Building Careers


The latest People in the News highlighting new hires, promotions, honors & recognition of the men and women in the St. Louis building community.

Explore St. Louis Welcomes Anaja “AJ” Sander as New Director of Community Engagement

Anaja Sanders

Explore St. Louis is pleased to announce the hiring of Anaja “AJ” Sander as new Director of Community Engagement. In her new role, Sander will serve as a community liaison for Explore St. Louis and the lead development representative for the St. Louis Civic Pride Foundation.  She will also guide several committees, as well as maintain and develop relationships with stakeholders throughout the St. Louis region.

Prior to joining Explore St. Louis, Sander served in a variety of capacities for the Greater St. Louis Area Council, Boy Scouts of America including District Director and District Executive.  She also served as Youth Ministries Director for the Salvation Army, and was a Youth Minister for the South Side Christian Center.

Sander’s has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology degree from Central Methodist University and an Associate of Arts in Psychology degree from State Fair Community College.

Explore St. Louis is the driving force behind St. Louis’ $5 billion convention and tourism industry, the official destination marketing organization of St. Louis City and County and operator of the America’s Center Convention Complex. 

Terri Rollings Joins the Leica Geosystems Team

Terri Rollings

Rollings has joined Leica Geosystems as Territory Sales Representative for Building Construction and Survey products in Missouri and Southern Illinois.    With a background of over 25 years serving the St. Louis construction market, Terri brings expertise in a wide range of topics, from positioning with robotic total stations, to laser levels, to underground detection solutions. Terri is based in St. Louis, MO and can be reached at or via telephone at (314) 240-2219.

March 30, 2018

Mosby Building Arts Expands Their Design & Sales Department

Mosby Building Arts is pleased to announce the addition of two new licensed architects, Arthur Merdinian as a Home Consultant and Architect, and Lucy Stopsky as Architect.

Lucy Stopsky

Lucy Stopsky is our new licensed Architect; She is licensed in Missouri and Illinois. Lucy received her bachelor’s degree in Architecture from University of Illinois, and her master’s degree in Architecture from Washington University. She has several years of experience with residential design-build firms. Lucy has been working in Chicago, Illinois for the past five years, and is excited to move back to her hometown of St. Louis. Mosby Building Arts is excited to have her on the team!

Arthur Merinian

Arthur Merdinian is joining our team as a Home Consultant and Architect, he is licensed in Missouri and Illinois. Arthur received his bachelor’s degree in Arts from Hobart College, then his master’s degree in Architecture from Washington University. He has 25 years of experience in the residential remodeling and construction industry. Arthur is also an active chairman with the St. Louis Building Code Review Committee. Mosby Building Arts looks forward to Arthur bringing his knowledge to the team.

Mosby Building Arts continues to expand in all areas. For other open positions at Mosby Building Arts, visit their Careers page.

Mosby Building Arts has been the trusted resource for discerning home owners for residential architecture, design, and remodeling in Metro St. Louis for over 70 years. Learn more at

Greensfelder Attorney Jessica Courtway Named 2018 ABA Forum on Construction Law Diversity Fellow

Jessica Courtway

Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C. is pleased to announce that Jessica Courtway, an attorney in the firm’s St. Louis office, has been selected by the American Bar Association (ABA) Forum on Construction Law as a 2018 Diversity Fellow.

The ABA Forum on Construction Diversity Fellowship program aims to draw diverse construction lawyers into the ranks of active, long-term forum members by identifying those who have demonstrated interest in the Forum on Construction and are potential candidates for future Forum leadership. The largest organization of construction lawyers in the United States, the ABA Forum on Construction Law has more than 6,000 members who represent all segments of the construction industry.

Ms. Courtway is a member of Greensfelder’s Construction industry group, representing clients in a variety of construction matters including construction litigation and arbitration, prosecution of mechanic’s liens, contract negotiation, and contractor licensing issues.

Ms. Courtway also holds a number of leadership positions in professional and community organizations. She serves as president of the Missouri Asian-American Bar Association and vice chair of the Young Lawyers Division of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis.

Ms. Courtway received her J.D. (cum laude) from Washington University School of Law and her Bachelor of Arts (magna cum laude) from Saint Louis University.

Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C., founded in 1895, is a full-service law firm with offices in St. Louis, Chicago and Belleville, Ill.  Greensfelder offers comprehensive legal solutions for clients locally, nationally and internationally. Areas of practice include business services; communications and media; construction; creditors’ rights and bankruptcy; educational, religious and tax-exempt organizations; employee benefits; employment and labor; energy; franchising and distribution; health care; intellectual property; litigation; real estate; securities and financial services; and trusts and estates.  Find out more at

Western Specialty Contractors Promotes Jon Carden to Branch Manager of its San Francisco Branch

Jon Carden

Western Specialty Contractors has promoted Jon Carden of Hayward, CA to Branch Manager of its San Francisco branch office. Carden was previously Superintendent at the branch.

Serving Northern California since 1965, Western’s San Francisco branch offers the following commercial specialty services:

  • Building cleaning
  • Concrete restoration
  • EIFS restoration/recoating
  • Epoxy and chemical grout injection
  • Expansion joint systems
  • Exterior wall coatings
  • Masonry restoration
  • Parking deck restoration
  • Waterproofing

Carden will be responsible for running the branch office, which will include marketing, sales, estimating, oversight of operations and administrative functions, safety of all branch employees, and productivity of office staff and field crews. Additionally, Carden will be responsible for ensuring the branch’s profitability by forecasting and managing the budget, identifying market trends, ensuring quality control and building/maintaining customer relationships.

Carden has been with Western Specialty Contractors since 2003, and has held the positions of Craftsman, Foreman and Superintendent at the San Francisco Branch before being promoted to Branch Manager. He has worked in the waterproofing industry for a total of 36 years.

He is a member of ASTM International, an international standards organization that develops and publishes voluntary consensus technical standards for a wide range of materials, products, systems and services. Carden is serving on an ASTM committee to update the cold applied waterproofing standard.

Additionally, Carden is acting as an advisor to the Sam Mazza Foundation, offering guidance on maintaining the 109-year-old castle located in Pacifica, CA.

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

March 23, 2018

Western Specialty Contractors Hires Jillian Chew as National Account Program Manager

Jillian Chew

Western Specialty Contractors has hired Jillian Chew of Wildwood, MO as National Account Program Manager. In this role, Chew will assist in the company’s efforts to identify, establish and develop relationships with large, multi-location customers. Assigned to three to five customers, Chew will also work to establish productive, professional relationships with high-level executives and other key contacts for all assigned client accounts, as well as effectively communicate to customers the benefits of a national account partnership with Western.

Chew has seven years of sales experience, having previously worked as a Retirement Sales Representative for Paychex, an Admissions Advisor for Kaplan University and an Admissions Representative for Corinthian College.

She has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Communication from the University of Missouri St. Louis and an MBA from Kaplan 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

Eva Fryar, Vice President of Construction Operations at Payne Family Homes

Named to Professional Builder Magazine’s 40 Under 40 Class of 2018

Payne Family Homes, a leading St. Louis, Missouri based homebuilder, is proud to announce that Vice President of Construction Operations Eva Fryar has been selected for Professional Builder magazine’s 40 Under 40 Class of 2018, featured in their March 2018 issue. Her contributions are a key reason that Payne Family Homes has become the St. Louis metropolitan area’s fastest-growing homebuilder, growing from $7 million in sales in 2009 to $90 million in 2017. She also is one of a very few women to hold the title of Vice President of Construction Operations in a male-dominated field.

Fryar provides strategic leadership and direction for the homebuilder’s growing portfolio of residential homes in the St. Louis, Missouri metropolitan region. She oversees 26 people including field superintendents, estimators, and the company’s in-house architecture, purchasing and customer care teams. She also coordinates the efforts of approximately 100 suppliers.

She is charged with opening six new residential developments in early 2018, as well as again leading the campaign and building efforts for the 2018 St. Louis St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway house, an effort that has helped raise over $4 million to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital since 2014.

In addition to her achievements at Payne Family Homes, Fryar is chair of the committee for the St. Louis Professional Women in Building Council. She is also an active member of the St. Louis Home Builders Association for which she sits on its board of directors and is helping to start the association’s student education chapter. Fryar has been a judge for the National Home Builders Association Residential Construction Management Competition, which gives college students the opportunity to apply skills learned in the classroom by completing a management project/proposal for an actual construction company. She also volunteers with Habitat for Humanity and helps build a house every year for a low-income family.

“Eva is exceptionally bright and a great contributor to Payne’s executive team and its overall strategic direction,” says Ken Kruse, Payne Family Homes president. “We are very proud of Eva’s dedication, her perfecting of new processes and the way she leads her team. This recognition is well deserved.” 

Professional Builder received more than 150 nominations this year, illustrating the depth of talent among this collection of future and present industry leaders. The magazine’s editors selected the winners based on both personal and professional accomplishments. This year’s class included 15 women and 25 men representing all regions of the United States.

For more information about Payne Family Homes, visit or call 314-477-1218.

Byrne & Jones Construction Adds Christine Lips & Michael Stolze as Accounting Assistants

Christine Lips

Christine Lips and Michael Stolze have joined Byrne & Jones Construction as accounting assistants.  Byrne & Jones is a diversified St. Louis civil site contractor serving clients through six divisions – concrete, sports, asphalt, soil stabilization, marine and micro-surfacing.

Lips received her degree in business administration and management and a minor in mathematics from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.   Stolze received his degree in accountancy from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

Michael Stolz

Founded in 1976, Byrne & Jones Construction builds and maintains parking lots, roads and highways, athletic fields, running tracks, tennis courts, underground drainage systems and paved surfaces and performs a variety of marine construction.  Learn more at 

Western Specialty Contractors Promotes Tom Brooks to Chief Operating Officer

Tom Brooks

Western Specialty Contractors proudly announces the promotion of Sr. Vice President of Operations Tom Brooks to the position of Chief Operating Officer (COO), effective Jan. 1, 2018. Brooks replaces COO Jim Rechtin, Sr., who retired from Western after 46 years of service.

Brooks will utilize his more than 20 years of construction industry experience to oversee and manage all aspects of day-to-day operations, plus implement strategies for continued bottom line growth. He plans to work closely with Western’s  President Jeff Kelley to develop and propose new programs that support the company’s short- and long-term objectives.

“Tom has demonstrated strong business acumen, along with the ability to lead and mentor others,” said Kelley. “I am very excited for Tom and I look forward to new opportunities in 2018 and beyond.”

Brooks started with Western in 2012 as Vice President – Operations and Business Development, then was promoted to Sr. Vice President of Operations in 2016.

Brooks has a degree in Building Construction Management from Purdue University – North Central Campus and an AAS in Electrical Engineering Technology from Southern Illinois University. He was a Corporal in the United States Marine Corps, a veteran of Desert Storm and a graduate of the Military Police Academy. He is a member of the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA), Construction Users Round Table (CURT) and U.S. Green Building Council.

Family-owned and operated for over 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


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