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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.

KRJ Architecture Promotes Tim Uelk, to Associate in Charge of Construction Administration. 

Tim Uelk

KRJ Architecture, a St. Louis-based architectural firm specializing in the design of educational and civic facilities, has promoted Tim Uelk, to the Associate in Charge of Construction Administration.

In this role, Uelk is responsible for managing information between building owners, the design team and contractors during the construction phase. He also assists with project cost estimates throughout the project and surveys existing building conditions.

Uelk joined KRJ in 2014 and brings to the role extensive experience in renovations, additions and new construction for educational, civic and government clients, including school districts, municipalities and ambulance districts.

“Tim consistently provides clients with the level of service that KRJ strives to sustain,” said David Kromm, president of KRJ Architecture. “His leadership adds to KRJ’s long tradition of maximizing a community’s resources through designing and enhancing new and existing community facilities.”

Uelk holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Drury University. He is a LEED Green Associate with an Associate AIA designation from the American Institute of Architects.

New Hires at Muphy Company

Charles Cova

Charles (“Jerry”) Cova has been appointed as account manager for Murphy Data Center Services. The announcement was made by Eric Gottschlich, manager, Murphy DCS. Cova has more than 17 years’ experience in the industry, having worked as a program service manager and account manager for a national firm providing facility services and consulting on data centers and other critical infrastructure.

From 2001 to 2008 he was responsible for management of HVAC, generator, UPS, battery and fire system maintenance for customers. From September 2008 to 2018 he provided account management services in local, regional and national territories.

He attended both the University of Nebraska Omaha and Saint Louis University

Murphy DCS is a turn-key data center services solution, providing strategic integration of all facility infrastructure components, from consulting, design and construction to operation and maintenance. For more information, visit

Sid Sarginson

Sid Sarginson has been named an engineer for Murphy Company. The announcement was made by Mike Werdes, vice-president, engineering. A May 2018 graduate of Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville,Sarginson holds  a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering with a math minor. He previously served as a mechanical engineering intern at both Murphy Company and at Westermeyer Industries, Inc. a designer and supplier of components for the air-conditioning and refrigeration industries.

A graduate of Jersey Community High School, Sarginson served as a 4-H Club president 2007-2010, and as the Jerseyville FFA vice president 2013-14 and FFA treasurer 2011-12. He holds an Illinois State FFA degree and was honored with the Outstanding FFA Award, among others. He also was a member of the Jersey County Young Leaders, an affiliate of the Illinois Farm Bureau, and a member of the National Honors Society.

Founded in 1907, Murphy Company is one of the nation’s top mechanical contracting and engineering firms delivering innovative solutions to the commercial, industrial and institutional markets. For more information, visit

Midas Capital Hires Director of Investor Relations

Laura Robbins

Laura Robbins brings development and managerial experience to investment company

Midas Capital, an investment company specializing in hotel acquisition and development, recently hired Laura Robbins as Director of Investor Relations.  Robbins will be responsible for establishing potential investor opportunities, as well as strengthening existing client relationships.  She will assist with raising capital, manage investor events, oversee communication strategies, and supervise marketing and research efforts.

Prior to joining Midas Capital, Robbins served as Chief Development Officer at a non-profit social services organization.  She has more than 10 years of director and development experience in various financial, hospitality, entertainment, and non-profit industries.

Robbins is currently earning her Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo.  She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree in Independent Theater Studies from the Boston University School for the Arts in Boston, Mass.

“Laura brings a wide array of fundraising and relationship management skills to our company,” said Midas Capital’s Managing Member and Co-Founder J.T. Norville.  “She is a strategic individual who will lead our efforts in the investment community while upholding our high standards of excellence.”

Midas Capital – the sister company of premier hotel management group Midas Hospitality – is located at 1804 Borman Circle in St. Louis, Mo.  For more information about Midas Capital, call (314) 692-0100 or visit

November 29, 2018

Zane Truman

Zane Truman Joins McCarthy as Director of Business Development

Zane Truman has joined McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. as director of business development in the firm’s Advanced Technology and Manufacturing group.

In this position, Truman will build relationships with current and potential clients in the pharmaceutical and manufacturing sectors to expand McCarthy’s project work in a 28-state region—from the Plains to the East Coast.

Truman joins McCarthy with significant experience in the pharmaceutical, biotech, food and beverage, and oil and gas industries. Most recently, he served as director of engineering at the Alkem Laboratories pharmaceutical facility in Fenton, Mo., and he previously served as a project manager at CRB, an engineering, architecture and construction firm in St. Louis.

“Zane is a tremendous asset to McCarthy as we continue to expand our presence in the growing pharmaceutical and manufacturing sectors,” said Ryan Freeman, senior vice president at McCarthy. “His strong background and deep understanding of client needs will position us for ongoing success.”

Truman earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and a master’s degree in construction management from Washington University in St. Louis. He is a member of the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA).

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. is the oldest privately held national construction company in the country – with more than 150 years spent collaborating with partners to solve complex building challenges on behalf of its clients. More information about the company is available online at or by following the company on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Google+.

BSA LifeStructures Hires Leah Hofferkamp as Director, Interior Design

Leah Hofferkamp

Nationally recognized architecture and engineering firm BSA LifeStructures (BSA) has hired Leah Hofferkamp as director of interior design in its St. Louis office. As the director, Leah will coordinate efforts between interiors and architecture for the firm’s healing, learning, and discovery markets.

Named a 2017 American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Ones to Watch award winner, Leah embodies the traits the award recognizes: exceptional leadership potential and a willingness to push the boundaries of the interior design profession. She earned her master’s degree in architecture from Washington University in St. Louis and a bachelor’s degree in interior design from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Leah is also a registered architect and interior designer in Missouri and certified by the Council for Interior Design Qualification and LEED AP Building Design + Construction.

With nearly 15 years of design experience, Leah’s work is recognized throughout the industry. Her expertise and skills will greatly impact BSA’s design teams. Leah’s understanding of building design as an architect, as well as the function of the interiors, allows for her projects to have a cohesiveness inside and out. “To see projects that exceed the client’s expectations, while being both functional and beautiful to the client, is very rewarding,” says Leah.

BSA, a national, integrated design firm, creates inspired solutions that improve lives. BSA provides architecture, engineering, interior design, and planning services for spaces that support and enhance healing, learning, and discovery – facilities known as LifeStructures. Learn more at

November 23, 2018


Jordan Sanders

S.M. Wilson & Co. has promoted Jordan Sanders to Project Manager. As Project Manager, he 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.

Sanders joined S. M. Wilson in 2012 and has worked on a variety of projects including the Alton School District Renovations, School of Osage R-II School District Heritage Building Addition, and Renovation and BJC Campus Renewal Project. Most recently, he filled the role of Assistant Project Manager for Tallgrass Creek Residential Building 1.5. His dedication and attention to detail played a pivotal role in the early completion of the new four-story, 113,000 SF residential facility. Sanders holds a B.S. in Construction Management from Southeast Missouri State University. 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. For more information, visit 

Oculus Inc. Hires James Standing, Elevates Interior Design Division in St. Louis

James Standing

Standing’s expertise will grow Oculus in healthcare, financial and hospitality markets 

Oculus Inc., a full-service architecture and interior design firm headquartered in St. Louis, has strengthened their interior design business group with the addition of outstanding talent and leadership. James Standing will assume the role of acting director of Interior Design for Oculus Inc. He will oversee interior design services for a variety of building and market types, including healthcare, education, senior living and financial services.

“James’s proven track record in designing high-profile, beautiful interior spaces for over 30 years is a tremendous addition to our growing organization,” noted Lisa Bell-Reim, president of Oculus Inc. “We’re thrilled to bring our architectural expertise together with James’s outstanding reputation and elevate the interior design division in St. Louis and surrounding markets.”

“Oculus Inc. is an award-winning architectural and design firm that I’m honored to be a part of,” commented Standing. “Joining Oculus Inc. is a new and exciting endeavor that will allow me to continue to pursue my passion for the art of interior design. I’m looking forward to great achievements in this new role,” he added.

Standing co-founded Standing Design LLC with his wife, Jerri, in 1996. After 22 years, the couple is winding down their business. Effective December 15, 2018, the Standing Design business will formally shutter and transition its client base to Oculus Inc.

In the past year, Oculus Inc. has added more than 10 professional architects, project managers, designers and corporate staff to the St. Louis headquarters and the Dallas and Portland offices. 

Oculus Inc. delivers comprehensive architecture, interior, planning and move management services that support business change and promote business value. Founded in 1994, Oculus creates high-performance design for clients in the retail, commercial, restaurant, education, government and healthcare industries. For more information, visit

CREW-St. Louis Honors Wendy Timm with Lifetime Achievement Award

Wendy Timm

CREW-St. Louis presented a Lifetime Achievement Award to Wendy Timm at its Third Annual Signature Event on Nov. 13. Timm was honored for her leadership within the organization, as well as her contributions to the region’s economic development, and civic and charitable endeavors.

“CREW-St. Louis is honored to present our Lifetime Achievement Award to Wendy for her dedication to our mission and for her contributions to the economic development of our region,” said Lynn Goessling, 2018 CREW-St. Louis president. “Wendy has served as a mentor and role model for so many of our members. She continues as a true ambassador in promoting the St. Louis region as a great place for commercial real estate development and for companies to call it home.”

Timm’s ties to CREW-St. Louis started in 1983 when few women carried a significant presence or voice in the industry. She has played a critical part and served as a role model in advancing, educating and supporting women to influence the commercial real estate industry.

As president of CREW-St. Louis in 1999, she founded the CREW-St. Louis Annual Golf Classic, which continues as the industry’s premier networking event. She has worked with countless members on significant developments in St. Louis, and continues to serve as a mentor for women who have chosen a career path in the commercial real estate industry.

Her career spans more than four decades as an appraiser, mortgage banker, real estate developer/financier and consultant. Timm’s passion for urban planning and real estate development have moved the St. Louis region forward. She helped deliver notable projects such as Clayton on the Park, Maryland Walk, 4545 Lindell, Metro Lofts, Old Town Executive Center, Claytonian, Hi-Pointe Lofts, Summit Lofts, Cupples O1, Mississippi Lofts and Millwell Office Park.

Her role in the St. Louis region has been recognized. She was selected as a Woman of Influence by the St. Louis Business Journal in 2004. Timm also was inducted into the Midwest Real Estate News Hall of Fame in 2014. 

CREW-St. Louis is one of the largest of CREW Network’s global chapters. Its more than 200 members come from all disciplines in commercial real estate. For more information, visit Follow CREW-St. Louis on Twitter @CREWSTL.

Frank Lewis Receives Lifetime Achievement Award 

Frank Lewis

Frank Lewis, retired from Sundek Products, Arlington, TX, received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society of Concrete Contractors, (ASCC), St. Louis, MO on September 20, at the organization’s Annual Conference in Charlotte, NC.

Lewis joined ASCC’s Decorative Concrete Council in 1999; Sundek Products was a charter member. He served as council director from 2009-2011.

“During his long tenure with our association Frank was a teacher, trainer, speaker, mentor and cheerleader for the DCC and the decorative concrete industry,” said Bev Garnant, executive director, ASCC. The award was presented in recognition of Lewis’ devotion and commitment to the DCC, and his efforts to make it the foremost organization in the U.S. dedicated to the decorative concrete industry.

The ASCC is a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the capabilities of those who build with concrete, and to providing them a unified voice in the construction industry.  Members include concrete contracting firms, manufacturers, suppliers and others interested in the concrete industry such as architects, specifiers and engineers.  There are approximately 730 member companies in the United States and 12 foreign countries.

For more information, visit or call the ASCC office at (866) 788-2722. 

Chris Sullivan Joins American Society of Concrete Contractors 

Chris Sullivan

Chris Sullivan, noted concrete industry speaker and trainer, has joined the American Society of Concrete Contractors (ASCC), St. Louis, MO as decorative concrete specialist (DCS). The DCS provides leadership, counsel and direction for the Decorative Concrete Council (DCC), a specialty council of ASCC. One of the key responsibilities of the DSC, says ASCC executive director Bev Garnant, is answering two member hotlines; one for decorative concrete questions and the second covering polished concrete.

Sullivan is part owner and vice president of sales and marketing for ChemSystems Holdings, Inc. He is a frequent public speaker on all topics dealing with decorative concrete and has authored four books and hundreds of articles for industry publications. He has been a presenter at the World of Concrete since 2005 and at the Concrete Décor Show since 2009. Sullivan was inducted into the Decorative Concrete Hall of Fame in 2015.

The ASCC is a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the capabilities of those who build with concrete, and to providing them a unified voice in the construction industry.  Members include concrete contracting firms, manufacturers, suppliers and others interested in the concrete industry such as architects, specifiers and distributors.  There are approximately 730 member companies in the United States and 12 foreign countries.

For more information, visit or call the ASCC office at (866) 788-2722.

 John Suelthaus Elected President of Home Builders Association of St. Louis & Eastern Missouri

John Suelthaus

John Suelthaus, president of Kingbridge Homes, has been elected the 85thpresident of the Home Builders Association (HBA) of St. Louis & Eastern Missouri.

The HBA is a local trade association of more than 600 member firms representing the residential construction industry. 

Oculus Inc. Promotes Jim Stotlar to Senior Project Manager

Jim Stotlar

Stotlar to provide architectural leadership in variety of industries

Oculus Inc., a full-service architecture and interior design firm, has promoted Jim Stotlar to senior project manager for its St. Louis headquarters. Stotlar, AIA, LEED Associate, GGP, has diverse experience in federal and healthcare projects.

“Jim has been an instrumental part of our company for nearly 4 years now,” said Lisa Bell-Reim, Oculus Inc. president. “The variety of experience he brings to the table is a major piece of Oculus’ identity. He will be integral in our continued success in the federal and healthcare markets, among others. We look forward to seeing how Jim will lead in his new role.”

In his new position, Stotlar will be responsible for managing staff and contributing to the leadership of Oculus. He will also continue to oversee project budgets, schedules and programs, coordinate project communications and documentation, estimate fees, determine scopes of work and prepare proposals and contracts. Stotlar joined the firm in 2015 as a project architect. He was promoted to project manager in 2017.

Stotlar is a member of the American Institute of Architects and a LEED Associate with the U.S. Green Building Council. He also is a certified Green Globes Professional ™ through the Green Building Initiative.

He holds a Bachelor of Architecture with a Minor in Planning from Kansas State University and a Master of Arts in Interior Design from RMIT University, located in Melbourne, Australia.

Outside of its headquarters in St. Louis, Oculus has offices in Dallas and Portland, Ore.

Oculus Inc. delivers comprehensive architecture, interior, planning and move management services that support business change and promote business value. Founded in 1994, Oculus creates high-performance design for clients in the retail, commercial, restaurant, education, government and healthcare industries. For more information, visit

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