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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.

IWR North America Announces Hire of Sean Hamlin

Sean Hamlin

Hamlin joins glass and glazing division as senior estimator

IWR North America, a leading building enclosure specialty contractor based in St. Louis, announces the hire of Sean Hamlin as senior estimator. In this position, Hamlin is responsible for glass and glazing pricing, proposals and preconstruction support services.

“Sean is a great asset to our team, and we are eager to have him with our company,” said Todd Staley, general manager of IWR North America. “His experience in analyzing and bidding project opportunities for design and construction is prevalent and necessary for our strategic initiatives.”

Hamlin, a predominant name in the industry, brings 11 years of commercial façade contracting to the company. The St. Louis area native both lived and worked in the Mid-Atlantic, Southeast and Midwest regions managing multiple national projects. Most recently, he was employed by Enclos Corp. as senior project manager. He previously worked at Cupples Inc. and Trainor Glass Company.

“I look forward to becoming part of a progressive company like IWR,” said Hamlin. “I’m eager to develop and implement effective strategies for IWR’s glass and glazing division.”

IWR North America launched its glass and glazing division in 2016 to enhance its existing building enclosure service offerings, and it is rapidly growing. Now as a single-source building enclosure partner, IWR North America offers its customers a complete exterior package, including design-assist, preconstruction, laser scanning, scheduling, in-house engineering, glass and glazing, and installation.

IWR North America, headquartered in St. Louis, Mo., is one of the longest standing specialty contractors in the United States with a focus on being a true building enclosure partner.For more information, contact Todd Staley at or call 314-633-4958.

Avison Young-St. Louis Names Brian Kelley a Principal of the Firm

Brian Kelly

Avison Young-St. Louis announces Brian Kelley has joined the company as a Principal  of the firm. Kelley has over 13 years of commercial real estate experience and has worked with clients on both a national and local basis.

Kelley will use his expertise at Avison Young to work with clients in the areas of retail, office, industrial, multi-family and investment brokerage.

“This is an exciting opportunity with a firm that is growing rapidly in the St. Louis area. They have a winning approach that designs ways to add value to every property and process. I look forward to helping their team make the client experience as productive and easy as possible,” Kelley said.

George Convy, a founder of the Avison Young-St. Louis office, said, ““Brian comes to us with a wide breadth of commercial real estate experience. He practically grew up in the commercial real estate and construction business. Brian will have an immediate positive impact on our office, and will assist us in the planning and implementation of our future growth”.

A licensed commercial realtor in both Missouri and Illinois, Kelley’s experience includes overseeing leasing, negotiation, construction, and installation of space for numerous Edward Jones Investment locations. He has worked with Koman Properties Inc., and most recently served in a managerial role with Savoy Properties where he developed a portfolio to include office, warehouse, and retail spaces.

A native of St. Louis, Kelley attained a Master in Business Administration degree from Webster University and attended Arizona State University where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in finance. He is a member of the Missouri Growth Association, International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), serves on the alumni board of Chaminade College Preparatory School.

Avison Young-St. Louis—a collaborative, global firm owned and operated by its principals—provides value-added, client-centric investment sales, leasing, advisory, management, financing and mortgage placement services to owners and occupiers of office, industrial, investment and community properties. 

McGrath & Associates promotes Cindy Spriggs to Vice President, Finance

Cindy Spriggs

Cindy Spriggs has been promoted to Vice President, Finance at McGrath & Associates, a 100 percent employee-owned general contractor and construction management firm. Spriggs has been with McGrath & Associates for eight years, serving as Controller.

McGrath & Associates is a 100 percent employee-owned general contractor and construction management firm specializing in commercial, health care, industrial, institutional and pharmaceutical construction projects since 1983. For more information, call Ken Knobbe at (314) 772-7600 or visit

Northstar Management Company Hires New Associates

Northstar Management Company is proud to announce the addition of three new associates.

Jake Goss joins the Northstar team as Project Manager with nineteen years of total industry experience. Jake earned his Bachelor of Science in Construction Management from Southern Illinois University – Carbondale. In addition, he earned his Associate of Science in Construction Management at John A. Logan College in Carterville, IL.

Scott R. Rushing joins the Northstar team as Project Manager with eighteen years of total industry experience. Scott earned his Bachelor of Science in Finance and Marketing from Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville.

Kristin Gounis joins the Northstar team as Special Projects Coordinator with eighteen years of total industry experience.  Kristin earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Missouri State University – Springfield, MO.

Founded in 1998, Northstar Management Company is an independent Owner’s Representative/Program Management firm whose sole focus is guiding clients through successful construction projects.

April 27, 2018


S. M. Wilson Hires Chris Kopp as Project Manager and Michael Mounce as Project Engineer

Chris Kopp

S. M. Wilson & Co, has hired Chris Kopp as Project Manager and Michael Mounce as Project Engineer. Kopp 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.

Kopp has a B.S. from the University of Missouri-Columbia and an M.B.A. from University of Missouri – St. Louis. He has 31 years of construction experience. As a project engineer, Mounce will be responsible for helping establish procedures with the design professionals, consultants and Owner of projects for information flow, approvals, meetings and reporting. He 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.

Michael Mounce

Mounce has 18 years of design and construction experience. He holds a B.A. and a Master of Architecture in Architecture from the University of New Mexico School of Architecture and Planning. He also has his SEED (Social Economic Environmental Design) Certification.

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 271 st in Engineering News-Record’s 2017 list of Top 400 commercial contractors nationwide. For more information, visit .

Jeff Patterson Named Chief Estimator for Murphy Company

Jeff Patterson

Jeff  Patterson has been promoted to chief estimator for Murphy Company, the area’s largest mechanical contracting and engineering firm.  The announcement was made by Kevin Suiter, vice president, estimating. Patterson has worked in the industry nearly 30 years, with a strong emphasis on HVAC piping and ductwork. He joined the Murphy team in 2016 as an estimator. Prior to that, he managed a pre-construction services department and created design standards for sheet metal fabrication. He attended both St. Louis Technical School and St. Louis Community College.

Commenting on the promotion, Suiter said, “Jeff has done an exceptional job estimating and assembling complex projects.  His attention to detail, comprehensive design build knowledge and his passion for estimating will add value to our estimating group and long lasting sustainability to Murphy Company.”

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

April 20, 2018

John Dzarnowski Named President of FGM Architects Inc.

John Dzarnowski

FGM Architects announced that John Dzarnowski has been named President of the firm. John joined the firm in 2007 and has been integral to the growth of FGM’s municipal and recreation practices. Enhancing Communities by Creating Quality Environments is the mission of the firm and the cornerstone of John’s 30 year career in public architecture. FGM’s CEO, John Ochoa commented, “I’ve known John as an insightful, respected leader; FGM is in very good hands moving forward.”

FGM Architects FGM Architects has specialized in the planning and design of environments for work, study and play since 1945. From early strategic facilities planning through building and interior design to furniture selection, our team of more than 75 professionals supports the needs of our clients with a total commitment to service. We offer a unique combination of experience, talent and proximity to our clients. Commitment to service means approaching small renovation assignments with the same enthusiasm as large, highly visible projects. We build relationships as well as projects.

David Murphy Named Project Manager at Drilling Service Co.

David Murphy

Murphy, who has worked at DSC for 13 years, was promoted from general labor foreman to project manager. He is part of the third generation of the Murphy family to work at the firm. He followed in a family tradition, by beginning his career at the 63-year-old company in a crafts position.

Other members of the Murphy family working at Drilling Service are: Mark Murphy, president; Jeffrey Murphy, executive vice president; Bruce Murphy, vice president; Michael Murphy, mechanic; Austin Murphy, laborer; and Alexander Murphy, Laborer

In his new position, Murphy will perform estimating and project management services. He will also be assisting the management team in setting and attaining the company’s yearly goals. David Murphy has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree from Lindenwood University.

Western Specialty Contractors Promotes Crystal Moyer to Senior National Account Program Manager

Crystal Moyer

Western Specialty Contractors has promoted Crystal Moyer of Eureka, MO to Senior National Account Program Manager. She was a National Account Manager for the past two years.

Western recently restructured its Marketing/Business Development/National Account Department into two main focuses – National Account Program and National Account Asset, each headed by a Senior Manager. Moyer will head the National Account Program and oversee a pair of National Account Managers.

Moyer and her team will focus on strategically identifying organizations they believe will be a good fit for national partnership and work with regional development teams to expand work with this client evenly across all branches, establish new accounts and manage the list of prospective accounts. Additionally, the team will create and modify the department’s go/no go process for continual evaluation of accounts, identify and implement Master Service Agreement options for accounts, and maintain and nurture the national contacts for each account.

Western launched its National Account Program in 2010 to provide property managers with a single-source for exterior repairs and restoration services on their nationwide facilities. Western has 30+ branch locations to serve their clients’ needs anywhere in the United States.

“What we are trying to do by restructuring our National Account Program is provide facility managers and owners with a single contact at Western to manage the building envelope maintenance on all of their facilities, no matter where they are in the country,” said Moyer. “This way the process becomes more streamlined and efficient for the facility manager.”

Moyer has 10 years of business development experience. Prior to Western, Moyer worked as Director of Employer Relations at Kaplan University in St. Louis, MO and as a Recruiter for Career Education Corporation in Fenton, MO.

She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Missouri Baptist University and a Masters in Business Administration from Webster University.

Family-owned and operated for more than 100 years, Western Specialty Contractors is the nation’s largest specialty contractor in masonry and concrete restoration, waterproofing and specialty roofing. For more information about Western Specialty Contractors, visit

CRG Announces New Senior Leadership Team

Shawn Clark

CRG today announced the appointment of Shawn Clark as group president effective immediately. Clark, former Vice President of Finance at CRG and son of Clayco CEO and Chairman Bob Clark, has over a decade of experience in the real estate industry with a focus on project and fund-level financing activity.  Former President Chris McKee will assume the role of Chief Development Officer and Bob Clark will take on duties of Chief Executive Officer.

“CRG is a culture-first developer focused on performance and providing real estate solutions to our clients. Our new leadership team represents the best in the business with proven track record for delivering results,” Clayco CEO and Chairman Bob Clark said. “I am honored that Shawn is leading CRG is this capacity and playing such an important role with an accomplished team of senior leaders that reflects the strength and diversity of our organization.”

CRG is the private real estate development arm of Chicago-based Clayco that buys, develops and operates real estate assets.  CRG’s total revenue grew nearly 18 percent to $484.5 million last year, up from $412 million in 2016.

Earlier this year, CRG launched three new industrial projects in top tier markets across the United States. The Cubes at DuPont is master planned as a 1.6 million square foot institutional quality business park on the former Intel campus in DuPont, Washington. The Cubes at Etna 70 is a 155-acre land development is centrally located in Etna Township in Columbus, Ohio and The Cubes at Inland 85 is a 324-acre site in Spartanburg County, South Carolina.

Last summer, CRG completed the Everly on the Loop, a 14-story student high-rise building on the east end of the Delmar Loop. Currently, CRG has two multi-family developments underway in Chicago’s Uptown and Bucktown neighborhoods.

Shawn Clark is the founder of Illumination; an immersive theatrical event that raises money for rare disease research and Co-Chair of the associate board for the Greater Chicago Food Depository.

Seasoned Client-Side Veteran Joins Crb’s Business Development And Strategy Team

Ralph Grant

Ralph Grant, a chemical engineer with 28 years of experience leading high-performing project teams, has joined CRB’s Central region as the director of business development. Grant’s strong engineering skills and personal interests as an award-winning photographer and painter are the perfect mix of science and art that will benefit business development at CRB. These skills bring an understanding of client needs in the evolving world of engineering consulting and sourcing of capital projects.

Grant was previously the senior director of engineering at Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals, managing capital strategy for its generics businesses. He has worked in many market segments, including engineering consulting, construction, process safety, skid fabrication, specialty chemicals, pharmaceuticals, biofuels, food, beverage and dairy. Grant has executed hundreds of projects, aligning business with capital strategy and finding economic solutions to technical engineering problems.

“In my previous position, working with CRB helped me be successful on many projects. I’m excited to be a part of CRB’s culture of technical excellence, entrepreneurialism and relentless pursuit of success,” Grant said.

Grant will focus on cultivating relationships with new and existing clients—getting to know their strengths and opportunities. He will address their needs by accessing CRB’s deep bench of experts in engineering, consulting and construction. While Grant will be based in St. Louis, he will support clients in the nine-state region and clients who have offices abroad.

“Ralph brings a keen strategic eye to his work that is pragmatic yet always creative. We have witnessed his talents when partnering with him on projects over the past 10 years,” Central Region Leader Tim Greenwald, said. “We are thrilled to have his innovative thinking and dry wit as part of our entrepreneurial team. I’m confident our clients will find tremendous value in his expertise.”

CRB is a full-service network of engineers, architects, constructors and consultants, assisting advanced technology organizations in the planning, design, construction and operational support of facilities across the globe. For more information, visit

Midas Hospitality Promotes Lucinda Fryman to Corporate Director of Revenue Management

Lucinda Fryman

Midas Hospitality, a premier hotel management group, recently promoted Lucinda Fryman to Corporate Director of Revenue Management.

In this position, Fryman will oversee the revenue management team while providing direction and leadership that is in accordance with the company’s mission.  She will also be responsible for training, systems and standards in order to achieve growth and innovation.  Fryman will oversee the development, execution, and measurement of the organization’s strategic planning for all market segments and revenue streams.

Fryman has more than 20 years of hospitality experience.  Prior to this position, she served as the Director of Revenue Management at Midas Hospitality.  She previously held directorial and managerial positions at various properties owned by Hilton Hotels Worldwide.

“Lucinda has played an integral role at Midas Hospitality for more than six years, and this promotion is to acknowledge her hard work, industry expertise and skillset to further enhance our hotel revenue performance,” said Kurt Furlong, EVP Sales & Marketing and Principal.

Founded in 2006, Midas Hospitality has developed, opened and currently manages numerous properties including 40 hotels in 14 states. For more information, call (314) 692-0100 or visit

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