The latest People in the News highlighting new hires, promotions, honors & recognition of the men and women in the St. Louis building community.
Steve Mast to Retire From S. M. Wilson
Steven Mast, Vice President at S. M. Wilson & Co., will retire at the end of 2016 after 23 years with the company and 42 total years in the commercial construction industry. Mast has overseen S. M. Wilson’s retail market sector operations for most of his tenure with the company, and since joining the firm has been involved with more than $1.6 billion of construction projects around the country for well known retailers including Target, Von Maur, Cabela’s, and most recently IKEA. This includes more than $600 million of renovations and new construction at 130 Target Stores across the central region of the United States.
“Steve has been instrumental for cultivating strong relationships with our retail clients and then providing outstanding service as Project Executive on these projects,” said Amy Berg, President of S. M. Wilson. “His track record of success in retail construction speaks for itself. He was also integral to our winning the contract to build the IKEA store in St. Louis. Steve will be missed by all of us at S. M. Wilson.”
Steve started his career in construction at the age of 15, working summers for a construction firm in Iowa. After graduating from the University of Florida with a B. S. in Building Construction, he worked his way up to management positions in project manager and business development. In 1993, he joined S. M. Wilson as Vice President.
Sarah Miller Promoted to Assistant Estimator at S. M. Wilson
S. M. Wilson & Co. has promoted Sarah Miller to Assistant Estimator. She will be responsible for the supporting the company’s estimating team as they develop and submit bids for potential construction projects. Sarah has worked in the estimating department since joining S. M. Wilson in 2014.
Sarah is a graduate of Southeast Missouri State University and has also studied Estimating at St. Louis Community College.
S. M. Wilson is a full-service construction management, design/build and general contracting firm with headquarters in St. Louis.
December 23, 2016
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, 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.