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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.

Alex Whiteside Joins McCarthy as Business Development Manager 

Alex Whiteside

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. has expanded its St. Louis-based team with the appointment of Alex Whiteside as business development manager in the firm’s central region.

In this role, Whiteside will identify and pursue new project opportunities in commercial markets across a 28-state region—from the Plains to the East Coast. He will also focus on building and maintaining long-term relationships with existing McCarthy clients.

Whiteside joins McCarthy with significant construction industry experience. Most recently, he served as construction development manager at Save-A-Lot Food Stores in St. Louis. His previous experience also includes roles as project manager and engineer for several construction firms in the area.

“Alex’s strong construction background and commitment to nurturing long-term relationships make him a terrific addition to our business development team,” said Ryan Freeman, senior vice president at McCarthy.

Whiteside earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Missouri in Columbia.

McCarthy Building Companies, 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 www.mccarthy.comor by following the company on FacebookTwitterLinkedInInstagramand Google+.

Joel Daniel Joins Geotechnology as Geophysics Project Manager

Joel Daniel

Geotechnology, Inc., has announced the appointment of Joel Daniel as its new Geophysics Project Manager in the firm’s Specialty Testing Group.

Daniel will be operating out of Geotechnology’s corporate office in St. Louis. He is relocating from the East Coast where he has spent more than 11 years performing geophysical surveying with Draper Aden Associates and Schnabel Engineering. In addition, he has extensive experience working in the environmental field and with geotechnical engineers.

Geophysical surveying is used to investigate and characterize subsurface conditions non-destructively, and enhance environmental, geotechnical, hydrogeological and engineering projects.

A graduate of Virginia Tech with a B.S. degree in geology, Daniel also earned an M.S. degree in geological sciences at Old Dominion University, and completed additional course work in the physics program at Virginia Commonwealth University. He is a member of the Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists (AEG) and the Environmental and Engineering Geophysical Society (EEGS).

“We are delighted that Joel is joining our organization,” said Doug Lambert, R.G., and Craig Kaibel, P.E., Leaders of Geotechnology’s Specialty Testing Group. “He has extensive experience that will be valuable to our team and our clients.”

Established more than 30 years ago, Geotechnology, Inc. is a professional corporation offering a comprehensive range of consulting services in applied earth and environmental sciences, including geophysics, water resource management, geotechnical and environmental engineering, materials testing and drilling. Geotechnology has provided expertise on thousands of major construction projects in the Midwest and Mid-South regions. Geotechnology is ranked #406 in ENR’s Top 500 Design Firms in 2018. Geotechnology, Inc. is based in St. Louis, Mo., and has 10 offices in Missouri, Illinois, Kansas, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi and Arkansas. For more information, visit

Veta T. Jeffery Joins Midwest BankCentre as Senior Vice President of Community and Economic Development

Veta Jeffery

Veta T. Jeffery has joined Midwest BankCentre as senior vice president of community and economic development. Midwest BankCentre Chairman and CEO Jim Watson made the announcement.

Jeffery’s primary responsibility will be to expand the Heartland St. Louis Black Chamber of Commerce (HSBCC), serving the full metro St. Louis region. As a member of the bank’s community and economic development team, she will focus on serving established and emerging businesses.

At its July 2018 convention, Jeffery also was elected to the US Black Chambers’ board as national director of chamber relations. In that role, she will work to connect top African-American-owned businesses with Fortune 500 companies to generate economic growth.

A unit of the US Black Chambers of Commerce, the HSBCC covers metro St. Louis and surrounding areas. It is part of the Heartland Regional Chamber, which includes Missouri, Kansas, Iowa and Nebraska. To achieve business and community growth, she also focuses on capacity-building for individuals, families, faith-based and community organizations, businesses, financial institutions and others.

Alex Fennoy, executive vice president of community and economic development at Midwest BankCentre, said, “Veta Jeffery adds great value to our team and to the community by blending essential financial advisory experience with proven skills in advocacy, collaboration and engagement. Our entire community will benefit from her multidimensional contributions.”

“I am pleased to be able to work toward creating and expanding opportunities for our city and our metro region to grow together,” Jeffery said. “This work matches my strong desire to be a servant-leader, with the aim of helping everyone in our community rise together.”

Prior to joining Midwest BankCentre, Jeffery was most recently manager of community economic partnerships with the state of Missouri’s Department of Economic Development. She also served as community development officer with the Missouri Office of Community Engagement.

Previously, she held various senior management and diversity strategy positions with private sector companies, including Prudential Financial Services. Her work is informed by her experience as an entrepreneur, business consultant, elected official and community advocate.

Jeffery’s current and past civic involvement includes leadership roles with the St. Louis Regional Unbanked Task Force; the Money Smart School of Finance for Children; and the Workforce Diversity Council in the state of Missouri’s Office of Equal Opportunity.

She is a graduate of the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Midwest BankCentre, a mainstay of St. Louis community banking since 1906, employs a staff of about 280 working at 19 bank locations in the City of St. Louis, St. Louis County, Jefferson County and St. Charles County. Further details are available at

Hastings+Chivetta Architects Promotes Carl Drafall to Project Manager 

Hastings+Chivetta Architects is excited to announce the promotion of Carl Drafall, RA, LEED AP BD+C, to Project Manager. Carl has been with the firm for seven years and has over 17 years of experience. He has been instrumental as the lead Project Architect on many successful projects at Hastings+Chivetta with clients such as the University of Alaska Anchorage, Millikin University, Ladue School District and The University of New Mexico.

“We are delighted to promote Carl to this leadership role as a Project Manager. His technical knowledge and experience will be key as we adapt new strategies in delivering excellent design solutions to our clients,” said Hastings+Chivetta President, Chris Chivetta.

As Project Manager, Carl will lead the planning and design process, guide consultant efforts and advocate for our clients’ interests. His leadership and communication skills are informed by his extensive architectural experience on projects across the country.

Carl received a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Kansas. He is a Licensed Architect and a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional specializing in Building Design and Construction (LEED AP BD+C).

HASTINGS+CHIVETTA ARCHITECTS, INC. provides architectural planning and design services to clients throughout the United States

September 7, 2018

Michael Browning Joins Christner as Senior Designer

Michael Browning

Christner is pleased to announce the addition of Michael Browning, Assoc. AIA, LEED GA as a Senior Designer.  Michael’s experience will continue to build upon the design excellence that Christner has established over the last 50 years.  He brings 15 years of experience in healthcare, corporate and the science and research industry.  Most recently, Michael has been involved in the design of the St. Louis Cortex Innovation Community, a technology and innovation hub as well as Discovery Square, located in Rochester, Minnesota. Michael prides himself on being a true partner with clients and stakeholders while helping guide the project team to achieve the highest quality design. Michael’s recent experience includes the @4240 office and lab building as well as the 4220 building, located at the Cortex Innovation Community Campus.

Wellington Environmental Hires New Engineering Solutions Manager

Austin DossAustin Doss, MEE joins local environmental company to support sales, engineering, remediation efforts

Wellington Environmental, a specialized environmental service company serving the Midwest, hires Austin DossMEE as its new Engineering Solutions Manager. In this role, Doss will be involved in all aspects of the company’s services including sales, engineering, remediation and management.

“I’m eager to join this talented team at a company with 30 years of experience,” said Austin Doss, MEE Engineering Solutions Manager at Wellington Environmental. “I’m looking forward to demonstrating my engineering skills, particularly on implementing legionella water management plans for facility managers.”

Prior to joining Wellington Environmental, Doss was a graduate teaching assistant of thermal dynamics at Missouri University of Science and Technology in its Civil, Environmental, Architectural Engineering Department. He also interned for the Engineering Division of the City of Rolla’s Public Works Department where he developed Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans for the Rolla National Airport and Rolla Public Works.

Doss graduated from Missouri University of Science and Technology with his master’s degree in environmental engineering. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in physics.

“Austin will be a great addition to our existing team,” said Thom Wellington, CEO of Wellington Environmental. “In 2016, he worked as a laborer for Wellington Environmental, so he is familiar with our team and processes.”

Wellington Environmental, a specialized environmental service company founded in 1988, serves the Midwest, including all of Missouri and Illinois. For more information, visit

August 31, 2018

Daniel Latham, P.E. Moves into Client Relations Role at Bloomsdale Excavating

Daniel Latham

Bloomsdale, MO – Bloomsdale Excavating recently announced that Daniel Latham, P.E. will move from Project Engineer to Client Relations.  Daniel will report to Clayton Blum who recently assumed the position of Vice President of Sales & Marketing.  Daniel has been with the 70+ year old excavation and grading company, located in southeast Missouri since 2007.

Prior to assuming the Client Relations position, Daniel was has served in both Estimator and Project Engineer roles.  Daniel received his B.S. in Civil Engineering in 2007 from Missouri University of Science & Technology (Missouri S&T) in Rolla, MO and his Master’s Degree in Business Administration in 2013 from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.  He is also a certified Professional Engineer (P.E.).  While as a Project Engineer, Latham estimated and managed projects as large as $32 million.

His knowledge of the site development industry lends itself in a very integrated manner to his new roles and responsibilities.  These include development of existing and future client relationships, generation of new markets, and procurement and administration of contracts with focus on the Public Sector, Environmental, and Power & Energy markets.

Scott Drury, President of Bloomsdale Excavating adds, “We are extremely excited to have Daniel step into the role of managing our client relationships in key vertical markets.  He joined us 11 years ago straight after graduating college and has been an instrumental part of many projects during that time.  His ability to offer value added business insight for customers is a tremendous advantage for them.”

Bloomsdale Excavating, a wholly owned subsidiary of Heptacore, Inc., founded in 1946 by Marvin Drury provides excavation, grading, site utility and concrete services for the residential/ commercial, quarry/mining, landfill, public construction sectors.  Bloomsdale provides construction services across Missouri, Illinois, and Kansas.

Todd Nelson joins Knoebel Construction as Project Manager

Todd Nelson

Todd Nelson of Saint Peters, MO, has joined Knoebel Construction as project manager.  He is responsible for overseeing all aspects of select retail center, restaurant, grocery and retail store construction projects, both in St. Louis and nationally.  He has 17 years of experience in the construction industry and holds a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management from Southwest Missouri State University.

Knoebel Construction, Inc. is a national general contractor specializing in retail center, restaurant, grocery and retail store construction.For more information, visit or call (636) 326-4100.

August 24, 2018

Great Rivers Greenway Welcomes Three New Team Members

Great Rivers Greenway is pleased to welcome three new staff members to its team of professionals. Michelle Bock, of Frontenac, has joined as Chief Operating Officer; Shaughnessy Daniels, of Florissant, has been hired as Community Engagement Manager, and Michael Steinlage, of Ballwin, joins as Project Manager. The three will work with other staff members and partners to fulfill Great Rivers Greenway’s mission of connecting the St. Louis region through the development of greenways so people can enjoy more of their lives outside.

Michelle Bock

As Chief Operating Officer, Bock is tasked with the oversight of all areas related to Great Rivers Greenways’ operations. She is responsible for ensuring the proper controls and procedures are in place to effectively advance the organization’s strategic plan, while also ensuring financial strength, operating efficiency and sound financial stewardship. Bock comes to Great Rivers Greenway with 29 years of experience in public finance, including capital financing of facilities, economic development, public ratings, as well as budget and investor relations. Her prior experience includes 16 years with Piper Jaffray & Co in St. Louis, where she most recently held the position of managing director. During her time there, Bock was a senior level banker responsible for the execution of public financing and business generation.  Bock earned a Bachelor of Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Master of Business Administration at Washington University in St. Louis.

Shaughnessy Daniels

Daniels joins Great Rivers Greenway as Community Engagement Manager and is responsible for collaborating with staff and a range of partners and consultants to engage the community with the organization’s mission, vision and projects. Daniels will manage the organization’s long-term engagement strategy and planning and will also oversee efforts to engage with community members throughout the lifecycle of a greenway project. Daniels was part of the team responsible for planning and implementing the St. Louis 2004 initiative, which aimed to bring about a renaissance in the metropolitan region and eventually led to the ballot measure that created Great Rivers Greenway. She brings more than 10 years’ experience in nonprofit, management and executive level leadership. Her background includes serving as Vice President-Community Support for St. Louis ARC and providing senior level project support in large scale community revitalization initiatives as Vice President for Urban Strategies. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and holds a Certificate in Organizational Leadership from Saint Louis University.

Michael Steinlage

Steinlage has joined as Project Manager and will help oversee the various aspects of greenway construction projects, including community engagement, design and construction. He will primarily be focused on projects within the Maline and St. Vincent Greenways in North St. Louis County. He will also be tasked with advancing the organization’s master plan for these greenways. A landscape architect, Steinlage brings more than four years’ experience designing and overseeing the construction of international and domestic public spaces. Most recently, he served as a landscape architect and project manager for Philadelphia-based landscape architecture firm OLIN, overseeing and designing a range of projects – from small scale gardens to citywide green infrastructure master plans.  Steinlage earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish at the University of Missouri, and he holds a Master of Landscape Architecture from The University of Texas at Austin.

“We are pleased to welcome Michelle, Shaughnessy and Michael to our team,” said Susan Trautman, Great Rivers Greenway Chief Executive Officer.  “The depth and breadth of their experience will enhance not only our processes, but also our projects and partnerships as we continue to expand the network of greenways and connect people across the region to their rivers, parks and communities.”

Great Rivers Greenway connects the St. Louis region with greenways so people can explore their rivers, parks and communities, making it a vibrant place to live, work and play. For more information, visit

James Alverson

St. Louis-Based KRJ Architecture Appoints New Project Management Leader

 KRJ Architecture, a long-time architectural firm specializing in the design of educational and civic facilities, has promoted James Alverson to Associate in charge of Project Management.

Alverson joined KRJ in 2014, bringing 30 years of experience in project management, construction administration, quality assurance and specification writing to the firm. He is responsible for managing projects throughout all phases of the firm’s educational and civic projects, from planning through design, documentation and construction completion.

“Jamey is a talented project manager, who works closely with all team members to bring projects to timely completion with the high standards our firm always strives for,” said David Kromm, president of KRJ. “His extensive experience in complex building renovations and new construction, with cost control, adds to our long tradition of maximizing community resources by enhancing existing facilities and building new facilities.”

Alverson holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Washington University and a Master’s of Architecture from Columbia University in New York. He is a LEED-accredited professional registered to practice in the state of Missouri.

The St. Louis architectural firm of Kromm, Rikimaru & Johansen, Inc. (KRJ) is an award-winning, dynamic organization known for “architecture that builds communities.” The firm is respected for its work in the education and public sectors, seamlessly creating functional architecture that is cost-effective and energy efficient. For educational organizations including K-12, community colleges and universities, KRJ evolves its designs to accommodate changes in methods of teaching, the learning environment and technology.  Established in 1955, KRJ is an employee-owned firm.

Maggie Sieges

Maggie Sieges joins Knoebel Construction as Project Engineer

Maggie Sieges has joined Knoebel Construction as project engineer. Sieges assists in the management of nationwide retail development, restaurant and grocery projects for Knoebel Construction, including on-site quality control, project administration and client relations.

Sieges has six years of experience in the construction industry.  She holds a Master of Science in Project Management from Missouri State University and a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Technology from Ranken Technical College.

Knoebel Construction, Inc. is a national general contractor specializing in retail center, restaurant, grocery and retail store construction. Projects range from major regional shopping centers to local restaurants. For more information, visit or call (636) 326-4100.

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