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.

Haberberger Welcomes Francis Leisure As Service Project Manager 

Francis Leisure

Haberberger, Inc. is pleased to announce the newest addition to its growing team. Francis Leisure, of Oakville, has been hired to serve as service project manager with the Affton-based mechanical contracting company.

Leisure brings to Haberberger more than 10 years’ experience in the HVAC-R mechanical engineering industry, as well as seven years of experience in facilities management. In his new role, he will be working with building owners and facility end-users, delivering engineered HVAC-R mechanical solutions and services. Additionally, Leisure will collaborate with other members of the team, utilizing his expertise to help create the most cost-efficient and state-of-the-art project designs possible.

“We are excited to add Francis to our service team,” said Mark Haberberger, Vice President of Service for Haberberger. “His knowledge and experience in HVAC-R will be valuable in building relationships with our clients and fulfilling their needs in the years to come.”

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. For more information, call 314-631-3324 or visit

S. M. WILSON Promotes Mark Cochran to Chief Operating Officer

Mark Cochran

S. M. Wilson & Co. has promoted Mark Cochran to Chief Operating Officer (COO). Cochran serves as the firm’s first COO.

Cochran will be responsible for the leadership of all construction operations related functions and charged with ensuring the achievement of safe, profitable, and quality work in a manner that fulfills the S. M. Wilson Core Purpose, “To build great value, relationships and careers while having fun in the process”.

In partnership with Amy Berg, President and as a member of the Executive Committee, Cochran will be heavily involved in strategic planning, developing new market strategies, high-level financial decision making and planning and developing company-wide systems and processes.

“We promoted Mark because of his steadfastness and professionalism under pressure, his problem-solving abilities, his strategic thinking, and his unwavering commitment to our Core Purpose and Core Values. Mark has influenced many positive changes over the years which resulted in the significant successes that you see today,” stated Amy Berg, President.

Cochran began as an intern with S. M. Wilson in 1999. Over his 17 year tenure, Mark has managed $500,000,000+ of projects. He holds a B.S. Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois –Urbana-Champaign. He is a graduate of the Construction Leadership Institute hosted by Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and has his ASHE Healthcare Construction Certificate.

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

Gateco Development Welcomes Christopher Leonard As Vice President Of Development And Construction

Chris Leonard

Gateco Development, a Gatesworth enterprise, is pleased to announce the recent hiring of Christopher Leonard of Wildwood, Mo., as Vice President of Development and Construction. In this position, Leonard oversees all new building construction and ongoing maintenance and renovations of all existing properties in The Gatesworth community. This includes the Gatesworth’s independent living community, McKnight Place Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing – all on the 15-acre University City campus; as well as Parc Provence Memory Care in Creve Coeur.

Having previously worked in commercial construction management and general contracting for two leading local construction firms and a large hospital system, Leonard brought to Gateco more than 15 years of experience in every phase of architectural services and construction oversight. He earned his Master of Science in Construction Engineering – with a specialization in business management – from Washington University. He also has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering – with a specialization in construction management – from the University of Missouri-Rolla, (now Missouri S&T).

“Since joining Gateco, Chris has seamlessly juggled roles as developer, general contractor, owner’s rep and operator, overseeing construction of the new $32 million McKnight Place Assisted Living expansion,” noted Charles Deutsch, owner of The Gatesworth. “He and the team at Gateco contribute daily to both the overall comfort and wellbeing of Gatesworth residents, and also to the Gatesworth’s enduring reputation for quality.”

For more information on Gateco Development, visit or call 314-372-2279. For details on The Gatesworth community and its continuum of care services, visit or call (314) 993-0111.

Named one of the nation’s “Top 10 Retirement Communities” by Forbes Magazine, The Gatesworth opened its doors in 1988 and established itself as a pioneer in providing area seniors with a variety of quality services in a warm, residential environment.

December 15, 2017

Industry Veteran, Joseph McGauley Joins Colliers International Group Inc.

Joseph McGauley

Leading global commercial real estate services firm Colliers International Group Inc. recently named Joseph McGauley, SIOR, CRE as an executive vice president in its St. Louis office. McGauley, 58, has worked in the commercial real estate industry for nearly 36 years, beginning in 1982.

Focused on corporate services, McGauley’s expertise is managing large, international real estate portfolios. Having represented companies from family sized to multi-national corporations, he has completed numerous transactions with an aggregate value of over $1 billion.

“As a business real estate advisor, my strategic approach provides clients with more organization, cost savings and an overall understanding of how real estate can add value to their respective businesses,” he says. “I look forward to sharing my expertise with the Colliers team and clientele.”

Prior to joining Colliers International, McGauley was president of Gershman Commercial Equities, a private real estate investment group that began in 2015. Before this, he was a founding member of Gateway Commercial in St. Louis. Gateway was the alliance successor of Cushman & Wakefield’s local branch, which McGauley opened back in 1989. Throughout his career, he has been in multiple leadership positions helping a number of brokerage advisors succeed in the industry.

Since Colliers’ acquisition of Gateway in Sept. 2015, the firm has expanded its brokerage and property management services, with approximately 60 employees locally. In 2016 and 2017, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch ranked Colliers as one of the Top Workplaces in St. Louis.

Colliers International Group Inc. (NASDAQ and TSX: CIGI) is an industry leading global real estate services company with 15,000 skilled professionals operating in 68 countries.

Sondra Rotty Promoted at Tarlton Corp.

Sondra Rotty

Tarlton Corp., a St. Louis-based general contracting and construction management firm, promoted Sondra Rotty, LEED AP BD+C, to project director.

Previously serving as senior project manager, Rotty joined Tarlton as a project engineer in 2005.She has specialized in large, complex projects completed on fast-track schedules and is a member of Tarlton’s team that serves higher education clients.

Rotty has managed or worked on many notable LEED-certified Tarlton projects, including the award-winning Olin Business School expansion (Knight and Bauer Halls) and the Bryan Hall Renovation, both at Washington University in St. Louis. She also served on the Tarlton-Pepper-KAI joint venture team for the expansion of the Saint Louis Art Museum. For the U.S. General Services Administration, she managed Tarlton’s renovation of the Charles F. Prevedel Federal Building in Overland, Mo., and was a member of the teams that constructed the 500,000-square-foot National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis and built out the Rush Hudson Limbaugh Sr. U.S. Courthouse in Cape Girardeau, Mo.

Rotty is leading the Tarlton team that will construct a new Center for Nursing and Health Sciences on the Forest Park campus of St. Louis Community College. Construction on the LEED-registered project will begin in 2018. She is also managing the Tarlton team on the renovation of Stephen and Peter Sachs Museum at Missouri Botanical Garden.

Rotty holds a Master of Science degree in engineering management and a Bachelor of Science degree in architectural engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla. She became a LEED Accredited Professional in 2008 and this year earned the LEED AP BD+C designation, recognizing her expertise in the sustainable design and construction of institutional and commercial buildings.

A past winner of the St. Louis Business Journal’s “30 Under 30” award, Rotty is a member of the Engineers’ Club of St. Louis and the Society of Women Engineers. She serves on the Girl Scouts Focus Area STEM Committee for the Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri, an organization for which she also volunteers, and she previously volunteered with Girls Inc. of St. Louis.

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, also providing special expertise in concrete construction and restoration as well as hydro excavation and industrial vacuum services.

William Edwards Jr. Named Executive Vice President & Chief Information Officer at Midwest BankCentre

Bill Edwards

William Edwards Jr. has been promoted to executive vice president and chief information officer at Midwest BankCentre. He also joins the bank’s executive management committee. The announcement was made by Midwest BankCentre Chairman and CEO Jim Watson.

Edwards continues to lead the deposit operations and information technology teams. He is responsible for defining and delivering the technologies and systems required to support the bank’s strategic goals and for ensuring compliance with regulatory agencies.

Edwards earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Missouri-Columbia and his master’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in finance from Saint Louis University. He is a board member of Encore Building Solutions and on the advisory board of Covenant Technology Partners.

Midwest BankCentre has been a mainstay of St. Louis community banking since 1906. Currently, it ranks among St. Louis’ largest locally owned banks with assets of about $1.8 billion and deposits of $1.3 billion. It provides integrated financial services with expertise in commercial, retail and digital banking; business cash management; mortgage lending; consumer lending; and insurance. The bank is a local leader in the St. Louis 

Regional Unbanked Task Force and its Bank-On Save-Up St. Louis initiative. Since 2001, Midwest BankCentre has consecutively achieved the Bauer Financial 5-Star Superior financial rating each quarter.

December 8, 2017

Brinkmann Constructors Promotes Andy McDonell to Vice President; Leads Kansas City Office

Andy McDonell

Brinkmann Constructors has promoted Andy McDonell to vice president and appointed him to lead its regional office in Kansas City. During McDonell’s 18 years with Brinkmann Constructors, he has led many of the company’s major multifamily, renovation, senior living and institutional/government projects. His construction experience spans 30 years.

“Under Andy’s leadership, our vision is to deepen business relationships, build new ones and strengthen our culture with our employee-owners,” said Brian Satterthwaite, president of Brinkmann Constructors.

McDonell’s leadership of the firm’s Kansas City office deepens hands-on management of the company’s expanding regional operations. It also positions Brinkmann for strategic growth.

“Our team’s ability to generate creative solutions and add value to our clients’ building investments is earning us strong repeat business with our customers in the Kansas City region,” Satterthwaite noted.

The office is located 8700 Indian Creek Parkway, Suite 150, Overland Park, Kansas 66210; phone: 913-717-9007.

Brinkmann Constructors is a national general contractor that has completed about $4 billion in construction since its founding in 1984.

December 1, 2017

RSS Roofing Services & Solutions Announces Hire of Project Manager

Aaron Hammerstone

Aaron Hammerstone brings six years of industry experience to St. Louis position

RSS Roofing Services & Solutions, a national commercial design-bid-build roofing contractor, announces the hire of Aaron Hammerstone as Project Manager. Hammerstone brings six years of management experience to his new position.

“We are elated to have Aaron join the RSS St. Louis team,” said Joe Lauberth, general manager of RSS St. Louis. “Aaron’s experience and knowledge will make him a great asset to the company.”

Hammerstone received his B.S. in Construction Management from Missouri State University with a 3.88 GPA. Prior to joining the RSS St. Louis team, Hammerstone was employed at Kirberg Company as a Project Manager. In this role, he conducted roof and maintenance inspections as well as managed sales and large-scale projects.

“RSS is an industry leader and I am thrilled to be a part of the team,” said Hammerstone. “I am looking forward to working with the talented individuals at RSS.”

RSS St. Louis was founded in 1895. Through a commitment to integrity, service and reliability, RSS remains a leader in commercial roofing for both Missouri and Illinois. 

Spellman Brady Increases Staff of EDAC Designers 

Liz Tung

Liz Tung Receives Evidence-based Design Accreditation and Certification (EDAC).  

Spellman Brady & Company is proud to announce that Liz Tung, Designer has earned her Evidence-based Design Accreditation and Certification (EDAC).  Ms. Tung is the most recent Spellman Brady designer to receive EDAC.

Evidence-Based Design (EBD) is the process of basing healthcare facility planning and design decisions about the built environment on credible research to achieve the best possible patient, staff and operational outcomes.  Research evidence attests to the fact that the physical environment impacts patient stress, patient and staff safety, staff effectiveness and quality of care provided in hospitals and other healthcare settings.

In order to earn EDAC, Ms. Tung passed a two-hour, 110-question multiple-choice exam. The exam’s five sections tested her on EBD in healthcare, the research process, the pre-design process, construction, and occupancy.  The exam certifies professional’s ability to practice the EBD process.

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

Franklin D. Shelton Jr. Named Vice President and Commercial Lender at Midwest BankCentre

Franklin D. Shelton Jr.

Franklin D. Shelton Jr. has joined Midwest BankCentre as vice president and commercial lender. He markets the bank’s credit products to serve both low- to moderate-income customers and emerging market communities. He serves as credit administrator for the bank’s Community and Economic Development loan portfolio and partners with local organizations to build marketing and community service alliances. He has 28 years of banking and finance experience.

Shelton serves on the board of the Metro St. Louis Coalition for Inclusion and Equity (M-SLICE) and is a member of the Heartland St. Louis Black Chamber of Commerce. He earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration with an accounting major from Indiana University, Bloomington, Ind., and his master’s degree in business administration at Webster University in St. Louis.

Midwest BankCentre has been a mainstay of St. Louis community banking since 1906. Currently, it ranks among St. Louis’ largest locally owned banks with assets of about $1.8 billion and deposits of $1.3 billion. 

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