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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.

Brinkmann Constructors Promotes Andy McDonell to Vice President; Leads Kansas City Office

Andy McDonell

Brinkmann Constructors has promoted Andy McDonell to vice president and appointed him to lead its regional office in Kansas City. During McDonell’s 18 years with Brinkmann Constructors, he has led many of the company’s major multifamily, renovation, senior living and institutional/government projects. His construction experience spans 30 years.

“Under Andy’s leadership, our vision is to deepen business relationships, build new ones and strengthen our culture with our employee-owners,” said Brian Satterthwaite, president of Brinkmann Constructors.

McDonell’s leadership of the firm’s Kansas City office deepens hands-on management of the company’s expanding regional operations. It also positions Brinkmann for strategic growth.

“Our team’s ability to generate creative solutions and add value to our clients’ building investments is earning us strong repeat business with our customers in the Kansas City region,” Satterthwaite noted.

The office is located 8700 Indian Creek Parkway, Suite 150, Overland Park, Kansas 66210; phone: 913-717-9007.

Brinkmann Constructors is a national general contractor that has completed about $4 billion in construction since its founding in 1984.

December 1, 2017

RSS Roofing Services & Solutions Announces Hire of Project Manager

Aaron Hammerstone

Aaron Hammerstone brings six years of industry experience to St. Louis position

RSS Roofing Services & Solutions, a national commercial design-bid-build roofing contractor, announces the hire of Aaron Hammerstone as Project Manager. Hammerstone brings six years of management experience to his new position.

“We are elated to have Aaron join the RSS St. Louis team,” said Joe Lauberth, general manager of RSS St. Louis. “Aaron’s experience and knowledge will make him a great asset to the company.”

Hammerstone received his B.S. in Construction Management from Missouri State University with a 3.88 GPA. Prior to joining the RSS St. Louis team, Hammerstone was employed at Kirberg Company as a Project Manager. In this role, he conducted roof and maintenance inspections as well as managed sales and large-scale projects.

“RSS is an industry leader and I am thrilled to be a part of the team,” said Hammerstone. “I am looking forward to working with the talented individuals at RSS.”

RSS St. Louis was founded in 1895. Through a commitment to integrity, service and reliability, RSS remains a leader in commercial roofing for both Missouri and Illinois. 

Spellman Brady Increases Staff of EDAC Designers 

Liz Tung

Liz Tung Receives Evidence-based Design Accreditation and Certification (EDAC).  

Spellman Brady & Company is proud to announce that Liz Tung, Designer has earned her Evidence-based Design Accreditation and Certification (EDAC).  Ms. Tung is the most recent Spellman Brady designer to receive EDAC.

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

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

Spellman Brady & Company is an award-winning St. Louis–based interior design firm specializing in senior living, healthcare, and higher education environments.  

Franklin D. Shelton Jr. Named Vice President and Commercial Lender at Midwest BankCentre

Franklin D. Shelton Jr.

Franklin D. Shelton Jr. has joined Midwest BankCentre as vice president and commercial lender. He markets the bank’s credit products to serve both low- to moderate-income customers and emerging market communities. He serves as credit administrator for the bank’s Community and Economic Development loan portfolio and partners with local organizations to build marketing and community service alliances. He has 28 years of banking and finance experience.

Shelton serves on the board of the Metro St. Louis Coalition for Inclusion and Equity (M-SLICE) and is a member of the Heartland St. Louis Black Chamber of Commerce. He earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration with an accounting major from Indiana University, Bloomington, Ind., and his master’s degree in business administration at Webster University in St. Louis.

Midwest BankCentre has been a mainstay of St. Louis community banking since 1906. Currently, it ranks among St. Louis’ largest locally owned banks with assets of about $1.8 billion and deposits of $1.3 billion. 

November 24, 2017

Winco Window Company Announces Bill Krenn as Company’s New President

Bill Krenn

Winco Window Company announces Bill Krenn as the company’s new president. Krenn has been with Winco since 1996 and has served in various capacities, including director of human resources, treasurer, vice president, and most recently, chief financial officer.  Krenn will replace John Campbell, who is retiring.

As Winco’s new president, Krenn will be focused on the overall direction of the company’s sales outreach and operations in concert with the vision of family ownership. Winco has been a family owned and operated manufacturer for more than 100 years, when it first established by Johann “Otto” Kubatzky.

Krenn sees a bright future in product development for specialty niche markets, such as tornado, hurricane, blast protection, solar products and technology-based automated window products.   Winco has recently introduced popular customer-focused services, such as pre-packaging trim kits in one bundle for easier installation; a state of the art online customer tracking tool; and an express program that offers custom windows in about two weeks.

Krenn is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants as well as the Missouri Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Krenn graduated from the University of Missouri, St. Louis, where he received his Bachelors of Science in Business Administration in 1977. He attended the Masters of Business Administration program at St. Louis University from 1981-1985.

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

November 17, 2017

S. M. Wilson Hires Steven Meeks, PE As Vice President Of Pre-Construction & Estimating
Steven Meeks

Meeks brings 30 years of construction expertise to the position. In his new role, Meeks will lead and guide S. M. Wilson’s Pre-Construction and Estimating efforts. He will provide oversight and assistance to project teams for budget tracking, cost analysis, forecasting, cost negotiations and change orders; ensuring accuracy and completeness. Meeks has the ultimate responsibility for ensuring the company successfully negotiates and bids projects.

“Steven will be a wonderful addition to our strong established estimating and pre-construction team,” states Amy Berg, S. M. Wilson & Co. President. His years of leadership and experience will help our team fine tune our processes to better serve our clients. S. M. Wilson is constantly evaluating how we can go Beyond the Build to better serve our employees, clients and partners and Steve will be an integral part of our growth moving forward.”

Meeks is a Registered Professional Engineer in Missouri and holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Washington University.

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

Holland Construction’s Fred Dintelman Retires

Fred Dintelman and a couple of his grandkids at his retirement party

Trenton, Ill. Resident, Fred Dintelman retired Nov. 3 from Holland Construction Services (Holland) in Swansea, IL where he has worked since 2005 as a senior project manager..

Dintelman worked 19 years for Poettker Consruction as their first project manager, eventually working his way up to vice president of project management.” In 2005, Holland recruited Dintelman. But his path had crossed with several Holland employees years earlier, including that of Mike Marchal, current president at Holland. Marchal remembers meeting Dintelman for the first time through their high school-aged children who were both involved in theater. I immediately realized I was in the presence of a very likable gentleman. Words I associate with Fred are integrity, a can-do attitude, humility and a true family man.”

Dintelman said he is looking forward to spending a lot more time with his wife and their six grandchildren, and also having the time to enjoy traveling and golf.

Marchal said it will be difficult to adjust to an empty office two doors to the right – the very one Dintelman occupied for 12 years. “The legacy of what Fred leaves behind includes servant leadership and a whole lot of mentoring those around him. Fred’s unwavering work ethic could regularly be seen when putting his head down and working hard, whether it was during the week or weekends, to meet a project deadline. He never hesitated to take time to mentor our people. Even during the final weeks of his career, it was really neat to watch Fred taking younger colleagues under his wing to ensure that their transition in serving clients and projects transpired as smoothly as possible. Fred truly is a friend to all of us. He’s irreplaceable.”

Brinkmann Constructors Promotes Mike Duehren To Project Director

Mike Duehren

Brinkmann Constructors has promoted Mike Duehren to Project Director. Duehren has more than 17 years of experience in the construction industry and a 14-year tenure with Brinkmann Constructors where he has lead many large multifamily and senior living facilities. As a Project Director, Duehren is responsible for all operational planning activities, and has overall responsibility for quality, schedule, and cost. In addition, he is responsible for multiple planning meetings to outline the goals and objectives of the project and the working relationships of the team members. Duehren received his Bachelor of Science degree from University of Missouri, Rolla in 2000 and is a LEED Accredited Professional.

KAI Design & Build Hires Michael Hein as Chief Integration Officer

Michael Hein

KAI Design & Build proudly announces the addition of Michael Hein, AIA, PMP, as Chief Integration Officer.

In his new role as the firm’s Chief Integration Officer, Hein will work closely with KAI President Michael Kennedy, Jr. to drive the firm’s strategic initiatives, plus work to incorporate the highest level of efficiency in terms of communication and operating systems within the company.

Hein is a Registered Architect, Business Unit Leader and Program Manager with progressive managerial and leadership skills in operations, design and engineering management, program and project management, construction management, and business development.

“We are really excited to add Michael to our staff. He is highly regarded as a collaborative leader focused on delivering technical facilities to clients requiring multi-disciplined design services, system integration and document coordination,” said Kennedy, Jr. “He will be a true asset to our company and allow me to delegate so we can focus on more corporate initiatives and move the company forward.”

Hein has a Master of Urban Design/Architecture from The City University of New York and a Bachelor of Science in Geography from the University of Wisconsin -Eau Claire. He is a Registered Architect in Missouri, Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan and is currently a member of the Project Management Institute (PMI) and the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

KAI Design & Build is a national 100+ person design and build firm headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri. 

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