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.

Mosby Building Arts Expands Their Design & Sales Department

The St. Louis remodeling firm hires two new architects.

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

New Hires at PGAV Destinations
Extensive Staffing Increases Continue in Newly-renovated Downtown Studio

St. Louis-based design firm PGAV Destinations announces the hiring of an additional six new team members, bringing fresh skillsets to newly-created positions. “This group of exciting talent comes on the heels of 16 new hires we announced in November of last year,” said PGAV Principal and Chair Mike Konzen. “PGAV’s explosive growth in new clients and more ambitious, ground-breaking projects require that we greatly expand our abilities. These new passionate and creative team members are ready to embrace that opportunity.”

Matt Halveland

BIM Manager Matt Halveland, from Florissant, MO, received his Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from the Kansas State University College of Architecture Planning and Design (’03). He has previously worked as an Associate Designer and Project and BIM Manager at LNB Architecture and Interiors.

Whitney Jones

Receptionist and Hospitality Specialist Whitney Jones, from St. Louis, MO, received her Bachelor of Science and Arts in Applied Behavioral Science from Fontbonne University (’14). She has previously served as a nanny, in animal management for Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus, and as Interim Elephant Manager at the Elephant Conservation Centre in Nairobi.

Jedd Pellerin

Project Architect Jedd Pellerin, from Manchester, VT, received his Bachelor of Science in Architectural Technology with a minor in Management from Keene State College (’00). He has previously served as a project manager for both The McBride Company and Ridberg+Associates, as well as a Principal Architect for Socius Architects.

Kathleen Robert

Senior Graphic Designer Kathleen Robert, from St. Louis, MO, received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from the University of Kansas (’89) and attended Saint Louis University. She has previously served as an adjunct professor at the University of Missouri, as well as art director and graphic designer for both Kiku Obata & Company and Zipatoni.

Matthew Scott

Visual Storyteller Matthew Scott, from Chicago, IL, holds his Associates in English and Communication from East-West University (’07). A professional photgorapher and videographer, he has been working as a freelance Cinematographer and Sound Engineer on countless national and international projects, including the 2016 Presidential Debates, Square-Enix, Yoplait, and more.

P. J. Tamayo

Returning designer P.J. Tamayo, from Orlando, FL, is a graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design (’02) with a Bachelor of Arts in Sequential Art with minors in both Video and Drawing. He has previously worked at Oracle as a Principal Multimedia Specialist, and a Creative Manager at Falcon’s Treehouse (now Falcon’s Creative Group).

PGAV has recently completed a $3.2m renovation to accommodate its growing team and the exciting needs of its client base. The expanding design firm is currently hiring Graphic Designers, Designers, Illustrators, Intern Architects, Architects, and Project Architects. Visit to learn more.

PGAV Destinations is a global leader in the planning and design of unique destinations. Now entering its sixth decade, the practice has evolved to become the ideal destination-consulting partner, skilled at developing growth-oriented master plans and translating those plans into successful projects.

Oculus Inc. Announces New National Director of Business Development

Oculus Inc., a full-service architecture and interior design firm headquartered in St. Louis, announces the addition of Heather Nauss as National Director of Business Development. In her role, Nauss will lead client relationship management and strategy development for the company’s St. Louis, Dallas and Portland offices, and will be instrumental in growing Oculus’ business in the healthcare, retail, corporate, education, hospitality, restaurant and government markets.

Nauss brings over 15 years of experience in the architecture and design industry where she has held positions in business development and marketing at companies including Working Spaces, Inc., Harley Ellis Devereaux and M2 Architecture Studio. Throughout her experience, Nauss has proven her success in sales as a crucial member of a development team that achieved a 90% project win hit rate, as well as a key member of the largest, most successful design studio that exceeded sales goals by 2%.

Nauss earned a B.S. degree in Marketing Communications from Missouri State University. She is currently a board member for Books for STL Kids and is a member of CREW St. Louis, Urban Land Institute and American Society for Healthcare Engineering.

Oculus Inc. delivers comprehensive architecture, interior, planning and move management services that support business change and promote business value. Oculus is WBE-Certified and regularly cited in top industry rankings for retail architecture and design, sustainability, interior design and overall growth.

New Hires at Murphy Company

Michael Hughes

Michael Hughes, P.E., has been appointed senior engineer for Murphy Company, a leading mechanical engineering and contracting firm. The announcement was made by Mike Werdes, manager, design/build. Hughes, a licensed professional engineer, brings more than 20 years of experience creating innovative cost-efficient designs in manufacturing as well as the pharmaceutical, aviation, chemical and life sciences industries.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Missouri-Columbia and is licensed in five states, including Missouri, Illinois, Texas, Utah and Arizona. “We are delighted to have someone with Mike’s vast experience and abilities join our team,” said Werdes.  “His project experience and technical knowledge fits well with our highly capable engineering team.”

Steven Bruening

Steven Bruening has joined Murphy Company in the role of plumbing designer. Bill McKanna, plumbing supervisor for the mechanical engineering and contracting firm, made the announcement. Bruening holds a bachelor’s degree in construction management and design from Southeast Missouri State University.  With more than 10 years in the construction industry, Bruening worked four-and-one-half years as a plumbing/fire protection designer and, earlier, as a CAD technician for two different Midwestern engineering firms. He also is an active member of the American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE). He is background includes the Boy Scouts of America where he attained the rank of Eagle Scout and was elected to the “Order of the Arrow” after having held several leadership positions. He attended Marquette High School where he attended college preparatory courses and utilized AutoCAD.

Trish Munsell

Trish Munsell has been appointed contract administrator at Murphy Co., a leading mechanical engineering and contracting firm.  The appointment was announced by Brian Norvell, general counsel. Munsell, who holds a bachelor of science degree from Southeast Missouri State University, has worked in contract administration for both Centene Corp. and Express Scripts, Inc., among others. She previously served as assistant vice president/director of business development for Ansira Marketing. Prior to that, she served as a paralegal with TLC Vision Corp. and a legal assistant in the legal/compliance group at NISA Investment Advisors, L.L.C.

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

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