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McMahon Berger Adds Three Attorneys

St. Louis’ largest law firm dedicated to a labor and employment defense law practice is expanding by adding three attorneys.

McMahon Berger’s primary focus is on representing private and public employers, associations, and insurance companies of various sizes and in various industries throughout the country. The firm handles matters covering the full range of employment litigation, employment agreements, executive compensation, ERISA, EEOC matters, class actions, arbitrations, traditional labor relations, OSHA, Railway Labor Act and before the National Labor Relations Board.

In 2020, the firm celebrated its 65th anniversary in this complex area of law, which was founded by the former Regional Director of the National Labor Relations Board for the St. Louis Region in 1955.

Joining the firm is Perry DeLay, an attorney who focuses on employee benefits and pension plan administration. Perry is a graduate of Notre Dame Law School and holds an LL.M in taxation from Villanova University. Perry also holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Chicago. Perry explained, “This is inspiring to join a group of employment defense counsel who are at the pinnacle of the field.” Email: delay@mcmahonberger.com

Additionally, joining the firm is Arturo Hernandez, who graduated from Vermont Law School in New England and has since focused his practice primarily on civil litigation, business immigration law, labor, and employment law. He has also taught trial practice, evidence, and graduate business law at Columbia College. His undergraduate degree is from Texas A&M University where he completed his B.A. in Anthropology. Arturo stated, “The firm’s reputation is what drew me to practice with them.” Email: hernandez@mcmahonberger.com

Also joining the firm is David Gutwein, a graduate of Saint Louis University School of Law in 2008. David’s undergraduate degree is from Indiana University in Criminal Justice and Psychology. He has been in private practice, with a primary focus on bankruptcy cases. David explained, “Joining the best in the field is exciting and challenging.” Email: gutwein@mcmahonberger.com

U.S News and World Report recently ranked McMahon Berger as Tier 1 for Employment Law – Management, Tier 1 in Labor Law – Management, and Tier 1 in Labor and Employment Litigation

Holland Construction Services Promotes Rob Ruehl to Project Executive

Rob Ruehl

Holland Construction Services President Mike Marchal is pleased to announce the promotion of Rob Ruehl to Project Executive. Ruehl has been with Holland since 2017 and has showcased his determination and work ethic on a multitude of projects.

“Rob has been a tremendous asset to us and our clients over the past five years,” said Marchal. “I am very proud of the work he has done and the professional growth I’ve seen in him. We’re looking forward to seeing his continued success leading teams as a Project Executive.”

With more than two decades of experience in the industry, Ruehl has been a part of major projects at Holland including Keystone Place Senior Living, The Villages of Twin Oaks, The Flats at Dorsett Ridge, and Heartland View Apartments.

“I am looking forward to the opportunity to assist in guiding and growing our multi-family market and continue where we are strong and continue to grow our team,” Ruehl said.

In the new position, Ruehl will be bringing his short and long-term strategic thinking skills to the management team. As Project Executive, Ruehl will identify market opportunities, build and maintain relationships, guide the preconstruction process on multi-family projects, negotiate contracts, and focus on the growth of his teammates.

Ruehl received a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and Construction Management from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

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

S. M. Wilson & Co. Promotes Four Team Members

Anthony Garza, Anna Eisenbath, Gwen Arenberg, Rebecca Reifel

S. M. Wilson & Co., a top St. Louis-based construction manager, has promoted four team members. Anna Eisenbath and Gwen Arenberg have been elevated to Project Managers. Anthony Garza will become an Assistant Superintendent and Rebecca Reifel has been promoted to Assistant Project Manager. Founded in 1921, S. M. Wilson is a 100% employee-owned company.

Anthony Garza has been promoted to Assistant Superintendent. He joined S. M. Wilson in 2019 as an intern and was hired as a Field Engineer. He has worked on keystone projects including the City Foundry STL, MetLife, Alton School District and the Target School Library Makeover Program, an initiative between Target and the Heart of America Foundation. In this new role, Garza will supervise Target projects in Mission, KS and St. Joseph, MO. He is responsible for delivering successful projects that align with S. M. Wilson standards by ensuring safety, quality, cost control, compliance and adherence to schedules. 

Anna Eisenbath has been promoted to Project Manager. During her six years at S. M. Wilson Eisenbath has served as a project engineer and assistant project manager. She has worked on several projects, including the Ladue High School, Nestle-Purina and multiple Target renovations throughout the region. She and her team have delivered the top-scoring projects for Target throughout the country. 

Gwen Arenberg joined S. M. Wilson in 2019 as a project engineer. Her architectural design background has been instrumental to projects such as Columbia College, Link in the Loop and the Ladue School District. As Project Managers, Eisenbath and Arenberg will be responsible for administrative functions on designated projects, including scheduling, leading progress meetings, tracking costs and maintaining all project information, including transmittals, submittals and RFIs. 

Rebecca Reifel has been promoted to Assistant Project Manager. She joined S. M. Wilson last year as a project engineer with a background in structural engineering. Reifel will be responsible for assisting Project Managers with all project administrative functions and will be leading several Target renovation projects.   

ABOUT S. M. WILSON & CO.
S. M. Wilson is a full-service construction management, design/build and general contracting firm with headquarters in St. Louis and offices in Edwardsville, IL and Cape Girardeau, MO. Founded in 1921, S. M. Wilson is dedicated to going above and beyond expectations for their clients by putting people first. The 100% employee-owned company is one of the leading construction management firms in the Midwest. Areas of expertise include K-12 education, commercial, healthcare and government projects. For more information, visit www.smwilson.com.

March 11, 2022

Construction Dive Selects McCarthy Project Manager Alisa Lewis as a 2022 Construction Champion

She’s one of seven women recognized as an ‘Up-and-Coming Leader’ in the nationwide program.

Alisa Lewis

Alisa Lewis, project manager at McCarthy Building Companies, has been selected as a 2022 Construction Champion by Construction Dive, a national publication that highlights news and trends shaping the construction and building industry. The annual awards program coincides with Women in Construction Week (#WICWeek2022), March 6-12, 2022. 

Chosen from more than 650 submissions, Lewis is one of seven women recognized as an “Up-and-Coming Leader.” In total, Construction Dive selected 34 women who “stand as shining examples of how intuition, dedication and intelligence are shaping the industry.”

As a manager of the project controls team on the $1.7 billion Next NGA West campus under construction in north St. Louis, Lewis is helping to ensure that all design and construction work follows strict federal government regulations. Other projects she has helped bring to life during her 16-year McCarthy career include Mercy Heart Hospital in Creve Coeur, the William H. Danforth Wing at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, expansion of the Edward Jones south headquarters campus in Des Peres, the replacement hospital and medical office building for HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland, Ill. and renovation of HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Belleville, Ill. Collectively, these projects have a construction value of more than $1.2 billion.

“Construction is an intersection of my love of architecture, people and problem solving,” said Lewis. “I am proud of being a part of building projects that not only have an impact on the immediate community, but also the region, nation and world.”

In November 2021, the St. Louis Business Journal honored Lewis in its annual 40 Under 40 list of the region’s top business leaders under the age of 40.

View Construction Dive 2022 Up-and-Coming Leaders.

About McCarthy

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. is the oldest privately held national construction company in the country – with more than 150 years spent collaborating with partners to solve complex building challenges on behalf of its clients. With an unrelenting focus on safety and a comprehensive quality program that span all phases of every project, McCarthy utilizes industry-leading design phase and construction techniques combined with value-add technology to maximize outcomes. Repeatedly honored as a Best Place to Work and Healthiest Employer, McCarthy is ranked the 13th largest domestic builder (Engineering News-Record, May 2021). With approximately 5,000 salaried employees and craft professionals, the firm has offices in St. Louis; Atlanta; Collinsville, Ill.; Kansas City, Kan.; Omaha, Neb.; Phoenix; Las Vegas; Denver; Dallas, Houston; and San Diego, Newport Beach, San Francisco, San Jose and Sacramento, Calif. McCarthy is 100 percent employee owned. More information about the company is available online at www.mccarthy.com or by following the company on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.

March 4, 2022

Wellington Environmental Hires New EPA Scheduler and Client Liaison Communications Manager  

Molly Pryor

St. Louis-based specialized environmental services firm, Wellington Environmental, announces the hire of Molly Pryor as its new EPA scheduler and client liaison communications manager. In this role, Pryor will be responsible for improving communication with existing clients and prospects across a wide range of industries.  

“We are thrilled to have Molly join our team,” said Thom Wellington, president of Wellington Environmental. “Her understanding of the ecommerce landscape will be a tremendous asset for both our internal team and clients as we continue to offer new environmental safety and infection control services to our clients across multiple industries.”  

Prior to joining Wellington Environmental, Pryor was an assistant buyer and communication specialist for a military supply firm. She brings with her an extensive background in relationships-building and communication with 140+ vendors, strong data analysis skills, customer service representation, and inventory management.  

Pryor received her bachelor’s degree in political science studies from the University of Missouri in Columbia.  

About Wellington Environmental 

For more than 30 years, Wellington Environmental has been providing specialized environmental services to residential, medical and corporate facilities throughout the Midwest. The St. Louis-based firm employs a diverse and seasoned team of professionals and technicians who provide solutions to various environmental issues, including testing and remediation of asbestos, lead and mold; specialized infection control, deep cleaning and disinfecting services; Legionella water management planning; and spray-applied fireproofing. For more information, visit www.environmentalcare.com.

McClure Engineering Promotes Team Leader to Principal

Steve Dietiker

McClure Engineering, a St. Louis-based mechanical and electrical consulting engineering firm, promoted Team Leader Steve Dietiker to the position of Principal. In his new role, Dietiker will continue to oversee new projects and clients and serve as a mentor to new employees, while also working to develop new client relationships.

“We are happy to announce that we have promoted Steve Dietiker to the role of Principal at McClure Engineering,” said Keith Esarey, president of McClure Engineering. “Steve has always been a forward-thinker.  He’s the first person to offer support in our recruiting efforts.  His industry connections have been very beneficial as McClure has added team members that Steve was instrumental in finding.”

Since re-joining McClure Engineering as a team leader, Dietiker has dedicated himself to meeting client demands, while also assuming additional management responsibilities when required. Dietiker provides leadership and quality assurance for clients in the Web services, Institutional, Healthcare, Industrial, and Hospitality sectors.

With more than 20 years of experience, Dietiker has held various positions in the industry before settling as a team leader at McClure. In these previous roles, Dietiker performed specific duties as an estimator, project manager, and designer.

“Steve will be responsible for developing his team and will look to pass relationships he has fostered to future emerging leaders in the firm,” continued Esarey. “This is the internal growth model that has made McClure so successful and will continue to do so moving forward.”

About McClure Engineering

McClure Engineering is a mechanical and electrical consulting engineering firm established in 1953 and dedicated to the development of innovative solutions to unique engineering problems. McClure serves clients in an array of industries that include campus projects, K-12 educational facilities, healthcare and corporate and industrial buildings. The firm is committed to establishing and retaining close relationships with building owners and management, ensuring their solutions and designs are efficient and operational for years to come. For project profiles, services and more, visit McClure Engineering online at www.mcclureeng.com

February 25, 2022

Kwame Building Group hires Carson Green as Field Engineer

Carson Green

Carson Green, of Alton, IL, has joined Kwame Building Group, Inc. (KWAME) as a Field Engineer. Green is responsible for interfacing with the project team, reviewing drawings and specifications, mitigating project issues, estimating, providing technical assistance, delivering construction management services and managing regulatory aspects of projects. He is working on keystone KWAME projects including the Cervantes Convention Center expansion project at America’s Center and St. Louis Major League Soccer Stadium.

Green has four years of project management experience working in various construction markets. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management with a minor in Business Administration from Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville.

Trettel Joins Tarlton to Expand Business in Industrial and Energy Markets

Tarlton Corp, a leading St. Louis-based general contracting and construction management firm, hired Michael Trettel as Director of Strategic Markets to oversee work acquisition and performance in the firm’s heavy civil and industrial markets.

Mike Trettel

Trettel is an experienced leader in the construction industry, having served in a variety of roles in project management, estimating, business development and marketing. He has developed and informed company strategy, led teams and projects in multiple locations, built strong relationships with clients and partners, and acquired new business across markets.

Prior to joining Tarlton, he served in senior roles for a family of diversified heavy civil and industrial construction companies based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Trettel holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh and a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Penn State University. He is a graduate of Leadership Pittsburgh Inc., a nonprofit multi-disciplinary leadership, enrichment and networking organization that works to develop a pipeline of diverse civic leaders to serve the region. He also has been named to the “Pittsburgh 40 Under 40” list.

In addition, Trettel is actively involved in the Associated General Contractors of America, where he chairs the Building Division and is a member of the Board of Directors and Board of Governors and a past chair of the Business Development Forum. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Special Olympics Pennsylvania and chairs its Development Committee.

“We are thrilled to welcome Mike and are excited about his ‘big-picture’ approach, as well as his keen interest in cultivating clients for life – one of Tarlton’s core values,” said John Doerr, executive vice president, Tarlton Corp. “Mike’s sophisticated understanding of what it takes to safely and successfully build technically challenging projects and combination of relationship and construction experience will advance our firm in serving existing clients with excellence, while also expanding our expertise and customer base,” he added.

Holland Promotes Paul Gansauer to Vice President of Pre-Construction

Paul Gansauer

Holland Construction Services President Mike Marchal is pleased to announce the promotion of veteran employee Paul Gansauer to Vice President of Pre-Construction.

Gansauer has more than 15 years of experience at Holland and has risen through the ranks in a variety of roles to become one of the company’s senior leaders. Gansauer started as a Project Engineer in 2007, then became an Assistant Project Manager and Project Manager. He eventually moved to the Pre-Construction Department as an Estimator, then Senior Estimator, Director of Pre-Construction Services and is now the Vice President. He currently leads a growing team of thirteen members. 

“Paul is one of our rising stars at Holland and has been a tremendous asset to our clients,” said Marchal. “He works tirelessly to find the most economical solution to our clients’ needs and has led the Pre-Construction Department since 2015. As Vice President, Paul will work with clients early in the development process to set projects on a path for success. He will focus on the growth of team members and processes to create capacity within the department while providing high-level guidance on our pursuits.”

Gansauer said he has seen the Pre-Construction department evolve over the years into an essential part of Holland’s building process.

“I have been honored to work with Holland for many years now and see our Pre-Construction Department grow into what it is today,” said Gansauer. “There’s no doubt that the work our team does in Pre-Construction helps bring in and retain business because of the level of detail we put into these projects. The more insight our clients have about a project before we start digging, the better the end product will be. That’s what has helped us successfully grow our Pre-Construction department while delivering projects on time and on budget.”  

February 18, 2022

Tarlton Announces Promotions of Julius, Phinney and Picha

Tarlton Corp., a leading St. Louis-based general contracting and construction management firm, announces the 2021 promotions of three members of its operations team – Brian Julius, John Phinney and Andrew Picha – to project manager.

Brian Julius

Julius started with Tarlton in May 2016 as a project engineer and was promoted to senior project engineer in July 2019. He has worked on projects with significant concrete components including two proton therapy vaults, St. Louis Children’s Hospital Levels 5 & 8 Renovation for BJC HealthCare, Stephen and Peter Sachs Museum at Missouri Botanical Garden and Central West End MetroLink Station Improvements for Washington University School of Medicine.

Julius is a Certified Healthcare Constructor and holds a Master of Business Administration degree with a focus on operations management from Saint Louis University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Management from Missouri State University.

John Phinney

Phinney joined Tarlton in October 2016 as a project engineer in the Power & Energy group and was promoted to senior project engineer in July 2019. He has worked on numerous water and wastewater projects for various clients and on industrial, energy and utility projects for customers that include Ameren Missouri, Kerry Foods & Flavours, Saint Louis University, The Muny and Washington University in St. Louis.

A member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and American Concrete Institute, Phinney earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology.

Andrew Picha

Picha started as a project engineer with Tarlton in October 2017 and was promoted to senior project engineer in March 2019. Working with Tarlton’s life sciences team, he has been an integral part of multiple projects in the Cortex Innovation Community, including the historic renovation of 4340 Duncan Ave. and build-outs at 4340 and 4220 Duncan Ave. He also worked on the COVID-19 Alternate Care Facility for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.   

Picha earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Management from Missouri State University.

About Tarlton

Having celebrated its 75th year in business in 2021,Tarlton Corp. is a WBENC-Certified Women’s Business Enterprise that provides outstanding preconstruction and construction solutions to clients in the commercial, institutional, government and nonprofit, industrial and power and energy markets. The Midwest general contractor/construction manager also has special expertise in concrete construction, restoration and maintenance. Tarlton has completed many landmark St. Louis projects and is committed to improving lives through inclusive construction, civic engagement and service to others.

February 11, 2022

Melissa Denton joins Wiegmann Associates as Service Dispatcher

Meliss Denton

Melissa Denton of O’Fallon, MO has joined Wiegmann Associates as Service Dispatcher. Denton is responsible for dispatching service technicians to commercial HVAC projects, including preventative maintenance and 24/7 emergency service. She also works closely with Wiegmann’s payroll, sales teams and billing departments.

Denton brings 20 years of dispatching experience. Wiegmann Associates provides 24-hour preventative maintenance programs and HVAC service to commercial clients in the St. Louis area. The firm is one of the largest commercial heating and cooling service providers in the region.

Matt Mehringer Joins Sales and Marketing Group at WINCO Window Company

Matt Mehringer

WINCO Window Company, a St. Louis-based manufacturer of architectural and commercial aluminum windows, is pleased to announce that Matt Mehringer has accepted a position in its Sales and Marketing Group as an account manager.

Mehringer will be responsible for growing existing client relationships and increasing bidding efficiencies. He has an extensive background in technical sales, customer service, finance, as well as a degree in education. “I appreciate the teamwork among my colleagues and it is exciting to help continue the WINCO commitment to excellence.”

“Matt brings a wealth of business experience to our business,” says Kurtis Suellentrop, vice president at WINCO. “We are already seeing the benefits of his unique perspective with our customer relationships.” 

Mehringer graduated from Master’s University in Los Angeles and has been a resident of the St Louis area since 2020.  For more information, contact WINCO Window Company at (314) 725.8088 or visit www.wincowindow.com.

John Iffland Promoted to Product Specialist at WINCO Window Company

John Iffland

WINCO Window Company, a St. Louis-based manufacturer of architectural and commercial aluminum windows and doors, is pleased to announce that John Iffland has been promoted to Product Specialist, with an emphasis on technical sales of specialized products. Iffland’s current focus is Transira™ Window Solutions, a new energy-saving, security-ensuring window featuring two technologies in one product:  An automated shade that is integral to the window, containing the shade between pieces of glass. This new product works in both new construction as a stand alone product or in existing buildings as an upgrade to the windows..

Iffland’s primary responsibilities are to work with building owners and facility managers to identify whether WINCO’s Transira™ Window Solutions would be a good fit for their window system needs. As this is a new product for WINCO, Iffland is fully immersed in the product’s technology and performance advantages. Because of this, Iffland does not have a specific sales territory, but rather, he works with WINCO’s local sales reps in key target markets.

“I have two goals with this new position,” explains Iffland. “First, I would like to work with building owners with high energy consumption buildings that we can get in and really make a difference.”

This goal aligns with the current push by building owners and facilities managers to find more efficient ways to reduce energy use. Iffland’s second goal is to help change the way people interact with their environment and the buildings they spend a significant portion of their lives in.

“I truly believe that we have a unique opportunity to both improve people’s daily lives and reduce a building’s energy load at the same time,” says Iffland. “That’s what gets me excited about Transira™.”

Iffland has been with WINCO Window Company for almost four years. He started with an internship called St. Louis Centers for Advanced Professional Studies (STL CAPS), whereby high school students learn directly from business and industry professionals. Prior to his promotion to Product Specialist, Iffland almost exclusively worked on the development and automation side of Transira™, providing him with a greater understanding of the system, its capabilities, and how it is possible for something as simple as a window to integrate into a constantly growing technological field to improve buildings.

Iffland studied mechanical engineering at both St Louis Community College and Missouri S&T.

Kristy Hess joins Commerce Bank as Senior Vice President, Division Manager Commercial Real Estate

Kristy Hess

Kristy Hess joined Commerce Bank as senior vice president, division manager commercial real estate. In this role she will be responsible for managing Commerce Bank’s extensive network of professional real estate relationships, as well as attract new investor and developer clients to Commerce Bank.

Kristy has nearly 20 years’ experience in commercial real estate and is eager to get started. “Commercial real estate is an important part of building thriving communities,” said Hess. “I am grateful for the opportunity to bring my passion for commercial real estate to Commerce Bank, an institution that works to help build communities in a number of ways,” she shared.

“We are excited to welcome Kristy to the team,” said Jason Penfield, executive vice president. “Commercial Real Estate is a vital component of our commercial line of business. Adding Kristy positions us well to meet our continued growth aspirations.  Her experience, leadership and deep St. Louis ties will greatly benefit our commercial real estate clientele and the community as we work on key projects in the region,” Jason stated.

Kristy is a graduate of Drury University, earned her MBA from St. Louis University, and received a Women’s Leadership Forum Certificate from Washington University Olin Business School. She is an active member of Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) and past board member, serves as a finance mentor for ULI Real Estate Diversity Initiative (REDI) Program, and is on the board of Independence Center.

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Wellington Environmental Hires New EPA Scheduler and Client Liaison Communications Manager  

Molly Pryor

St. Louis-based specialized environmental services firm, Wellington Environmental, announces the hire of Molly Pryor as its new EPA scheduler and client liaison communications manager. In this role, Pryor will be responsible for improving communication with existing clients and prospects across a wide range of industries.  

“We are thrilled to have Molly join our team,” said Thom Wellington, president of Wellington Environmental. “Her understanding of the ecommerce landscape will be a tremendous asset for both our internal team and clients as we continue to offer new environmental safety and infection control services to our clients across multiple industries.”  

Prior to joining Wellington Environmental, Pryor was an assistant buyer and communication specialist for a military supply firm. She brings with her an extensive background in relationships-building and communication with 140+ vendors, strong data analysis skills, customer service representation, and inventory management.  

Pryor received her bachelor’s degree in political science studies from the University of Missouri in Columbia.  

About Wellington Environmental 

For more than 30 years, Wellington Environmental has been providing specialized environmental services to residential, medical and corporate facilities throughout the Midwest. The St. Louis-based firm employs a diverse and seasoned team of professionals and technicians who provide solutions to various environmental issues, including testing and remediation of asbestos, lead and mold; specialized infection control, deep cleaning and disinfecting services; Legionella water management planning; and spray-applied fireproofing. For more information, visit www.environmentalcare.com.

McClure Engineering Promotes Team Leader to Principal

Steve Dietiker

McClure Engineering, a St. Louis-based mechanical and electrical consulting engineering firm, promoted Team Leader Steve Dietiker to the position of Principal. In his new role, Dietiker will continue to oversee new projects and clients and serve as a mentor to new employees, while also working to develop new client relationships.

“We are happy to announce that we have promoted Steve Dietiker to the role of Principal at McClure Engineering,” said Keith Esarey, president of McClure Engineering. “Steve has always been a forward-thinker.  He’s the first person to offer support in our recruiting efforts.  His industry connections have been very beneficial as McClure has added team members that Steve was instrumental in finding.”

Since re-joining McClure Engineering as a team leader, Dietiker has dedicated himself to meeting client demands, while also assuming additional management responsibilities when required. Dietiker provides leadership and quality assurance for clients in the Web services, Institutional, Healthcare, Industrial, and Hospitality sectors.

With more than 20 years of experience, Dietiker has held various positions in the industry before settling as a team leader at McClure. In these previous roles, Dietiker performed specific duties as an estimator, project manager, and designer.

“Steve will be responsible for developing his team and will look to pass relationships he has fostered to future emerging leaders in the firm,” continued Esarey. “This is the internal growth model that has made McClure so successful and will continue to do so moving forward.”

About McClure Engineering

McClure Engineering is a mechanical and electrical consulting engineering firm established in 1953 and dedicated to the development of innovative solutions to unique engineering problems. McClure serves clients in an array of industries that include campus projects, K-12 educational facilities, healthcare and corporate and industrial buildings. The firm is committed to establishing and retaining close relationships with building owners and management, ensuring their solutions and designs are efficient and operational for years to come. For project profiles, services and more, visit McClure Engineering online at www.mcclureeng.com

February 25, 2022

Kwame Building Group hires Carson Green as Field Engineer

Carson Green

Carson Green, of Alton, IL, has joined Kwame Building Group, Inc. (KWAME) as a Field Engineer. Green is responsible for interfacing with the project team, reviewing drawings and specifications, mitigating project issues, estimating, providing technical assistance, delivering construction management services and managing regulatory aspects of projects. He is working on keystone KWAME projects including the Cervantes Convention Center expansion project at America’s Center and St. Louis Major League Soccer Stadium.

Green has four years of project management experience working in various construction markets. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management with a minor in Business Administration from Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville.

Trettel Joins Tarlton to Expand Business in Industrial and Energy Markets

Tarlton Corp, a leading St. Louis-based general contracting and construction management firm, hired Michael Trettel as Director of Strategic Markets to oversee work acquisition and performance in the firm’s heavy civil and industrial markets.

Mike Trettel

Trettel is an experienced leader in the construction industry, having served in a variety of roles in project management, estimating, business development and marketing. He has developed and informed company strategy, led teams and projects in multiple locations, built strong relationships with clients and partners, and acquired new business across markets.

Prior to joining Tarlton, he served in senior roles for a family of diversified heavy civil and industrial construction companies based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Trettel holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh and a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Penn State University. He is a graduate of Leadership Pittsburgh Inc., a nonprofit multi-disciplinary leadership, enrichment and networking organization that works to develop a pipeline of diverse civic leaders to serve the region. He also has been named to the “Pittsburgh 40 Under 40” list.

In addition, Trettel is actively involved in the Associated General Contractors of America, where he chairs the Building Division and is a member of the Board of Directors and Board of Governors and a past chair of the Business Development Forum. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Special Olympics Pennsylvania and chairs its Development Committee.

“We are thrilled to welcome Mike and are excited about his ‘big-picture’ approach, as well as his keen interest in cultivating clients for life – one of Tarlton’s core values,” said John Doerr, executive vice president, Tarlton Corp. “Mike’s sophisticated understanding of what it takes to safely and successfully build technically challenging projects and combination of relationship and construction experience will advance our firm in serving existing clients with excellence, while also expanding our expertise and customer base,” he added.

Holland Promotes Paul Gansauer to Vice President of Pre-Construction

Paul Gansauer

Holland Construction Services President Mike Marchal is pleased to announce the promotion of veteran employee Paul Gansauer to Vice President of Pre-Construction.

Gansauer has more than 15 years of experience at Holland and has risen through the ranks in a variety of roles to become one of the company’s senior leaders. Gansauer started as a Project Engineer in 2007, then became an Assistant Project Manager and Project Manager. He eventually moved to the Pre-Construction Department as an Estimator, then Senior Estimator, Director of Pre-Construction Services and is now the Vice President. He currently leads a growing team of thirteen members. 

“Paul is one of our rising stars at Holland and has been a tremendous asset to our clients,” said Marchal. “He works tirelessly to find the most economical solution to our clients’ needs and has led the Pre-Construction Department since 2015. As Vice President, Paul will work with clients early in the development process to set projects on a path for success. He will focus on the growth of team members and processes to create capacity within the department while providing high-level guidance on our pursuits.”

Gansauer said he has seen the Pre-Construction department evolve over the years into an essential part of Holland’s building process.

“I have been honored to work with Holland for many years now and see our Pre-Construction Department grow into what it is today,” said Gansauer. “There’s no doubt that the work our team does in Pre-Construction helps bring in and retain business because of the level of detail we put into these projects. The more insight our clients have about a project before we start digging, the better the end product will be. That’s what has helped us successfully grow our Pre-Construction department while delivering projects on time and on budget.”  

February 18, 2022

Tarlton Announces Promotions of Julius, Phinney and Picha

Tarlton Corp., a leading St. Louis-based general contracting and construction management firm, announces the 2021 promotions of three members of its operations team – Brian Julius, John Phinney and Andrew Picha – to project manager.

Brian Julius

Julius started with Tarlton in May 2016 as a project engineer and was promoted to senior project engineer in July 2019. He has worked on projects with significant concrete components including two proton therapy vaults, St. Louis Children’s Hospital Levels 5 & 8 Renovation for BJC HealthCare, Stephen and Peter Sachs Museum at Missouri Botanical Garden and Central West End MetroLink Station Improvements for Washington University School of Medicine.

Julius is a Certified Healthcare Constructor and holds a Master of Business Administration degree with a focus on operations management from Saint Louis University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Management from Missouri State University.

John Phinney

Phinney joined Tarlton in October 2016 as a project engineer in the Power & Energy group and was promoted to senior project engineer in July 2019. He has worked on numerous water and wastewater projects for various clients and on industrial, energy and utility projects for customers that include Ameren Missouri, Kerry Foods & Flavours, Saint Louis University, The Muny and Washington University in St. Louis.

A member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and American Concrete Institute, Phinney earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology.

Andrew Picha

Picha started as a project engineer with Tarlton in October 2017 and was promoted to senior project engineer in March 2019. Working with Tarlton’s life sciences team, he has been an integral part of multiple projects in the Cortex Innovation Community, including the historic renovation of 4340 Duncan Ave. and build-outs at 4340 and 4220 Duncan Ave. He also worked on the COVID-19 Alternate Care Facility for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.   

Picha earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Management from Missouri State University.

About Tarlton

Having celebrated its 75th year in business in 2021,Tarlton Corp. is a WBENC-Certified Women’s Business Enterprise that provides outstanding preconstruction and construction solutions to clients in the commercial, institutional, government and nonprofit, industrial and power and energy markets. The Midwest general contractor/construction manager also has special expertise in concrete construction, restoration and maintenance. Tarlton has completed many landmark St. Louis projects and is committed to improving lives through inclusive construction, civic engagement and service to others.

February 11, 2022

Melissa Denton joins Wiegmann Associates as Service Dispatcher

Meliss Denton

Melissa Denton of O’Fallon, MO has joined Wiegmann Associates as Service Dispatcher. Denton is responsible for dispatching service technicians to commercial HVAC projects, including preventative maintenance and 24/7 emergency service. She also works closely with Wiegmann’s payroll, sales teams and billing departments.

Denton brings 20 years of dispatching experience. Wiegmann Associates provides 24-hour preventative maintenance programs and HVAC service to commercial clients in the St. Louis area. The firm is one of the largest commercial heating and cooling service providers in the region.

Matt Mehringer Joins Sales and Marketing Group at WINCO Window Company

Matt Mehringer

WINCO Window Company, a St. Louis-based manufacturer of architectural and commercial aluminum windows, is pleased to announce that Matt Mehringer has accepted a position in its Sales and Marketing Group as an account manager.

Mehringer will be responsible for growing existing client relationships and increasing bidding efficiencies. He has an extensive background in technical sales, customer service, finance, as well as a degree in education. “I appreciate the teamwork among my colleagues and it is exciting to help continue the WINCO commitment to excellence.”

“Matt brings a wealth of business experience to our business,” says Kurtis Suellentrop, vice president at WINCO. “We are already seeing the benefits of his unique perspective with our customer relationships.” 

Mehringer graduated from Master’s University in Los Angeles and has been a resident of the St Louis area since 2020.  For more information, contact WINCO Window Company at (314) 725.8088 or visit www.wincowindow.com.

John Iffland Promoted to Product Specialist at WINCO Window Company

John Iffland

WINCO Window Company, a St. Louis-based manufacturer of architectural and commercial aluminum windows and doors, is pleased to announce that John Iffland has been promoted to Product Specialist, with an emphasis on technical sales of specialized products. Iffland’s current focus is Transira™ Window Solutions, a new energy-saving, security-ensuring window featuring two technologies in one product:  An automated shade that is integral to the window, containing the shade between pieces of glass. This new product works in both new construction as a stand alone product or in existing buildings as an upgrade to the windows..

Iffland’s primary responsibilities are to work with building owners and facility managers to identify whether WINCO’s Transira™ Window Solutions would be a good fit for their window system needs. As this is a new product for WINCO, Iffland is fully immersed in the product’s technology and performance advantages. Because of this, Iffland does not have a specific sales territory, but rather, he works with WINCO’s local sales reps in key target markets.

“I have two goals with this new position,” explains Iffland. “First, I would like to work with building owners with high energy consumption buildings that we can get in and really make a difference.”

This goal aligns with the current push by building owners and facilities managers to find more efficient ways to reduce energy use. Iffland’s second goal is to help change the way people interact with their environment and the buildings they spend a significant portion of their lives in.

“I truly believe that we have a unique opportunity to both improve people’s daily lives and reduce a building’s energy load at the same time,” says Iffland. “That’s what gets me excited about Transira™.”

Iffland has been with WINCO Window Company for almost four years. He started with an internship called St. Louis Centers for Advanced Professional Studies (STL CAPS), whereby high school students learn directly from business and industry professionals. Prior to his promotion to Product Specialist, Iffland almost exclusively worked on the development and automation side of Transira™, providing him with a greater understanding of the system, its capabilities, and how it is possible for something as simple as a window to integrate into a constantly growing technological field to improve buildings.

Iffland studied mechanical engineering at both St Louis Community College and Missouri S&T.

Kristy Hess joins Commerce Bank as Senior Vice President, Division Manager Commercial Real Estate

Kristy Hess

Kristy Hess joined Commerce Bank as senior vice president, division manager commercial real estate. In this role she will be responsible for managing Commerce Bank’s extensive network of professional real estate relationships, as well as attract new investor and developer clients to Commerce Bank.

Kristy has nearly 20 years’ experience in commercial real estate and is eager to get started. “Commercial real estate is an important part of building thriving communities,” said Hess. “I am grateful for the opportunity to bring my passion for commercial real estate to Commerce Bank, an institution that works to help build communities in a number of ways,” she shared.

“We are excited to welcome Kristy to the team,” said Jason Penfield, executive vice president. “Commercial Real Estate is a vital component of our commercial line of business. Adding Kristy positions us well to meet our continued growth aspirations.  Her experience, leadership and deep St. Louis ties will greatly benefit our commercial real estate clientele and the community as we work on key projects in the region,” Jason stated.

Kristy is a graduate of Drury University, earned her MBA from St. Louis University, and received a Women’s Leadership Forum Certificate from Washington University Olin Business School. She is an active member of Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) and past board member, serves as a finance mentor for ULI Real Estate Diversity Initiative (REDI) Program, and is on the board of Independence Center.

February 4, 2022

Holly Kinney Promoted to Tarlton Controller

Holly Kinney

Tarlton Corp. has promoted Holly Kinney to Controller at the St. Louis-based general contracting and construction management firm. Kinney, who joined Tarlton in May 2018 as Assistant Controller, has been instrumental in organizing, tracking and assisting in the company’s regular financial reporting. In addition, she is an active member of Tarlton’s diversity committee and previously chaired the philanthropy committee.

“Holly has been a key contributor to our department and to the company overall,” said Anthony Eftimoff, Tarlton Vice President of Finance. “She has continually taken on additional responsibilities, especially over the last six months, that are instrumental to Tarlton’s continued financial strength and success as a premier St. Louis builder.”

Kinney earned a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting, with a financial planning minor, and a Master of Accountancy from Missouri State University. She has been a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Missouri since 2012. Prior to joining Tarlton, she worked as financial reporting manager for a Missouri-based national provider of parts and services to the commercial vehicle market. She also has experience as a staff accountant for a global retail environment manufacturer and for a national CPA and advisory firm.

Cohen Architectural Woodworking Names Tim Bornemann COO

Tim Bornemann

Cohen Architectural Woodworking announces Tim Bornemann has been named Chief Operating Officer (COO). Bornemann will help Cohen grow its practice of Lean Manufacturing while helping the company streamline its business operations.

Bornemann has 40 years of experience serving in corporate leadership, business ownership, and consulting. Recognized as a leading national expert on Lean Manufacturing he has served in management with Libbey Owens Ford, Johnson Controls, Americ Disc and Vendo Company, and as a consultant with Gemini Consulting, Kaizen Institute, and Pathways Consulting. He continues his work as President of the Lean Training Institute.

“Tim has a proven track record of leveraging Lean processes to obtain bottom line results. He understands how Lean can improve revenue and effectively impact operations to lower costs and streamline response to customer requirements,” said Ben Cohen, CEO. “Tim will play a major role in helping Cohen Architectural Woodworking achieve next level growth while maintaining solid profitability.”

“Cohen is highly successful and an established nationwide leader in custom commercial millwork and casework. They are perfectly positioned to further improve efficiencies and greatly reduce the industry standard time from design and manufacturing to customer delivery,” Bornemann said. “I am excited to help them build on their Lean processes, and help them strategically plan to meet current and future corporate objectives.”

A graduate of the University of Michigan’s Stephen M. Ross School of Business with an MBA degree, Bornemann also attained an MS degree from the University of Illinois and a bachelor’s of physics degree from the University of Minnesota. Bornemann and his family currently reside in Rolla, MO.

Wellington Environmental Hires Tracy Mueller as Director of Contractor Networking

Tracy Mueller

St. Louis-based specialized environmental services firm, Wellington Environmental, announces the hire of Tracy Mueller as its new Director of Contractor Networking. In this role, Mueller will be responsible for networking with general contractors and promoting Wellington Environmental’s services.

“We are very pleased to have Tracy on board,” said Thom Wellington, president of Wellington Environmental. “Her expertise in networking and her connections with local contractors will be an invaluable asset for Wellington as we continue to offer our specialized environmental services to contractors and clients.”

Before joining Wellington Environmental, Mueller served as Assistant Director at The Connection Exchange and is also a New Member Advisor at Master Networks MO. She brings with her considerable skills in leadership, public speaking, and community outreach. Mueller received her bachelor’s degree in Speech Communication and Rhetoric from the University of Missouri in Saint Louis.

The Korte Company Promotes Several Employees into Key Positions

Derek Brauer

Derek Brauer has been promoted to Executive Vice President of Procurement and is responsible for managing New Business Development as well as directing Preconstruction activities. Derek began his career at The Korte Company in 2000 as a Project Engineer. He was also a Project Executive with a primary focus on the Department of Defense sector. Additionally, Derek was an integral member of the company’s Preconstruction and Project Management Teams.

Jason Weiss

Jason Weiss has been named Executive Vice President of Operations and will oversee the Design, Project Management, Recruiting, Quality Control and Field, pillars of the company. Jason joined The Korte Company in 2004 and has held several positions throughout the company including the Executor Director of Project Management. His project experience spans key sectors including Department of Defense, distribution centers, offices and retail.

Tyler Unterbrink

Tyler Unterbrink was promoted to Vice President of Field Operations and will support the Operations Team and direct the company’s Field and Safety Teams. Tyler was also a Project Executive heading up the Distribution Center teams and has also held numerous Project Manager roles on various construction projects since joining The Korte Company in 2006. He has been an instrumental part of almost three dozen key distribution center projects, but his resume also includes successful deliveries in the healthcare, defense, commercial and education markets.

Kristyn Newbern Joins McCarthy as Director of Business Development

Kristyn Newbern

Kristyn Newbern has signed on with McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. as director of business development. In this position, she will build client and partner relationships to expand McCarthy’s Advanced Technology & Manufacturing (AT&M) business unit across the company’s 28-state Central Region—from the Plains to the East Coast.

Before joining McCarthy, Newbern served as director of client development at S. M. Wilson & Company, a St. Louis-based construction services firm. Her A/E/C industry experience also includes serving as production and marketing manager at Access Engineering, a civil engineering firm in St. Louis. 

“Kristyn has an impressive track record of developing and implementing successful client development strategies,” said Erin Valentine, vice president at McCarthy. “We’re thrilled to welcome her to our business development team.”

Newbern earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering management from Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) in Rolla, Mo. She also received a Graduate Certificate in Project Management.

Newbern serves on the Patient and Family Advisory Council for the SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital Foundation. In addition, she leads the Luke’s SkyWalkers 5K team for the Cardinal Glennon Sun Run, which has raised over $45,000 for the Foundation over the last five years.

“McCarthy builds the complex projects that will shape the future of our communities,” said Newbern. “Advanced Technology & Manufacturing is a fascinating market with exciting opportunities, and I’m thrilled to be a part of that momentum on a driven, supportive, fun team.”

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Kwame Building Group hires Carson Green as Field Engineer

Carson Green

Carson Green, of Alton, IL, has joined Kwame Building Group, Inc. (KWAME) as a Field Engineer. Green is responsible for interfacing with the project team, reviewing drawings and specifications, mitigating project issues, estimating, providing technical assistance, delivering construction management services and managing regulatory aspects of projects. He is working on keystone KWAME projects including the Cervantes Convention Center expansion project at America’s Center and St. Louis Major League Soccer Stadium.

Green has four years of project management experience working in various construction markets. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management with a minor in Business Administration from Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville.

Trettel Joins Tarlton to Expand Business in Industrial and Energy Markets

Tarlton Corp, a leading St. Louis-based general contracting and construction management firm, hired Michael Trettel as Director of Strategic Markets to oversee work acquisition and performance in the firm’s heavy civil and industrial markets.

Mike Trettel

Trettel is an experienced leader in the construction industry, having served in a variety of roles in project management, estimating, business development and marketing. He has developed and informed company strategy, led teams and projects in multiple locations, built strong relationships with clients and partners, and acquired new business across markets.

Prior to joining Tarlton, he served in senior roles for a family of diversified heavy civil and industrial construction companies based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Trettel holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh and a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Penn State University. He is a graduate of Leadership Pittsburgh Inc., a nonprofit multi-disciplinary leadership, enrichment and networking organization that works to develop a pipeline of diverse civic leaders to serve the region. He also has been named to the “Pittsburgh 40 Under 40” list.

In addition, Trettel is actively involved in the Associated General Contractors of America, where he chairs the Building Division and is a member of the Board of Directors and Board of Governors and a past chair of the Business Development Forum. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Special Olympics Pennsylvania and chairs its Development Committee.

“We are thrilled to welcome Mike and are excited about his ‘big-picture’ approach, as well as his keen interest in cultivating clients for life – one of Tarlton’s core values,” said John Doerr, executive vice president, Tarlton Corp. “Mike’s sophisticated understanding of what it takes to safely and successfully build technically challenging projects and combination of relationship and construction experience will advance our firm in serving existing clients with excellence, while also expanding our expertise and customer base,” he added.

Holland Promotes Paul Gansauer to Vice President of Pre-Construction

Paul Gansauer

Holland Construction Services President Mike Marchal is pleased to announce the promotion of veteran employee Paul Gansauer to Vice President of Pre-Construction.

Gansauer has more than 15 years of experience at Holland and has risen through the ranks in a variety of roles to become one of the company’s senior leaders. Gansauer started as a Project Engineer in 2007, then became an Assistant Project Manager and Project Manager. He eventually moved to the Pre-Construction Department as an Estimator, then Senior Estimator, Director of Pre-Construction Services and is now the Vice President. He currently leads a growing team of thirteen members. 

“Paul is one of our rising stars at Holland and has been a tremendous asset to our clients,” said Marchal. “He works tirelessly to find the most economical solution to our clients’ needs and has led the Pre-Construction Department since 2015. As Vice President, Paul will work with clients early in the development process to set projects on a path for success. He will focus on the growth of team members and processes to create capacity within the department while providing high-level guidance on our pursuits.”

Gansauer said he has seen the Pre-Construction department evolve over the years into an essential part of Holland’s building process.

“I have been honored to work with Holland for many years now and see our Pre-Construction Department grow into what it is today,” said Gansauer. “There’s no doubt that the work our team does in Pre-Construction helps bring in and retain business because of the level of detail we put into these projects. The more insight our clients have about a project before we start digging, the better the end product will be. That’s what has helped us successfully grow our Pre-Construction department while delivering projects on time and on budget.”  

February 18, 2022

Tarlton Announces Promotions of Julius, Phinney and Picha

Tarlton Corp., a leading St. Louis-based general contracting and construction management firm, announces the 2021 promotions of three members of its operations team – Brian Julius, John Phinney and Andrew Picha – to project manager.

Brian Julius

Julius started with Tarlton in May 2016 as a project engineer and was promoted to senior project engineer in July 2019. He has worked on projects with significant concrete components including two proton therapy vaults, St. Louis Children’s Hospital Levels 5 & 8 Renovation for BJC HealthCare, Stephen and Peter Sachs Museum at Missouri Botanical Garden and Central West End MetroLink Station Improvements for Washington University School of Medicine.

Julius is a Certified Healthcare Constructor and holds a Master of Business Administration degree with a focus on operations management from Saint Louis University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Management from Missouri State University.

John Phinney

Phinney joined Tarlton in October 2016 as a project engineer in the Power & Energy group and was promoted to senior project engineer in July 2019. He has worked on numerous water and wastewater projects for various clients and on industrial, energy and utility projects for customers that include Ameren Missouri, Kerry Foods & Flavours, Saint Louis University, The Muny and Washington University in St. Louis.

A member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and American Concrete Institute, Phinney earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology.

Andrew Picha

Picha started as a project engineer with Tarlton in October 2017 and was promoted to senior project engineer in March 2019. Working with Tarlton’s life sciences team, he has been an integral part of multiple projects in the Cortex Innovation Community, including the historic renovation of 4340 Duncan Ave. and build-outs at 4340 and 4220 Duncan Ave. He also worked on the COVID-19 Alternate Care Facility for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.   

Picha earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Management from Missouri State University.

About Tarlton

Having celebrated its 75th year in business in 2021,Tarlton Corp. is a WBENC-Certified Women’s Business Enterprise that provides outstanding preconstruction and construction solutions to clients in the commercial, institutional, government and nonprofit, industrial and power and energy markets. The Midwest general contractor/construction manager also has special expertise in concrete construction, restoration and maintenance. Tarlton has completed many landmark St. Louis projects and is committed to improving lives through inclusive construction, civic engagement and service to others.

February 11, 2022

Melissa Denton joins Wiegmann Associates as Service Dispatcher

Meliss Denton

Melissa Denton of O’Fallon, MO has joined Wiegmann Associates as Service Dispatcher. Denton is responsible for dispatching service technicians to commercial HVAC projects, including preventative maintenance and 24/7 emergency service. She also works closely with Wiegmann’s payroll, sales teams and billing departments.

Denton brings 20 years of dispatching experience. Wiegmann Associates provides 24-hour preventative maintenance programs and HVAC service to commercial clients in the St. Louis area. The firm is one of the largest commercial heating and cooling service providers in the region.

Matt Mehringer Joins Sales and Marketing Group at WINCO Window Company

Matt Mehringer

WINCO Window Company, a St. Louis-based manufacturer of architectural and commercial aluminum windows, is pleased to announce that Matt Mehringer has accepted a position in its Sales and Marketing Group as an account manager.

Mehringer will be responsible for growing existing client relationships and increasing bidding efficiencies. He has an extensive background in technical sales, customer service, finance, as well as a degree in education. “I appreciate the teamwork among my colleagues and it is exciting to help continue the WINCO commitment to excellence.”

“Matt brings a wealth of business experience to our business,” says Kurtis Suellentrop, vice president at WINCO. “We are already seeing the benefits of his unique perspective with our customer relationships.” 

Mehringer graduated from Master’s University in Los Angeles and has been a resident of the St Louis area since 2020.  For more information, contact WINCO Window Company at (314) 725.8088 or visit www.wincowindow.com.

John Iffland Promoted to Product Specialist at WINCO Window Company

John Iffland

WINCO Window Company, a St. Louis-based manufacturer of architectural and commercial aluminum windows and doors, is pleased to announce that John Iffland has been promoted to Product Specialist, with an emphasis on technical sales of specialized products. Iffland’s current focus is Transira™ Window Solutions, a new energy-saving, security-ensuring window featuring two technologies in one product:  An automated shade that is integral to the window, containing the shade between pieces of glass. This new product works in both new construction as a stand alone product or in existing buildings as an upgrade to the windows..

Iffland’s primary responsibilities are to work with building owners and facility managers to identify whether WINCO’s Transira™ Window Solutions would be a good fit for their window system needs. As this is a new product for WINCO, Iffland is fully immersed in the product’s technology and performance advantages. Because of this, Iffland does not have a specific sales territory, but rather, he works with WINCO’s local sales reps in key target markets.

“I have two goals with this new position,” explains Iffland. “First, I would like to work with building owners with high energy consumption buildings that we can get in and really make a difference.”

This goal aligns with the current push by building owners and facilities managers to find more efficient ways to reduce energy use. Iffland’s second goal is to help change the way people interact with their environment and the buildings they spend a significant portion of their lives in.

“I truly believe that we have a unique opportunity to both improve people’s daily lives and reduce a building’s energy load at the same time,” says Iffland. “That’s what gets me excited about Transira™.”

Iffland has been with WINCO Window Company for almost four years. He started with an internship called St. Louis Centers for Advanced Professional Studies (STL CAPS), whereby high school students learn directly from business and industry professionals. Prior to his promotion to Product Specialist, Iffland almost exclusively worked on the development and automation side of Transira™, providing him with a greater understanding of the system, its capabilities, and how it is possible for something as simple as a window to integrate into a constantly growing technological field to improve buildings.

Iffland studied mechanical engineering at both St Louis Community College and Missouri S&T.

Kristy Hess joins Commerce Bank as Senior Vice President, Division Manager Commercial Real Estate

Kristy Hess

Kristy Hess joined Commerce Bank as senior vice president, division manager commercial real estate. In this role she will be responsible for managing Commerce Bank’s extensive network of professional real estate relationships, as well as attract new investor and developer clients to Commerce Bank.

Kristy has nearly 20 years’ experience in commercial real estate and is eager to get started. “Commercial real estate is an important part of building thriving communities,” said Hess. “I am grateful for the opportunity to bring my passion for commercial real estate to Commerce Bank, an institution that works to help build communities in a number of ways,” she shared.

“We are excited to welcome Kristy to the team,” said Jason Penfield, executive vice president. “Commercial Real Estate is a vital component of our commercial line of business. Adding Kristy positions us well to meet our continued growth aspirations.  Her experience, leadership and deep St. Louis ties will greatly benefit our commercial real estate clientele and the community as we work on key projects in the region,” Jason stated.

Kristy is a graduate of Drury University, earned her MBA from St. Louis University, and received a Women’s Leadership Forum Certificate from Washington University Olin Business School. She is an active member of Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) and past board member, serves as a finance mentor for ULI Real Estate Diversity Initiative (REDI) Program, and is on the board of Independence Center.

February 4, 2022

Holly Kinney Promoted to Tarlton Controller

Holly Kinney

Tarlton Corp. has promoted Holly Kinney to Controller at the St. Louis-based general contracting and construction management firm. Kinney, who joined Tarlton in May 2018 as Assistant Controller, has been instrumental in organizing, tracking and assisting in the company’s regular financial reporting. In addition, she is an active member of Tarlton’s diversity committee and previously chaired the philanthropy committee.

“Holly has been a key contributor to our department and to the company overall,” said Anthony Eftimoff, Tarlton Vice President of Finance. “She has continually taken on additional responsibilities, especially over the last six months, that are instrumental to Tarlton’s continued financial strength and success as a premier St. Louis builder.”

Kinney earned a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting, with a financial planning minor, and a Master of Accountancy from Missouri State University. She has been a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Missouri since 2012. Prior to joining Tarlton, she worked as financial reporting manager for a Missouri-based national provider of parts and services to the commercial vehicle market. She also has experience as a staff accountant for a global retail environment manufacturer and for a national CPA and advisory firm.

Cohen Architectural Woodworking Names Tim Bornemann COO

Tim Bornemann

Cohen Architectural Woodworking announces Tim Bornemann has been named Chief Operating Officer (COO). Bornemann will help Cohen grow its practice of Lean Manufacturing while helping the company streamline its business operations.

Bornemann has 40 years of experience serving in corporate leadership, business ownership, and consulting. Recognized as a leading national expert on Lean Manufacturing he has served in management with Libbey Owens Ford, Johnson Controls, Americ Disc and Vendo Company, and as a consultant with Gemini Consulting, Kaizen Institute, and Pathways Consulting. He continues his work as President of the Lean Training Institute.

“Tim has a proven track record of leveraging Lean processes to obtain bottom line results. He understands how Lean can improve revenue and effectively impact operations to lower costs and streamline response to customer requirements,” said Ben Cohen, CEO. “Tim will play a major role in helping Cohen Architectural Woodworking achieve next level growth while maintaining solid profitability.”

“Cohen is highly successful and an established nationwide leader in custom commercial millwork and casework. They are perfectly positioned to further improve efficiencies and greatly reduce the industry standard time from design and manufacturing to customer delivery,” Bornemann said. “I am excited to help them build on their Lean processes, and help them strategically plan to meet current and future corporate objectives.”

A graduate of the University of Michigan’s Stephen M. Ross School of Business with an MBA degree, Bornemann also attained an MS degree from the University of Illinois and a bachelor’s of physics degree from the University of Minnesota. Bornemann and his family currently reside in Rolla, MO.

Wellington Environmental Hires Tracy Mueller as Director of Contractor Networking

Tracy Mueller

St. Louis-based specialized environmental services firm, Wellington Environmental, announces the hire of Tracy Mueller as its new Director of Contractor Networking. In this role, Mueller will be responsible for networking with general contractors and promoting Wellington Environmental’s services.

“We are very pleased to have Tracy on board,” said Thom Wellington, president of Wellington Environmental. “Her expertise in networking and her connections with local contractors will be an invaluable asset for Wellington as we continue to offer our specialized environmental services to contractors and clients.”

Before joining Wellington Environmental, Mueller served as Assistant Director at The Connection Exchange and is also a New Member Advisor at Master Networks MO. She brings with her considerable skills in leadership, public speaking, and community outreach. Mueller received her bachelor’s degree in Speech Communication and Rhetoric from the University of Missouri in Saint Louis.

The Korte Company Promotes Several Employees into Key Positions

Derek Brauer

Derek Brauer has been promoted to Executive Vice President of Procurement and is responsible for managing New Business Development as well as directing Preconstruction activities. Derek began his career at The Korte Company in 2000 as a Project Engineer. He was also a Project Executive with a primary focus on the Department of Defense sector. Additionally, Derek was an integral member of the company’s Preconstruction and Project Management Teams.

Jason Weiss

Jason Weiss has been named Executive Vice President of Operations and will oversee the Design, Project Management, Recruiting, Quality Control and Field, pillars of the company. Jason joined The Korte Company in 2004 and has held several positions throughout the company including the Executor Director of Project Management. His project experience spans key sectors including Department of Defense, distribution centers, offices and retail.

Tyler Unterbrink

Tyler Unterbrink was promoted to Vice President of Field Operations and will support the Operations Team and direct the company’s Field and Safety Teams. Tyler was also a Project Executive heading up the Distribution Center teams and has also held numerous Project Manager roles on various construction projects since joining The Korte Company in 2006. He has been an instrumental part of almost three dozen key distribution center projects, but his resume also includes successful deliveries in the healthcare, defense, commercial and education markets.

Kristyn Newbern Joins McCarthy as Director of Business Development

Kristyn Newbern

Kristyn Newbern has signed on with McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. as director of business development. In this position, she will build client and partner relationships to expand McCarthy’s Advanced Technology & Manufacturing (AT&M) business unit across the company’s 28-state Central Region—from the Plains to the East Coast.

Before joining McCarthy, Newbern served as director of client development at S. M. Wilson & Company, a St. Louis-based construction services firm. Her A/E/C industry experience also includes serving as production and marketing manager at Access Engineering, a civil engineering firm in St. Louis. 

“Kristyn has an impressive track record of developing and implementing successful client development strategies,” said Erin Valentine, vice president at McCarthy. “We’re thrilled to welcome her to our business development team.”

Newbern earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering management from Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) in Rolla, Mo. She also received a Graduate Certificate in Project Management.

Newbern serves on the Patient and Family Advisory Council for the SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital Foundation. In addition, she leads the Luke’s SkyWalkers 5K team for the Cardinal Glennon Sun Run, which has raised over $45,000 for the Foundation over the last five years.

“McCarthy builds the complex projects that will shape the future of our communities,” said Newbern. “Advanced Technology & Manufacturing is a fascinating market with exciting opportunities, and I’m thrilled to be a part of that momentum on a driven, supportive, fun team.”

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Tarlton Announces Promotions of Julius, Phinney and Picha

Tarlton Corp., a leading St. Louis-based general contracting and construction management firm, announces the 2021 promotions of three members of its operations team – Brian Julius, John Phinney and Andrew Picha – to project manager.

Brian Julius

Julius started with Tarlton in May 2016 as a project engineer and was promoted to senior project engineer in July 2019. He has worked on projects with significant concrete components including two proton therapy vaults, St. Louis Children’s Hospital Levels 5 & 8 Renovation for BJC HealthCare, Stephen and Peter Sachs Museum at Missouri Botanical Garden and Central West End MetroLink Station Improvements for Washington University School of Medicine.

Julius is a Certified Healthcare Constructor and holds a Master of Business Administration degree with a focus on operations management from Saint Louis University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Management from Missouri State University.

John Phinney

Phinney joined Tarlton in October 2016 as a project engineer in the Power & Energy group and was promoted to senior project engineer in July 2019. He has worked on numerous water and wastewater projects for various clients and on industrial, energy and utility projects for customers that include Ameren Missouri, Kerry Foods & Flavours, Saint Louis University, The Muny and Washington University in St. Louis.

A member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and American Concrete Institute, Phinney earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology.

Andrew Picha

Picha started as a project engineer with Tarlton in October 2017 and was promoted to senior project engineer in March 2019. Working with Tarlton’s life sciences team, he has been an integral part of multiple projects in the Cortex Innovation Community, including the historic renovation of 4340 Duncan Ave. and build-outs at 4340 and 4220 Duncan Ave. He also worked on the COVID-19 Alternate Care Facility for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.   

Picha earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Management from Missouri State University.

About Tarlton

Having celebrated its 75th year in business in 2021,Tarlton Corp. is a WBENC-Certified Women’s Business Enterprise that provides outstanding preconstruction and construction solutions to clients in the commercial, institutional, government and nonprofit, industrial and power and energy markets. The Midwest general contractor/construction manager also has special expertise in concrete construction, restoration and maintenance. Tarlton has completed many landmark St. Louis projects and is committed to improving lives through inclusive construction, civic engagement and service to others.

February 11, 2022

Melissa Denton joins Wiegmann Associates as Service Dispatcher

Meliss Denton

Melissa Denton of O’Fallon, MO has joined Wiegmann Associates as Service Dispatcher. Denton is responsible for dispatching service technicians to commercial HVAC projects, including preventative maintenance and 24/7 emergency service. She also works closely with Wiegmann’s payroll, sales teams and billing departments.

Denton brings 20 years of dispatching experience. Wiegmann Associates provides 24-hour preventative maintenance programs and HVAC service to commercial clients in the St. Louis area. The firm is one of the largest commercial heating and cooling service providers in the region.

Matt Mehringer Joins Sales and Marketing Group at WINCO Window Company

Matt Mehringer

WINCO Window Company, a St. Louis-based manufacturer of architectural and commercial aluminum windows, is pleased to announce that Matt Mehringer has accepted a position in its Sales and Marketing Group as an account manager.

Mehringer will be responsible for growing existing client relationships and increasing bidding efficiencies. He has an extensive background in technical sales, customer service, finance, as well as a degree in education. “I appreciate the teamwork among my colleagues and it is exciting to help continue the WINCO commitment to excellence.”

“Matt brings a wealth of business experience to our business,” says Kurtis Suellentrop, vice president at WINCO. “We are already seeing the benefits of his unique perspective with our customer relationships.” 

Mehringer graduated from Master’s University in Los Angeles and has been a resident of the St Louis area since 2020.  For more information, contact WINCO Window Company at (314) 725.8088 or visit www.wincowindow.com.

John Iffland Promoted to Product Specialist at WINCO Window Company

John Iffland

WINCO Window Company, a St. Louis-based manufacturer of architectural and commercial aluminum windows and doors, is pleased to announce that John Iffland has been promoted to Product Specialist, with an emphasis on technical sales of specialized products. Iffland’s current focus is Transira™ Window Solutions, a new energy-saving, security-ensuring window featuring two technologies in one product:  An automated shade that is integral to the window, containing the shade between pieces of glass. This new product works in both new construction as a stand alone product or in existing buildings as an upgrade to the windows..

Iffland’s primary responsibilities are to work with building owners and facility managers to identify whether WINCO’s Transira™ Window Solutions would be a good fit for their window system needs. As this is a new product for WINCO, Iffland is fully immersed in the product’s technology and performance advantages. Because of this, Iffland does not have a specific sales territory, but rather, he works with WINCO’s local sales reps in key target markets.

“I have two goals with this new position,” explains Iffland. “First, I would like to work with building owners with high energy consumption buildings that we can get in and really make a difference.”

This goal aligns with the current push by building owners and facilities managers to find more efficient ways to reduce energy use. Iffland’s second goal is to help change the way people interact with their environment and the buildings they spend a significant portion of their lives in.

“I truly believe that we have a unique opportunity to both improve people’s daily lives and reduce a building’s energy load at the same time,” says Iffland. “That’s what gets me excited about Transira™.”

Iffland has been with WINCO Window Company for almost four years. He started with an internship called St. Louis Centers for Advanced Professional Studies (STL CAPS), whereby high school students learn directly from business and industry professionals. Prior to his promotion to Product Specialist, Iffland almost exclusively worked on the development and automation side of Transira™, providing him with a greater understanding of the system, its capabilities, and how it is possible for something as simple as a window to integrate into a constantly growing technological field to improve buildings.

Iffland studied mechanical engineering at both St Louis Community College and Missouri S&T.

Kristy Hess joins Commerce Bank as Senior Vice President, Division Manager Commercial Real Estate

Kristy Hess

Kristy Hess joined Commerce Bank as senior vice president, division manager commercial real estate. In this role she will be responsible for managing Commerce Bank’s extensive network of professional real estate relationships, as well as attract new investor and developer clients to Commerce Bank.

Kristy has nearly 20 years’ experience in commercial real estate and is eager to get started. “Commercial real estate is an important part of building thriving communities,” said Hess. “I am grateful for the opportunity to bring my passion for commercial real estate to Commerce Bank, an institution that works to help build communities in a number of ways,” she shared.

“We are excited to welcome Kristy to the team,” said Jason Penfield, executive vice president. “Commercial Real Estate is a vital component of our commercial line of business. Adding Kristy positions us well to meet our continued growth aspirations.  Her experience, leadership and deep St. Louis ties will greatly benefit our commercial real estate clientele and the community as we work on key projects in the region,” Jason stated.

Kristy is a graduate of Drury University, earned her MBA from St. Louis University, and received a Women’s Leadership Forum Certificate from Washington University Olin Business School. She is an active member of Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) and past board member, serves as a finance mentor for ULI Real Estate Diversity Initiative (REDI) Program, and is on the board of Independence Center.

February 4, 2022

Holly Kinney Promoted to Tarlton Controller

Holly Kinney

Tarlton Corp. has promoted Holly Kinney to Controller at the St. Louis-based general contracting and construction management firm. Kinney, who joined Tarlton in May 2018 as Assistant Controller, has been instrumental in organizing, tracking and assisting in the company’s regular financial reporting. In addition, she is an active member of Tarlton’s diversity committee and previously chaired the philanthropy committee.

“Holly has been a key contributor to our department and to the company overall,” said Anthony Eftimoff, Tarlton Vice President of Finance. “She has continually taken on additional responsibilities, especially over the last six months, that are instrumental to Tarlton’s continued financial strength and success as a premier St. Louis builder.”

Kinney earned a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting, with a financial planning minor, and a Master of Accountancy from Missouri State University. She has been a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Missouri since 2012. Prior to joining Tarlton, she worked as financial reporting manager for a Missouri-based national provider of parts and services to the commercial vehicle market. She also has experience as a staff accountant for a global retail environment manufacturer and for a national CPA and advisory firm.

Cohen Architectural Woodworking Names Tim Bornemann COO

Tim Bornemann

Cohen Architectural Woodworking announces Tim Bornemann has been named Chief Operating Officer (COO). Bornemann will help Cohen grow its practice of Lean Manufacturing while helping the company streamline its business operations.

Bornemann has 40 years of experience serving in corporate leadership, business ownership, and consulting. Recognized as a leading national expert on Lean Manufacturing he has served in management with Libbey Owens Ford, Johnson Controls, Americ Disc and Vendo Company, and as a consultant with Gemini Consulting, Kaizen Institute, and Pathways Consulting. He continues his work as President of the Lean Training Institute.

“Tim has a proven track record of leveraging Lean processes to obtain bottom line results. He understands how Lean can improve revenue and effectively impact operations to lower costs and streamline response to customer requirements,” said Ben Cohen, CEO. “Tim will play a major role in helping Cohen Architectural Woodworking achieve next level growth while maintaining solid profitability.”

“Cohen is highly successful and an established nationwide leader in custom commercial millwork and casework. They are perfectly positioned to further improve efficiencies and greatly reduce the industry standard time from design and manufacturing to customer delivery,” Bornemann said. “I am excited to help them build on their Lean processes, and help them strategically plan to meet current and future corporate objectives.”

A graduate of the University of Michigan’s Stephen M. Ross School of Business with an MBA degree, Bornemann also attained an MS degree from the University of Illinois and a bachelor’s of physics degree from the University of Minnesota. Bornemann and his family currently reside in Rolla, MO.

Wellington Environmental Hires Tracy Mueller as Director of Contractor Networking

Tracy Mueller

St. Louis-based specialized environmental services firm, Wellington Environmental, announces the hire of Tracy Mueller as its new Director of Contractor Networking. In this role, Mueller will be responsible for networking with general contractors and promoting Wellington Environmental’s services.

“We are very pleased to have Tracy on board,” said Thom Wellington, president of Wellington Environmental. “Her expertise in networking and her connections with local contractors will be an invaluable asset for Wellington as we continue to offer our specialized environmental services to contractors and clients.”

Before joining Wellington Environmental, Mueller served as Assistant Director at The Connection Exchange and is also a New Member Advisor at Master Networks MO. She brings with her considerable skills in leadership, public speaking, and community outreach. Mueller received her bachelor’s degree in Speech Communication and Rhetoric from the University of Missouri in Saint Louis.

The Korte Company Promotes Several Employees into Key Positions

Derek Brauer

Derek Brauer has been promoted to Executive Vice President of Procurement and is responsible for managing New Business Development as well as directing Preconstruction activities. Derek began his career at The Korte Company in 2000 as a Project Engineer. He was also a Project Executive with a primary focus on the Department of Defense sector. Additionally, Derek was an integral member of the company’s Preconstruction and Project Management Teams.

Jason Weiss

Jason Weiss has been named Executive Vice President of Operations and will oversee the Design, Project Management, Recruiting, Quality Control and Field, pillars of the company. Jason joined The Korte Company in 2004 and has held several positions throughout the company including the Executor Director of Project Management. His project experience spans key sectors including Department of Defense, distribution centers, offices and retail.

Tyler Unterbrink

Tyler Unterbrink was promoted to Vice President of Field Operations and will support the Operations Team and direct the company’s Field and Safety Teams. Tyler was also a Project Executive heading up the Distribution Center teams and has also held numerous Project Manager roles on various construction projects since joining The Korte Company in 2006. He has been an instrumental part of almost three dozen key distribution center projects, but his resume also includes successful deliveries in the healthcare, defense, commercial and education markets.

Kristyn Newbern Joins McCarthy as Director of Business Development

Kristyn Newbern

Kristyn Newbern has signed on with McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. as director of business development. In this position, she will build client and partner relationships to expand McCarthy’s Advanced Technology & Manufacturing (AT&M) business unit across the company’s 28-state Central Region—from the Plains to the East Coast.

Before joining McCarthy, Newbern served as director of client development at S. M. Wilson & Company, a St. Louis-based construction services firm. Her A/E/C industry experience also includes serving as production and marketing manager at Access Engineering, a civil engineering firm in St. Louis. 

“Kristyn has an impressive track record of developing and implementing successful client development strategies,” said Erin Valentine, vice president at McCarthy. “We’re thrilled to welcome her to our business development team.”

Newbern earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering management from Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) in Rolla, Mo. She also received a Graduate Certificate in Project Management.

Newbern serves on the Patient and Family Advisory Council for the SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital Foundation. In addition, she leads the Luke’s SkyWalkers 5K team for the Cardinal Glennon Sun Run, which has raised over $45,000 for the Foundation over the last five years.

“McCarthy builds the complex projects that will shape the future of our communities,” said Newbern. “Advanced Technology & Manufacturing is a fascinating market with exciting opportunities, and I’m thrilled to be a part of that momentum on a driven, supportive, fun team.”

January 28, 2022

Helmkamp Construction Structures for Growth, Hires Additions to Project Management Team

Helmkamp Construction Co. recently promoted several members of their project management team to allow for continued growth of larger projects in Industrial, Building, and Life Science markets.  The most notable of these was the promotion of Senior Project Manager, Kyle Ogden, to Project Director.  “As Project Director, Kyle will still be involved in larger projects and accounts, but he will also be more involved in developing new accounts and Project Managers and Assistant Project Managers on our team.  Kyle will also be responsible for driving various company-wide improvement initiatives” said Helmkamp’s President, Rob Johnes.

Johnes made other changes to the existing team including the promotion of Project Manager, Jeremy Sneddon, to Senior Project Manager due to “his ability to successfully execute challenging projects repeatedly over many years.”  Estimators, Andy Reynolds and Nathan Knackstedt, were both promoted to Senior Estimator roles noting “these well-deserved promotions reflect the growth in capabilities of Andy & Nathan in starting and developing our estimating department and capabilities.  The professionalism they bring to Helmkamp’s estimating efforts allows us to pursue larger and more complex projects while still providing quality, detailed estimates and solutions to our clients.”

Helmkamp Construction has been a general contractor in the metro-east area since 1938.  Johnes, who started his career at Helmkamp in 1997, acquired the third-generation family business in 2018.  His goal was to be the same trusted contractor known by its employees and customers, while steadily growing the business.  A strong outlook for 2022 meant adding talented new members to the project management team to help support that growth. 

Estimator, Logan Reynolds joined Helmkamp Construction’s growing estimating department.  He is a Missouri S&T graduate who is excited about the culture and working with the people at Helmkamp.  Austin Reams, another new addition to the team, joined Helmkamp as an Assistant Project Manager.  Reams is a construction management graduate from SIU-Edwardsville who looks forward to learning from the diverse expertise of Helmkamp’s longtime project managers.  “It seems like project managers join Helmkamp and never leave.  After speaking with Rob, it just seemed like a great fit to work here.  This company has a great reputation and I’m excited to help keep it that way.”

Holland Construction Services Promotes Katie McCutchen to CFO

Katie McCutchen

Holland Construction Services President, Mike Marchal, is pleased to announce the promotion of Katie McCutchen to Chief Financial Officer. McCutchen has 18 years of construction accounting experience and has spent the last several years serving as Holland’s controller.

“We pride ourselves on the quality of people we have at Holland and are personally invested in each team member’s professional development,” said Marchal. “Katie is a natural leader and has been a valuable member of Holland’s management team where she has demonstrated her thought leadership and passion for the financial performance and overall success of Holland’s clients and team members. We’re excited to see her continued drive and success as our CFO.”

As CFO, McCutchen leads strategy around growth and profitability, forecasts revenue needs, maximizes cash flow and investments and keeps the company competitive in the market. She also oversees the accounting, human resources, and IT departments. During her time at Holland, McCutchen has held a variety of financing and accounting positions including assistant controller, controller, and now CFO.  Additionally, she has provided accounting/finance mentoring to emerging contractors in the industry.

“I came to Holland in 2016 and quickly experienced what a truly special organization it is,” said McCutchen. “This is an exciting time for Holland between opening our 2nd office as well as a very healthy and growing client base.  I am honored by the appointment and appreciate the trust and confidence it demonstrates.  I understand and embrace the vision Bruce Holland had when he founded Holland Construction Services and I am very excited to help grow and evolve the company while carrying forward Holland’s values and culture.” 

Todd Korte, Brent Korte Promoted at The Korte Company

Todd Korte

Todd Korte will begin his role as Executive Chairman of The Korte after serving 21 years as the company’s President & CEO.

Brent Korto

Brent Korte, The Korte Company’s former Chief Operating Officer was named the company’s new President & CEO. In the 63 year history of The Korte Company, Brent is only the fourth to hold this title. Ralph Korte, Vern Eardley, and Todd Korte preceded Brent in this position.

Brent Korte has been part of The Korte Company for 26 years and has nearly 28 years of valuable construction experience. Prior to serving as President & CEO, Brent Korte has served The Korte Company as Chief Operating Officer, Executive Vice President of Construction, Project Executive, Project Manager, Project Superintendent and as a member of the Quality Assurance Team.

Castle Contracting Expands St. Louis Team with Addition of Mark Reizer and Matt Holley

Castle Contracting, LLC has expanded its St. Louis team with the hiring of Mark Reizer as senior project manager and Matt Holley as business development manager.

Mark Reizer

As senior project manager, Reizer leads teams in the planning, execution and closeout of a wide range of projects. His duties include pre-construction planning, understanding and interpreting project documents, ensuring field leadership has access to accurate project information, monitoring project financials and maintaining client relationships.

Prior to joining Castle, Reizer served as a project manager at Krupp Construction in Ellisville, Mo., and assistant project manager at Environmental Operations, Inc. in St. Louis.

He received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Missouri in Columbia and an MBA degree from Webster University in St. Louis. Reizer and his family live in Wildwood.

Matt Holley

In his role as business development manager, Holley’s primary responsibilities include the identification, qualification and tracking of project pursuit opportunities across Castle’s markets. His job also includes conducting market research, client outreach and relationship management, and participation in industry events and associations.

Before joining Castle, Holley served in both business development and project manager roles at Millstone Weber in St. Charles, Mo. 

He earned a bachelor’s degree in construction management from Missouri State University in Springfield, Mo.

Haberberger Inc. Welcomes Four New Employees to its Team

John Polette

Affton-based mechanical contracting firm Haberberger Inc., is pleased to announce the addition of four new team members. John Polette has joined as a plumbing service project manager; Mark Dressel has been hired as a project manager; Jason Stoesz has joined the Building Information Modeling (BIM)/Visual Design and Construction (VDC) group as BIM/VDV Manager, and Sam Bender has been hired as an estimator.

Sam Bender

Polette, who resides in the North Hampton neighborhood of St. Louis City, brings to Haberberger more than 30 years of experience covering operations and working in service and project management. He has worked on many large projects throughout the St. Louis area during his career.

Dressel, of Sappington, has over 40 years of experience in the mechanical and industrial engineering industries. He is skilled in negotiation, project estimation, facility management, and electrical wiring and has extensive work experience in the food and beverage, industrial, healthcare, and pharmaceutical markets. Dressel holds a master’s degree in project management from Colorado Technical University.

Mark Dressel

Stoesz, who resides in Warrenton, brings more than 20 years of experience to Haberberger’s BIM/VDC group. His expertise includes civil and land surveying, MEP design, coordination, field layout, and fabrication. He is efficient at total station training, Autodesk product development/utilization, multi-trade BIM model management, and BIM/VDC development.

Jason Stoesz

Sam Bender, of Ballwin, joins Haberberger after serving three years with McCarthy Building Companies as a civil utility drafter. His background experience also includes three years spent working as a project coordinator for Bilfinger Industrial Services. Bender served as a bridger [12-C] in the US Army for six years. He holds a mechanical engineering degree from the joint engineering program at the University of Missouri-St. Louis and Washington University.

January 21, 2022

Tarlton Welcomes McCoy to Business Development Team

Tim McCoy

Tarlton Corp, a leading St. Louis-based general contracting and construction management firm, hired Tim McCoy as Director of Business Development.

In his new role on the acquisition team at Tarlton, McCoy brings several years of experience in relationship development, business consulting, merger and acquisition advisory and accounting. A St. Louis native, McCoy attended St. Louis University High School and Saint Louis University and served as an accounting intern at Tarlton during the summers of 2012 and 2013.

McCoy previously served on the management team in the advisory services group at Riveron Consulting, LLC in Dallas, Texas. At Riveron, he spearheaded project strategies and client relationship efforts, managed project budgets and timelines and led teams of associates on mergers, acquisitions and carve-outs for a diverse collection of client sizes and sectors, which included construction, technology, manufacturing and distribution, health care systems and oil and gas. In addition, he provided deal-structure consulting and post-transaction strategic planning.

From 2016 to 2019, McCoy served as senior analyst on the Business Advisory Services team at RubinBrown in Clayton, Missouri, where he primarily advised on middle-market mergers, acquisitions, and carve-outs. At the firm, he also collaborated with teams from private-equity firms, investment banks and strategic buyers, developing relationships and performing buy-side and sell-side financial due-diligence for clients across a wide spectrum. In addition to his consulting expertise, he played an integral role in the group’s business development, recruitment and training functions.

 “We are excited about the energy and experience Tim brings to Tarlton,” said Tracy Hart, president, Tarlton Corp. “He is passionate about building in the St. Louis region – both the built environment and the communities living within it – and has continued to create strong connections in the community. Business development encompasses much more than attracting and pursuing work opportunities, and we are excited that Tim is working with us in support of our corporate values.”

McCoy holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration, majoring in finance and accounting, from John Cook School of Business at Saint Louis University.

IMPACT Strategies Adds Kelly Bush as Project Accountant

Kelly Bush

Kelly Bush has joined IMPACT Strategies in Fairview Heights, Illinois as Project Accountant. In this role, Kelly will work closely with project managers and other team members to manage expenses for company projects, ensuring accuracy and timeliness.

Kelly’s background includes 12 years working in the service and manufacturing industry. She holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from McKendree University.

“I’m grateful to have joined the team at IMPACT Strategies,” said Bush. “The firm builds so many exciting projects that benefit the local community. I’m looking forward to putting my accounting skills to great use in support of the firm’s mission.”

A resident of Edwardsville, Illinois, Kelly enjoys motorcycle riding and doing home remodeling projects in her spare time.

Mark Hinrichs, president of IMPACT Strategies, said, “We are thrilled to have Kelly on board. Her in-depth project accounting experience and attention to detail will serve our clients and their projects very well.”

January 14, 2022

S. M. Wilson Virtual Design & Construction Technology Manager Jamie Berzon Rreceives CM-BIM

Jamie Berzon

S. M. Wilson & Co. Virtual Design & Construction (VD&C) Technology Manager Jamie Berzon has received her Certificate of Management-Building Information Modeling (CM-BIM).

The professional accreditation offered by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) denotes Berzon’s knowledge and understanding of concepts related to Building Information Modeling (BIM) adoption, practice and process transformation.

Not just a tech certificate for BIM software and applications, AGC’s CM-BIM program combines the latest information on BIM processes and technologies, step-by-step procedures for integrating BIM into the project delivery process, real-life studies of successful BIM implementation and the practical issues needed when utilizing BIM on a construction project.

As S. M. Wilson’s VD&C Technology Manager, Berzon oversees and manages the company’s Virtual Design & Construction processes. She works directly with project teams to assist in project delivery throughout construction utilizing Building Information Modeling and construction technology.

With her new accreditation, Berzon will also be responsible for managing the firm’s BIM processes for internal and external use including estimating, generating 3D/4D/5D site logistics and site safety plans and models, renderings and animations to illustrate project approach and demonstrate virtual design and construction capabilities during pursuits. In addition, she will oversee BIM/VDC Quality Control which ensures the coordinated BIM models are used by the trades when placing components in the field.

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Melissa Denton joins Wiegmann Associates as Service Dispatcher

Meliss Denton

Melissa Denton of O’Fallon, MO has joined Wiegmann Associates as Service Dispatcher. Denton is responsible for dispatching service technicians to commercial HVAC projects, including preventative maintenance and 24/7 emergency service. She also works closely with Wiegmann’s payroll, sales teams and billing departments.

Denton brings 20 years of dispatching experience. Wiegmann Associates provides 24-hour preventative maintenance programs and HVAC service to commercial clients in the St. Louis area. The firm is one of the largest commercial heating and cooling service providers in the region.

Matt Mehringer Joins Sales and Marketing Group at WINCO Window Company

Matt Mehringer

WINCO Window Company, a St. Louis-based manufacturer of architectural and commercial aluminum windows, is pleased to announce that Matt Mehringer has accepted a position in its Sales and Marketing Group as an account manager.

Mehringer will be responsible for growing existing client relationships and increasing bidding efficiencies. He has an extensive background in technical sales, customer service, finance, as well as a degree in education. “I appreciate the teamwork among my colleagues and it is exciting to help continue the WINCO commitment to excellence.”

“Matt brings a wealth of business experience to our business,” says Kurtis Suellentrop, vice president at WINCO. “We are already seeing the benefits of his unique perspective with our customer relationships.” 

Mehringer graduated from Master’s University in Los Angeles and has been a resident of the St Louis area since 2020.  For more information, contact WINCO Window Company at (314) 725.8088 or visit www.wincowindow.com.

John Iffland Promoted to Product Specialist at WINCO Window Company

John Iffland

WINCO Window Company, a St. Louis-based manufacturer of architectural and commercial aluminum windows and doors, is pleased to announce that John Iffland has been promoted to Product Specialist, with an emphasis on technical sales of specialized products. Iffland’s current focus is Transira™ Window Solutions, a new energy-saving, security-ensuring window featuring two technologies in one product:  An automated shade that is integral to the window, containing the shade between pieces of glass. This new product works in both new construction as a stand alone product or in existing buildings as an upgrade to the windows..

Iffland’s primary responsibilities are to work with building owners and facility managers to identify whether WINCO’s Transira™ Window Solutions would be a good fit for their window system needs. As this is a new product for WINCO, Iffland is fully immersed in the product’s technology and performance advantages. Because of this, Iffland does not have a specific sales territory, but rather, he works with WINCO’s local sales reps in key target markets.

“I have two goals with this new position,” explains Iffland. “First, I would like to work with building owners with high energy consumption buildings that we can get in and really make a difference.”

This goal aligns with the current push by building owners and facilities managers to find more efficient ways to reduce energy use. Iffland’s second goal is to help change the way people interact with their environment and the buildings they spend a significant portion of their lives in.

“I truly believe that we have a unique opportunity to both improve people’s daily lives and reduce a building’s energy load at the same time,” says Iffland. “That’s what gets me excited about Transira™.”

Iffland has been with WINCO Window Company for almost four years. He started with an internship called St. Louis Centers for Advanced Professional Studies (STL CAPS), whereby high school students learn directly from business and industry professionals. Prior to his promotion to Product Specialist, Iffland almost exclusively worked on the development and automation side of Transira™, providing him with a greater understanding of the system, its capabilities, and how it is possible for something as simple as a window to integrate into a constantly growing technological field to improve buildings.

Iffland studied mechanical engineering at both St Louis Community College and Missouri S&T.

Kristy Hess joins Commerce Bank as Senior Vice President, Division Manager Commercial Real Estate

Kristy Hess

Kristy Hess joined Commerce Bank as senior vice president, division manager commercial real estate. In this role she will be responsible for managing Commerce Bank’s extensive network of professional real estate relationships, as well as attract new investor and developer clients to Commerce Bank.

Kristy has nearly 20 years’ experience in commercial real estate and is eager to get started. “Commercial real estate is an important part of building thriving communities,” said Hess. “I am grateful for the opportunity to bring my passion for commercial real estate to Commerce Bank, an institution that works to help build communities in a number of ways,” she shared.

“We are excited to welcome Kristy to the team,” said Jason Penfield, executive vice president. “Commercial Real Estate is a vital component of our commercial line of business. Adding Kristy positions us well to meet our continued growth aspirations.  Her experience, leadership and deep St. Louis ties will greatly benefit our commercial real estate clientele and the community as we work on key projects in the region,” Jason stated.

Kristy is a graduate of Drury University, earned her MBA from St. Louis University, and received a Women’s Leadership Forum Certificate from Washington University Olin Business School. She is an active member of Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) and past board member, serves as a finance mentor for ULI Real Estate Diversity Initiative (REDI) Program, and is on the board of Independence Center.

February 4, 2022

Holly Kinney Promoted to Tarlton Controller

Holly Kinney

Tarlton Corp. has promoted Holly Kinney to Controller at the St. Louis-based general contracting and construction management firm. Kinney, who joined Tarlton in May 2018 as Assistant Controller, has been instrumental in organizing, tracking and assisting in the company’s regular financial reporting. In addition, she is an active member of Tarlton’s diversity committee and previously chaired the philanthropy committee.

“Holly has been a key contributor to our department and to the company overall,” said Anthony Eftimoff, Tarlton Vice President of Finance. “She has continually taken on additional responsibilities, especially over the last six months, that are instrumental to Tarlton’s continued financial strength and success as a premier St. Louis builder.”

Kinney earned a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting, with a financial planning minor, and a Master of Accountancy from Missouri State University. She has been a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Missouri since 2012. Prior to joining Tarlton, she worked as financial reporting manager for a Missouri-based national provider of parts and services to the commercial vehicle market. She also has experience as a staff accountant for a global retail environment manufacturer and for a national CPA and advisory firm.

Cohen Architectural Woodworking Names Tim Bornemann COO

Tim Bornemann

Cohen Architectural Woodworking announces Tim Bornemann has been named Chief Operating Officer (COO). Bornemann will help Cohen grow its practice of Lean Manufacturing while helping the company streamline its business operations.

Bornemann has 40 years of experience serving in corporate leadership, business ownership, and consulting. Recognized as a leading national expert on Lean Manufacturing he has served in management with Libbey Owens Ford, Johnson Controls, Americ Disc and Vendo Company, and as a consultant with Gemini Consulting, Kaizen Institute, and Pathways Consulting. He continues his work as President of the Lean Training Institute.

“Tim has a proven track record of leveraging Lean processes to obtain bottom line results. He understands how Lean can improve revenue and effectively impact operations to lower costs and streamline response to customer requirements,” said Ben Cohen, CEO. “Tim will play a major role in helping Cohen Architectural Woodworking achieve next level growth while maintaining solid profitability.”

“Cohen is highly successful and an established nationwide leader in custom commercial millwork and casework. They are perfectly positioned to further improve efficiencies and greatly reduce the industry standard time from design and manufacturing to customer delivery,” Bornemann said. “I am excited to help them build on their Lean processes, and help them strategically plan to meet current and future corporate objectives.”

A graduate of the University of Michigan’s Stephen M. Ross School of Business with an MBA degree, Bornemann also attained an MS degree from the University of Illinois and a bachelor’s of physics degree from the University of Minnesota. Bornemann and his family currently reside in Rolla, MO.

Wellington Environmental Hires Tracy Mueller as Director of Contractor Networking

Tracy Mueller

St. Louis-based specialized environmental services firm, Wellington Environmental, announces the hire of Tracy Mueller as its new Director of Contractor Networking. In this role, Mueller will be responsible for networking with general contractors and promoting Wellington Environmental’s services.

“We are very pleased to have Tracy on board,” said Thom Wellington, president of Wellington Environmental. “Her expertise in networking and her connections with local contractors will be an invaluable asset for Wellington as we continue to offer our specialized environmental services to contractors and clients.”

Before joining Wellington Environmental, Mueller served as Assistant Director at The Connection Exchange and is also a New Member Advisor at Master Networks MO. She brings with her considerable skills in leadership, public speaking, and community outreach. Mueller received her bachelor’s degree in Speech Communication and Rhetoric from the University of Missouri in Saint Louis.

The Korte Company Promotes Several Employees into Key Positions

Derek Brauer

Derek Brauer has been promoted to Executive Vice President of Procurement and is responsible for managing New Business Development as well as directing Preconstruction activities. Derek began his career at The Korte Company in 2000 as a Project Engineer. He was also a Project Executive with a primary focus on the Department of Defense sector. Additionally, Derek was an integral member of the company’s Preconstruction and Project Management Teams.

Jason Weiss

Jason Weiss has been named Executive Vice President of Operations and will oversee the Design, Project Management, Recruiting, Quality Control and Field, pillars of the company. Jason joined The Korte Company in 2004 and has held several positions throughout the company including the Executor Director of Project Management. His project experience spans key sectors including Department of Defense, distribution centers, offices and retail.

Tyler Unterbrink

Tyler Unterbrink was promoted to Vice President of Field Operations and will support the Operations Team and direct the company’s Field and Safety Teams. Tyler was also a Project Executive heading up the Distribution Center teams and has also held numerous Project Manager roles on various construction projects since joining The Korte Company in 2006. He has been an instrumental part of almost three dozen key distribution center projects, but his resume also includes successful deliveries in the healthcare, defense, commercial and education markets.

Kristyn Newbern Joins McCarthy as Director of Business Development

Kristyn Newbern

Kristyn Newbern has signed on with McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. as director of business development. In this position, she will build client and partner relationships to expand McCarthy’s Advanced Technology & Manufacturing (AT&M) business unit across the company’s 28-state Central Region—from the Plains to the East Coast.

Before joining McCarthy, Newbern served as director of client development at S. M. Wilson & Company, a St. Louis-based construction services firm. Her A/E/C industry experience also includes serving as production and marketing manager at Access Engineering, a civil engineering firm in St. Louis. 

“Kristyn has an impressive track record of developing and implementing successful client development strategies,” said Erin Valentine, vice president at McCarthy. “We’re thrilled to welcome her to our business development team.”

Newbern earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering management from Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) in Rolla, Mo. She also received a Graduate Certificate in Project Management.

Newbern serves on the Patient and Family Advisory Council for the SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital Foundation. In addition, she leads the Luke’s SkyWalkers 5K team for the Cardinal Glennon Sun Run, which has raised over $45,000 for the Foundation over the last five years.

“McCarthy builds the complex projects that will shape the future of our communities,” said Newbern. “Advanced Technology & Manufacturing is a fascinating market with exciting opportunities, and I’m thrilled to be a part of that momentum on a driven, supportive, fun team.”

January 28, 2022

Helmkamp Construction Structures for Growth, Hires Additions to Project Management Team

Helmkamp Construction Co. recently promoted several members of their project management team to allow for continued growth of larger projects in Industrial, Building, and Life Science markets.  The most notable of these was the promotion of Senior Project Manager, Kyle Ogden, to Project Director.  “As Project Director, Kyle will still be involved in larger projects and accounts, but he will also be more involved in developing new accounts and Project Managers and Assistant Project Managers on our team.  Kyle will also be responsible for driving various company-wide improvement initiatives” said Helmkamp’s President, Rob Johnes.

Johnes made other changes to the existing team including the promotion of Project Manager, Jeremy Sneddon, to Senior Project Manager due to “his ability to successfully execute challenging projects repeatedly over many years.”  Estimators, Andy Reynolds and Nathan Knackstedt, were both promoted to Senior Estimator roles noting “these well-deserved promotions reflect the growth in capabilities of Andy & Nathan in starting and developing our estimating department and capabilities.  The professionalism they bring to Helmkamp’s estimating efforts allows us to pursue larger and more complex projects while still providing quality, detailed estimates and solutions to our clients.”

Helmkamp Construction has been a general contractor in the metro-east area since 1938.  Johnes, who started his career at Helmkamp in 1997, acquired the third-generation family business in 2018.  His goal was to be the same trusted contractor known by its employees and customers, while steadily growing the business.  A strong outlook for 2022 meant adding talented new members to the project management team to help support that growth. 

Estimator, Logan Reynolds joined Helmkamp Construction’s growing estimating department.  He is a Missouri S&T graduate who is excited about the culture and working with the people at Helmkamp.  Austin Reams, another new addition to the team, joined Helmkamp as an Assistant Project Manager.  Reams is a construction management graduate from SIU-Edwardsville who looks forward to learning from the diverse expertise of Helmkamp’s longtime project managers.  “It seems like project managers join Helmkamp and never leave.  After speaking with Rob, it just seemed like a great fit to work here.  This company has a great reputation and I’m excited to help keep it that way.”

Holland Construction Services Promotes Katie McCutchen to CFO

Katie McCutchen

Holland Construction Services President, Mike Marchal, is pleased to announce the promotion of Katie McCutchen to Chief Financial Officer. McCutchen has 18 years of construction accounting experience and has spent the last several years serving as Holland’s controller.

“We pride ourselves on the quality of people we have at Holland and are personally invested in each team member’s professional development,” said Marchal. “Katie is a natural leader and has been a valuable member of Holland’s management team where she has demonstrated her thought leadership and passion for the financial performance and overall success of Holland’s clients and team members. We’re excited to see her continued drive and success as our CFO.”

As CFO, McCutchen leads strategy around growth and profitability, forecasts revenue needs, maximizes cash flow and investments and keeps the company competitive in the market. She also oversees the accounting, human resources, and IT departments. During her time at Holland, McCutchen has held a variety of financing and accounting positions including assistant controller, controller, and now CFO.  Additionally, she has provided accounting/finance mentoring to emerging contractors in the industry.

“I came to Holland in 2016 and quickly experienced what a truly special organization it is,” said McCutchen. “This is an exciting time for Holland between opening our 2nd office as well as a very healthy and growing client base.  I am honored by the appointment and appreciate the trust and confidence it demonstrates.  I understand and embrace the vision Bruce Holland had when he founded Holland Construction Services and I am very excited to help grow and evolve the company while carrying forward Holland’s values and culture.” 

Todd Korte, Brent Korte Promoted at The Korte Company

Todd Korte

Todd Korte will begin his role as Executive Chairman of The Korte after serving 21 years as the company’s President & CEO.

Brent Korto

Brent Korte, The Korte Company’s former Chief Operating Officer was named the company’s new President & CEO. In the 63 year history of The Korte Company, Brent is only the fourth to hold this title. Ralph Korte, Vern Eardley, and Todd Korte preceded Brent in this position.

Brent Korte has been part of The Korte Company for 26 years and has nearly 28 years of valuable construction experience. Prior to serving as President & CEO, Brent Korte has served The Korte Company as Chief Operating Officer, Executive Vice President of Construction, Project Executive, Project Manager, Project Superintendent and as a member of the Quality Assurance Team.

Castle Contracting Expands St. Louis Team with Addition of Mark Reizer and Matt Holley

Castle Contracting, LLC has expanded its St. Louis team with the hiring of Mark Reizer as senior project manager and Matt Holley as business development manager.

Mark Reizer

As senior project manager, Reizer leads teams in the planning, execution and closeout of a wide range of projects. His duties include pre-construction planning, understanding and interpreting project documents, ensuring field leadership has access to accurate project information, monitoring project financials and maintaining client relationships.

Prior to joining Castle, Reizer served as a project manager at Krupp Construction in Ellisville, Mo., and assistant project manager at Environmental Operations, Inc. in St. Louis.

He received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Missouri in Columbia and an MBA degree from Webster University in St. Louis. Reizer and his family live in Wildwood.

Matt Holley

In his role as business development manager, Holley’s primary responsibilities include the identification, qualification and tracking of project pursuit opportunities across Castle’s markets. His job also includes conducting market research, client outreach and relationship management, and participation in industry events and associations.

Before joining Castle, Holley served in both business development and project manager roles at Millstone Weber in St. Charles, Mo. 

He earned a bachelor’s degree in construction management from Missouri State University in Springfield, Mo.

Haberberger Inc. Welcomes Four New Employees to its Team

John Polette

Affton-based mechanical contracting firm Haberberger Inc., is pleased to announce the addition of four new team members. John Polette has joined as a plumbing service project manager; Mark Dressel has been hired as a project manager; Jason Stoesz has joined the Building Information Modeling (BIM)/Visual Design and Construction (VDC) group as BIM/VDV Manager, and Sam Bender has been hired as an estimator.

Sam Bender

Polette, who resides in the North Hampton neighborhood of St. Louis City, brings to Haberberger more than 30 years of experience covering operations and working in service and project management. He has worked on many large projects throughout the St. Louis area during his career.

Dressel, of Sappington, has over 40 years of experience in the mechanical and industrial engineering industries. He is skilled in negotiation, project estimation, facility management, and electrical wiring and has extensive work experience in the food and beverage, industrial, healthcare, and pharmaceutical markets. Dressel holds a master’s degree in project management from Colorado Technical University.

Mark Dressel

Stoesz, who resides in Warrenton, brings more than 20 years of experience to Haberberger’s BIM/VDC group. His expertise includes civil and land surveying, MEP design, coordination, field layout, and fabrication. He is efficient at total station training, Autodesk product development/utilization, multi-trade BIM model management, and BIM/VDC development.

Jason Stoesz

Sam Bender, of Ballwin, joins Haberberger after serving three years with McCarthy Building Companies as a civil utility drafter. His background experience also includes three years spent working as a project coordinator for Bilfinger Industrial Services. Bender served as a bridger [12-C] in the US Army for six years. He holds a mechanical engineering degree from the joint engineering program at the University of Missouri-St. Louis and Washington University.

January 21, 2022

Tarlton Welcomes McCoy to Business Development Team

Tim McCoy

Tarlton Corp, a leading St. Louis-based general contracting and construction management firm, hired Tim McCoy as Director of Business Development.

In his new role on the acquisition team at Tarlton, McCoy brings several years of experience in relationship development, business consulting, merger and acquisition advisory and accounting. A St. Louis native, McCoy attended St. Louis University High School and Saint Louis University and served as an accounting intern at Tarlton during the summers of 2012 and 2013.

McCoy previously served on the management team in the advisory services group at Riveron Consulting, LLC in Dallas, Texas. At Riveron, he spearheaded project strategies and client relationship efforts, managed project budgets and timelines and led teams of associates on mergers, acquisitions and carve-outs for a diverse collection of client sizes and sectors, which included construction, technology, manufacturing and distribution, health care systems and oil and gas. In addition, he provided deal-structure consulting and post-transaction strategic planning.

From 2016 to 2019, McCoy served as senior analyst on the Business Advisory Services team at RubinBrown in Clayton, Missouri, where he primarily advised on middle-market mergers, acquisitions, and carve-outs. At the firm, he also collaborated with teams from private-equity firms, investment banks and strategic buyers, developing relationships and performing buy-side and sell-side financial due-diligence for clients across a wide spectrum. In addition to his consulting expertise, he played an integral role in the group’s business development, recruitment and training functions.

 “We are excited about the energy and experience Tim brings to Tarlton,” said Tracy Hart, president, Tarlton Corp. “He is passionate about building in the St. Louis region – both the built environment and the communities living within it – and has continued to create strong connections in the community. Business development encompasses much more than attracting and pursuing work opportunities, and we are excited that Tim is working with us in support of our corporate values.”

McCoy holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration, majoring in finance and accounting, from John Cook School of Business at Saint Louis University.

IMPACT Strategies Adds Kelly Bush as Project Accountant

Kelly Bush

Kelly Bush has joined IMPACT Strategies in Fairview Heights, Illinois as Project Accountant. In this role, Kelly will work closely with project managers and other team members to manage expenses for company projects, ensuring accuracy and timeliness.

Kelly’s background includes 12 years working in the service and manufacturing industry. She holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from McKendree University.

“I’m grateful to have joined the team at IMPACT Strategies,” said Bush. “The firm builds so many exciting projects that benefit the local community. I’m looking forward to putting my accounting skills to great use in support of the firm’s mission.”

A resident of Edwardsville, Illinois, Kelly enjoys motorcycle riding and doing home remodeling projects in her spare time.

Mark Hinrichs, president of IMPACT Strategies, said, “We are thrilled to have Kelly on board. Her in-depth project accounting experience and attention to detail will serve our clients and their projects very well.”

January 14, 2022

S. M. Wilson Virtual Design & Construction Technology Manager Jamie Berzon Rreceives CM-BIM

Jamie Berzon

S. M. Wilson & Co. Virtual Design & Construction (VD&C) Technology Manager Jamie Berzon has received her Certificate of Management-Building Information Modeling (CM-BIM).

The professional accreditation offered by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) denotes Berzon’s knowledge and understanding of concepts related to Building Information Modeling (BIM) adoption, practice and process transformation.

Not just a tech certificate for BIM software and applications, AGC’s CM-BIM program combines the latest information on BIM processes and technologies, step-by-step procedures for integrating BIM into the project delivery process, real-life studies of successful BIM implementation and the practical issues needed when utilizing BIM on a construction project.

As S. M. Wilson’s VD&C Technology Manager, Berzon oversees and manages the company’s Virtual Design & Construction processes. She works directly with project teams to assist in project delivery throughout construction utilizing Building Information Modeling and construction technology.

With her new accreditation, Berzon will also be responsible for managing the firm’s BIM processes for internal and external use including estimating, generating 3D/4D/5D site logistics and site safety plans and models, renderings and animations to illustrate project approach and demonstrate virtual design and construction capabilities during pursuits. In addition, she will oversee BIM/VDC Quality Control which ensures the coordinated BIM models are used by the trades when placing components in the field.

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Holly Kinney Promoted to Tarlton Controller

Holly Kinney

Tarlton Corp. has promoted Holly Kinney to Controller at the St. Louis-based general contracting and construction management firm. Kinney, who joined Tarlton in May 2018 as Assistant Controller, has been instrumental in organizing, tracking and assisting in the company’s regular financial reporting. In addition, she is an active member of Tarlton’s diversity committee and previously chaired the philanthropy committee.

“Holly has been a key contributor to our department and to the company overall,” said Anthony Eftimoff, Tarlton Vice President of Finance. “She has continually taken on additional responsibilities, especially over the last six months, that are instrumental to Tarlton’s continued financial strength and success as a premier St. Louis builder.”

Kinney earned a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting, with a financial planning minor, and a Master of Accountancy from Missouri State University. She has been a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Missouri since 2012. Prior to joining Tarlton, she worked as financial reporting manager for a Missouri-based national provider of parts and services to the commercial vehicle market. She also has experience as a staff accountant for a global retail environment manufacturer and for a national CPA and advisory firm.

Cohen Architectural Woodworking Names Tim Bornemann COO

Tim Bornemann

Cohen Architectural Woodworking announces Tim Bornemann has been named Chief Operating Officer (COO). Bornemann will help Cohen grow its practice of Lean Manufacturing while helping the company streamline its business operations.

Bornemann has 40 years of experience serving in corporate leadership, business ownership, and consulting. Recognized as a leading national expert on Lean Manufacturing he has served in management with Libbey Owens Ford, Johnson Controls, Americ Disc and Vendo Company, and as a consultant with Gemini Consulting, Kaizen Institute, and Pathways Consulting. He continues his work as President of the Lean Training Institute.

“Tim has a proven track record of leveraging Lean processes to obtain bottom line results. He understands how Lean can improve revenue and effectively impact operations to lower costs and streamline response to customer requirements,” said Ben Cohen, CEO. “Tim will play a major role in helping Cohen Architectural Woodworking achieve next level growth while maintaining solid profitability.”

“Cohen is highly successful and an established nationwide leader in custom commercial millwork and casework. They are perfectly positioned to further improve efficiencies and greatly reduce the industry standard time from design and manufacturing to customer delivery,” Bornemann said. “I am excited to help them build on their Lean processes, and help them strategically plan to meet current and future corporate objectives.”

A graduate of the University of Michigan’s Stephen M. Ross School of Business with an MBA degree, Bornemann also attained an MS degree from the University of Illinois and a bachelor’s of physics degree from the University of Minnesota. Bornemann and his family currently reside in Rolla, MO.

Wellington Environmental Hires Tracy Mueller as Director of Contractor Networking

Tracy Mueller

St. Louis-based specialized environmental services firm, Wellington Environmental, announces the hire of Tracy Mueller as its new Director of Contractor Networking. In this role, Mueller will be responsible for networking with general contractors and promoting Wellington Environmental’s services.

“We are very pleased to have Tracy on board,” said Thom Wellington, president of Wellington Environmental. “Her expertise in networking and her connections with local contractors will be an invaluable asset for Wellington as we continue to offer our specialized environmental services to contractors and clients.”

Before joining Wellington Environmental, Mueller served as Assistant Director at The Connection Exchange and is also a New Member Advisor at Master Networks MO. She brings with her considerable skills in leadership, public speaking, and community outreach. Mueller received her bachelor’s degree in Speech Communication and Rhetoric from the University of Missouri in Saint Louis.

The Korte Company Promotes Several Employees into Key Positions

Derek Brauer

Derek Brauer has been promoted to Executive Vice President of Procurement and is responsible for managing New Business Development as well as directing Preconstruction activities. Derek began his career at The Korte Company in 2000 as a Project Engineer. He was also a Project Executive with a primary focus on the Department of Defense sector. Additionally, Derek was an integral member of the company’s Preconstruction and Project Management Teams.

Jason Weiss

Jason Weiss has been named Executive Vice President of Operations and will oversee the Design, Project Management, Recruiting, Quality Control and Field, pillars of the company. Jason joined The Korte Company in 2004 and has held several positions throughout the company including the Executor Director of Project Management. His project experience spans key sectors including Department of Defense, distribution centers, offices and retail.

Tyler Unterbrink

Tyler Unterbrink was promoted to Vice President of Field Operations and will support the Operations Team and direct the company’s Field and Safety Teams. Tyler was also a Project Executive heading up the Distribution Center teams and has also held numerous Project Manager roles on various construction projects since joining The Korte Company in 2006. He has been an instrumental part of almost three dozen key distribution center projects, but his resume also includes successful deliveries in the healthcare, defense, commercial and education markets.

Kristyn Newbern Joins McCarthy as Director of Business Development

Kristyn Newbern

Kristyn Newbern has signed on with McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. as director of business development. In this position, she will build client and partner relationships to expand McCarthy’s Advanced Technology & Manufacturing (AT&M) business unit across the company’s 28-state Central Region—from the Plains to the East Coast.

Before joining McCarthy, Newbern served as director of client development at S. M. Wilson & Company, a St. Louis-based construction services firm. Her A/E/C industry experience also includes serving as production and marketing manager at Access Engineering, a civil engineering firm in St. Louis. 

“Kristyn has an impressive track record of developing and implementing successful client development strategies,” said Erin Valentine, vice president at McCarthy. “We’re thrilled to welcome her to our business development team.”

Newbern earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering management from Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) in Rolla, Mo. She also received a Graduate Certificate in Project Management.

Newbern serves on the Patient and Family Advisory Council for the SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital Foundation. In addition, she leads the Luke’s SkyWalkers 5K team for the Cardinal Glennon Sun Run, which has raised over $45,000 for the Foundation over the last five years.

“McCarthy builds the complex projects that will shape the future of our communities,” said Newbern. “Advanced Technology & Manufacturing is a fascinating market with exciting opportunities, and I’m thrilled to be a part of that momentum on a driven, supportive, fun team.”

January 28, 2022

Helmkamp Construction Structures for Growth, Hires Additions to Project Management Team

Helmkamp Construction Co. recently promoted several members of their project management team to allow for continued growth of larger projects in Industrial, Building, and Life Science markets.  The most notable of these was the promotion of Senior Project Manager, Kyle Ogden, to Project Director.  “As Project Director, Kyle will still be involved in larger projects and accounts, but he will also be more involved in developing new accounts and Project Managers and Assistant Project Managers on our team.  Kyle will also be responsible for driving various company-wide improvement initiatives” said Helmkamp’s President, Rob Johnes.

Johnes made other changes to the existing team including the promotion of Project Manager, Jeremy Sneddon, to Senior Project Manager due to “his ability to successfully execute challenging projects repeatedly over many years.”  Estimators, Andy Reynolds and Nathan Knackstedt, were both promoted to Senior Estimator roles noting “these well-deserved promotions reflect the growth in capabilities of Andy & Nathan in starting and developing our estimating department and capabilities.  The professionalism they bring to Helmkamp’s estimating efforts allows us to pursue larger and more complex projects while still providing quality, detailed estimates and solutions to our clients.”

Helmkamp Construction has been a general contractor in the metro-east area since 1938.  Johnes, who started his career at Helmkamp in 1997, acquired the third-generation family business in 2018.  His goal was to be the same trusted contractor known by its employees and customers, while steadily growing the business.  A strong outlook for 2022 meant adding talented new members to the project management team to help support that growth. 

Estimator, Logan Reynolds joined Helmkamp Construction’s growing estimating department.  He is a Missouri S&T graduate who is excited about the culture and working with the people at Helmkamp.  Austin Reams, another new addition to the team, joined Helmkamp as an Assistant Project Manager.  Reams is a construction management graduate from SIU-Edwardsville who looks forward to learning from the diverse expertise of Helmkamp’s longtime project managers.  “It seems like project managers join Helmkamp and never leave.  After speaking with Rob, it just seemed like a great fit to work here.  This company has a great reputation and I’m excited to help keep it that way.”

Holland Construction Services Promotes Katie McCutchen to CFO

Katie McCutchen

Holland Construction Services President, Mike Marchal, is pleased to announce the promotion of Katie McCutchen to Chief Financial Officer. McCutchen has 18 years of construction accounting experience and has spent the last several years serving as Holland’s controller.

“We pride ourselves on the quality of people we have at Holland and are personally invested in each team member’s professional development,” said Marchal. “Katie is a natural leader and has been a valuable member of Holland’s management team where she has demonstrated her thought leadership and passion for the financial performance and overall success of Holland’s clients and team members. We’re excited to see her continued drive and success as our CFO.”

As CFO, McCutchen leads strategy around growth and profitability, forecasts revenue needs, maximizes cash flow and investments and keeps the company competitive in the market. She also oversees the accounting, human resources, and IT departments. During her time at Holland, McCutchen has held a variety of financing and accounting positions including assistant controller, controller, and now CFO.  Additionally, she has provided accounting/finance mentoring to emerging contractors in the industry.

“I came to Holland in 2016 and quickly experienced what a truly special organization it is,” said McCutchen. “This is an exciting time for Holland between opening our 2nd office as well as a very healthy and growing client base.  I am honored by the appointment and appreciate the trust and confidence it demonstrates.  I understand and embrace the vision Bruce Holland had when he founded Holland Construction Services and I am very excited to help grow and evolve the company while carrying forward Holland’s values and culture.” 

Todd Korte, Brent Korte Promoted at The Korte Company

Todd Korte

Todd Korte will begin his role as Executive Chairman of The Korte after serving 21 years as the company’s President & CEO.

Brent Korto

Brent Korte, The Korte Company’s former Chief Operating Officer was named the company’s new President & CEO. In the 63 year history of The Korte Company, Brent is only the fourth to hold this title. Ralph Korte, Vern Eardley, and Todd Korte preceded Brent in this position.

Brent Korte has been part of The Korte Company for 26 years and has nearly 28 years of valuable construction experience. Prior to serving as President & CEO, Brent Korte has served The Korte Company as Chief Operating Officer, Executive Vice President of Construction, Project Executive, Project Manager, Project Superintendent and as a member of the Quality Assurance Team.

Castle Contracting Expands St. Louis Team with Addition of Mark Reizer and Matt Holley

Castle Contracting, LLC has expanded its St. Louis team with the hiring of Mark Reizer as senior project manager and Matt Holley as business development manager.

Mark Reizer

As senior project manager, Reizer leads teams in the planning, execution and closeout of a wide range of projects. His duties include pre-construction planning, understanding and interpreting project documents, ensuring field leadership has access to accurate project information, monitoring project financials and maintaining client relationships.

Prior to joining Castle, Reizer served as a project manager at Krupp Construction in Ellisville, Mo., and assistant project manager at Environmental Operations, Inc. in St. Louis.

He received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Missouri in Columbia and an MBA degree from Webster University in St. Louis. Reizer and his family live in Wildwood.

Matt Holley

In his role as business development manager, Holley’s primary responsibilities include the identification, qualification and tracking of project pursuit opportunities across Castle’s markets. His job also includes conducting market research, client outreach and relationship management, and participation in industry events and associations.

Before joining Castle, Holley served in both business development and project manager roles at Millstone Weber in St. Charles, Mo. 

He earned a bachelor’s degree in construction management from Missouri State University in Springfield, Mo.

Haberberger Inc. Welcomes Four New Employees to its Team

John Polette

Affton-based mechanical contracting firm Haberberger Inc., is pleased to announce the addition of four new team members. John Polette has joined as a plumbing service project manager; Mark Dressel has been hired as a project manager; Jason Stoesz has joined the Building Information Modeling (BIM)/Visual Design and Construction (VDC) group as BIM/VDV Manager, and Sam Bender has been hired as an estimator.

Sam Bender

Polette, who resides in the North Hampton neighborhood of St. Louis City, brings to Haberberger more than 30 years of experience covering operations and working in service and project management. He has worked on many large projects throughout the St. Louis area during his career.

Dressel, of Sappington, has over 40 years of experience in the mechanical and industrial engineering industries. He is skilled in negotiation, project estimation, facility management, and electrical wiring and has extensive work experience in the food and beverage, industrial, healthcare, and pharmaceutical markets. Dressel holds a master’s degree in project management from Colorado Technical University.

Mark Dressel

Stoesz, who resides in Warrenton, brings more than 20 years of experience to Haberberger’s BIM/VDC group. His expertise includes civil and land surveying, MEP design, coordination, field layout, and fabrication. He is efficient at total station training, Autodesk product development/utilization, multi-trade BIM model management, and BIM/VDC development.

Jason Stoesz

Sam Bender, of Ballwin, joins Haberberger after serving three years with McCarthy Building Companies as a civil utility drafter. His background experience also includes three years spent working as a project coordinator for Bilfinger Industrial Services. Bender served as a bridger [12-C] in the US Army for six years. He holds a mechanical engineering degree from the joint engineering program at the University of Missouri-St. Louis and Washington University.

January 21, 2022

Tarlton Welcomes McCoy to Business Development Team

Tim McCoy

Tarlton Corp, a leading St. Louis-based general contracting and construction management firm, hired Tim McCoy as Director of Business Development.

In his new role on the acquisition team at Tarlton, McCoy brings several years of experience in relationship development, business consulting, merger and acquisition advisory and accounting. A St. Louis native, McCoy attended St. Louis University High School and Saint Louis University and served as an accounting intern at Tarlton during the summers of 2012 and 2013.

McCoy previously served on the management team in the advisory services group at Riveron Consulting, LLC in Dallas, Texas. At Riveron, he spearheaded project strategies and client relationship efforts, managed project budgets and timelines and led teams of associates on mergers, acquisitions and carve-outs for a diverse collection of client sizes and sectors, which included construction, technology, manufacturing and distribution, health care systems and oil and gas. In addition, he provided deal-structure consulting and post-transaction strategic planning.

From 2016 to 2019, McCoy served as senior analyst on the Business Advisory Services team at RubinBrown in Clayton, Missouri, where he primarily advised on middle-market mergers, acquisitions, and carve-outs. At the firm, he also collaborated with teams from private-equity firms, investment banks and strategic buyers, developing relationships and performing buy-side and sell-side financial due-diligence for clients across a wide spectrum. In addition to his consulting expertise, he played an integral role in the group’s business development, recruitment and training functions.

 “We are excited about the energy and experience Tim brings to Tarlton,” said Tracy Hart, president, Tarlton Corp. “He is passionate about building in the St. Louis region – both the built environment and the communities living within it – and has continued to create strong connections in the community. Business development encompasses much more than attracting and pursuing work opportunities, and we are excited that Tim is working with us in support of our corporate values.”

McCoy holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration, majoring in finance and accounting, from John Cook School of Business at Saint Louis University.

IMPACT Strategies Adds Kelly Bush as Project Accountant

Kelly Bush

Kelly Bush has joined IMPACT Strategies in Fairview Heights, Illinois as Project Accountant. In this role, Kelly will work closely with project managers and other team members to manage expenses for company projects, ensuring accuracy and timeliness.

Kelly’s background includes 12 years working in the service and manufacturing industry. She holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from McKendree University.

“I’m grateful to have joined the team at IMPACT Strategies,” said Bush. “The firm builds so many exciting projects that benefit the local community. I’m looking forward to putting my accounting skills to great use in support of the firm’s mission.”

A resident of Edwardsville, Illinois, Kelly enjoys motorcycle riding and doing home remodeling projects in her spare time.

Mark Hinrichs, president of IMPACT Strategies, said, “We are thrilled to have Kelly on board. Her in-depth project accounting experience and attention to detail will serve our clients and their projects very well.”

January 14, 2022

S. M. Wilson Virtual Design & Construction Technology Manager Jamie Berzon Rreceives CM-BIM

Jamie Berzon

S. M. Wilson & Co. Virtual Design & Construction (VD&C) Technology Manager Jamie Berzon has received her Certificate of Management-Building Information Modeling (CM-BIM).

The professional accreditation offered by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) denotes Berzon’s knowledge and understanding of concepts related to Building Information Modeling (BIM) adoption, practice and process transformation.

Not just a tech certificate for BIM software and applications, AGC’s CM-BIM program combines the latest information on BIM processes and technologies, step-by-step procedures for integrating BIM into the project delivery process, real-life studies of successful BIM implementation and the practical issues needed when utilizing BIM on a construction project.

As S. M. Wilson’s VD&C Technology Manager, Berzon oversees and manages the company’s Virtual Design & Construction processes. She works directly with project teams to assist in project delivery throughout construction utilizing Building Information Modeling and construction technology.

With her new accreditation, Berzon will also be responsible for managing the firm’s BIM processes for internal and external use including estimating, generating 3D/4D/5D site logistics and site safety plans and models, renderings and animations to illustrate project approach and demonstrate virtual design and construction capabilities during pursuits. In addition, she will oversee BIM/VDC Quality Control which ensures the coordinated BIM models are used by the trades when placing components in the field.

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Helmkamp Construction Structures for Growth, Hires Additions to Project Management Team

Helmkamp Construction Co. recently promoted several members of their project management team to allow for continued growth of larger projects in Industrial, Building, and Life Science markets.  The most notable of these was the promotion of Senior Project Manager, Kyle Ogden, to Project Director.  “As Project Director, Kyle will still be involved in larger projects and accounts, but he will also be more involved in developing new accounts and Project Managers and Assistant Project Managers on our team.  Kyle will also be responsible for driving various company-wide improvement initiatives” said Helmkamp’s President, Rob Johnes.

Johnes made other changes to the existing team including the promotion of Project Manager, Jeremy Sneddon, to Senior Project Manager due to “his ability to successfully execute challenging projects repeatedly over many years.”  Estimators, Andy Reynolds and Nathan Knackstedt, were both promoted to Senior Estimator roles noting “these well-deserved promotions reflect the growth in capabilities of Andy & Nathan in starting and developing our estimating department and capabilities.  The professionalism they bring to Helmkamp’s estimating efforts allows us to pursue larger and more complex projects while still providing quality, detailed estimates and solutions to our clients.”

Helmkamp Construction has been a general contractor in the metro-east area since 1938.  Johnes, who started his career at Helmkamp in 1997, acquired the third-generation family business in 2018.  His goal was to be the same trusted contractor known by its employees and customers, while steadily growing the business.  A strong outlook for 2022 meant adding talented new members to the project management team to help support that growth. 

Estimator, Logan Reynolds joined Helmkamp Construction’s growing estimating department.  He is a Missouri S&T graduate who is excited about the culture and working with the people at Helmkamp.  Austin Reams, another new addition to the team, joined Helmkamp as an Assistant Project Manager.  Reams is a construction management graduate from SIU-Edwardsville who looks forward to learning from the diverse expertise of Helmkamp’s longtime project managers.  “It seems like project managers join Helmkamp and never leave.  After speaking with Rob, it just seemed like a great fit to work here.  This company has a great reputation and I’m excited to help keep it that way.”

Holland Construction Services Promotes Katie McCutchen to CFO

Katie McCutchen

Holland Construction Services President, Mike Marchal, is pleased to announce the promotion of Katie McCutchen to Chief Financial Officer. McCutchen has 18 years of construction accounting experience and has spent the last several years serving as Holland’s controller.

“We pride ourselves on the quality of people we have at Holland and are personally invested in each team member’s professional development,” said Marchal. “Katie is a natural leader and has been a valuable member of Holland’s management team where she has demonstrated her thought leadership and passion for the financial performance and overall success of Holland’s clients and team members. We’re excited to see her continued drive and success as our CFO.”

As CFO, McCutchen leads strategy around growth and profitability, forecasts revenue needs, maximizes cash flow and investments and keeps the company competitive in the market. She also oversees the accounting, human resources, and IT departments. During her time at Holland, McCutchen has held a variety of financing and accounting positions including assistant controller, controller, and now CFO.  Additionally, she has provided accounting/finance mentoring to emerging contractors in the industry.

“I came to Holland in 2016 and quickly experienced what a truly special organization it is,” said McCutchen. “This is an exciting time for Holland between opening our 2nd office as well as a very healthy and growing client base.  I am honored by the appointment and appreciate the trust and confidence it demonstrates.  I understand and embrace the vision Bruce Holland had when he founded Holland Construction Services and I am very excited to help grow and evolve the company while carrying forward Holland’s values and culture.” 

Todd Korte, Brent Korte Promoted at The Korte Company

Todd Korte

Todd Korte will begin his role as Executive Chairman of The Korte after serving 21 years as the company’s President & CEO.

Brent Korto

Brent Korte, The Korte Company’s former Chief Operating Officer was named the company’s new President & CEO. In the 63 year history of The Korte Company, Brent is only the fourth to hold this title. Ralph Korte, Vern Eardley, and Todd Korte preceded Brent in this position.

Brent Korte has been part of The Korte Company for 26 years and has nearly 28 years of valuable construction experience. Prior to serving as President & CEO, Brent Korte has served The Korte Company as Chief Operating Officer, Executive Vice President of Construction, Project Executive, Project Manager, Project Superintendent and as a member of the Quality Assurance Team.

Castle Contracting Expands St. Louis Team with Addition of Mark Reizer and Matt Holley

Castle Contracting, LLC has expanded its St. Louis team with the hiring of Mark Reizer as senior project manager and Matt Holley as business development manager.

Mark Reizer

As senior project manager, Reizer leads teams in the planning, execution and closeout of a wide range of projects. His duties include pre-construction planning, understanding and interpreting project documents, ensuring field leadership has access to accurate project information, monitoring project financials and maintaining client relationships.

Prior to joining Castle, Reizer served as a project manager at Krupp Construction in Ellisville, Mo., and assistant project manager at Environmental Operations, Inc. in St. Louis.

He received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Missouri in Columbia and an MBA degree from Webster University in St. Louis. Reizer and his family live in Wildwood.

Matt Holley

In his role as business development manager, Holley’s primary responsibilities include the identification, qualification and tracking of project pursuit opportunities across Castle’s markets. His job also includes conducting market research, client outreach and relationship management, and participation in industry events and associations.

Before joining Castle, Holley served in both business development and project manager roles at Millstone Weber in St. Charles, Mo. 

He earned a bachelor’s degree in construction management from Missouri State University in Springfield, Mo.

Haberberger Inc. Welcomes Four New Employees to its Team

John Polette

Affton-based mechanical contracting firm Haberberger Inc., is pleased to announce the addition of four new team members. John Polette has joined as a plumbing service project manager; Mark Dressel has been hired as a project manager; Jason Stoesz has joined the Building Information Modeling (BIM)/Visual Design and Construction (VDC) group as BIM/VDV Manager, and Sam Bender has been hired as an estimator.

Sam Bender

Polette, who resides in the North Hampton neighborhood of St. Louis City, brings to Haberberger more than 30 years of experience covering operations and working in service and project management. He has worked on many large projects throughout the St. Louis area during his career.

Dressel, of Sappington, has over 40 years of experience in the mechanical and industrial engineering industries. He is skilled in negotiation, project estimation, facility management, and electrical wiring and has extensive work experience in the food and beverage, industrial, healthcare, and pharmaceutical markets. Dressel holds a master’s degree in project management from Colorado Technical University.

Mark Dressel

Stoesz, who resides in Warrenton, brings more than 20 years of experience to Haberberger’s BIM/VDC group. His expertise includes civil and land surveying, MEP design, coordination, field layout, and fabrication. He is efficient at total station training, Autodesk product development/utilization, multi-trade BIM model management, and BIM/VDC development.

Jason Stoesz

Sam Bender, of Ballwin, joins Haberberger after serving three years with McCarthy Building Companies as a civil utility drafter. His background experience also includes three years spent working as a project coordinator for Bilfinger Industrial Services. Bender served as a bridger [12-C] in the US Army for six years. He holds a mechanical engineering degree from the joint engineering program at the University of Missouri-St. Louis and Washington University.

January 21, 2022

Tarlton Welcomes McCoy to Business Development Team

Tim McCoy

Tarlton Corp, a leading St. Louis-based general contracting and construction management firm, hired Tim McCoy as Director of Business Development.

In his new role on the acquisition team at Tarlton, McCoy brings several years of experience in relationship development, business consulting, merger and acquisition advisory and accounting. A St. Louis native, McCoy attended St. Louis University High School and Saint Louis University and served as an accounting intern at Tarlton during the summers of 2012 and 2013.

McCoy previously served on the management team in the advisory services group at Riveron Consulting, LLC in Dallas, Texas. At Riveron, he spearheaded project strategies and client relationship efforts, managed project budgets and timelines and led teams of associates on mergers, acquisitions and carve-outs for a diverse collection of client sizes and sectors, which included construction, technology, manufacturing and distribution, health care systems and oil and gas. In addition, he provided deal-structure consulting and post-transaction strategic planning.

From 2016 to 2019, McCoy served as senior analyst on the Business Advisory Services team at RubinBrown in Clayton, Missouri, where he primarily advised on middle-market mergers, acquisitions, and carve-outs. At the firm, he also collaborated with teams from private-equity firms, investment banks and strategic buyers, developing relationships and performing buy-side and sell-side financial due-diligence for clients across a wide spectrum. In addition to his consulting expertise, he played an integral role in the group’s business development, recruitment and training functions.

 “We are excited about the energy and experience Tim brings to Tarlton,” said Tracy Hart, president, Tarlton Corp. “He is passionate about building in the St. Louis region – both the built environment and the communities living within it – and has continued to create strong connections in the community. Business development encompasses much more than attracting and pursuing work opportunities, and we are excited that Tim is working with us in support of our corporate values.”

McCoy holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration, majoring in finance and accounting, from John Cook School of Business at Saint Louis University.

IMPACT Strategies Adds Kelly Bush as Project Accountant

Kelly Bush

Kelly Bush has joined IMPACT Strategies in Fairview Heights, Illinois as Project Accountant. In this role, Kelly will work closely with project managers and other team members to manage expenses for company projects, ensuring accuracy and timeliness.

Kelly’s background includes 12 years working in the service and manufacturing industry. She holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from McKendree University.

“I’m grateful to have joined the team at IMPACT Strategies,” said Bush. “The firm builds so many exciting projects that benefit the local community. I’m looking forward to putting my accounting skills to great use in support of the firm’s mission.”

A resident of Edwardsville, Illinois, Kelly enjoys motorcycle riding and doing home remodeling projects in her spare time.

Mark Hinrichs, president of IMPACT Strategies, said, “We are thrilled to have Kelly on board. Her in-depth project accounting experience and attention to detail will serve our clients and their projects very well.”

January 14, 2022

S. M. Wilson Virtual Design & Construction Technology Manager Jamie Berzon Rreceives CM-BIM

Jamie Berzon

S. M. Wilson & Co. Virtual Design & Construction (VD&C) Technology Manager Jamie Berzon has received her Certificate of Management-Building Information Modeling (CM-BIM).

The professional accreditation offered by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) denotes Berzon’s knowledge and understanding of concepts related to Building Information Modeling (BIM) adoption, practice and process transformation.

Not just a tech certificate for BIM software and applications, AGC’s CM-BIM program combines the latest information on BIM processes and technologies, step-by-step procedures for integrating BIM into the project delivery process, real-life studies of successful BIM implementation and the practical issues needed when utilizing BIM on a construction project.

As S. M. Wilson’s VD&C Technology Manager, Berzon oversees and manages the company’s Virtual Design & Construction processes. She works directly with project teams to assist in project delivery throughout construction utilizing Building Information Modeling and construction technology.

With her new accreditation, Berzon will also be responsible for managing the firm’s BIM processes for internal and external use including estimating, generating 3D/4D/5D site logistics and site safety plans and models, renderings and animations to illustrate project approach and demonstrate virtual design and construction capabilities during pursuits. In addition, she will oversee BIM/VDC Quality Control which ensures the coordinated BIM models are used by the trades when placing components in the field.

Berzon has been with S. M. Wilson for 24 years, originally joining the firm as a project engineer. She has B.S. in Architecture from the University of Virginia and M.A. in Construction Management from Washington University. She was also recognized in Constructech magazine’s annual Women in Construction List for 2018. S. M. Wilson is a full-service construction management, design/build and general contracting firm with headquarters in St. Louis and offices in Edwardsville, IL and Cape Girardeau, MO. Founded in 1921, S. M. Wilson is dedicated to going above and beyond expectations for their clients by putting people first. The 100% employee-owned company is one of the leading construction management firms in the Midwest. For more information, visit www.smwilson.com. 

January 7, 2022

Oculus Inc. Adds Lilly Touchette to Marketing Team 

Touchette brings social media, marketing skills to firm 

Lilly Touchette

Oculus Inc., a full-service architecture and interior design firm, has added Lilly Touchette as a marketing assistant. Touchette will be based at Oculus’ St. Louis headquarters, but will also assist the marketing needs of the firm’s Dallas and Portland offices, respectively.  

“We would like to welcome Lilly to Oculus Inc.,” said Lisa Bell-Reim, Oculus Inc. president. “She will play an instrumental role in helping our talented marketing team continue to get the word out about the great work we are doing all over the country. Her experience in marketing and social media will be essential in these efforts.”  

In her current role of marketing assistant, Touchette will assist the marketing team in the execution of marketing and business developing endeavors. Prior to Oculus Inc., she worked as the social media community manager for a marketing firm in St. Louis. She also has additional experience with marketing in the construction industry. Touchette is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Journalism with an emphasis in Strategic Communication.   

Oculus Inc. is headquartered in St. Louis and 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. Oculus creates high-performance design that supports change and promotes value for clients in the commercial, education, government, healthcare, hospitality, retail, restaurant and workplace industries. Oculus has offices in St. Louis, Dallas and Portland, Ore., is WBE-certified and is regularly cited in top industry rankings for architecture and design. Oculusinc.com. 

IMPACT Strategies Adds Three New Field Staff Members

Fechte, Liszewski, and Reed expand the firm’s on-site capacity.

IMPACT Strategies’ field staff has grown by three – the firm has added Ron Reed as a Superintendent, and Brett Fechte and Corey Liszewski as Carpenters.

Ron Reed

Ron Reed is a 30+ year construction industry veteran, having worked primarily in residential and multifamily construction as a foreman. In his new position at IMPACT, his responsibilities will consist of all field operations including safety, quality control, daily scheduling of on-site work activities and subcontractor coordination. An avid hockey and football fan, Ron also enjoys off-roading on his ATV or cruising on his motorcycle down the area’s most scenic roads. He and his wife, Susan, live in Collinsville, IL.

Brett Fechte

Brett Fechte holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He joins IMPACT Strategies after more than five years working in exterior/interior carpentry construction. Fechte lives in Troy, Illinois with his wife, Katie.

Corey Liszewski

Corey Liszewski brings nearly three years of experience in carpentry to his new position at the firm. He and his wife live in New Minden, Illinois. In his spare time, Corey enjoys music, target shooting, and all things vehicle related.

Scott Manning, Director of Construction Operations at IMPACT Strategies said, “We are thrilled to have Ron, Brett, and Corey on board. Their varied experience and backgrounds add depth to the already robust teams at each jobsite. We’re pleased to welcome all three of them to the IMPACT Strategies family.”

Castle Contracting Promotes Tanner Bunch and Charles Danner to Senior Project Engineer

Castle Contracting, LLC has promoted Tanner Bunch and Charles Danner from Project Engineer to Senior Project Engineer.

In their new roles, both will take on greater project management responsibilities and expand their leadership capabilities.

Bunch began his Castle career as an intern in 2016 and joined the company full-time as Project Engineer in 2019. A member of Castle’s MEP/Utility team, he estimates and manages a variety of civil electrical projects.

Bunch earned a bachelor’s degree in construction management from Missouri State University in Springfield, Mo. He also serves as a member of the Advisory Council for the State Technical College of Missouri in Linn, Mo.

Danner joined Castle in 2018 as Project Engineer on the Estimating team. He currently coordinates civil sitework on the Next NGA West campus under construction in north St. Louis city.

Danner earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering technologies from the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Mo. He’s a member of the Young Executives of SITE Improvement Association, an independent construction contractor group representing more than 220 contractors and businesses. Danner previously served in the U.S. Air Force.

“Both Tanner and Charlie are essential members of the Castle team, and these promotions recognize their diligence, professional growth and leadership potential,” said Castle Vice President of Operations Michael Pranger.

AGC of Missouri Names 2022 Leadership

Branco Enterprises, Inc.’s Sean Thouvenot to Lead Statewide Organization

Sean Thouvenot

The Associated General Contractors of Missouri (AGCMO) announced its 2022 officers and board of directors for the statewide association representing contractors and suppliers in 110 counties throughout Missouri.

Sean Thouvenot, vice president of Branco Enterprises, Inc. has been elected chairman of the board.  Branco Enterprises, Inc., with offices in Neosho and Springfield, MO, was founded in 1933 as Branham Construction and has grown to be a leading provider of general contracting, design build and construction management services in the four state region. Branco Enterprises, Inc. has been a member of AGC since 1986 and Thouvenot has served on the AGC of Missouri board since the merger with AGC of St. Louis in 2015. 

Other AGC of Missouri officers for 2022 are: chairman-elect of the board – Tom Huster, KCI Construction Company; secretary/treasurer – Andy Ernst, Pace Construction Company; and immediate past chair – Scott Drury, Bloomsdale Excavating Co., Inc.  Also serving on the 2022 board of directors are highway & transportation division chair – Steve Bubanovich, H. R. Quadri Contractors, LLC; building division chair –Michael Kennedy, Jr., KAI Enterprises; and Steve Sellenriek of Sellenriek Construction, Inc. who recently was elected chair of AGCMO’s new utility infrastructure division. 

Serving on the board as directors representing contractor members are Doug Fronick, APAC-Central, Inc.; Mike Rallo, Jr., PARIC Corporation; Earl Ming, Alberici Constructors, Inc.; Mike Luth, Fred M. Luth & Sons, Inc.; and Kyle Phillips, Herzog Contracting Corp.

Jeff Montgomery of IWR North America also will serve as a director, representing specialty contractors, while Nalini S. Mahadevan of MLO Law LCC will serve as director, representing supplier/service providers. Collin Greene of Wright Construction Services, Inc. will serve ex-officio, representing the Construction Leadership Council. John LoBello of Travelers will serve ex-officio, representing the Young Executives Club.

The Associated General Contractors of Missouri (AGCMO) represents the united voice of the construction industry throughout the state of Missouri. AGC of Missouri represents nearly 550 commercial, industrial, heavy and highway contractors, industry partners and related firms in 110 counties across the state of Missouri. AGCMO operates offices in St. Louis, Jefferson City and Springfield. Visit: www.agcmo.org

Kyle McKenna to Lead the St. Louis Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) As Executive Vice President

Kyle McKenna

The St. Louis Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) has named Kyle McKenna its new executive vice president.  NECA represents more than 150 electrical and communications contractors located in eastern Missouri.  All NECA contractors are signatory to collective bargaining agreements with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW).  NECA partners with IBEW Local 1 to form the Electrical Connection.  McKenna succeeds Douglas R. Martin, who has led NECA for more than 40 years.

A labor and employment attorney, McKenna has served as assistant executive director of NECA for the past two years. He will be responsible for negotiation and administration of collective bargaining agreements with three local unions of the IBEW, under which approximately 5,000 electricians and communication technicians are employed.  He will also serve as a management trustee on multi-employer health, pension, and other employee benefit funds.  In addition, McKenna will coordinate education, marketing, and public relations programs for member contractors and serve as a spokesman before governmental agencies in connection with legislation impacting the electrical and communication contracting industry. 

McKenna earned his law degree from Saint Louis University School of Law and has a degree in political science from the University of Missouri-Columbia.  He has previously served as a labor and employment attorney with Armstrong Teasdale, LLC and as a field attorney for the National Labor Relations Board. 

Like its IBEW partner, NECA can trace its roots to the first commercial use of electricity.  NECA was founded in 1901, 10 years after IBEW Local 1 in St. Louis founded the first electrical union in 1891.  The St. Louis Chapter NECA received its charter in 1940 and with the IBEW, established the IBEW/NECA Electrical Industry Training Center the following year, pioneering apprenticeship training in Missouri for the electrical and communications industry. Together, NECA and IBEW Local 1 have trained more highly skilled and safe electricians and communication technicians than any other education program in the state. Learn more about NECA at www.stlneca.org.

The Electrical Connection IBEW/NECA partnership markets member skills and safety, invests in workforce development, develops strategic business and education partnerships, fortifies STEM education, and develops IBEW/NECA as a valuable resource to meet Missouri’s future energy and technology needs. Sixteen Electrical Connection-member contractors are among the 17 largest electrical contractors in the region ranked annually by the St. Louis Business Journal.  Learn more at www.electricalconnection.org.

December 31, 2021

In Memoriam:

Donald R. Carmody, Co-Founder and Principal of Carmody MacDonald P.C., Remembered

Donald R. Carmody

Donald R. Carmody, founder and long-time principal at St. Louis-based law firm Carmody MacDonald P.C., died peacefully on December 19, 2021, from cancer. He was 79 years old. Don is survived by his wife Pat, three sons, three grandchildren, and countless close personal friends.

“We are deeply saddened by Don’s passing. He will be greatly missed by everyone at our firm as well as his many friends and clients,” said Jerry Carmody, Don’s brother and law partner. “In addition to being a great lawyer and mentor, Don built the firm by cultivating personal relationships and forming lasting friendships. He greatly influenced the culture of unity and dedication to excellence that is the core of our firm’s identity today.”

Don founded Carmody MacDonald in 1981 with Leo MacDonald, Sr., Jack Hilton, and Tim Wolf.  Since its founding, and with Don’s leadership, the firm has grown to become one of the largest single-office law firms in St. Louis with 85 employees, including 55 attorneys.

            Don received his Bachelor of Science degree from Spring Hill College in 1964 and his law degree in 1967 from the University of Missouri – Columbia. He concentrated his practice in business law, banking and finance, and real estate.  He served as lead counsel in many complicated real estate transactions and was the lead litigator in a variety of trial and appellate court cases. For over a decade, Don appeared on the list of Best Lawyers in America and in 2018 he received the inaugural ICON Award from Missouri Lawyers Weekly in recognition of his exemplary career and longstanding commitment to the Missouri legal community.

Don served as vice chairman of a Missouri banking corporation and was a Past Chairman of the Bar Association’s Legal Issues Affecting the Disabled Committee. In the early 1980s, he received the St. Louis Grand Jury Good Citizenship Award for assisting police in apprehending a hit-and-run drunk driver who had struck a pedestrian.

He had a passion for serving his church and for helping families.  He served as an Ambassador with St. Louis Healthy Families and as a board member of the Missouri Family Policy Council.  Don was also a member and Past President of Legatus, an international association of high-level Catholic business leaders and laypersons exploring the intersection of faith and business as they live their Catholic identity. 

Outside of law and serving the community, he was honored to be inducted into the Chaminade College Preparatory School Sports Hall of Fame in 2016 for his outstanding achievements as a student-athlete.

For more information on Carmody MacDonald, visit www.carmodymacdonald.com.

December 24, 2021

Amber James Joins Knoebel Construction as Director of Human Resources

Amber James

Amber James, PHR of O’Fallon, MO, has joined Knoebel Construction as Director of Human Resources. She is responsible for developing and administering strategic Human Resource Management programs, policies, and procedures that are designed to develop employee contributions to company goals and objectives while creating a positive environment through effective employee-employer relationships. 

Amber James brings eight years as a strategic Human Resources professional focused on improving the employee experience by personalizing each stage of the employee life cycle. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Technical Management from DeVry University and received her Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification through the HR Certificate Institute (HRCI).

Knoebel Construction, Inc. is a national general contractor specializing in retail center, multi-use, restaurant, grocery, healthcare and retail store construction. Projects range from major regional shopping centers to local restaurants. Celebrating its 40-year anniversary in 2021, Knoebel Construction provides full-service development and general contracting services to real estate development firms, independent restaurant and retail owners, and retailers. For more information, visit www.knoebelconstruction.com or call (636) 326-4100.

Kadean Construction Adds Three New Professionals to St. Louis Headquarters

Kadean Construction has added three professionals in the design-build contractor’s St. Louis headquarters, including a newly created human resources position, to support the company’s continued growth.  Ryan Grass has joined Kadean as Project Manager, Jacob Davis as Senior Project Engineer and Sarah Farias as Human Resources Administrator.  Kadean also added three additional professionals in its Kansas City office and was recently ranked the 12th fastest growing company between 2018 and 2020 by the St. Louis Business Journal.

Ryan Grass

Grass will be responsible for all aspects of a project and has provided project engineering and management working on large scale projects around the country. He has ten years of professional experience and holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Missouri – Columbia.

Jacob Davis

Davis will assist in preconstruction efforts to secure new clients for Kadean.  He has five years of professional experience and holds a BS in Construction & Project Management from Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville.

Sarah Farias

Farias will focus on hiring talented new people and fills a new position created at Kadean due to the company’s continued growth.  She holds a BA in Communications and Advertising from Universidade Salgado de Oliveria in Recife, Brazil. 

ABOUT KADEAN

Kadean Construction is a 58-year-old design-build focused commercial construction company specializing in pre-construction, construction management and general contracting services at the local, regional and national level in the industrial, healthcare, multifamily, cannabis, science & technology, institutional, food & beverage and commercial markets.  For more information, visit www.kadean.com

Brinkmann Constructors Hires Samantha Cook as Chief Financial Officer

Samantha Cook

Cook brings more than 15 years of experience to the role

Brinkmann Constructors has hired Samantha Cook as Chief Financial Officer. Samantha has more than 15 years of experience in the construction industry managing financial services.

Samantha will be responsible for aligning Brinkmann’s accounting, finance and technology with plans for future growth as well as setting overall financial strategy for the organization.

“Samantha’s knowledge and understanding of the construction industry, coupled with her experience with strategic growth and financial planning, make her the perfect fit for Brinkmann,” said Brian D. Satterthwaite, President of Brinkmann Constructors.

Prior to joining Brinkmann, Samantha managed more than $4 billion in revenue for a general contractor while developing strategic market and segment analysis forecasts, leading teams to implement technology and change management and directing strategic segmentation of projects to drive revenue and profit.

Samantha was named a 2019 Top Influential Women in Real Estate by the RE Journals and won the 2019 Inclusion Award from SLCCC. She is on the board of directors of NAWIC and is a CREW STL member.

Brinkmann Constructors is a national general contractor offering design/build, design/assist and construction management services to a wide variety of commercial industries, including student housing, senior living, industrial and retail. Visit www.brinkmannconstructors.com or call 636-537-9700 for more information.

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Tarlton Welcomes McCoy to Business Development Team

Tim McCoy

Tarlton Corp, a leading St. Louis-based general contracting and construction management firm, hired Tim McCoy as Director of Business Development.

In his new role on the acquisition team at Tarlton, McCoy brings several years of experience in relationship development, business consulting, merger and acquisition advisory and accounting. A St. Louis native, McCoy attended St. Louis University High School and Saint Louis University and served as an accounting intern at Tarlton during the summers of 2012 and 2013.

McCoy previously served on the management team in the advisory services group at Riveron Consulting, LLC in Dallas, Texas. At Riveron, he spearheaded project strategies and client relationship efforts, managed project budgets and timelines and led teams of associates on mergers, acquisitions and carve-outs for a diverse collection of client sizes and sectors, which included construction, technology, manufacturing and distribution, health care systems and oil and gas. In addition, he provided deal-structure consulting and post-transaction strategic planning.

From 2016 to 2019, McCoy served as senior analyst on the Business Advisory Services team at RubinBrown in Clayton, Missouri, where he primarily advised on middle-market mergers, acquisitions, and carve-outs. At the firm, he also collaborated with teams from private-equity firms, investment banks and strategic buyers, developing relationships and performing buy-side and sell-side financial due-diligence for clients across a wide spectrum. In addition to his consulting expertise, he played an integral role in the group’s business development, recruitment and training functions.

 “We are excited about the energy and experience Tim brings to Tarlton,” said Tracy Hart, president, Tarlton Corp. “He is passionate about building in the St. Louis region – both the built environment and the communities living within it – and has continued to create strong connections in the community. Business development encompasses much more than attracting and pursuing work opportunities, and we are excited that Tim is working with us in support of our corporate values.”

McCoy holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration, majoring in finance and accounting, from John Cook School of Business at Saint Louis University.

IMPACT Strategies Adds Kelly Bush as Project Accountant

Kelly Bush

Kelly Bush has joined IMPACT Strategies in Fairview Heights, Illinois as Project Accountant. In this role, Kelly will work closely with project managers and other team members to manage expenses for company projects, ensuring accuracy and timeliness.

Kelly’s background includes 12 years working in the service and manufacturing industry. She holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from McKendree University.

“I’m grateful to have joined the team at IMPACT Strategies,” said Bush. “The firm builds so many exciting projects that benefit the local community. I’m looking forward to putting my accounting skills to great use in support of the firm’s mission.”

A resident of Edwardsville, Illinois, Kelly enjoys motorcycle riding and doing home remodeling projects in her spare time.

Mark Hinrichs, president of IMPACT Strategies, said, “We are thrilled to have Kelly on board. Her in-depth project accounting experience and attention to detail will serve our clients and their projects very well.”

January 14, 2022

S. M. Wilson Virtual Design & Construction Technology Manager Jamie Berzon Rreceives CM-BIM

Jamie Berzon

S. M. Wilson & Co. Virtual Design & Construction (VD&C) Technology Manager Jamie Berzon has received her Certificate of Management-Building Information Modeling (CM-BIM).

The professional accreditation offered by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) denotes Berzon’s knowledge and understanding of concepts related to Building Information Modeling (BIM) adoption, practice and process transformation.

Not just a tech certificate for BIM software and applications, AGC’s CM-BIM program combines the latest information on BIM processes and technologies, step-by-step procedures for integrating BIM into the project delivery process, real-life studies of successful BIM implementation and the practical issues needed when utilizing BIM on a construction project.

As S. M. Wilson’s VD&C Technology Manager, Berzon oversees and manages the company’s Virtual Design & Construction processes. She works directly with project teams to assist in project delivery throughout construction utilizing Building Information Modeling and construction technology.

With her new accreditation, Berzon will also be responsible for managing the firm’s BIM processes for internal and external use including estimating, generating 3D/4D/5D site logistics and site safety plans and models, renderings and animations to illustrate project approach and demonstrate virtual design and construction capabilities during pursuits. In addition, she will oversee BIM/VDC Quality Control which ensures the coordinated BIM models are used by the trades when placing components in the field.

Berzon has been with S. M. Wilson for 24 years, originally joining the firm as a project engineer. She has B.S. in Architecture from the University of Virginia and M.A. in Construction Management from Washington University. She was also recognized in Constructech magazine’s annual Women in Construction List for 2018. S. M. Wilson is a full-service construction management, design/build and general contracting firm with headquarters in St. Louis and offices in Edwardsville, IL and Cape Girardeau, MO. Founded in 1921, S. M. Wilson is dedicated to going above and beyond expectations for their clients by putting people first. The 100% employee-owned company is one of the leading construction management firms in the Midwest. For more information, visit www.smwilson.com. 

January 7, 2022

Oculus Inc. Adds Lilly Touchette to Marketing Team 

Touchette brings social media, marketing skills to firm 

Lilly Touchette

Oculus Inc., a full-service architecture and interior design firm, has added Lilly Touchette as a marketing assistant. Touchette will be based at Oculus’ St. Louis headquarters, but will also assist the marketing needs of the firm’s Dallas and Portland offices, respectively.  

“We would like to welcome Lilly to Oculus Inc.,” said Lisa Bell-Reim, Oculus Inc. president. “She will play an instrumental role in helping our talented marketing team continue to get the word out about the great work we are doing all over the country. Her experience in marketing and social media will be essential in these efforts.”  

In her current role of marketing assistant, Touchette will assist the marketing team in the execution of marketing and business developing endeavors. Prior to Oculus Inc., she worked as the social media community manager for a marketing firm in St. Louis. She also has additional experience with marketing in the construction industry. Touchette is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Journalism with an emphasis in Strategic Communication.   

Oculus Inc. is headquartered in St. Louis and 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. Oculus creates high-performance design that supports change and promotes value for clients in the commercial, education, government, healthcare, hospitality, retail, restaurant and workplace industries. Oculus has offices in St. Louis, Dallas and Portland, Ore., is WBE-certified and is regularly cited in top industry rankings for architecture and design. Oculusinc.com. 

IMPACT Strategies Adds Three New Field Staff Members

Fechte, Liszewski, and Reed expand the firm’s on-site capacity.

IMPACT Strategies’ field staff has grown by three – the firm has added Ron Reed as a Superintendent, and Brett Fechte and Corey Liszewski as Carpenters.

Ron Reed

Ron Reed is a 30+ year construction industry veteran, having worked primarily in residential and multifamily construction as a foreman. In his new position at IMPACT, his responsibilities will consist of all field operations including safety, quality control, daily scheduling of on-site work activities and subcontractor coordination. An avid hockey and football fan, Ron also enjoys off-roading on his ATV or cruising on his motorcycle down the area’s most scenic roads. He and his wife, Susan, live in Collinsville, IL.

Brett Fechte

Brett Fechte holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He joins IMPACT Strategies after more than five years working in exterior/interior carpentry construction. Fechte lives in Troy, Illinois with his wife, Katie.

Corey Liszewski

Corey Liszewski brings nearly three years of experience in carpentry to his new position at the firm. He and his wife live in New Minden, Illinois. In his spare time, Corey enjoys music, target shooting, and all things vehicle related.

Scott Manning, Director of Construction Operations at IMPACT Strategies said, “We are thrilled to have Ron, Brett, and Corey on board. Their varied experience and backgrounds add depth to the already robust teams at each jobsite. We’re pleased to welcome all three of them to the IMPACT Strategies family.”

Castle Contracting Promotes Tanner Bunch and Charles Danner to Senior Project Engineer

Castle Contracting, LLC has promoted Tanner Bunch and Charles Danner from Project Engineer to Senior Project Engineer.

In their new roles, both will take on greater project management responsibilities and expand their leadership capabilities.

Bunch began his Castle career as an intern in 2016 and joined the company full-time as Project Engineer in 2019. A member of Castle’s MEP/Utility team, he estimates and manages a variety of civil electrical projects.

Bunch earned a bachelor’s degree in construction management from Missouri State University in Springfield, Mo. He also serves as a member of the Advisory Council for the State Technical College of Missouri in Linn, Mo.

Danner joined Castle in 2018 as Project Engineer on the Estimating team. He currently coordinates civil sitework on the Next NGA West campus under construction in north St. Louis city.

Danner earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering technologies from the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Mo. He’s a member of the Young Executives of SITE Improvement Association, an independent construction contractor group representing more than 220 contractors and businesses. Danner previously served in the U.S. Air Force.

“Both Tanner and Charlie are essential members of the Castle team, and these promotions recognize their diligence, professional growth and leadership potential,” said Castle Vice President of Operations Michael Pranger.

AGC of Missouri Names 2022 Leadership

Branco Enterprises, Inc.’s Sean Thouvenot to Lead Statewide Organization

Sean Thouvenot

The Associated General Contractors of Missouri (AGCMO) announced its 2022 officers and board of directors for the statewide association representing contractors and suppliers in 110 counties throughout Missouri.

Sean Thouvenot, vice president of Branco Enterprises, Inc. has been elected chairman of the board.  Branco Enterprises, Inc., with offices in Neosho and Springfield, MO, was founded in 1933 as Branham Construction and has grown to be a leading provider of general contracting, design build and construction management services in the four state region. Branco Enterprises, Inc. has been a member of AGC since 1986 and Thouvenot has served on the AGC of Missouri board since the merger with AGC of St. Louis in 2015. 

Other AGC of Missouri officers for 2022 are: chairman-elect of the board – Tom Huster, KCI Construction Company; secretary/treasurer – Andy Ernst, Pace Construction Company; and immediate past chair – Scott Drury, Bloomsdale Excavating Co., Inc.  Also serving on the 2022 board of directors are highway & transportation division chair – Steve Bubanovich, H. R. Quadri Contractors, LLC; building division chair –Michael Kennedy, Jr., KAI Enterprises; and Steve Sellenriek of Sellenriek Construction, Inc. who recently was elected chair of AGCMO’s new utility infrastructure division. 

Serving on the board as directors representing contractor members are Doug Fronick, APAC-Central, Inc.; Mike Rallo, Jr., PARIC Corporation; Earl Ming, Alberici Constructors, Inc.; Mike Luth, Fred M. Luth & Sons, Inc.; and Kyle Phillips, Herzog Contracting Corp.

Jeff Montgomery of IWR North America also will serve as a director, representing specialty contractors, while Nalini S. Mahadevan of MLO Law LCC will serve as director, representing supplier/service providers. Collin Greene of Wright Construction Services, Inc. will serve ex-officio, representing the Construction Leadership Council. John LoBello of Travelers will serve ex-officio, representing the Young Executives Club.

The Associated General Contractors of Missouri (AGCMO) represents the united voice of the construction industry throughout the state of Missouri. AGC of Missouri represents nearly 550 commercial, industrial, heavy and highway contractors, industry partners and related firms in 110 counties across the state of Missouri. AGCMO operates offices in St. Louis, Jefferson City and Springfield. Visit: www.agcmo.org

Kyle McKenna to Lead the St. Louis Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) As Executive Vice President

Kyle McKenna

The St. Louis Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) has named Kyle McKenna its new executive vice president.  NECA represents more than 150 electrical and communications contractors located in eastern Missouri.  All NECA contractors are signatory to collective bargaining agreements with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW).  NECA partners with IBEW Local 1 to form the Electrical Connection.  McKenna succeeds Douglas R. Martin, who has led NECA for more than 40 years.

A labor and employment attorney, McKenna has served as assistant executive director of NECA for the past two years. He will be responsible for negotiation and administration of collective bargaining agreements with three local unions of the IBEW, under which approximately 5,000 electricians and communication technicians are employed.  He will also serve as a management trustee on multi-employer health, pension, and other employee benefit funds.  In addition, McKenna will coordinate education, marketing, and public relations programs for member contractors and serve as a spokesman before governmental agencies in connection with legislation impacting the electrical and communication contracting industry. 

McKenna earned his law degree from Saint Louis University School of Law and has a degree in political science from the University of Missouri-Columbia.  He has previously served as a labor and employment attorney with Armstrong Teasdale, LLC and as a field attorney for the National Labor Relations Board. 

Like its IBEW partner, NECA can trace its roots to the first commercial use of electricity.  NECA was founded in 1901, 10 years after IBEW Local 1 in St. Louis founded the first electrical union in 1891.  The St. Louis Chapter NECA received its charter in 1940 and with the IBEW, established the IBEW/NECA Electrical Industry Training Center the following year, pioneering apprenticeship training in Missouri for the electrical and communications industry. Together, NECA and IBEW Local 1 have trained more highly skilled and safe electricians and communication technicians than any other education program in the state. Learn more about NECA at www.stlneca.org.

The Electrical Connection IBEW/NECA partnership markets member skills and safety, invests in workforce development, develops strategic business and education partnerships, fortifies STEM education, and develops IBEW/NECA as a valuable resource to meet Missouri’s future energy and technology needs. Sixteen Electrical Connection-member contractors are among the 17 largest electrical contractors in the region ranked annually by the St. Louis Business Journal.  Learn more at www.electricalconnection.org.

December 31, 2021

In Memoriam:

Donald R. Carmody, Co-Founder and Principal of Carmody MacDonald P.C., Remembered

Donald R. Carmody

Donald R. Carmody, founder and long-time principal at St. Louis-based law firm Carmody MacDonald P.C., died peacefully on December 19, 2021, from cancer. He was 79 years old. Don is survived by his wife Pat, three sons, three grandchildren, and countless close personal friends.

“We are deeply saddened by Don’s passing. He will be greatly missed by everyone at our firm as well as his many friends and clients,” said Jerry Carmody, Don’s brother and law partner. “In addition to being a great lawyer and mentor, Don built the firm by cultivating personal relationships and forming lasting friendships. He greatly influenced the culture of unity and dedication to excellence that is the core of our firm’s identity today.”

Don founded Carmody MacDonald in 1981 with Leo MacDonald, Sr., Jack Hilton, and Tim Wolf.  Since its founding, and with Don’s leadership, the firm has grown to become one of the largest single-office law firms in St. Louis with 85 employees, including 55 attorneys.

            Don received his Bachelor of Science degree from Spring Hill College in 1964 and his law degree in 1967 from the University of Missouri – Columbia. He concentrated his practice in business law, banking and finance, and real estate.  He served as lead counsel in many complicated real estate transactions and was the lead litigator in a variety of trial and appellate court cases. For over a decade, Don appeared on the list of Best Lawyers in America and in 2018 he received the inaugural ICON Award from Missouri Lawyers Weekly in recognition of his exemplary career and longstanding commitment to the Missouri legal community.

Don served as vice chairman of a Missouri banking corporation and was a Past Chairman of the Bar Association’s Legal Issues Affecting the Disabled Committee. In the early 1980s, he received the St. Louis Grand Jury Good Citizenship Award for assisting police in apprehending a hit-and-run drunk driver who had struck a pedestrian.

He had a passion for serving his church and for helping families.  He served as an Ambassador with St. Louis Healthy Families and as a board member of the Missouri Family Policy Council.  Don was also a member and Past President of Legatus, an international association of high-level Catholic business leaders and laypersons exploring the intersection of faith and business as they live their Catholic identity. 

Outside of law and serving the community, he was honored to be inducted into the Chaminade College Preparatory School Sports Hall of Fame in 2016 for his outstanding achievements as a student-athlete.

For more information on Carmody MacDonald, visit www.carmodymacdonald.com.

December 24, 2021

Amber James Joins Knoebel Construction as Director of Human Resources

Amber James

Amber James, PHR of O’Fallon, MO, has joined Knoebel Construction as Director of Human Resources. She is responsible for developing and administering strategic Human Resource Management programs, policies, and procedures that are designed to develop employee contributions to company goals and objectives while creating a positive environment through effective employee-employer relationships. 

Amber James brings eight years as a strategic Human Resources professional focused on improving the employee experience by personalizing each stage of the employee life cycle. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Technical Management from DeVry University and received her Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification through the HR Certificate Institute (HRCI).

Knoebel Construction, Inc. is a national general contractor specializing in retail center, multi-use, restaurant, grocery, healthcare and retail store construction. Projects range from major regional shopping centers to local restaurants. Celebrating its 40-year anniversary in 2021, Knoebel Construction provides full-service development and general contracting services to real estate development firms, independent restaurant and retail owners, and retailers. For more information, visit www.knoebelconstruction.com or call (636) 326-4100.

Kadean Construction Adds Three New Professionals to St. Louis Headquarters

Kadean Construction has added three professionals in the design-build contractor’s St. Louis headquarters, including a newly created human resources position, to support the company’s continued growth.  Ryan Grass has joined Kadean as Project Manager, Jacob Davis as Senior Project Engineer and Sarah Farias as Human Resources Administrator.  Kadean also added three additional professionals in its Kansas City office and was recently ranked the 12th fastest growing company between 2018 and 2020 by the St. Louis Business Journal.

Ryan Grass

Grass will be responsible for all aspects of a project and has provided project engineering and management working on large scale projects around the country. He has ten years of professional experience and holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Missouri – Columbia.

Jacob Davis

Davis will assist in preconstruction efforts to secure new clients for Kadean.  He has five years of professional experience and holds a BS in Construction & Project Management from Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville.

Sarah Farias

Farias will focus on hiring talented new people and fills a new position created at Kadean due to the company’s continued growth.  She holds a BA in Communications and Advertising from Universidade Salgado de Oliveria in Recife, Brazil. 

ABOUT KADEAN

Kadean Construction is a 58-year-old design-build focused commercial construction company specializing in pre-construction, construction management and general contracting services at the local, regional and national level in the industrial, healthcare, multifamily, cannabis, science & technology, institutional, food & beverage and commercial markets.  For more information, visit www.kadean.com

Brinkmann Constructors Hires Samantha Cook as Chief Financial Officer

Samantha Cook

Cook brings more than 15 years of experience to the role

Brinkmann Constructors has hired Samantha Cook as Chief Financial Officer. Samantha has more than 15 years of experience in the construction industry managing financial services.

Samantha will be responsible for aligning Brinkmann’s accounting, finance and technology with plans for future growth as well as setting overall financial strategy for the organization.

“Samantha’s knowledge and understanding of the construction industry, coupled with her experience with strategic growth and financial planning, make her the perfect fit for Brinkmann,” said Brian D. Satterthwaite, President of Brinkmann Constructors.

Prior to joining Brinkmann, Samantha managed more than $4 billion in revenue for a general contractor while developing strategic market and segment analysis forecasts, leading teams to implement technology and change management and directing strategic segmentation of projects to drive revenue and profit.

Samantha was named a 2019 Top Influential Women in Real Estate by the RE Journals and won the 2019 Inclusion Award from SLCCC. She is on the board of directors of NAWIC and is a CREW STL member.

Brinkmann Constructors is a national general contractor offering design/build, design/assist and construction management services to a wide variety of commercial industries, including student housing, senior living, industrial and retail. Visit www.brinkmannconstructors.com or call 636-537-9700 for more information.

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S. M. Wilson Virtual Design & Construction Technology Manager Jamie Berzon Rreceives CM-BIM

Jamie Berzon

S. M. Wilson & Co. Virtual Design & Construction (VD&C) Technology Manager Jamie Berzon has received her Certificate of Management-Building Information Modeling (CM-BIM).

The professional accreditation offered by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) denotes Berzon’s knowledge and understanding of concepts related to Building Information Modeling (BIM) adoption, practice and process transformation.

Not just a tech certificate for BIM software and applications, AGC’s CM-BIM program combines the latest information on BIM processes and technologies, step-by-step procedures for integrating BIM into the project delivery process, real-life studies of successful BIM implementation and the practical issues needed when utilizing BIM on a construction project.

As S. M. Wilson’s VD&C Technology Manager, Berzon oversees and manages the company’s Virtual Design & Construction processes. She works directly with project teams to assist in project delivery throughout construction utilizing Building Information Modeling and construction technology.

With her new accreditation, Berzon will also be responsible for managing the firm’s BIM processes for internal and external use including estimating, generating 3D/4D/5D site logistics and site safety plans and models, renderings and animations to illustrate project approach and demonstrate virtual design and construction capabilities during pursuits. In addition, she will oversee BIM/VDC Quality Control which ensures the coordinated BIM models are used by the trades when placing components in the field.

Berzon has been with S. M. Wilson for 24 years, originally joining the firm as a project engineer. She has B.S. in Architecture from the University of Virginia and M.A. in Construction Management from Washington University. She was also recognized in Constructech magazine’s annual Women in Construction List for 2018. S. M. Wilson is a full-service construction management, design/build and general contracting firm with headquarters in St. Louis and offices in Edwardsville, IL and Cape Girardeau, MO. Founded in 1921, S. M. Wilson is dedicated to going above and beyond expectations for their clients by putting people first. The 100% employee-owned company is one of the leading construction management firms in the Midwest. For more information, visit www.smwilson.com. 

January 7, 2022

Oculus Inc. Adds Lilly Touchette to Marketing Team 

Touchette brings social media, marketing skills to firm 

Lilly Touchette

Oculus Inc., a full-service architecture and interior design firm, has added Lilly Touchette as a marketing assistant. Touchette will be based at Oculus’ St. Louis headquarters, but will also assist the marketing needs of the firm’s Dallas and Portland offices, respectively.  

“We would like to welcome Lilly to Oculus Inc.,” said Lisa Bell-Reim, Oculus Inc. president. “She will play an instrumental role in helping our talented marketing team continue to get the word out about the great work we are doing all over the country. Her experience in marketing and social media will be essential in these efforts.”  

In her current role of marketing assistant, Touchette will assist the marketing team in the execution of marketing and business developing endeavors. Prior to Oculus Inc., she worked as the social media community manager for a marketing firm in St. Louis. She also has additional experience with marketing in the construction industry. Touchette is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Journalism with an emphasis in Strategic Communication.   

Oculus Inc. is headquartered in St. Louis and 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. Oculus creates high-performance design that supports change and promotes value for clients in the commercial, education, government, healthcare, hospitality, retail, restaurant and workplace industries. Oculus has offices in St. Louis, Dallas and Portland, Ore., is WBE-certified and is regularly cited in top industry rankings for architecture and design. Oculusinc.com. 

IMPACT Strategies Adds Three New Field Staff Members

Fechte, Liszewski, and Reed expand the firm’s on-site capacity.

IMPACT Strategies’ field staff has grown by three – the firm has added Ron Reed as a Superintendent, and Brett Fechte and Corey Liszewski as Carpenters.

Ron Reed

Ron Reed is a 30+ year construction industry veteran, having worked primarily in residential and multifamily construction as a foreman. In his new position at IMPACT, his responsibilities will consist of all field operations including safety, quality control, daily scheduling of on-site work activities and subcontractor coordination. An avid hockey and football fan, Ron also enjoys off-roading on his ATV or cruising on his motorcycle down the area’s most scenic roads. He and his wife, Susan, live in Collinsville, IL.

Brett Fechte

Brett Fechte holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He joins IMPACT Strategies after more than five years working in exterior/interior carpentry construction. Fechte lives in Troy, Illinois with his wife, Katie.

Corey Liszewski

Corey Liszewski brings nearly three years of experience in carpentry to his new position at the firm. He and his wife live in New Minden, Illinois. In his spare time, Corey enjoys music, target shooting, and all things vehicle related.

Scott Manning, Director of Construction Operations at IMPACT Strategies said, “We are thrilled to have Ron, Brett, and Corey on board. Their varied experience and backgrounds add depth to the already robust teams at each jobsite. We’re pleased to welcome all three of them to the IMPACT Strategies family.”

Castle Contracting Promotes Tanner Bunch and Charles Danner to Senior Project Engineer

Castle Contracting, LLC has promoted Tanner Bunch and Charles Danner from Project Engineer to Senior Project Engineer.

In their new roles, both will take on greater project management responsibilities and expand their leadership capabilities.

Bunch began his Castle career as an intern in 2016 and joined the company full-time as Project Engineer in 2019. A member of Castle’s MEP/Utility team, he estimates and manages a variety of civil electrical projects.

Bunch earned a bachelor’s degree in construction management from Missouri State University in Springfield, Mo. He also serves as a member of the Advisory Council for the State Technical College of Missouri in Linn, Mo.

Danner joined Castle in 2018 as Project Engineer on the Estimating team. He currently coordinates civil sitework on the Next NGA West campus under construction in north St. Louis city.

Danner earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering technologies from the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Mo. He’s a member of the Young Executives of SITE Improvement Association, an independent construction contractor group representing more than 220 contractors and businesses. Danner previously served in the U.S. Air Force.

“Both Tanner and Charlie are essential members of the Castle team, and these promotions recognize their diligence, professional growth and leadership potential,” said Castle Vice President of Operations Michael Pranger.

AGC of Missouri Names 2022 Leadership

Branco Enterprises, Inc.’s Sean Thouvenot to Lead Statewide Organization

Sean Thouvenot

The Associated General Contractors of Missouri (AGCMO) announced its 2022 officers and board of directors for the statewide association representing contractors and suppliers in 110 counties throughout Missouri.

Sean Thouvenot, vice president of Branco Enterprises, Inc. has been elected chairman of the board.  Branco Enterprises, Inc., with offices in Neosho and Springfield, MO, was founded in 1933 as Branham Construction and has grown to be a leading provider of general contracting, design build and construction management services in the four state region. Branco Enterprises, Inc. has been a member of AGC since 1986 and Thouvenot has served on the AGC of Missouri board since the merger with AGC of St. Louis in 2015. 

Other AGC of Missouri officers for 2022 are: chairman-elect of the board – Tom Huster, KCI Construction Company; secretary/treasurer – Andy Ernst, Pace Construction Company; and immediate past chair – Scott Drury, Bloomsdale Excavating Co., Inc.  Also serving on the 2022 board of directors are highway & transportation division chair – Steve Bubanovich, H. R. Quadri Contractors, LLC; building division chair –Michael Kennedy, Jr., KAI Enterprises; and Steve Sellenriek of Sellenriek Construction, Inc. who recently was elected chair of AGCMO’s new utility infrastructure division. 

Serving on the board as directors representing contractor members are Doug Fronick, APAC-Central, Inc.; Mike Rallo, Jr., PARIC Corporation; Earl Ming, Alberici Constructors, Inc.; Mike Luth, Fred M. Luth & Sons, Inc.; and Kyle Phillips, Herzog Contracting Corp.

Jeff Montgomery of IWR North America also will serve as a director, representing specialty contractors, while Nalini S. Mahadevan of MLO Law LCC will serve as director, representing supplier/service providers. Collin Greene of Wright Construction Services, Inc. will serve ex-officio, representing the Construction Leadership Council. John LoBello of Travelers will serve ex-officio, representing the Young Executives Club.

The Associated General Contractors of Missouri (AGCMO) represents the united voice of the construction industry throughout the state of Missouri. AGC of Missouri represents nearly 550 commercial, industrial, heavy and highway contractors, industry partners and related firms in 110 counties across the state of Missouri. AGCMO operates offices in St. Louis, Jefferson City and Springfield. Visit: www.agcmo.org

Kyle McKenna to Lead the St. Louis Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) As Executive Vice President

Kyle McKenna

The St. Louis Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) has named Kyle McKenna its new executive vice president.  NECA represents more than 150 electrical and communications contractors located in eastern Missouri.  All NECA contractors are signatory to collective bargaining agreements with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW).  NECA partners with IBEW Local 1 to form the Electrical Connection.  McKenna succeeds Douglas R. Martin, who has led NECA for more than 40 years.

A labor and employment attorney, McKenna has served as assistant executive director of NECA for the past two years. He will be responsible for negotiation and administration of collective bargaining agreements with three local unions of the IBEW, under which approximately 5,000 electricians and communication technicians are employed.  He will also serve as a management trustee on multi-employer health, pension, and other employee benefit funds.  In addition, McKenna will coordinate education, marketing, and public relations programs for member contractors and serve as a spokesman before governmental agencies in connection with legislation impacting the electrical and communication contracting industry. 

McKenna earned his law degree from Saint Louis University School of Law and has a degree in political science from the University of Missouri-Columbia.  He has previously served as a labor and employment attorney with Armstrong Teasdale, LLC and as a field attorney for the National Labor Relations Board. 

Like its IBEW partner, NECA can trace its roots to the first commercial use of electricity.  NECA was founded in 1901, 10 years after IBEW Local 1 in St. Louis founded the first electrical union in 1891.  The St. Louis Chapter NECA received its charter in 1940 and with the IBEW, established the IBEW/NECA Electrical Industry Training Center the following year, pioneering apprenticeship training in Missouri for the electrical and communications industry. Together, NECA and IBEW Local 1 have trained more highly skilled and safe electricians and communication technicians than any other education program in the state. Learn more about NECA at www.stlneca.org.

The Electrical Connection IBEW/NECA partnership markets member skills and safety, invests in workforce development, develops strategic business and education partnerships, fortifies STEM education, and develops IBEW/NECA as a valuable resource to meet Missouri’s future energy and technology needs. Sixteen Electrical Connection-member contractors are among the 17 largest electrical contractors in the region ranked annually by the St. Louis Business Journal.  Learn more at www.electricalconnection.org.

December 31, 2021

In Memoriam:

Donald R. Carmody, Co-Founder and Principal of Carmody MacDonald P.C., Remembered

Donald R. Carmody

Donald R. Carmody, founder and long-time principal at St. Louis-based law firm Carmody MacDonald P.C., died peacefully on December 19, 2021, from cancer. He was 79 years old. Don is survived by his wife Pat, three sons, three grandchildren, and countless close personal friends.

“We are deeply saddened by Don’s passing. He will be greatly missed by everyone at our firm as well as his many friends and clients,” said Jerry Carmody, Don’s brother and law partner. “In addition to being a great lawyer and mentor, Don built the firm by cultivating personal relationships and forming lasting friendships. He greatly influenced the culture of unity and dedication to excellence that is the core of our firm’s identity today.”

Don founded Carmody MacDonald in 1981 with Leo MacDonald, Sr., Jack Hilton, and Tim Wolf.  Since its founding, and with Don’s leadership, the firm has grown to become one of the largest single-office law firms in St. Louis with 85 employees, including 55 attorneys.

            Don received his Bachelor of Science degree from Spring Hill College in 1964 and his law degree in 1967 from the University of Missouri – Columbia. He concentrated his practice in business law, banking and finance, and real estate.  He served as lead counsel in many complicated real estate transactions and was the lead litigator in a variety of trial and appellate court cases. For over a decade, Don appeared on the list of Best Lawyers in America and in 2018 he received the inaugural ICON Award from Missouri Lawyers Weekly in recognition of his exemplary career and longstanding commitment to the Missouri legal community.

Don served as vice chairman of a Missouri banking corporation and was a Past Chairman of the Bar Association’s Legal Issues Affecting the Disabled Committee. In the early 1980s, he received the St. Louis Grand Jury Good Citizenship Award for assisting police in apprehending a hit-and-run drunk driver who had struck a pedestrian.

He had a passion for serving his church and for helping families.  He served as an Ambassador with St. Louis Healthy Families and as a board member of the Missouri Family Policy Council.  Don was also a member and Past President of Legatus, an international association of high-level Catholic business leaders and laypersons exploring the intersection of faith and business as they live their Catholic identity. 

Outside of law and serving the community, he was honored to be inducted into the Chaminade College Preparatory School Sports Hall of Fame in 2016 for his outstanding achievements as a student-athlete.

For more information on Carmody MacDonald, visit www.carmodymacdonald.com.

December 24, 2021

Amber James Joins Knoebel Construction as Director of Human Resources

Amber James

Amber James, PHR of O’Fallon, MO, has joined Knoebel Construction as Director of Human Resources. She is responsible for developing and administering strategic Human Resource Management programs, policies, and procedures that are designed to develop employee contributions to company goals and objectives while creating a positive environment through effective employee-employer relationships. 

Amber James brings eight years as a strategic Human Resources professional focused on improving the employee experience by personalizing each stage of the employee life cycle. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Technical Management from DeVry University and received her Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification through the HR Certificate Institute (HRCI).

Knoebel Construction, Inc. is a national general contractor specializing in retail center, multi-use, restaurant, grocery, healthcare and retail store construction. Projects range from major regional shopping centers to local restaurants. Celebrating its 40-year anniversary in 2021, Knoebel Construction provides full-service development and general contracting services to real estate development firms, independent restaurant and retail owners, and retailers. For more information, visit www.knoebelconstruction.com or call (636) 326-4100.

Kadean Construction Adds Three New Professionals to St. Louis Headquarters

Kadean Construction has added three professionals in the design-build contractor’s St. Louis headquarters, including a newly created human resources position, to support the company’s continued growth.  Ryan Grass has joined Kadean as Project Manager, Jacob Davis as Senior Project Engineer and Sarah Farias as Human Resources Administrator.  Kadean also added three additional professionals in its Kansas City office and was recently ranked the 12th fastest growing company between 2018 and 2020 by the St. Louis Business Journal.

Ryan Grass

Grass will be responsible for all aspects of a project and has provided project engineering and management working on large scale projects around the country. He has ten years of professional experience and holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Missouri – Columbia.

Jacob Davis

Davis will assist in preconstruction efforts to secure new clients for Kadean.  He has five years of professional experience and holds a BS in Construction & Project Management from Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville.

Sarah Farias

Farias will focus on hiring talented new people and fills a new position created at Kadean due to the company’s continued growth.  She holds a BA in Communications and Advertising from Universidade Salgado de Oliveria in Recife, Brazil. 

ABOUT KADEAN

Kadean Construction is a 58-year-old design-build focused commercial construction company specializing in pre-construction, construction management and general contracting services at the local, regional and national level in the industrial, healthcare, multifamily, cannabis, science & technology, institutional, food & beverage and commercial markets.  For more information, visit www.kadean.com

Brinkmann Constructors Hires Samantha Cook as Chief Financial Officer

Samantha Cook

Cook brings more than 15 years of experience to the role

Brinkmann Constructors has hired Samantha Cook as Chief Financial Officer. Samantha has more than 15 years of experience in the construction industry managing financial services.

Samantha will be responsible for aligning Brinkmann’s accounting, finance and technology with plans for future growth as well as setting overall financial strategy for the organization.

“Samantha’s knowledge and understanding of the construction industry, coupled with her experience with strategic growth and financial planning, make her the perfect fit for Brinkmann,” said Brian D. Satterthwaite, President of Brinkmann Constructors.

Prior to joining Brinkmann, Samantha managed more than $4 billion in revenue for a general contractor while developing strategic market and segment analysis forecasts, leading teams to implement technology and change management and directing strategic segmentation of projects to drive revenue and profit.

Samantha was named a 2019 Top Influential Women in Real Estate by the RE Journals and won the 2019 Inclusion Award from SLCCC. She is on the board of directors of NAWIC and is a CREW STL member.

Brinkmann Constructors is a national general contractor offering design/build, design/assist and construction management services to a wide variety of commercial industries, including student housing, senior living, industrial and retail. Visit www.brinkmannconstructors.com or call 636-537-9700 for more information.

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Oculus Inc. Adds Lilly Touchette to Marketing Team 

Touchette brings social media, marketing skills to firm 

Lilly Touchette

Oculus Inc., a full-service architecture and interior design firm, has added Lilly Touchette as a marketing assistant. Touchette will be based at Oculus’ St. Louis headquarters, but will also assist the marketing needs of the firm’s Dallas and Portland offices, respectively.  

“We would like to welcome Lilly to Oculus Inc.,” said Lisa Bell-Reim, Oculus Inc. president. “She will play an instrumental role in helping our talented marketing team continue to get the word out about the great work we are doing all over the country. Her experience in marketing and social media will be essential in these efforts.”  

In her current role of marketing assistant, Touchette will assist the marketing team in the execution of marketing and business developing endeavors. Prior to Oculus Inc., she worked as the social media community manager for a marketing firm in St. Louis. She also has additional experience with marketing in the construction industry. Touchette is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Journalism with an emphasis in Strategic Communication.   

Oculus Inc. is headquartered in St. Louis and 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. Oculus creates high-performance design that supports change and promotes value for clients in the commercial, education, government, healthcare, hospitality, retail, restaurant and workplace industries. Oculus has offices in St. Louis, Dallas and Portland, Ore., is WBE-certified and is regularly cited in top industry rankings for architecture and design. Oculusinc.com. 

IMPACT Strategies Adds Three New Field Staff Members

Fechte, Liszewski, and Reed expand the firm’s on-site capacity.

IMPACT Strategies’ field staff has grown by three – the firm has added Ron Reed as a Superintendent, and Brett Fechte and Corey Liszewski as Carpenters.

Ron Reed

Ron Reed is a 30+ year construction industry veteran, having worked primarily in residential and multifamily construction as a foreman. In his new position at IMPACT, his responsibilities will consist of all field operations including safety, quality control, daily scheduling of on-site work activities and subcontractor coordination. An avid hockey and football fan, Ron also enjoys off-roading on his ATV or cruising on his motorcycle down the area’s most scenic roads. He and his wife, Susan, live in Collinsville, IL.

Brett Fechte

Brett Fechte holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He joins IMPACT Strategies after more than five years working in exterior/interior carpentry construction. Fechte lives in Troy, Illinois with his wife, Katie.

Corey Liszewski

Corey Liszewski brings nearly three years of experience in carpentry to his new position at the firm. He and his wife live in New Minden, Illinois. In his spare time, Corey enjoys music, target shooting, and all things vehicle related.

Scott Manning, Director of Construction Operations at IMPACT Strategies said, “We are thrilled to have Ron, Brett, and Corey on board. Their varied experience and backgrounds add depth to the already robust teams at each jobsite. We’re pleased to welcome all three of them to the IMPACT Strategies family.”

Castle Contracting Promotes Tanner Bunch and Charles Danner to Senior Project Engineer

Castle Contracting, LLC has promoted Tanner Bunch and Charles Danner from Project Engineer to Senior Project Engineer.

In their new roles, both will take on greater project management responsibilities and expand their leadership capabilities.

Bunch began his Castle career as an intern in 2016 and joined the company full-time as Project Engineer in 2019. A member of Castle’s MEP/Utility team, he estimates and manages a variety of civil electrical projects.

Bunch earned a bachelor’s degree in construction management from Missouri State University in Springfield, Mo. He also serves as a member of the Advisory Council for the State Technical College of Missouri in Linn, Mo.

Danner joined Castle in 2018 as Project Engineer on the Estimating team. He currently coordinates civil sitework on the Next NGA West campus under construction in north St. Louis city.

Danner earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering technologies from the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Mo. He’s a member of the Young Executives of SITE Improvement Association, an independent construction contractor group representing more than 220 contractors and businesses. Danner previously served in the U.S. Air Force.

“Both Tanner and Charlie are essential members of the Castle team, and these promotions recognize their diligence, professional growth and leadership potential,” said Castle Vice President of Operations Michael Pranger.

AGC of Missouri Names 2022 Leadership

Branco Enterprises, Inc.’s Sean Thouvenot to Lead Statewide Organization

Sean Thouvenot

The Associated General Contractors of Missouri (AGCMO) announced its 2022 officers and board of directors for the statewide association representing contractors and suppliers in 110 counties throughout Missouri.

Sean Thouvenot, vice president of Branco Enterprises, Inc. has been elected chairman of the board.  Branco Enterprises, Inc., with offices in Neosho and Springfield, MO, was founded in 1933 as Branham Construction and has grown to be a leading provider of general contracting, design build and construction management services in the four state region. Branco Enterprises, Inc. has been a member of AGC since 1986 and Thouvenot has served on the AGC of Missouri board since the merger with AGC of St. Louis in 2015. 

Other AGC of Missouri officers for 2022 are: chairman-elect of the board – Tom Huster, KCI Construction Company; secretary/treasurer – Andy Ernst, Pace Construction Company; and immediate past chair – Scott Drury, Bloomsdale Excavating Co., Inc.  Also serving on the 2022 board of directors are highway & transportation division chair – Steve Bubanovich, H. R. Quadri Contractors, LLC; building division chair –Michael Kennedy, Jr., KAI Enterprises; and Steve Sellenriek of Sellenriek Construction, Inc. who recently was elected chair of AGCMO’s new utility infrastructure division. 

Serving on the board as directors representing contractor members are Doug Fronick, APAC-Central, Inc.; Mike Rallo, Jr., PARIC Corporation; Earl Ming, Alberici Constructors, Inc.; Mike Luth, Fred M. Luth & Sons, Inc.; and Kyle Phillips, Herzog Contracting Corp.

Jeff Montgomery of IWR North America also will serve as a director, representing specialty contractors, while Nalini S. Mahadevan of MLO Law LCC will serve as director, representing supplier/service providers. Collin Greene of Wright Construction Services, Inc. will serve ex-officio, representing the Construction Leadership Council. John LoBello of Travelers will serve ex-officio, representing the Young Executives Club.

The Associated General Contractors of Missouri (AGCMO) represents the united voice of the construction industry throughout the state of Missouri. AGC of Missouri represents nearly 550 commercial, industrial, heavy and highway contractors, industry partners and related firms in 110 counties across the state of Missouri. AGCMO operates offices in St. Louis, Jefferson City and Springfield. Visit: www.agcmo.org

Kyle McKenna to Lead the St. Louis Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) As Executive Vice President

Kyle McKenna

The St. Louis Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) has named Kyle McKenna its new executive vice president.  NECA represents more than 150 electrical and communications contractors located in eastern Missouri.  All NECA contractors are signatory to collective bargaining agreements with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW).  NECA partners with IBEW Local 1 to form the Electrical Connection.  McKenna succeeds Douglas R. Martin, who has led NECA for more than 40 years.

A labor and employment attorney, McKenna has served as assistant executive director of NECA for the past two years. He will be responsible for negotiation and administration of collective bargaining agreements with three local unions of the IBEW, under which approximately 5,000 electricians and communication technicians are employed.  He will also serve as a management trustee on multi-employer health, pension, and other employee benefit funds.  In addition, McKenna will coordinate education, marketing, and public relations programs for member contractors and serve as a spokesman before governmental agencies in connection with legislation impacting the electrical and communication contracting industry. 

McKenna earned his law degree from Saint Louis University School of Law and has a degree in political science from the University of Missouri-Columbia.  He has previously served as a labor and employment attorney with Armstrong Teasdale, LLC and as a field attorney for the National Labor Relations Board. 

Like its IBEW partner, NECA can trace its roots to the first commercial use of electricity.  NECA was founded in 1901, 10 years after IBEW Local 1 in St. Louis founded the first electrical union in 1891.  The St. Louis Chapter NECA received its charter in 1940 and with the IBEW, established the IBEW/NECA Electrical Industry Training Center the following year, pioneering apprenticeship training in Missouri for the electrical and communications industry. Together, NECA and IBEW Local 1 have trained more highly skilled and safe electricians and communication technicians than any other education program in the state. Learn more about NECA at www.stlneca.org.

The Electrical Connection IBEW/NECA partnership markets member skills and safety, invests in workforce development, develops strategic business and education partnerships, fortifies STEM education, and develops IBEW/NECA as a valuable resource to meet Missouri’s future energy and technology needs. Sixteen Electrical Connection-member contractors are among the 17 largest electrical contractors in the region ranked annually by the St. Louis Business Journal.  Learn more at www.electricalconnection.org.

December 31, 2021

In Memoriam:

Donald R. Carmody, Co-Founder and Principal of Carmody MacDonald P.C., Remembered

Donald R. Carmody

Donald R. Carmody, founder and long-time principal at St. Louis-based law firm Carmody MacDonald P.C., died peacefully on December 19, 2021, from cancer. He was 79 years old. Don is survived by his wife Pat, three sons, three grandchildren, and countless close personal friends.

“We are deeply saddened by Don’s passing. He will be greatly missed by everyone at our firm as well as his many friends and clients,” said Jerry Carmody, Don’s brother and law partner. “In addition to being a great lawyer and mentor, Don built the firm by cultivating personal relationships and forming lasting friendships. He greatly influenced the culture of unity and dedication to excellence that is the core of our firm’s identity today.”

Don founded Carmody MacDonald in 1981 with Leo MacDonald, Sr., Jack Hilton, and Tim Wolf.  Since its founding, and with Don’s leadership, the firm has grown to become one of the largest single-office law firms in St. Louis with 85 employees, including 55 attorneys.

            Don received his Bachelor of Science degree from Spring Hill College in 1964 and his law degree in 1967 from the University of Missouri – Columbia. He concentrated his practice in business law, banking and finance, and real estate.  He served as lead counsel in many complicated real estate transactions and was the lead litigator in a variety of trial and appellate court cases. For over a decade, Don appeared on the list of Best Lawyers in America and in 2018 he received the inaugural ICON Award from Missouri Lawyers Weekly in recognition of his exemplary career and longstanding commitment to the Missouri legal community.

Don served as vice chairman of a Missouri banking corporation and was a Past Chairman of the Bar Association’s Legal Issues Affecting the Disabled Committee. In the early 1980s, he received the St. Louis Grand Jury Good Citizenship Award for assisting police in apprehending a hit-and-run drunk driver who had struck a pedestrian.

He had a passion for serving his church and for helping families.  He served as an Ambassador with St. Louis Healthy Families and as a board member of the Missouri Family Policy Council.  Don was also a member and Past President of Legatus, an international association of high-level Catholic business leaders and laypersons exploring the intersection of faith and business as they live their Catholic identity. 

Outside of law and serving the community, he was honored to be inducted into the Chaminade College Preparatory School Sports Hall of Fame in 2016 for his outstanding achievements as a student-athlete.

For more information on Carmody MacDonald, visit www.carmodymacdonald.com.

December 24, 2021

Amber James Joins Knoebel Construction as Director of Human Resources

Amber James

Amber James, PHR of O’Fallon, MO, has joined Knoebel Construction as Director of Human Resources. She is responsible for developing and administering strategic Human Resource Management programs, policies, and procedures that are designed to develop employee contributions to company goals and objectives while creating a positive environment through effective employee-employer relationships. 

Amber James brings eight years as a strategic Human Resources professional focused on improving the employee experience by personalizing each stage of the employee life cycle. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Technical Management from DeVry University and received her Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification through the HR Certificate Institute (HRCI).

Knoebel Construction, Inc. is a national general contractor specializing in retail center, multi-use, restaurant, grocery, healthcare and retail store construction. Projects range from major regional shopping centers to local restaurants. Celebrating its 40-year anniversary in 2021, Knoebel Construction provides full-service development and general contracting services to real estate development firms, independent restaurant and retail owners, and retailers. For more information, visit www.knoebelconstruction.com or call (636) 326-4100.

Kadean Construction Adds Three New Professionals to St. Louis Headquarters

Kadean Construction has added three professionals in the design-build contractor’s St. Louis headquarters, including a newly created human resources position, to support the company’s continued growth.  Ryan Grass has joined Kadean as Project Manager, Jacob Davis as Senior Project Engineer and Sarah Farias as Human Resources Administrator.  Kadean also added three additional professionals in its Kansas City office and was recently ranked the 12th fastest growing company between 2018 and 2020 by the St. Louis Business Journal.

Ryan Grass

Grass will be responsible for all aspects of a project and has provided project engineering and management working on large scale projects around the country. He has ten years of professional experience and holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Missouri – Columbia.

Jacob Davis

Davis will assist in preconstruction efforts to secure new clients for Kadean.  He has five years of professional experience and holds a BS in Construction & Project Management from Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville.

Sarah Farias

Farias will focus on hiring talented new people and fills a new position created at Kadean due to the company’s continued growth.  She holds a BA in Communications and Advertising from Universidade Salgado de Oliveria in Recife, Brazil. 

ABOUT KADEAN

Kadean Construction is a 58-year-old design-build focused commercial construction company specializing in pre-construction, construction management and general contracting services at the local, regional and national level in the industrial, healthcare, multifamily, cannabis, science & technology, institutional, food & beverage and commercial markets.  For more information, visit www.kadean.com

Brinkmann Constructors Hires Samantha Cook as Chief Financial Officer

Samantha Cook

Cook brings more than 15 years of experience to the role

Brinkmann Constructors has hired Samantha Cook as Chief Financial Officer. Samantha has more than 15 years of experience in the construction industry managing financial services.

Samantha will be responsible for aligning Brinkmann’s accounting, finance and technology with plans for future growth as well as setting overall financial strategy for the organization.

“Samantha’s knowledge and understanding of the construction industry, coupled with her experience with strategic growth and financial planning, make her the perfect fit for Brinkmann,” said Brian D. Satterthwaite, President of Brinkmann Constructors.

Prior to joining Brinkmann, Samantha managed more than $4 billion in revenue for a general contractor while developing strategic market and segment analysis forecasts, leading teams to implement technology and change management and directing strategic segmentation of projects to drive revenue and profit.

Samantha was named a 2019 Top Influential Women in Real Estate by the RE Journals and won the 2019 Inclusion Award from SLCCC. She is on the board of directors of NAWIC and is a CREW STL member.

Brinkmann Constructors is a national general contractor offering design/build, design/assist and construction management services to a wide variety of commercial industries, including student housing, senior living, industrial and retail. Visit www.brinkmannconstructors.com or call 636-537-9700 for more information.

December 17, 2021

Mia Rose Holdings Adds Entrepreneur Jim Cook as Principal

Jim Cook

St. Louis-based developer Mia Rose Holdings, led by Tom Kaiman, has added entrepreneur Jim Cook as Principal. Jim Cook is a commercial real estate developer, restaurateur and a private lender that makes investments worldwide. He and his wife Amy are co-owners and partners of several Sugarfire Smokehouse restaurants and are one of the largest franchisees of Imo’s Pizza locations in St. Louis. 

Mia Rose Holdings began partnering with Cook five years ago. Their first project was The Junction in Wentzville, a $60 million mixed-used development. Cook is co-developer of several Mia Rose Holdings mixed-use and multi-family properties currently being built in St. Louis and St. Charles counties, including 44 West Luxury Living in Valley Park, The Prairie in Dardenne Prairie, The Meadows Luxury Living in Lake Saint Louis and The Station in St. Peters. Mia Rose Holdings also is developing multiple luxury apartment communities in Northwest Arkansas. 

“After successfully working together on developments for many years, we are excited to formalize our partnership through Mia Rose Holdings and look forward to delivering Class A developments to the region and other strategic locations in the United States,” said Tom Kaiman, Founding Principal of Mia Rose Holdings, LLC. “The level of trust, commitment and accountability we share in one another is absolutely off of the charts! I couldn’t be prouder to call Jim my partner and more importantly my friend.” 

Cook brings more than 25 years of experience investing in and developing commercial and residential properties as well as franchising and operating restaurants. Cook opened his first Imo’s Pizza franchise in 1993 and now operates seven locations throughout the region. In 2014, he and his partner Matt Martin opened their first Sugarfire Smokehouse in a retail center that Cook owns in Winghaven. The team now own three Sugarfire Smokehouse locations. The popular restaurant began franchising locations in 2014 and there are now 15 restaurants in Missouri, Illinois, Colorado, Texas and Florida. One of Cook’s newest ventures is a startup called Durabox, which sells job-site storage boxes to end users such as construction companies.

“I am very excited about cementing the business relationship moving forward with Mia Rose Holdings and Tom Kaiman. My involvement with Mia Rose Holdings has been a lot of fun so far, and is a great way for me to continue to help and serve others on a bigger scale,” said Cook. “Integrity, compassion and attention to detail is what comes to mind when working with Tom Kaiman and I want to be part of that!” 

Mia Rose Holdings LLC (MRH) is a Chesterfield, MO-based commercial real estate development company that actively acquires and develops real estate to support the needs and vision of local communities. For more information about Mia Rose Holdings, visit www.miaroseholdings.org.

Hank Rohwedder Re-Elected SIBA President

Effective January 1, 2022, Hank Rohwedder, Hank’s Excavating & Landscaping, Inc., Belleville, Illinois was re-elected as President of the Southern Illinois Builders Association.

Other officers for 2022 are:  First Vice President – Jeff Limbaugh, Limbaugh Construction Co., Inc., Granite City, Illinois; Second Vice President – Scott Plocher, Plocher Construction Company, Inc., Highland, Illinois; and Secretary/Treasurer – Richard Boyer, Boyer Fire Protection, St. Louis, Missouri.

Three year Directors elected were:  Lyle Simonton, Subsurface Constructors, Inc., St. Louis, Missouri; Jon Carroll, Poettker Construction Company, Breese, Illinois; and Thomas Cramer, Casper Stolle Quarry, Dupo, Illinois.

SIBA Staff Members:  Donna Richter, Chief Executive Officer; Shannon Partington, Executive Assistant; John Holt, Senior Director of Safety and Education; Shari Schutzenhofer, Administrative Assistant; Stephanie Foster, Administrative Assistant; and Naomi Reyes, Administrative Assistant.

The Southern Illinois Builders Association is a trade association of contractors representing approximately 500 commercial and industrial building, highway and utility construction contractors throughout Southern Illinois.

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