The latest People in the News highlighting new hires, promotions, honors & recognition of the men and women in the St. Louis building community.
John Hilmes, CPA, Joins Byrne & Jones Construction as CFO
John Hilmes, CPA, has joined Byrne & Jones Construction to serve as its chief financial officer. Byrne & Jones is one of the largest commercial paving companies in Metro St. Louis and has offices in Peoria, Ill. and Omaha, Neb. The firm performs asphalt, concrete, sports, soil stabilization, micro surfacing and marine construction.
Hilmes has more than 30 years’ experience in finance. He will oversee all financial aspects Byrne & Jones, including accounting, cash management, financial statement preparation, budgeting, annual audit and review, payroll, and tax management.
Hilmes has a degree in accounting from University of Missouri-St. Louis and earned an MBA from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, Ill.
Byrne & Jones Construction is one of the St. Louis area’s largest commercial paving contractors.
Kirby-Smith Machinery Names Woody Ferrell as Account Manager for Pipeline Services Division
Kirby-Smith Machinery, Inc., a leading Komatsu distributor, is pleased to announce the appointment of Woody Ferrell as Account Manager – Pipeline Services Division.
Ferrell will focus on developing relationships within the Oil and Gas Pipeline construction industry, and represent Kirby-Smith nationally as the company expands its presence in the sector. As Account Manager for Kirby-Smith’s newly dedicated pipeline division, he will work closely with customers to understand their needs and create effective solutions. Ferrell’s sharp understanding of pipeline equipment applications and tireless effort to see his customers succeed made him a natural fit for the position.
Ferrell is a Co-Chair of the Membership Committee with the (DCA) Distribution Contractors Association, and has over 25 years’ experience in the construction equipment industry, bringing a wealth of sales and marketing expertise to his new position at Kirby-Smith. He recently held the position of Director of National Accounts Pipeline Construction with Volvo CE, where he spent the last four years developing their Pipeline Division. During his time at Volvo, Woody held roles as Region Manager, Product Manager and Vice President of Remarketing. Prior to this role, Woody worked with CNH where he developed and launched their heavy compaction line offering to asphalt paving industry. Woody has also spent several years in the rental industry as a field representative and managing a location.
December 2, 2016
McCarthy Promotes Ryan Moss to Project Director
McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. has promoted Ryan Moss to Project Director in the firm’s Central Division.
In this role, Moss will serve as the on-site director for the new Washington University East Expansion project scheduled to begin construction in spring 2017. The project will transform the east end of the university’s Danforth Campus and is one of the most significant construction projects in the university’s history.
Since joining McCarthy as superintendent in 2007, Moss has held leadership roles on several prominent education and healthcare projects. His project experience includes the Center for Global Citizenship and Spring Hall residential tower at Saint Louis University as well as numerous expansion projects at Mercy Hospital Jefferson campus, St. Luke’s Hospital, St. Anthony’s Medical Center and Phelps County Regional Medical Center in Rolla, Mo.
“Ryan is a skilled project leader who has demonstrated his expertise in managing complex construction projects and successfully leading project teams,” said John Buescher, president of McCarthy’s Central Division.
Moss received his bachelor of science degrees in civil engineering and business from Washington University and earned his accreditation as a LEED Green Associate from the U.S. Green Building Council.
Greg Fix Joins Lawrence Group
Greg Fix recently joined Lawrence Group as senior director of client development. Fix brings more than 20 years of experience in managing relationships with key business partners and clients. He has worked with trusted healthcare and academic institutions to align project goals and implement strategic initiatives. Fix received his MBA from Saint Louis University and undergraduate degree from the University of Missouri in business logistics.
Lawrence Group is a building design, development, and project delivery firm headquartered in St. Louis.
December 2, 2016
Kim Von der Heyde joins McGrath as Project Engineer
Kim Von der Heyde of Crestwood, MO, has joined McGrath & Associates as project engineer. She is responsible for estimating, project coordination, scheduling and cost reporting for pharmaceutical projects.
Von der Heyde has 14 years of experience in construction project coordination and is a graduate of Stevens Institute of Business & Arts. She is LEED AP, BD&C certified.
McGrath & Associates is a 100 percent employee-owned general contractor and construction management firm specializing in commercial, health care, industrial, institutional and pharmaceutical construction projects since 1983.
Haberberger Welcomes Steve Batey & Shawn Thompson
Haberberger is pleased to announce the addition of two new team members. Shawn Thompson, of Webster Groves has joined as virtual construction and technology manager, and Steve Batey, of St. Louis, has been hired as an estimator.
Thompson joins Haberberger with over 18 years of experience in the mechanical contracting field. His background experience includes work across several different industries on a variety of projects that include sports venues, hospitals, energy plants, industrial facilities, high-rise buildings, schools and many other commercial projects. In his new role as virtual construction and technology manager, Thompson will be responsible for the implementation and development of Building information modeling (BIM) and construction technology at Haberberger, working in partnership with Haberberger’s team of project managers and field staff.
Batey, who previously worked at Haberberger as a project manager and estimator, has returned after nine years. He brings a wealth of estimating experience in the industrial, advanced technology, commercial and healthcare markets, with projects ranging in cost from $50,000 to $100 million. Originally from Richmond, Va., Batey relocated to the St. Louis area after serving several years as the mid-Atlantic division lead estimator for Southland Industries. Batey studied construction management and engineering at J.S. Reynolds Community College located in Richmond.
Haberberger, Inc. is a 68-year-old mechanical contracting company that offers complete HVAC installation, customized maintenance programs, process piping and piping fabrication, and refrigeration and energy management services to a variety of industrial and commercial customers.
Megan Banks Promoted to Assistant Project Manager At S. M. Wilson
Megan Banks has been promoted to Assistant Project Manager at S. M. Wilson & Co. She will be responsible for helping Project Managers organize, schedule, plan, control and deliver construction projects. Megan is currently working\ on the company’s Millikin University construction project and Maplewood Fire Station.
Megan began her career as an intern at S. M. Wilson four years ago and has been a Project Engineer for the past three years. She previously worked on several high-profile projects, including projects for BJC HealthCare and Blessing Hospital and The Orion high rise development in the Central West End.
Earlier this year, Megan was one of 20 African-American professionals under the age of 40 to be honored at the St. Louis American Foundation’s 6th Annual Salute to Young Leaders. She was recognized for her excellence in work and in her commitment to community building through service to others.
Megan holds a B. S. in Construction Management from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. She also completed the OSHA 30 Hour Construction Safety and Health Certification for the Construction Industry.
S. M. Wilson is a full-service construction management, design/build and general contracting firm with headquarters in St. Louis. S. M. Wilson is one of the largest general construction and construction management firms in the St. Louis area. The company posted $305 million in 2015 revenues, and ranks 220th in Engineering News-Record’s 2016 list of Top 400 commercial contractors nationwide. For more information, visit www.smwilson .com.
November 25, 2016
PDS Hires Landscape Designer
Trevor Schmitt has joined the Planning Design Studio team as a Landscape & Urban Designer. Trevor received his Bachelors of Landscape Architecture from Ball State University with a minor in Construction Management.
Most recently Trevor worked as a Landscape Design consultant for a regional Landscape Contractor, consulting with Clients to assess their wants and needs regarding their property; developing comprehensive landscape plans; and managing landscape crews to complete the construction of his design projects.
PDS is an employee owned design firm offering professional consulting services to public and private clients. For more information visit www.planningdesignstudio.com