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.

New Hires at Castle Contracting

Brian Carlson

Castle Contracting has hired Brian Carlson as project director. In this role, Carlson will oversee the delivery of prime contracts for civil construction projects and pursuits, focusing on design-build and other alternative delivery opportunities. He will leverage Castle’s unique expertise in self-performing civil site-work from concept through construction and closeout.

“Throughout his career, Brian has a strong track record of helping his clients achieve considerable recognition for their projects,” says Mike Myers, vice president of Castle Contracting. “He is a terrific addition to the Castle team.”

Prior to joining Castle, Carlson spent 14 years managing large-scale highway construction projects as senior project manager at Millstone Weber, LLC (formerly Fred Weber, Inc.). He has worked on several major interstate projects throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area, including managing MoDOT’s $75 million Route 364 Phase 3 Design-Build project and the $32 million I-270 Dorsett/Page Interchange project.

A member of the Design-Build Institute of America and DBIA Mid-America Region, Carlson recently achieved Designated Design-Build Professional status from the organization’s certification board. He received his bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from Missouri University of Science & Technology in Rolla, Mo., and has earned certification as a Master Drainlayer for St. Louis city and county.

Matthew Groves

Matthew Groves Joins Castle Contracting as Project Director. In this role, Groves will help lead solar project pursuits and assist with the national expansion of the company’s CastleGPS service, which provides industry-leading subsurface utility investigation and mapping to construction projects.

“Matthew’s hands-on project leadership experience makes him a great addition to the Castle team,” says Mike Myers, vice president of Castle Contracting. “His broad construction expertise will benefit our clients and contribute to Castle’s market and geographic expansion.”

Groves joined Castle from Byrne & Jones, where his roles included serving as a general manager for site work and special projects as well as a project manager/estimator. He also worked as a project manager at Saint Louis University.

Groves received his bachelor’s degree in computer-aided drafting and design from the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Mo., as well as an MBA from Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Mo. He is a member of the American Public Works Association and Young Executives of SITE Improvement Association.

Castle Contracting, LLC provides turnkey site preparation services, site utilities, earthwork and trenchless technology directly to owners; general contractors; and mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection contractors.

Steve DeBarry Named Geotechnology CFO

Steve DeBarry

Geotechnology, Inc., a leading provider of geotechnical and environmental engineering, geophysics, water resource management, materials testing and drilling services, announced that Steve DeBarry has joined the company as its new Chief Financial Officer (CFO).

DeBarry will report directly to Geotechnology President and CEO Ed Alizadeh, and will oversee all accounting and finance functions.

“Steve has strong technical and financial skills gained through 15+ years of hands-on experience as a Controller, CFO & CIO,” said Alizadeh. “I am confident that Steve’s knowledge and leadership skills will have a positive impact on our growing company and its operations.”

DeBarry is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in Missouri and received a B.S. in Business Administration with an emphasis in accounting from Washington University. He began his career in public accounting but has spent most of his career in the private sector.

Established more than 30 years ago, Geotechnology, Inc. is a professional corporation offering a comprehensive range of consulting services in applied earth and environmental sciences, including geophysics, water resource management, geotechnical and environmental engineering, materials testing and drilling.

New Hire at McClure Engineering

McClure Engineering welcomes Mechanical Designer, Ashley Mansfield. Ashley received her Associates of Science degree in CAD Technology and Design from Lewis & Clark Community College. She joins McClure with 10 years of mechanical design experience and is proficient in AutoCAD, Revit and Navisworks.

Midas Hospitality Promotes Chris Shinkle to Senior Director of Development

Chris Shinkle

Midas Hospitality, a premier hotel management group, recently promoted Chris Shinkle to Senior Director of Development.

Shinkle will manage the day-to-day operations of the company’s development team, which focuses on new hotels and acquisitions, as well as the organization’s renovation life cycle.  His responsibilities include overseeing a variety of services the company provides including project planning, procurement, information technology, scheduling, budget management, and project execution.

Prior to this position, Shinkle served as the company’s Director of Information Technology, as well as its Director of Operations.  He joined Midas Hospitality in 2011 as a general manager and has held key roles within the company throughout the years.  He has more than 15 years of hospitality experience.

“Chris has been with our company for more than five years, and he has truly earned this new position and all that it encompasses,” said David Robert, Midas Hospitality’s Managing Member and CEO.  “We are excited to see all that Chris will accomplish in his new role.”


December 30, 2016

Steve Mast to Retire From S. M. Wilson

Steve Mast

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

Sarah Miller

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

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.



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