competitive landscape for meeting and events keeps increasing as cities throughout the Midwest continue to invest in their facilities. Recent investments include in Indianapolis ($275 million), Nashville ($623 million), San Antonio ($325 million), Columbus ($125 million) and Louisville ($207 million), with new projects underway in cities like Lexington ($230 million) and Oklahoma City ($288 million). All of these cities, and more, are taking aggressive steps to bring meeting and convention business to their regions and making it more difficult for St. Louis and the America’s Center to remain a world-class destination for these clients and their attendees.

Explore St. Louis is the driving force behind St. Louis’ $5.8 billion convention and tourism industry, the official destination marketing organization of St. Louis

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.

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.

September 28, 2018

Gillani Joins USA Mortgage As Branch Manager 

Michael Gillani

Mike Gillani has joined USA Mortgage as branch manager in charge of overseeing its new partnership with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Select Properties. Prior to joining USA Mortgage, the 20-year industry veteran founded and led Chesterfield, Mo.-based Boardwalk Lending since 2004. Gillani resides in Wildwood, Mo. 63021.

New Hires at Murphy Company

Carrie Shoults

Carrie Shoults has joined Murphy Company as refrigeration customer service representative. The announcement was made by Bob Eichelberger, manager, refrigeration solutions for the mechanical contracting and engineering firm. Shoults served as a dispatch supervisor for AAA Missouri for 12 years and most recently worked as a dispatch supervisor for MTM, Inc. She attended Truman State University and St. Louis Community College, and currently is studying business at Columbia College.

Tawnya Naslund

Tawnya Naslund has joined Murphy Company as a service dispatcher. The announcement was made by Stephanie Oberle, service dispatch supervisor. Naslund has more than nine years experience coordinating service and preventative maintenance schedules for multiple field technicians in HVAC, fire suppression and building automation controls.

Brian Thompson

Brian Thompson has been appointed refrigeration project manager for Murphy Company, the area’s largest mechanical contractor and engineering firm. The announcement was made by Bob Eichelberger, manager, refrigeration solutions. Thompson has more than 16 years’ experience in the supermarket retail facility and service industry.  Most recently he served as manager of construction and maintenance for a franchise holder of over 75 McDonald’s in Tennessee where he was responsible for a large team of technicians covering service/maintenance and construction for multiple locations. Prior to that he served as a facilities maintenance manager with a division of Kroger, a manager of facilities for United Supermarkets, and then as senior facilities manager and HVAC/R alarms/customer service manager for Supervalu.  Early in his career he also served as a district maintenance manager for Winn-Dixie. He attended the University of Memphis.

Murphy Company is one of the nation’s top mechanical contracting and engineering firms delivering innovative solutions to the commercial, industrial and institutional markets.  Murphy offers process piping, HVAC, refrigeration, plumbing, design-build, piping fabrication, energy solutions and 24-hour service emanating from its five locations in St. Louis, Denver, Colorado Springs, Boulder and Northern Colorado. For more information, visit www.murphynet.com. 

Justin Pham Joins Wiegmann Associates as Project Engineer

Justin Pham

Mr. Pham will be responsible for designing and selecting HVAC systems for client facilities, and provides mechanical engineering support on construction projects. He has expertise in Computer Aided Design (CAD) software. Pham holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the Missouri University of Science & Technology in Rolla. 

Wiegmann Associates is a St. Louis-based mechanical contractor and a national leader in design/build HVAC projects. For more information, visit www.wiegmannassoc.com or call (636) 940-1056.

Kyle Wilson Joins Kadean Construction As Director Of Project Development

Kyle Wilson

Kyle Wilson, AIA, has joined Kadean Construction as Director of Project Development, and will lead the company’s marketing and business development. He also will lend his architecture expertise to Kadean’s construction delivery process.

Wilson previously worked as an architect for HDA Architects, where he held a variety of positions since 2006 — from an associate to managing director.

“We are excited to have Kyle on board to help develop new business for us in the St. Louis area and throughout the Midwest,” said Kadean President Mike Eveler. “Kyle is highly qualified and will be a great addition to our team.”

Founded in 1963, Kadean Construction is based in Fenton, MO in suburban St. Louis, and has become one of the Midwest’s most successful construction companies. It specializes in design-build, construction management, and general contracting for a diverse set of major clients in the health care, industrial, commercial, office, senior care, and multi-family industries.

Wilson, who is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Accredited Professional, is licensed in 15 states, from as far west as California, throughout the Midwest, and as far south as Texas and Florida.

He also holds a certificate from the National Council of Architecture Registration Boards (NCARB), and is a member of  the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Urban Land Institute (ULI) St. Louis Chapter, and the Webster Groves, MO Architecture Review Board.

Wilson earned his Bachelor of Architecture degree in 2006 from the University of Kansas, and a Master of Business Administration degree from Webster University in 2012.

During his career, Wilson has designed in excess of two million square feet of commercial, retail, and residential space worth more than $300 million in construction costs.

Cari A. Noll Joins Midwest BankCentre as Senior Vice President-Private Banker 

Cari Noll

Cari A. Noll has joined Midwest BankCentre as senior vice president-private banker. Midwest BankCentre Chairman and CEO Jim Watson made the announcement.

With nearly 20 years in the financial services industry, Noll helps high net worth clients meet their personal and financial goals with concierge service. “Her experience and track record of providing excellent service and financial advice make her a true asset to our Midwest BankCentre clients and team,” said Erin Erhart, executive vice president of retail and fee services.

Prior to joining Midwest BankCentre, Noll was senior vice president and private banker at Commerce Trust Co. She earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Lindenwood University. 

Cari Noll resides in Defiance, Mo. (63341). Her office is located at Midwest BankCentre’s branch at 500 Chesterfield Center, Chesterfield, Mo.

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. Further details are available at www.midwestbankcentre.com.

September 21, 2018

David Denny

Castle Contracting Promotes David Denny to Director, Field Operations

In this role, he oversees Castle’s field operations staff to ensure that project teams have the people, equipment and other resources required to successfully execute their work on a daily basis. His responsibilities also include the hiring, training and development of superintendents, foremen, field employees and internal apprentices.

Denny joined Castle in 2012 as an estimator/project manager and was promoted to field operations manager in 2013. His 22-year construction career has also included serving in estimating and project management positions at Goodwin Brothers Construction, RV Wagner, Inc., Kozeny-Wagner and J.H. Berra Construction Co.

“David is a proven leader who understands the importance of supporting construction teams to maximize their overall performance,” said Michael Pranger, vice president, operations at Castle Contracting. “Our clients and teams will benefit from his skilled leadership.”

Denny earned a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He is a member of the Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA) and American Subcontractors Association (ASA) – Midwest. He is also a Master Drainlayer in St. Louis City and County. 

Castle Contracting, LLC provides turnkey site preparation services, site utilities, earthwork and trenchless technology directly to owners; general contractors; and mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection contractors. The company’searthmoving expertise is visible throughout the St. Louis region and from coast to coast..

September 14, 2018

Alex Whiteside Joins McCarthy as Business Development Manager 

Alex Whiteside

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. has expanded its St. Louis-based team with the appointment of Alex Whiteside as business development manager in the firm’s central region.

In this role, Whiteside will identify and pursue new project opportunities in commercial markets across a 28-state region—from the Plains to the East Coast. He will also focus on building and maintaining long-term relationships with existing McCarthy clients.

Whiteside joins McCarthy with significant construction industry experience. Most recently, he served as construction development manager at Save-A-Lot Food Stores in St. Louis. His previous experience also includes roles as project manager and engineer for several construction firms in the area.

“Alex’s strong construction background and commitment to nurturing long-term relationships make him a terrific addition to our business development team,” said Ryan Freeman, senior vice president at McCarthy.

Whiteside earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Missouri in Columbia.

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.comor by following the company on FacebookTwitterLinkedInInstagramand Google+.

Joel Daniel Joins Geotechnology as Geophysics Project Manager

Joel Daniel

Geotechnology, Inc., has announced the appointment of Joel Daniel as its new Geophysics Project Manager in the firm’s Specialty Testing Group.

Daniel will be operating out of Geotechnology’s corporate office in St. Louis. He is relocating from the East Coast where he has spent more than 11 years performing geophysical surveying with Draper Aden Associates and Schnabel Engineering. In addition, he has extensive experience working in the environmental field and with geotechnical engineers.

Geophysical surveying is used to investigate and characterize subsurface conditions non-destructively, and enhance environmental, geotechnical, hydrogeological and engineering projects.

A graduate of Virginia Tech with a B.S. degree in geology, Daniel also earned an M.S. degree in geological sciences at Old Dominion University, and completed additional course work in the physics program at Virginia Commonwealth University. He is a member of the Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists (AEG) and the Environmental and Engineering Geophysical Society (EEGS).

“We are delighted that Joel is joining our organization,” said Doug Lambert, R.G., and Craig Kaibel, P.E., Leaders of Geotechnology’s Specialty Testing Group. “He has extensive experience that will be valuable to our team and our clients.”

Established more than 30 years ago, Geotechnology, Inc. is a professional corporation offering a comprehensive range of consulting services in applied earth and environmental sciences, including geophysics, water resource management, geotechnical and environmental engineering, materials testing and drilling. Geotechnology has provided expertise on thousands of major construction projects in the Midwest and Mid-South regions. Geotechnology is ranked #406 in ENR’s Top 500 Design Firms in 2018. Geotechnology, Inc. is based in St. Louis, Mo., and has 10 offices in Missouri, Illinois, Kansas, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi and Arkansas. For more information, visit www.geotechnology.com

Veta T. Jeffery Joins Midwest BankCentre as Senior Vice President of Community and Economic Development

Veta Jeffery

Veta T. Jeffery has joined Midwest BankCentre as senior vice president of community and economic development. Midwest BankCentre Chairman and CEO Jim Watson made the announcement.

Jeffery’s primary responsibility will be to expand the Heartland St. Louis Black Chamber of Commerce (HSBCC), serving the full metro St. Louis region. As a member of the bank’s community and economic development team, she will focus on serving established and emerging businesses.

At its July 2018 convention, Jeffery also was elected to the US Black Chambers’ board as national director of chamber relations. In that role, she will work to connect top African-American-owned businesses with Fortune 500 companies to generate economic growth.

A unit of the US Black Chambers of Commerce, the HSBCC covers metro St. Louis and surrounding areas. It is part of the Heartland Regional Chamber, which includes Missouri, Kansas, Iowa and Nebraska. To achieve business and community growth, she also focuses on capacity-building for individuals, families, faith-based and community organizations, businesses, financial institutions and others.

Alex Fennoy, executive vice president of community and economic development at Midwest BankCentre, said, “Veta Jeffery adds great value to our team and to the community by blending essential financial advisory experience with proven skills in advocacy, collaboration and engagement. Our entire community will benefit from her multidimensional contributions.”

“I am pleased to be able to work toward creating and expanding opportunities for our city and our metro region to grow together,” Jeffery said. “This work matches my strong desire to be a servant-leader, with the aim of helping everyone in our community rise together.”

Prior to joining Midwest BankCentre, Jeffery was most recently manager of community economic partnerships with the state of Missouri’s Department of Economic Development. She also served as community development officer with the Missouri Office of Community Engagement.

Previously, she held various senior management and diversity strategy positions with private sector companies, including Prudential Financial Services. Her work is informed by her experience as an entrepreneur, business consultant, elected official and community advocate.

Jeffery’s current and past civic involvement includes leadership roles with the St. Louis Regional Unbanked Task Force; the Money Smart School of Finance for Children; and the Workforce Diversity Council in the state of Missouri’s Office of Equal Opportunity.

She is a graduate of the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

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. Further details are available at www.midwestbankcentre.com.

Hastings+Chivetta Architects Promotes Carl Drafall to Project Manager 

Hastings+Chivetta Architects is excited to announce the promotion of Carl Drafall, RA, LEED AP BD+C, to Project Manager. Carl has been with the firm for seven years and has over 17 years of experience. He has been instrumental as the lead Project Architect on many successful projects at Hastings+Chivetta with clients such as the University of Alaska Anchorage, Millikin University, Ladue School District and The University of New Mexico.

“We are delighted to promote Carl to this leadership role as a Project Manager. His technical knowledge and experience will be key as we adapt new strategies in delivering excellent design solutions to our clients,” said Hastings+Chivetta President, Chris Chivetta.

As Project Manager, Carl will lead the planning and design process, guide consultant efforts and advocate for our clients’ interests. His leadership and communication skills are informed by his extensive architectural experience on projects across the country.

Carl received a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Kansas. He is a Licensed Architect and a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional specializing in Building Design and Construction (LEED AP BD+C).

HASTINGS+CHIVETTA ARCHITECTS, INC. provides architectural planning and design services to clients throughout the United States.

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