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Mosby President Named Member of Joint Center for Housing Studies Steering Committee

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Mark McClanahan

Mark McClanahan represents St. Louis remodeling with the Harvard University program

Mark McClanahan, President of St. Louis remodeling firm Mosby Building Arts, has been named a member of the Remodeling Futures Steering Committee for theJoint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University, the preeminent research center for the residential sector of the American economy. He is one of only 8 people nationwide who specifically represent the remodeling aspect of residential housing.

As part of his committee appointment, McClanahan will meet with groups of housing industry leaders 4 times a year to share insights and analyze trends in housing. He recently took part in the Remodeling Futures Conference in Cambridge, MA, an event he describes as “a meeting of the nation’s top remodeling leaders.”

“The Joint Center for Housing Studies is a cross-section of professionals from every sector of housing, and I’m honored to have been asked to have been part of a panel discussion on the current status of residential remodeling,” said McClanahan. “The recent conference provided valuable insights into consumer and industry professional attitudes toward the on-line home services market, generational shifts in housing needs, and the evolving structure of the home improvement industry.”

During McClanahan’s 2 year tenure he will regularly take part in surveys, seminars and conferences. “I believe the most valuable aspects of being a member of the Remodeling Futures Program are feeling the pulse of the health of the industry, and having influence in the direction of the research the Harvard team performs. Mosby Building Arts strives to elevate the reputation and skills of the remodeling industry, so the steering committee is the best place for us to enact these changes.”

About Mosby Building Arts

Mosby Building Arts has been the trusted resource for home remodeling, architecture, design and repair in Metro St. Louis for 68 years. As a family-owned business, Scott Mosby and his team have been recognized nationally and locally for high standards of customer service and business ethics. Learn more at

Mr. John Morgan (November 1, 1928 – April 8, 2016)

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John Morgan, respected businessman, engineer, and pioneer in the St. Louis foundation industry, passed away on April 8, 2016.

Mr. Morgan is known in the construction industry for turning a pile-driving company into a full service provider of foundation support methods.

Mr. Morgan joined the Smith-Brennan Pile Company in 1959, seven years after graduating from Washington University. Upon graduation, he had moved to Ohio to work as an engineer for an atomic energy plant, but returned to St. Louis in 1958 to work for Tarlton Corporation. A chance meeting at a bird dog field trial put him on a new course. There he met Edwin Kuntz, owner of Smith-Brennan. The shared a passion for bird dogs, construction, and new technology.

Mr. Morgan joined Smith-Brennan with the goal of developing a new division of the company to offer customers new, economical alternatives of foundation support, including drilled caissons, which called for drilling holes into the ground and filling the holes with poured concrete reinforced by steel rods.

Mr. Morgan became president of the company in 1968 and became owner in 1984, after which he renamed it Subsurface Constructors to better reflect the company’s range of services. He became chairman of the company in 1998 and handed the day-to-day reins of the company to his sons Jim and Jeff.

During his time at Subsurface Constructors, Mr. Morgan was involved with the construction of many of the major structures in the St. Louis area, including:  the Arch, the Hyatt Regency at the Arch, much of the BJC complex, parts of the University of Missouri in St. Louis, Alton Memorial Hospital, Boeing, the Missouri Historical Society, the Scott Trade Center, the Metrolink Cross County Extension, I-270, and Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital.

He also was active in industry associations, serving as president of the Associated General Contractors of St. Louis and the St. Louis Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Under the leadership of his sons Jim and Jeff, Subsurface Constructors has continued to embrace useful new technologies, such as vibro stone columns, and expanded nationwide. Last year the company opened its first branch office in Massachusetts.

People On The Move In The Local Construction Industry

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April 25, 2016
The latest People in the News highlighting new hires, promotions, honors & recognition of the men and women in the St. Louis building community.
Holland Construction Services Expands Team
Bill Hibbits
Bill Hibbits

Bill Hibbits joins Holland with 26 years as a senior superintendent, including 30 multi-family housing projects consisting of luxury apartments, senior living facilities, hotels, and student housing in Kansas, Colorado, Indiana, Louisiana, Missouri, Florida and Nebraska. His first project with Holland will be the new $34.5 million luxury apartment community, Alinea at Town & Country, in St. Louis, Missouri.

Dan Boschen
Dan Boschen

Dan Boschen comes to Holland with 21 years construction experience working on various senior living, multi-family, hotel and commercial projects. Dan will be supervising the Encore at Forest Park project, a $38.4 million luxury apartment complex in St. Louis, Missouri.

Mike Arnett
Mike Arnett

Mike Arnett brings over 20 years of experience to Holland working on a variety of commercial, retail, healthcare, and senior living projects around the country. His first project with Holland will be working on a new $18 million assisted living facility in Pickerington, Ohio.

Holland Construction Services is a full-service construction management, general contracting, and design/build firm based in Swansea, Illinois.

Kathie McCutchen
Katie McCutchen

Katie McCutchen has joined the Holland team in the newly created position of Assistant Controller. Katie comes to Holland with over 12 years of construction accounting experience.  Her experience and skills will increase the accounting department’s capacity to meet the expansion of financial reporting responsibilities as the company continues to grow.

“I’m thrilled to join this rapidly expanding company,” Katie said. “Holland Construction has demonstrated their sustained ability to deliver on their commitment to excellence and integrity. The company continues to expand its geographic reach and I look forward to working with a truly talented group of professionals.”

People On The Move In The Local Construction Industry

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April 22, 2016
The latest People in the News highlighting new hires, promotions, honors & recognition of the men and women in the St. Louis building community.

Electrical Connection’s Jim Curran Elected to the Board of the Missouri Partnership

Jim Curran
Jim Curran

The Missouri Partnership, a leading economic development organization, has elected Jim Curran to its board of directors.  Curran is executive vice president of the Electrical Connection and has more than 30 years of experience in economic development.  The Electrical Connection is a labor-management partnership of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1 and the St. Louis Chapter, National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA).

Curran develops business opportunities for IBEW/NECA statewide by working with organizations advancing Missouri’s economic development, energy and technology needs. He is board secretary for theHawthorn Foundation and also serves its executive committee.  Curran is also vice chair and executive committee member for the Missouri Energy Initiative, which sets energy policy for the state.  In addition, Curran’s board service includes Tech 44, the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) – Gateway Chapter, the U.S. Green Building Council-Missouri Chapter (USGBC),Univerdant Sustainability Network, LLC, the Construction Forum Education Foundation STEM Committee, the St. Louis Regional Chamber Energy and Environmental Committee and the incubator advisory board of The Economic Development Center of St. Charles County.

Led by its 12-person board, the Missouri Partnership provides direct support to companies interested in investing in Missouri and works statewide to connect companies with the best locations and solutions for their business goals. For more information, visit

Electrical Connection members provide safe and reliable electrical construction, maintenance, repair and replacement services in Missouri and nationwide. More is online at

PARIC Adds Earl Strauther As Director of Diversity & Inclusion

Earl Strauther
Earl Strauther

PARIC Corp., the Midwest construction organization recognized as an industry leader in workforce diversity, has recruited Earl G. Strauther, formerly the City of St. Louis Compliance Manager, to direct the company’s next steps toward excellence and advocacy.

While at the City of St. Louis and the St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment (SLATE), Strauther focused on workforce compliance and engagement with MBE and WBE enterprises.

At PARIC, Strauther will further develop the company’s approach to workforce inclusion and outreach to the community, according to Paric President Keith Wolkoff.

“Paric has a good roadmap of what we believe can lead to a more successful approach to workforce inclusion, but it is a long road and we need the horsepower to enact real and tangible change,” Wolkoff says. “If we can be successful with our approach, then hopefully we can set a new standard and raise the bar for the construction industry and for the area in general,” Wolkoff adds.

Strauther earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Management and Communications plus a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership and Administration at Concordia University. He also earned the designation as a Fellow in Executive Management at the University of Kansas.

Two Gershman Mortgage Loan Officers Receive Top Certification

Bill & Lisa Nass
Bill & Lisa Nass

Bill and Lisa Nass are the only two people in Missouri to be named as a Certified Reverse Mortgage Professional (CRMP)

Gershman Mortgage is proud to announce that Bill Nass, Vice President, and Lisa Nass, Loan Originator, have received the distinction of Certified Reverse Mortgage Professional (CRMP). Bill, who has been with Gershman Mortgage since 2001, became a CRMP in March of 2016, while Lisa, who has worked at Gershman Mortgage since 2009, was named a CRMP in January 2014.

Those who earn the CRMP are characterized as someone who demonstrates an exceptional knowledge and competency in the area of reverse mortgages and dedication to maintaining the highest professional and ethical principles. The CRMP is governed by the Independent Certification Committee and is administered by the National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association (NRMLA).  The CRMP requires applicants to meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • The individual must have three years of experience originating reverse mortgages or must have personally closed 50 or more reverse mortgages
  • Complete the course An Explanation of the NRMLA Code of Ethics and Its Impact on Our Daily Routine
  • Complete an Independent Certification Committee approved course on preventing, detecting and reporting elder abuse
  • Must complete 12 credits of continuing education (CE)

Once eligibility criteria is met, the individual must pass a multiple-choice exam.  While hundreds of NRMLA members have acquired continuing education credits, only 114 individuals have been awarded CRMP designation since June 2010.

“A reverse mortgage is a sound financial strategy that can help seniors in their retirement years.  Bill and Lisa, as CRMPs, are the reverse mortgage experts in this area and can guide anyone interested in learning more about how to secure one,” explained Mark Unangst, vice president.

Gershman Mortgage is one of the oldest independent mortgage companies in the Midwest, founded over 60 years ago.

Mr. Edward D. Golterman (October 19, 1926 -April 16, 2016)

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Edw D Golterman
Edward D. Golterman

Edward D. Golterman, respected businessman, entrepreneur and pioneer in the field of architectural acoustics, passed away at the age of 90 on Saturday, April 16, 2016.

Mr. Golterman served in the U.S. Navy; studied at Miami of Ohio, Westminster College, and received his MBA from Washington University in St. Louis after World War II.  He began his career as a salesman for his father’s business and took over the company just two years later after his father’s death. That business — the Herbert Golterman Company, began operations in 1946 selling chain link fencing and other building products to residential customers — later morphed into Golterman & Sabo, a leading manufacturer of architectural acoustical products.

A talented visionary, Mr. Golterman found the perfect technical and business partner in Steve Sabo, and together they established Golterman & Sabo (G&S) Inc. in 1950. As the post war baby boom began, the company saw opportunities with the educational market.  By the 1960’s, school chalkboards were their primary product.  They developed and held a patent on a trim system for chalkboards and soon became a major market leader. Many schools today have Golterman & Sabo chalkboards and markerboards in their classrooms.

In 1981, he worked with an HOK architect to design and build wood framed and fabric covered acoustical panels for an auditorium at Christian Brothers High School in St. Louis.  When the company could not find a contractor willing to install this new product, Mr. Golterman developed the installation method and installed the first G&S acoustical panels.  From that small project, the specialty acoustical product line grew to what it is today.

Over the years, Mr. Golterman introduced many products to the construction industry:  prefabricated stair systems, steel chalkboards, markerboards and custom tack board systems; but his most lasting contribution was developing the first fabric covered acoustical panels.

The company’s vision expanded when the third generation, Mr. Golterman’s sons Herb, Ned and Andy Golterman, joined the family business in the 1980s. Along with a team of dedicated and forward-thinking employees, the Goltermans have grown the business into one of the leading acoustical and architectural products companies in the United States. G&S continues to be an industry leader, garnering many awards in the construction industry over the years.

Mr. Golterman retired in 1995 at age 70, although he continued to consult in the business he loved, working with sons Herb, Ned and Andy.  A lifelong resident of Kirkwood, Missouri (a historic suburb of St. Louis), Mr. Golterman saw G&S Acoustics move from previous locations on The Hill and in South City to its current location at 3555 Scarlet Oak Boulevard in Kirkwood in 1999.

Mr. Golterman loved his hometown of Kirkwood, and he never lived more than a mile from his boyhood home on Jefferson Avenue.  He was a 60-year member of First Presbyterian Church in Kirkwood.  Mr. Golterman served as head of the St. Louis County Planning and Zoning Committee and the Kirkwood Planning and Zoning Committee.

Mr. Golterman will be remembered for his sense of humor and his love for his family, his Kirkwood community, gardening and the St. Louis construction industry. He is remembered for his honesty and fairness in his business dealings and well respected by all who knew him.

Mr. Golterman is survived by his wife, Molly Golterman (nee Stephens) and his five children:  Gail (Mike) Finney, Herb (Laura) Golterman, Ned (Nora Ryan) Golterman, Andy (Nancy) Golterman and Carol (Kevin) Diffendaffer, 12 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Herb and Margaret Golterman; his first wife, Dorothy Golterman (nee Macdonald); and one son, Jack Golterman. Memorials may be made to Dirk’s Fund Shelter at

People On The Move In The Local Construction Industry

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April 15, 2016
The latest People in the News highlighting new hires, promotions, honors & recognition of the men and women in the St. Louis building community.

Todd Bundren Promoted to Senior Associate

Todd Bundren
Todd Bundren

Todd Bundren was recently promoted to senior associate. Bundren joined Lawrence Group in 2006 and is experienced in the design of senior living, commercial, retail, and residential projects. Bundren is LEED® AP BD+C and serves as Lawrence Group’s director of sustainability. Bundren resides in St. Louis. Lawrence Group is a building design, development, and project delivery firm headquartered in St. Louis.

New Hires at KAI

Edwin Chin has joined KAI Design & Build as Senior Mechanical Engineer. A native of New Orleans, La., Chin brings more than 30 years of mechanical engineering experience to KAI,  and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology from the University of Houston. Chin is a certified Professional Engineer and a member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers.

“We are excited to welcome Edwin Chin to the KAI family,” shared Paul Piazza, Director of MEP Engineering for KAI.  “With his extensive history in MEP, Edwin will be a valuable asset to our team,” said Paul Piazza, PE, Director of KAI’s MEP Engineering group.  “We are excited to welcome Edwin to our team.”

Chin will be working within KAI’s multi-disciplined team on the design, coordination and production of engineering construction and bid documents on complex projects. Chin will also be responsible for collaborating with lead engineers on design efforts from start to finish to ensure compliance with scope, budget and schedule at both KAI’s St. Louis and affiliate offices

Chris Mazurek  is the new Business Development Manager at KAI Design & Build.

Mazurek has more than three decades of experience in the construction industry, including project management, estimating, and general contracting, and more recently, sales strategies, client services, and business development.  He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Construction Management from Bowling Green State University. Mazurek is active in the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA), International Facilities Management Association, St. Louis Regional Chamber and the Association for Corporate Growth.

“Chris has a diverse background in construction, technology and business that has proven successful,” said KAI Design & Build President Michael B. Kennedy.  “so we look forward to him strengthening our pipeline in the build community.”

As Business Development Manager, Mazurek will work to further KAI’s market position through developing new owner relationships and generating new construction leads.  Chris will also identify potential business opportunities in addition to the negotiation and closes of business deals for both KAI’s St. Louis and affiliate offices.

Mazurek resides in Creve Coeur, MO.  Outside of the office, he enjoys playing both soccer and hockey, and has been a private pilot for over 8 years.

Nesselhauf Joins Kadean Construction as Project Manager

Kevin Nesselhauf
Kevin Nesselhauf

Kevin Nesselhauf has joined Fenton-based Kadean Construction Company, one of the region’s oldest and most successful firms specializing in pre-construction, design-build, construction management, and general contracting, the company announced today.

Nesselhauf is joining the company as Project Manager. He is a 2008 and 2013 graduate of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville with a Bachelor’s degree in Construction Management and a Master’s degree in Business. He currently serves as the SIUE Alumni Association President, and is a LEED Accredited Professional.

Before joining Kadean, Nesselhauf worked the past eight years at the Phillips 66 Wood River (IL) Refinery, where he spent time as a field supervisor, turnaround manager, and as a maintenance planning and scheduling supervisor.

PGAV Destinations Expands Design Team
Destination design leader hires four architectural designers

Clockwise from top left: Liu, Gant, Min, Windler
Clockwise from top left: Min, Gant, Liu, Windler

The global planning and design firm, PGAV Destinations announced the hiring of four architectural designers for their rapidly growing destination design team. These important talent additions will support the more than $1.2 billion in master planning and design projects currently underway in 2016.

“It’s an exciting time at PGAV Destinations,” said principal and chair Mike Konzen, “With new global client partnerships and expanding projects with existing clients, we are able to recruit the most talented designers that our universities are producing. It’s fantastic to have these four join our creative team.”

Architect Marchelle Gant is a graduate of the University of Illinois where she received both her Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies and her Master of Architecture. She has previously worked with BLDD Architects Inc., America Reads and America Counts, and the East St. Louis Action Research Project.

Architectural designer Jinyang Liu is a graduate of North Carolina State University with a Master of Architecture. He was previously interned in Beijing, China with the China Construction Engineering Design Group Corporation Limited.

Architectural designer Ian Min is an Urban Planning graduate of Zhejiang University in Hangzhou and received his Master of Architecture from Washington University in St. Louis, MO. He has previously worked on the Avian Observatory near the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers with the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts.

Architectural designer Joe Windler received Bachelor of Architecture degrees from both the Illinois Institute of Technology and Fakulta architektury VUT v Brnĕ. He previously worked as an architectural designer at Brininstool + Lynch, Fables Inc., and CCI Construction.

Meet more of PGAV Destinations’ design leaders at

Newmark Grubb Zimmer Welcoms Ben Weis To St. Louis Office

Ben Weiss
Ben Weiss

Newmark Grubb Zimmer is proud to announce the addition of Ben Weis to the St. Louis office. Mr. Weis will specialize in both landlord and tenant representation within the St. Louis retail market and throughout the Newmark platform. Mr. Weis is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Masters in Accounting.

Professional Installers, Inc. Hires Steve Giacin as New President and Chief Operating Officer

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Steve Giacin

Former President of Kaiser Electric and the American Subcontractors Association – Midwest Council, Steve Giacin has joined Professional Installers, Inc. (PI) as its new President and Chief Operating Officer. PI founder, Aubrey Kimberling, has assumed the position of Chairman of the Board and CEO. Located in Maryland Heights, MO, Professional Installers, was established in 1984 and continues to be the premier contract office furniture installer in the Midwest.

Steve brings 35+ years of construction, construction management, operations and executive level experience to the Professional Installers, Inc. team. Steve will be responsible for corporate strategy, growth, cost containment and business development. “As part of our overall growth and diversification strategy, we are very excited to have someone with Steve’s experience and qualifications in the construction industry joining our team and look forward to opening up new vertical and geographic market channels for PI”, added Aubrey Kimberling.

Before joining PI, Giacin most recently was the Vice President, Division General Manager for a national electrical contracting firm overseeing its Colorado operation which included $35 million of P/L responsibility. Prior to that he was President of St. Louis based Kaiser Electric from 2008-2014. He has also served as the President of the American Subcontractors Association – Midwest Council, has been a Leadership Chair and Board Member of ASA National, served on the Boards of NECA St. Louis Chapter, St. Louis Amateur Blues and Affton Hockey, and was Hockey Coach at MICDS in 2011-2012. Having grown up in his father’s masonry and snow removal businesses, Steve became an IBEW electrical apprentice in 1985, worked in the field as an electrician from 1989-1993 before taking his first management position. Steve has his Bachelor of Science degree from Webster University. Steve’s wife Cathy is Executive Director of the Bi-State Fabricators Association.

Founded in 1984, St. Louis based Professional Installers, Inc. is a proud member of the Facilities Services Network, a nationwide best practices and leadership group comprised of the top 20 contract furniture installers in the U.S.


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Bapsy Rodrigues Joins HOK’s St. Louis Office as Senior Tax Accountant

Babsy Rodriques
Babsy Rodriques

Bapsy Rodrigues, CPA, has joined HOK as a senior tax accountant in St. Louis. Rodrigues will work with departmental leaders in planning and managing budgets, as well as provide support in all tax issues and filings.

Prior to joining HOK, Rodrigues was a tax supervisor at Abengoa ABD. She earned her degree in commerce from St. Agnes College in Mangalore, India.

HOK is a global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm.

Todd Schirach Hired as DMS

Todd Scharich, Seneca, S.C., has been named director of member services of the American Society of Concrete Contractors, (ASCC), St. Louis, MO, according to Bev Garnant, executive director.  Scharich has served in a part-time position with ASCC, as decorative concrete specialist, since 2012.  He will retain those responsibilities as well.

Scharich managed a family-owned masonry construction firm in the 90s and opened decorative concrete supply outlets serving the upper Midwest in 2000.  He has been a World of Concrete speaker since 2003, in addition to speaking at numerous other events and meetings across the country.  Scharich is a frequent author for Concrete Construction, Concrete International, Concrete Contractor and Concrete Décor magazines.  He is a member of ACI  310 Decorative Concrete Design and Construciton.

“Todd has been an advocate and innovator in the decorative concrete industry for many years,” says Garnant.  “He has helped increase the level of workmanship through education and training, while increasing the demand for decorative concrete within the design and construction industries.  We are extremely pleased that he has joined ASCC in a full time position.”

The ASCC is a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the capabilities of those who build with concrete, and to providing them a unified voice in the construction industry.

Angie Eslinger Promoted to Senior Associate

Angie Eslinger
Angie Eslinger

Angie Eslinger, AIA, LEED AP was recently promoted to senior associate for Lawrence Group’s senior living studio. Eslinger joined Lawrence Group in 2005 and brought with her more than three years of project design experience and leadership. Angie is a registered architect and LEED® AP.

Lawrence Group is a building design, development, and project delivery firm headquartered in St. Louis.

Sarah Davis Joins HOK’s St. Louis Office as Model Maker

Sarah Davis
Sarah Davis

Sarah Davis has joined HOK as a model maker in St. Louis. Davis will use wood, plastic, laser cutting and 3D printing in the office’s model shop to visually convey HOK’s design solutions to clients.

Before joining HOK, Davis worked as a project administrator at Alberici Constructors and a digital design specialist at Emerald City Jewelers. Davis earned her degree in integrated studio arts from Iowa State University.

HOK is a global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm

KJWW Client Executive Named to ENR Midwest Top 20 Under 40

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Mike Lawless of KJWW Engineering Consultants has been named to ENR Midwest’s 2016 Top 20 Under 40. Lawless, PE, FPE, LEED AP, is a client executive working out of the firm’s St. Louis office.

ENR’s Top 20 Under 40 honors individuals under the age of 40 who represent the “best-of-the-best” in their construction and design careers by giving back to their industry and communities. Winners were cited for leadership, career progress, community involvement and creating landmark projects for their region.

Lawless has been with KJWW for his entire 15-year career. He leads large, technically challenging and complex healthcare and science and ­­technology projects, including the current designs of the new 250,000-square-foot BJC West County Hospital and the new 357,000-square-foot University of Kansas Hospital. In addition to new construction, his projects include renovations, expansions, and infrastructure upgrades. He also provides quality control and peer reviews for many projects, overseeing the coordination of disciplines and quality of documents.

Mike works collaboratively with architectural and construction firms to maximize buildings’ operational efficiency through integrated design solutions while maintaining or lowering construction costs. He continually researches new opportunities for applying proven technologies in unique ways to blend reliable solutions with cutting-edge thinking.

For more on the ENR Top 20 Under 40, visit

KJWW, headquartered in the Quad-Cities, Ill., has more than 500 employees in 15 national and international locations, and is a subsidiary of IMEG Corporation.

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Cameron Welch joins McGrath as Project Engineer

Welch, CameronCameron Welch has joined McGrath & Associates as a project engineer responsible for project coordination, estimating, scheduling and other duties. Welch has a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies from the University of Missouri in Columbia. He has three years of construction industry experience working on commercial and industrial projects. McGrath & Associates is a 100 percent employee-owned general contractor and construction management firm.

S.M. Wilson Promotes Corey Noder to Senior Project Manager & Jordan Sanders to Assistant Project Manager

Noder, Corey Noder joined S. M. Wilson in 2014 as a Project Manager, and has 16 years of construction industry experience.  He received a B.S. Construction Management from Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville. He is a graduate of SIUE’s Construction Leadership Institute and the Duke University Management Program.  Noder is a LEED Accredited Professional.



Sanders, JordanSanders joined S. M. Wilson in 2012.  He received a B. S. in Construction Management from Southeast Missouri State University, and has both an OSHA 30 Hour Construction Safety and Health and an ASHE Health Care Construction Certificate.

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

PGAV Destinations Expands Leadership Team Hiring Karen Baker 

Baker, KarenThe global planning and design firm PGAV Destinations announced that Karen Baker has been hired as Senior Director of Branding and Marketing for the rapidly growing PGAV Destinations team. In this new role, Baker will oversee branding and marketing initiatives for PGAV Destinations as they progress through an exciting year with more than $1.2 billion in projects underway.

“We are excited to have Karen join our leadership team. She is a proven strategic marketer in the tourism industry who excels at communicating the voice of brands,” said Mike Konzen, Principal and Chair of PGAV. “Karen will focus on developing strategic marketing plans and setting and executing the key direction of the brand across all of our sectors – which is essential as we continue to grow our business globally.”

Baker was most recently Senior Director of Marketing for several iconic Chattanooga, Tennessee tourism brands, including See Rock City, Ruby Falls, and Lookout Mountain Attractions, along with their special event and consumer brands. She is a past president of the American Advertising Federation of Chattanooga and served on the Greater Chattanooga Hospitality Association board. Baker is an award-winning writer and producer whose career includes leadership roles in creative, brand, media, and marketing strategy.

“The momentum of PGAV Destinations over the past 50 years is impressive,” says Baker. I’m thrilled to be joining PGAV and to become part of the local community in St. Louis at such an exciting time.”

March 18, 2016

Mike Schwaller Joins Integrated Facility Services (IFS)

Schwaller, MikeMike Schwaller of Eureka has joined Integrated Facility Services (IFS) as safety director. He is responsible for developing, implementing and monitoring safety initiatives and training programs for IFS, a St. Louis-based HVAC, plumbing, piping, fire protection and building automation firm.

Schwaller holds a bachelor’s degree in Safety Management from the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Missouri. He has nine years of construction-industry safety management experience. Prior to joining IFS, Schwaller was district safety manager for Trane in Lenexa, Kansas.

Integrated Facility Services (IFS), formerly Air Masters Corporation, is a full-service HVAC, plumbing, piping, fire protection and building automation firm.

Ryan Hesker Joins Murphy Co. as Design-Build Engineer

Hesker, RyanRyan Hesker has Joined Murphy Co. as a design-build engineer after having served as an intern for the St. Louis-based mechanical contractor.   The announcement was made by Kevin Cook, vice-president, design-build.

Hesker is a 2015 graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, with a major in mechanical engineering. He served as an intern at Murphy Co. where he helped plan and design HVAC and plumbing systems for commercial projects.

Murphy Company delivers mechanical solutions to the industrial, commercial, institutional and heavy industrial markets. With corporate offices in St. Louis and Denver and a regional office in Colorado Springs, Murphy offers process piping, HVAC, refrigeration, plumbing, design-build, piping fabrication, energy solutions and 24-hour service. Murphy currently is ranked No. 19 on Engineering News-Record’s list of top mechanical contractors in the United States. Founded in 1907, the firm employs more than 1,000 people nationwide. For more information, visit

Jeff Patterson Joins Murphy Co. as Estimator

Patterson, JeffJeffrey H. Patterson has joined Murphy Company as an estimator.  The announcement was made by Bob Breth, vice president, estimating.

Patterson has more than 25 years experience in mechanical estimating, including piping, plumbing, sheet metal and HVAC systems.  He also has managed a pre-construction services department and created design standards for sheet metal fabrication. He attended both St. Louis Technical School and St. Louis Community College.

Murphy Company delivers mechanical solutions to the industrial, commercial, institutional and heavy industrial markets.

Derek Don Rejoins HOK’s St. Louis Office as Senior Landscape Design Professional

Don, DerekDerek Don has joined HOK as a senior landscape design professional in St. Louis. Don will join the teams providing master planning for the Indiana University Health Academic Health Center and St. Louis office projects.

Don previously worked for HOK from 2006 to 2011 and most recently worked at SWT Design as a designer and project manager. He earned his degree in landscape architecture from Purdue University. HOK is a global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm.

Joel Maevers Joins Murphy Co. as Project Manager 

Maevers, JoelJoel Maevers, P.E., LEED AP, has joined Murphy Co. as project manager. The announcement was made by Thomas Skaggs, vice-president, operations.

A 2000 graduate of the University of Missouri-Rolla  with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, Maevers is a licensed professional engineer in both Missouri and Illinois, a LEED accredited professional (2007), and a Chicago Register Energy Professional. He previously worked in Chicago as a project manager for Mechanical, Inc. and Noresco, and served as an associate/project manager for Environmental Systems Design.

A member of the Mechanical Contractors Association, Maevers served as a designer, estimator and project manager for a plumbing contractor. He also was previously appointed by St. Louis County to the Board of Examiners as the professional engineer on the five-member committee responsible for approving licensure examination for all plumbers, pipe fitters and drain layers as well as for review of the exams and test procedures.  He is OSHA 30-hour certified.

Ben Pepin Re-Joins Murphy Company

Pepin, BenBen Pepin has returned to the company as an engineer in design-build. The announcement was made by Kevin Cook, vice president, design-build.

Pepin, who holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Missouri-Columbia, has worked on projects at Busch Stadium, several locations for Edward Jones and Enterprise, Graybar Electric, and Nestlé Purina.  He also has performed engineering work for several area hospitals, including Phelps County Regional Medical Center, St. Anthony’s Medical Center, St. Clare Health Center and St. John’s Mercy Medical Center.

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