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

NewGround Appoints Alexander Brockman as Vice President, Business Development

NewGround, a St. Louis-based design-build firm, announces the appointment of Alexander Brockman as Vice President of Business Development. He will be responsible for leading business development activities for the states of Iowa, Illinois and Indiana.

“As an organization that is committed to attracting and retaining the industry’s top professionals, Alexander is a welcomed addition to the NewGround staff with experience that not only complements, but expands upon our industry expertise. With his thorough understanding of the market, Alexander is the ideal person to lead these three markets and drive growth for the organization,” said Jeff Winter, Senior Vice President of Business Development.

Alexander brings over six years of experience in the financial services industry, during which time he was a top performer in his region, generating new business and deepening existing customer relationships.

Alexander holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Central Methodist University.

“With a background in retail banking and brokerage, I am excited to bring a strategic and consultative business approach to NewGround and their clients. We are entering into a historic change and transference of wealth, making it imperative for our industry to learn, evolve and grow with our customer/member base,” said Alexander Brockman.

NewGround, headquartered in St. Louis, designs and builds custom facilities including retail and corporate environments.

December 16, 2016

John Hilmes, CPA, Joins Byrne & Jones Construction as CFO

John Hilmes

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

Woody Ferrell

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.


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