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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.

HOK’s Leah Hofferkamp Earns National Interior Design Award 

Lea Hofferkamp

The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) is honoring HOK’s Leah Hofferkamp as a future leader in the interior design profession.

Hofferkamp, an architect in HOK’s St. Louis studio, was named a 2017 ASID Ones to Watch award winner. The award recognizes rising leaders who demonstrate exceptional leadership potential and a willingness to push the boundaries of the interior design profession. Winners were honored at the ASID awards recognition ceremony in San Diego on July 13.

Hofferkamp focuses on projects for HOK’s healthcare clients. Her recent projects have included the BJC HealthCare Washington University School of Medicine Campus Renewal project in St. Louis, development projects for Indiana University Health in Central Indiana, and the Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital in Indianapolis. Hofferkamp also has helped create products for HOK Product Design.

Hofferkamp earned her master’s degree in architecture from Washington University in St. Louis and a degree in interior design from Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

ASID includes 13,500 design members, 6,000 industry partner representatives and 5,500 student members in 350 chapters throughout the country.

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

Etegra Hires CTO RT Murthy

Thandav Murthy

Mr. Thandav (RT) Murthy has joined Etegra as our Chief Technical Officer. As the technical lead, Mr. Murthy will support our areas of expertise including energy efficiency, PM/CM and the design of projects for secured facilities. Mr. Murthy will not only oversee active contracts, but will also assist in the winning of new contracts and supervise Program and Project Managers on active contracts with the USACE, AFCEC, USAF, VA, USDA and TRE.

He has extensive experience in professional civil engineering, including design, project management, program management, and construction management; with a focus on general/heavy civil engineering, facilities, dams, levees, tunnels, environmental compliance, NEPA, water resources, and conveyance.

Mr. Murthy has supported federal clients for more than 20 years, including USACE, USAF, GSA, USIBWC and numerous other state/local entities. Prior to Etegra, he served in the capacity of Infrastructure Manager for a large multinational Engineering Construction firm. His roles included being the functional group lead for design, construction management, program management, environmental, alternate financing and advisory services. He managed personnel resources and ensured adequate resourcing of all AE and PM/CM pursuits.

In addition, he was the Regional Federal Business Line Director responsible for sales, resourcing, program oversight, and the US Army Sector Lead for Texas and Oklahoma.

Spellman Brady & Company Hires Rachel Bartelsmeyer

Rachel Bartelsmeyer

Spellman Brady and Company, an interior design firm, is pleased to announce that Rachel Bartelsmeyer has joined its team as a Designer.  She is responsible for interior design solutions primarily for senior living projects.

Ms. Bartelsmeyer earned a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design with a secondary major in Gerontology, the study of aging, from Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas.  In addition to her interior design experience, she brings an abundance of client-focused service and specialization to the elderly community.

Spellman Brady & Company is an award-winning St. Louis–based interior design firm specializing in senior living, healthcare, and higher education environments.

Shawn Downey joins Knoebel Construction as Project Manager

Shawn Downey

Shawn Downey of New Haven, MO, has joined Knoebel Construction as a project manager responsible for overseeing all aspects of various retail center, restaurant, grocery and retail store construction projects. Downey has 15 years of experience in the construction industry. He is a graduate of the St. Louis Carpenters Joint Apprenticeship program.

Knoebel Construction, Inc. is a national general contractor specializing in retail center, restaurant, grocery and retail store construction.

July 21, 2017

St. Louis College of Pharmacy hires Treptow as Assistant Director, Public Relations

Shelene Treptow

St. Louis College of Pharmacy today announced that Shelene Treptow has been hired as the College’s new assistant director for public relations.

In her new role, Treptow will be responsible for media outreach activities designed to raise public awareness about the College and its work to become a globally prominent leader in pharmacy and health care education; interprofessional, patient-centered care and collaborative research.

With more than a decade of media relations experience, Treptow most recently served as an account director with The Hauser Group. During her 12 years with the St. Louis-based public relations agency, Treptow developed and implemented comprehensive communications plans for a variety of clients in the retail, non-profit and health care sectors.

“I’m thrilled to join St. Louis College of Pharmacy, and I look forward to working alongside College staff, faculty, students and alumni to help spread the word about the many exciting ways the College is positively impacting health care locally, nationally and globally,” said Treptow.

Treptow is a graduate of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communications.

Haberberger Welcomes Four New Employees 

Haberberger is pleased to announce the addition of four new team members. Bob Willig has joined as Vice President of Sheet Metal Operations; Sherryle Waitrovich has been hired as Service Department Administrative Manager; Audrey Williams has joined the accounting department as Assistant Controller, and David P. Davis has joined Haberberger’s Virtual Construction and Technology Team.

Bob Willig

Willig, of Ballwin, brings to Haberberger over 30 years of experience in the sheet metal industry, specializing in estimating, fabrication, installation and project management. Most of his recent experience has been in the school retrofit market and telecommunications, providing HVAC installations at many central office locations.

Sherryle Waitrovich

Waitrovich, who resides in Hillsboro, has more than 25 years of experience in commercial HVAC, refrigeration, food service and plumbing. She will be responsible for incoming service calls, dispatching, payroll, client billing and various other service department duties.

Audry Williams

As assistant controller, Williams, of Valley Park, will be responsible for all of Haberberger client billing and receivables, and will assist the firm in transitioning to a paperless environment. She brings to the Haberberger team 30 years of full service accounting experience in the residential construction, commercial and residential property management, and healthcare fields.

David Davis

Davis, who resides in Granite City, has more than 17 years of experience in the mechanical design and construction industry, working on a variety of projects that include hospitals, medical research buildings, energy plants, universities and several other developments. As one of the newest members of Haberberger’s Virtual Construction and Technology team, he will be responsible for creating and implementing the BIM Models for Haberberger clients.

Haberberger, Inc. is a 69-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. For more information, call 314-631-3324 or visit

Great Rivers Greenway Foundation Welcomes Karen Schleicher as Development Coordinator

Karen Schleicher

The Great Rivers Greenway Foundation is pleased to welcome Karen Schleicher, of Kirkwood, as Development Coordinator. She will work alongside Chief Development Officer Kevin Miller and the Great Rivers Greenway Foundation Board to support the organization’s efforts to enhance and enrich the mission of Great Rivers Greenway and the vision of the River Ring. Her responsibilities will include overseeing the day-to-day back office operations of the Foundation, working with the organization’s Greenway Friends program and assisting with special events, grant writing, membership mailings and Foundation Board of Directors’ meetings.

Schleicher brings more than 20 years’ experience to the Foundation, including a background in developing donor solicitation strategies and programs to better manage donor records. Schleicher most recently served as Operations Director in the Office of Philanthropy of the St. Louis Symphony, where she managed the donor database, overseeing donor data entry, acknowledgment letters and benefit packages. She was also responsible for developing and implementing policies and procedures for managing the database. Her prior experience also includes serving as Development Specialist at the Boone Center Inc., in St. Peters, Mo., and as Foundation and Planned Giving Manager at Emmaus Homes in St. Charles, Mo.

Schleicher earned her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She is also a graduate of the Fund Raising School in Indianapolis’ program in Planned Giving.

July 14, 2107

Geissler Roofing Co Inc. has promoted Joel Sharp to Executive Vice President.

Joel Sharp

Geissler Roofing Co Inc. has promoted Joel Sharp to Executive Vice President. His new role will include labor relations, customer retention and quality control.
Sharp has been an active part of the commercial roofing industry in the Saint Louis region since 1981. He is a Journeyman roofer. Sharp joined the Geissler Roofing Co Inc. family in 1989 as a flat roofer. He has worked his way up through a variety of positions including, roofer, superintendent, estimator and operations manager.

Geissler Roofing Co Inc. is a union commercial roofing company serving the St. Louis area since 1929. We specialize in low slope roofing, steep slope roofing and exterior finishes.
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William Azevedo and Terry Richars, CPA/ABV, ASA Become Newest Mueller Prost Partners 

Effective July 1, 2017, William Azevedo, Senior Manager of Healthcare Services, and Terry Richars, CPA/ABV, ASA, Director of Accounting Services were both promoted to Partner.  They will continue to lead their respective practice areas and become the firm’s 17th and 18th partners.

William Azevedo

Azevedo has nearly 20 years of experience in the long-term care industry and over a decade of experience in private sector accounting. His background includes positions in accounting, cost reporting, reimbursement, and government audits & appeals. Our clients call on Bill to improve their cost reporting and utilize data to improve operations. Bill’s promotion marks the second non-CPA team member to become partner.

Terry Richars

Mueller Prost has also named Terry Richars as a partner. Richars has over 10 years of experience providing business valuation, litigation support, forensic accounting, individual, corporate and partnership income tax returns, SAS 70/SSAE16 reporting, and consulting services.  Richars primarily works with privately-held and middle-market organizations across various industries, including manufacturing, retail, healthcare, and the legal community.

President, Doug Mueller, says, “We are excited to see growth in our firm and look forward to what the future brings with the addition of Bill and Terry to our partner group.”

Mueller Prost has 18 partners, 3 locations and over 150 employees. The firm is regularly recognized as a Best Place to Work and focuses on employee and client engagement and retention.

Patterson Promoted to Senior Project Estimator at Murphy

Jeffrey Patterson

Jeffrey H. Patterson recently was promoted to senior project estimator at Murphy Company. The announcement was made by Kevin Suiter, vice president of estimating.

Patterson brings nearly 30 years’ experience in the HVAC industry with a strong emphasis on HVAC piping and ductwork to his new position. Since joining Murphy in December 2015, he has taken the lead on several high profile estimates. During his career he also has managed a pre-construction services department and created design standards for sheet metal fabrication. He attended both St. Louis Technical School and St. Louis Community College.

“Jeff’s attention to detail and his ability to incorporate his strong design build background makes Jeff an exceptional estimator for Murphy Company,” added Suiter. “We have been very impressed with his performance and are pleased to see him advance to his new position.”

Murphy Company delivers mechanical solutions to the industrial, commercial, institutional and heavy industrial markets. 

McGrath & Associates Promotes Scott Olson to Healthcare Business Manager

Scott Olson

Scott Olson has been promoted to Healthcare Business Manager at McGrath & Associates, a 100 percent employee-owned general contractor and construction management firm. Olson has been an employee of McGrath & Associates for 23 year, primarily involved in healthcare construction projects. In addition to managing client projects, Olson will be responsible for McGrath’s healthcare business plan.

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. 


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