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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.

Castle Contracting Promotes Stacey Lampe and Daniel Grasham to Project Manager

Castle Contracting has promoted Stacey Lampe and Daniel Grasham to the position of project manager. Both previously served as assistant project manager.

In their new roles, Lampe and Grasham assume day-to-day project management responsibilities, including estimating and managing project costs, coordinating interactions between field and office personnel, and building and maintaining long-term client relationships.

Stacey Lampe

Lampe joined Castle as project engineer in 2013 after serving as assistant project engineer and project assistant at St. Louis-based Tarlton Corporation and project coordinator at Hof Corporation, a family-owned St. Louis general contractor.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial technology/construction from Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, Mo. Lampe has held various Board positions with the National Association of Women in Construction – St. Louis Chapter and serves on the Advisory Board of the Missouri Military Memorial Foundation. She previously participated in the Construction Leadership Council of the AGC of Missouri. She also holds a Construction Industry Technician (CIT) certification.

Daniel Grasham

Grasham joined Castle as assistant project manager in 2017. He previously served as civil field engineer at MC Industrial in St. Louis, a construction management professional at Jacobs in Houston and project engineer at The Beck Group in Houston.

Grasham earned a bachelor’s degree in construction science from the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Okla., and a master’s degree in civil engineering from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. He’s a LEED Green Associate from the U.S. Green Building Council, a Certified Professional Constructor from the American Institute of Constructors and a Project Management Professional from the Project Management Institute.

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. 

Jerrod Crosby Joins G&S Acoustics as Project Manager

Jerrod Crosby

St. Louis-based G&S Acoustics has hired Jerrod Crosby as a Project Manager. Crosby’s responsibilities include customer contact, data input, scheduling, field dimensions, creating AutoCAD drawings, and ensuring the project is completed to the customer’s satisfaction. 

Before joining G&S Acoustics, Crosby was an estimator with James G. Staat Tuckpointing. He attended Western Carolina University where he pursued a degree in engineering technology. Crosby is also a member of the Columbia Jaycees in Columbia, Illinois.

Crosby started with G&S Acoustics in March.

G&S Acoustics® is a leading manufacturer of acoustical, tackable and sound diffusing wall and ceiling products distributed worldwide. G&S Acoustics’ fabrication process includes custom designs, prints and shapes to visually and acoustically enhance any interior space. For more information, email G&S Acoustics or call 800-737-0307. 

Oculus Inc. Expands Architecture Team with Two New Hires 

Bryan Beckering

Project manager, project designer bring expertise in government, healthcare and military sectors

Oculus Inc., a full-service architecture and interior design firm, is expanding its expertise in the government, healthcare and military sectors with the additions of Bryan Beckering as project manager and Nick Balsman as project designer. Beckering, AIA, and Balsman, LEED AP BD+C, will both be based out of the firm’s St. Louis corporate headquarters.

Beckering is a versatile licensed architect with more than 10 years of experience in the design and construction fields. He brings to Oculus an emphasis in private sector and military healthcare design requirements and standards.

Nick Balsman

Prior to joining Oculus, Beckering served as a project manager/architect responsible for managing teams of architects, engineers and consultants, coordinating with construction project managers to ensure projects meet the client’s scope of work, schedule and budget, as well as producing proposals for various project types. Beckering graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture from Kansas State University.

Prior to joining Oculus Inc., Balsman served as a building information modeling manager and lead project director on commercial, recreation, government, healthcare and military projects throughout the U.S. His responsibilities focused around project management and design, as well as pursuing new projects, developing client relationships and contract negotiations. He has experience conducting facility audits, outlining code and operations deficiencies, along with detailing of design and concept drawings, preparing Revit documents and communicating with other disciplines for coordination of project documents. Balsman has a Master of Architecture from the University of Kansas. Balsman is currently in the process of completing the Architect Registration Examination.

Oculus Inc. delivers comprehensive architecture, interior design, planning and move management services with a driving aesthetic to Connect | Shape | Move people, experiences, sensibilities and spaces. Oculus has offices in St. Louis, Dallas, and Portland, Ore., is WBE-certified and is regularly cited in top industry rankings for architecture and design. 

Terri Fritsche Earns FMP Designation 

Terri Fritsche

Terri Fritsche, a facilities planning manager with Spire, has attained credentials as a Facility Management Professional.

Fritsche took an extensive course and passed assessments in four focus areas to achieve the FMP designation. Professionals who earn the designation demonstrate a proven comprehension of the foundations of facility management and knowledge in the core facility management topics deemed critical by employers.

Fritsche joined Spire, formerly Laclede Gas, in 1996. She has held numerous positions with the utility company, including customer service and sales before accepting a position in facilities management and real estate five years ago. As a workplace manager, she oversaw workspaces and hospitality programs. She now provides planning support for the company’s facilities.

Fritsche has been a member of IFMA (International Facility Management Association) St. Louis since 2017.

IFMA St. Louis offers its members a learning and networking environment among its diverse membership and supplies its members with the tools to achieve their professional goals. Started in 1985, IFMA St. Louis has more than 250 members representing small and Fortune 500 companies throughout the region. For more information, visit

February 16, 2018

New Hires at Murphy Company 

Maria Ogata

Maria L. Ogata has been named purchasing agent for Murphy Company, a leading mechanical engineering and contracting firm. The announcement was made by Dave Book, vice president – purchasing & facilities. Ogata has more than 18 years’ experience in commercial mechanical contracting with most of that being in the procurement area.  “We are delighted to have someone with her extensive purchasing skills and experience join our outstanding team,” said Book. She attended both MacMurray College in Jacksonville, IL, and more recently, Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville.

Daniel Ruiz

Daniel Ruiz has joined Murphy Company as help desk technician.  His appointment was announced by Michael Julson, network manager for the mechanical engineering and contracting firm. Ruiz has worked as a desktop support technical and service center technician since 2012.  His work experience includes repairs and trouble-shooting of personal computers, smartphones and tablets.  Earlier, as a manager/supervisor for two game shops, he also did troubleshooting and repair of electronic game systems.  He has extensive computer skills and HTML experience which he also brings to his new position.

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

Michael Delano Jr. Joins Striler Group as Project Executive

Mike Delano, Jr.

The Striler Group hired Michael Delano Jr. as Project Executive to lead industrial and commercial projects. Michael’s career includes over one billion of construction and development project oversight, including the New Busch Stadium (St. Louis Cardinals), Kauffman Stadium Renovation (Kansas City Royals), Marlins Ballpark (Miami Marlins), Ed Smith Stadium (Orioles Spring Training).  He served as Owner’s Rep for the Oceana Key Biscayne and Oceana Bal Harbor ultra-luxury condominiums in Miami, FL as well as Business Development Manager for Coastal Construction Group.

Midas Hospitality Hires Director of Revenue Management

Morgan Bilek

Midas Hospitality, a premier hotel management group, recently hired Morgan Bilek as Director of Revenue Management. In this position, Bilek will implement and execute the company-wide revenue management culture and philosophy.  Her responsibilities include handling transient and group pricing strategies, creating a proper segmentation mix, and overseeing revenue management objectives and strategies in order to maximize hotel room revenue at all Midas properties.

Bilek has more than 12 years of hospitality experience.  Prior to joining Midas Hospitality, she worked as the Director of Revenue Management for a hospitality management group based in Kentucky.  She also has worked in a similar capacity for a hospitality property operator and developer in Wyoming.

Founded in 2006, Midas Hospitality has developed, opened and currently manages numerous properties including 40 hotels in 14 states. For more information, call (314) 692-0100 or visit

Longtime Contract Furniture Sales & Installation Veteran Joins Professional Installers, Inc.

Dennis Popp

Longtime contract furniture sales and installation expert, Dennis Popp recently joined the team at ProfessionalInstallers, Inc. (PI) as a Senior Project Manager. As the transformation of the office workspace continues to evolve, Dennis will bring best practice means and methods to PI, especially in the architectural wall installation area.

Prior to joining PI, Dennis worked for NewSpace Business Interiors.  NewSpace is a St. Louis based contract furniture dealer and Teknion Authorized Dealer.  Dennis brings 34 years of business interior sales and installation experience to the PI team.  His primary responsibilities will focus on preconstruction, constructability and feasibility analysis, major project oversight, project logistics, estimation and architectural wall installation projects.  Likewise, Dennis will be the installation liaison between architect, owner, dealer, and general contractor on projects.

With a B.S. in Business Administration from Southeast Missouri State University, Dennis’ understanding of complex projects lends well to the construction industry.

Dennis has most recently been instrumental working on projects such as Anders CPA renovation, Washington University Olin Library, Metal Exchange Corporation new offices, Nestle modular wall renovation and BJC IT Services Group reapplication of space.  He is also currently on the Foundation Board of the Nazareth Living Center.

Grant Named MCAA Region E Vice President

Brian Grant

Brian Grant, President of Grant Contracting Company in Fenton, Mo., was elected to the position of MCAA Region E Vice President at the MCAA Annual Meeting on January 25, 2018 during the MCAA Convention at the World of Concrete/World of Masonry in Las Vegas.

Brian is currently in his thirty-fifth year in the masonry industry.  He is a Professional Engineer, holding a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the Missouri University of Science and Technology.

Brian is past president of the Mason Contractors Association of St. Louis, and the American Subcontractors Association-Midwest Council.  Brian is also past Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Masonry Institute of St. Louis.  He currently serves as Management Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Bricklayer’s Union Local 1 of Missouri Pension and Welfare Funds.  Brian currently sits on the Mason Contractors Association of St. Louis’  Arbitration Board  and is on the Board of Trustees for the Masonry Institute of St. Louis.

In addition to the Mason Contractors Association of St. Louis and the American Subcontractors Association Midwest Council, Brian is currently a member of the Mason Contractors Association of America, The Masonry Society and the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Grant Contracting Company, a certified masonry construction firm with an over seventy year history, specializes in commercial, industrial and institutional masonry.

The Mason Contractors Association of America (MCAA) and our members welcome Brian to his new role.

February 9, 2018

Luby Equipment Services Promotes Vince Smith to Rental Manager

Vince Smith

Luby Equipment Services, a St. Louis-based CASE Construction Equipment Dealer, has announced the promotion of Vince Smith to Rental Manager effective immediately. Smith has been the rental coordinator for the past 4 years based out of the corporate headquarters.

Prior to Luby Equipment Services, Smith spent 9 years as the Assistant Manager at Nu-Way Rents located in St. Louis. In his new role, Smith will be responsible for providing leadership in guaranteeing efficient procedures and management of all branch rental activities. He is replacing longtime rental manager Jim Bailey, who is transitioning into an equipment management role.

“Vince’s skills and experience will be instrumental in the future growth of the rental department as well as improving the customer experience,” said David Kedney, Sales Manager, Luby Equipment Services. “The rental industry is poised for accelerated growth over the next three years, especially in the St. Louis Metro area, and with Vince in this leadership role, we will be positioned to take advantage of these opportunities.”

Luby Equipment Services operates out of its headquarters in Fenton, Mo., and seven other branch locations. They serve their customers equipment needs with a variety of new, used, and rental equipment. The company represents several manufacturers, including CASE Construction, Takeuchi, Doosan, Indeco, Atlas Copco, Wacker Neuson, Oshkosh Airport Products, Eager Beaver and Towmaster trailers.

Erin Wright Joins Rosemann & Associates, P.C as Architect/Project Manager

Erin Wright

Rosemann & Associates, P.C. is pleased to welcome Erin Wright to its St. Louis staff as Architect/Project Manager. Erin comes to Rosemann with more than 14 years of specific expertise in the multi-family and commercial sectors and brings an abundance of design experience with her.

Erin’s experience prior to Rosemann included project management for Capital Consultants and Checkmate Design, where she was instrumental in managing lender/investor inspections, physical needs and property assessments, plan reviews, construction document management and interior design of historic tax credit residential projects.

“We are excited to add Erin to our team, she brings a strong background in project management and a commitment to excellence,” said Jarrett R. Cooper, Vice President/St. Louis Studio Director.

Erin is a registered architect, LEED® accredited professional and served as a board member for the St. Louis Cultural Resources Office Preservation Board. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri.

New Hires at HOK’s St. Louis Office

Fatemeh Shirpour

Fatemeh Shirpour, has joined HOK in St. Louis. She will support the HOK office as design professional.

Shirpour joins HOK after receiving her Master’s degree in architecture from Washington University in St. Louis and after having previously been an intern with HOK. Shirpour is originally from Tehran, Iran.

HOK is a global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm. Through a network of 23 offices worldwide, HOK provides design excellence and innovation to create places that enrich people’s lives and help clients succeed. DesignIntelligence consistently ranks HOK as a leader in sustainable, high-performance design and technology innovation.​

Jared Zipprich promoted to Senior Project Manager at McGrath & Associates

Jared Zipprich

Jared Zipprich has been promoted to Senior Project Manager at McGrath & Associates, a 100 percent employee-owned general contractor and construction management firm. Zipprich has been with McGrath & Associates for more than three years as a Project Manager.
McGrath & Associates is a 100 percent employee-owned general contractor and construction management firm specializing in commercial, health care, industrial, institutional and pharmaceutical construction projects since 1983.. For more information, call Ken Knobbe at (314) 772-7600 or visit

The UP Companies Hires Paul Renaud to Head Up New Drywall Division

Paul Renaud

The UP Companies (UPCO) has hired Paul Renaud of O’Fallon, MO as General Manager of Square UP Builders’ new Drywall Division. As General Manager, Renaud oversees preconstruction and field operations including contract execution and administration, personnel training and career development, and the implementation of safety plans. He is also integrally involved in the division’s overall business planning.

“Paul’s experience and proven leadership skills are a real asset to our customers and to the outcomes they have come to expect from Square UP,” said Brian Arnold, Vice President of The UP Companies.

Renaud has 39 years of management experience, having previously worked as Director of Self Perform at Paric Corporation and as General Manager at McBride and Son Companies. He also served as Mayor of the City of O’Fallon, MO for 10 years and previously served on the St. Louis Carpenters Joint Apprenticeship Board and St. Louis YouthBuild Leadership Steering Committee.

The UP Companies (UPCO) is one of the region’s largest full-service MBE-certified contracting companies. For more information, go to or call 314.865.3888.

Kwame Building Group Receives Award for Taxiway and Runway-Rehabilitation at St. Louis Lambert International Airport

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Kwame Building Group (KWAME) has received the American Concrete Paving Association (ACPA) Excellence in Concrete Paving Award for taxiway and runway rehabilitation work at St. Louis Lambert International Airport (STL). KWAME, via their joint venture with HR Green, Inc., provided project management for the $9.7 million, multi-phase project, which included reconstruction of taxiways known as Sierra and Kilo and the rehabilitation of runway 12L-30R. The ACPA Missouri/Kansas Chapter selected the project as the best cement concrete rehabilitation project completed in the state of Missouri in 2018.  The awards program recognizes high-quality workmanship, quality and creativity in concrete pavement projects.

The taxiway reconstruction project included the removal of 15,000 square yards of existing Portland Cement Concrete pavement and replacement with new concrete pavement.  The concrete removed from the old taxiway, originally constructed in 1979, was recycled and reused as the base course cap and sub-base layer.

Also included in the project was new drainage systems, 6,000 square yards of asphalt shoulders, asphalt service road, airfield lighting, airfield directional signage and pavement markings. To avoid disruption of normal operations at the airport, portions of the work was performed at night and on weekends.  The general contractor was Millstone Weber, LLC. The consulting engineer was Crawford, Murphy, and Tilly (CMT).

KWAME has completed numerous projects at Lambert since 1999, including the $62 million, award-winning Airport Experience Program, the largest renovation in Lambert’s history, and also the restoration of Concourse C and other areas following the EF4 tornado that hit the airport in 2011.

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. An employee-owned company, KWAME provides estimating, scheduling, project planning, value engineering and other project management services as an independent advocate for owners and developers. For more information, visit or call (314) 862-5344.

Poettker Construction Underway with Le Méridien Marriott Hotel Conversion

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Poettker continues to bolster its hospitality profile in St. Louis 

Poettker Construction, a second-generation family-owned construction company, is currently renovating the former Majestic Hotel in downtown St. Louis. For this project, Hawkeye Hotels engaged Poettker Construction’s hospitality experts to transform this 9-story hotel into a high-end Le Méridien Marriott Hotel.

Poettker is managing the overall project along with self-performing key selective demolition and carpentry items in order to help ensure the project schedule is maintained.

“The Poettker team is thrilled to be a part of this high-end renovation in downtown St. Louis,” said Keith Poettker, president of Poettker Construction. “During preconstruction, we recommended many value engineering options to ensure the project would be completed on time and within budget without sacrificing the French design influences unique to the Le Méridien brand.”

The Le Méridien brand has 18 hotels in the United States, with this being the first one in the St. Louis area. Amenities will include 96 luxury guest suites and rooms, sophisticated lobby and event spaces, an upscale restaurant and bar, and a modern fitness area.

Poettker Construction anticipates project completion in early Fall 2019. The architect of record for the project is Coleman Partners Architects, LLC based in Baton Rouge, La.

Established in 1980, Poettker Construction is a second-generation, family-owned and veteran-owned business specializing in construction management, design/build, general contracting and self-perform services with an emphasis to exceed the client’s expectations.  For more information,visit

HDA Architects & JNS Architects Complete Design of European inspired AC Hotel located in CWE

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HDA Architects and JNS Architects have completed design of a new $45 million European inspired AC Hotel located in the Central West End of St. Louis, Missouri. The 7-story building will have 192 guest rooms. The development team on this project is Koplar Properties, Concord Hospitality Enterprises and Homebase Partners. The General Contractor is MC Hotel Construction.

The project is within distance to the extensive BJC – Washington University Medical Campus, Forest Park, and walkable access to bars, restaurants and shops. The AC Hotel will be the first hospitality project completed in the Central West End in nearly 20 years and is scheduled to commence construction this summer.

One Metropolitan Square Aims To Elevate Tenant Experience With New Amenity Upgrades

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After more than $2.5 million in updates last year, St. Louis’ tallest high-rise, One Metropolitan Square, announced today it is adding several innovative amenity upgrades. The downtown building’s lobby now boasts a massive 28-foot by 10-foot, 2,000-pound media wall with 112 LED panels, and soon it will begin constructing a 7,000+ square-foot amenities lounge on the buildings 42nd floor. The lounge will feature an open, modern floor plan with seating areas for socializing; a bar and game tables; and impressive views overlooking The Arch and downtown.

JLL, the firm managing the property, says the upgrades are being done in part to modernize the iconic building, but most of all they are hoping to set a new standard for tenant experience within multi-tenant office buildings in St. Louis.

“One Metropolitan Square is undergoing a transformation and leading the way in terms of amenity offerings for Class A office in St. Louis,” Henry Voges, senior vice president, JLL Property Management Group.  “The Eatery Food Hall added last year has been a huge success, and the media wall is something you won’t find in any other multi-tenant office building in St. Louis. With the planned amenities floor, it will be difficult to find a better tenant experience in the City of St. Louis.”

In the past year, One Metropolitan Square successfully completed eight renewals and five new tenant leases, including two agreements signed within the past month with FGM Architects and NGK Law Firm, both which are moving from a nearby downtown building. NGK will occupy approximately 6,000 square feet and FGM approximately 10,000 square feet. Both companies are expected to move late summer. One Metropolitan Square is currently just over 75 percent occupied, and JLL expects that number to increase with the planned amenities and upgrades.

“Owners are recognizing that the workforce expects more from their office buildings and that how people experience their space is driving leasing decisions,” said Mark Zettl, JLL President of Property Management. “While physical space will always be critical, experience is the office amenity of the future.”

JLL’s 2,100 property management experts in the U.S. provide comprehensive real estate services in more than 1,700 buildings totaling more than 365 million square feet. For more news, videos and research resources, please visit the firm’s newsroom.

Aschinger Electric Teams with IBEW To Complete the New Meramec Valley Branch Library

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Project is the 17th St. Louis County Library Branch Improvement by Electrical Connection Membership

St. Louis County Library’s new Meramec Valley Branch debuted on May 15, 2019.  It is the 17th branch to be modernized by the Electrical Connection partnership comprised of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1 and the St. Louis Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA).  NECA contractor Aschinger Electric Co. completed the technology-infused library, taking over work from Briner Electric Co. which it acquired in 2018.   The library was designed by Mackey Mitchell Architects and Bond Architects.  Brinkmann Constructors was the construction manager.

The new $5.6 million Meramec Valley Branch located at 1501 San Simeon Way is more than 21,000 square feet and replaces a 2,690-square-foot branch that was the smallest in St. Louis County Library system.  It is infused with the latest technology for research and features a Discovery Zone for children, private study rooms, a quiet reading room, a community meeting room, a business center, a community garden, a walking path and outdoor reading deck.

NECA contractors and IBEW have performed electrical installations on 16 other branches in the St. Louis County Library system including Grant’s View, Weber Road, Jamestown Bluffs, Indian Trails, Rock Road, Samuel Sachs, Cliff Cave, Prairie Commons, Natural Bridge, Oak Bend, Bridgeton Trails, Florissant Valley, Daniel Boone, Grand Glaize, Mid-County and Thornhill branches.  The projects have entailed a wide variety of complexities including electrical, fire alarm, decorative and energy efficient lighting, generators for emergency lighting, and technology improvements for new and renovated branches.

The projects are part of a multi-year capital improvement campaign called Your Library Renewed to improve a total of 19 branches. In 2012, voters approved a $.06 tax increase to fund new facilities and upgrades to existing structures, as well as enhanced library programs and services. More information on all of the library improvements including images can be found at

Now celebrating its 107th year of service, Aschinger Electric is a four generation, family-owned electrical and communications contractor serving the commercial, industrial, educational and health care markets.  Learn more at

Members of the Electrical Connection provide safe and reliable electrical construction, maintenance, repair and replacement services across Missouri, the nation and the world.  For more information, visit


Home Builders Association Donates $15,000 to Rebuilding Together-St. Louis

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On behalf of the Home Builders Charitable Foundation (HBCF), 2019 HBA President John Suelthaus of Kingbridge Homes (left) presented a $15,000 donation to Dave Ervin, executive director of Rebuilding Together-St. Louis, and Mark Jansen, Rebuilding Together-St. Louis Board Member.

The donation will be used toward Rebuilding Together-St. Louis’ Rebuilding Day program. Rebuilding Together revitalizes neighborhoods in partnership with the community by rehabilitating the houses of low-income home owners, particularly the elderly and the disabled, so that they may continue to live independently in comfort and safety. Rebuilding Day is the organization’s annual one-day blitz where volunteers make home repairs for low-income, elderly and disabled home owners in the St. Louis Metro area.

The HBA is a local trade association of more than 600 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.

Electrical Connection Donates Services to Make Electrical Improvements to Boy Scout Ranch near Farmington, MO

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For the second year in a row, volunteers with the Electrical Connection will be donating skills and services to make electrical improvements to the Greater St. Louis Area Council, Boy Scouts of America’s S Bar F Scout Ranch near Farmington, Mo.   The camp has served generations of scouts throughout eastern Missouri for more than 50 years.

On Saturday, May 18, 2019, about 30 volunteers from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1 and seven electrical contractor members of the National Electrical Contractors Associations (NECA) will donate services to repair and improve electrical systems.  Many of those helping will be IBEW trade workers who have dedicated countless hours as scoutmasters, like Ken Edgar.  Edgar is a fourth generation IBEW electrician.

“Two of my kids have been in the Boy Scouts and we have thoroughly enjoyed the experience at the S Bar F ranch,” said Edgar.  “We want to make it an even better experience for the next generation of scouts.” Edgar will be joined by his sons, Ken IV, who is also an IBEW electrician and Alex, who is a junior in high school.

Improvements will be made to five different camps on the 5,200-acre site to bring them up to 21st century standards, including:

  • General electrical infrastructure, including fiber optics improvements and better flood lighting;
  • Improving lighting in pavilions and three-sided bunk bed buildings.
  • Upgrading electrical and lighting needs for the Swift Base Camp, where the Boy Scout staff stays;
  • Improving electrical systems to the Healthcare Lodge.

“The Electrical Connection members are setting a great example for our scouts by their service to the community,” said Anthony Fouts, director of camping services for the Boy Scouts.

“Our members are eager to help and will ensure all wiring and installations met the standards of the National Electrical Code,” said Lee Asher, business representative, IBEW Local 1.

Among the NECA contractors that donated service trucks and tools to complete the work were Aschinger Electric Co.; Bell Electrical; RJP Electric, LLC; Sachs Electric Co; Schaeffer Electric, TriStar Electric and Warren County Electric, LLC.

IBEW/NECA unite to form the Electrical Connection, now celebrating its 26th anniversary. Members of the Electrical Connection provide safe and reliable electrical construction, maintenance, repair and replacement services across Missouri, the nation and the world.  For more information, visit

SMPS-St. Louis announces its 2019-2020 Board of Directors

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SMPS-St. Louis recently announced their 2019-2020 Board of Directors.

The following slate has been elected by acclamation as the 2019-2020 SMPS St. Louis Chapter Board of Directors. The following individuals will commence their terms in office on September 1, 2019.

  • President: Courtney Kinamore, S. M. Wilson & Co.
  • President Elect: Megan Hinrichsen, Development Strategies
  • Immediate Past President: Nora Bresnahan, Castle Contracting, LLC
  • Treasurer: Julia Pluff, BRiC Partnership
  • Secretary: Reagan Branham, CPSM, HERA laboratory planners
  • Communications Director: Monica Stefek, Spellman Brady & Company
  • Programs Director: Sarah Bundy, CM-BIM, CASCO + Rl5
  • Education Director: Cheryl Vancil, Oates Associates Inc.
  • Membership Director: Katie Helmsing, CRB
  • Sponsorship Director: Monica Zidaru, Shannon & Wilson, Inc.
  • Director at Large: Amanda Bohnert, S. M. Wilson & Co.

The Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) is the only organization dedicated to creating business opportunities in the A/E/C industries. With more than 7,000 members, SMPS provides leadership and professional development programs, industry research, business-building events, and vital marketing resources. Through SMPS, A/E/C professionals in North America tap into powerful networks to form project teams, secure business referrals and intelligence, and benchmark performance. The Society is committed to validating the practice of marketing and business development as essential to the success of all professional services firms.

For more information, visit

Electrical Connection and the St. Louis Cardinals Host High School STEM Education Event at Busch Stadium

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St. Charles area high school students honored earlier this year for achievements in STEM education learned more about how data science is used to improve the fan experience by the St. Louis Cardinals.  The Cardinals partnered with the Electrical Connection to treat the students to a behind the scenes look at how technology is changing and improving baseball operations, all requiring a strong foundation in STEM subjects – science, technology, engineering and math.  The May 15, 2019 presentation at Busch Stadium detailed how data analytics are used in marketing and in measuring a player’s performance that is part of new information graphics on scoreboards. The presentation also revealed ever evolving integrated IT and communications systems in the stadium.

The panel discussion was moderated by Tony Simokaitis, director, scoreboard operations & fan entertainment, senior account executive. Panelists included:

  • Joe Abernathy, vice president, facility planning and engineering;
  • Jennifer Needham, manager, ticketing & business analysis; and
  • Jaren Haukap, editor, Daktronics specialist.

“The Cardinals have been part of this community for more than 100 years and every generation brings something new from which to learn and adapt,” Jim Curran, executive vice president, Electrical Connection, told the students.  “You are the generation that is already helping chart new ways to understand and enjoy America’s pastime.  Our contractors and electricians are proud to be part of that infusion of technology that is improving the fan experience.”

Every year, NECA contractors and IBEW have been tapped to engineer and install the new technology infrastructure, not only at Busch Stadium but at Ballpark Village. The Electrical Connection is a partnership of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1 and the St. Louis Chapter, National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA).

The students engaged in the presentation were honored at the March 1, 2019 STEM Celebration Breakfast presented by EDC Business & Community Partners in St. Charles County and also sponsored by the Electrical Connection.  They were joined by school officials and Greg Prestemon, EDC president and CEO.

The STEM education event began with brief tour of Busch Stadium, including a visit to the UMB Champions Club, where the Cardinals’11 World Series championship trophies are on display.

The St. Louis Cardinals STEM event is one of several educational initiatives support by the Electrical Connection.  Others include partnerships with the FIRST Robotics, the Saint Louis Science CenterMissouri Energy Initiative (MEI), the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI)and more.

Electrical Connection members provide safe and reliable electrical construction, maintenance, repair and replacement services across Missouri, the nation and the world.  For more information visit

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