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.

McGrath hires Jacob Morten as Project Estimator

Jacob Morten

McGrath & Associates has hired Jacob Morten of Bethalto, IL, as project estimator. Morten, who previously worked at McGrath as an intern in estimating, has a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville and an OSHA 30-hour Construction Safety and Health certification. 

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.

Western Specialty Contractors Hires Douglas Martin as Branch Manager of its Tulsa, OK Branch

Douglas Martin

Western Specialty Contractors has hired Douglas Martin as Branch Manager of its Tulsa, OK branch. Douglas comes to Western with 26 years of industry experience. In his new position, Douglas will be responsible for marketing, sales, estimating, oversight of operations and administrative functions, as well as the safety of all branch employees and the productivity of the 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 and maintaining customer relationships.

Douglas is certified in the following: Project Manager Professional (PMP), Colorado Carpenter’s Apprenticeship Program, OSHA 40-Hour, Air Borne Pathogen, CPR and First Aid, IICRC-WRT, Applied Structural Drying, Applied Microbial Remediation and Xactmate.

He is a member of the International Facility Managers Association (IFMA) and the Oklahoma Hospital Engineers Association (OHEA), and is involved with the Tulsa United Way, Rebuild Tulsa and Habitat for Humanity.

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. 

Balles Named Data Center Services Account Manager at Murphy

Michael Balles

Michael Balles has been named data center services account manager at Murphy Company, a leading mechanical contracting and engineering firm. The announcement was made by Eric Gottschlich, director of data center services.

Balles has more than 30 years’ experience in the design and construction of data centers, network switching facilities, call centers, cable television head ends, cell sites, and healthcare facilities. Most recently, he was director of design services for Venyu Solutions LLC, a Baton Rouge, LA-based company offering datacenter colocation; hosted exchange; cloud and virtual hosting; cloud backup; and managed hosting services.  Prior to that, he served as technical director for  Data Specialties, Inc. From 2001 to 2012 he was director of design services, then vice president of design services for the Bick Group.  Earlier, he served as a project manager, senior designer and CAD-IS manager for The Wischmeyer Architects.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental design from the University of Missouri-Columbia.  He is an associate member of the American Institute of Architects and a member of the AutoCAD Users Group International.  He is a past member of the Construction Specification Institute, AFCOM, Uptime Institute, ICOR, and BICSI (Building Industry Consulting Service International).

Finnegan Joins Murphy Co. as BIM/HVAC Designer

Brad Finnegan

Brad Finnegan has joined Murphy Company, a leading mechanical contracting and engineering firm, as a BIM/HVAC (Building Information Modeling/Heating, Ventilation and Air-Conditioning) designer. The announcement was made by Patrick Bastow, supervisor, BIM production.

A 2017 graduate of Saint Louis University, Finnegan holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology.  He studied mechanical engineering in Madrid, Spain in spring 2015.  While an undergraduate he also was an intern at Hunter Engineering and a computer aided design (CAD) teaching assistant at Saint Louis University.

An active community volunteer, Finnegan was a Jesuit Community Scholar and also held an Ignation Scholarship while attending Saint Louis University.  He also  received a Presidential Service Award in May 2013 for his community service work.

Murphy Company is one of the nation’s top mechanical contracting and engineering firms delivering innovative solutions to the commercial, industrial and institutional markets.  


Ben Haberberger

Haberberger, Inc. is pleased to announce the addition of two new team members. Ben Haberberger, who represents the fourth generation in the 69-year-old family owned mechanical contracting firm, has joined as a project manager/estimator in the plumbing department. Additionally, Jennifer Wilson has been hired as a receptionist and will also be in charge of accounts payable for the company.

Jennifer Wilson

Haberberger, of Ballwin, Mo., most recently worked as a project engineer for the Tinuum Group – formerly Clean Coal Solutions Services – located in St. Louis. He also previously served as a facility manager at the company’s Creek Power Plant in Fannin, Texas. Haberberger holds a mechanical engineering degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia. In his new role at Haberberger, Inc., he will be responsible for assisting in the growth of the new plumbing department.

Prior to joining Haberberger, Inc., Wilson served in Accounts Payable and Payroll roles at Sachs Electric and Bobcat of St. Louis. In her new position, she will be responsible for performing receptionist duties, processing invoices and issuing payments. Wilson resides in Barnhart, Mo.

Haberberger, Inc. is a 69-year-old mechanical contracting company that offers complete HVAC installation, customized maintenance programs, process piping and piping fabrication, plumbing and refrigeration and energy management services to a variety of industrial and commercial customers.

Business Development and Marketing Veteran Joins Guarantee Electrical Company

Cindy Bambini

The executive management team at Guarantee Electrical Company (GECO) is thrilled to announce long-time industry veteran, Cindy Bambini has joined GECO as Vice President of Business Development and Marketing. With 20+ years as a Business Development leader, Cindy will lead, organize and coordinate efforts of the GECO team-based business development activities as well as oversee the company marketing efforts, including marketing strategy, brand positioning, and budgeting.

Prior to joining GECO, Ms. Bambini was the Director of Business Development for CRB, a national engineering, architecture and construction manager with a focus on BioPharma, Food & Beverage and Science & Technology markets. Additionally she has served in various roles such as Ameren Partnership Manager on the “Pure Power” program; Director of Business Development Manager for Brightergy; and spent 17 years in engineering and business development with AT&T.

In addition to her B.S. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Missouri – Columbia and MBA from Washington University in St. Louis, Cindy is a LEED/Green Associate. Cindy also currently serves as an Advisory Board Member for St. Louis Earth Day, as well as President of the Board of Directors for the Kirkwood School District Foundation.

Founded in 1902, St. Louis based Guarantee Electrical is consistently ranked among the largest electrical contractors in the United States.  

Margaret McDonald Elevated to Marketing Principal for HOK’s St. Louis Office

Margaret McDonald

Margaret McDonald, LEED AP, has been named to oversee client and community outreach for HOK’s St. Louis studio as its new marketing principal and one of four office leaders. McDonald assumes this new role after serving over two years as HOK’s director of interiors in St. Louis, during which she led significant workplace and hospitality projects with clients including Ameren, Square, Microsoft, Missouri Foundation for Health and Koman Group.


In her new role, McDonald will work to expand regional awareness of HOK’s brand and its reputation as a leader in architecture and design.
“I have established three-month, six-month and nine-month goals for the marketing team to determine how we can better showcase our fantastic people and work,” said McDonald. “We want people to hear about us and say, ‘Wow! I need to work with them!’”

“Margaret was the natural choice for this position,” said Lance Cage, LEED AP, managing principal for HOK’s St. Louis office. “She is remarkably connected within the community, has a great rapport with clients and partners and understands how to create great experiences for clients. I’m elated that she will take on this role while still acting as key client contact and principal-in-charge of several projects.”
McDonald joins the senior leadership team at HOK’s St. Louis office during a time of remarkable growth. The St. Louis Business Journal recently recognized HOK as both the region’s largest architecture and interior design firm based on the number of full-time professionals. Eric Mersmann, formerly of Perkins+Will in Chicago, has returned to St. Louis, his hometown, to assume McDonald’s role as director of interiors.

“The interiors team is in great hands with Eric,” said McDonald. “But I don’t plan on being too far removed from the design practice. I see my new role as marketing principal as more of an expansion of my responsibilities rather than an outright change.”

In addition to her more than 20 years of experience as an interior designer, McDonald has served on numerous St. Louis nonprofits and boards. She is currently the vice chair of the Downtown St. Louis Community Improvement District Board, president of the board of Perennial STL and part of the Women’s Leadership Society for the United Way of Greater St. Louis. Her past volunteer work includes serving as chair of St. Louis Design Week, participating in Leadership St. Louis® and serving on the boards of the Laumeier Sculpture Park building committee and Metro Theater Company. She is a past recipient of a “40 Under 40” honor from the St. Louis Business Journal.

HOK is a global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm. Through a network of 23 offices worldwide, HOK provides design excellence and innovation to create places that enrich people’s lives and help clients succeed. DesignIntelligence consistently ranks HOK as a leader in ​​sustainable, high-performance design and technology innovation.

September 8, 2017

Midas Hospitality Hires Jim Cavallo and Promotes Michael Heater as Regional Operations Leaders.

Jim Cavello

In this position, both Cavallo and Heater will oversee approximately 12 to 15 hotels, creating and cultivating an environment that complements Midas Hospitality’s vision.  This includes a hands-on leadership approach with respect to top-line revenue, guest service, profitability, and associate satisfaction.  They will guide each hotel’s general manager in all aspects of hotel operations, as well as support their training and growth in order to achieve success.  Cavallo and Heater will ensure brand compliance and set department goals in regard to achieving top rankings for service with all brands.

Michael Heater

Cavallo has more than 27 years of hotel experience in multi-property management.  Prior to joining Midas Hospitality, he held numerous positions including area vice president and regional general manager for companies located throughout the country.  Heater, who has more than 25 years of hospitality experience, joined Midas Hospitality in 2013 as a Hotel General Manager in Greenville, S.C.  The success of this hotel and his ability to develop his staff has resulted in his career advancement.  Prior to Midas, he worked in numerous manager capacities at several South Carolina hotels.

“We are extremely fortunate to have both Jim and Michael in these leadership positions,” said Rob Willard, President and Principal.  “They both possess the background we need to oversee our new and existing properties.”

Founded in 2006, Midas Hospitality has developed, opened and currently manages numerous properties including 40 hotels in 14 states.  The company serves global brands including Hilton, IHG, Marriott, and Starwood.  Midas Hospitality’s headquarters are located at 1804 Borman Circle Dr. in Maryland Heights, Mo.  For more information, call (314) 692-0100 or visit

Mehaffy is promoted at Tarlton Corp.

Becky Mehaffy

Tarlton Corp., a St. Louis-based general contracting and construction management firm, promoted Becky Mehaffy to workforce manager. In her role, Mehaffy will be responsible for the day-to-day coordination of Tarlton’s field workforce. This includes the staffing of projects, working with superintendents and project managers on project startup and execution needs, developing future field leaders, and extending Tarlton’s community outreach in the area of workforce development.

Mehaffy brings to the position more than a dozen years of experience at Tarlton, most recently serving as a contractor management representative at the firm’s projects for Monsanto Co. She began her career at Tarlton as a laborer apprentice on the Facilities One segment of the Cross County MetroLink Expansion project. She proudly serves as a third-generation laborer in the local construction industry, following in the footsteps of her grandfather, father and brother, who are carpenters.

In business since 1946, Tarlton Corp. is a WBENC-Certified Women’s Business Enterprise that completes projects for wide-ranging clients in the commercial, life sciences, health care, institutional, power and industrial markets.

Staff Additions at HOK 

Chad Morris

Chad Morris, has joined HOK in St. Louis. He will support the HOK team as a project manager supporting HOK’s justice practice. Morris joins HOK from AAIC Incorporated in Collinsville, Illinois. He earned his Bachelor of Architectural Studies from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.

Lindsey Merz

Lindsey Merz, has joined HOK in St. Louis. She will continue to support the HOK team as an interior design professional working in all aspects of the project process. Merz joins HOK’s St. Louis office after having served at HOK’s Los Angeles and Houston offices. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Maryville University in St. Louis.

Steven Schneider

Steven Schneider, has joined HOK in St. Louis. He will support the HOK team as a design professional working a variety of projects currently in design. Schneider joins HOK from Zimmerman Architectural Studios in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He earned his Bachelor of Architectural Studies from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee.

Thomas Freeborn

Thomas Freeborn, has joined HOK in St. Louis. He will support the HOK team as an intern in the Planning Group. Freeborn joins HOK from his previous internship with Clearwater Cove in Lampe, Missouri. He is a junior at Purdue University pursuing his degree in Landscape Architecture.

HOK is a global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm. Through a network of 23 offices worldwide, HOK provides design excellence and innovation to create places that enrich people’s lives and help clients succeed. DesignIntelligence consistently ranks HOK as a leader in sustainable, high-performance design and technology innovation.​

KWK Architects Adds Cindy Hausler, CPSM As Director Of Marketing

Cindy Hausler

KWK Architects announces the addition of Cindy Hausler, CPSM as director of marketing. In this position, Cindy is responsible for leading marketing strategy, business development, public relations, and overall marketing activities for the firm.

A graduate of Webster University, Hausler holds a Master of Arts degree in Media Communications and a Bachelor of Arts in Management (Emphasis in Marketing). She earned her Certified Professional Services Marketer (CPSM) certification through the Society of Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) in 2008. A long-time member of SMPS, Hausler is a past president and board member of the St. Louis Chapter.

KWK principal and co-founder Paul Wuennenberg said, “We are extremely happy to have Cindy as part of our team. She is highly organized, a talented writer, and has a great eye for graphics. As our director of marketing, Cindy oversees the global brand of our company from execution of proposals to the larger picture of future markets, client engagement, and public relations. In addition to Cindy’s talent and expertise she is a wonderful person and a great asset to our overall company culture.”

Cindy Hausler also owns and operates Market Elevations, a marketing consultancy specializing in the architecture, engineering, and construction industry.

Founded in 2013 by five architects who had worked together for more than 15 years, KWK Architects specializes in design for higher education and student life. 

September 1, 2017

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.



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