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People On The Move In The Local Construction Industry

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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.

Staffing Changes at N.B. West Contracting 

New Hire – Kristen Westbrook-Tatum

Kristen Westbrook

Kristen Westbrook-Tatum has been hired as N.B. West Contracting’s HR Director, bringing over a decade of HR experience to the team.  Prior to joining West, she managed the Human Resources function in mid-size companies in the Digital Print Marketing and Sign Supply Industries.  Currently, Kristen is partnering with West’s Leadership Team, serving all levels of employees. Her areas of expertise include HR start-ups, process improvement, and organizational development. Kristen is a proud member of the Society of Human Resources Management and holds a BA in Organizational Leadership from Maryville University St. Louis.

Chris West

N.B. West Contracting Company has promoted Chris West to Vice President of the company. In his new role, he will assist in the management of daily operations for both construction and material supply. N.B. West Contracting has been an asphalt paving & concrete contractor, and asphalt supplier serving all of east central Missouri since 1956.

January 17, 2020

KAI Expands with Addition of Senior Project Manager, Controller and Senior Project Accountant

KAI has expanded with the addition of three new team members — Michelle Huber as Controller, Kevin Jacobsmeyer as Senior Project Manager and Tonya Valentine as Senior Project Accountant.

Michelle Huber

Michelle Huber, Controller

As Controller, Huber will oversee accounting functions, internal and external financial statement reporting, monthly close activities and cash flow forecasting, plus provide oversight of the professional services project accounting team.

Huber has 10 years of industry experience, having previously worked as a Controller at Kaskaskia Engineering Group in Belleville, Illinois and as a Senior Tax Accountant at Brown Smith Wallace in St. Louis. She has a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and an MBA from McKendree University in Lebanon, Illinois.

Huber resides in O’Fallon, Illinois with her husband, two sons and a daughter who attends Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. In her spare time, she stays busy attending her son’s football, basketball and baseball games.

Kevin Jacobsmeyer

Kevin Jacobsmeyer, Senior Project Manager

As Senior Project Manager, Jacobsmeyer is responsible for overall project success, which includes managing owner relations and subcontractor and KAI personnel performance. His overall objective is to project profitability and customer satisfaction.

Jacobsmeyer has 31 years of industry experience, which includes prior positions as Project Director at JW Fuller Construction in Webster Groves, Missouri; Project Manager at Brinkmann Constructors in Chesterfield, Missouri; Project Manager at Korte Construction in Highland, Illinois and Estimator at Clayco Construction and C. Rallo Construction, both of St. Louis.

He has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Missouri – Rolla and resides in Columbia, Illinois with his wife. He has a son and three grandchildren. He is a member of the Columbia Illinois Lions Club and enjoys golfing in his spare time.

Tonya Valentine

Tonya Valentine, Senior Project Accountant

As Senior Project Accountant, Valentine will provide construction accounting support for the KAI Build project management team. She has 25 years of industry experience, having previously worked as Lead Project Accountant/Accounting Manager Industrial Division for Fowler Management Services in Edwardsville, Illinois; Accounts Payable/Subcontractor Payment Coordinator at Holland Construction Services, Inc. in Swansea, Illinois; and Full Charge Bookkeeper at Gravois Planing Mill in St. Louis. She has an associate degree from Southwestern Illinois College.

Valentine lives in Highland, Illinois. She has two grown children – a daughter who teaches Pre-K in Hazelwood and a son who is a chef in New York City. She enjoys traveling and visiting wineries in her spare time.

Industry Leader Paul Hilton Officially Joins BurkHill Real Estate as Managing Principal

Paul Hilton

BurkHill Real Estate LLC, a St. Louis-based private real estate investment company, announced today that industry veteran Paul Hilton will take on the role of managing principal at the company he co-founded with Mark Burkhart, former CEO of Cassidy Turley, in 2016.  Hilton will step down from his current executive director position at Cushman & Wakefield.

Hilton brings nearly 35 years of commercial real estate experience to his new company. For the last 26 years, he was a commercial real estate investment specialist with Turley Martin through its evolution to Cushman & Wakefield.

Both Hilton and Burkhart will continue to consult on corporate real estate portfolios as well as identify investment opportunities and establish short- and long-term strategies for the Fund. They will also oversee the property management and leasing teams to ensure the strategy is being implemented in accordance with their vision. The firm’s fund invests in retail, industrial, office, and multi-family real estate assets, with a minimal asset size of $1 million.

Hilton has consulted with many of the major real estate owners across the United States with regard to portfolio strategy, including acquisition, disposition, financing and valuation of their properties. His career transactions total over $8 billion.

N-STORE Services Promotes Five

Brent Ricci

Brent Ricci, Director of Operations – Brent joined the company in 2003 as a Project Coordinator. Through his dedication and performance, he has successively earned promotions to Project Manager, Project Manager – Team Lead, Operations Manager, and now Director of Operations. With his advancement, Brent now oversees and leads N-STORE’s Operations department in planning, estimating, and execution of our construction projects. N-STORE is proud of Brent’s achievements and thankful for his contributions to the company over the past 16+ years.

John Bracy

John Bracy, Senior Project Manager – N-STORE Services is pleased to announce the promotion of John Bracy to Senior Project Manager. In 2012, John began his career with N-STORE as a student intern, where his capabilities were quickly recognized and he was hired permanently as a Project Coordinator. John continued his development within Operations and was promoted to Project Manager a few years later. In this role, John excelled in new business estimation, project management, and training – all of which has allowed him to earn his most recent promotion.

Jeremiah Miller

Jeremiah Miller, IT Services Manager – Jeremiah Miller has been promoted to IT Services Manager for N-STORE Services. Jeremiah has been with the company for 13 years, where his specialized abilities in graphic design, web development, and system support have advanced him from previous positions of IT Help Desk to his latest role as Technology & Multimedia Specialist. Technology within the construction industry is ever-changing. Within his new role, Jeremiah will ensure N-STORE is at the forefront of industry trends and advancements in technology. N-STORE Services is proud of Jeremiah’s success and countless contributions in managing the delivery of our IT Services.

Mark Harris

Mark Harris, Estimating Manager – N-STORE Services is excited to recognize Mark Harris for his promotion to Estimating Manager. Mark started with the company over 17 years ago. Providing leadership and supervision through his many career advancements, Mark has been successful in managing many types and sizes of work. Mark is responsible for delivering estimating for N-STORE’s new business onboarding, ensuring program success, and driving estimating improvements for our existing client-partners. N-STORE is honored to recognize Mark for his expertise and dedication with this career advancement.

Allison Smith

Alison Smith, Accounts Payable Associate – N-STORE Services is excited to announce Alison Smith’s recent promotion to Accounts Payable Associate. Alison joined the N-STORE team one year ago as Accounting Assistant. She brings extensive value to our Accounting department and entire company with her strong organization skills and quick learning ability. In addition to her capabilities, Alison is highly valued for her positive attitude, work ethic, and for continually upholding the company’s core values. N-STORE is excited for Alison to continue her career development as she undertakes new responsibilities.

January 10, 2020

Murphy Company Adds John Johnston

John Johnston

John Johnston has joined Murphy Company as project manager, automation controls. Sam Welge, manager, automation controls and energy solutions for the mechanical contractor, made the announcement.

With more than 19 years’ experience in building controls, Johnston holds an associate’s degree in refrigeration, air-conditioning and heating from Ranken Technical College where he also studied instrumentation and process controls.  He is a licensed journeyman pipefitter, Local 562, and served as an HVAC service technician before focusing on building controls. He also has completed Microsoft networking and associated computer studies at St. Louis Community College as well as training and certification from several manufacturers.

Founded in 1907, Murphy Company is one of the nation’s top mechanical contracting firms delivering innovative solutions to the commercial, industrial and institutional markets.  For more information, visit www.murphynet.com.

Kelvin Taylor, Alexis Hershey Joins Midwest BankCentre

Kelvin Taylor

Kelvin Taylor has joined Midwest BankCentre in the role of executive vice president-chief information officer, reporting to Chief Executive Officer Orvin Kimbrough. In addition, Alexis Hershey has been named senior vice president-digital assets, lending and strategy.

As chief information officer, Taylor works at the intersection of information technology, lines of business and finance to apply data science to strategic decisions for bank services and products. He also contributes to the development of business processes for implementing analytical solutions that include technology.

Taylor founded Taylored Analytics in 2007 to help Fortune 500 companies in the financial services, retail, restaurant, utility and telecommunications industries capitalize on and leverage their data. He has led teams in the customer loyalty sector as president of Maritz Loyalty Marketing, president of Frequency Marketing, Inc. and was a practice advisor on Cisco Systems’ business analytics team.

Taylor earned bachelor’s degrees in economics and mathematics at Morehouse College and completed post-graduate studies in economics at University of Maryland, College Park, Md. Taylor has served locally on the United Way and Urban League boards of directors. He and his wife, Tamila Taylor, annually host a charity golf tournament to fund scholarships to Morehouse College, the world’s only HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) for men and the nation’s top producer of black males who continue their  education and receive doctorates.

Alexis Hershey

Hershey joins Midwest BankCentre from Citi, where she was senior vice president of digital strategy. She applies her experience in digital strategy and both product and project management to transforming the bank’s online digital experiences that drive sales. She partners with the bank’s commercial, community & economic development, consumer and fee income groups to develop and deploy digital products and systems to achieve the bank’s goal of meeting customers where they are, when and how they want to do business. She also is the executive sponsor of the bank’s newly established operations enhancement team, which aligns and leverages process improvement, efficiency initiatives and technology systems to enhance customer service and bank competitiveness.

She earned her undergraduate degree in interdisciplinary studies and her master’s degree in education at the University of Houston. She is active in the community through United Way.

Midwest BankCentre, a mainstay of St. Louis community banking since 1906, employs a staff of about 280 working at 17 bank locations in the City of St. Louis and St. Louis, Jefferson and St. Charles counties.

Donald Muren, Jr.

Superior Waterproofing and Restoration Co., Inc. is pleased to announce the promotion and advancement of Mr. Donald Muren, Jr to company president. Don has been with the company for twenty-five years.  He has been very instrumental in Superior’s past and will be for the future. 

 

Donco, LLC Launches New Name and Brand

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Company enters 2020 as Utilitra: Ultra Utility & Technology Solutions Provider 

After announcing a name change in October of last year, Edwardsville-based firm Donco, LLC has officially renamed and rebranded their company. Complete with a new logo, website, and brand presence developed by consultant Jim Harper, Donco is entering 2020 as Utilitra (YOU-TILL-EH-TRA).

The company has offered multiple service lines operating under several acquired DBAs: Donco, Fowler Technology Services, Utility Design Services, and Fowler Management Services. Donco and all DBAs are combined under the name Utilitra, and all service offerings will remain the same.

President and CEO Candice Fowler attributes the change to a step in a more unified direction. “Our previous organizational structure was confusing and difficult to explain,” said Fowler, who has owned the company since 1999. “With this change, we’ve simplified our brand message to be the area’s premier utility and technology solutions provider.”

Utilitra blends ‘ultra’ with ‘utility’ and ‘IT’, the company’s primary service offerings. There are no ownership or other organizational changes being made, only the name. “We pride ourselves on being industry leaders and providing exceptional service to our customers,” said Fowler.

Utilitra is 100% woman-owned and serves Illinois and the greater Midwest. Over the past two years, Utilitra has received a world-class certification from the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) and various accolades from the St. Louis Business Journal.

The publication recognized the firm as a finalist in their Best Places to Work Awards and was ranked on their list of Fastest-Growing Companies and Largest Woman-Owned Businesses.

For more information about Utilitra, visit their new website at www.utilitra.com or contact Brett Angelico, Director of Marketing, at 618-797-5299.

CREW St. Louis Appoints 2020 Officers & Directors

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Tracy Howren
Nancy Petersen

The St. Louis chapter of CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) announced its executive officers and board directors for 2020.

CREW-St. Louis officers for 2020, including their respective companies, are: 

  • President, Tracy Howren, UMB Bank
  • President Elect/CREW Network Delegate, Nancy Petersen, Enterprise Bank
  • Immediate Past President, Michelle Yates, Lawrence Group
  • CREW Network Delegate, Stacey Kamps, Koch Development
  • Secretary, Angie Drumm, Carmody MacDonald
  • Treasurer, Mickey Warriner, Jacobs

Board directors for 2020, and their respective companies, are:

  • Sharon Henderson, Lawrence Group
  • Dawn Humphreys, First American Title
  • Christine Ramsdell, St. Charles County
  • Rebecca Randolph, Brinkmann Constructors
  • Erin Torney, Colliers International
  • Erin Valentine, McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.

CREW-St. Louis is one of the largest of CREW Network’s global chapters. Its more than 200 members come from all disciplines in commercial real estate. The mission of CREW-St. Louis is to advance, educate and support women to influence the region’s commercial real estate industry. For more information, visit www.crewstl.org. Follow CREW-St. Louis on Twitter @CREWSTL.

S. M. Wilson Announces Retirement Of Bill Wagner, Vice President Of Healthcare

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S. M. Wilson announces retirement of Vice President of Healthcare, Bill Wagner after 18 years with the company and more than 39 years in the construction industry. During his tenure at S. M. Wilson, Wagner has forged partnerships with industry leaders and built a talented healthcare project team, leaving the company in a strong position to execute strategic initiatives.

“On behalf of everyone at S. M. Wilson, I would like to thank Bill for his many contributions to our growth and success. Over the years, he has been an invaluable member of the team, providing mentorship on more than $1.1 billion in healthcare experience, building S. M. Wilson’s portfolio with BJC HealthCare, Boone Hospital and Blessing Health System and cultivating a strong foundation for S. M. Wilson’s future in the healthcare industry,” said Scott Wilson, S. M. Wilson CEO.

Moving forward, S. M. Wilson’s healthcare division will be led by a strong team of Project Directors, Brian Bea, Dean Foth and Mike Hanner. Together the trio has more than $2 billion of healthcare experience. Bea has 20 plus years of experience in healthcare working with Blessing Health System, BJC HealthCare and Mercy. Foth has 36 years of healthcare experience and has built complex programs throughout the United States created a portfolio well over $1 billion. Hanner has more than 20 years of experience and managed St. Louis’s largest healthcare project.

S. M. Wilson’s healthcare team is also comprised of an experienced pre-construction and construction team members all of which have history working with Wagner including Senior Project Manager, Matt Frank; Senior Project Manager, Kerry Lorts; Project Manager, Andrew Ahlers; Director of Pre-Construction, Drew Raasch; Director of Pre-Construction, Brian Nuehring; Senior Estimator, Paul Wilson; Project Superintendent, Wayne Callahan; Project Superintendent, Steve Lambing and Project Superintendent, Steve Timken.

Wilson states, “This team will continue to execute on our long-term growth and strategy to provide more value and personalized experience for our clients, partners and employees, ensuring we are well-positioned to meet the ever-evolving needs of the healthcare industry.”

S. M. Wilson is a full-service construction management, design/build and general contracting firm with headquarters in St. Louis. For nearly 100 years, S. M. Wilson has provided a complete range of services and has become one of the leading general construction and construction management firms in the St. Louis area. The employee-owned company is dedicated to going above and beyond expectations for their clients by putting people first. For more information, visit www.smwilson.com.

Photo Above: Top left: Former S. M. Wilson Vice President of Healthcare, Bill Wagner; top right: Project Director, Brian Bea; bottom left: Director of Operations, Dean Foth; bottom right: Project Director, Mike Hanner.

Green Street, SoLiS Building First Electrical Vehicle Charging Locations Along Market Street

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

St. Louis-based SoLiS Mobility LLC and Green Street Construction broke ground this month on the company’s first electric vehicle (EV) charge-sharing locations near the intersection of Market Street and Jefferson Avenue.

SoLiS President Luke Schuette said the $3.2 million, 5,411-square-foot project, being built by Green Street Construction, will include 24 EV stalls, a Kaldi’s coffee station, healthy grab-and-go food, a lounge and ride sharing and ride hailing areas.

The vehicle charging infrastructure on Market Street will accommodate eight 24-kilowatt AC-level II chargers, eight 80-amp AC-level II chargers, four 175-kilowatt chargers with eight distribution posts and four 160-kilowatt chargers with eight distribution posts.

“We are excited SoLiS chose St. Louis as its inaugural location,” said Phil Hulse, CEO and managing principal of Green Street St. Louis. “This forward-thinking solution is a great addition to our advancing region and our city’s sustainability initiatives.”

Luke Schuette, president and founder of SoLiS Mobility, said the pilot site at 2320 Market Street was selected due to its proximity to Downtown West and the Central Business District, offering connectivity to surrounding developments such as the next NGA West, the MLS stadium, St. Louis Aquarium and other destinations.

“We’re extremely excited to be positioning our pilot site in such an ideal location where there is already so much energy,” Schuette said.

The project is expected to be completed in May.

SITE Improvement Association Honors Joe Leritz With President’s Award

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Joe Leritz

The SITE Improvement Association has awarded Joe Leritz with its highest recognition, the President’s Award.  Leritz, President of Leritz Contracting and CEO of Busy Bee Paving, received the award for his many years of dedicated service to the organization.  The award is given to a SITE member who has provided outstanding guidance, foresight, time and leadership to assist the organization in reaching its goals and maintaining its role within the construction industry.

This is only the tenth President’s Award presented by SITE Improvement Association during its 54-year history.

“Joe Leritz has given generously of his time and talents to the association,” said SITE Executive Director Terry Briggs.  “This award is just a small token of the membership’s appreciation of his Significant efforts to help the association grow and better serve the construction industry in eastern Missouri.”

Leritz Contracting joined SITE in 1984.  Leritz himself has served on SITE Board of Directors for 33 years, including three years as president of the association.  He has also represented the association on various labor union contracting committees and served on multiple association committees.

SITE Improvement Association is an independent construction contractor group representing more than 220 contractors and businesses primarily in the concrete, earthmoving, landscaping, asphalt paving, highway/bridge, sewer/utility and specialty construction segments.  It represents the interests of its members in negotiations with labor unions, promotes political and legislative agendas and provides safety and technical training for members. SITE has been in continuous operation since 1966.  For more information, visit www.sitestl.org.

People On The Move In The Local Construction Industry

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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 Expands with Addition of Senior Project Manager, Controller and Senior Project Accountant

KAI has expanded with the addition of three new team members — Michelle Huber as Controller, Kevin Jacobsmeyer as Senior Project Manager and Tonya Valentine as Senior Project Accountant.

 

Michelle Huber

Michelle Huber, Controller

As Controller, Huber will oversee accounting functions, internal and external financial statement reporting, monthly close activities and cash flow forecasting, plus provide oversight of the professional services project accounting team.

Huber has 10 years of industry experience, having previously worked as a Controller at Kaskaskia Engineering Group in Belleville, Illinois and as a Senior Tax Accountant at Brown Smith Wallace in St. Louis. She has a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and an MBA from McKendree University in Lebanon, Illinois.

Huber resides in O’Fallon, Illinois with her husband, two sons and a daughter who attends Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. In her spare time, she stays busy attending her son’s football, basketball and baseball games.

Kevin Jacobsmeyer

Kevin Jacobsmeyer, Senior Project Manager

As Senior Project Manager, Jacobsmeyer is responsible for overall project success, which includes managing owner relations and subcontractor and KAI personnel performance. His overall objective is to project profitability and customer satisfaction.

Jacobsmeyer has 31 years of industry experience, which includes prior positions as Project Director at JW Fuller Construction in Webster Groves, Missouri; Project Manager at Brinkmann Constructors in Chesterfield, Missouri; Project Manager at Korte Construction in Highland, Illinois and Estimator at Clayco Construction and C. Rallo Construction, both of St. Louis.

He has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Missouri – Rolla and resides in Columbia, Illinois with his wife. He has a son and three grandchildren. He is a member of the Columbia Illinois Lions Club and enjoys golfing in his spare time.

Tonya Valentine

Tonya Valentine, Senior Project Accountant

As Senior Project Accountant, Valentine will provide construction accounting support for the KAI Build project management team. She has 25 years of industry experience, having previously worked as Lead Project Accountant/Accounting Manager Industrial Division for Fowler Management Services in Edwardsville, Illinois; Accounts Payable/Subcontractor Payment Coordinator at Holland Construction Services, Inc. in Swansea, Illinois; and Full Charge Bookkeeper at Gravois Planing Mill in St. Louis. She has an associate degree from Southwestern Illinois College.

Valentine lives in Highland, Illinois. She has two grown children – a daughter who teaches Pre-K in Hazelwood and a son who is a chef in New York City. She enjoys traveling and visiting wineries in her spare time.

Industry Leader Paul Hilton Officially Joins BurkHill Real Estate as Managing Principal

Paul Hilton

BurkHill Real Estate LLC, a St. Louis-based private real estate investment company, announced today that industry veteran Paul Hilton will take on the role of managing principal at the company he co-founded with Mark Burkhart, former CEO of Cassidy Turley, in 2016.  Hilton will step down from his current executive director position at Cushman & Wakefield.

Hilton brings nearly 35 years of commercial real estate experience to his new company. For the last 26 years, he was a commercial real estate investment specialist with Turley Martin through its evolution to Cushman & Wakefield.

Both Hilton and Burkhart will continue to consult on corporate real estate portfolios as well as identify investment opportunities and establish short- and long-term strategies for the Fund. They will also oversee the property management and leasing teams to ensure the strategy is being implemented in accordance with their vision. The firm’s fund invests in retail, industrial, office, and multi-family real estate assets, with a minimal asset size of $1 million.

Hilton has consulted with many of the major real estate owners across the United States with regard to portfolio strategy, including acquisition, disposition, financing and valuation of their properties. His career transactions total over $8 billion.

N-STORE Services Promotes Five

Brent Ricci

Brent Ricci, Director of Operations – Brent joined the company in 2003 as a Project Coordinator. Through his dedication and performance, he has successively earned promotions to Project Manager, Project Manager – Team Lead, Operations Manager, and now Director of Operations. With his advancement, Brent now oversees and leads N-STORE’s Operations department in planning, estimating, and execution of our construction projects. N-STORE is proud of Brent’s achievements and thankful for his contributions to the company over the past 16+ years.

John Bracy

John Bracy, Senior Project Manager – N-STORE Services is pleased to announce the promotion of John Bracy to Senior Project Manager. In 2012, John began his career with N-STORE as a student intern, where his capabilities were quickly recognized and he was hired permanently as a Project Coordinator. John continued his development within Operations and was promoted to Project Manager a few years later. In this role, John excelled in new business estimation, project management, and training – all of which has allowed him to earn his most recent promotion.

Jeremiah Miller

Jeremiah Miller, IT Services Manager – Jeremiah Miller has been promoted to IT Services Manager for N-STORE Services. Jeremiah has been with the company for 13 years, where his specialized abilities in graphic design, web development, and system support have advanced him from previous positions of IT Help Desk to his latest role as Technology & Multimedia Specialist. Technology within the construction industry is ever-changing. Within his new role, Jeremiah will ensure N-STORE is at the forefront of industry trends and advancements in technology. N-STORE Services is proud of Jeremiah’s success and countless contributions in managing the delivery of our IT Services.

Mark Harris

Mark Harris, Estimating Manager – N-STORE Services is excited to recognize Mark Harris for his promotion to Estimating Manager. Mark started with the company over 17 years ago. Providing leadership and supervision through his many career advancements, Mark has been successful in managing many types and sizes of work. Mark is responsible for delivering estimating for N-STORE’s new business onboarding, ensuring program success, and driving estimating improvements for our existing client-partners. N-STORE is honored to recognize Mark for his expertise and dedication with this career advancement.

Allison Smith

Alison Smith, Accounts Payable Associate – N-STORE Services is excited to announce Alison Smith’s recent promotion to Accounts Payable Associate. Alison joined the N-STORE team one year ago as Accounting Assistant. She brings extensive value to our Accounting department and entire company with her strong organization skills and quick learning ability. In addition to her capabilities, Alison is highly valued for her positive attitude, work ethic, and for continually upholding the company’s core values. N-STORE is excited for Alison to continue her career development as she undertakes new responsibilities.

January 10, 2020

Murphy Company Adds John Johnston

John Johnston

John Johnston has joined Murphy Company as project manager, automation controls. Sam Welge, manager, automation controls and energy solutions for the mechanical contractor, made the announcement.

With more than 19 years’ experience in building controls, Johnston holds an associate’s degree in refrigeration, air-conditioning and heating from Ranken Technical College where he also studied instrumentation and process controls.  He is a licensed journeyman pipefitter, Local 562, and served as an HVAC service technician before focusing on building controls. He also has completed Microsoft networking and associated computer studies at St. Louis Community College as well as training and certification from several manufacturers.

Founded in 1907, Murphy Company is one of the nation’s top mechanical contracting firms delivering innovative solutions to the commercial, industrial and institutional markets.  For more information, visit www.murphynet.com.

Kelvin Taylor, Alexis Hershey Joins Midwest BankCentre

Kelvin Taylor

Kelvin Taylor has joined Midwest BankCentre in the role of executive vice president-chief information officer, reporting to Chief Executive Officer Orvin Kimbrough. In addition, Alexis Hershey has been named senior vice president-digital assets, lending and strategy.

As chief information officer, Taylor works at the intersection of information technology, lines of business and finance to apply data science to strategic decisions for bank services and products. He also contributes to the development of business processes for implementing analytical solutions that include technology.

Taylor founded Taylored Analytics in 2007 to help Fortune 500 companies in the financial services, retail, restaurant, utility and telecommunications industries capitalize on and leverage their data. He has led teams in the customer loyalty sector as president of Maritz Loyalty Marketing, president of Frequency Marketing, Inc. and was a practice advisor on Cisco Systems’ business analytics team.

Taylor earned bachelor’s degrees in economics and mathematics at Morehouse College and completed post-graduate studies in economics at University of Maryland, College Park, Md. Taylor has served locally on the United Way and Urban League boards of directors. He and his wife, Tamila Taylor, annually host a charity golf tournament to fund scholarships to Morehouse College, the world’s only HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) for men and the nation’s top producer of black males who continue their  education and receive doctorates.

Alexis Hershey

Hershey joins Midwest BankCentre from Citi, where she was senior vice president of digital strategy. She applies her experience in digital strategy and both product and project management to transforming the bank’s online digital experiences that drive sales. She partners with the bank’s commercial, community & economic development, consumer and fee income groups to develop and deploy digital products and systems to achieve the bank’s goal of meeting customers where they are, when and how they want to do business. She also is the executive sponsor of the bank’s newly established operations enhancement team, which aligns and leverages process improvement, efficiency initiatives and technology systems to enhance customer service and bank competitiveness.

She earned her undergraduate degree in interdisciplinary studies and her master’s degree in education at the University of Houston. She is active in the community through United Way.

Midwest BankCentre, a mainstay of St. Louis community banking since 1906, employs a staff of about 280 working at 17 bank locations in the City of St. Louis and St. Louis, Jefferson and St. Charles counties.

Donald Muren, Jr.

Superior Waterproofing and Restoration Co., Inc. is pleased to announce the promotion and advancement of Mr. Donald Muren, Jr to company president. Don has been with the company for twenty-five years.  He has been very instrumental in Superior’s past and will be for the future. 

January 3, 2020

Carly Tribout Joins Geotechnology as Human Resources Coordinator

Carly Tribout

Geotechnology, Inc., has hired Carly Tribout as its Human Resources Coordinator. She will be based in the company’s St. Louis office.

A member of the Society of Human Resource Management, Ms. Tribout comes to Geotechnology after having previously worked in campus recruitment, selection and development for a national insurance company.          

She is a graduate of Missouri State University where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Management with a minor in Leadership.

“Carly is an excellent addition to our team,” said Geotechnology Human Resources Manager, Erica O’Connor. “Her knowledge and background will help us to continue to recruit and hire dedicated, resourceful professionals who are committed to the success of both Geotechnology and our clients.”

Tim Kiepe Joins Murphy Company

Tim Kiepe

Tim Kiepe has joined Murphy Company, the area’s largest mechanical contractor, as piping designer. The announcement was made by Brandon Welch, BIM piping supervisor.

Kiepe has more than 18 years’ experience in architectural construction engineering, with design experience in heating, ventilation and air-conditioning; piping and plumbing as well as several years’ experience as a BIM/CADD manager. He has designed piping, HVAC and plumbing systems for multiple markets, including central utility plants (CUPs), medical facilities, higher education, commercial and industrial projects. As an assistant mechanical designer for a large engineering firm, he helped design CUPs, combined heat and power plants (CHPs), reciprocating engine power plants, boiler plants, federal, commercial and industrial projects.

Kiepe holds both a bachelor’s degree and associate’s degree in drafting technology (computer aided industrial design) from the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg.

Kadean Construction Nominated For ‘General Contractor Of The Year’ By Midwest Subcontractor Trade Association

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Kadean Construction, one of the fastest growing companies in the greater St. Louis region, has been nominated for the General Contractor of the Year 2020 by the American Subcontractors Association (ASA) Midwest Council.
Kadean is proud to have been nominated for the award over a dozen times and for winning the award in 2018, 2017, 2009, 2008, 2003 and 2001.

“We are extremely proud to once again be nominated because it recognizes our dedication to working closely with our subcontractors, who we view as trusted partners,” said Mike Eveler, president of Kadean Construction. “Our strong relationships with our subcontractors have been a big part of our company’s success for more than 50 years.”

The award will be presented at the ASA Midwest Council’s 27th Annual Disco Ball Awards Gala, which will be at the Four Seasons Hotel in downtown St. Louis on Saturday, March 28. In addition to the General Contractor of the Year Awards, there will also be awards given for the following:  GC Employee Recognition Awards, Outstanding MEP Subcontractors, Outstanding Specialty Subcontractors, Outstanding Service Provider/Supplier and ASA Safety Awards.

“The entire ASA Midwest Council is honored to acknowledge Kadean as one of the best general contractors in St. Louis at our 27th annual awards gala,” said Susan Winkelmann, ASA Midwest Council Chapter Executive Director.

The subcontractor members of the ASA nominate and select a “General Contractor of the Year” based on the contractor’s bid ethics, safety policy, job supervision, subcontractor relations, payment practices, scheduling coordination, administrative procedures and equitable contract provisions.

Kadean Construction specializes in pre-construction, design-build, construction management, and general contracting. It currently has healthcare, senior living, commercial and light industrial construction projects underway in Missouri, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Kansas.

The American Subcontractors Association (ASA) Midwest Council is a construction trade association made up of quality specialty contractors and suppliers serving the construction industry and the community in the greater St. Louis area and Southern Illinois for the past 50 years.

The Midwest Council’s purpose is to improve the construction process through active participation in education, advocacy and collaboration.

Mosby Designer Named President of Local NKBA Board

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Jake Spurgeon, Senior Designer and Home Consultant at St. Louis home remodeling firm Mosby Building Arts, has been named 2020 President of the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) Missouri/Southern Illinois Chapter. The NKBA is the world’s leading trade association for the kitchen and bath industry providing tools, research, certification, and events to thousands of professionals.

Spurgeon has been in the home remodeling industry for 16 years, after beginning his career as a drafter at a custom cabinet manufacturer in O’Fallon, MO. It was there, that he discovered his great love for design. Spurgeon came to Mosby Building Arts in 2014, and since then has been helping homeowners create beautiful spaces in their homes.

Spurgeon’s new position with the NKBA will allow him to utilize many of his abilities, including leadership, networking, and design. He is looking forward to helping the NKBA achieve their goal of creating a world in which all people are able to enjoy safe, beautiful, and functional kitchen and bath spaces.

Spurgeon said, “I enjoy helping clients navigate the confusing road to a beautiful and functional space, and want to pass that passion onto others in the design community through my new role at the NKBA.”

Mosby Building Arts has been the trusted resource for home remodeling, architecture, and design in St. Louis for more than 70 years. Mosby handles all interior and exterior home projects from start to finish. To learn more, visit www.CallMosby.com.

 

Western Specialty Contractors Completes Metal Roofing, Siding Façade on New Kansas City Campus for Animal Care Facility

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$26 million state-of-the-art building opened Jan. 1, 2020

The Western Specialty Contractors – Kansas City Roofing and Sheet Metal Branch recently completed installation of metal roofing and siding on the new $26 million Kansas City Campus for Animal Care facility – home to KC Pet Project, one of the Top 5 no-kill, open admission animal shelters in the U.S.

Located at the corner of Elmwood and Gregory streets in Swope Park, the 54,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art animal campus opened to the public on Jan. 1, 2020 and includes a full-service veterinary clinic, education pavilion, retail pet supplies store, café, patios and walking paths and will be the future home of KCMO Animal Health & Public Safety. The new facility, which is 40,000-square-feet bigger than the KC Pet Project’s previous space, is expected to provide services to more than 10,000 animals and 25,000 families per year throughout the Kansas City area.

A groundbreaking for the new facility was held in June 2018, with Western’s team beginning its work on the project a year later. A crew of 10 roofers and eight sheet metal workers installed 50,000 square feet of TPO roofing, 13,000 square feet of standing seam metal, 7,000 square feet of longboard wood grain siding, 6,000 square feet of vertical firestone panels and 9,000 square feet of horizontal firestone panels. The total cost of the sheet metal and installation was $850,000.

“This project was unique due to the large amount of wood grain and firestone panels that were used in combination for the building’s total exterior design,” said Rod O’Bannon, Branch Manager of Western’s Sheet Metal Division in Kansas City. “These particular materials were also selected based on their durability, cost effectiveness and modern aesthetic. We were proud to have been a part of this monumental project for the benefit of the animals and their families in the area.”

Western Specialty Contractors completed its work on the building in five months and within budget. The general contractor on the project was Grand Construction of Kansas City, Kansas.

Roshann Parris, Board Chair of the Kansas City Campus for Animal Care Board of Directors, praised the construction team for its “contribution to this game-changing, lifesaving facility.”

“The Grand Construction team has repeatedly praised the work of all of the subcontractors and suppliers on this important project for their hard work, great attitude and professionalism,” said Parris. “The stunningly beautiful building, inside and out, is a testament to your impressive company and talented labor force who worked long hours, often in challenging weather conditions to keep the project on schedule.”

For more information about Western’s roofing and sheet metal services, contact the Western Specialty Contractors branch office nearest you – https://www.westernspecialtycontractors.com/western-locations/. 

Family-owned and operated for more than 100 years, Western Specialty Contractors is the nation’s largest specialty contractor in masonry and concrete restoration, roofing, waterproofing and sheet metal. For more information about Western Specialty Contractors, visit www.westernspecialtycontractors.com.  

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