People In St. Louis Construction

Cameron Welch joins McGrath as Project Engineer

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

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

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



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

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

PGAV Destinations Expands Leadership Team Hiring Karen Baker 

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

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

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

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

March 18, 2016

Mike Schwaller Joins Integrated Facility Services (IFS)

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

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

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

Ryan Hesker Joins Murphy Co. as Design-Build Engineer

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

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

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

Jeff Patterson Joins Murphy Co. as Estimator

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

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

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

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

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

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

Joel Maevers Joins Murphy Co. as Project Manager 

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

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

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

Ben Pepin Re-Joins Murphy Company

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

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

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