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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.
S. M. Wilson Promotes Brad Homes, John Dohle & Kerry Lorts To Project Managers

S. M. Wilson & Co. has promoted Brad Homes, John Dohle and Kerry Lorts to Project Managers. As Project Managers, they will be responsible for handling all administrative functions for a project, including scheduling, holding progress meetings, generating meeting minutes, tracking costs and maintaining logs for all project information.

Brad Homes

Homes joined S. M. Wilson in 2012 and has worked on a variety of retail and commercial construction projects including several Cabela’s and Target stores. He is currently managing a new senior living facility in Charleston, South Carolina. Homes holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering Technology from Southeast Missouri State and is OSHA 30 Certified.

John Dohle

Dohle has been with S. M. Wilson for more than five and a half years. As a Project Engineer and Assistant Project Manager, he has been an intricate member of the Von Maur construction team building stores in Georgia, Alabama, Oklahoma and Wisconsin. Dohle will be managing construction of the newest Von Maur in Minnesota. He holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and is OSHA 30 Certified. Dohle is also a graduate of the Construction Leadership Institute at Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville.

Kerrry Lorts

Lorts joined S. M. Wilson in 2011 and has been involved in multiple projects including the Patient Care addition at Blessing Hospital and, most recently, the BJC Campus Renewal Project. He will be managing the new Dot Foods expansion. Lorts as a B.S. in Construction Management from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. He is OSHA 30 and ASHE certified.

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. 

Patrick Duffy Joins Greco Aluminum Railings 

Patrick Duffy

Greco Aluminum Railings (Greco), a leading manufacturer of high-quality engineered railing and safety systems for multi-family and commercial structures in the United States and Canada, is pleased to announce Patrick Duffy as their newest architectural representative.

With 23 years in the architectural industry and owner of Advanced Building Products, Duffy has consulted on some of the most technologically advanced high-rise buildings in the Chicago and Milwaukee regions. He earned his degree in civil Construction Management from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois. Bringing his experience with all facets of the building facade, Duffy will cover the Illinois and Wisconsin markets for Greco.

Duffy is looking forward to expanding Greco’s reach throughout the Midwest. “Greco is already well known in Chicago, and its track record of high quality products will continue to be attractive to both architects and contractors in the Midwest,” he says. “We can be a single source supplier for the facade of the building, starting with the balconies, and adding glass, panels and other materials. That means more convenience and reduced costs.”

Greco is part of CSW Industrials, a diversified industrial growth company with well-established, scalable platforms and domain expertise across three segments: Industrial Products; Coatings, Sealants & Adhesives; and Specialty Chemicals.

Midas Hospitality Hires Director of Engineering

Steve Bunetto

Steve Bunetto joins hotel management group in newly created position

Midas Hospitality, a premier hotel management group, recently hired Steve Bunetto as Director of Engineering.

Bunetto’s responsibilities include supporting the maintenance efforts for all of Midas Hospitality’s hotels.  He will focus on developing all-inclusive operational support systems, as well as implementing cost-saving programs and compliance processes.  Bunetto will handle company-wide initiatives, communication and training with each hotel’s on-site maintenance personnel and general managers to ensure an excellent guest experience with respect to the company’s product.

Bunetto has more than 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry.  Prior to joining Midas Hospitality, he served as a regional facilities manager for 10 years and Director of Maintenance at numerous other hotels.

“Steve brings a vast amount of experience to our company in terms of management and planning capabilities,” said Rob Willard, President and Principal.  “He is an industry leader who will take this newly created position at Midas Hospitality and will protect our asset investments while delivering market-leading guest experience through execution of his initiatives and systems.”

Founded in 2006, Midas Hospitality has developed, opened and currently manages numerous properties including 40 hotels in 14 states.

Western Specialty Contractors Appoints Chester Scott to Branch Manager of its Atlanta, GA Branch

Chester Scott

Western Specialty Contractors announces the appointment of Chester Scott as Branch Manager of its Atlanta, GA branch office. Chester was previously the Branch Manager of Western’s Orlando, FL branch, which has been filled by Nick McAlpin.

Chester started with Western in 1984 and has held the positions of field laborer, foreman, sales/project manager and department manager at Western’s Chicago, IL branch, in addition to Branch Manager of the Orlando, FL branch. He is a member of the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) and the International Concrete Repair Institute (ICRI).

In his new position, Chester will be responsible for running the Atlanta branch office, which will include marketing, sales, estimating, oversight of operations and administrative functions, safety of all branch employees, and productivity of office staff and field crews. Additionally, he will be responsible for ensuring the branch’s profitability by forecasting and managing the budget, identifying market trends, ensuring quality control and building/maintaining customer relationships.

Established in 1930, Western’s Atlanta area office provides such commercial specialty services as building cleaning, concrete and masonry restoration, waterproofing, epoxy and chemical grout injection, expansion joint systems, exterior wall coatings and plaza and parking deck restoration.

Family-owned and operated for over 100 years, Western Specialty Contractors is the nation’s largest specialty contractor in masonry and concrete restoration, waterproofing and specialty roofing.

S. M. Wilson Hires Eva Chapin As Assistant Project Manager, Richard Young At Project Superintendent And Lindsey Roellig At Project Assistant/Job Accountant

Eva Chapin

S. M. Wilson & Co. has hired Eva Chapin as Assistant Project Manager, Richard Young as a Project Superintendent and Lindsey Roellig as Project Assistant/Job Accountant.

Chapin will be responsible for all administrative functions during construction of a project, including scheduling, holding progress meetings, generating meeting minutes, tracking costs, and maintaining logs for all project information including transmittals, submittals, and RFIs. She holds a B.S. from Northern Illinois University – DeKab and has 11 years of industry experience. She is ASHE Certified and has U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Construction Quality Management Certification.

Richard Young

Young will be responsible for the day-to-day site management of a project including scheduling, quality and safety. This is his second employment stint with S. M. Wilson. He has 25 years of construction experience and is OSHA 30 certified.

Lindsey Roellig

Roellig is S. M. Wilson’s new Project Assistant/Job Accountant. She holds an Associate’s Degree in Paralegal Studies and has 10 years of industry experience.

S. M. Wilson is a full-service construction management, design/build and general contracting firm with headquarters in St. Louis. 

Mark Lucas Joins G&S Architectural Products as Project Assistant

Mard Lucas

St. Louis-based G&S Architectural Products has hired Mark Lucas as their newest project assistant. His new duties at G&S Architectural Products include sending customers order acknowledgements, creating shop drawings, issuing purchase orders, and releasing orders to the shop.

Mark has a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering, and his work experience prior to coming to G&S Architectural Products includes project management for a pipeline construction company and structural design for curtain wall, fall protection, and cable tray systems.

“I’m excited to try something new,” said Mark on his new position at G&S Architectural Products. “I’ve worked in different areas of the building industry and look forward to learning more about the design potential and functionality of acoustical panels.”

G&S Architectural Products is a leading provider and installer of architectural products primarily used for commercial, education and healthcare industries. As a full-service specialty contractor, we offer a variety of interior building products such as acoustical products, visual display boards and operable wall systems.

 

August 28, 2017

Ryan Brockmann Joins McGrath & Associates as Project Engineer

Ryan Brockman

McGrath & Associates has hired Ryan Brockmann of Marthasville, MO, as project engineer. Brockman has 12 years of experience in real estate development, remodeling and restoration. He has a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Missouri State University.

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.

Benoy Announces Appointment of Barry Spencer Hughes as Design Director

Barry Spencer

With over 25 years’ experience in design, Barry has a strong design-led portfolio having worked on significant large-scale, mixed-use projects spanning markets and typologies.

“I am excited to have joined the Benoy team, and look forward to building on the firms national and international reputation for providing excellence and innovation in our built environment,” says Barry Spencer Hughes, Design Director, Benoy.

“The appointment of Barry fits brilliantly with our business objectives for America. Barry brings energy, passion, creativity and drives us forward as a cutting-edge design team. His previous experience includes award winning mixed-use, retail and transport projects.  Barry also brings a great reputation in designing tall buildings – an area of increased interest for Benoy. These are exciting times within the industry, and alongside Barry, we have appointed eight new directors in the last 18 months, adding to our width and depth of skills to provide new, creative and often commercial problem-solving design thinking,” says Tom Cartledge, CEO, Benoy.

Primarily based at the London campus, Barry will shape Benoy’s global design message, while expanding the business in America. “Benoy’s experience and reputation in mixed-use and transportation led projects will be a great entré into the US market.  We have a proven track record of creating great places all over the world, and I look forward to helping continue that tradition back home,”  comments Hughes a US citizen who has been working out of London for the past 15 years.

“We are delighted to have Barry in Benoy. He will quickly be an integral part of the team, principally leading our design message globally and in the US. His inspiring design solutions, ideas and approach align well with the next phase of Benoy’s brand development,” says Penny Illston, Head of Global Talent, Benoy.

Continuing Education Allows for Employee Growth at IMPACT Strategies 

Senior project Manager Mike Voss of Glen Carbon, Ill. completed the AGC of Missouri Leadership Academy. Voss was chosen by an AGC selection committee to complete the course, which focused on building awareness and proficiency in business and developing skills that will translate into strong project team leadership.

IMPACT Strategies became a licensed general contractor in the State of Alabama when project manager Scott Manning, a resident of Troy, Ill., recently completed the required testing. The test was comprised of the Alabama Business and Law exam and the National Commercial Building Contractor Examination (NASCLA).

Project engineer and Fairview Heights resident Kyle Stigler finished three courses as part of the AGC of America Project Manager Development Program sponsored by the Southern Illinois Builders Association (SIBA) in conjunction with the Southern Illinois Construction Advancement Program. This five-course program covers the essentials of project management, providing a solid foundation for long-term career development.

Project engineer intern Jordan Grant of Edwardsville spent time in the IMPACT office and in the field this summer, gaining experience in all phases of a project from start to finish. “There isn’t a classroom that could have provided me with the knowledge and experience I’ve gained this summer here at IMPACT,” said Jordan. Jordan is currently in his junior year at SIU-Edwardsville, majoring in Construction Management.

IMPACT Strategies, Inc. specializes in Retail, Commercial, Medical, Senior Housing and Education construction and offers comprehensive construction services including design-build, general contracting, construction management and pre-construction management. 

Eric Mersmann Named Director of Interiors for HOK’s Growing St. Louis Practice 

Eric Mersmann

Eric Mersmann, formerly of Perkins+Will in Chicago, has joined HOK as the Director of Interiors in the St. Louis practice.  Eric began his over 25 year career in St. Louis and is excited to return bringing with him his experience from his diverse portfolio and knowledge from the variety of positions he’s held.

Mersmann joins the St. Louis practice at a time of robust growth as the St. Louis studio was recently ranked as the region’s largest interior design firm and largest architecture studio by the St. Louis Business Journal.  Eric will continue to propel the interiors team to even more success through his leadership and mentorship on projects such as the Microsoft Technology Center in Cortex, Clayton on the Park and BJC HealthCare Washington University Medical Campus Renewal project.

Recent additions to the Trivers team

Trivers recently announced the following additions to the Trivers team:
Melisa Betts, Assoc. AIA, Architectural Designer
Rylie Davis, Washington University Architectural Fellow/Architectural Designer
Jonas Gassmann, Architectural Designer
Maggie Hayden, LEED® Green Associate, Architectural Designer
John Pitman, AIA, Project Architect
They also want to thank intern Tianyi ‘Meo’ Zhang for spending the summer with them.

Western Specialty Contractors Promotes Nick McAlpin to Branch Manager of its Orlando, FL Branch

Nick McAlpin

Western Specialty Contractors announces the promotion of Nick McAlpin of Enterprise, FL as Branch Manager of its Orlando, FL branch office.

McAlpin replaces former Orlando Branch Manager Chester Scott, who has been relocated as Branch Manager of Western’s Atlanta, GA branch.

Established in 1987, Western’s Orlando area office provides such commercial specialty services as concrete and masonry restoration, waterproofing, epoxy and chemical grout injection, expansion joint systems, exterior wall coatings, historical restoration, plaza and parking deck restoration and urethane grout injections.

McAlpin will be responsible for running the branch office, which will include marketing, sales, estimating, oversight of operations and administrative functions, safety of all branch employees, and productivity of office staff and field crews. Additionally, McAlpin will be responsible for ensuring the branch’s profitability by forecasting and managing the budget, identifying market trends, ensuring quality control and building/maintaining customer relationships.

McAlpin has been with Western Specialty Contractors for 14 years, having previously held the positions of laborer, mechanic, foreman and superintendent. He is a member of the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) and the International Concrete Repair Institute (ICRI).

Family-owned and operated for over 100 years, Western Specialty Contractors is the nation’s largest specialty contractor in masonry and concrete restoration, waterproofing and specialty roofing. 

August 18, 2017

Winco Window Announces Retirement of John Campbell as President of the Company 

Winco Window Company announces the retirement of John Campbell as the company’s president. Campbell was hired in May, 1995 as Production Control and Scheduling Mgr..  Prior to joining Winco, Campbell worked at several other window companies, enabling him to bring significant knowledge and experience to Winco.

Campbell formerly worked at Alcan Aluminum Co. in Owensboro, K, Nashville, Tenn., Rome, Ga. and Warren, Ohio; then White Star Aluminum in Pensauken, N.J.; Peerless Products in Fort Scott, Kan.; then Sugar Creek Window and Door in Sugarcreek, Ohio before joining Winco.

“John has been steady at the wheel since day one,” says Gantt W. Miller III, AIA and CEO of Winco. “We hired John knowing that he would one day run the company for us. His manufacturing, engineering, product design expertise and information systems experience was the catalyst for our current operational systems and standards.”

Integrating computer technology, software development and in-house programming of numerous operational functions were among Campbell’s major accomplishments at Winco. His ability to create sophisticated internal systems played a key role in providing solutions for larger jobs. “John was the one to manage the minute details, yet keep his eye on the big picture,” adds Miller.  “Customer satisfaction remains paramount to John.”

Credited with adding structure to Winco’s new product development, Campbell helped move Winco from a standard product offering company to one that provides unique and technically sophisticated window and wall solutions. “John was actively involved in developing Winco’s hung window — a popular product in much demand today — and then worked tirelessly to push Winco into the specialty custom market with historic replica, tornado, hurricane, blast, psychiatric and ballistic products,” according to Miller.

Campbell has noticed a major shift in the fenestration business during his long career. “It used to be, you simply sold windows,” he says. “Now, multiple people are involved in the production of one window and the sales process extends far beyond the actual sale. The line in the sand is blurred between the owner, the installer and the manufacturer. We must all work as a team to make sure the windows protect the building and provide comfort for the occupant – it’s a shared responsibility.”

Winco is beginning the search for Campbell’s replacement, both internally and outside the company. During the transition, John will continue to be actively involved with the company. “John is committed to a smooth transition at the helm,” says Miller. “He shares our confidence in the future of Winco in a market that is strong and a team of employees and reps that are dedicated and committed to excellence.”

John is moving his residence from the St. Louis area to his hometown of Owensboro, Ky., where he and his wife, Kathryn Robertson Campbell, met 48 years ago. Even though he will retire as president, Campbell plans to explore new business and marketing opportunities for Winco in the Kentucky market. He will also continue to consult with Winco’s management.

During his time with Winco, John and his wife Kathy lived in Columbia, Ill. Both John and Kathy have been active in community theater for years, as actors and directors. John is a member of the Monroe Actors Stage Company (MASC) in Waterloo, Ill., and he currently serves as President for its Board of Directors. Campbell is a 1974 graduate of Western Kentucky University, where he studied Theatre Arts.(He met his wife at the Community Theater in Owensboro, where he was involved in community theaters in Kentucky, Georgia, Ohio, New Jersey and Kansas, prior to founding the MASC. Together, they have produced 89 full length plays and musicals since founding the stage company in 1999.

Castle Contracting Promotes Aaron Retherford to Director of Business Development

Aaron Retherford

Castle Contracting has promoted Aaron Retherford to the position of Director of Business Development.

As a member of the Castle leadership team, Retherford will focus on growing the company’s sales through the cultivation of new business opportunities. Additional responsibilities include prioritizing project opportunities, developing and leading pursuit strategies, managing sales activity, and leading Castle’s marketing and branding initiatives.

“Aaron is a skilled and respected business developer with a thorough knowledge of the construction sales process,” says Mike Myers, vice president of Castle Contracting. “His commitment to understanding current and future market trends will continue to guide Castle’s expansion in St. Louis and other markets.”

Retherford joined Castle in 2010 as an estimator and earned promotions to preconstruction manager and business development manager.

Retherford received bachelor of science degrees in both construction management and business administration from Illinois State University in Normal, Ill. His community involvement includes volunteering for the St. Louis Children’s Hospital Foundation’s KIDstruction event and the St. Louis Council of Construction Consumers golf committee.

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.

KAI Promotes Derwin Broughton to Deputy Director of Architecture  

Derwin Broughton

KAI is proud to announce that Derwin Broughton, AIA, has been promoted to Deputy Director of Architecture.

Broughton, who previously held the position of Senior Project Architect/Project Manager, joined KAI four years ago. As Deputy Director, Broughton will be more closely involved in the formulation of architectural plans and management, while acting as a steward of all work entrusted to the architectural department and promoting corporate excellence. His professional experience will guide him in setting goals for the KAI Texas office, establishing future objectives by identifying issues and opportunities, and developing strategic recommendations.

“Derwin has meticulously climbed the ranks with his dedication and commitment to not only the architectural department, but to the overall success of our Dallas office,” said KAI Texas President and COO Darren L. James. “For the past couple of years, along with his design responsibilities, Derwin has also supported business development and project management, where he has shown exemplary performance and has proven himself as a committed company advocate. He has always shown initiative in the performance of his duties, even going above and beyond what is expected of him.”

Broughton has a Bachelor of Science in Design/Architecture from Clemson University. He is also a board member for Dash for the Beads, a non-profit organization that promotes healthy eating and physical activity for grade school children. In the recent past, he was Board Chair for Junior Players, Dallas’ oldest children’s theater, as well as a board member for AIA Dallas. Broughton has been recognized by the Dallas Business JournalEngineering News-Record and the American Institute of Architects (AIA) for his exemplary leadership in the architectural profession.

KAI Design & Build is a national 100+ person design and build firm headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri.

Lori Owens joins McGrath & Associates as Project Accountant

Lori Owens

McGrath & Associates has hired Lori Owens of Alton, IL, as project accountant. Owens has 24 years of experience in payroll, office management, accounting and project management support for several construction industry organizations. She has a clerical bookkeeping diploma from United College and is a trained Community Emergency Response Team and Medical Reserve Corp volunteer.

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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