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.

Winco Window Company Announces Bill Krenn as Company’s New President

Bill Krenn

Winco Window Company announces Bill Krenn as the company’s new president. Krenn has been with Winco since 1996 and has served in various capacities, including director of human resources, treasurer, vice president, and most recently, chief financial officer.  Krenn will replace John Campbell, who is retiring.

As Winco’s new president, Krenn will be focused on the overall direction of the company’s sales outreach and operations in concert with the vision of family ownership. Winco has been a family owned and operated manufacturer for more than 100 years, when it first established by Johann “Otto” Kubatzky.

Krenn sees a bright future in product development for specialty niche markets, such as tornado, hurricane, blast protection, solar products and technology-based automated window products.   Winco has recently introduced popular customer-focused services, such as pre-packaging trim kits in one bundle for easier installation; a state of the art online customer tracking tool; and an express program that offers custom windows in about two weeks.

Krenn is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants as well as the Missouri Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Krenn graduated from the University of Missouri, St. Louis, where he received his Bachelors of Science in Business Administration in 1977. He attended the Masters of Business Administration program at St. Louis University from 1981-1985.

For more information, contact Winco Window Company at (314) 725.8088 or visit

November 17, 2017
S. M. Wilson Hires Steven Meeks, PE As Vice President Of Pre-Construction & Estimating
Steven Meeks

Meeks brings 30 years of construction expertise to the position. In his new role, Meeks will lead and guide S. M. Wilson’s Pre-Construction and Estimating efforts. He will provide oversight and assistance to project teams for budget tracking, cost analysis, forecasting, cost negotiations and change orders; ensuring accuracy and completeness. Meeks has the ultimate responsibility for ensuring the company successfully negotiates and bids projects.

“Steven will be a wonderful addition to our strong established estimating and pre-construction team,” states Amy Berg, S. M. Wilson & Co. President. His years of leadership and experience will help our team fine tune our processes to better serve our clients. S. M. Wilson is constantly evaluating how we can go Beyond the Build to better serve our employees, clients and partners and Steve will be an integral part of our growth moving forward.”

Meeks is a Registered Professional Engineer in Missouri and holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Washington University.

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

Holland Construction’s Fred Dintelman Retires

Fred Dintelman and a couple of his grandkids at his retirement party

Trenton, Ill. Resident, Fred Dintelman retired Nov. 3 from Holland Construction Services (Holland) in Swansea, IL where he has worked since 2005 as a senior project manager..

Dintelman worked 19 years for Poettker Consruction as their first project manager, eventually working his way up to vice president of project management.” In 2005, Holland recruited Dintelman. But his path had crossed with several Holland employees years earlier, including that of Mike Marchal, current president at Holland. Marchal remembers meeting Dintelman for the first time through their high school-aged children who were both involved in theater. I immediately realized I was in the presence of a very likable gentleman. Words I associate with Fred are integrity, a can-do attitude, humility and a true family man.”

Dintelman said he is looking forward to spending a lot more time with his wife and their six grandchildren, and also having the time to enjoy traveling and golf.

Marchal said it will be difficult to adjust to an empty office two doors to the right – the very one Dintelman occupied for 12 years. “The legacy of what Fred leaves behind includes servant leadership and a whole lot of mentoring those around him. Fred’s unwavering work ethic could regularly be seen when putting his head down and working hard, whether it was during the week or weekends, to meet a project deadline. He never hesitated to take time to mentor our people. Even during the final weeks of his career, it was really neat to watch Fred taking younger colleagues under his wing to ensure that their transition in serving clients and projects transpired as smoothly as possible. Fred truly is a friend to all of us. He’s irreplaceable.”

Brinkmann Constructors Promotes Mike Duehren To Project Director

Mike Duehren

Brinkmann Constructors has promoted Mike Duehren to Project Director. Duehren has more than 17 years of experience in the construction industry and a 14-year tenure with Brinkmann Constructors where he has lead many large multifamily and senior living facilities. As a Project Director, Duehren is responsible for all operational planning activities, and has overall responsibility for quality, schedule, and cost. In addition, he is responsible for multiple planning meetings to outline the goals and objectives of the project and the working relationships of the team members. Duehren received his Bachelor of Science degree from University of Missouri, Rolla in 2000 and is a LEED Accredited Professional.

KAI Design & Build Hires Michael Hein as Chief Integration Officer

Michael Hein

KAI Design & Build proudly announces the addition of Michael Hein, AIA, PMP, as Chief Integration Officer.

In his new role as the firm’s Chief Integration Officer, Hein will work closely with KAI President Michael Kennedy, Jr. to drive the firm’s strategic initiatives, plus work to incorporate the highest level of efficiency in terms of communication and operating systems within the company.

Hein is a Registered Architect, Business Unit Leader and Program Manager with progressive managerial and leadership skills in operations, design and engineering management, program and project management, construction management, and business development.

“We are really excited to add Michael to our staff. He is highly regarded as a collaborative leader focused on delivering technical facilities to clients requiring multi-disciplined design services, system integration and document coordination,” said Kennedy, Jr. “He will be a true asset to our company and allow me to delegate so we can focus on more corporate initiatives and move the company forward.”

Hein has a Master of Urban Design/Architecture from The City University of New York and a Bachelor of Science in Geography from the University of Wisconsin -Eau Claire. He is a Registered Architect in Missouri, Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan and is currently a member of the Project Management Institute (PMI) and the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

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

November 10, 2017

S. M. Wilson Hires Kristyn Newbern as business development manager
Kristyn Newbern

S. M. Wilson & Co. has hired Kristyn Newbern as Business Development Manager.

Newbern will be the business development lead for S. M. Wilson’s healthcare and higher education market sectors. She will assist in acquiring new clients, maintaining existing relationships and elevating S. M. Wilson within the community.

Newbern holds an M.S. in Engineering Management and a B.S. in Engineering Management from Missouri University of Science & Technology.

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

Ivanov Rejoins Murphy Co. as Service Operations Manager

Alexander Ivanov

Aleksandr Ivanov has rejoined Murphy Company as service operations manager. The announcement was made by Chris Carter, vice president, service.

Ivanov holds a bachelor’s degree in management and leadership from Maryville University where he was on the dean’s list, graduating with a 3.8 GPA.  He worked in Murphy’s service department from 2014 to March of 2017, providing computer and other technical support, including handling data and developing enhanced procedures for payroll, fleet management, and coordinating with the MIS team to implement new technologies.  From 2007 to 2016, he served as an assistant general manager for Gulf Shores Restaurant and Grill.

Fluent in Russian, Ivanov provides translation services to elderly St. Louis residents, as needed. He also served as vice president of Junior Achievement of Greater St. Louis from 2005 to 2006.

“We’re delighted to have Alex back with us,” said Carter. “Because of his prior work experience here at Murphy Company, he has in-depth knowledge of our service team personnel and the support systems that back up every service call we make.”

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

NewGround Appoints New Vice President, Business Development

Cody Kelly

NewGround, a St. Louis-based experiential design-build firm, announced the selection of Cody Kelly as Vice President, Business Development. He will be responsible for working on expanding the business ventures in growth and development in the Chicago and Upper Great Lakes territory.



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