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 Murphy Company

Ben Moore

Ben Moore has joined Murphy Company as an engineer, focusing on projects in the commercial group. The announcement was made by Mike Werdes, manager of engineering. Moore holds both a Master of Science and a Bachelor of Science, both in physics, from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, graduating cum laude.   His undergraduate studies concentrated on engineering while his graduate studies focused on applied physics, advanced mechanics and statistics coupled with programming applications.

Moore has work experience as a tenant finish specialist, estimating HVAC and fire protection systems, project management, sales and engineering.  During his undergraduate years, he worked summers and part-time during the school year on acoustical panel installation. He also has CAD experience.

He was an Eagle Scout with the Boy Scouts of America, a senior patrol leader, and Vigil Honor Member and Chapter Chief for the Order of the Arrow.

Murphy Company is one of the nation’s top mechanical contracting and engineering firms delivering innovative solutions to the commercial, industrial and institutional markets.  Murphy offers process piping, HVAC, refrigeration, plumbing, design-build, piping fabrication, energy solutions and 24-hour service emanating from its five locations in St. Louis, Denver, Colorado Springs, Boulder and Northern Colorado.  Murphy is ranked No. 17 on Engineering News-Record’s list of largest mechanical contractors in the United States. Founded in 1907, the firm employs more than 1,000 people nationwide. For more information, visit

Kevin Arehart

Kevin Arehart has joined Murphy Company, a leading mechanical contracting and engineering firm, as an IT support analyst.  The announcement was made by Tushar Shelar, chief information officer.

Arehart recently completed his computer studies with Launchcode. Prior to that he was a personal trainer and manager/instructor for Wellbridge Athletic Club.

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

Mary Rotter Joins G&S Architectural Products as St. Louis Area Sale Representative

Mary Rotter

St. Louis-based G&S Architectural Products has hired Mary Rotter as a sales representative for the St. Louis area. As the new go-to resource for acoustical and specialty products, Rotter will be building professional and customer relationships, estimating and providing project solutions.

Rotter joins G&S Architectural Products after 10 years as Commercial Sales Director for E.J. Welch Company, Inc., a flooring distributor. Rotter has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Missouri, where she majored in psychology and minored in environmental design.

G&S Architectural Products is a leading provider and installer of architectural products such as acoustical products, visual display boards and operable wall systems that are primarily used for commercial, education and healthcare industries.

New Hires at HOK

Madeline Johnson

Madeline Johnson, has joined HOK in St. Louis. She will support the HOK team as an intern in the Interiors Group. Johnson joins HOK as a sophomore at Maryville University pursuing her degree in Interior Design.

Kody Zedolek

Kody Zedolek, has joined HOK in St. Louis. He will support the HOK team as an architecture intern. Zedolek joins HOK as a junior at Ranken Technical College pursuing a degree in Architectural Technology.

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

Local Construction Company Adds Business Development Coordinator and Project Engineer 

IMPACT Strategies, a Fairview Heights-based construction management firm, today announced the recent hiring of Stephanie Sullivan as business development coordinator and Travis Schwartz as project engineer.

In the newly formed business development coordinator position, Sullivan is responsible for all marketing coordination and oversight, as well as providing administrative support to company management. She previously worked for a local creative company as a managing director in charge of client relationships and assisting customers with developing new brand identities and strategies. Sullivan is a resident of Highland, Illinois.

Schwartz, a resident of Prairie du Rocher, graduated from Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville in 2016 with a bachelor of science in construction management degree. His past industry experience includes work as an intern and project engineer.

Mark Hinrichs, president of IMPACT Strategies, said, “Stephanie and Travis have taken on fundamental positions within the company that will enable us to better meet the needs of our existing clients while also positioning us for future growth. Their talent, skill and experience will undoubtedly benefit our company.”

KAI Design & Build Hires Three New Employees

Tom Graff

Tom Graff of Edwardsville, IL as Construction Inspector. Graff comes to KAI with 19 years of industry experience. He has a Bachelor of Science in GIS/Environmental Planning from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, IL.

George Robin

George Robin, PE, of O’Fallon, MO as Senior Electrical Engineer. Robin comes to KAI with 41 years of industry experience, with expertise in the hospital/medical center industries. He has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis, MO and is registered with the State of Missouri as a Professional Engineer. He is also an active member of the Public Works Advisory Committee for the City of O’Fallon, MO.

Scott Schmidt

Scott Schmidt of St. Charles, MO as Electrical Designer/Revit Specialist. Schmidt comes to KAI with 15 years of industry experience. He has an Associate’s Degree from ITT Tech.

KAI Design & Build is a national 100+ person design and build firm headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri. KAI provides design and build integrated project delivery solutions through client collaboration, the latest technology, proprietary processes and individual expertise. 

October 13, 2017

S. M. Wilson Promotes Lisa Green to Assistant Controller
Lisa Green

S. M. Wilson & Co. has promoted Lisa Green to Assistant Controller. She will be responsible for company payroll, daily bank reconciliations, tax filings and implementing new company software for accounting and human resources purposes. Green joined S. M. Wilson in 2007 as Payroll Manager.

“Every time we need someone to step up and fill a role or learn something new, Lisa is right there ready to help however she can, ready for any challenge,” said Mike Mangiore, Controller at S. M. Wilson.

Green holds an Associates Degree in Accounting and Business Administration from Rock Valley College and has 26 years of experience processing payroll, 15 years of that acting as Payroll Manager.

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

Spellman Brady Hires Samantha Golden 

Samantha Golden

Spellman Brady and Company is pleased to announce that Samantha Golden has joined the firm as a Designer.  In this role, she will utilize her talents in developing comprehensive interior design solutions for the senior living market sector.

Ms. Golden is a graduate of Southeast Missouri State University where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Interior Design and minor in Architectural Design.  She brings five years of interior design experience from the hospitality industry, which is valuable in the changing environments she designs.

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

Midas Hospitality Hires New Regional Operations Leader

Deb Benhoff

Deb Benhoff brings more than 25 years of hospitality experience to the position 

Midas Hospitality, a premier hotel management group, recently hired Deb Benhoff as Regional Operations Leader.

In this position, Benhoff will oversee multiple hotels and ensure each one is in accordance with the parent company’s vision.  She will be responsible for providing a hands-on leadership approach with respect to top-line revenue, guest service, profitability, and associate satisfaction.  Benhoff will be involved with each hotel’s operations, which includes ensuring brand compliance and setting department goals to achieve first-rate service.

Benhoff has more than 25 years of hospitality experience.  Prior to joining Midas Hospitality, she worked as a regional manager at a multi-property management company located in Wisconsin.  She also has worked as a general manager, as well as a rooms division director, for various national hotel and management organizations.

“Deb’s extensive experience makes her a tremendous asset for our growing company,” said Rob Willard, President and Principal.  “She will play an integral role on our managerial team, and we look forward to her input and her supervision pertaining to our properties.”

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

Tony Correnti Earns FMP Designation

Tony Correnti

Tony Correnti, a facilities specialist with Spire (formerly The Laclede Group), has attained credentials as a Facility Management Professional (FMP).

Correnti took an extensive course and passed assessments in four focus areas to achieve the FMP designation. Professionals who earn the designation demonstrate a proven comprehension of the foundations of facility management and knowledge in the core facility management topics deemed critical by employers.

Correnti is entering his 10th year in facilities management. He worked for Patriot Coal before joining St. Louis-based Spire in May 2015. As a member of Spire’s facilities team, Correnti creates and maintains functional and sustainable spaces for the utility.

He joined IFMA (International Facility Management Association) St. Louis in January 2017.

IFMA St. Louis offers its members a learning and networking environment among its diverse membership, and supplies its members with the tools to achieve their professional goals. Started in 1985, IFMA St. Louis has more than 250 members representing small and Fortune 500 companies throughout the region.

Leah Behlmann Promoted To Director Of Membership Services At Site Improvement Association

Leah Behlmann

The SITE Improvement Association has promoted Leah Behlmann to Director of Membership Services. In her new role she is responsible for managing all member recruitment activities, meetings, communications, conferences and social events, as well as SITE’s social media channels, website and the weekly EZ Bid program of new project listings for members.  Leah has been with SITE for the past five years, starting as an Administrative Assistant and most recently as Coordinator of Member Activities.  She holds Bachelor of Arts in Finance from Southeast Missouri State University.

“Leah has been an integral part of SITE’s continued growth over the past five years, and we are pleased to make her part of our leadership team,” said Terry Briggs, Executive Director of SITE Improvement Association. 

SITE is an independent construction contractor group representing more than 180 contractors and businesses primarily in the concrete, earthmoving, landscaping, asphalt paving, highway/bridge, sewer/utility and specialty construction segments.

October 6, 2017

Chris Laughman, Attains Credentials as Facility Management Professional

Chris Laughman

Chris Laughman, past president of the St. Louis Chapter of IFMA (International Facility Management Association), has attained credentials as a Facility Management Professional (FMP).

Laughman took an extensive course and passed assessments in four focus areas to achieve the FMP designation. Professionals who earn the designation demonstrate a proven comprehension of the foundations of facility management and knowledge in the core facility management topics deemed critical by employers.

This designation adds to Laughman’s considerable experience and expertise in facility management and operations, including sustainability practices. He also holds several other designations: CFM (Certified Facility Manager), SFP (Sustainability Facility Professional) and LEED AP O+M (LEED AP Operations + Maintenance).

Laughman has more than a decade of experience in facility management. He most recently served as assistant vice president and director of facilities for the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. He led all real estate functions for the Eighth District of the Federal Reserve Bank with locations in St. Louis, Little Rock, Louisville, Memphis and Washington, D.C. He has been a member of IFMA St. Louis since 2010. He served as the chapter’s president from July 1, 2015 to June 3

IFMA St. Louis offers its members a learning and networking environment among its diverse membership, and supplies its members with the tools to achieve their professional goals.

Danze & Gerber Welcome Mike Walleck as Director of Sales

Mike Walleck

Danze and Gerber, both leaders in the decorative plumbing fixtures category, have announced the addition of Mike Walleck as their director of sales for the Western Region.

Mike brings more than 20 years of experience to the Danze and Gerber teams.  He was most recently sales director at Ward Manufacturing, where he honed his management skills overseeing a sales team that included manufacturer representatives in more than 10 states.

Prior to joining Ward, Mike spent time at well-known plumbing, HVAC and building products companies, including TOTO USA, American Standard and Mohawk Industries, among others.

In his role with Danze and Gerber, Mike will manage and implement the companies’ sales strategies in the Western Region in conjunction with a team of regional managers and manufacturer representative agencies. He will work across several vertical customer channels, including residential builders, plumbers, hospitality, multi-family and more.

Cyndi Walker Retiring from G&S Architectural Products After 32 Years

Cyndi Walker

G&S Architectural Products, a St. Louis-based specialty contractor providing and installing architectural products including  acoustical panels, visual display boards and operable wall systems for commercial, education and healthcare industries, is saying farewell to colleague and good friend Cyndi Walker after 32 years of employment.

Walker began her career on August 29, 1985 at G&S Architectural Products, then known as Golterman & Sabo, as an Estimator. After just five days on the job, Walker was promoted to Senior Estimator. Within two years, she became a Sales Representative.

Walker and Herb Golterman worked together under the leadership of the company’s namesakes Edward Golterman and Steve Sabo, Sr. Herb Golterman would meet with local architects to get copies of plan drawings that he would then bring back to the office where he and Walker would look through them to do product take-offs. For years, Walker and Golterman worked side-by-side together for every sale.

“After joining our Sales team, Cyndi suggested that our company should work closely with both architects and general contractors — changing the company’s focus from only being architects,” says Herb Golterman, President of G&S Architectural Products. “Her idea is a large part of why our company has grown and been so successful.”

Since she started in1985, company sales have grown from less than $1 million annually to where they are today at more than $23 million. Walker is well-known among her peers, customers and local area architects and will be greatly missed in her retirement. Walker’s last day is October 27th.

G&S Architectural Products, a premier provider and installer of specialty building products, began operations in 1946 under the name of Herbert Golterman Company.

Ross & Baruzzini Names Former Amtrak Executive Megan Huff

Megan Huff

Ross & Baruzzini, Inc., an international consulting and design firm, has appointed Megan Huff vice president and managing principal of its Macro division, one of the leading rail, transit and public safety radio systems engineering consulting firms in the U.S. Huff will oversee the development of high-end consultancy, planning and engineering services in rail, transit and other mission-critical industries.

With 20 years of experience in the transportation sector, Huff has compiled a record of success in the end-to-end delivery of complex, high priority projects on tight schedules within mission critical service organizations. She specializes in enabling business process change through technology and brings a consistent history of delivering value to the bottom line through process improvements and technology modernization.  Most recently, Huff was deputy chief and senior director of operations technology for Amtrak where she led and directed technology related to strategic planning, project development and implementation for business lines and support organizations in operations, representing 80% of Amtrak’s 20,000 employees.

Huff earned her bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University and is a certified portfolio management professional through the Project Management Institute.

Macro, a division of Ross & Baruzzini, was founded in 1968 and is headquartered in Chalfont, Pa.  The firm was acquired by Ross & Baruzzini in 2013 and specializes in the planning, design and engineering of state-of-the-art command and control, communications and information systems. Macro has approximately 20 people on staff.

Founded in St. Louis in 1953, Ross & Baruzzini ( is a premier international consulting and design firm continually ranked among the top companies in the U.S. It provides advanced design solutions in the transportation, healthcare, government, higher education and mission-critical markets.

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