People On The Move In The Local Construction Industry

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

James Williams II joins Kwame Building Group as Senior Project Manager

James Williams
James Williams, II

James Williams II has joined Kwame Building Group, Inc. (KWAME) as senior project manager. He is responsible for project coordination, budget documentation and project communications, including projects within the $1.6 billion Dallas Independent School District 2015 Bond Program.

Stacy Robben Recognized As A 2016 SMPS Fellow

Stacy Robben
Stacy Robben

SMPS-St. Louis member Stacy Robben, CPSM, LEED AP BD+C, has been recognized by the Society of Marketing Professional Services as one of the 2016 Fellows of the Society.  Stacy serves as Director of Business Development at McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.

SMPS Fellows represent the highest level of experience and leadership in marketing and business development within the design and building industry. Members who have 15 years’ experience as a marketer and/or business developer in the A/E/C industry, have been an active member for 10 of the previous 15 consecutive years, and who have held a current Certified Professional Services Marketer (CPSM) designation for a minimum of five years were eligible to apply for the Fellows Recognition Program

Stacy will serve as a resource at the chapter, regional, and Society levels to provide insight, ideas, programs, and mentoring. SMPS Fellows will be honored during the SMPS Awards Gala on August 11 as part of Build Business, the SMPS annual conference.

“Stacy has been a significant contributor to the growth and success of the St. Louis chapter for many years, and we’re excited to continue benefiting from her marketing leadership and expertise,” says SMPS St. Louis President, Jessica Davila.

KAI Design & Build hires Heros Ghadimi as Senior Project Coordinator

KAI Design & Build has welcomed Heros Ghadimi as Senior Project Coordinator.

Ghadimi has more than 40 years of experience in the AEC (architecture/engineering/construction), and holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Texas at Arlington. Ghadimi is also a certified LEED Green Professional.

“Heros brings a wealth of experience to KAI, especially his expertise in sustainable design,” said Michael B. Kennedy, President of KAI Design & Build.  “With more than four decades of extensive project coordination, we know he will be a valuable addition to our team.”

Ghadimi responsibilities include ensuring the client, staff and subconsultants have access to – and operate from – the correct procedures of activities. Additionally, Ghadimi will lead the KAI project team to success by managing essential interlinking design and drafting components between all project stakeholders including KAI’s affiliate offices. Ghadimi is a Texas native.

KAI Design & Build Welcomes Ashraf Hamad as Senior Project Engineer

Ashraf Hamad has joined KAI Design & Build as Senior Project Engineer.  Hamad, a Project Management Professional certified through the Project Management Institute, brings more than ten years of project management experience to KAI and holds a Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology.

“We are excited to welcome Ashraf Hamad to the KAI family,” said Brian Arnold, Vice President of Construction for KAI Design & Build.  “We know he will be a valuable asset to our team.”

Hamad will serve as a liaison between clients and KAI’s multidisciplined team to ensure the successful execution of construction-related projects and activities. Hamad’s responsibilities will include overseeing the entire lifecycle of a project to ensure compliance with scope, budget and schedule at KAI’s St. Louis and affiliate offices in Texas, Nebraska and Georgia.

KAI Design & Build, founded in 1980, is a MBE-certified design and build firm headquartered in St. Louis with affiliate locations in Atlanta, Omaha, Dallas and San Antonio. 

July 1, 2016

KAI Design & Build hires Jeremy Lammers as Senior Project Manger

Jeremy LammersJeremy Lammers recently joined KAI Design & Build as a Senior Project Manager.

Lammers has more than 12 years of experience in the construction industry, including project management, estimating, and business development.

Lammers holds a Bachelor’s degree in Construction Management from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Lammers is OSHA 30-certified and is a LEED AP Professional certified through the US Green Business Council.

Lammers is active in Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA), SIUe’s CLI Program Board Member, Missouri Society for Healthcare Engineering, St. Louis Council of Construction Consumers and St. Louis Forum Young Leaders.

As Senior Project Manager, Lammers will organize projects from start to finish, and will be responsible for the oversight and management of costs, schedule, and subcontractors on these projects, as well as communication with owners and their stakeholders.

KAI Design & Build Welcomes William G. McCuen Jr. as Design Director

William G. McCuen has joined KAI Design & Build as Design Director.  A registered architect and certified LEED AP Professional through the US Green Business Council, McCuen brings more than thirty years of project management experience to KAI Design & Build and holds a Master’s Degree in Architecture from Washington University, and has participated in continuing education classes at Harvard University.

Prior to joining KAI, McCuen served as principal in large international Architecture/Engineering and Construction (AEC) firms with focus on contextually-sensitive sustainable design and urban development.  He led multicultural implementing teams for the United Nations in Afghanistan and Somalia, and was the Architecture and Project Management Department Manager for an A/E firm in Kuwait.

McCuen plays an active role in the pursuit, implementation and creative direction of projects in all of KAI’s markets and KAI’s St. Louis and affiliate offices in Texas, Nebraska and Georgia. McCuen’s responsibilities include managing the creative design process by working with KAI’s group of professionals to ensure all current designs meet the creative requests of our clients while adhering to the necessary programming and critical requirements.

KAI Design & Build hires Chris Mazurek as Business Development Manager

Chris Mazurek
Chris Mazurek

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

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

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

Mazurek, a native of Boston, Massachusetts and has been a private pilot for over eight years.

ACME Constructors, Inc. Names Jerry Harmon Vice President of Operations

Jerry Harmon
Jerry Harmon

ACME Constructors, Inc. has promoted Jerry Harmon to vice president of operations.  Harmon has more than 20 years of experience in commercial and industrial projects and previously served as a senior project manager for ACME.  ACME specializes in structural steel erection and general construction assignments for large and small customers in 18 states.

In his career, Harmon has served as project manager, superintendent, general foreman and foreman on many industrial and commercial projects for large and small businesses. Among the companies he has served are Anheuser-Busch InBev, Monsanto, Metal Container Corp., Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) Co., Ameren, Nestle Purina, Hershey and ICL.    Harmon is engaged in a number of community endeavors including Sunday Night Lights,Step Up St. Louis and the St. Baldricks Foundation.

Aubrey Hawley Joins HOK’s St. Louis Office as Project Administrator

Aubrey Hawley
Aubrey Hawley

Aubrey Hawley has joined HOK as a project administrator in St. Louis. In her new role, Hawley will support the team working on the BJC HealthCare Washington University School of Medicine Campus Renewal project. Before joining HOK, Hawley was an administrative assistant for the city of O’Fallon. She earned her degree in English from Truman State University in Kirksville.

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

N.B. West Contracting Co. Names Jim Fitzgerald Company President

James Fitzgerald
James Fitzgerald

N.B. West Contracting Co. has named Jim Fitzgerald president of the company. Owner Larry West will become CEO /chairman of the board. West is celebrating its 60th year in business as an asphalt paving and concrete contractor serving the east central Missouri region. They specialize in commercial, municipal, and DOT paving projects. With three asphalt plants in the region, West also supplies the paving industry with quality asphalt products.



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