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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.

Ron Ragan Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

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Roeslein & Associates recently attended, sponsored, and exhibited at this year’s Latamcan show, where Roeslein & Associates’ Director of Business Development, Ron Ragan, received the Lifetime Achievement Award. This award honors those who have made an extraordinary contribution to the can making industry.

Ron Ragan began his canmaking career in 1975 as an apprentice millwright at the Ball Metal Container facility, where cans were only produced at 600 per minute. Ragan worked on a variety of projects with a focus on Asia and the Pacific Rim; this is where he and Rudi Roeslein first crossed paths. Having worked his way through various can line projects with Ball Metal, in 1986, Ragan began working with Rudi Roeslein on the first of three can lines to be designed and installed in mainland China.

“I can’t think of anyone more deserving of this award and honor. Ron has spent his life promoting this amazing industry and I can’t thank him enough for all the work he has done to grow our industry and my company. Ron brings honor, dignity, and respect to his family name wherever he goes and we can leave no greater legacy than to be respected and admired by our peers,” said Rudi Roeslein, Chairman & CEO for Roeslein & Associates.

In 2003, Ron Ragan took on a management position at Roeslein & Associates; which at the time had only 20 employees and one office. Today, Roeslein & Associates has over 700 employees across 7 global offices and Ragan continues to play an instrumental role. He has assisted in growing Roeslein’s integration services, product offerings, and sustaining and building client relationships throughout the industry. His extraordinary contributions throughout his career have not only helped Roeslein & Associates grow its global footprint and business, but also helped shape the beverage can manufacturing industry.

“In my 25 plus years of knowing Ron as a competitor, customer and co-worker, I will cherish the lessons he has taught me. Ron has played a valuable role in my time at Roeslein and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed working with him. Ron is extremely deserving of this award and I thank him for all the hard work and dedication he has put into our company and the industry,” said Robert Hayes, Sales Manager/Product Handling Specialist for Roeslein & Associates.

In addition to Ragan, Don Vicente Lopez Rodea, President of Conservas La Costena, and Rick Clendenning, President of INX International Ink Company, also received the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Roeslein & Associates was founded in 1990, specializing in engineering, modular fabrication and construction services. The company has product offerings in both the container manufacturing industry and the process and energy sectors with annual revenues over $250 million. Its 680+ employees are spread throughout offices in St. Louis, MO (HQ); Red Bud, IL; Denver, CO; Hollister, California; Northampton, UK; Dębno, Poland; and Shanghai, China. To find out more, please visit www.roeslein.com.

Pictured Above: Ron Ragan, Director of Business Development for Roeslein & Associates.

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.

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.

March 1, 2019

Rick Reams Rejoins Murphy as Corporate Safety Director

Rick Reams

Rick Reams has rejoined Murphy Company as corporate safety director.  The announcement was made by Tom Skaggs, chief operating officer for the mechanical contracting and engineering firm. Reams has an extensive safety background with experience in various industries. Previously, he served as general manager for QualSafe Solutions, a safety consulting and services company which is an affiliate of Murphy Co. Most recently he served as corporate safety director for Hayden Wrecking, a nationwide demolition firm based out of the St. Louis area.

“We are delighted to have Rick return to lead our safety initiative,” said Skaggs. “He brings a passion, energy and vision to help achieve our goal of zero injury performance. He joins our exceptional safety team already in place.”

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 emanating from its five locations in St. Louis, Denver, Colorado Springs, Boulder and Northern Colorado.  Ranked 23rd largest mechanical specialty contracting firm in 2018 ENR/Engineering News-Record and ranked 22nd largest mechanical contracting firm by the 2018 Contractor Annual Report, the firm has national capabilities and is licensed to do business in 44 states.  Also in 2018, Contractor’s Book of Giants listed Murphy Co. as the fourth largest mechanical contractor in the Midwest and ENR ranked the company sixth in the nation in sheet metal revenue.

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

Jennifer Krafka joins Murphy as HR Coordinator

Jennifer Krafka

Jennifer Krafka has been appointed HR coordinator for Murphy Company by Kathy Johnson, the company’s human resources director. Krafka previously served as an HR generalist for Tharaldson Hospitality Management, recruiting and hiring staff for Marriott, Hilton and IHG brands throughout the U.S. She also worked with hiring managers to ensure compliance with all federal/state laws and regulations and helped coordinate employment offers. Previously, she worked as a paraprofessional/educator for a local private school and as a marketing analyst for Fleischmann’ where she developed and implemented advertising and brand awareness for industrial product lines.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration, with an emphasis in marketing from Southern Illinois University. She was a member of the National Honor Society, the Marketing Club’s vice-president, and a member of the American Management Association.

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 emanating from its five locations in St. Louis, Denver, Colorado Springs, Boulder and Northern Colorado.  Ranked 23rd largest mechanical specialty contracting firm in 2018 ENR/Engineering News-Record and ranked 22nd largest mechanical contracting firm by the 2018 Contractor Annual Report, the firm has national capabilities and is licensed to do business in 44 states.  Also in 2018, Contractor’s Book of Giants listed Murphy Co. as the fourth largest mechanical contractor in the Midwest and ENR ranked the company sixth in the nation in sheet metal revenue.

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

Gary Mindel Named President and COO of Color Art Palette, Inc.

Gary Mindel

New Leadership Announced Within Color Art Governing Body 

The Board of Directors of Color Art Palette Inc., the governing body of St. Louis company, Color Art, announces Gary Mindel as President and Chief Operating Officer. Color Art Palette is the holding company and strategy development component for St. Louis-based Color Art and Scott Rice Enterprises out of Kansas City, Kansas. Color Art is St. Louis’ largest interior solutions provider and has been family and employee owned for more than 70 years.

“In his many capacities, Gary has provided leadership and guidance to the development and standing of where the Company is today,” remarked Joe Steiner, Board Chairman and CEO for Color Art Palette. “Gary has earned a stellar reputation as a leader in our industry and the business community. We congratulate Gary on his success and this promotion.”

In addition to his present duties as CEO of Color Art, Mindel assumed the position of President and COO of Color Art Palette effective January 1, 2019. In this additional role, Mindel is responsible for strategic implementation and operational effectiveness, enterprise-wide. Additionally, he is a voting member of the Palette Board, and ensures a strong linkage between Board and operational strategies.

Mindel has been with the company for more than 30 years and is a proven performer and key member of its leadership team. Mindel was initially hired in 1985 as a Sales Manager for New Business Development, was promoted to leadership for the entire sales team, was named President of the Furniture Team, and is now CEO of Color Art.

Born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, he earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Marquette University. Following graduation, Mindel worked professionally as a golfer before moving to St. Louis, Missouri. After his move, Gary earned his Master of Business Administration in Finance from St. Louis University. It was in St. Louis that Mindel worked for Service Bureau Company (a division of IBM) selling data processing and timesharing services. Mindel and his college sweetheart – now wife – Mary, live in Webster Groves.

Recently, Color Art announced the appointment of Jeff Bauer, Troy Garner, Mick McIntyre and Ed Wills as Board Advisors. Color Art’s vision is to create and provide the best places for people to do their best work. Color Art does this through understanding and leading practices in connecting architecture, technology, furniture, and services for healthcare, education, corporate and large venue environments.

Color Art is the largest commercial interiors solutions provider in the Midwest and serves clients in 30 states as well as internationally. For more information visit https://www.color-art.com.

February 22, 2019

Maggie Stamm Joins HOK’s St. Louis Office as Marketing Coordinator

Maggie Stamm

Maggie Stamm is the newest member of HOK’s growing St. Louis studio and will serve as a marketing coordinator assisting the office in branding, client engagement and project pursuits.

A native of the greater St. Louis area, Stamm earned her bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She has spent the past three years in California where she held a similar marketing role in HOK’s San Francisco office.

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 focus.

Color Art Governing Body Appoints Four to Board of Directors

Jeff Bauer

Color Art, St. Louis’ largest interior solutions provider, announces additions to its governing Board of Directors. Four new members join a roster of more than ten distinguished individuals responsible for directing the company’s growth strategies, acquisition decisions and financial planning. The Board of Directors for Color Art Palette, the company’s governing body, shares the appointment of Jeff Bauer, Troy Garner, Mick McIntyre and Ed Wills as Board Advisors. Color Art has been family and employee owned for more than 70 years.

Troy Garner

“I look forward to serving stockholders and team members as an Advisor,” remarked Jeff Bauer. “It’s a privilege to continue building on the family legacy that started 71-years ago. Color Art is a great place to work and grow.”

Mick McIntyre

Color Art’s vision is to be the clear knowledge leader for connecting people and space, an irreplaceable partner to each of its customers, and a place where highly talented and engaged people can thrive. Its vision is to create and provide the best places for people to do their best work. Color Art does this through understanding and leading practices in connecting architecture, technology, furniture, and services for healthcare, education, corporate and large venue environments.

Ed Wills

Recently, Color Art announced the hires of 15-year executive Todd Nixon as Executive Vice President of Furniture, and Jennifer Clark as both Vice President Operations of Furniture and General Manager of Color Art’s non-union Installation and Moves Team. Additionally, long-time employee Christine Hoffmann was promoted from Executive Vice President to President of Color Art Furniture, the company’s largest and longest-standing division.

Color Art is the largest commercial interiors solutions provider in the Midwest and serves clients in 30 states as well as i

nternationally. For more information visit https://www.color-art.com.

S. M. Wilson Promotes Andrew Ahlers, CM-BIM, A.C. To Project Manager

Andrew Ahlers

S. M. Wilson & Co. has promoted Andrew Ahlers, CM-BIM, A.C. to Project Manager. As Project Manager, he will be responsible for handling all administrative functions for a project, including scheduling, holding progress meetings, generating meeting minutes, tracking costs and maintaining logs for all project information.

Ahlers joined S. M. Wilson in 2014 and has worked on a variety of projects including  numerous projects at Blessing Hospital, the Chaddock School Education Center Addition and Ignite Medical Resorts in Kansas City, MO. Currently, he is serving as the Project Manager on the Blessing Hospital Tower Expansion project. The vertical expansion includes adding two floors to the existing four-story patient tower which was originally built by S. M. Wilson in 2015. Ahlers’ strategic planning and attention to detail on this challenging project have been a tremendous asset to ensure the two fully-functioning hospital floors below are not impacted during construction.

He holds his CM – BIM Certificate of Management in Building Information Modeling from the AGC of Missouri. He has his AC (Associate Constructor) certification from the American Institute of Constructors and his ASHE – HCC (Health Care Construction Certificate). Ahlers is OSHA 30 Hour Construction Safety and Health for Construction Industry certified and earned his B.S. in Construction Management from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

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.

February 15, 2019

Castle Contracting Hires Four

Castle Contracting, LLC has expanded its team with the hiring of four new employees: Charles Danner, project engineer; Dan Schaefer, estimator; Cory Howell, project manager; and Cody Hobbs, safety coordinator.

Charles Danner

As project engineer, Charles Danner supports the estimating department in compiling accurate project bids, as part of a three-step development program instituted by Castle for all project engineers. Prior to joining Castle, Danner served as an engineer at Kiewit Corporation in Federal Way, Wash. He earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering technologies from the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Mo. Before college, he served in the U.S. Air Force and earned the Air Force Achievement Medal, the Good Conduct Medal and the National Defense Service Medal. He lives in St. Louis.

Dan Schaefer

In his role as estimator, Dan Schaefer prepares complete, accurate quantity take-offs to build detailed cost estimates and prepares comprehensive proposals for Castle clients. He previously served as estimator/project manager at Kuesel Excavating Co. in O’Fallon, Mo. and an estimator/project manager at Septagon Construction in Columbia, Mo. Schaefer received a bachelor’s degree in construction management from the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Mo. He and his family live in St. Peters, Mo.

Cory Howell

As project manager, Cory Howell oversees the day-to-day operation of projects, including budget reporting, submittal review, subcontractor coordination, material ordering, scheduling maintenance and trade coordination. Prior to joining Castle, he served as project manager at Crossland Construction Company in Kansas City and held several roles at Hensel Phelps Construction Co. Howell received a bachelor’s degree in construction engineering technology from Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas. He and his family reside in Spring Hill, Kansas.

Cody Hobbs

And Safety Coordinator Cody Hobbs is responsible for the overall administration of safety guidelines on Castle projects, including monitoring the safety efforts of employees and subcontractors. He earned a bachelor’s degree of safety in the health sciences program at Illinois State University in Normal, Ill. A Graduate Safety Practitioner (GSP), Hobbs is a member of the American Society of Safety Professionals. He lives in Belleville, Ill.

“As Castle continues to expand our business in St. Louis and beyond, these new professionals will play key roles in strengthening our team and enhancing our services to clients,” said Michael Pranger, Castle Contracting vice president of operations.

Castle Contracting, LLC provides turnkey site preparation services, site utilities, earthwork and trenchless technology directly to owners; general contractors; and mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection contractors. The company’s earthmoving expertise is visible throughout the St. Louis region and from coast to coast.

New NGA CTO Announced

Mark Munsell

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency appoints a new chief technology officer to lead NGA’s technology transformation and modernization efforts, while also attracting IT talent.

Mark Munsell, currently the deputy director of the CIO and IT Services Directorate, will fill the role of chief technology officer at NGA beginning immediately. Munsell is based at the agency’s St. Louis, Missouri, location and will remain in his CIO-T deputy director role as he steps into the CTO job.

The CTO role was created in 2018 to focus on increasing the agency’s ability to instill next-generation technology, tradecraft and innovative approaches to the geospatial intelligence community, enterprise and mission.

Munsell began his career in 1990 with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration where he was awarded the Department of Commerce Bronze Medal for his software engineering work transforming the nation’s nautical charting production system. He joined an NGA predecessor agency, the Defense Mapping Agency in 1996 where he led the update of the agency’s aeronautical production systems. After a stint with a government contractor, Munsell founded the Internet Marine and Aviation Planning Services, or IMAPS, in 2000 to offer flight and maritime planning services to individuals, industry and government via the Internet. He returned to government service at the NGA in 2006. Munsell is also the recipient of the Presidential Rank Award and NGA’s Distinguished Civilian Service Medal.

Kevin Kopp Named BIM Manager at Murphy

Kevin Kopp

Kevin J. Kopp has been named BIM manager for Murphy Company. The announcement was made by Mike Werdes, vice president, engineering.

Kopp holds an associate’s degree in drafting and design technology from ITT Technical Institute and is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in computer science. He is certified in numerous computer software and design programs, and has extensive experience in Revit, Navisworks, Fabrication, Plant 3D,Revizto, AutoCAD, BLK360 and Microsoft environments.

He recently served as BIM Director for a global engineering, architecture and project/construction management firm. . With over 18 years’ experience in BIM/CAD modeling and design as well as integrated project delivery, he previously served as a BIM coordinator and manager for several area engineering and contracting companies. He began his construction career in 2001 as CAD manager/IT support for Tensar Corp., a BIM/CAD manger/senior IT support for Planners and Engineers, and a Bentley Admin/BIM for Hydro-Chem – all in Georgia.

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.

Woody Miller Promoted to Vice President, Operational and Facilities Development at WINCO Windows

Woody Miller

WINCO Windows, a St. Louis-based manufacturer of architectural and heavy commercial aluminum windows, is pleased to announce the promotion of Woody Miller, one of the company’s Leadership Team members, to Vice President, Operational and Facilities Development.

“WINCO’s Leadership Team was formed late 2017 and took effect early 2018,” said Bill Krenn, WINCO President and CFO. “Woody’s success at coordinating plant operations to increase efficiencies and enhance communication, as well as bringing employees’ ideas to fruition keeps the company moving forward in a positive light.”

As Vice President of Operational and Facilities Development, Miller will work with team members Brian Scott and Sharon Gamble to continue evolving WINCO’s manufacturing systems. Integrating new equipment, technologies and processes is vital to serve the demands of WINCO’s expanding presence in the window industry. Miller is one of several family members who have leadership roles in WINCO. The company has been family-owned for more than 100 years.

Miller is a graduate of James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Over the years, Miller has worked as the owner/operator of a construction company, property developer, consultant, and business owner/entrepreneur. Miller was recently named to this year’s class of 40 Under 40 by the St. Louis Business Journal. This honor recognizes young business leaders for their accomplishments, professional excellence, and contributions to their community. In his spare time, Miller is an avid rock climber.

For more information, contact WINCO Window Company at (314) 725.8088 or visit www.wincowindow.com.

New Hires at S. M. Wilson

S.M. Wilson & Co., has rehired Mary Anderson as a Project Engineer and former S. M. Wilson Interns Travis Schmitt, Chris Watkins as Field Engineers as well as Emily Echele as Project Engineer.

Schmitt and Watkins will be responsible for supporting and assisting field and office personnel on job sites to produce successful projects, ensure safety, quality, cost control, schedule and overall compliance with applicable laws and regulations are achieved.

Chris Watkins

Watkins recently graduated from Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville where he received his B.S. in Construction Management. He spent the summer working as an intern for S. M. Wilson on an apartment complex project

Schmitt holds an Associates in Applied Science – Construction Management Technology from Southwestern Illinois College with 10 years of construction experience. He also worked as an intern and co-op for S. M. Wilson on the Ladue Horton Watkins High School project.

Mary Anderson

Echele and Anderson will be responsible for helping establish procedures with the design professionals, consultants and Owner of projects for information flow, approvals, meetings and reporting. They will also track shop drawings, submittals, material deliveries and RFIs through the duration of projects and assist the Project Manager with MBE/WBE participation and workforce inclusion. Anderson rejoins S. M. Wilson with four years construction experience. She holds a B.S. in Construction Management from Southeast Missouri State University and is OSHA 30 certified.

Emily Eschele

Echele recently graduated from Missouri S&T where she received her B.S. in Civil/Architectural Engineering. She also worked for S. M. Wilson on an apartment complex project as an intern over the summer.

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.

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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.

March 1, 2019

Rick Reams Rejoins Murphy as Corporate Safety Director

Rick Reams

Rick Reams has rejoined Murphy Company as corporate safety director.  The announcement was made by Tom Skaggs, chief operating officer for the mechanical contracting and engineering firm. Reams has an extensive safety background with experience in various industries. Previously, he served as general manager for QualSafe Solutions, a safety consulting and services company which is an affiliate of Murphy Co. Most recently he served as corporate safety director for Hayden Wrecking, a nationwide demolition firm based out of the St. Louis area.

“We are delighted to have Rick return to lead our safety initiative,” said Skaggs. “He brings a passion, energy and vision to help achieve our goal of zero injury performance. He joins our exceptional safety team already in place.”

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 emanating from its five locations in St. Louis, Denver, Colorado Springs, Boulder and Northern Colorado.  Ranked 23rd largest mechanical specialty contracting firm in 2018 ENR/Engineering News-Record and ranked 22nd largest mechanical contracting firm by the 2018 Contractor Annual Report, the firm has national capabilities and is licensed to do business in 44 states.  Also in 2018, Contractor’s Book of Giants listed Murphy Co. as the fourth largest mechanical contractor in the Midwest and ENR ranked the company sixth in the nation in sheet metal revenue.

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

Jennifer Krafka joins Murphy as HR Coordinator

Jennifer Krafka

Jennifer Krafka has been appointed HR coordinator for Murphy Company by Kathy Johnson, the company’s human resources director. Krafka previously served as an HR generalist for Tharaldson Hospitality Management, recruiting and hiring staff for Marriott, Hilton and IHG brands throughout the U.S. She also worked with hiring managers to ensure compliance with all federal/state laws and regulations and helped coordinate employment offers. Previously, she worked as a paraprofessional/educator for a local private school and as a marketing analyst for Fleischmann’ where she developed and implemented advertising and brand awareness for industrial product lines.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration, with an emphasis in marketing from Southern Illinois University. She was a member of the National Honor Society, the Marketing Club’s vice-president, and a member of the American Management Association.

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 emanating from its five locations in St. Louis, Denver, Colorado Springs, Boulder and Northern Colorado.  Ranked 23rd largest mechanical specialty contracting firm in 2018 ENR/Engineering News-Record and ranked 22nd largest mechanical contracting firm by the 2018 Contractor Annual Report, the firm has national capabilities and is licensed to do business in 44 states.  Also in 2018, Contractor’s Book of Giants listed Murphy Co. as the fourth largest mechanical contractor in the Midwest and ENR ranked the company sixth in the nation in sheet metal revenue.

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

Gary Mindel Named President and COO of Color Art Palette, Inc.

Gary Mindel

New Leadership Announced Within Color Art Governing Body 

The Board of Directors of Color Art Palette Inc., the governing body of St. Louis company, Color Art, announces Gary Mindel as President and Chief Operating Officer. Color Art Palette is the holding company and strategy development component for St. Louis-based Color Art and Scott Rice Enterprises out of Kansas City, Kansas. Color Art is St. Louis’ largest interior solutions provider and has been family and employee owned for more than 70 years.

“In his many capacities, Gary has provided leadership and guidance to the development and standing of where the Company is today,” remarked Joe Steiner, Board Chairman and CEO for Color Art Palette. “Gary has earned a stellar reputation as a leader in our industry and the business community. We congratulate Gary on his success and this promotion.”

In addition to his present duties as CEO of Color Art, Mindel assumed the position of President and COO of Color Art Palette effective January 1, 2019. In this additional role, Mindel is responsible for strategic implementation and operational effectiveness, enterprise-wide. Additionally, he is a voting member of the Palette Board, and ensures a strong linkage between Board and operational strategies.

Mindel has been with the company for more than 30 years and is a proven performer and key member of its leadership team. Mindel was initially hired in 1985 as a Sales Manager for New Business Development, was promoted to leadership for the entire sales team, was named President of the Furniture Team, and is now CEO of Color Art.

Born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, he earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Marquette University. Following graduation, Mindel worked professionally as a golfer before moving to St. Louis, Missouri. After his move, Gary earned his Master of Business Administration in Finance from St. Louis University. It was in St. Louis that Mindel worked for Service Bureau Company (a division of IBM) selling data processing and timesharing services. Mindel and his college sweetheart – now wife – Mary, live in Webster Groves.

Recently, Color Art announced the appointment of Jeff Bauer, Troy Garner, Mick McIntyre and Ed Wills as Board Advisors. Color Art’s vision is to create and provide the best places for people to do their best work. Color Art does this through understanding and leading practices in connecting architecture, technology, furniture, and services for healthcare, education, corporate and large venue environments.

Color Art is the largest commercial interiors solutions provider in the Midwest and serves clients in 30 states as well as internationally. For more information visit https://www.color-art.com.

February 22, 2019

Maggie Stamm Joins HOK’s St. Louis Office as Marketing Coordinator

Maggie Stamm

Maggie Stamm is the newest member of HOK’s growing St. Louis studio and will serve as a marketing coordinator assisting the office in branding, client engagement and project pursuits.

A native of the greater St. Louis area, Stamm earned her bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She has spent the past three years in California where she held a similar marketing role in HOK’s San Francisco office.

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 focus.

Color Art Governing Body Appoints Four to Board of Directors

Jeff Bauer

Color Art, St. Louis’ largest interior solutions provider, announces additions to its governing Board of Directors. Four new members join a roster of more than ten distinguished individuals responsible for directing the company’s growth strategies, acquisition decisions and financial planning. The Board of Directors for Color Art Palette, the company’s governing body, shares the appointment of Jeff Bauer, Troy Garner, Mick McIntyre and Ed Wills as Board Advisors. Color Art has been family and employee owned for more than 70 years.

Troy Garner

“I look forward to serving stockholders and team members as an Advisor,” remarked Jeff Bauer. “It’s a privilege to continue building on the family legacy that started 71-years ago. Color Art is a great place to work and grow.”

Mick McIntyre

Color Art’s vision is to be the clear knowledge leader for connecting people and space, an irreplaceable partner to each of its customers, and a place where highly talented and engaged people can thrive. Its vision is to create and provide the best places for people to do their best work. Color Art does this through understanding and leading practices in connecting architecture, technology, furniture, and services for healthcare, education, corporate and large venue environments.

Ed Wills

Recently, Color Art announced the hires of 15-year executive Todd Nixon as Executive Vice President of Furniture, and Jennifer Clark as both Vice President Operations of Furniture and General Manager of Color Art’s non-union Installation and Moves Team. Additionally, long-time employee Christine Hoffmann was promoted from Executive Vice President to President of Color Art Furniture, the company’s largest and longest-standing division.

Color Art is the largest commercial interiors solutions provider in the Midwest and serves clients in 30 states as well as i

nternationally. For more information visit https://www.color-art.com.

S. M. Wilson Promotes Andrew Ahlers, CM-BIM, A.C. To Project Manager

Andrew Ahlers

S. M. Wilson & Co. has promoted Andrew Ahlers, CM-BIM, A.C. to Project Manager. As Project Manager, he will be responsible for handling all administrative functions for a project, including scheduling, holding progress meetings, generating meeting minutes, tracking costs and maintaining logs for all project information.

Ahlers joined S. M. Wilson in 2014 and has worked on a variety of projects including  numerous projects at Blessing Hospital, the Chaddock School Education Center Addition and Ignite Medical Resorts in Kansas City, MO. Currently, he is serving as the Project Manager on the Blessing Hospital Tower Expansion project. The vertical expansion includes adding two floors to the existing four-story patient tower which was originally built by S. M. Wilson in 2015. Ahlers’ strategic planning and attention to detail on this challenging project have been a tremendous asset to ensure the two fully-functioning hospital floors below are not impacted during construction.

He holds his CM – BIM Certificate of Management in Building Information Modeling from the AGC of Missouri. He has his AC (Associate Constructor) certification from the American Institute of Constructors and his ASHE – HCC (Health Care Construction Certificate). Ahlers is OSHA 30 Hour Construction Safety and Health for Construction Industry certified and earned his B.S. in Construction Management from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

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.

February 15, 2019

Castle Contracting Hires Four

Castle Contracting, LLC has expanded its team with the hiring of four new employees: Charles Danner, project engineer; Dan Schaefer, estimator; Cory Howell, project manager; and Cody Hobbs, safety coordinator.

Charles Danner

As project engineer, Charles Danner supports the estimating department in compiling accurate project bids, as part of a three-step development program instituted by Castle for all project engineers. Prior to joining Castle, Danner served as an engineer at Kiewit Corporation in Federal Way, Wash. He earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering technologies from the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Mo. Before college, he served in the U.S. Air Force and earned the Air Force Achievement Medal, the Good Conduct Medal and the National Defense Service Medal. He lives in St. Louis.

Dan Schaefer

In his role as estimator, Dan Schaefer prepares complete, accurate quantity take-offs to build detailed cost estimates and prepares comprehensive proposals for Castle clients. He previously served as estimator/project manager at Kuesel Excavating Co. in O’Fallon, Mo. and an estimator/project manager at Septagon Construction in Columbia, Mo. Schaefer received a bachelor’s degree in construction management from the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Mo. He and his family live in St. Peters, Mo.

Cory Howell

As project manager, Cory Howell oversees the day-to-day operation of projects, including budget reporting, submittal review, subcontractor coordination, material ordering, scheduling maintenance and trade coordination. Prior to joining Castle, he served as project manager at Crossland Construction Company in Kansas City and held several roles at Hensel Phelps Construction Co. Howell received a bachelor’s degree in construction engineering technology from Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas. He and his family reside in Spring Hill, Kansas.

Cody Hobbs

And Safety Coordinator Cody Hobbs is responsible for the overall administration of safety guidelines on Castle projects, including monitoring the safety efforts of employees and subcontractors. He earned a bachelor’s degree of safety in the health sciences program at Illinois State University in Normal, Ill. A Graduate Safety Practitioner (GSP), Hobbs is a member of the American Society of Safety Professionals. He lives in Belleville, Ill.

“As Castle continues to expand our business in St. Louis and beyond, these new professionals will play key roles in strengthening our team and enhancing our services to clients,” said Michael Pranger, Castle Contracting vice president of operations.

Castle Contracting, LLC provides turnkey site preparation services, site utilities, earthwork and trenchless technology directly to owners; general contractors; and mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection contractors. The company’s earthmoving expertise is visible throughout the St. Louis region and from coast to coast.

New NGA CTO Announced

Mark Munsell

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency appoints a new chief technology officer to lead NGA’s technology transformation and modernization efforts, while also attracting IT talent.

Mark Munsell, currently the deputy director of the CIO and IT Services Directorate, will fill the role of chief technology officer at NGA beginning immediately. Munsell is based at the agency’s St. Louis, Missouri, location and will remain in his CIO-T deputy director role as he steps into the CTO job.

The CTO role was created in 2018 to focus on increasing the agency’s ability to instill next-generation technology, tradecraft and innovative approaches to the geospatial intelligence community, enterprise and mission.

Munsell began his career in 1990 with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration where he was awarded the Department of Commerce Bronze Medal for his software engineering work transforming the nation’s nautical charting production system. He joined an NGA predecessor agency, the Defense Mapping Agency in 1996 where he led the update of the agency’s aeronautical production systems. After a stint with a government contractor, Munsell founded the Internet Marine and Aviation Planning Services, or IMAPS, in 2000 to offer flight and maritime planning services to individuals, industry and government via the Internet. He returned to government service at the NGA in 2006. Munsell is also the recipient of the Presidential Rank Award and NGA’s Distinguished Civilian Service Medal.

Kevin Kopp Named BIM Manager at Murphy

Kevin Kopp

Kevin J. Kopp has been named BIM manager for Murphy Company. The announcement was made by Mike Werdes, vice president, engineering.

Kopp holds an associate’s degree in drafting and design technology from ITT Technical Institute and is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in computer science. He is certified in numerous computer software and design programs, and has extensive experience in Revit, Navisworks, Fabrication, Plant 3D,Revizto, AutoCAD, BLK360 and Microsoft environments.

He recently served as BIM Director for a global engineering, architecture and project/construction management firm. . With over 18 years’ experience in BIM/CAD modeling and design as well as integrated project delivery, he previously served as a BIM coordinator and manager for several area engineering and contracting companies. He began his construction career in 2001 as CAD manager/IT support for Tensar Corp., a BIM/CAD manger/senior IT support for Planners and Engineers, and a Bentley Admin/BIM for Hydro-Chem – all in Georgia.

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.

Woody Miller Promoted to Vice President, Operational and Facilities Development at WINCO Windows

Woody Miller

WINCO Windows, a St. Louis-based manufacturer of architectural and heavy commercial aluminum windows, is pleased to announce the promotion of Woody Miller, one of the company’s Leadership Team members, to Vice President, Operational and Facilities Development.

“WINCO’s Leadership Team was formed late 2017 and took effect early 2018,” said Bill Krenn, WINCO President and CFO. “Woody’s success at coordinating plant operations to increase efficiencies and enhance communication, as well as bringing employees’ ideas to fruition keeps the company moving forward in a positive light.”

As Vice President of Operational and Facilities Development, Miller will work with team members Brian Scott and Sharon Gamble to continue evolving WINCO’s manufacturing systems. Integrating new equipment, technologies and processes is vital to serve the demands of WINCO’s expanding presence in the window industry. Miller is one of several family members who have leadership roles in WINCO. The company has been family-owned for more than 100 years.

Miller is a graduate of James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Over the years, Miller has worked as the owner/operator of a construction company, property developer, consultant, and business owner/entrepreneur. Miller was recently named to this year’s class of 40 Under 40 by the St. Louis Business Journal. This honor recognizes young business leaders for their accomplishments, professional excellence, and contributions to their community. In his spare time, Miller is an avid rock climber.

For more information, contact WINCO Window Company at (314) 725.8088 or visit www.wincowindow.com.

New Hires at S. M. Wilson

S.M. Wilson & Co., has rehired Mary Anderson as a Project Engineer and former S. M. Wilson Interns Travis Schmitt, Chris Watkins as Field Engineers as well as Emily Echele as Project Engineer.

Schmitt and Watkins will be responsible for supporting and assisting field and office personnel on job sites to produce successful projects, ensure safety, quality, cost control, schedule and overall compliance with applicable laws and regulations are achieved.

Chris Watkins

Watkins recently graduated from Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville where he received his B.S. in Construction Management. He spent the summer working as an intern for S. M. Wilson on an apartment complex project

Schmitt holds an Associates in Applied Science – Construction Management Technology from Southwestern Illinois College with 10 years of construction experience. He also worked as an intern and co-op for S. M. Wilson on the Ladue Horton Watkins High School project.

Mary Anderson

Echele and Anderson will be responsible for helping establish procedures with the design professionals, consultants and Owner of projects for information flow, approvals, meetings and reporting. They will also track shop drawings, submittals, material deliveries and RFIs through the duration of projects and assist the Project Manager with MBE/WBE participation and workforce inclusion. Anderson rejoins S. M. Wilson with four years construction experience. She holds a B.S. in Construction Management from Southeast Missouri State University and is OSHA 30 certified.

Emily Eschele

Echele recently graduated from Missouri S&T where she received her B.S. in Civil/Architectural Engineering. She also worked for S. M. Wilson on an apartment complex project as an intern over the summer.

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.

Mizzou MCAA Student Chapter Presents in Final Four Competition and IFS Receives National Safety Award at National Convention

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Thomas Scholarship Presentation

Earlier this week, the Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA) student chapter from the University of Missouri-Columbia presented in the Final Four Competition and St. Louis-based Integrated Facility Services received a National Safety Award at the MCAA National Convention in Phoenix, AZ. Thomas Walsh, one of the student presenters, also received a $5,000 scholarship from MCREF (Mechanical Contracting Education and Research Foundation) at the convention.  All three awards, including $2,500 won by the UMC Student Chapter, were announced by E. Timothy Decker, president, C&R Mechanical, who serves as president of the Mechanical Contractors Association of Eastern Missouri (MCA-EMO), sponsor of the student chapter.

The Final Four presentation session, held March 4, featured basketball legend Magic Johnson, current president of basketball operations for the LA Lakers, as the keynote presenter, speaking on “Imagine.” The popular rock band, Imagine Dragons, also performed Tuesday evening at the MCAA19 National Convention.

IFS, with offices in St. Louis and Columbia, MO, was recognized with an MCAA national safety award in Category 3 (250,000-400,000 man hours) for improvements to its safety program. The improvements resulted in more frequent job site audits, lowering of its EMR, and better safety rates.

Ahmad, Thomas, Adam, Addison, Derrick

The students’ mock project was a four-million-dollar renovation of the South End Zone of the Indiana University Football Stadium. Using Navisworks, QuoteSoft and 3-D Building Information Modeling (BIM), the students offered plans, specs, costs and schedules to install all of the facility’s mechanical systems, including air-handlers and Energy Recovery Units (ERU’s), and design for the utility piping for the kitchen area. Through value engineering, UMC’s student chapter was able to bring $232,000 in cost savings to the project, which they presented to a panel comprised of contractors from across the U.S. on the convention’s mainstage. Student presenters included Ahmad Atallah, chapter president; hometown: Jerusalem); Addison Korsmeyer (hometown: Alhambra, IL); Derrick Jenkins (secretary; hometown: Kansas City); Adam Moore (vice-president; hometown: Lee’s Summit, MO); Paige Theby (hometown: St. Louis, MO); and Thomas Walsh (treasurer; hometown: St. Louis).

Following the awards ceremony, MCA-EMO Executive Director Kristy Stephens said, “Being selected for the Final Four is a huge ‘win’ for any student chapter.  This is a very young chapter that, in five short years, has outpaced student chapters around the country, capturing first place in 2017 and being named MCAA Student Chapter of the Year that same year from among a total of 59 student chapters nationwide. The ‘hands-on’ involvement and wise counsel of our seasoned professionals has helped propel them to become one of the top student chapters whose members are sought out by recruiters from around the country. We also want to congratulate the IFS team for this national recognition of its safety program.

Thomas, Adam, Ahmad, Addison, Paige

The 16-member student chapter participated in a number of training sessions and programs with MCA-EMO members to help prepare them for this year’s Final Four.  MCA-EMO member advisors included: Malcolm Sweet, general manager of Integrated Facility Services in St. Louis, who chaired the MCA-EMO Committee that helped found the student chapter   Other advisors included Brian Gent, vice-president, estimating and preconstruction, Corrigan Brothers, Inc.; Robert Grossman, project estimator, and Nick Kniesche, engineer, Murphy Company; and Pat Reilly, vice president of construction marketing, and Ben Haberberger, project manager/estimator, Haberberger, Inc. The UMC student chapter’s faculty advisor is Lawrence Schilke, P.E., managing engineer, UMC.

“This year’s project was a huge challenge for our students,” commented Schilke. “Not only did they learn basics about HVAC systems, piping and ductwork, and plumbing systems; they also learned how to estimate labor and prepare a material takeoff for these systems. They learned how to use many software systems and MCAA’s WEBLEM site. They invested a great of time above and beyond their classes to gain valuable knowledge of the mechanical contracting industry and, in the end, produced a great proposal for the MCAA student competition.  As always, we thank MCA-EMO for their financial support and mentoring.”

Malcolm Sweet added that this year’s project was not a typical design-build assignment, but rather a plan and spec job, requiring different skill sets and additional software than that used in previous years. “They worked hard and were well-prepared for this year’s competition,” he said. “It’s wonderful to witness the technical know-how and confidence displayed by these college students who will be the future leaders in our industry”

MCAA Student Chapter (UMC)

Atallah said that a major goal this year was recruiting more women to the chapter.  “Last year we only had one female member and this year we were able to recruit six new female members through our merger with the Society of Women Engineers. And it was great to be able to welcome two of them as members of our Final Four presentation team.”

When not preparing for the national completion, the student chapter was busy with community and industry outreach, with student Austin Matthews serving as outreach coordinator. Thomas Walsh volunteered for the STEM Cups challenge in local schools. They also made site visits to the UMC chiller plant and to icon Mechanical Construction & Engineering, LLC’s Fab Shop in Granite City, IL. Seven students attended the MCAA’s Great Futures Forum in Anaheim, CA in September 2018. They also sponsor an annual MCAA golf tournament and participate in the MCA-EMO golf tournament to support student scholarships and the chapter’s activities.

“My MCAA student chapter experience actually helped change my career option,” said Atallah. “I intended to go into process/design engineering, but my experience with our student chapter changed my outlook and pointed me towards mechanical contracting.  I initially just wanted to get involved and I’ve learned that early industry involvement actually gives back to me. It’s been especially rewarding to be able to network with industry professionals around the country.”

MCA-EMO offers programs crucial to the ongoing success of contractors and vendors operating within the construction industry in Eastern Missouri. For more than 70 years, the MCA has sponsored cost-effective educational opportunities taught by qualified and experienced professionals in the MCA Training Center. MCA-EMO also offers industry events, networking opportunities, and sponsors a student chapter at the University of Missouri-Columbia.  Visit:  www.mca-emo.com.

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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.

March 1, 2019

Rick Reams Rejoins Murphy as Corporate Safety Director

Rick Reams

Rick Reams has rejoined Murphy Company as corporate safety director.  The announcement was made by Tom Skaggs, chief operating officer for the mechanical contracting and engineering firm. Reams has an extensive safety background with experience in various industries. Previously, he served as general manager for QualSafe Solutions, a safety consulting and services company which is an affiliate of Murphy Co. Most recently he served as corporate safety director for Hayden Wrecking, a nationwide demolition firm based out of the St. Louis area.

“We are delighted to have Rick return to lead our safety initiative,” said Skaggs. “He brings a passion, energy and vision to help achieve our goal of zero injury performance. He joins our exceptional safety team already in place.”

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 emanating from its five locations in St. Louis, Denver, Colorado Springs, Boulder and Northern Colorado.  Ranked 23rd largest mechanical specialty contracting firm in 2018 ENR/Engineering News-Record and ranked 22nd largest mechanical contracting firm by the 2018 Contractor Annual Report, the firm has national capabilities and is licensed to do business in 44 states.  Also in 2018, Contractor’s Book of Giants listed Murphy Co. as the fourth largest mechanical contractor in the Midwest and ENR ranked the company sixth in the nation in sheet metal revenue.

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

Jennifer Krafka joins Murphy as HR Coordinator

Jennifer Krafka

Jennifer Krafka has been appointed HR coordinator for Murphy Company by Kathy Johnson, the company’s human resources director. Krafka previously served as an HR generalist for Tharaldson Hospitality Management, recruiting and hiring staff for Marriott, Hilton and IHG brands throughout the U.S. She also worked with hiring managers to ensure compliance with all federal/state laws and regulations and helped coordinate employment offers. Previously, she worked as a paraprofessional/educator for a local private school and as a marketing analyst for Fleischmann’ where she developed and implemented advertising and brand awareness for industrial product lines.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration, with an emphasis in marketing from Southern Illinois University. She was a member of the National Honor Society, the Marketing Club’s vice-president, and a member of the American Management Association.

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 emanating from its five locations in St. Louis, Denver, Colorado Springs, Boulder and Northern Colorado.  Ranked 23rd largest mechanical specialty contracting firm in 2018 ENR/Engineering News-Record and ranked 22nd largest mechanical contracting firm by the 2018 Contractor Annual Report, the firm has national capabilities and is licensed to do business in 44 states.  Also in 2018, Contractor’s Book of Giants listed Murphy Co. as the fourth largest mechanical contractor in the Midwest and ENR ranked the company sixth in the nation in sheet metal revenue.

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

Gary Mindel Named President and COO of Color Art Palette, Inc.

Gary Mindel

New Leadership Announced Within Color Art Governing Body 

The Board of Directors of Color Art Palette Inc., the governing body of St. Louis company, Color Art, announces Gary Mindel as President and Chief Operating Officer. Color Art Palette is the holding company and strategy development component for St. Louis-based Color Art and Scott Rice Enterprises out of Kansas City, Kansas. Color Art is St. Louis’ largest interior solutions provider and has been family and employee owned for more than 70 years.

“In his many capacities, Gary has provided leadership and guidance to the development and standing of where the Company is today,” remarked Joe Steiner, Board Chairman and CEO for Color Art Palette. “Gary has earned a stellar reputation as a leader in our industry and the business community. We congratulate Gary on his success and this promotion.”

In addition to his present duties as CEO of Color Art, Mindel assumed the position of President and COO of Color Art Palette effective January 1, 2019. In this additional role, Mindel is responsible for strategic implementation and operational effectiveness, enterprise-wide. Additionally, he is a voting member of the Palette Board, and ensures a strong linkage between Board and operational strategies.

Mindel has been with the company for more than 30 years and is a proven performer and key member of its leadership team. Mindel was initially hired in 1985 as a Sales Manager for New Business Development, was promoted to leadership for the entire sales team, was named President of the Furniture Team, and is now CEO of Color Art.

Born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, he earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Marquette University. Following graduation, Mindel worked professionally as a golfer before moving to St. Louis, Missouri. After his move, Gary earned his Master of Business Administration in Finance from St. Louis University. It was in St. Louis that Mindel worked for Service Bureau Company (a division of IBM) selling data processing and timesharing services. Mindel and his college sweetheart – now wife – Mary, live in Webster Groves.

Recently, Color Art announced the appointment of Jeff Bauer, Troy Garner, Mick McIntyre and Ed Wills as Board Advisors. Color Art’s vision is to create and provide the best places for people to do their best work. Color Art does this through understanding and leading practices in connecting architecture, technology, furniture, and services for healthcare, education, corporate and large venue environments.

Color Art is the largest commercial interiors solutions provider in the Midwest and serves clients in 30 states as well as internationally. For more information visit https://www.color-art.com.

February 22, 2019

Maggie Stamm Joins HOK’s St. Louis Office as Marketing Coordinator

Maggie Stamm

Maggie Stamm is the newest member of HOK’s growing St. Louis studio and will serve as a marketing coordinator assisting the office in branding, client engagement and project pursuits.

A native of the greater St. Louis area, Stamm earned her bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She has spent the past three years in California where she held a similar marketing role in HOK’s San Francisco office.

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 focus.

Color Art Governing Body Appoints Four to Board of Directors

Jeff Bauer

Color Art, St. Louis’ largest interior solutions provider, announces additions to its governing Board of Directors. Four new members join a roster of more than ten distinguished individuals responsible for directing the company’s growth strategies, acquisition decisions and financial planning. The Board of Directors for Color Art Palette, the company’s governing body, shares the appointment of Jeff Bauer, Troy Garner, Mick McIntyre and Ed Wills as Board Advisors. Color Art has been family and employee owned for more than 70 years.

Troy Garner

“I look forward to serving stockholders and team members as an Advisor,” remarked Jeff Bauer. “It’s a privilege to continue building on the family legacy that started 71-years ago. Color Art is a great place to work and grow.”

Mick McIntyre

Color Art’s vision is to be the clear knowledge leader for connecting people and space, an irreplaceable partner to each of its customers, and a place where highly talented and engaged people can thrive. Its vision is to create and provide the best places for people to do their best work. Color Art does this through understanding and leading practices in connecting architecture, technology, furniture, and services for healthcare, education, corporate and large venue environments.

Ed Wills

Recently, Color Art announced the hires of 15-year executive Todd Nixon as Executive Vice President of Furniture, and Jennifer Clark as both Vice President Operations of Furniture and General Manager of Color Art’s non-union Installation and Moves Team. Additionally, long-time employee Christine Hoffmann was promoted from Executive Vice President to President of Color Art Furniture, the company’s largest and longest-standing division.

Color Art is the largest commercial interiors solutions provider in the Midwest and serves clients in 30 states as well as i

nternationally. For more information visit https://www.color-art.com.

S. M. Wilson Promotes Andrew Ahlers, CM-BIM, A.C. To Project Manager

Andrew Ahlers

S. M. Wilson & Co. has promoted Andrew Ahlers, CM-BIM, A.C. to Project Manager. As Project Manager, he will be responsible for handling all administrative functions for a project, including scheduling, holding progress meetings, generating meeting minutes, tracking costs and maintaining logs for all project information.

Ahlers joined S. M. Wilson in 2014 and has worked on a variety of projects including  numerous projects at Blessing Hospital, the Chaddock School Education Center Addition and Ignite Medical Resorts in Kansas City, MO. Currently, he is serving as the Project Manager on the Blessing Hospital Tower Expansion project. The vertical expansion includes adding two floors to the existing four-story patient tower which was originally built by S. M. Wilson in 2015. Ahlers’ strategic planning and attention to detail on this challenging project have been a tremendous asset to ensure the two fully-functioning hospital floors below are not impacted during construction.

He holds his CM – BIM Certificate of Management in Building Information Modeling from the AGC of Missouri. He has his AC (Associate Constructor) certification from the American Institute of Constructors and his ASHE – HCC (Health Care Construction Certificate). Ahlers is OSHA 30 Hour Construction Safety and Health for Construction Industry certified and earned his B.S. in Construction Management from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

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.

February 15, 2019

Castle Contracting Hires Four

Castle Contracting, LLC has expanded its team with the hiring of four new employees: Charles Danner, project engineer; Dan Schaefer, estimator; Cory Howell, project manager; and Cody Hobbs, safety coordinator.

Charles Danner

As project engineer, Charles Danner supports the estimating department in compiling accurate project bids, as part of a three-step development program instituted by Castle for all project engineers. Prior to joining Castle, Danner served as an engineer at Kiewit Corporation in Federal Way, Wash. He earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering technologies from the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Mo. Before college, he served in the U.S. Air Force and earned the Air Force Achievement Medal, the Good Conduct Medal and the National Defense Service Medal. He lives in St. Louis.

Dan Schaefer

In his role as estimator, Dan Schaefer prepares complete, accurate quantity take-offs to build detailed cost estimates and prepares comprehensive proposals for Castle clients. He previously served as estimator/project manager at Kuesel Excavating Co. in O’Fallon, Mo. and an estimator/project manager at Septagon Construction in Columbia, Mo. Schaefer received a bachelor’s degree in construction management from the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Mo. He and his family live in St. Peters, Mo.

Cory Howell

As project manager, Cory Howell oversees the day-to-day operation of projects, including budget reporting, submittal review, subcontractor coordination, material ordering, scheduling maintenance and trade coordination. Prior to joining Castle, he served as project manager at Crossland Construction Company in Kansas City and held several roles at Hensel Phelps Construction Co. Howell received a bachelor’s degree in construction engineering technology from Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas. He and his family reside in Spring Hill, Kansas.

Cody Hobbs

And Safety Coordinator Cody Hobbs is responsible for the overall administration of safety guidelines on Castle projects, including monitoring the safety efforts of employees and subcontractors. He earned a bachelor’s degree of safety in the health sciences program at Illinois State University in Normal, Ill. A Graduate Safety Practitioner (GSP), Hobbs is a member of the American Society of Safety Professionals. He lives in Belleville, Ill.

“As Castle continues to expand our business in St. Louis and beyond, these new professionals will play key roles in strengthening our team and enhancing our services to clients,” said Michael Pranger, Castle Contracting vice president of operations.

Castle Contracting, LLC provides turnkey site preparation services, site utilities, earthwork and trenchless technology directly to owners; general contractors; and mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection contractors. The company’s earthmoving expertise is visible throughout the St. Louis region and from coast to coast.

New NGA CTO Announced

Mark Munsell

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency appoints a new chief technology officer to lead NGA’s technology transformation and modernization efforts, while also attracting IT talent.

Mark Munsell, currently the deputy director of the CIO and IT Services Directorate, will fill the role of chief technology officer at NGA beginning immediately. Munsell is based at the agency’s St. Louis, Missouri, location and will remain in his CIO-T deputy director role as he steps into the CTO job.

The CTO role was created in 2018 to focus on increasing the agency’s ability to instill next-generation technology, tradecraft and innovative approaches to the geospatial intelligence community, enterprise and mission.

Munsell began his career in 1990 with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration where he was awarded the Department of Commerce Bronze Medal for his software engineering work transforming the nation’s nautical charting production system. He joined an NGA predecessor agency, the Defense Mapping Agency in 1996 where he led the update of the agency’s aeronautical production systems. After a stint with a government contractor, Munsell founded the Internet Marine and Aviation Planning Services, or IMAPS, in 2000 to offer flight and maritime planning services to individuals, industry and government via the Internet. He returned to government service at the NGA in 2006. Munsell is also the recipient of the Presidential Rank Award and NGA’s Distinguished Civilian Service Medal.

Kevin Kopp Named BIM Manager at Murphy

Kevin Kopp

Kevin J. Kopp has been named BIM manager for Murphy Company. The announcement was made by Mike Werdes, vice president, engineering.

Kopp holds an associate’s degree in drafting and design technology from ITT Technical Institute and is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in computer science. He is certified in numerous computer software and design programs, and has extensive experience in Revit, Navisworks, Fabrication, Plant 3D,Revizto, AutoCAD, BLK360 and Microsoft environments.

He recently served as BIM Director for a global engineering, architecture and project/construction management firm. . With over 18 years’ experience in BIM/CAD modeling and design as well as integrated project delivery, he previously served as a BIM coordinator and manager for several area engineering and contracting companies. He began his construction career in 2001 as CAD manager/IT support for Tensar Corp., a BIM/CAD manger/senior IT support for Planners and Engineers, and a Bentley Admin/BIM for Hydro-Chem – all in Georgia.

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.

Woody Miller Promoted to Vice President, Operational and Facilities Development at WINCO Windows

Woody Miller

WINCO Windows, a St. Louis-based manufacturer of architectural and heavy commercial aluminum windows, is pleased to announce the promotion of Woody Miller, one of the company’s Leadership Team members, to Vice President, Operational and Facilities Development.

“WINCO’s Leadership Team was formed late 2017 and took effect early 2018,” said Bill Krenn, WINCO President and CFO. “Woody’s success at coordinating plant operations to increase efficiencies and enhance communication, as well as bringing employees’ ideas to fruition keeps the company moving forward in a positive light.”

As Vice President of Operational and Facilities Development, Miller will work with team members Brian Scott and Sharon Gamble to continue evolving WINCO’s manufacturing systems. Integrating new equipment, technologies and processes is vital to serve the demands of WINCO’s expanding presence in the window industry. Miller is one of several family members who have leadership roles in WINCO. The company has been family-owned for more than 100 years.

Miller is a graduate of James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Over the years, Miller has worked as the owner/operator of a construction company, property developer, consultant, and business owner/entrepreneur. Miller was recently named to this year’s class of 40 Under 40 by the St. Louis Business Journal. This honor recognizes young business leaders for their accomplishments, professional excellence, and contributions to their community. In his spare time, Miller is an avid rock climber.

For more information, contact WINCO Window Company at (314) 725.8088 or visit www.wincowindow.com.

New Hires at S. M. Wilson

S.M. Wilson & Co., has rehired Mary Anderson as a Project Engineer and former S. M. Wilson Interns Travis Schmitt, Chris Watkins as Field Engineers as well as Emily Echele as Project Engineer.

Schmitt and Watkins will be responsible for supporting and assisting field and office personnel on job sites to produce successful projects, ensure safety, quality, cost control, schedule and overall compliance with applicable laws and regulations are achieved.

Chris Watkins

Watkins recently graduated from Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville where he received his B.S. in Construction Management. He spent the summer working as an intern for S. M. Wilson on an apartment complex project

Schmitt holds an Associates in Applied Science – Construction Management Technology from Southwestern Illinois College with 10 years of construction experience. He also worked as an intern and co-op for S. M. Wilson on the Ladue Horton Watkins High School project.

Mary Anderson

Echele and Anderson will be responsible for helping establish procedures with the design professionals, consultants and Owner of projects for information flow, approvals, meetings and reporting. They will also track shop drawings, submittals, material deliveries and RFIs through the duration of projects and assist the Project Manager with MBE/WBE participation and workforce inclusion. Anderson rejoins S. M. Wilson with four years construction experience. She holds a B.S. in Construction Management from Southeast Missouri State University and is OSHA 30 certified.

Emily Eschele

Echele recently graduated from Missouri S&T where she received her B.S. in Civil/Architectural Engineering. She also worked for S. M. Wilson on an apartment complex project as an intern over the summer.

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.

Neal C. Novack

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AGCMO and the St. Louis building community extends condolences to the family of Neal Novack on his sudden passing on Saturday, March 2nd.

Neal was the Vice President of J. E. Novack Construction Company in St. Louis. He was with the company for more than 35 years with primary responsibilities in management, finances, accounting, and real estate development as well as handling term contracts from the government and other agencies.

A visitation and memorial service was held March 6th  Berger Memorial Chapel, 9430 Olive Blvd.

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