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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.

Jamie Berzon

S. M. Wilson It Manager, Jamie Berzon, Honored In Constructech’s Annual Women In Construction List For 2018

S. M. Wilson & Co’s IT Manager, Jamie Berzon, was honored in Constructech magazine’s annual Women in Construction List for 2018.

The list recognizes the most successful women working in the construction industry who are constantly proving they have the passion, tenacity and steadfastness to lead the largest and most successful projects in the world, all while leveraging innovative technology.

“These women are demonstrating how to be an effective leader in the construction industry today,” says Laura Black, editor, Constructech magazine. “Together, as an industry, we can bring a whole new generation of workers to the jobsite. These women are taking the first step, helping to mentor and lead in encouraging ways.”

As S. M. Wilson & Co’s IT Manager, Berzon is responsible for managing the firm’s information technology and computer systems, controlling and evaluating IT and electronic data operations.

The 2018 Women in Construction winners will be honored at an awards Gala on August 22. There will also be a special panel discussion with women in the construction space talking about challenges in the industry today, such as the skilled labor shortage, and how they can be resolved.

S. M. Wilson is a full-service construction management, design/build and general contracting firm with headquarters in St. Louis. S. M. Wilson posted $230 million in 2017 revenues and ranks 271st in Engineering News-Record’s 2017 list of Top 400 commercial contractors nationwide. For more information, visit
Ghlee T. (G.T.) Cozad III Joins Midwest BankCentre’s West Region Advisory Board

Ghlee T. (G.T.) Cozad III, president of Cozad Commercial Real Estate, Ltd., has been elected to the Midwest BankCentre West Region Advisory Board.

As president of Cozad Commercial Real Estate, Ltd., Cozad directs the firm’s brokerage, property management and marketing activities. He provides commercial real estate brokerage services, develops new business and supports human resource initiatives, including employee development. Founded in 1987, Cozad has grown to rank among the top real estate and property management companies in St. Louis.

Cozad received his bachelor’s degree from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind., and his master’s degree in business administration from Saint Louis University, St. Louis, Mo. He serves as a member of the board and as real estate chair for Easterseals Midwest.

Midwest BankCentre (, founded in St. Louis in 1906, employs a staff of 300 currently working at 19 bank locations in the City of St. Louis, St. Louis County, Jefferson County and St. Charles County. In April 2015, it acquired Southern Commercial Bank, formed in 1891. In July 2016, it purchased Bremen Bank & Trust Co., founded in 1868.

Remiger Design Adds Veteran Architect Tyson Pyle to Its Team 

Tyson Pyle

Veteran architect adds to firm’s capabilities in design and planning

With more than a decade of experience, Tyson Pyle, AIA, NCARB, has strengthened Remiger Design’s ability to provide creative solutions for its clients. As a Senior Design Architect, Pyle will implement design standards and principles for the firm’s clients. Additionally, he will spearhead new design initiatives.

A graduate of the University of Kansas, Pyle has a wealth of expertise in architecture and planning, with a focus on developer-driven mixed-use projects. Notable projects include: 300 South Broadway, a 32-story luxury apartment tower under development in downtown St. Louis; a 22-story luxury apartment tower with ground-floor retail in Clayton, MO; ANEW, the rooftop event space for Big Brothers Big Sisters in midtown St. Louis; and New City, a one million square-foot lifestyle and entertainment district in Chicago’s Lincoln Park area. Additionally, he has designed and planned office, industrial and retail buildings across the United States.

“Tyson adds greatly to our capabilities as we serve existing and new clients across the country,” said Vern Remiger, president of the company he started in 2010. “His background in design and planning meshes well with our team approach to deliver exceptional client service with flexible, creative and cost-effective design solutions.”

Based in St. Louis, MO, the firm provides architectural, planning and interior design services in several environments: education, institutional and industrial facilities, corporate offices, and retail and hospitality. The firm was founded in 2010 by Vern Remiger, an industry veteran with more than 30 years of experience in architecture, interior design, planning and facilities management.

July 27, 2018

KAI Promotes Marcus Moomey to New Director of Design-Build Position

Marcus Moomey

KAI Design & Build proudly announces the promotion of Marcus Moomey, AIA, DBIA, to the new position of Director of Design-Build in KAI’s Build Group.

Moomey held the position of Director of Architecture for the past three years. Vice President and Senior Project Manager Todd Jacobs, AIA, FHFI, LEED AP, has been promoted to fill Moomey’s vacant position.

In his new role, Moomey will be responsible for growing the design-build business with Vice President of Construction Brian Arnold through maintaining existing and cultivating new client relationships. Additionally, he will be responsible for leading project management, developing process and policy, integrating design and engineering into KAI’s design-build projects, and implementing EOS software.

During his tenure at KAI, which began in 2005, Moomey has served in a variety of positions in design, construction and firm leadership where he has been responsible for planning and executing projects, overseeing construction sites and managing project objectives, requirements and personnel. He has a total of 20 years of industry experience designing, managing and constructing a wide variety of projects.

Moomey has a Bachelor of Special Studies from Cornell College in Mount Vernon, IA, and attended Washington University in St. Louis, MO where he received a Masters in Architecture and a Masters of Construction Management. He is an active member of AIA St. Louis, AGC MO and DBIA Mid-America Region.

KAI Design & Build is a national 100+ person design and build firm headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri. For more information about KAI Design & Build, visit or call 314-241-8188.

July 20, 2018

New Hires & Returning Stars at Murphy Company

John Middendorf

John R.Middendorf has re-joined Murphy Company as a senior project manager, industrial.  The announcement was made by David Zach, vice president, industrial for the mechanical contracting and engineering firm. Middendorf holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and a master’s in engineering management from Missouri University of Science & Technology. He began his career as a summer intern with the company while studying at Missouri S&T and then worked full-time for Murphy Co. from 1978 to 1980, and again from 1987 to 1998 as project manager, then vice president of its industrial division. He has worked on numerous large industrial and plant projects throughout the country, including refineries, steel plants and power plants.  He has planned and managed numerous refinery projects and installations/repairs of large cokers;  crude, vacuum and blast furnaces; and gas cleaning systems, among others.

LLoyd Jarden

Lloyd Jarden has been named industrial regional operations manager for Murphy Company, the area’s largest mechanical contractor and engineering firm. The announcement was made by David Zach, vice president, industrial. Jarden first joined Murphy in 2007 as a project engineer and served as a senior project manager, industrial construction, for 10 years. He has worked on major power and steel plant projects throughout the Midwest, including US Steel’s Co-Gen facility and installation of a new soil vapor extraction system in Sauget, IL. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville, with minors in construction management and mathematics.

Michael Werdes

Michael J. Werdes has been promoted to vice president, engineering at Murphy Company, the area’s largest mechanical contracting and engineering firm.  The announcement was made  by Thomas C. Skaggs, senior vice president of operations. Werdes has more than 28 years of experience in mechanical engineering, most recently serving as manager, industrial-design at Murphy. In addition to his ongoing project involvement, Werdes leads Murphy’s Building Information Modeling (BIM) technology group. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Commenting on the promotion, Skaggs said, “Since joining Murphy Company in 2002, Mike has consistently performed with the utmost professionalism and integrity. With Mike’s ongoing drive for continuous improvement and teambuilding over the years, he has earned the respect of his coworkers, peers and the numerous customers with whom he interacts.”

Anthony Randazzo

Anthony (“Tony”) Randazzo has has been named inventory manager, purchasing for Murphy Company, the area’s largest mechanical contracting and engineering firm.  The announcement was made by Dave Book, vice president – purchasing & facilities. Randazzo has more than 20 years experience in customer support, most recently serving as senior sales and customer relations specialist for W. W. Grainger, Inc., a Fortune 500 industrial supply company.  He began working for Grainger in 1998 and, in 2014, received the company’s National Continuous Improvement Award. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, graduating cum laude in 2002, He received an associate’s degree from St. Louis Community College-Meramec in 2000. “We are pleased to welcome Tony to Murphy Company,” said Book.  “His experience ordering and maintaining customer-specific inventory and negotiating/implementing complex purchase contracts is a great addition to our purchasing team.”

Randi Hantak

Randi Hantak has joined Murphy Company, the area’s largest mechanical contracting and engineering firm, as a customer service representative. The announcement was made by Stephanie Oberle, service dispatch supervisor. Hantak began her career at the Washington University  School of Medicine  as an executive assistant and, most recently, served as graduate program coordinator for the Office of Graduate Medical Education. From 2004 to 2015, she worked as program coodinator, then manager of the medical school’s Curriculum Office.  Earlier in her career she served in administrative positions for The Golf Channel, Walt Disney World and Rollins College – all in Florida. She attended Drake University, studying journalism, and is a 1982 graduate of the Hickey School.

David Zach

David Zach has been named vice president, industrial for Murphy Company, one of the nation’s  largest mechanical cotracting and engineering firms. The announcement was made by Tom Skaggs, senior vice-president of operations. Zach is a seasoned professional with more than 35 years’ experience working on large capital and maintenance projects in the heavy industrial market.  He has broad-based experience in construction management, project administration, contract negotiations, operations, labor relations and resource optimization, working both regionally and nationally. Commenting on the appointment, Skaggs said, “Dave’s market knowledge in the utility power and industrial markets brings value-add to our Murphy team and to our industrial clients.” Zach holds an associate’s degree from St. Louis Community College-Meramec and also studied at Penn State University in Philadelphia and Maryville University in St. Louis. He also has taken advanced training through Cornell University and Washington University in St. Louis.

Matt Mosley

Matthew (“Matt”)  Mosley has been named project engineer, commercial for Murphy Company,the area’s largest mechanical engineering and contracting firm. The announcement was made by Conrad Phillipp, vice president, commercial. A 2016 graduate of the Missouri S&T in Rolla, Mosley holds a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering with a minor in geology.  He served aspresident of the American Association of Drilling Engineers’ student chapter and as president of the Pi Epsilon Tau (Petroleum Honor Society) student chapter. He also was an ambassador for the Society of Petroleum Engineers’ student chapter, served on the engineering department’s Student Council and participated in the Boeing Engineers’ Explorers Program. Matt’s student work experience includes serving as a field geophysicist for Geo Engineers. Following graduation, he joined Express Scripts as an associate project manager.

Murphy Company is one of the nation’s top mechanical contracting and engineering firms delivering innovative solutions to the commercial, industrial and institutional markets. Founded in 1907, the firm employs more than 1,000 people nationwide. For more information, visit

July 13,2018

Chip Crawford, FASLA, Named Chair of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) St. Louis

Chip Crawford

Active in ULI locally and nationally for more than 10 years, Crawford has helped advance the organization’s responsible land use mission in the St. Louis region.  He has served as the chair for mission advancement, chair and participant of several area Technical Assistance Panels (TAP), and co-chair of the ULI St. Louis Equitable Communities initiative. On a national level, Chip is a member of ULI’s Public Private Partnership Product Council.

An award-winning landscape architect, Crawford has more than 30 years of experience leading some of the world’s most complex planning, landscape architecture and urban design projects. Crawford connects with clients to stimulate creative thinking and problem solving, bringing the best expertise and newest thinking to the table.

Crawford’s experience is at every scale, from the planning of large new cities, community planning, streetscapes, academic and corporate campus planning and design, greenways and parks, to site specific landscape architectural design on projects all over the world. Chip has led or played a major role in over 65 award winning projects.

Crawford is a Fellow with the American Society of Landscape Architects, past president of the Landscape Architecture Foundation, and Fellow at Kansas State University. He is also a registered landscape architect and LEED GA accredited professional by the U.S. Green Building Council.

With more than 260 members, ULI St. Louis unites thought leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide.  Its members include real estate, design, construction, institutional, legal and accounting professionals along with civic leadership.   For more information, visit

Four New Hires at S. M. Wilson

S. M. Wilson & Co., has hired Matthew Frank as Senior Project Manager, Sheila Kennedy as a Job Accountant/Project Assistant and former S. M. Wilson interns Emily Bozarth and Anna Eisenbath as Project Engineers.

Matt Frank

Frank 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. He has a B.A. in Business Management from Webster University and 22 years of construction experience working on a variety of projects including significant work in healthcare as well as retail, banks and public facilities.

Sheila Kennedy

Kennedy is S. M. Wilson’s new Job Accountant/Project Assistant. She holds a B.A. in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse.

Anna Eisenbath

Bozarth and Eisenbath will be responsible for helping establish procedures with the design professionals, consultants and Owner of projects for information flow, approvals meetings and reporting. They will also track shop drawings, submittals, material deliveries and RFIs through the duration of projects and assist the Project Manager with MBE/WBE participation and workforce inclusion.

Emily Bozarth

Bozarth recently graduated from Missouri State University where she received her B.S. in Construction Management while Eisenbath just finished her B.S. in Civil Engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology.

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


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