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#TRADESWORK Encourages Construction Trade Careers

St. Louis remodeling firm launches job and training initiative to increase the construction industry’s skilled talent recruitment.

How can America keep growing if there are not enough people to build it? The construction and remodeling industry continually seek answers to the skilled talent shortage. There is an urgent need for more trade professionals but not enough people to fill the positions and increasing labor shortages create less time and resources to devote to on-the-job training for new recruits.

With an eye toward a solution for this employment problem, St. Louis remodeling firm Mosby Building Arts is launching #TRADESWORK, an initiative to encourage work in skilled trade positions such as carpenters, electricians, roofers and plumbers.

#TRADESWORK emphasizes awareness, education and participation in skilled building trades with job postings and training opportunities in the Metro St. Louis area.

Awareness: Through the website, TV spots and social outreach, the program seeks to engage 18 – 25 year olds who want to train faster to get to work faster in good paying jobs with security and the ability to work anywhere in the world.

Education: The #TRADESWORK website shares information about the duties and typical pay of skilled trades, and aims to partner with schools and other resources to highlight their trade programs.

Job Postings: #TRADESWORK will share job openings at Mosby and other St. Louis companies.

Training: Inspired by Mosby Building Arts’ owner Scott Mosby’s commitment to excellence, the Scott’s Scholars program will choose five applicants each year to participate in a paid, intensive on-the-job training program with MBA. Details of the training program and how to apply are available at

The #TRADESWORK career initiative was developed, in part, by Mosby’s Vice President of Production, Tyler Cluff. “During the recession, the construction trades lost a lot of good people, and it’s a nation-wide challenge to bring new skilled workers into the fold. The work is out there, but younger generations are too often bypassing the opportunities for good jobs with good pay and career security. #TRADESWORK aims to entice people back into the construction trades.”

See the #TRADESWORK spot airing on Metro St. Louis TV stations.

For information on how to participate in #TRADESWORK, or to learn more, visit

SIBA Elects New Officers

Steve Ashe of E.T. Simonds Construction Co., based in Carbondale, IL, has been elected president of the Southern Illinois Builders Association.

Other officers for 2016 are: First Vice President Harvey Wolf, L. Wolf Construction, Granite City; Second Vice President Kent Kampwerth, River City Construction, L.L.C., Benton, IL; and Secretary/Treasurer Kent Richardson, Subsurface Constructors, Inc., St. Louis.

Three-year directors elected were: Mike Bevis, Bevis Construction, Inc., Mount Vernon; and Brian Koelling, Massman Construction Co., St. Louis.

Three-year affiliate director elected was: Roger Osterhage, NuWay Concrete Forms, Inc., St. Louis.

SIBA staff members are: Donna Richter, chief executive officer; Josh Schaufelberger, director of industry relations; Kristin McCaw, executive Aasistant; Shari Schutzenhofer, administrative assistant; John Holt, director of safety and education; Bill Burris, director of safety and education; Sarah Kaczmarowski, administrative assistant; Shelby Jestes, scan technician; and Carol Fischer, receptionist.

The Southern Illinois Builders Association is a trade association of contractors representing 500-plus commercial and industrial building, highway and utility construction contractors throughout Southern Illinois

Home Builders Association Donates $12,000 to St. Vincent Home for Children

On behalf of the Home Builders Charitable Foundation (HBCF), 2016 HBA President Kim Hibbs of Hibbs Homes (left) presented a $12,000 donation toCarla Monroe-Posey, executive director for St. Vincent Home for Children, and Mike Garavalia, director of development for St. Vincent.

The donation will be used to replace two entry doors to the gymnasium ensuring St. Vincent’s has a handicapped accessible entrance. St. Vincent Home for Children’s mission is to provide love, security and professional treatment for troubled children and their families through a full integrated program of services including individual and group counseling, anger management, coping skill development, after care counseling services and development of respect for one’s self and for others. All programs are provided at no cost to the families they serve.

The HBA is a local trade association of more than 500 member firms representing the residential construction industry. The Home Builders Charitable Foundation, the HBA’s charitable arm, is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing housing assistance to people or organizations with special shelter needs.

Kids In The Middle Selects 2016 Champion of Kids Award Winner

Non-profit nominates Geotechnology President as recipient 

Kids In The Middle (KITM) recently announced Ed Alizadeh, President of Geotechnology, Inc., as its 2016 Champion of Kids honoree.  The Champion of Kids nominating committee selected Alizadeh for this prestigious award because of his considerable dedication to children in the community and his commitment to Kids In The Middle.

Alizadeh served on the KITM Board of Directors 2000-2008 and was President from 2005-2007.  He currently serves on the KITM Advisory Council. Because of his leadership and efforts, Ed has raised over $235,000, enough to provide group counseling to over 3,200 children.

“We are absolutely thrilled with the nominating committee’s choice for our agency’s most distinguished award,” said CEO Meredith Friedman.  “Ed has had a true impact by helping children “in the middle” of their parents’ divorce.”

KITM helps children and families transition to a new way of life before, during and after separation and divorce, for the sake of creating healthier futures for all involved.  Founded in 1977, KITM is a nationally accredited non-profit agency that provides comprehensive and confidential counseling, education and support services focused on the entire family.  KITM is a proud member of the United Way of Greater St. Louis and is located at 2650 S. Hanley Rd. in St. Louis, Mo.  For more information, call (314) 909-9922 or visit their website at

Habitat For Humanity Saint Louis Selects New Board Members

Martin, EmilyHabitat for Humanity Saint Louis has announced the selection of six new members to its Board of Directors. New board members include:  Emily Martin, President of Aschinger Electric; Rashda Buttar, Senior Vice President-General Counsel & Corporate Secretary of Foresight Energy LP; Mike Murphy, Vice President and General Manager of KMOV-TV; Ed Alizadeh, President and CEO of Geotechnology, Inc.; Roger Brown, Senior Vice President, Director of Manager Research, Summit Strategies; and Anna Hart, Vice President of Human Resources for the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.

Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis Board of Directors officers include: Board President, Marc Hirshman, Twain Financial; President Elect, Linda Loewenstein, The Lawrence Group; and Past President, Rick Sullivan, St. Louis Public Schools Special Administrative Board.

Alizedah, Ed_1The Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis Board also includes: Darren Bahr, Anheuser-Busch InBev; Brad Beggs, Development Strategies; Christina Cavazos Bennett, PreserverPartners, LLC; Amy Berg, S. M. Wilson & Co.; Precious Bourrage, Homebuyer Representative; Jami Boyles, Lewis Rice; Lance Cage, HOK; Raschelle Burton, Wells Fargo; Matt Favazza, Central Bank of St. Louis; David Foster, Home Depot; Peggy Holly, Boeing; Bob Lazaroff, The Michelson Organization; Amelia Lewis, Thompson Coburn; Brent Robbs, Stifel Nicolaus & Company, Inc.; Chris Roetheli, US Bancorp Community Development Corporation; Sarah Roe Sise, Armstrong Teasdale; Jeff St. Omer, Lewis Rice; Pattye Taylor-Phillips, Enterprise Holdings; Kay Gasen Thenhaus; Edgar Velazquez, IFF; David Wakeman, AmerenUE; Bob West, Paster West & Kraner; and Stephen Westbrooks, Affordable Equity Partners.

Hart, AnnaAlumni board members include: Steve Brown, Balke Brown Associates; Stephen Jones, Armstrong Teasdale LLC; Howard Smith, Smith NMTC Associates LLC; and Pete Weitzel, Weitzel Construction.

Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis (HFHSL) is a not-for-profit, ecumenical housing ministry working in partnership with individuals and communities of all faiths to improve housing conditions and provide safe, decent and affordable housing in St. Louis City and County. 

Home Builders Association Donates $14,000 to Beyond Housing

On behalf of the Home Builders Charitable Foundation (HBCF), 2016 HBA President Kim Hibbs of Hibbs Homes (left) presented a $14,000 donation to Jaqueline Hamilton, chief development officer for Beyond Housing.

The donation will be used to complete repairs in several of Beyond Housing’s rental properties to bring the homes up to quality living standards. Most homes are in need of full paint jobs, light fixtures, new blinds, floor tiles, exterior tuck-pointing, porch rebuilds and an overall general modernization. The homes in their portfolio are generally two- and three-bedroom homes that can house up to six people. Beyond Housing’s mission is to help entire communities become better places to live by providing affordable housing. It is a community development organization that works in defined geographies like the Normandy School District in order to focus its resources where they can have the greatest impact.

The HBA is a local trade association of more than 500 member firms representing the residential construction industry. The Home Builders Charitable Foundation, the HBA’s charitable arm, is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing housing assistance to people or organizations with special shelter needs.

Paraquad to Kick Off Construction of $3.3 Million Accessible Health and Wellness Center

Paraquad on Tuesday officially began construction of its new Accessible Health and Wellness Center. The 22,000-square-foot Center will feature specialized equipment that enables people with disabilities to work out and highly trained staff who are experts in helping people with all types of disabilities meet their fitness needs. Paraquad is the only organization in St. Louis providing this type of facility. In collaboration with our partners at Washington University School of Medicine and Logan University, Paraquad is expanding the range of services available for people with disabilities and helping to train the next generation of healthcare providers. The total project cost for construction of the Center is $3.3 million. It is scheduled to open in June 2016.

The Paraquad Accessible Health and Wellness Center Construction Kickoff was attended by Mayor Francis Slay; Aimee Wehmeier, Paraquad Executive Director and CEO; Dr. Kerri Morgan, Chairman of the Paraquad Board of Directors, Instructor at Washington University School of Medicine and Paralympian; Dr. Carolyn Baum, Professor at Washington University School of Medicine; Dr. David Parish, Program Director for the Master of Science in Sports Science and Rehabilitation and Director of the Human Performance Centers at Logan University

Founded in 1970, Paraquad is the leading disability services provider in the St. Louis region. 


Leadership Council Elects New Officers for 2016


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The Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois is beginning the New Year with new board leadership. Members in December unanimously approved five new officers to serve one-year terms, including Mark Turner as the president of the organization. Turner, president of Memorial Hospital, most recently served as the Leadership Council’s vice president. Michael Riley, immediate past president, has moved into the role of chairman. The complete slate of officers chosen includes:

  • Chairman – Michael Riley, President, Professional Therapy Services, Inc.
  • President – Mark Turner, President, Memorial Hospital
  • Vice President – Keith Cook, Market President, Southwest Illinois for Regions Bank in Belleville
  • Secretary  Dale Stewart, Executive Secretary, Southwestern Illinois Building and Construction Trades Council
  • Treasurer – Don Vichitvongsa, General Manager of SunCoke Energy in Granite City

As president of the Leadership Council, Turner will help guide the work of the premier organization uniting the Southwestern Illinois region for economic growth.

“Through its expansive network of 200-plus members, the Leadership Council continues bringing together regional leaders in business, industry, government, education and labor, who share a common desire to position Madison and St. Clair counties for continued growth,” notes Turner. “This past year saw terrific progress on many fronts, from accelerating efforts to position our region as a multimodal hub to the continued growth around Scott Air Force Base, as well as the work underway to support our manufacturing base and advance entrepreneurship in our region. With improvements to the Metro East levee system on target for completion in the coming months, and a decision due in March regarding the new location for the NGA headquarters, it’s an exciting time for our region. I look forward to collaborating with our dedicated staff and members to keep the momentum going.”

The Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois is a member-based, economic development corporation representing Madison and St. Clair counties. 

Southern Illinois Builders Association Exceeds Project Goal In 2015Southern Illinois Builders Association Exceeds Project Goal In 2015


The Southern Illinois Builders Association projected that they would receive approximately 1,066 new projects in 2015. As of December 31, 2015, “I am pleased to report that the Association had received 1,246 new projects for calendar year 2015 which is approximately 17% more new projects than anticipated,” said Donna Richter, Chief Executive Officer of SIBA. The total amount of the projects awarded in 2015 is in excess of $862,156,530. The projected goals for 2016 are to increase that project total by at least 5%.

The Southern Illinois Builders Association is a trade association representing 500 plus: commercial contractors; industrial construction companies; building contractors; highway construction companies; utility construction contractors; subcontractors; suppliers; and serviced oriented companies throughout the southern 39 counties in Illinois.

AIA St. Louis Installs David Kehm as 2016 President


The American Institute of Architects (AIA) St. Louis Chapter Announces David W. Kehm, AIA of Christner Inc. as 2016 President.

AIA St. Louis recently installed David W. Kehm, AIA of Christner Inc. as the 2016 President to head the nearly 800 members of the local chapter of the national organization.  Architect Kehm will lead AIA St. Louis Chapter in 2016 with the call for ever-growing collaboration between design and construction professionals and their respective organizations.

Architect Kehm is a graduate of Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas, with a bachelor in Architecture and has served on the Board of Directors of Food Outreach in St. Louis.   In the past, David Kehm has served AIA St. Louis as Director, Treasurer and President-Elect before serving his one year term in 2016 as President.  Kehm is employed as the Corporate Market Leader in his role as Associate Principal at Christner Inc.

In addition to President Kehm’s leadership, the 2016 officers and directors are as follows:

  • V.P., President-Elect  –  Steven Anton, AIA  –  Anton Architecture
  • Past-President  –  Michael Hein, AIA  –  Jacobs
  • Secretary  –  Lucy C. Williams, AIA  –  Lucy C. Williams, Architect
  • Treasurer  –  William Albinson, AIA  –  Etegra, Inc.
  • Director  –  Barb Anderson, AIA  –  Oates and Associates Inc.
  • Director  –  Jason Dale Pierce, AIA  –  HOK, Inc.
  • Director  –  Tomislav Zigo, AIA  –  CLAYCO, Inc.
  • Director  –  Geoffrey Vaughn, AIA  –  Christner Inc.
  • Associate Director  –  Cody Henderson, Associate AIA  –  SFA Architects Inc.

The American Institute of Architects St. Louis Chapter is the voice of the architectural profession, dedicated to serving its members, advancing their value, and improving the quality of the built environment.  AIA St. Louis provides services and fellowship to the architectural profession in St. Louis and eastern Missouri.