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Four Electrical Connection Member Projects Named Finalists in AGC Keystone Awards

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Four Electrical Connection member projects are being saluted for construction excellence in the annual Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Missouri Keystone Awards.  The projects – two apiece by NECA contractors Guarantee Electrical Co. and PayneCrest Electric, Inc. – were named finalists in industrial and building construction categories.  Since 1997, when the AGC Keystone Awards competition was launched, more than 100 NECA contractor projects have been honored.  The prestigious construction awards program salutes projects for safety, proficiency in overcoming challenges and the quality of delivery, including maintaining budget and schedule.

“Each year, as innovation and technology continue to transform the construction industry, the judging of submissions and selection of finalists becomes more demanding.  The challenges presented to our contractors and their ability to successfully meet them is the essence of the Keystone Awards,” said Len Toenjes, AGCMO president.  “The ingenuity and craftsmanship represented by this year’s finalists continue to exemplify the spirit of the Keystone Awards.”

This year, Guarantee’s finalists include its work on The Last Hotel in downtown St. Louis for Fe Equus Development and the Ameren Process Waste Water Treatment facility.  PayneCrest was saluted for its work on the Ameren Labadie Fly Ash facility and the Monsanto/Bayer Greenhouses.

Guarantee and PayneCrest are members of the Electrical Connection, a partnership of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1 and the St. Louis Chapter of the National Electrical Contractor Association (NECA).

Winners of the 2019 Keystone Awards will be announced and celebrated at the AGC’s Construction Awards Gala scheduled for Monday, Nov. 4 at the River City Casino & Hotel in St. Louis.

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Helmkamp Construction Grows Field Leadership Team

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East Alton’s Helmkamp Construction Co. is pleased to announce the promotion of two long-term employed carpenters to superintendent.

The 80-year-old general contracting company continues to thrive and grow under the new ownership of Rob Johnes, President of Helmkamp since 2012, who acquired the company from the family’s third generation owner, Brad Farrell, in early 2018.  Expanding the field leadership team with long-term employees who set the example of quality, integrity, and safety leadership for Helmkamp, allows the general contractor to manage more projects without sacrificing those qualities that Helmkamp is known for on the jobsite.

Andy Summers

13-year team member, Andy Summers, and 10-year team member, Jacob Schmitz, both set that example.  Summers and Schmitz have been carpenters on the jobsites of Helmkamp customers for several years and are familiar faces in the field.  Their transitions to superintendent has been a natural next step in their construction careers at Helmkamp.

Jacob Schmitz

Johnes said, “Promoting good people who not only do great work, but have already proven to represent the company well, is an easy decision.  I look forward to many more years of having Andy and Jacob on our team and leading successful projects for us.”

Since 1938, Helmkamp Construction Co. has built relationships based on quality, integrity and safety leadership.  Helmkamp is the builder of choice for the repeat, professional buyer of construction in Industrial, Building and Life Science markets. To learn more, visit

Ranken Technical College Names Donald Pohl New President

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Ranken Technical College has named Donald J. Pohl as its new president. Pohl, who served as Ranken’s executive vice president, succeeds Stan Shoun, who is assuming the newly created position of Ranken CEO.

The changes took effect on July 1.

Pohl has been with Ranken for over 20 years, having served as Ranken’s Vice-President for Education, Dean of Academic Affairs, Information Technology Division Chair, and as a computer networking technology instructor.

Shoun has been Ranken president since 2009. As CEO, he will be responsible for strategic planning for programs and partnerships that integrate education and workforce solutions.

Ranken is a national leader in creating new and innovative pathways to help build a skilled workforce in the fields of automotive, electrical, construction, information technology, and manufacturing. The school has been a model of work-based learning opportunities and cooperative partnerships with regional businesses.

Ranken Technical College is a private, non-profit, degree-granting institution of higher learning whose primary mission is to provide the comprehensive education and training necessary to prepare students for employment and advancement in a variety of technical fields. For more information, visit

Western Specialty Contractors Unveils Secrets of Efficient Property Inspections

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The inspection plan is an essential part of today’s property manager or building owner’s maintenance agenda. Creating and following a plan helps sustain a healthy and attractive property while maintenance projects become more predictable and tenant satisfaction, retention, and attraction all can improve.

“It’s easy to think the most critical success factor in inspections is construction expertise,” says Teddy Williams, Western Specialty Contractors Content Marketing Manager. “But even folks who don’t primarily think of themselves as technical can build an active inspection program — if they have the right strategy and know how to make it work.”

Property inspections can be expensive and time-consuming, but they don’t have to be.

Planning, combined with the right professional advice, is what makes the difference. The most critical maintenance skill property managers can develop is strategy — a skill that can be gained by anyone who seeks the right advice.

Creating an inspection plan begins by asking what building components are going to be inspected. Figuring out what to inspect is easy if a building component inventory has already been created for the property.

It’s also important to determine what information property managers want to get from their inspections. At a minimum, the result will be a report on the current condition of each component which can be used as a baseline for future maintenance. Inspectors can record a condition rating for each component along with written descriptions about the condition and pictures for the record. Western Specialty Contractors advises owners and managers to take their time during this phase to look for opportunities to take the guesswork out of inspections.

The resulting inspections should be highly effective, because they ensure those responsible for the building get the right data. Inspections also will be more cost efficient and simpler and quicker to do when following a plan.

Once the components to inspect and the information to record has been determined, the appropriate inspectors can be identified. Two general options are in-house maintenance staff and outside specialists, such as a contractor or consultant.

For example, to assess a building’s structural integrity, a structural engineer would be the appropriate choice. Other situations aren’t as obvious. Owners and managers should consider whether their in-house maintenance staff has the expertise to determine the root causes of building deficiencies. Can they identify problems and why those problems are happening or do they need the help of an outside expert to help solve building problems and limit ownership liability?

For assistance in creating an effective property inspection plan, contact the Western Specialty Contractors branch location nearest you: For more information on building inspections, check out Western’s latest newsletter:

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

Wiegmann Associates completes HVAC work on new St. Louis Community College Center for Nursing & Health Sciences

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Wiegmann Associates completes HVAC work on new St. Louis Community College Center for Nursing & Health Sciences

Wiegmann Associates has completed HVAC work on the new Center for Nursing and Health Sciences located on St. Louis Community College’s Forest Park campus. The 96,000-square-foot facility, the first new building to be constructed on the campus in nearly 20 years, is scheduled for completion later this summer. Wiegmann Associates served as the mechanical contractor.

Tarlton Corp. is serving as construction manager on the project. KAI Design-Build is the project architect. The facility is LEED registered (Silver targeted) with the U.S. Green Building Council and is on track to achieve certification, according to a college spokesman.

The new, energy-efficient HVAC system optimizes performance while meeting the temperature requirements of the science laboratories, classrooms, dental clinics and common areas. Wiegmann fabricated and installed the ductwork.

The new Center for Nursing and Health Sciences is expected to open to students and faculty in August 2019 and will serve approximately 900 students each year. St. Louis Community College has achieved LEED certification for multiple other projects and was the first community college in the nation to achieve a LEED Gold certification (at Wildwood campus).

Wiegmann Associates is a St. Louis-based mechanical contractor and a national leader in design/build HVAC projects. Since 1995, Wiegmann Associates has engineered and installed innovative, energy saving and cost-efficient HVAC solutions, refrigeration systems and automation controls for clients in a wide range of industries, including senior living, food and beverage distribution, warehouse, healthcare, commercial and industrial. For more information, visit or call (636) 940-1056.

IFMA St. Louis Appoints Members to Board

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The St. Louis Chapter of IFMA (International Facility Management Association) announced officers elected to its Board of Directors and members appointed to chair its committees. Their terms run from July 1, 2019, to June 30, 2020.

Elected to the board and their respective companies are:

  • President, Jeff Touchette, Jarrell Contracting
  • Vice President, Scott Held, Ameren Corp.
  • Treasurer, Dave Gardin, The Koman Group
  • Secretary, Michael Wright, Ameren Corp.

Members who are chairing the organization’s committees are:

  • Membership, Karl Gnau, ABBCO Service Corp.
  • Marketing, Erin Valentine, McCarthy Building Companies
  • Education, Tauquincy Neal, St. Charles City-County Library
  • Programs, Gary Wood, Stryker Construction
  • Sponsorship, Matt Huesling, Woodard
  • Advocacy Liaison, James Delgado, Cozad Commercial Real Estate
  • Golf Classic, Steve Polk, Stormwater STL
  • Special Events, Kristie Gabel, Elite Cuisine
  • Sustainability, Jim Wideman

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


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.

Chris Donovan Joins Kwame Building Group as Project Engineer

Chris Donovan

Chris Donovan, AC has joined Kwame Building Group, Inc. (KWAME) as a project engineer. Donovan’s responsibilities include project budgeting and estimating, contractor and subcontractor communications, site management and responding to RFI’s and submittals for select projects in the Seattle, WA area.

Donovan holds a bachelor’s degree in Construction Management from Southern Illinois UniversityEdwardsville. He has previous industry experience as a carpentry subcontractor.

Kwame Building Group, Inc. (KWAME) is one of the nation’s top pure construction management firms, dedicating 100 percent of its resources to project management services. For more information, visit or call (314) 862-5344.

S. M. Wilson Promotes Maggie Farrell To Human Resources Manager

Maggie Farrell

S. M. Wilson & Co. has promoted Maggie Farrell to Human Resources Manager. As HR Manager, she will continue expanding her leadership role around the company’s recruitment and professional development efforts.

Farrell joined S. M. Wilson in 2018 and has demonstrated leadership initiatives including bringing CPR/First Aid training in-house, facilitating S. M. Wilson’s onboarding process, implementing an online learning management system system, developing trainings including intern and mentor orientations, taking on a larger role in facilitating the company’s Collegiate Development Committee and its college recruitment efforts and facilitating our charitable giving efforts.

Along with the Collegiate Development Committee, Farrell sits on S. M. Wilson’s Employee Engagement Committee, Charitable Giving Committee and Golf Committee which supports the company’s annual charity golf tournament, Swinging Fore Dreams. She is also actively involved in the community, serving as a Steering Committee member for Alive & Well Communities, Big Sister for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America as well as volunteering with Ready Readers. Farrell is First Aid/CPR/AED Instructor certified and has her Masters of Social Work (MSW) from Saint Louis University.

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

Lorraine Ward of H+C named one of the Most Influential Business Women in St. Louis

Lorraine Ward

Lorraine Ward, LEED AP BD+C, Senior Associate and Director of Professional Services at Hastings+Chivetta, has been named as one of St. Louis Business Journal’s Most Influential Business Women. Lorraine is one of 25 leaders chosen from nearly 240 nominations for the Class of 2019. Part of a group of professionals who have positively impacted their industries and communities, Lorraine will be honored with the Class of 2019 on August 9 at the Award Program and luncheon at America’s Center.


Heather Indelicato Promoted to Senior Vice President – Deposit Operations at Midwest BankCentre

Heather Indelicato

Heather Indelicato has been promoted to senior vice president-deposit operations at Midwest BankCentre. She was formerly assistant vice president-vendor management. She reports to Chief Operating Officer Marsha Benney.

Indelicato has successfully executed operational strategies and instilled service excellence within retail branches of the bank. While leading the bank’s vendor management function, she collaborated with leaders throughout the bank to define the optimal vendor management structure, set key priorities and manage critical vendor management initiatives. Indelicato is a 13-year veteran of the banking industry and previously led the bank’s South Grand branch.

“Heather has shown an immense capacity to drive optimal, customer-centric and innovative results in multiple roles at Midwest BankCentre. We look forward to her continued success,” said Midwest BankCentre CEO Orvin Kimbrough.

Indelicato has a bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in management from Missouri Baptist University and is currently pursuing a master of business administration degree at Missouri Baptist University. She serves on the board of the Carondelet Community Betterment Federation (CCBF).

Midwest BankCentre, a mainstay of St. Louis community banking since 1906, employs a staff of about 280 working at 18 bank locations in the City of St. Louis and St. Louis, Jefferson and St. Charles counties.

July 12, 2019

Kwame Building Group Hires Casey Patterson as Civil Inspector

Casey Patterson

Casey Patterson, of Maplewood, MO, has joined Kwame Building Group, Inc. (KWAME) as civil inspector. Patterson’s responsibilities include inspecting construction sites for KWAME’s infrastructure, transportation and commercial projects.

Patterson brings four years of engineering experience, including work on transportation and utility industry construction projects. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas at Tyler. He also has Engineer in Training (EIT) certification.

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.

Brian Meade Joins FGM Architects as Design Principal

Brian Meade

Brian joins FGM Architects as the next step in a 25-year career where he has helped make communities stronger through thoughtful, efficient, and sustainable design solutions. As a Thought Leader with a passion for Civic and Public Safety architecture, Brian has led the design of many award-winning public projects. He is a frequently published author of articles that feature his public safety and resilient design expertise. Brian earned a bachelor’s (1993) and master’s (1995) degrees in architecture from the University of Illinois. FGM Architects looks forward to offering Brian’s design leadership to our staff, clients and the public good!

June 28, 2019

IFMA St. Louis Honors Members at National Day Celebration 

Members of the St. Louis Chapter of IFMA (International Facility Management Association) gathered to recognize two industry members. Held on Wednesday, June 19, at Dave & Buster’s in suburban St. Louis, the awards were presented during the chapter’s celebration of National FM Day. Started in 2008, FM Day underscores the value and contributions of facility managers in St. Louis and around the nation who ensure that commercial buildings provide a safe, healthy and productive environment.

Award recipients were:

Professional Member of the Year: Dan Rayhawk, Senior Regional Facility Manager at Centene Corp.

Rayhawk earned his credentials as a Certified Facility Manager, considered the most prestigious and sought-after credential in facility management. He uses his experience to mentor other members who are working to gain the industry’s professional designations. Additionally, he serves on the organization’s education committee. Rayhawk oversees regional facilities for Centene, a multinational healthcare insurance and services provider.

Associate of the Year: Gary Wood, President and CEO, Stryker Construction

A member since 2011, Wood played a critical role as membership chair, increasing the ranks of IFMA St. Louis. He now chairs the programs committee, one of the chapter’s most important and time-consuming tasks. Wood also provides financial support as a sponsor for these programs. He launched his construction business in 2011. Today, Stryker Construction is one of region’s top firms in fast-paced interior renovations for a growing list of clients.

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

Andrew Ahlers, CM-BIM,A.C. Named St. Louis business Journal’s 30 Under 30

Andrew Ahlers

S. M. Wilson Project Manager, Andrew Ahlers, CM-BIM, A.C. has been named to the St. Louis Business Journal’s 30 Under 30 list.

The award recognizes future leaders of the region and local business community. This year’s class contains a diverse group of individuals representing a variety of industries, careers and ethnicities who have made an impact in their profession and the community. Honorees were selected by previous 30 Under 30 recipients as well as the Business Journal editorial board.

Ahlers joined S. M. Wilson in 2014 as a Project Engineer before being promoted to Project Manager in February 2019. He has worked on several highly-critical healthcare projects for Blessing Hospital, BJC HealthCare and Illini Community Health totaling more than $120 M in projects.

He holds his CM – BIM Certificate of Management in Building Information Modeling from the AGC of Missouri and has his AC (Associate Constructor) certification from the American Institute of Constructors and his ASHE – HCC (Health Care Construction Certificate). Ahlers has been instrumental in implementing S. M. Wilson’s latest healthcare construction technology on his projects which produce 3D virtual visualization for the Owner, end users and construction team to view the project and 4D schedule tie-in allowing the team to virtually build the project and monitor the schedule.

Ahlers is also a member of S. M. Wilson’s Collegiate Development Committee which is responsible for setting the company’s internship curriculum, going to career fairs and selecting candidates. As part of this program, he has mentored interns for the past three summers, all of which were hired full time by S. M. Wilson.

Ahlers is OSHA 30 Hour Construction Safety and Health for Construction Industry certified and earned his B.S. in Construction Management from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

30 Under 30 Honorees will be highlighted in the July 12 issue of the St. Louis Business Journal. For a complete list, visit:

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

Winthrop B. Reed III Joins Midwest BankCentre’s Legal Board of Directors

Win Reed

Winthrop B. “Win” Reed, an attorney and management committee member at Lewis Rice LLC, has been elected to the Midwest BankCentre legal board of directors.

Reed’s primary practice areas including health care, information technology, technology licensing, cybersecurity and data privacy, antitrust, class action and commercial litigation. He serves on the e-discovery committee at Lewis Rice.

While earning his bachelor’s degree in history at Tufts University, Reed participated in Army ROTC, served as soccer team captain and was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon. He graduated from the Saint Louis University School of Law. He served for eight years as an infantry officer in the Illinois Army National Guard and Reserves.

Reed’s extensive community involvement includes serving on the board of directors and quality committee for Mercy Health East Region. He chairs the board of directors at Mercy South (formerly St. Anthony’s Medical Center) and serves on its bylaws, executive, facilities, and finance and audit committees. He also is president and chairman of the board of the Boniface Foundation, which supports charitable and educational activities promoting individual and community health in the City of St. Louis and St. Louis County.

In addition, Reed chairs the St. Louis Zoological Park Subdistrict Commission and serves on the board of directors and as co-chair of the membership committee at Old Warson Country Club. He is a member of the board of directors and the corporate sponsorship and governance committees for Opera Theatre of St. Louis. Reed also is an advisory board member for Saint Louis University School of Law.

Midwest BankCentre, a mainstay of St. Louis community banking since 1906, employs a staff of about 280 working at 18 bank locations in the City of St. Louis and St. Louis, Jefferson and St. Charles counties. The bank works to empower people, enable business and energize neighborhoods through the strength of its financial services, including personalized consumer and business banking, business cash management, mortgage lending, home equity loans, financial planning and investments, insurance and digital banking. It ranks among St. Louis’ largest locally owned banks with assets exceeding $1.9 billion and deposits of $1.4 billion.

The bank is a local leader in the St. Louis Regional Unbanked Task Force and its Bank-On Save-Up St. Louis initiative. Since 2001, Midwest BankCentre has consecutively achieved the Bauer Financial 5-Star Superior financial rating each quarter. It was the national winner of the 2018 National Community Bank Service Awards by the Independent Community Bankers of America® (ICBA) for its success in bringing mainstream financial services to unbanked and underbanked citizens in the region.

Eric Giering

Giering Joins Cass Commercial Bank As Executive Vice President, Director of Commercial Banking

Eric Giering has joined Cass Commercial Bank as executive vice president and director of commercial banking. In that capacity, he will work to forge comprehensive financial relationships with existing and prospective clients and lead the commercial lending group in the conception and implementation of new growth strategies.

Consistently ranked among the top-performing banks in the U.S., Cass Commercial Bank is a subsidiary of Cass Information Systems, Inc., (NASDAQ: CASS), a leading national provider of transportation, energy, telecom and waste invoice payment and information services.

Giering brings more than 30 years of banking experience to Cass. Previously, he played a leadership role in various lending capacities including commercial, credit underwriting and management. Most recently, he spearheaded national business development and lending strategies in the franchise restaurant and gas/convenience store industries.

Locally, the St. Louis resident is active as co-chair of the Persons with Disabilities Allocation Panel and as a member of the Regional Investment Committee of the United Way of Greater St. Louis.

Giering earned his bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University and master’s degree in business administration from Central Michigan University.

Founded in 1906 in St. Louis, Cass Commercial Bank is a member of the Federal Reserve. It focuses on fulfilling the financial needs of privately held businesses, faith-based institutions and other nonprofits. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of Cass Information Systems (NASDAQ: CASS), a public company with $1.6 billion in assets.

Cass Information Systems, Inc. is a leading provider of integrated information and payment management solutions. Cass enables enterprises to achieve visibility, control and efficiency in their supply chains, communications networks, facilities and other operations. Disbursing over $60 billion annually on behalf of clients, and with total assets of $1.6 billion, Cass is uniquely supported by Cass Commercial Bank. Founded in 1906 and a wholly owned subsidiary, Cass Bank provides sophisticated financial exchange services to the parent organization and its clients. Cass is part of the Russell 2000®. 

Melissa Finley Joins Geotechnology as Human Resources Coordinator

Melissa Finley

Geotechnology, Inc., has hired Melissa Finley as its Human Resources Coordinator. She will be based in Geotechnology’s St. Louis office.

Finley, who came to Geotechnology after most recently working with Post Holdings, has more than five years of benefit and payroll administration experience.

A graduate of Southeast Missouri State University with a BSBA in Human Resources Management, she holds a Fundamental Payroll (FPC) certification and recently received her Society of Human Resource Management, Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) certification.

“Melissa is committed to helping employees engage and succeed professionally and personally,” said Geotechnology Human Resources Manager Dan Drago. “She is an excellent addition to our team.”

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

June 21, 2019

HNTB names Chris Price president of Central Division

Chris Price

Price leads operations of growing nine-state division, including 15 offices and more than 600 employees 

Chris Price, PE, has been named president of HNTB Corporation’s Central Division. He oversees operations, project delivery and client service in nine states including Texas, Louisiana, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Iowa, Nebraska, Arkansas and Mississippi. Price leads approximately 600 professionals who provide aviation, highway, bridge, transit and rail, toll and construction management projects to improve mobility.

Price is based in the firm’s downtown Kansas City, Missouri, office.

“The firm’s Central Division continues gaining strong momentum in our core market sectors,” said Mike Inabinet, PE, HNTB Central Region president. “Chris is a proven leader, whose many meaningful contributions and accomplishments during his decades of service are helping the firm continue on this positive growth trajectory.”

Price has a 32-year career with HNTB in numerous roles, most recently as national bridge practice leader. He was responsible for overseeing the firm’s delivery for bridge projects across the U.S.

Additionally, Price’s project leadership experience includes oversight for geotechnical services, railway track design, street design and traffic analysis.

He actively represents HNTB in civic and industry-related associations, helps recruit top talent to the firm, and fosters relationships with clients and thought leaders.

Price earned a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from the University of Missouri.

HNTB has been involved in some of the most high-profile, complex infrastructure programs that are helping alleviate congestion, improve safety and add mobility options in the central U.S. The firm’s many signature infrastructure projects include Dallas Area Rapid Transit’s South Oak Cliff Extension; program management services for the North Texas Tollway Authority, US 290 reconstruction and expansion in Houston, Texas; 3-Trails Crossing Memorial Highway in Kansas City, Missouri; Kansas Turnpike; Peoria Bus Rapid Transit in Tulsa, Oklahoma; multiple long span river crossings over the Mississippi River, and many other projects.

HNTB Corporation is an employee-owned infrastructure firm serving public and private owners and contractors. Celebrating 105 years of service in the United States, HNTB understands the life cycle of infrastructure and addresses clients’ most complex technical, financial and operational challenges. For more information, visit, or follow HNTB on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

Chuck Helms has joined Murphy Company as a service account manager. The announcement was made by Chris Carter, vice president, service for the mechanical contracting and engineering firm.  Helms has more than three decades of industry experience, having built  two large coal-fired boilers at Anheuser-Busch and converting three Zurn boilers from coal to natural gas at General Motors. He’s also managed complete rebuilds of heat recovery steam generator units in New Jersey and has installed multiple tank floors and side wall sections. He also managed more than 6,000 small boiler and pressure vessel repairs during his career. He holds an associate’s degree in welding and properties of materials from Jefferson College and has been a boilermaker since 1985. 

Heather Chatman

Heather Chatman has joined Murphy Company as receptionist, reporting to Tina Jones, executive administrative assistant/office manager for the mechanical contracting and engineering firm. Prior to joining Murphy, Chatman was self-employed. Career highlights include serving as a billing specialist for a finance company and as a department manager for a large St. Louis spa and salon.  She holds a cosmetology license and has extensive experience in customer relations and service. 

Holly Yorg

Holly Yorg has joined Murphy Company as an accounts receivable billing specialist, reporting to Russ Frink, job cost accounting manager. Prior to joining Murphy, Yorg served as general manager of a retail outlet, overseeing daily operations for a franchised operation.  Before that she was sales manager for a fashion jewelry company, managing more than 2,000 accounts.  She attended the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Founded in 1907, 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

Kurt Andersen Promoted to Senior Vice President at Midwest BankCentre’ Chesterfield Commercial Division

Kurt Andersen

Kurt Andersen, formerly vice president at Midwest BankCentre, has been promoted to senior vice president in the bank’s Chesterfield Commercial Division. Andersen develops the bank’s commercial and industrial lending portfolio by supporting middle-market companies in the St. Louis region with the financial backing for growth. His focus spans real estate lending, equipment financing, working capital lines of credit and treasury/wealth management solutions. Andersen offers deep expertise in the banking needs of trucking, transportation, manufacturing and wholesale distribution companies. Now in his 15th year of banking, Andersen joined Midwest BankCentre in 2010.

“Kurt brings a strong affinity for technology and customer experience to his role,” said Midwest BankCentre CEO Orvin Kimbrough. “We look forward to his continued work with innovations to our lending processes and functions to best serve our customers.”

Andersen has a bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in finance from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He is a member of the Missouri Trucking Association and the National Tool and Machining Association. He has volunteered with the Easterseals Midwest for the past decade and chaired the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse golf tournament committee. He is also active with Youth in Need, based in St. Charles.

Midwest BankCentre, a mainstay of St. Louis community banking since 1906, employs a staff of about 280 working at 19 bank locations in the City of St. Louis and St. Louis, Jefferson and St. Charles counties. 

Holland’s Pre-Construction Department Makes Improvements to Better Serve Clients’ Needs

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Paul Gansauer, Director of Pre-Construction at Holland Construction Services (Holland), is pleased to announce some exciting improvements happening in the department.

Clinton Murphy

With the construction industry ever evolving, two staff members recently received new titles to better describe their responsibilities serving clients with the latest in construction technology, such as Building Information Modeling (BIM), 3D modeling, and drone data collection and mapping. Clinton Murphy was named Holland’s Virtual Design & Construction Manager, and Chris Klostermann was named Virtual Design & Construction Engineer.

Chris Klostermann

“As we as a company continue to develop better and more streamlined ways to improve the use of BIM and 3D modeling in our everyday practices, there was a need to expand their roles and responsibilities within the emerging profession of Virtual Design & Construction,” said Gansauer. He added that earlier this year Klostermann completed the Associated General Contractors (AGC) BIM accreditation course and now joins Murphy as AGC Construction Management-BIM certified. “Since joining the department last fall, Chris has quickly grasped onto utilizing these tools on behalf of our clients and is helping Holland to continue to be a leader in the industry,” he said.

Laura Mollett

Another team member to have recently received professional accreditation is Senior Estimator Laura Mollett.  Mollett recently passed the certification requirements to earn the designation of Certified Healthcare Constructor (CHC) by the American Hospital Association.  The CHC certification program is designed to provide an objective and rigorous assessment of broad-based knowledge in healthcare construction. “This knowledge base will help the department and company as we continue to do more and more work for clients in the health care industry,” said Gansauer.

Laura is the third Holland employee to achieve CHC certification. In addition, six Holland employees have received a Health Care Construction (HCC) Certificate from the American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE, a membership group of the AHA).  The ASHE HCC Certificate recognizes that these employees have been trained to work in the health care construction environment.

Holland Construction Services is a full-service construction management, general contracting, and design/build firm based in Swansea, Ill., guided by the principle of providing our clients the best possible building experience on every project.  Holland has been providing quality construction services throughout Illinois and Missouri since 1986, when it was founded by company CEO Bruce Holland. For more information, visit Holland’s website at

Roeslein Named in Top 150 Private Companies of 2019

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Roeslein & Associates is proud to have been named one of the Top 150 Privately Held Companies in St. Louis by the St. Louis Business Journal. This honor is given to those companies in the St. Louis area with the largest revenue for the previous fiscal year.

For Roeslein, the past year consisted of substantial organic growth and growth through acquisitions. Roeslein’s President & COO, Brian Sneed commented, “Our accomplishments this past year have been a result of our commitment to implementing our strategic plan. We are focused on continuing to expand our business in order to serve the growing needs of our valued customers. The achievement of this award is the result of the hard work and dedication of our 650 employees located across the world. I am very grateful for all of their efforts.”

With the acquisition of Pride Conveyance Systems and Roeslein Poland, Roeslein’s goal of becoming a global leader in providing full-service engineering, procurement, fabrication, and construction services is being fulfilled. The experience held by these companies has allowed for better service to regional clients by providing more accessto resources, being able to efficiently control production schedules, and reduce overall project costs.

Through 2018, Roeslein added 160 employees to the Roeslein family and forecasts to add at least 50 new positions in 2019. This amount of growth is needed to keep up with the continuously growing backlog of projects Roeslein has acquired through new and current customers. Additionally in 2018, Roeslein was named among the Best Places to Work in St. Louis. This achievement is based on surveys completed by employees about their experiences within the company. Human Resources Director, Sarah Davidson commented, “2018 was a great year for our employee-owners; by focusing on our core values, we have been able to perpetuate our family-oriented and employee-ownership culture. As we continue to grow, it’s important that we maintain this culture and continue to be an employer people are proud to work for.”

Roeslein & Associates was founded in 1990, specializing in engineering, modular fabrication and construction services. The company has product offerings in both the container manufacturing industry and the process and energy sectors with annual revenues over $200 million. Its 650+ employees are spread throughout offices in St. Louis, MO (HQ); Red Bud, IL; Denver, CO; Hollister, California; Northampton, UK; Dębno, Poland; and Shanghai, China. To find out more, please visit

American Subcontractors Association Members Elect Anthony Brooks as 2019-29 ASA President

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Members of the American Subcontractors Association, a national trade organization representing construction subcontractors, specialty trade contractors, and suppliers, elected Anthony Brooks of Platinum Drywall in Maumelle AR, to serve as the Association’s 2019-20 President. His term will begin on July 1. He will succeed Courtney Little of ACE Glass Construction in Little Rock, AR.

ASA members also elected Brian Cooper of AROK Inc in Phoenix, AZ as Vice President, and Brian Carroll of Sanderford and Carroll, PC in Temple, TX as Secretary/Treasurer. They will join Brooks in serving a one-year term, from July 1, 2018, through June 30, 2019.

Mr. Brooks previously served as ASA Vice President, a position he has held since 2001.  In addition, he has served as the Chapter President for ASA of Central Arkansas as well as ASA Treasurer.  Mr. Brooks was an estimator for Horton Drywall from 1993 until 2001. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Philander Smith College in Little Rock, AR.

ASA Chief Operating Officer, Richard Bright, celebrated Brooks’ election. “Every year ASA elects a new President and I am honored to be able to work with Anthony Brooks during his term, as we continue to follow ASA’s Strategic Plan.”

“Education, networking and advocacy are vital to grow and strengthen this association,” stated Mr. Brooks, “and those will be my focus in the coming year. I plan to help form and grow alliances, start some trade peer groups, and build on the fine legacy of my predecessor, Courtney Little. It’s important that we reach out to all members and see how we can serve them meaningfully.”

The American Subcontractor’s Association, founded in 1966, has local chapters throughout the country. With member companies across the country, ASA promotes the rights and interests of subcontractors, specialty contractors and suppliers by building strength in community through education, advocacy, networking and professional growth.

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