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IBEW Local 1 Electrician Wins 2018 IBEW Apprentice of the Year

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Deaf apprentice Cory Davis pursues his dream despite language barrier

Submitted by SHERI GASSAWAY

IBEW LOCAL 1 PROUD: Cory Davis, a fifth-year IBEW Local 1 apprentice who has been deaf since birth, was named the 2018 IBEW Apprentice of the Year at the IBEW Construction and Maintenance Conference in Washington last month, making his IBEW Local 1 family proud. – IBEW photo

Much to the delight of his IBEW Local 1 family, Cory Davis, a fifth-year IBEW Local 1 apprentice who has been deaf since birth, has been named the 2018 IBEW Apprentice of the Year.

Davis, who was selected among 400 nominations nationwide, received the award last month at the 2019 IBEW Construction and Maintenance Conference in Washington. The 37-year-old father of four said he was shocked to learn he had won the prestigious honor.

“I want to say, ‘Thank you to Local 1 for getting me in and to my wife Rebecca for supporting me,’” Davis signed at the award ceremony. “I’m very proud to be a member of the IBEW.”

KNEW AS A CHILD HE WANTED TO BE AN ELECTRICIAN
Davis, originally from Alton, IL, knew as a child he wanted to be an electrician. His father worked at a telecommunications company and brought his scrap home and Davis would practice wiring.

After receiving his associate degree in electrical technology from Harper Williams College in Palatine, IL, he stayed in the Chicago area and worked for a company building control panels.

Eventually, Davis moved back to the St. Louis area, married and started a family. He knew that he needed to join the IBEW to fulfill his lifelong dream of becoming an electrician.

THE BIG BREAK

IBEW LOCAL 1 Business Representative John Kahrhoff (left), St. Louis Electrical Industry Training Center Director Dennis Gralike (second to left) and Local 1 Business Manager Frank Jacobs (far right) knew from the very beginning that apprentice Cory Davis (standing left of Jacobs) had a bright future with Local 1. – Compass Communications photo

In 2014, he met IBEW Local 1 Business Representative John Kahrhoff at an air show. Davis and Kahrhoff, a licensed interpreter, struck up a conversation, and after learning about Davis’ qualifications and his goals, Kahrhoff knew Davis had a future with the IBEW Local 1 family and talked it over with Business Manager Frank Jacobs.

“John walked in with his credentials, and I said, ‘Let’s get him in here for an interview and make sure there is an interpreter,’” Jacobs said. “He came in for the interview and did really well, and he was selected into the apprenticeship program.”

The IBEW Electricians Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee committed to giving Davis full communication access through sign language throughout his apprenticeship training.

TOP OF HIS CLASS
“Cory finished the program at the top of his class and had the highest grade point average, and continues to receive outstanding evaluations on the job,” said Dennis Gralike, director of the St. Louis Electrical Industry Training Center.

Mike Hood, former vice president of Bell Electric who has bilateral hearing loss, took Davis under his wing and hired him in 2014. Hood has since retired, but still enjoys learning about Davis’ success on the job.

CORY DAVIS, a fifth year IBEW Local 1 apprentice who works at Bell Electric, is well respected on the job because of how good he is at what he does. – ibewhourpower.com screencap

WELL RESPECTED ON THE JOB
“The work that Cory does is impressive, and he is respected on the job,” Gralike said. “Even journeymen wiremen look up to him because of what he has accomplished and how good he is at what he does.”

Davis communicates with his co-workers via writing and pointing to blueprints. He attends union meetings on a regular basis and takes part in many his union’s community service opportunities.

“My advice to other apprentices or those considering an IBEW Local 1 apprenticeship is to just be yourself,” Davis said. “Show your knowledge of the industry and what you can do and work hard, and you’ll do just fine.”

ANOTHER NATIONAL HONOR
In August, Davis will be attending the IBEW National Training Institute in Ann Arbor, MI, where he will be recognized by the IBEW National Training Committee – which oversees the curriculum for the IBEW/National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) training program – as an outstanding apprentice.

“I imagine Cory will serve as an inspiration to the many instructors that will be attending the event,” Gralike said.

Building Careers

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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.

Murphy Company Adds Personnel

Lisa Felhaus

Lisa Feldhaus has been appointed as dispatch coordinator for Murphy Company. The announcement was made by Stephanie Oberle, service dispatch supervisor. Feldhaus has more than 25 years’ experience in customer service, most recently providing installation support and customer care within the HVAC industry. Prior to that, she served in customer service for a large insurance company. She is a graduate of McClure High School.

Drew Bartley

Drew Bartley has been named refrigeration project manager at Murphy Company, the area’s largest mechanical contracting and engineering firm. The announcement was made by Bob Eichelberger, manager, refrigeration solutions for Murphy.           Bartley began his career as an HVAC technician and has worked in various industrial and institutional settings.  Since 2015 he has worked in sales and service, most recently serving as a territory manager in the HVAC industry. He holds an associate’s degree in HVAC-refrigeration technology from Ranken Technical College. He is certified, Universal EPA and as an ammonia compressor operator.

Laura Wagoner

Laura Wagoner has joined Murphy Company as service collection specialist.  The announcement was made by Marty Coughlin, service accounting manager for the mechanical contracting and engineering firm. Since 2014 Wagoner has been an administrative assistant for a general contractor where she was responsible for invoicing and other bookkeeping duties. Prior to that she was a cashier and, later, a Courtesy Center manager at Schnucks.

Ryan Kramer

Ryan Kramer has been promoted to a newly created position as service sales manager at Murphy Company, the area’s largest mechanical contracting and engineering firm. The announcement was made by Chris Carter, vice-president, service. In making the announcement, Carter said, “Since joining Murphy Company as a service account manager in 2015, Ryan has shown consistent growth of his portfolio of accounts, a strong focus on teamwork, and solid ability to develop and expand our client relationships. In this new role, Ryan will be responsible for implementing strategies to expand relationships with key clients as well as leading the performance, growth and development of our service account management and inside sales team.”

A graduate of Fontbonne University, Kramer was formerly director of sales for Alexander Manufacturing, a position he attained after just two years with the firm.  Prior to his promotion in 2013, he served as key accounts manager, sales, managing more than 25 percent of the company’s overall sales, beginning in 2011.  Before that, he served as a manager, Corporate Services Division of Cassidy Turley where he coordinated hundreds of franchisee and corporate turn-key projects for several national retailers and commercial enterprises. In that role he worked closely with contractors and subcontractors, value engineering ways to meet and exceed budget expectations.

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. The firm employs more than 1,000 people nationwide. For more information, visit www.murphynet.com.

David Warning Promoted to Executive Vice President-Chief Credit Officer at Midwest BankCentre

David Warning

David B. Warning, formerly regional president of Midwest BankCentre based at its Chesterfield branch, has been promoted to executive vice president-chief credit officer for the locally owned community bank. Warning leads the bank’s credit culture for all significant lending units, including commercial, consumer, mortgage and wealth management. His oversight ensures the bank’s asset quality objectives are met while supporting growth and diversification of the bank’s loan portfolio. Warning joined Midwest BankCentre bank in 2014. He has more than 30 years of commercial lending experience.

Warning has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. He served on the St. Louis Regional Chamber board of directors and the West County YMCA board. He was formerly president of the Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce. Warning is a longtime volunteer with Habitat for Humanity.

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,

M Property Services Hires Dr. Ramona Tumblin-Rucker as Director of Design/Build & Construction Management

Dr. Ramona Tumblin-Rucker

M Property Services (MPS) proudly announces the hiring of Dr. Ramona Tumblin-Rucker, PEng, MBA, MPM, CHC, as Director of Design/Build & Construction Management.

In her new position, Tumblin-Rucker will provide oversight to evaluate and monitor complete design/build project bids, construction schedules, proformas, budgets and project activities. She will also manage project implementation, including resource allocation, quality control, change order processing and risk analysis, as well as conduct field inspections and monitor building program success.

She has more than 30 years of project management experience, having previously served as Project Manager for McCarthy Building Companies and Legacy Building Group where she successfully managed projects of various sizes and levels of complexity in the healthcare, academic and corporate industries.

Tumblin-Rucker has a Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, MO; MBA in Management from Oklahoma City University in Oklahoma City, OK; Master of Project Management from Keller Graduate School of Management in St. Louis, MO and Doctor of Management from Webster University in Webster Groves, MO.

Industry organizations she is a member of include: National Society of Black Engineers, Associated General Contractors of St. Louis, St. Louis Construction Forum, St. Louis Construction Consumers Council, Missouri Society for Healthcare Engineering, American Society for Healthcare Engineering, and American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers. 

Founded in 1990, M Property Services, LLC (MPS) is a full-service real estate development, property management and brokerage firm based in O’Fallon, MO. For more information about M Property Services, visit www.mps-stl.com or call 636-561-9300.

Mike Trobaugh Achieves Certified Healthcare Constructor Designation

Mike Trobaugh

ASHE Certified Team Members Continue to Grow at Holland Construction Services 

Mike Marchal, president of Holland Construction Services (Holland), is pleased to announce that Mike Trobaugh, Project Superintendent, has earned the designation of Certified Healthcare Constructor (CHC) by the American Hospital Association (AHA).

The CHC is a national credential that distinguishes an individual as being among an elite group of 900 healthcare construction professionals in the nation.  The CHC certification program is designed to provide an objective and rigorous assessment of broad-based knowledge in healthcare construction. An individual must satisfy eligibility requirements that incorporate a blend of education and associated healthcare-specific professional experience, agree to adhere to the professional standard of conduct, and pass the CHC certification exam.

Mike is the second 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 shows these employees have been trained to work in the health care construction environment.

Holland has built a strong reputation in the healthcare market completing over 50 projects throughout southern Illinois and the St. Louis metro area, including projects for BJC HealthCare, Memorial Hospital, HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, Southern Illinois Healthcare Foundation, and SSM Health, as well as many oncology care providers and medical office buildings for physician’s groups. 

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. For more information, visit Holland’s website at www.hollandcs.com.

May 10, 2019

S. M. Wilson Hires Four

S.M. Wilson & Co. has hired Michele Lord as Business Development Director, Matt Niemeyer as Virtual Design and Construction Manager, Tim Fischer as Estimator and Gwen Arenberg as Project Engineer.

Michele Lord

Lord joins S. M. Wilson’s Business Development team with 20 years of experience in marketing, project management and business development with companies including Hellmuth, Obata+Kassabaum, BJC Healthcare and BSA LifeStructures. She holds a B.A. in Political Science with a Master’s in Higher Education. Lord will be the business development lead for S. M. Wilson’s healthcare market sector. She will also assist with higher education as well as acquiring new clients, maintaining existing relationships and elevating S. M. Wilson within the community.

Matt Niemeyer

Niemeyer is a licensed architect with experience as a Project Architect, Project Manager and BIM/VDC Manager. He will be responsible for developing and coordinating the firm’s virtual design and construction division. Niemeyer holds a B.S. in Architectural Studies from the University of Illinois with 22 years of experience.

Tim Fischer

Fischer will be responsible for assembling cost estimates and developing constructability reviews and value engineering studies for construction projects. He holds a B.S. in Information Technology/Multimedia and Visual Communications and has 15 years experience estimating fabrication and manufacturing, including build-out for corporate, educational and public facilities.

Gwen Arenberg

Arenberg is a licensed architect. She joins S. M. Wilson as a Project Engineer and will be responsible for helping establish procedures with the design professionals, consultants and Owner of projects for information flow, approvals meetings and reporting. She will also track shop drawings, submittals, material deliveries and RFIs through the duration of projects.

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

Jeffrey Krus Joins Kwame Building Group as Project Engineer

Jeffrey Krus

Jeffrey Krus, of Byrnes Mill, Missouri, has joined Kwame Building Group, Inc. (KWAME) as project engineer. Krus’ responsibilities include project budgeting and estimating, contractor and subcontractor communications, site management and responding to RFI’s and submittals.

Krus has three years of industry experience as field project engineer. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Construction Management from Southern Illinois State University – Edwardsville.

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 www.kwamebuildinggroup.com or call (314) 862-5344.

Kirby-Smith Machinery Hires David Kellerstrass as General Manager, Product Support Sales

David Kellerstrass

Kirby-Smith Machinery, Inc. (KSM) announced David Kellerstrass as General Manager, Product Support Sales. Kellerstrass will manage product support sales operations, which includes oversight of 16 product support sales representatives for the company. He will focus on growing parts and service opportunities for KSM, partnering with industry suppliers and engaging KSM’s customer base to ensure their satisfaction. Kellerstrass will work out of the Dallas office.

Kellerstrass has over a decade of experience in Komatsu dealership operations, joining KSM after a diverse 11-year career in sales and management at Power Motive Corporation in Colorado. In that position, he served in roles as a territory salesmen, rental operations and fleet general manager, and most recently as a corporate product support sales manager.

Kirby-Smith Machinery, Inc. was established in 1983 and is recognized as one of the premiere new and used heavy construction equipment and crane dealers in the country. For more information about Kirby-Smith Machinery, call 888-861-0219 or visit kirby-smith.com.

May 3, 2019

Tom Colyer joins Wiegmann Associates as Project Designer 

Tom Colyer

Tom Colyer of St. Charles, MO has joined Wiegmann Associates as a project designer. Colyer is responsible for drafting and drawing 3D models of HVAC systems for various Wiegmann Associates projects. Colyer has eight years of construction industry experience as a designer. He holds an associate’s degree in Drafting and Design from ITT Technical Institute.

Wiegmann Associates is a St. Louis-based mechanical contractor and a national leader in design/build HVAC projects. For more information, visit www.wiegmannassoc.com or call (636) 940-1056.

Zig Piwowarski rejoins LANDCO Construction as Project Executive

Zig Piwowarski

Zig Piwowarski has rejoined LANDCO Construction as a project executive.  His role is to ensure the successful delivery of multiple projects, while helping to build the client base and contribute to the strategic direction of the firm. He brings over 20 years of experience in the local construction industry, with a focus on client relations.

Piwowarski originally joined LANDCO as a project manager and estimator back in 2002, after beginning his career as a union carpenter in the field. He spent ten years at Cushman & Wakefield/Cassidy Turley/Colliers as a senior manager in project and development services. He then served as vice president in project and development services in the St. Louis region for Jones Lang LaSalle, where he managed all phases of multiple projects, representing landlords and tenants, while developing client relationships.

He rejoins LANDCO during the transition into new ownership and leadership under its president, Linda Bernhard, who has been with LANDCO since its inception.  “We are extremely excited that Zig has chosen to rejoin our team. He is a genuine leader, and his industry knowledge and exceptional traits are a welcome addition to our organization,” said Bernhard.

St. Louis-based LANDCO Construction provides preconstruction, construction management and interior construction services. With the competitive advantage of strong partnerships in the design industry, LANDCO’s experienced and dedicated in-house team has delivered quality construction projects on time and within budget since 2001. 

LaTonya Jackson Promoted to Community Partnership Business Development Officer at Midwest BankCentre

LaTonya Jackson

LaTonya Jackson, formerly leader of the Midwest BankCentre Friendly Temple branch, has been promoted to community partnership business development officer. The announcement was made by Erin Erhart, executive vice president of fee services and consumer banking.

Jackson focuses on building and expanding bank relationships with Midwest BankCentre’s community partners, faith-based institutions and nonprofit organizations. She will develop capacity and opportunities to expand bank services to clients in these market segments. Now in her fifth year of banking, Jackson joined the bank in mid-2016 and was previously the community development specialist for Electro Savings Credit Union.

Jackson has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Benedictine College and a master’s in business administration degree from Fontbonne University. She serves on the board of Better Family Life, Inc., Young Biz Kidz and the Hamiliton Heights Neighborhood Association. She chairs the youth committee for the St. Louis Regional Unbanked Taskforce and is the St. Louis regional co-chair for the Money Smart Planning Committee.

April 26, 2019

Color Art Promotes Vice President and Hires New Director

Local solutions provider continues growth in Midwest 

Jennifer Graham

Color Art, St. Louis’ largest interior solutions provider, is pleased to announce the promotion of long-time employee Jennifer Graham from Vice President of Workplace Strategies to Executive Vice President of Workplace Strategies and Design. Color Art also added Laura Kirk as its new Director of Architectural Solutions. Color Art is the largest commercial interiors solutions provider in the Midwest and has been family and employee-owned for more than 70 years.

The Workplace Strategies and Design team guides clients through discussions or workshops to uncover their business objectives and creates spaces that align with those goals. Graham moved from managing a small team of three to overseeing all design operations. She received her degree in interior design at Southern Illinois University – Carbondale and finetuned her AutoCAD skills at a metal manufacturer upon graduation. Graham became one of the first on-site Facilities Planners for Edward Jones and then held various roles and leadership opportunities at Knoll Textiles and Herman Miller.

Laura Kirk

Color Art has additionally hired Laura Kirk as the new Director of Architectural Solutions. By integrating architectural products, technology products, and furniture solutions, Color Art creates workplaces that enhance performance, inspire engagement and promote wellbeing. The Architectural Solutions team draws on research and experience, in partnership with clients, to elevate their interior environments. Kirk is a life-long St. Louisan with both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business from Fontbonne University. Working in business development for the past 10 years, Kirk built business for both Total Source and HumanScale in the St. Louis market by calling on A&D firms and commercial furniture dealerships.

“I thought it was the perfect timing. I love what Color Art has been doing in the market, so it was just an easy and natural next step,” said Kirk when Executive Vice President, Todd Nixon, asked her to join the team.

The largest commercial interiors solutions provider in the Midwest, Color Art serves clients in 30 states as well as internationally. For more than 70 years, its employees have earned a reputation synonymous with excellence, service, and integrity. As one of the nation’s leading authorized Steelcase dealers, Color Art prides itself on the knowledge it brings to every relationship and offers customers insight, advice, and partnership to help them create the best places for people to do their best work. For more information visit https://www.color-art.com

David Coleman Joins HOK as Regional Leader of Science + Technology in St. Louis 

David Coleman

David Coleman, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, has joined HOK as a regional leader for the firm’s Science + Technology practice. He brings nearly 25 years of experience designing college and university projects, with a specialty in strategic facility planning, programming and conceptual design.

As a regional leader, Coleman will be responsible for leading Science + Technology projects in the region, guiding project pursuits and growing the practice. He will collaborate closely with current and future clients to deliver high-quality projects that shape campuses.

Coleman is a frequent speaker on trends impacting the design of higher education facilities at conferences including SCUP, APPA. NACUBO and Tradeline and has contributed articles to industry publications on topics such as leveraging technology in design to educate next-generation healthcare professionals.

Coleman is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis with a Master of Architecture and the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts. He is active in industry and civic organizations and is an alumnus of Leadership St. Louis.

With offices around the globe, HOK designs buildings and spaces that respond to the needs of people and the environment. HOK designers are rooted in technical excellence, driven by imagination and focused on a solitary goal: to deliver solutions that inspire clients and communities.

Guarantee Electrical Company Hires New Market Development Manager

Nick Arb

Guarantee Electrical Company (Guarantee) recently announced the hiring of a new Market Development Manager.  Nick Arb has joined Guarantee Electrical as the Market Development Manager for its offices in Missouri, Illinois, Colorado and California. Nick will be responsible for driving the company’s marketing and business development strategies to ensure the best representation of the company’s reputation, brand, culture and standards of service to its clients. Nick brings 10 years of experience in the electrical and construction industry, most recently as the Director of Business Development for Mid America Metals.

Nick will report to Don Brown – Vice President of Business Development, allowing him to capitalize on Guarantee’s long history of success and deep relationships in the construction industry.

Prior to joining Guarantee, Nick was the Director of Business Development for Mid America Metals where he successfully led the national sales program, corporate marketing, and business development initiatives which also included key account relationships, strategic partnerships and large project coordination.   Additionally he has worked at Frost Supply as an Energy Solutions & Lighting Specialist and Marketing Manager.

According to Don Brown, “We are very excited to have Nick join the Guarantee Electrical team.  His integrated experience in both Marketing and Business Development, coupled with his energy and passion for client relationship development will be a benefit to Guarantee Electrical clients and employees.”

A graduate of St. Louis University High, Nick also has his Bachelor of Science in Commerce from Santa Clara University.

Founded in 1902, St. Louis based Guarantee Electrical is consistently ranked among the largest electrical contractors in the United States. Its operations include branch offices in Granite City, IL. and Denver, CO, plus ongoing operations in California.   The company provides full-scope electrical contracting, including preconstruction, construction, engineering and design, design-build, design-assist, value engineering, procurement, electrical and communications systems, service and preventive maintenance.  To learn more, visit www.geco.com

April 19, 2019

Tarlton Promotes Korte to Human Resources Manager

Denise Korte

Tarlton Corp., a St. Louis-based general contracting and construction management firm, promoted Denise Korte to human resources manager. Korte has more than 17 years of experience in the human resources industry. She is a certified Professional in Human Resources and Society for Human Resources Certified Professional with expertise in implementing policies and strategies, serving as a point of contact for staff and stakeholders and providing multiple human resources services and functions.

Korte joined Tarlton in 2017. She previously served as human resources manager at Progressive Medical Inc., where she managed full-cycle recruiting for corporate and sales positions, as well as conducted performance reviews and oversight of employee benefits. Korte also previously served as human resources manager at Paric Corp.

Korte holds a Bachelor of Science degree in organizational leadership from Greenville University in Greenville, Ill.

Jeremy Wood Joins Castle Contracting as Project Manager/Estimator

Jeremy Wood

Castle Contracting has hired Jeremy Wood as project manager/estimator. In this position, he pursues project opportunities, manages project estimating activities and oversees the day-to-day operation of projects within Castle’s MEP Civil and Utilities market.

Prior to joining Castle, Wood served as project manager/estimator at Lawlor Corporation and project engineer at KAI Design & Build. His project management and estimating experience encompasses a wide range of institutional and commercial building projects, including medical clinics, multi-story hospitals, municipal buildings and higher-education facilities.

“Jeremy is a collaborative, detail‐oriented project manager with an exceptional record of success in delivering projects on time and on budget,” said Michael Pranger, vice president of operations, Castle Contracting. “Our clients will benefit from his expertise and commitment to achieving results.”

Wood earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial technology, construction management and design from Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau. He and his family live in Warrenton, Mo.

Jasminn Jones joins Kwame Building Group as Project Engineer

Jasminn Jones

Jasminn Jones of Florissant, MO has joined Kwame Building Group, Inc. (KWAME) as project engineer. She is responsible for managing submittals on the firm’s $450 million SSM St. Louis University Hospital project. She also ensures contract compliance, prepares project status reports and assists project management personnel.

Jones brings five years of experience in the construction industry, including an internship with KWAME. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Alabama A&M University and was a member of the Eta Kappa Tau Engineering and Technology Fraternity, Inc.

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 www.kwamebuildinggroup.com or call (314) 862-5344.

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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.

S. M. Wilson Hires Four

S.M. Wilson & Co. has hired Michele Lord as Business Development Director, Matt Niemeyer as Virtual Design and Construction Manager, Tim Fischer as Estimator and Gwen Arenberg as Project Engineer.

Michele Lord

Lord joins S. M. Wilson’s Business Development team with 20 years of experience in marketing, project management and business development with companies including Hellmuth, Obata+Kassabaum, BJC Healthcare and BSA LifeStructures. She holds a B.A. in Political Science with a Master’s in Higher Education. Lord will be the business development lead for S. M. Wilson’s healthcare market sector. She will also assist with higher education as well as acquiring new clients, maintaining existing relationships and elevating S. M. Wilson within the community.

Matt Niemeyer

Niemeyer is a licensed architect with experience as a Project Architect, Project Manager and BIM/VDC Manager. He will be responsible for developing and coordinating the firm’s virtual design and construction division. Niemeyer holds a B.S. in Architectural Studies from the University of Illinois with 22 years of experience.

Tim Fischer

Fischer will be responsible for assembling cost estimates and developing constructability reviews and value engineering studies for construction projects. He holds a B.S. in Information Technology/Multimedia and Visual Communications and has 15 years experience estimating fabrication and manufacturing, including build-out for corporate, educational and public facilities.

Gwen Arenberg

Arenberg is a licensed architect. She joins S. M. Wilson as a Project Engineer and will be responsible for helping establish procedures with the design professionals, consultants and Owner of projects for information flow, approvals meetings and reporting. She will also track shop drawings, submittals, material deliveries and RFIs through the duration of projects.

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

Jeffrey Krus Joins Kwame Building Group as Project Engineer

Jeffrey Krus

Jeffrey Krus, of Byrnes Mill, Missouri, has joined Kwame Building Group, Inc. (KWAME) as project engineer. Krus’ responsibilities include project budgeting and estimating, contractor and subcontractor communications, site management and responding to RFI’s and submittals.

Krus has three years of industry experience as field project engineer. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Construction Management from Southern Illinois State University – Edwardsville.

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 www.kwamebuildinggroup.com or call (314) 862-5344.

Kirby-Smith Machinery Hires David Kellerstrass as General Manager, Product Support Sales

David Kellerstrass

Kirby-Smith Machinery, Inc. (KSM) announced David Kellerstrass as General Manager, Product Support Sales. Kellerstrass will manage product support sales operations, which includes oversight of 16 product support sales representatives for the company. He will focus on growing parts and service opportunities for KSM, partnering with industry suppliers and engaging KSM’s customer base to ensure their satisfaction. Kellerstrass will work out of the Dallas office.

Kellerstrass has over a decade of experience in Komatsu dealership operations, joining KSM after a diverse 11-year career in sales and management at Power Motive Corporation in Colorado. In that position, he served in roles as a territory salesmen, rental operations and fleet general manager, and most recently as a corporate product support sales manager.

Kirby-Smith Machinery, Inc. was established in 1983 and is recognized as one of the premiere new and used heavy construction equipment and crane dealers in the country. For more information about Kirby-Smith Machinery, call 888-861-0219 or visit kirby-smith.com.

May 3, 2019

Tom Colyer joins Wiegmann Associates as Project Designer 

Tom Colyer

Tom Colyer of St. Charles, MO has joined Wiegmann Associates as a project designer. Colyer is responsible for drafting and drawing 3D models of HVAC systems for various Wiegmann Associates projects. Colyer has eight years of construction industry experience as a designer. He holds an associate’s degree in Drafting and Design from ITT Technical Institute.

Wiegmann Associates is a St. Louis-based mechanical contractor and a national leader in design/build HVAC projects. For more information, visit www.wiegmannassoc.com or call (636) 940-1056.

Zig Piwowarski rejoins LANDCO Construction as Project Executive

Zig Piwowarski

Zig Piwowarski has rejoined LANDCO Construction as a project executive.  His role is to ensure the successful delivery of multiple projects, while helping to build the client base and contribute to the strategic direction of the firm. He brings over 20 years of experience in the local construction industry, with a focus on client relations.

Piwowarski originally joined LANDCO as a project manager and estimator back in 2002, after beginning his career as a union carpenter in the field. He spent ten years at Cushman & Wakefield/Cassidy Turley/Colliers as a senior manager in project and development services. He then served as vice president in project and development services in the St. Louis region for Jones Lang LaSalle, where he managed all phases of multiple projects, representing landlords and tenants, while developing client relationships.

He rejoins LANDCO during the transition into new ownership and leadership under its president, Linda Bernhard, who has been with LANDCO since its inception.  “We are extremely excited that Zig has chosen to rejoin our team. He is a genuine leader, and his industry knowledge and exceptional traits are a welcome addition to our organization,” said Bernhard.

St. Louis-based LANDCO Construction provides preconstruction, construction management and interior construction services. With the competitive advantage of strong partnerships in the design industry, LANDCO’s experienced and dedicated in-house team has delivered quality construction projects on time and within budget since 2001. 

LaTonya Jackson Promoted to Community Partnership Business Development Officer at Midwest BankCentre

LaTonya Jackson

LaTonya Jackson, formerly leader of the Midwest BankCentre Friendly Temple branch, has been promoted to community partnership business development officer. The announcement was made by Erin Erhart, executive vice president of fee services and consumer banking.

Jackson focuses on building and expanding bank relationships with Midwest BankCentre’s community partners, faith-based institutions and nonprofit organizations. She will develop capacity and opportunities to expand bank services to clients in these market segments. Now in her fifth year of banking, Jackson joined the bank in mid-2016 and was previously the community development specialist for Electro Savings Credit Union.

Jackson has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Benedictine College and a master’s in business administration degree from Fontbonne University. She serves on the board of Better Family Life, Inc., Young Biz Kidz and the Hamiliton Heights Neighborhood Association. She chairs the youth committee for the St. Louis Regional Unbanked Taskforce and is the St. Louis regional co-chair for the Money Smart Planning Committee.

April 26, 2019

Color Art Promotes Vice President and Hires New Director

Local solutions provider continues growth in Midwest 

Jennifer Graham

Color Art, St. Louis’ largest interior solutions provider, is pleased to announce the promotion of long-time employee Jennifer Graham from Vice President of Workplace Strategies to Executive Vice President of Workplace Strategies and Design. Color Art also added Laura Kirk as its new Director of Architectural Solutions. Color Art is the largest commercial interiors solutions provider in the Midwest and has been family and employee-owned for more than 70 years.

The Workplace Strategies and Design team guides clients through discussions or workshops to uncover their business objectives and creates spaces that align with those goals. Graham moved from managing a small team of three to overseeing all design operations. She received her degree in interior design at Southern Illinois University – Carbondale and finetuned her AutoCAD skills at a metal manufacturer upon graduation. Graham became one of the first on-site Facilities Planners for Edward Jones and then held various roles and leadership opportunities at Knoll Textiles and Herman Miller.

Laura Kirk

Color Art has additionally hired Laura Kirk as the new Director of Architectural Solutions. By integrating architectural products, technology products, and furniture solutions, Color Art creates workplaces that enhance performance, inspire engagement and promote wellbeing. The Architectural Solutions team draws on research and experience, in partnership with clients, to elevate their interior environments. Kirk is a life-long St. Louisan with both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business from Fontbonne University. Working in business development for the past 10 years, Kirk built business for both Total Source and HumanScale in the St. Louis market by calling on A&D firms and commercial furniture dealerships.

“I thought it was the perfect timing. I love what Color Art has been doing in the market, so it was just an easy and natural next step,” said Kirk when Executive Vice President, Todd Nixon, asked her to join the team.

The largest commercial interiors solutions provider in the Midwest, Color Art serves clients in 30 states as well as internationally. For more than 70 years, its employees have earned a reputation synonymous with excellence, service, and integrity. As one of the nation’s leading authorized Steelcase dealers, Color Art prides itself on the knowledge it brings to every relationship and offers customers insight, advice, and partnership to help them create the best places for people to do their best work. For more information visit https://www.color-art.com

David Coleman Joins HOK as Regional Leader of Science + Technology in St. Louis 

David Coleman

David Coleman, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, has joined HOK as a regional leader for the firm’s Science + Technology practice. He brings nearly 25 years of experience designing college and university projects, with a specialty in strategic facility planning, programming and conceptual design.

As a regional leader, Coleman will be responsible for leading Science + Technology projects in the region, guiding project pursuits and growing the practice. He will collaborate closely with current and future clients to deliver high-quality projects that shape campuses.

Coleman is a frequent speaker on trends impacting the design of higher education facilities at conferences including SCUP, APPA. NACUBO and Tradeline and has contributed articles to industry publications on topics such as leveraging technology in design to educate next-generation healthcare professionals.

Coleman is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis with a Master of Architecture and the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts. He is active in industry and civic organizations and is an alumnus of Leadership St. Louis.

With offices around the globe, HOK designs buildings and spaces that respond to the needs of people and the environment. HOK designers are rooted in technical excellence, driven by imagination and focused on a solitary goal: to deliver solutions that inspire clients and communities.

Guarantee Electrical Company Hires New Market Development Manager

Nick Arb

Guarantee Electrical Company (Guarantee) recently announced the hiring of a new Market Development Manager.  Nick Arb has joined Guarantee Electrical as the Market Development Manager for its offices in Missouri, Illinois, Colorado and California. Nick will be responsible for driving the company’s marketing and business development strategies to ensure the best representation of the company’s reputation, brand, culture and standards of service to its clients. Nick brings 10 years of experience in the electrical and construction industry, most recently as the Director of Business Development for Mid America Metals.

Nick will report to Don Brown – Vice President of Business Development, allowing him to capitalize on Guarantee’s long history of success and deep relationships in the construction industry.

Prior to joining Guarantee, Nick was the Director of Business Development for Mid America Metals where he successfully led the national sales program, corporate marketing, and business development initiatives which also included key account relationships, strategic partnerships and large project coordination.   Additionally he has worked at Frost Supply as an Energy Solutions & Lighting Specialist and Marketing Manager.

According to Don Brown, “We are very excited to have Nick join the Guarantee Electrical team.  His integrated experience in both Marketing and Business Development, coupled with his energy and passion for client relationship development will be a benefit to Guarantee Electrical clients and employees.”

A graduate of St. Louis University High, Nick also has his Bachelor of Science in Commerce from Santa Clara University.

Founded in 1902, St. Louis based Guarantee Electrical is consistently ranked among the largest electrical contractors in the United States. Its operations include branch offices in Granite City, IL. and Denver, CO, plus ongoing operations in California.   The company provides full-scope electrical contracting, including preconstruction, construction, engineering and design, design-build, design-assist, value engineering, procurement, electrical and communications systems, service and preventive maintenance.  To learn more, visit www.geco.com

April 19, 2019

Tarlton Promotes Korte to Human Resources Manager

Denise Korte

Tarlton Corp., a St. Louis-based general contracting and construction management firm, promoted Denise Korte to human resources manager. Korte has more than 17 years of experience in the human resources industry. She is a certified Professional in Human Resources and Society for Human Resources Certified Professional with expertise in implementing policies and strategies, serving as a point of contact for staff and stakeholders and providing multiple human resources services and functions.

Korte joined Tarlton in 2017. She previously served as human resources manager at Progressive Medical Inc., where she managed full-cycle recruiting for corporate and sales positions, as well as conducted performance reviews and oversight of employee benefits. Korte also previously served as human resources manager at Paric Corp.

Korte holds a Bachelor of Science degree in organizational leadership from Greenville University in Greenville, Ill.

Jeremy Wood Joins Castle Contracting as Project Manager/Estimator

Jeremy Wood

Castle Contracting has hired Jeremy Wood as project manager/estimator. In this position, he pursues project opportunities, manages project estimating activities and oversees the day-to-day operation of projects within Castle’s MEP Civil and Utilities market.

Prior to joining Castle, Wood served as project manager/estimator at Lawlor Corporation and project engineer at KAI Design & Build. His project management and estimating experience encompasses a wide range of institutional and commercial building projects, including medical clinics, multi-story hospitals, municipal buildings and higher-education facilities.

“Jeremy is a collaborative, detail‐oriented project manager with an exceptional record of success in delivering projects on time and on budget,” said Michael Pranger, vice president of operations, Castle Contracting. “Our clients will benefit from his expertise and commitment to achieving results.”

Wood earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial technology, construction management and design from Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau. He and his family live in Warrenton, Mo.

Jasminn Jones joins Kwame Building Group as Project Engineer

Jasminn Jones

Jasminn Jones of Florissant, MO has joined Kwame Building Group, Inc. (KWAME) as project engineer. She is responsible for managing submittals on the firm’s $450 million SSM St. Louis University Hospital project. She also ensures contract compliance, prepares project status reports and assists project management personnel.

Jones brings five years of experience in the construction industry, including an internship with KWAME. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Alabama A&M University and was a member of the Eta Kappa Tau Engineering and Technology Fraternity, Inc.

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 www.kwamebuildinggroup.com or call (314) 862-5344.

April 12, 2019

Cass Commercial Bank Recruits Hoeffner To Lead New Equipment Finance Division

George Hoeffner

Cass Commercial Bank has formed a new division focused on financing equipment purchases for businesses, not-for-profit organizations and municipalities through capital and municipal leases. Recruited to lead the new division is George Hoeffner, senior vice president.

Consistently ranked among the top-performing banks in the country, 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.

Hoeffner joins Cass with 28 years of experience in equipment finance, the last six spent with Central Bank of St. Louis where he launched its equipment finance group.  He previously founded Starboard Capital Group, Inc., an entity that marketed loan and lease products to middle market companies.

New Hires at AAIC Inc. 

Paul Cermak

Paul Cermak has joined AAIC as Construction Observer / Inspector.  With a Bachelor Degree from McKendree University Paul brings 28 years of experience in the AEC (architecture/engineering/construction) industry.  Paul resides in Millstadt, Illinois with his wife Jeannie, they have two grown children and enjoys hunting and fishing and has been an IHSA Volleyball Official for 22 years. He will be responsible for observing and monitoring the work of contractors to ensure contractor compliance with project plans, specifications, methods and workmanship, acting as the company’s on-site liaison and interacting with owners, contractors, the general public and other project participants.

Brennon Vogt

Brennon Vogt has joined AAIC as an Architectural Intern.  With a Bachelor’s of Science in Architecture from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, he will be responsible for programming, design development, specification writing, estimating, and construction documents.  Brennon is currently working on Dunkin Donuts that will be located in Lovejoy Library at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

IMPACT Strategies Adds Two Project Managers to Growing Team

IMPACT Strategies has expanded its team with the hiring of Terry Midgley as a Senior Project Manager and Justin Eilermann as a Project Manager.

Terry Midgley

Terry Midgley is a 39-year industry veteran with an extensive and varied construction background. He has managed large-scale projects including senior and assisted living facilities, hospitals/clinics, and federal buildings. Midgley holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. He is a resident of Lebanon, Illinois.

Justin Eilermann

Justin Eilermann has 12 years of experience in construction, including field experience and project management. He graduated from Ranken Technical College in St. Louis, Missouri with a Bachelor of Science degree in Architectural Technology. Eilermann resides in Breese, Illinois.

Mark Hinrichs, president of IMPACT Strategies, said, “As we continue to grow, we are excited about the contributions Terry and Justin will make as project managers. Their knowledge and industry experience are valuable resources for our clients and the entire IMPACT Strategies team.”

IMPACT Strategies provides innovative Preconstruction, Construction Management, Design/Build, and General Contracting services for Healthcare, Multifamily, Senior Housing, Retail, Warehouse/Distribution and Commercial clients in the St. Louis Metropolitan area and throughout the Midwest. 

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Tom Colyer joins Wiegmann Associates as Project Designer 

Tom Colyer

Tom Colyer of St. Charles, MO has joined Wiegmann Associates as a project designer. Colyer is responsible for drafting and drawing 3D models of HVAC systems for various Wiegmann Associates projects. Colyer has eight years of construction industry experience as a designer. He holds an associate’s degree in Drafting and Design from ITT Technical Institute.

Wiegmann Associates is a St. Louis-based mechanical contractor and a national leader in design/build HVAC projects. For more information, visit www.wiegmannassoc.com or call (636) 940-1056.

Zig Piwowarski rejoins LANDCO Construction as Project Executive

Zig Piwowarski

Zig Piwowarski has rejoined LANDCO Construction as a project executive.  His role is to ensure the successful delivery of multiple projects, while helping to build the client base and contribute to the strategic direction of the firm. He brings over 20 years of experience in the local construction industry, with a focus on client relations.

Piwowarski originally joined LANDCO as a project manager and estimator back in 2002, after beginning his career as a union carpenter in the field. He spent ten years at Cushman & Wakefield/Cassidy Turley/Colliers as a senior manager in project and development services. He then served as vice president in project and development services in the St. Louis region for Jones Lang LaSalle, where he managed all phases of multiple projects, representing landlords and tenants, while developing client relationships.

He rejoins LANDCO during the transition into new ownership and leadership under its president, Linda Bernhard, who has been with LANDCO since its inception.  “We are extremely excited that Zig has chosen to rejoin our team. He is a genuine leader, and his industry knowledge and exceptional traits are a welcome addition to our organization,” said Bernhard.

St. Louis-based LANDCO Construction provides preconstruction, construction management and interior construction services. With the competitive advantage of strong partnerships in the design industry, LANDCO’s experienced and dedicated in-house team has delivered quality construction projects on time and within budget since 2001. 

LaTonya Jackson Promoted to Community Partnership Business Development Officer at Midwest BankCentre

LaTonya Jackson

LaTonya Jackson, formerly leader of the Midwest BankCentre Friendly Temple branch, has been promoted to community partnership business development officer. The announcement was made by Erin Erhart, executive vice president of fee services and consumer banking.

Jackson focuses on building and expanding bank relationships with Midwest BankCentre’s community partners, faith-based institutions and nonprofit organizations. She will develop capacity and opportunities to expand bank services to clients in these market segments. Now in her fifth year of banking, Jackson joined the bank in mid-2016 and was previously the community development specialist for Electro Savings Credit Union.

Jackson has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Benedictine College and a master’s in business administration degree from Fontbonne University. She serves on the board of Better Family Life, Inc., Young Biz Kidz and the Hamiliton Heights Neighborhood Association. She chairs the youth committee for the St. Louis Regional Unbanked Taskforce and is the St. Louis regional co-chair for the Money Smart Planning Committee.

April 26, 2019

Color Art Promotes Vice President and Hires New Director

Local solutions provider continues growth in Midwest 

Jennifer Graham

Color Art, St. Louis’ largest interior solutions provider, is pleased to announce the promotion of long-time employee Jennifer Graham from Vice President of Workplace Strategies to Executive Vice President of Workplace Strategies and Design. Color Art also added Laura Kirk as its new Director of Architectural Solutions. Color Art is the largest commercial interiors solutions provider in the Midwest and has been family and employee-owned for more than 70 years.

The Workplace Strategies and Design team guides clients through discussions or workshops to uncover their business objectives and creates spaces that align with those goals. Graham moved from managing a small team of three to overseeing all design operations. She received her degree in interior design at Southern Illinois University – Carbondale and finetuned her AutoCAD skills at a metal manufacturer upon graduation. Graham became one of the first on-site Facilities Planners for Edward Jones and then held various roles and leadership opportunities at Knoll Textiles and Herman Miller.

Laura Kirk

Color Art has additionally hired Laura Kirk as the new Director of Architectural Solutions. By integrating architectural products, technology products, and furniture solutions, Color Art creates workplaces that enhance performance, inspire engagement and promote wellbeing. The Architectural Solutions team draws on research and experience, in partnership with clients, to elevate their interior environments. Kirk is a life-long St. Louisan with both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business from Fontbonne University. Working in business development for the past 10 years, Kirk built business for both Total Source and HumanScale in the St. Louis market by calling on A&D firms and commercial furniture dealerships.

“I thought it was the perfect timing. I love what Color Art has been doing in the market, so it was just an easy and natural next step,” said Kirk when Executive Vice President, Todd Nixon, asked her to join the team.

The largest commercial interiors solutions provider in the Midwest, Color Art serves clients in 30 states as well as internationally. For more than 70 years, its employees have earned a reputation synonymous with excellence, service, and integrity. As one of the nation’s leading authorized Steelcase dealers, Color Art prides itself on the knowledge it brings to every relationship and offers customers insight, advice, and partnership to help them create the best places for people to do their best work. For more information visit https://www.color-art.com

David Coleman Joins HOK as Regional Leader of Science + Technology in St. Louis 

David Coleman

David Coleman, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, has joined HOK as a regional leader for the firm’s Science + Technology practice. He brings nearly 25 years of experience designing college and university projects, with a specialty in strategic facility planning, programming and conceptual design.

As a regional leader, Coleman will be responsible for leading Science + Technology projects in the region, guiding project pursuits and growing the practice. He will collaborate closely with current and future clients to deliver high-quality projects that shape campuses.

Coleman is a frequent speaker on trends impacting the design of higher education facilities at conferences including SCUP, APPA. NACUBO and Tradeline and has contributed articles to industry publications on topics such as leveraging technology in design to educate next-generation healthcare professionals.

Coleman is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis with a Master of Architecture and the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts. He is active in industry and civic organizations and is an alumnus of Leadership St. Louis.

With offices around the globe, HOK designs buildings and spaces that respond to the needs of people and the environment. HOK designers are rooted in technical excellence, driven by imagination and focused on a solitary goal: to deliver solutions that inspire clients and communities.

Guarantee Electrical Company Hires New Market Development Manager

Nick Arb

Guarantee Electrical Company (Guarantee) recently announced the hiring of a new Market Development Manager.  Nick Arb has joined Guarantee Electrical as the Market Development Manager for its offices in Missouri, Illinois, Colorado and California. Nick will be responsible for driving the company’s marketing and business development strategies to ensure the best representation of the company’s reputation, brand, culture and standards of service to its clients. Nick brings 10 years of experience in the electrical and construction industry, most recently as the Director of Business Development for Mid America Metals.

Nick will report to Don Brown – Vice President of Business Development, allowing him to capitalize on Guarantee’s long history of success and deep relationships in the construction industry.

Prior to joining Guarantee, Nick was the Director of Business Development for Mid America Metals where he successfully led the national sales program, corporate marketing, and business development initiatives which also included key account relationships, strategic partnerships and large project coordination.   Additionally he has worked at Frost Supply as an Energy Solutions & Lighting Specialist and Marketing Manager.

According to Don Brown, “We are very excited to have Nick join the Guarantee Electrical team.  His integrated experience in both Marketing and Business Development, coupled with his energy and passion for client relationship development will be a benefit to Guarantee Electrical clients and employees.”

A graduate of St. Louis University High, Nick also has his Bachelor of Science in Commerce from Santa Clara University.

Founded in 1902, St. Louis based Guarantee Electrical is consistently ranked among the largest electrical contractors in the United States. Its operations include branch offices in Granite City, IL. and Denver, CO, plus ongoing operations in California.   The company provides full-scope electrical contracting, including preconstruction, construction, engineering and design, design-build, design-assist, value engineering, procurement, electrical and communications systems, service and preventive maintenance.  To learn more, visit www.geco.com

April 19, 2019

Tarlton Promotes Korte to Human Resources Manager

Denise Korte

Tarlton Corp., a St. Louis-based general contracting and construction management firm, promoted Denise Korte to human resources manager. Korte has more than 17 years of experience in the human resources industry. She is a certified Professional in Human Resources and Society for Human Resources Certified Professional with expertise in implementing policies and strategies, serving as a point of contact for staff and stakeholders and providing multiple human resources services and functions.

Korte joined Tarlton in 2017. She previously served as human resources manager at Progressive Medical Inc., where she managed full-cycle recruiting for corporate and sales positions, as well as conducted performance reviews and oversight of employee benefits. Korte also previously served as human resources manager at Paric Corp.

Korte holds a Bachelor of Science degree in organizational leadership from Greenville University in Greenville, Ill.

Jeremy Wood Joins Castle Contracting as Project Manager/Estimator

Jeremy Wood

Castle Contracting has hired Jeremy Wood as project manager/estimator. In this position, he pursues project opportunities, manages project estimating activities and oversees the day-to-day operation of projects within Castle’s MEP Civil and Utilities market.

Prior to joining Castle, Wood served as project manager/estimator at Lawlor Corporation and project engineer at KAI Design & Build. His project management and estimating experience encompasses a wide range of institutional and commercial building projects, including medical clinics, multi-story hospitals, municipal buildings and higher-education facilities.

“Jeremy is a collaborative, detail‐oriented project manager with an exceptional record of success in delivering projects on time and on budget,” said Michael Pranger, vice president of operations, Castle Contracting. “Our clients will benefit from his expertise and commitment to achieving results.”

Wood earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial technology, construction management and design from Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau. He and his family live in Warrenton, Mo.

Jasminn Jones joins Kwame Building Group as Project Engineer

Jasminn Jones

Jasminn Jones of Florissant, MO has joined Kwame Building Group, Inc. (KWAME) as project engineer. She is responsible for managing submittals on the firm’s $450 million SSM St. Louis University Hospital project. She also ensures contract compliance, prepares project status reports and assists project management personnel.

Jones brings five years of experience in the construction industry, including an internship with KWAME. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Alabama A&M University and was a member of the Eta Kappa Tau Engineering and Technology Fraternity, Inc.

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 www.kwamebuildinggroup.com or call (314) 862-5344.

April 12, 2019

Cass Commercial Bank Recruits Hoeffner To Lead New Equipment Finance Division

George Hoeffner

Cass Commercial Bank has formed a new division focused on financing equipment purchases for businesses, not-for-profit organizations and municipalities through capital and municipal leases. Recruited to lead the new division is George Hoeffner, senior vice president.

Consistently ranked among the top-performing banks in the country, 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.

Hoeffner joins Cass with 28 years of experience in equipment finance, the last six spent with Central Bank of St. Louis where he launched its equipment finance group.  He previously founded Starboard Capital Group, Inc., an entity that marketed loan and lease products to middle market companies.

New Hires at AAIC Inc. 

Paul Cermak

Paul Cermak has joined AAIC as Construction Observer / Inspector.  With a Bachelor Degree from McKendree University Paul brings 28 years of experience in the AEC (architecture/engineering/construction) industry.  Paul resides in Millstadt, Illinois with his wife Jeannie, they have two grown children and enjoys hunting and fishing and has been an IHSA Volleyball Official for 22 years. He will be responsible for observing and monitoring the work of contractors to ensure contractor compliance with project plans, specifications, methods and workmanship, acting as the company’s on-site liaison and interacting with owners, contractors, the general public and other project participants.

Brennon Vogt

Brennon Vogt has joined AAIC as an Architectural Intern.  With a Bachelor’s of Science in Architecture from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, he will be responsible for programming, design development, specification writing, estimating, and construction documents.  Brennon is currently working on Dunkin Donuts that will be located in Lovejoy Library at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

IMPACT Strategies Adds Two Project Managers to Growing Team

IMPACT Strategies has expanded its team with the hiring of Terry Midgley as a Senior Project Manager and Justin Eilermann as a Project Manager.

Terry Midgley

Terry Midgley is a 39-year industry veteran with an extensive and varied construction background. He has managed large-scale projects including senior and assisted living facilities, hospitals/clinics, and federal buildings. Midgley holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. He is a resident of Lebanon, Illinois.

Justin Eilermann

Justin Eilermann has 12 years of experience in construction, including field experience and project management. He graduated from Ranken Technical College in St. Louis, Missouri with a Bachelor of Science degree in Architectural Technology. Eilermann resides in Breese, Illinois.

Mark Hinrichs, president of IMPACT Strategies, said, “As we continue to grow, we are excited about the contributions Terry and Justin will make as project managers. Their knowledge and industry experience are valuable resources for our clients and the entire IMPACT Strategies team.”

IMPACT Strategies provides innovative Preconstruction, Construction Management, Design/Build, and General Contracting services for Healthcare, Multifamily, Senior Housing, Retail, Warehouse/Distribution and Commercial clients in the St. Louis Metropolitan area and throughout the Midwest. 

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Color Art Promotes Vice President and Hires New Director

Local solutions provider continues growth in Midwest 

Jennifer Graham

Color Art, St. Louis’ largest interior solutions provider, is pleased to announce the promotion of long-time employee Jennifer Graham from Vice President of Workplace Strategies to Executive Vice President of Workplace Strategies and Design. Color Art also added Laura Kirk as its new Director of Architectural Solutions. Color Art is the largest commercial interiors solutions provider in the Midwest and has been family and employee-owned for more than 70 years.

The Workplace Strategies and Design team guides clients through discussions or workshops to uncover their business objectives and creates spaces that align with those goals. Graham moved from managing a small team of three to overseeing all design operations. She received her degree in interior design at Southern Illinois University – Carbondale and finetuned her AutoCAD skills at a metal manufacturer upon graduation. Graham became one of the first on-site Facilities Planners for Edward Jones and then held various roles and leadership opportunities at Knoll Textiles and Herman Miller.

Laura Kirk

Color Art has additionally hired Laura Kirk as the new Director of Architectural Solutions. By integrating architectural products, technology products, and furniture solutions, Color Art creates workplaces that enhance performance, inspire engagement and promote wellbeing. The Architectural Solutions team draws on research and experience, in partnership with clients, to elevate their interior environments. Kirk is a life-long St. Louisan with both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business from Fontbonne University. Working in business development for the past 10 years, Kirk built business for both Total Source and HumanScale in the St. Louis market by calling on A&D firms and commercial furniture dealerships.

“I thought it was the perfect timing. I love what Color Art has been doing in the market, so it was just an easy and natural next step,” said Kirk when Executive Vice President, Todd Nixon, asked her to join the team.

The largest commercial interiors solutions provider in the Midwest, Color Art serves clients in 30 states as well as internationally. For more than 70 years, its employees have earned a reputation synonymous with excellence, service, and integrity. As one of the nation’s leading authorized Steelcase dealers, Color Art prides itself on the knowledge it brings to every relationship and offers customers insight, advice, and partnership to help them create the best places for people to do their best work. For more information visit https://www.color-art.com

David Coleman Joins HOK as Regional Leader of Science + Technology in St. Louis 

David Coleman

David Coleman, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, has joined HOK as a regional leader for the firm’s Science + Technology practice. He brings nearly 25 years of experience designing college and university projects, with a specialty in strategic facility planning, programming and conceptual design.

As a regional leader, Coleman will be responsible for leading Science + Technology projects in the region, guiding project pursuits and growing the practice. He will collaborate closely with current and future clients to deliver high-quality projects that shape campuses.

Coleman is a frequent speaker on trends impacting the design of higher education facilities at conferences including SCUP, APPA. NACUBO and Tradeline and has contributed articles to industry publications on topics such as leveraging technology in design to educate next-generation healthcare professionals.

Coleman is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis with a Master of Architecture and the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts. He is active in industry and civic organizations and is an alumnus of Leadership St. Louis.

With offices around the globe, HOK designs buildings and spaces that respond to the needs of people and the environment. HOK designers are rooted in technical excellence, driven by imagination and focused on a solitary goal: to deliver solutions that inspire clients and communities.

Guarantee Electrical Company Hires New Market Development Manager

Nick Arb

Guarantee Electrical Company (Guarantee) recently announced the hiring of a new Market Development Manager.  Nick Arb has joined Guarantee Electrical as the Market Development Manager for its offices in Missouri, Illinois, Colorado and California. Nick will be responsible for driving the company’s marketing and business development strategies to ensure the best representation of the company’s reputation, brand, culture and standards of service to its clients. Nick brings 10 years of experience in the electrical and construction industry, most recently as the Director of Business Development for Mid America Metals.

Nick will report to Don Brown – Vice President of Business Development, allowing him to capitalize on Guarantee’s long history of success and deep relationships in the construction industry.

Prior to joining Guarantee, Nick was the Director of Business Development for Mid America Metals where he successfully led the national sales program, corporate marketing, and business development initiatives which also included key account relationships, strategic partnerships and large project coordination.   Additionally he has worked at Frost Supply as an Energy Solutions & Lighting Specialist and Marketing Manager.

According to Don Brown, “We are very excited to have Nick join the Guarantee Electrical team.  His integrated experience in both Marketing and Business Development, coupled with his energy and passion for client relationship development will be a benefit to Guarantee Electrical clients and employees.”

A graduate of St. Louis University High, Nick also has his Bachelor of Science in Commerce from Santa Clara University.

Founded in 1902, St. Louis based Guarantee Electrical is consistently ranked among the largest electrical contractors in the United States. Its operations include branch offices in Granite City, IL. and Denver, CO, plus ongoing operations in California.   The company provides full-scope electrical contracting, including preconstruction, construction, engineering and design, design-build, design-assist, value engineering, procurement, electrical and communications systems, service and preventive maintenance.  To learn more, visit www.geco.com

April 19, 2019

Tarlton Promotes Korte to Human Resources Manager

Denise Korte

Tarlton Corp., a St. Louis-based general contracting and construction management firm, promoted Denise Korte to human resources manager. Korte has more than 17 years of experience in the human resources industry. She is a certified Professional in Human Resources and Society for Human Resources Certified Professional with expertise in implementing policies and strategies, serving as a point of contact for staff and stakeholders and providing multiple human resources services and functions.

Korte joined Tarlton in 2017. She previously served as human resources manager at Progressive Medical Inc., where she managed full-cycle recruiting for corporate and sales positions, as well as conducted performance reviews and oversight of employee benefits. Korte also previously served as human resources manager at Paric Corp.

Korte holds a Bachelor of Science degree in organizational leadership from Greenville University in Greenville, Ill.

Jeremy Wood Joins Castle Contracting as Project Manager/Estimator

Jeremy Wood

Castle Contracting has hired Jeremy Wood as project manager/estimator. In this position, he pursues project opportunities, manages project estimating activities and oversees the day-to-day operation of projects within Castle’s MEP Civil and Utilities market.

Prior to joining Castle, Wood served as project manager/estimator at Lawlor Corporation and project engineer at KAI Design & Build. His project management and estimating experience encompasses a wide range of institutional and commercial building projects, including medical clinics, multi-story hospitals, municipal buildings and higher-education facilities.

“Jeremy is a collaborative, detail‐oriented project manager with an exceptional record of success in delivering projects on time and on budget,” said Michael Pranger, vice president of operations, Castle Contracting. “Our clients will benefit from his expertise and commitment to achieving results.”

Wood earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial technology, construction management and design from Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau. He and his family live in Warrenton, Mo.

Jasminn Jones joins Kwame Building Group as Project Engineer

Jasminn Jones

Jasminn Jones of Florissant, MO has joined Kwame Building Group, Inc. (KWAME) as project engineer. She is responsible for managing submittals on the firm’s $450 million SSM St. Louis University Hospital project. She also ensures contract compliance, prepares project status reports and assists project management personnel.

Jones brings five years of experience in the construction industry, including an internship with KWAME. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Alabama A&M University and was a member of the Eta Kappa Tau Engineering and Technology Fraternity, Inc.

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 www.kwamebuildinggroup.com or call (314) 862-5344.

April 12, 2019

Cass Commercial Bank Recruits Hoeffner To Lead New Equipment Finance Division

George Hoeffner

Cass Commercial Bank has formed a new division focused on financing equipment purchases for businesses, not-for-profit organizations and municipalities through capital and municipal leases. Recruited to lead the new division is George Hoeffner, senior vice president.

Consistently ranked among the top-performing banks in the country, 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.

Hoeffner joins Cass with 28 years of experience in equipment finance, the last six spent with Central Bank of St. Louis where he launched its equipment finance group.  He previously founded Starboard Capital Group, Inc., an entity that marketed loan and lease products to middle market companies.

New Hires at AAIC Inc. 

Paul Cermak

Paul Cermak has joined AAIC as Construction Observer / Inspector.  With a Bachelor Degree from McKendree University Paul brings 28 years of experience in the AEC (architecture/engineering/construction) industry.  Paul resides in Millstadt, Illinois with his wife Jeannie, they have two grown children and enjoys hunting and fishing and has been an IHSA Volleyball Official for 22 years. He will be responsible for observing and monitoring the work of contractors to ensure contractor compliance with project plans, specifications, methods and workmanship, acting as the company’s on-site liaison and interacting with owners, contractors, the general public and other project participants.

Brennon Vogt

Brennon Vogt has joined AAIC as an Architectural Intern.  With a Bachelor’s of Science in Architecture from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, he will be responsible for programming, design development, specification writing, estimating, and construction documents.  Brennon is currently working on Dunkin Donuts that will be located in Lovejoy Library at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

IMPACT Strategies Adds Two Project Managers to Growing Team

IMPACT Strategies has expanded its team with the hiring of Terry Midgley as a Senior Project Manager and Justin Eilermann as a Project Manager.

Terry Midgley

Terry Midgley is a 39-year industry veteran with an extensive and varied construction background. He has managed large-scale projects including senior and assisted living facilities, hospitals/clinics, and federal buildings. Midgley holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. He is a resident of Lebanon, Illinois.

Justin Eilermann

Justin Eilermann has 12 years of experience in construction, including field experience and project management. He graduated from Ranken Technical College in St. Louis, Missouri with a Bachelor of Science degree in Architectural Technology. Eilermann resides in Breese, Illinois.

Mark Hinrichs, president of IMPACT Strategies, said, “As we continue to grow, we are excited about the contributions Terry and Justin will make as project managers. Their knowledge and industry experience are valuable resources for our clients and the entire IMPACT Strategies team.”

IMPACT Strategies provides innovative Preconstruction, Construction Management, Design/Build, and General Contracting services for Healthcare, Multifamily, Senior Housing, Retail, Warehouse/Distribution and Commercial clients in the St. Louis Metropolitan area and throughout the Midwest. 

April 5, 2019

Knoebel Construction promotes Ryan Gierer to Senior Project Manager 

Ryan Gierer

Ryan Gierer of Villa Ridge, MO, has been promoted to Senior Project Manager at Knoebel Construction. He is responsible for overseeing all aspects of select retail center, restaurant, grocery and retail store construction projects, both in St. Louis and nationally. Gierer joined Knoebel Construction as Project Manager in 2014.

Knoebel Construction, Inc. is a national general contractor specializing in retail center, multi-use, restaurant, grocery, healthcare and retail store construction. For more information, visit www.knoebelconstruction.com or call (636) 326-4100.

Sam Welge Named Manager – Automation and Energy Solutions at Murphy Company

Sam Welge

Sam Welge has been promoted to the position of manager – automation and energy solutions at Murphy Company, the area’s largest mechanical contracting and engineering firm. The announcement was made by Chris Carter, vice president, service.

Welge, who has more than 25 years’ experience in the industry, has served in several roles at Murphy since 2009. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He is both a Certified Energy Manager (Association of Energy Engineers) and a LEED AP (U.S. Green Building Council.)

Commenting on the promotion, Carter said, “Sam’s leadership abilities will be beneficial to the long-term growth of the Murphy Automation Controls team. Sam is able to leverage his background and experience to help clients adopt the latest building controls and energy solutions, and extend further services to our clients.”

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.  Murphy offers process piping, HVAC, refrigeration, plumbing, design-build, piping fabrication, energy solutions and 24-hour service. The firm employs more than 1,000 people nationwide. For more information, visit www.murphynet.com. 

Brinkmann Constructors Promotes Nikki MacDonald To Controller

Nikke MacDonald

Brinkmann Constructors has promoted Nikki MacDonald to Controller. In her new role, she is responsible for supervising all the accounting activities and processes within Brinkmann Constructors. “Nikki has played a critical role in growing and managing the department and she truly leads by example,” says Jennifer Funk, Vice President of Finance, “She has always taken on new challenges with a positive, ‘we can do this’ attitude.”

MacDonald joined Brinkmann in 2007 as an Accounts Payable Specialist, and subsequently advanced through the ranks to be promoted to Controller.

Brinkmann Constructors is an employee-owned, creative leader in the construction industry with offices in St. Louis, Denver and Kansas City. For more information, please visit www.BrinkmannConstructors.com.

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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.

Tarlton Promotes Korte to Human Resources Manager

Denise Korte

Tarlton Corp., a St. Louis-based general contracting and construction management firm, promoted Denise Korte to human resources manager. Korte has more than 17 years of experience in the human resources industry. She is a certified Professional in Human Resources and Society for Human Resources Certified Professional with expertise in implementing policies and strategies, serving as a point of contact for staff and stakeholders and providing multiple human resources services and functions.

Korte joined Tarlton in 2017. She previously served as human resources manager at Progressive Medical Inc., where she managed full-cycle recruiting for corporate and sales positions, as well as conducted performance reviews and oversight of employee benefits. Korte also previously served as human resources manager at Paric Corp.

Korte holds a Bachelor of Science degree in organizational leadership from Greenville University in Greenville, Ill.

Jeremy Wood Joins Castle Contracting as Project Manager/Estimator

Jeremy Wood

Castle Contracting has hired Jeremy Wood as project manager/estimator. In this position, he pursues project opportunities, manages project estimating activities and oversees the day-to-day operation of projects within Castle’s MEP Civil and Utilities market.

Prior to joining Castle, Wood served as project manager/estimator at Lawlor Corporation and project engineer at KAI Design & Build. His project management and estimating experience encompasses a wide range of institutional and commercial building projects, including medical clinics, multi-story hospitals, municipal buildings and higher-education facilities.

“Jeremy is a collaborative, detail‐oriented project manager with an exceptional record of success in delivering projects on time and on budget,” said Michael Pranger, vice president of operations, Castle Contracting. “Our clients will benefit from his expertise and commitment to achieving results.”

Wood earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial technology, construction management and design from Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau. He and his family live in Warrenton, Mo.

Jasminn Jones joins Kwame Building Group as Project Engineer

Jasminn Jones

Jasminn Jones of Florissant, MO has joined Kwame Building Group, Inc. (KWAME) as project engineer. She is responsible for managing submittals on the firm’s $450 million SSM St. Louis University Hospital project. She also ensures contract compliance, prepares project status reports and assists project management personnel.

Jones brings five years of experience in the construction industry, including an internship with KWAME. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Alabama A&M University and was a member of the Eta Kappa Tau Engineering and Technology Fraternity, Inc.

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 www.kwamebuildinggroup.com or call (314) 862-5344.

April 12, 2019

Cass Commercial Bank Recruits Hoeffner To Lead New Equipment Finance Division

George Hoeffner

Cass Commercial Bank has formed a new division focused on financing equipment purchases for businesses, not-for-profit organizations and municipalities through capital and municipal leases. Recruited to lead the new division is George Hoeffner, senior vice president.

Consistently ranked among the top-performing banks in the country, 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.

Hoeffner joins Cass with 28 years of experience in equipment finance, the last six spent with Central Bank of St. Louis where he launched its equipment finance group.  He previously founded Starboard Capital Group, Inc., an entity that marketed loan and lease products to middle market companies.

New Hires at AAIC Inc. 

Paul Cermak

Paul Cermak has joined AAIC as Construction Observer / Inspector.  With a Bachelor Degree from McKendree University Paul brings 28 years of experience in the AEC (architecture/engineering/construction) industry.  Paul resides in Millstadt, Illinois with his wife Jeannie, they have two grown children and enjoys hunting and fishing and has been an IHSA Volleyball Official for 22 years. He will be responsible for observing and monitoring the work of contractors to ensure contractor compliance with project plans, specifications, methods and workmanship, acting as the company’s on-site liaison and interacting with owners, contractors, the general public and other project participants.

Brennon Vogt

Brennon Vogt has joined AAIC as an Architectural Intern.  With a Bachelor’s of Science in Architecture from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, he will be responsible for programming, design development, specification writing, estimating, and construction documents.  Brennon is currently working on Dunkin Donuts that will be located in Lovejoy Library at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

IMPACT Strategies Adds Two Project Managers to Growing Team

IMPACT Strategies has expanded its team with the hiring of Terry Midgley as a Senior Project Manager and Justin Eilermann as a Project Manager.

Terry Midgley

Terry Midgley is a 39-year industry veteran with an extensive and varied construction background. He has managed large-scale projects including senior and assisted living facilities, hospitals/clinics, and federal buildings. Midgley holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. He is a resident of Lebanon, Illinois.

Justin Eilermann

Justin Eilermann has 12 years of experience in construction, including field experience and project management. He graduated from Ranken Technical College in St. Louis, Missouri with a Bachelor of Science degree in Architectural Technology. Eilermann resides in Breese, Illinois.

Mark Hinrichs, president of IMPACT Strategies, said, “As we continue to grow, we are excited about the contributions Terry and Justin will make as project managers. Their knowledge and industry experience are valuable resources for our clients and the entire IMPACT Strategies team.”

IMPACT Strategies provides innovative Preconstruction, Construction Management, Design/Build, and General Contracting services for Healthcare, Multifamily, Senior Housing, Retail, Warehouse/Distribution and Commercial clients in the St. Louis Metropolitan area and throughout the Midwest. 

April 5, 2019

Knoebel Construction promotes Ryan Gierer to Senior Project Manager 

Ryan Gierer

Ryan Gierer of Villa Ridge, MO, has been promoted to Senior Project Manager at Knoebel Construction. He is responsible for overseeing all aspects of select retail center, restaurant, grocery and retail store construction projects, both in St. Louis and nationally. Gierer joined Knoebel Construction as Project Manager in 2014.

Knoebel Construction, Inc. is a national general contractor specializing in retail center, multi-use, restaurant, grocery, healthcare and retail store construction. For more information, visit www.knoebelconstruction.com or call (636) 326-4100.

Sam Welge Named Manager – Automation and Energy Solutions at Murphy Company

Sam Welge

Sam Welge has been promoted to the position of manager – automation and energy solutions at Murphy Company, the area’s largest mechanical contracting and engineering firm. The announcement was made by Chris Carter, vice president, service.

Welge, who has more than 25 years’ experience in the industry, has served in several roles at Murphy since 2009. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He is both a Certified Energy Manager (Association of Energy Engineers) and a LEED AP (U.S. Green Building Council.)

Commenting on the promotion, Carter said, “Sam’s leadership abilities will be beneficial to the long-term growth of the Murphy Automation Controls team. Sam is able to leverage his background and experience to help clients adopt the latest building controls and energy solutions, and extend further services to our clients.”

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.  Murphy offers process piping, HVAC, refrigeration, plumbing, design-build, piping fabrication, energy solutions and 24-hour service. The firm employs more than 1,000 people nationwide. For more information, visit www.murphynet.com. 

Brinkmann Constructors Promotes Nikki MacDonald To Controller

Nikke MacDonald

Brinkmann Constructors has promoted Nikki MacDonald to Controller. In her new role, she is responsible for supervising all the accounting activities and processes within Brinkmann Constructors. “Nikki has played a critical role in growing and managing the department and she truly leads by example,” says Jennifer Funk, Vice President of Finance, “She has always taken on new challenges with a positive, ‘we can do this’ attitude.”

MacDonald joined Brinkmann in 2007 as an Accounts Payable Specialist, and subsequently advanced through the ranks to be promoted to Controller.

Brinkmann Constructors is an employee-owned, creative leader in the construction industry with offices in St. Louis, Denver and Kansas City. For more information, please visit www.BrinkmannConstructors.com.

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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.

Cass Commercial Bank Recruits Hoeffner To Lead New Equipment Finance Division

George Hoeffner

Cass Commercial Bank has formed a new division focused on financing equipment purchases for businesses, not-for-profit organizations and municipalities through capital and municipal leases. Recruited to lead the new division is George Hoeffner, senior vice president.

Consistently ranked among the top-performing banks in the country, 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.

Hoeffner joins Cass with 28 years of experience in equipment finance, the last six spent with Central Bank of St. Louis where he launched its equipment finance group.  He previously founded Starboard Capital Group, Inc., an entity that marketed loan and lease products to middle market companies.

New Hires at AAIC Inc. 

Paul Cermak

Paul Cermak has joined AAIC as Construction Observer / Inspector.  With a Bachelor Degree from McKendree University Paul brings 28 years of experience in the AEC (architecture/engineering/construction) industry.  Paul resides in Millstadt, Illinois with his wife Jeannie, they have two grown children and enjoys hunting and fishing and has been an IHSA Volleyball Official for 22 years. He will be responsible for observing and monitoring the work of contractors to ensure contractor compliance with project plans, specifications, methods and workmanship, acting as the company’s on-site liaison and interacting with owners, contractors, the general public and other project participants.

Brennon Vogt

Brennon Vogt has joined AAIC as an Architectural Intern.  With a Bachelor’s of Science in Architecture from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, he will be responsible for programming, design development, specification writing, estimating, and construction documents.  Brennon is currently working on Dunkin Donuts that will be located in Lovejoy Library at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

IMPACT Strategies Adds Two Project Managers to Growing Team

IMPACT Strategies has expanded its team with the hiring of Terry Midgley as a Senior Project Manager and Justin Eilermann as a Project Manager.

Terry Midgley

Terry Midgley is a 39-year industry veteran with an extensive and varied construction background. He has managed large-scale projects including senior and assisted living facilities, hospitals/clinics, and federal buildings. Midgley holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. He is a resident of Lebanon, Illinois.

Justin Eilermann

Justin Eilermann has 12 years of experience in construction, including field experience and project management. He graduated from Ranken Technical College in St. Louis, Missouri with a Bachelor of Science degree in Architectural Technology. Eilermann resides in Breese, Illinois.

Mark Hinrichs, president of IMPACT Strategies, said, “As we continue to grow, we are excited about the contributions Terry and Justin will make as project managers. Their knowledge and industry experience are valuable resources for our clients and the entire IMPACT Strategies team.”

IMPACT Strategies provides innovative Preconstruction, Construction Management, Design/Build, and General Contracting services for Healthcare, Multifamily, Senior Housing, Retail, Warehouse/Distribution and Commercial clients in the St. Louis Metropolitan area and throughout the Midwest. 

April 5, 2019

Knoebel Construction promotes Ryan Gierer to Senior Project Manager 

Ryan Gierer

Ryan Gierer of Villa Ridge, MO, has been promoted to Senior Project Manager at Knoebel Construction. He is responsible for overseeing all aspects of select retail center, restaurant, grocery and retail store construction projects, both in St. Louis and nationally. Gierer joined Knoebel Construction as Project Manager in 2014.

Knoebel Construction, Inc. is a national general contractor specializing in retail center, multi-use, restaurant, grocery, healthcare and retail store construction. For more information, visit www.knoebelconstruction.com or call (636) 326-4100.

Sam Welge Named Manager – Automation and Energy Solutions at Murphy Company

Sam Welge

Sam Welge has been promoted to the position of manager – automation and energy solutions at Murphy Company, the area’s largest mechanical contracting and engineering firm. The announcement was made by Chris Carter, vice president, service.

Welge, who has more than 25 years’ experience in the industry, has served in several roles at Murphy since 2009. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He is both a Certified Energy Manager (Association of Energy Engineers) and a LEED AP (U.S. Green Building Council.)

Commenting on the promotion, Carter said, “Sam’s leadership abilities will be beneficial to the long-term growth of the Murphy Automation Controls team. Sam is able to leverage his background and experience to help clients adopt the latest building controls and energy solutions, and extend further services to our clients.”

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.  Murphy offers process piping, HVAC, refrigeration, plumbing, design-build, piping fabrication, energy solutions and 24-hour service. The firm employs more than 1,000 people nationwide. For more information, visit www.murphynet.com. 

Brinkmann Constructors Promotes Nikki MacDonald To Controller

Nikke MacDonald

Brinkmann Constructors has promoted Nikki MacDonald to Controller. In her new role, she is responsible for supervising all the accounting activities and processes within Brinkmann Constructors. “Nikki has played a critical role in growing and managing the department and she truly leads by example,” says Jennifer Funk, Vice President of Finance, “She has always taken on new challenges with a positive, ‘we can do this’ attitude.”

MacDonald joined Brinkmann in 2007 as an Accounts Payable Specialist, and subsequently advanced through the ranks to be promoted to Controller.

Brinkmann Constructors is an employee-owned, creative leader in the construction industry with offices in St. Louis, Denver and Kansas City. For more information, please visit www.BrinkmannConstructors.com.

March 29, 2019

Ashley O’Neal Promoted to Senior Vice President-Retail Market Manager at Midwest BankCentre

Ashley O’Neal

Ashley O’Neal, formerly vice president of sales support and consumer product manager at Midwest BankCentre, has been promoted to senior vice president-retail market manager. The announcement was made by Erin Erhart, executive vice president-fee services and consumer banking.

O’Neal leads team member training and development and consumer sales efforts. She also coaches bank teams to sustain client-focused branch operations and supports the bank’s extensive community engagement, working in partnership with branch teams. Now in her 12th year of banking, she was previously vice president and branch manager for PNC Bank before joining Midwest BankCentre in 2018.

O’Neal has a bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in management from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.® and currently serves as president of the Omicron Eta Omega Chapter. Ashley is a board member of the Ivy Foundation of St. Louis.

Helmkamp Construction Expands Project Management Team

Kyle Vahling

East Alton’s Helmkamp Construction Co. is pleased to announce the addition of Kyle Vahling to their project management team. Vahling, who is on the Dean’s list and President of the Constructors Club, will graduate from Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville’s School of Engineering in May.  He now joins Helmkamp as their newest Assistant Project Manager.

The 80-year-old general contracting company is no stranger to onboarding quality individuals from the Construction Management program at SIU-E.  They currently have three Assistant Project Managers and an intern who are products of the program.  Rob Johnes also joined Helmkamp as an intern from SIU-E in 1997 and grew his career to President and eventual owner upon the retirement of former CEO, Brad Farrell, in early 2018.  Johnes personally mentors Helmkamp’s young project management team in a bi-weekly training session that focuses on “The Helmkamp Way.”  These training sessions teach the processes that uphold the company’s commitment to safety, quality, integrity and the balance between hands on experience with the growing technology available to the industry today.

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, Institutional and Life Science markets. To learn more, visit www.helmkamp.com.

March 22, 2109

Haberberger Welcomes Three New Employees to Its Growing Team 

St. Louis-based Haberberger, Inc., is pleased to announce the addition of Jeremy McKinney, Ed Schaffer and Michelle Scott to the mechanical contracting firm’s growing team.

Jeremy McKinney

McKinney has joined Haberberger, Inc. as a project manager, where he will be responsible for overseeing projects and project estimation. He is a registered Professional Engineer with more than two decades of heavy industrial experience that includes process and mechanical engineering design and construction and the management of several $100 million projects. McKinney holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Kentucky and resides in Swansea, Ill.

Ed Schaffer

With over 17 years of experience in the commercial and industrial HVAC industry in the St. Louis area, Schaffer, of Villa Ridge, Mo., has joined the Haberberger team as a service project manager. In his new role, he will be working with building owners and facility end-users to deliver engineered HVAC-R mechanical solutions and services. Prior to his career in the HVAC industry, Schaffer served in the U.S. Army, where he was deployed to Kosovo in 1999 and to Germany until 2001. He received an associate degree from Vatterott before joining UA Local 562 as a service pipefitter. Schaffer also earned his Project Management Professional (PMP) certification from St. Louis Community College.

Michelle Scott

Scott, of Oakville, recently joined Haberberger, Inc. as a service administrative manager. She is responsible for dispatching service calls, providing administrative support to the service department and overseeing customer service. Scott has over 20 years of experience, including roles at CK Power, Fabick Cat and Integrated Facility Solutions.

Haberberger, Inc. is a 71-year-old mechanical contracting company that offers complete HVAC installation, customized maintenance programs, process piping and piping fabrication, plumbing and refrigeration and energy management services to a variety of industrial and commercial customers. For more information, call 314-631-3324 or visit www.haberbergerinc.com.

Knoebel Construction Promotes Bryon Muir to Senior Project Manager 

Bryon Muir

Bryon Muir of Saint Peters, MO, has been promoted to Senior Project Manager at Knoebel Construction. He is responsible for overseeing all aspects of select retail center, restaurant, grocery and retail store construction projects, both in St. Louis and nationally. He joined Knoebel Construction as Project Manager in 2011.

Knoebel Construction, Inc. is a national general contractor specializing in retail center, multi-use, restaurant, grocery, healthcare and retail store construction. For more information, visit www.knoebelconstruction.com or call (636) 326-4100.

August Schlafy Joins Midwest BankCentre Central Region Advisory Board

August Schlafly

August Schlafly, a broker with the full-service commercial real estate firm of Schlafly Corp., has been elected to the Midwest BankCentre Central Region Advisory Board. Schlafly Corp. specializes in office leasing, tenant representation and investment sales.

Schlafly earned his bachelor’s degree in history at the University of Mississippi. He has served on the board of directors of KDHX since 2014.

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.

Brian Vaughan Promoted to Senior Engineer

Brian Vaughan

Brian Vaughan has been promoted to senior engineer at Murphy Company. The announcement was made by Mike Werdes, vice-president, engineering for the mechanical contracting and engineering firm.

“Since joining Murphy Company after graduating from Mizzou in 2011, Brian has been a key contributor to design/build projects primarily in our industrial and commercial groups,” said Werdes. “His focus on quality designs and customer relationships has resulted in numerous successful projects.”

Vaughan began his career as an engineering intern at Murphy, joining the company full-time as an engineer in July 2011. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering (cum laude) from the University of Missouri-Columbia where he was a member of Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honor society, and Pi Tau Sigma, the mechanical engineering honor society.

Vaughan is a member of the St. Louis chapter of ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers) and serves on the Young Professionals Committee of MCA-EMO (Mechanical Contractors Association of Eastern Missouri.)  He also is a Procore® certified engineer, superintendent and project manager.

Shackelford Joins Murphy Data Center Services

Tim Shackelford

Tim Shackelford has joined Murphy Data Center Services as service account manager. The announcement was made by Eric Gottschlich, manager, Murphy DCS.

Shackelford previously served as territory manager for a manufacturer of uninterruptible power supplies, electronics peripherals and data center products. He is certified as both a data center and energy management associate, and as a CISCO collaboration sales expert. He also is certified as a Microsoft Partner University Sales Readiness and holds a Symantec Security Sales Knowledge Award.

He attended both Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, IL and the College of Lake County in Grayslake, IL.

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 www.murphynet.com.

 

February 15, 2019

Gianna Favignano Joins Murphy Data Center Services

Gianna Favignano

Gianna Favignano has joined Murphy Data Center Services as service coordinator. The announcement was made by Eric Gottschlich, manager, Murphy DCS. Since 2011 she has been employed as service coordinator/supervisor/administrative service manager for a company providing facility and consulting services. She joined the company in 2007 as an office assistant and then advanced to assistant project coordinator and later, project coordinator.  A graduate of Saint Thomas Aquinas Mercy High School, she attended St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley and the University of Phoenix.

Murphy DCS is a turn-key data center services solution, providing strategic integration of all facility infrastructure components, from consulting, design and construction to operation and maintenance. 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.  The firm employs more than 1,000 people nationwide. For more information, visit www.murphynet.com.

March 8, 2019

Ali Summerford Named New Interior Design Director at Oculus Inc.

Ali Summerford

Firm enhances interiors expertise in healthcare, corporate and education sectors

Oculus Inc., a full-service architecture and interior design firm, has hired Ali Summerford as the interior design director. In her role, Summerford will oversee interior design services for clients in the healthcare, corporate and education sectors, as well as support business development for the interior design teams in the St. Louis, Dallas and Portland offices.

James Standing, who was temporarily serving as acting interior design director, will remain in a leadership role supporting the creative work of the interior design team at Oculus. He will also serve as a lead interior designer on numerous high-profile projects.

Summerford brings more than 20 years of interior design experience to Oculus with an emphasis in management, client relations, specifications, space planning and design presentations, among other areas. Prior to joining Oculus Inc., Summerford most recently served as the director of interior design for a local architecture firm. She also served as project manager and system planner for BJC Healthcare, one of the largest nonprofit health care organization in the United States. Summerford has a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Design from the University of Missouri – Columbia.

Outside of its headquarters in St. Louis, Oculus has offices in Dallas and Portland, Ore.

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. Oculusinc.com.

Edwardsville Resident & Builder To Retire From Tarlton And Grow His Company

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Matt Pfund

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

A longstanding leader in the construction industry is announcing his retirement from Tarlton Corporation to devote more time and energy to his own construction firm.

Matt Pfund, senior vice president at St. Louis-based Tarlton, will officially retire in early 2020 after 23 years in his position there to concentrate solely on Pfund Construction, the Edwardsville-based company he founded in 1993, as well as a few other personal ventures.

Pfund and his wife, Kristen, actively own and operate the commercial and residential construction firm that is known for a series of Edwardsville-centric development projects, many of them involving the rehabilitation and repurposing of downtown commercial buildings. In 2018, Pfund Construction received Business of the Year from the City of Edwardsville.

Pfund Construction’s notable projects along North Main Street in downtown Edwardsville include the 2016 rehab of an 1891 storefront (across from the Wildey Theatre) into ground-floor retail and an upper-story loft; the 2017 rehab of the Metcalf Building, a 1920s theater, into mixed-use retail and loft units; and the 2019 repurposing of long-time tavern Laurie’s Place into retail as well.

“We live in Edwardsville and we love continuing to build community here,” said Matt Pfund. “I’ve also really loved working for Tarlton all these years. It’s a great thing when you know you’re able to embark fully on your own venture, but it’s going to be equally difficult to leave a terrific company and fantastic people.”

February 2020 represents the official transition for Pfund from Tarlton to Pfund Construction. Pfund is a construction management graduate of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. He and Kristen have three teenage children.

Six Local Students Receive In College Scholarships From Site Improvement Association

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The SITE Improvement Association has awarded a total of $15,000 in scholarships to six deserving St. Louis area students to further their education in college or technical schools in 2019.  High school seniors and college students with a parent employed by one of the 200 SITE member companies are eligible for the $2,500 scholarships, which are based on students’ academic achievements, involvement in the community and financial need. Nearly $300,000 in scholarships has been awarded to 145 students since SITE began awarding scholarships 19 years ago, making it one of the largest and longest continuously running scholarship programs in the local construction industry.

SITE scholarships are made possible through voluntary contributions from SITE member companies and from the SITE Advancement Foundation.

“Through the years, SITE’s membership has been extremely supportive of high school and college students seeking to further their education,” said Terry Briggs, Executive Director of SITE.  “We want to see these students be successful in whatever field they choose to pursue.”

The 2019 SITE college scholarship recipients include:

Morgan Bova, a senior at Troy Buchanan High School planning to attend McKendree University to study nursing. She is sponsored by Millstone Weber, LLC;

Hannah Breitenstein, a senior at Oakville High School planning to study physics at Truman State University.  She is sponsored by Retaining Wall Solutions, Inc.;

Amy Heffernan, a junior from Barnhart, Mo., studying psychology and deaf studies at Maryville University.  Sponsored by R. V. Wagner, Inc., Amy received a SITE college scholarship last year;

Lily Horstmeyer, a freshman at Southeast Missouri State University from Trenton, Ill.  She is sponsored by Sandberg, Phoenix & von Gontard P.C.;

Eva Randazzo, a freshman from Innsbrook, Mo., majoring in forensic science at Columbia College.  Sponsored by Bobcat of St. Louis, Eva received a SITE college scholarship last year; and

Macy Sample, a senior at Jefferson High School planning to study business at the University of Kansas.  She is sponsored by J. M. Marschuetz Construction Co.

SITE is an independent construction contractor group representing more than 200 contractors and businesses primarily in the concrete, earthmoving, landscaping, asphalt paving, highway/bridge, sewer/utility and specialty construction segments. For more information, visit www.sitestl.org.

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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.

Ashley O’Neal Promoted to Senior Vice President-Retail Market Manager at Midwest BankCentre

Ashley O’Neal

Ashley O’Neal, formerly vice president of sales support and consumer product manager at Midwest BankCentre, has been promoted to senior vice president-retail market manager. The announcement was made by Erin Erhart, executive vice president-fee services and consumer banking.

O’Neal leads team member training and development and consumer sales efforts. She also coaches bank teams to sustain client-focused branch operations and supports the bank’s extensive community engagement, working in partnership with branch teams. Now in her 12th year of banking, she was previously vice president and branch manager for PNC Bank before joining Midwest BankCentre in 2018.

O’Neal has a bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in management from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.® and currently serves as president of the Omicron Eta Omega Chapter. Ashley is a board member of the Ivy Foundation of St. Louis.

Helmkamp Construction Expands Project Management Team

Kyle Vahling

East Alton’s Helmkamp Construction Co. is pleased to announce the addition of Kyle Vahling to their project management team. Vahling, who is on the Dean’s list and President of the Constructors Club, will graduate from Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville’s School of Engineering in May.  He now joins Helmkamp as their newest Assistant Project Manager.

The 80-year-old general contracting company is no stranger to onboarding quality individuals from the Construction Management program at SIU-E.  They currently have three Assistant Project Managers and an intern who are products of the program.  Rob Johnes also joined Helmkamp as an intern from SIU-E in 1997 and grew his career to President and eventual owner upon the retirement of former CEO, Brad Farrell, in early 2018.  Johnes personally mentors Helmkamp’s young project management team in a bi-weekly training session that focuses on “The Helmkamp Way.”  These training sessions teach the processes that uphold the company’s commitment to safety, quality, integrity and the balance between hands on experience with the growing technology available to the industry today.

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, Institutional and Life Science markets. To learn more, visit www.helmkamp.com.

March 22, 2109

Haberberger Welcomes Three New Employees to Its Growing Team 

St. Louis-based Haberberger, Inc., is pleased to announce the addition of Jeremy McKinney, Ed Schaffer and Michelle Scott to the mechanical contracting firm’s growing team.

Jeremy McKinney

McKinney has joined Haberberger, Inc. as a project manager, where he will be responsible for overseeing projects and project estimation. He is a registered Professional Engineer with more than two decades of heavy industrial experience that includes process and mechanical engineering design and construction and the management of several $100 million projects. McKinney holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Kentucky and resides in Swansea, Ill.

Ed Schaffer

With over 17 years of experience in the commercial and industrial HVAC industry in the St. Louis area, Schaffer, of Villa Ridge, Mo., has joined the Haberberger team as a service project manager. In his new role, he will be working with building owners and facility end-users to deliver engineered HVAC-R mechanical solutions and services. Prior to his career in the HVAC industry, Schaffer served in the U.S. Army, where he was deployed to Kosovo in 1999 and to Germany until 2001. He received an associate degree from Vatterott before joining UA Local 562 as a service pipefitter. Schaffer also earned his Project Management Professional (PMP) certification from St. Louis Community College.

Michelle Scott

Scott, of Oakville, recently joined Haberberger, Inc. as a service administrative manager. She is responsible for dispatching service calls, providing administrative support to the service department and overseeing customer service. Scott has over 20 years of experience, including roles at CK Power, Fabick Cat and Integrated Facility Solutions.

Haberberger, Inc. is a 71-year-old mechanical contracting company that offers complete HVAC installation, customized maintenance programs, process piping and piping fabrication, plumbing and refrigeration and energy management services to a variety of industrial and commercial customers. For more information, call 314-631-3324 or visit www.haberbergerinc.com.

Knoebel Construction Promotes Bryon Muir to Senior Project Manager 

Bryon Muir

Bryon Muir of Saint Peters, MO, has been promoted to Senior Project Manager at Knoebel Construction. He is responsible for overseeing all aspects of select retail center, restaurant, grocery and retail store construction projects, both in St. Louis and nationally. He joined Knoebel Construction as Project Manager in 2011.

Knoebel Construction, Inc. is a national general contractor specializing in retail center, multi-use, restaurant, grocery, healthcare and retail store construction. For more information, visit www.knoebelconstruction.com or call (636) 326-4100.

August Schlafy Joins Midwest BankCentre Central Region Advisory Board

August Schlafly

August Schlafly, a broker with the full-service commercial real estate firm of Schlafly Corp., has been elected to the Midwest BankCentre Central Region Advisory Board. Schlafly Corp. specializes in office leasing, tenant representation and investment sales.

Schlafly earned his bachelor’s degree in history at the University of Mississippi. He has served on the board of directors of KDHX since 2014.

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.

Brian Vaughan Promoted to Senior Engineer

Brian Vaughan

Brian Vaughan has been promoted to senior engineer at Murphy Company. The announcement was made by Mike Werdes, vice-president, engineering for the mechanical contracting and engineering firm.

“Since joining Murphy Company after graduating from Mizzou in 2011, Brian has been a key contributor to design/build projects primarily in our industrial and commercial groups,” said Werdes. “His focus on quality designs and customer relationships has resulted in numerous successful projects.”

Vaughan began his career as an engineering intern at Murphy, joining the company full-time as an engineer in July 2011. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering (cum laude) from the University of Missouri-Columbia where he was a member of Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honor society, and Pi Tau Sigma, the mechanical engineering honor society.

Vaughan is a member of the St. Louis chapter of ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers) and serves on the Young Professionals Committee of MCA-EMO (Mechanical Contractors Association of Eastern Missouri.)  He also is a Procore® certified engineer, superintendent and project manager.

Shackelford Joins Murphy Data Center Services

Tim Shackelford

Tim Shackelford has joined Murphy Data Center Services as service account manager. The announcement was made by Eric Gottschlich, manager, Murphy DCS.

Shackelford previously served as territory manager for a manufacturer of uninterruptible power supplies, electronics peripherals and data center products. He is certified as both a data center and energy management associate, and as a CISCO collaboration sales expert. He also is certified as a Microsoft Partner University Sales Readiness and holds a Symantec Security Sales Knowledge Award.

He attended both Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, IL and the College of Lake County in Grayslake, IL.

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 www.murphynet.com.

 

February 15, 2019

Gianna Favignano Joins Murphy Data Center Services

Gianna Favignano

Gianna Favignano has joined Murphy Data Center Services as service coordinator. The announcement was made by Eric Gottschlich, manager, Murphy DCS. Since 2011 she has been employed as service coordinator/supervisor/administrative service manager for a company providing facility and consulting services. She joined the company in 2007 as an office assistant and then advanced to assistant project coordinator and later, project coordinator.  A graduate of Saint Thomas Aquinas Mercy High School, she attended St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley and the University of Phoenix.

Murphy DCS is a turn-key data center services solution, providing strategic integration of all facility infrastructure components, from consulting, design and construction to operation and maintenance. 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.  The firm employs more than 1,000 people nationwide. For more information, visit www.murphynet.com.

March 8, 2019

Ali Summerford Named New Interior Design Director at Oculus Inc.

Ali Summerford

Firm enhances interiors expertise in healthcare, corporate and education sectors

Oculus Inc., a full-service architecture and interior design firm, has hired Ali Summerford as the interior design director. In her role, Summerford will oversee interior design services for clients in the healthcare, corporate and education sectors, as well as support business development for the interior design teams in the St. Louis, Dallas and Portland offices.

James Standing, who was temporarily serving as acting interior design director, will remain in a leadership role supporting the creative work of the interior design team at Oculus. He will also serve as a lead interior designer on numerous high-profile projects.

Summerford brings more than 20 years of interior design experience to Oculus with an emphasis in management, client relations, specifications, space planning and design presentations, among other areas. Prior to joining Oculus Inc., Summerford most recently served as the director of interior design for a local architecture firm. She also served as project manager and system planner for BJC Healthcare, one of the largest nonprofit health care organization in the United States. Summerford has a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Design from the University of Missouri – Columbia.

Outside of its headquarters in St. Louis, Oculus has offices in Dallas and Portland, Ore.

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. Oculusinc.com.

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