People On The Move In The Local Construction Industry


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

Haberberger Welcomes Bob Labeaume as Lead Estimator 

Bob LaBeaume

St. Louis-based mechanical contracting firm Haberberger, Inc., is pleased to announce that Bob LaBeaume, of Bridgeton, has joined its growing team as Lead Estimator. In this role, he will be responsible for overseeing the development of estimates and proposals for the company’s industrial and commercial customers.

LaBeaume brings with him nearly 40 years of estimating, piping fabrication, quality control and project management experience in the food and beverage, industrial, healthcare and pharmaceutical industries. His background includes serving as a senior project estimator, vice president of estimating, pre-construction manager and senior project manager/estimator for three other mechanical contracting firms in the St. Louis area.

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Haberberger, Inc. is a 71-year-old mechanical contracting company that offers complete HVAC installation, customized maintenance programs, process piping and piping fabrication, plumbing and refrigeration and energy management services to a variety of industrial and commercial customers. For more information, call 314-631-3324 or visit

Alfredo Jacobo Joins Midwest BankCentre as Senior Vice President-Audit Director

Alfredo Jacboo

Alfredo Jacobo has joined Midwest BankCentre as senior vice president-audit director. He was formerly supervisor of advisory services for Brown Smith Wallace LLP.

Jacobo leads the bank’s internal audit function to ensure audits effectively evaluate financial and operational controls and meet regulatory and legal compliance standards. He oversees the preparation of annual risk-based audit plans and provides recommendations to management and the audit committee to improve controls, efficiencies and operational effectiveness. Jacobo has worked in the banking industry for six years.

Jacobo represented Mexico in the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia. “Alfredo brings the same dedication, work ethic and discipline to his leadership of our audit function as he did to competing on a world scale in his Olympic sport of swimming,” said Midwest BankCentre Chief Operating Officer Marsha Benney.

Jacobo has a bachelor’s degree of science in economics from Texas A&M University and a master’s of science degree in accounting from the University of Texas at Dallas. He is a member of the Missouri Society of Certified Public Accountants and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan St. Louis. He also belongs to the Institute of Internal Auditors and is newsletter chair for its St. Louis Chapter. He serves on the Rockwood Early Childhood PTO book fair committee, coaches youth sports and serves as trustee for a local home owners association.

Midwest BankCentre, a mainstay of St. Louis community banking since 1906, employs a staff of about 280 working at 17 bank locations in the City of St. Louis and St. Louis, Jefferson and St. Charles counties.

Jim Loft Joins Gershman Commercial Real Estate as Executive Vice President


Jim Loft

Gershman Commercial Real Estate, the largest locally owned commercial real estate firm in the St. Louis metropolitan area, announced that Jim Loft, SIOR, CCIM, has joined Gershman as executive vice president. In his new role, Loft will focus on office properties in the St. Louis market, representing both owners and users of office property.

Loft brings with him nearly 20 years of extensive experience in commercial real estate strategy, transaction and brokerage services. He has been involved in hundreds of transactions representing both owners and users of commercial real estate with an aggregate value in excess of $300 million. Loft has represented small business owners, as well as major corporations, both locally and nationally.

“We are very excited to have Jim join our brokerage team,” said Chris Fox, president and CEO of Gershman Commercial Real Estate. “The expansion of our team will help us manage our significant growth more effectively and ensure that we deliver the best possible service to our clients.”

Prior to joining Gershman, Loft was a senior vice president at Colliers International. Throughout his brokerage career, Jim has been involved in numerous notable transactions in the St. Louis office market.

Established in 1948, Gershman Commercial Real Estate is the largest locally owned commercial real estate firm in the St. Louis, Missouri, metro area. It provides unparalleled service and support during all stages of a commercial real estate transaction. 

PARIC Selects Ty Perry Vice President of Diversity & Inclusion

Industry Leader Returns to St. Louis to Steer Inclusion for Premier Contractor

Ty Perry

PARIC Corporation has named Ty Perry as vice president of diversity and inclusion. In this role, Perry will lead policies and programs focused on PARIC’s commitment to supplier and workforce diversity.

Throughout the last two decades, PARIC has focused on building with a supply chain and workforce that reflects the communities in which it works, according to PARIC President Keith Wolkoff.

“People want to do business with organizations that resonate with their values and communities,” says Wolkoff. “More importantly, companies that continue to improve their commitments to diversity and inclusion will be better for it in almost every way. We are thrilled with the sophistication and passion Ty Perry will be bringing to our work in this area.”

Perry has 23 years of experience in supplier and workforce diversity programs, both in Colorado and St. Louis. He co-founded and led the Conference of Minority Transportation (COMTO) Officials, St. Louis Chapter. He is also a past board member of the Missouri Regional Certification Committee, which established and oversaw the Federal Transit Administration’s mandated national Unified Certification Program.

Perry managed the Denver Regional Transit District’s supplier/workforce compliance monitoring and reporting program. For the last nine years, he operated his own professional service company, where he grew Colorado’s supplier/workforce and capacity, matching small and minority-owned firms with prime contractors on large infrastructure projects.

Perry says “Joining PARIC is an uncommon opportunity. I’m positioned to blend my experience in the entrepreneurial and governmental sectors with the needs and opportunities of the private sector. I’ll be combining my passion for a diverse, equitable and inclusive St. Louis workforce with my experience and will be seeking substantive change that will benefit everyone.”

PARIC is a nationally recognized construction firm ranking among the top half of ENR’s list of Top 400 national contractors and among the largest on ENR’s list of Midwest Top Contractors. PARIC builds a customer’s vision into a reality. Providing a complete range of construction services with specialized solutions, PARIC changes customers’ perception of what is possible. The company focuses on “Building Excellence to Move our Community Forward.”

Ken Jackson Earns FMP Designation

Ken Jackson

Ken Jackson, assistant facilities manager with True Mfg., O’Fallon, MO, has attained credentials as a Facility Management ProfessionaL (FMP).

Jackson took an extensive course and passed assessments in four focus areas to achieve the FMP designation. Professionals who earn the designation demonstrate a proven comprehension of the foundations of facility management and knowledge in the core facility management topics deemed critical by employers.

Jackson has more than seven years of experience in facilities and project management at True Mfg. He started his career as an electronic technician for the United States Marines and then spent more than two decades as a technician responsible for maintaining and installing equipment, as well as overseeing systems and facilities.

Jackson has been an active member in IFMA (International Facility Management Association) St. Louis since Feb. 2018. He is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and serves as co-chair of the Missouri Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education (MOFAME) group in St. Louis.

IFMA St. Louis offers its members a learning and networking environment among its diverse membership and supplies its members with the tools to achieve their professional goals. Started in 1985, IFMA St. Louis has more than 250 members representing small and Fortune 500 companies throughout the region. For more information, visit

November 15, 2019

Luthy Joins Louer Facility Planning 

Brittany Luthy

Brittany Luthy has joined Louer Facility Planning as an Interior Designer to work with its commercial clients on workplace design.

Brittany recently graduated from Southern Illinois University Carbondale with a Bachelor of Science Degree, Interior Design Specialty.  At SIUC, she was the president of the student chapter of IIDA (International Interior Design Association), and was chosen to represent her class in the “Next” student design competition which is a national event. She also represented her class as at the IIDA Student Design Charette at Neocon, the premier commercial furniture exhibition and conference held each year in Chicago.

“I am pleased that Brittany has chosen to join our team of design professionals,” said Jane Louer, the Collinsville-based firm’s founder and president.  “She brings a fresh new perspective, and a lot of enthusiasm to our team.”

Louer Facility Planning has been in business for 23 years, offering the latest trends and innovations in smart workspace furniture for clients across the St. Louis metro region. Louer Facility Planning’s clients include those in the corporate, financial, healthcare, government and educational sectors. 

Kevin Davis Joins Remiger Design as Business Developer 

Kevin Davis

Kevin Davis will assist in Remiger Design’s business development. The firm provides sustainable and functional architectural and design services for clients throughout the United States.

A St. Louis native, Davis has a diverse background in commercial real estate. He worked for U.S. Bank Corp. for seven years in a number of positions. He served as an asset manager in U.S. Bank’s Community Development Corp., overseeing more than $400 million in equity investments. Additionally, he provided project management for construction loans that were part of the bank’s tax credits.

His industry experience includes retail, higher education, residential, multifamily, industrial, healthcare, utilities and infrastructure. He also worked in his family’s construction business for several years.

“We are fortunate to land someone with Kevin’s background to enable Remiger to sustain its growth,” said Vern Remiger, founder and president of the firm. In particular, his expertise will help us further penetrate the higher education and healthcare fields.”

A graduate of Indiana University with a bachelor’s degree in finance, Davis lives in Chesterfield, MO, with his wife and four-year-old daughter.

Bill Wannstedt Elected President of Home Builders Association (HBA) of St. Louis & Eastern Missouri 

Bill Wannstedt

Bill Wannstedt, vice president and division manager of Consort Homes, has been elected the 86th president of the Home Builders Association (HBA) of St. Louis & Eastern Missouri. The HBA is a local trade association of more than 600 member firms representing the residential construction industry.

KAI Hires Radhika Dharanipalan as Senior Project Manager

Radhika Dharanipalan

KAI announces the hiring of Senior Project Manager Radhika Dharanipalan, RA, NCARB, PMP, LEED AP BD+C, of Milton, Georgia at its Atlanta office.

As Senior Project Manager, Dharanipalan will be responsible for managing budgets, deliverables and schedules for multiple architecture and engineering projects of various sizes and across different sectors. She will interface with clients, prepare proposals and pricing, in addition to preparing prime- and sub-contracts in coordination with upper management and managing multi-office execution of projects.

“I pursued a position with KAI because it is a design-build firm, and I believe my work experience in the past makes it possible for me to be equally engaged with both design and construction,” said Dharanipalan. “My goals are to manage and successfully deliver a wide range of projects of different sizes across various sectors. Maintaining existing client relations and helping KAI extend their client network is an important part of my current role.”

Prior to KAI, Dharanipalan worked as Project Manager in Facility Design and Construction Services at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia; as a Project Coordinator at Smallwood, Reynolds, Stewart, Stewart & Associates, Inc. in Atlanta; and as a Junior Architect at Shilpa Architects in India. She has 15 years of industry experience.

Dharanipalan has a Bachelor of Architecture from Anna University in Chennai, India and a Master of Architecture and a Master of Science in Construction Management from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.

She is a member of the Project Management Institute (PMI), National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) and U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

Dharanipalan is a group fitness gym enthusiast and believes in adopting a healthy lifestyle. She is married and has two daughters. In her spare time, she serves on the Architecture Review Committee in Waterside Neighborhood and volunteers at Meals by Grace food pantry.

About KAI Enterprises

KAI Enterprises is a national design and build firm providing delivery-oriented building solutions with a diverse portfolio of experience, in-house multi-discipline professionals, and expertise in both design and construction delivery. To learn more about KAI, visit

November 8, 2019

Tim Simon Joins Holland Construction Services As A Senior Project Manager 

Tim Simon

Mike Marchal, President of Holland Construction Services (Holland), is pleased to announce that Tim Simon has joined the Holland team as a Senior Project Manager.

Tim comes to Holland with more than 10 years of experience in construction management working on a range of projects in multiple markets throughout the St. Louis area and the Metro East including K-12 Education, Multi-Family, Senior Living, and Commercial.

“What attracted me to Holland was the opportunity to work for a growing company,” Simon said.  “I believe Holland is well diversified and respected in the industry and has the opportunity for self-growth.”

Marchal added, “Tim’s skillset and background will serve our clients’ needs on a variety of project types.  His personality, attitude and work ethic are an excellent fit with our team and culture.  We are proud to have Tim with us.”

Tim graduated from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville with a degree in construction management. He currently lives in Granite City with his wife and two sons.

Holland Construction Services is a full-service construction management, general contracting, and design/build firm based in Swansea, Ill., guided by the principle of providing clients the best possible building experience on every project.  Holland has been providing quality construction services throughout Illinois and Missouri since 1986, when it was founded by company CEO Bruce Holland.

Murphy Company Adds Professional Staff

Jonathon Pool

Jonathan Pool has joined Murphy Company, the area’s largest mechanical contractor, as account manager.  The announcement was made by Ryan Kramer, service sales manager.

Pool most recently served as a new business development account manager for a large international manufacturer of commercial and residential HVAC equipment. Prior to that, he was a manager for health, safety and environment in a three-state Midwest region for the same manufacturer. From 2012 to 2013 he oversaw three production lines for Schreiber Foods Inc.

A veteran, Pool was in the U.S. Army from 2007 to 2012, serving as the 18th Airborne Corps safety officer in charge and also as the 18th Airborne redeployment and reintegration officer in charge at Fort Bragg. N.C., among other duties.  He served in the U.S. Forces’ Iraq Enduring Operations as an executive officer, coordinating logistics, communications, supply and security for several sections.

He was deployed as an Air Defense artillery platoon leader in Iraq where he conducted and led daily convoy operations in and around Baghdad. He also was the executive officer in charge of maintenance for more than $40 million in government equipment.

Pool holds a bachelor’s degree from the Virginia Military Institute. Advanced studies include the Ingersoll Rand Sandler based methodology and Harvard mentor courses in project management, coaching and process improvement.  He also attended the U.S. Army Airborne School.

He is a member of the National Airborne Association and is active in Big Brothers-Big Sisters.

Dennis Dudenhoeffer

Dennis J. Dudenhoeffer, CPD, has joined Murphy Company as senior project estimator. The announcement was made by Kevin Suiter, P.E.,vice president of estimating for the mechanical contractor.

A certified plumbing designer (CPD) by the American Society or Plumbing Engineers, Dudenhoeffer has been employed as a plumbing estimator/project manager and designer since 1989. He has broad experience designing interior plumbing, and site water mains/service lines as well as fire sprinkler, medical gas, and fuel oil systems for clients in the healthcare, higher education and technology markets.

He holds an associate’s degree in architectural engineering technology from Bailey Technical School.  He also completed the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling-Contractors (PHCC) of America project management training course at Purdue University.

Greg Schaller Promoted to Chief Risk Officer at Midwest BankCentre

Greg Schaller

Greg Schaller has been promoted to chief risk officer at Midwest BankCentre. He was formerly senior vice president-audit.

Schaller is responsible for leading the bank’s risk management department, including the compliance department, loan and appraisal review, vendor management, business continuity processes and administrative oversight of the internal audit department. He partners with different bank business lines to review existing processes, evaluate risk tolerance, assist with implementing strategic initiatives, and assess new strategies to achieve efficiencies, expand audit coverage, and analyze data for meaningful insights into emerging risks, processes and performance measures.

Schaller is a 16-year veteran of the banking industry. He joined Midwest BankCentre in 2016.

“Greg brings a deep understanding of Midwest BankCentre’s business to his expanded role as chief risk officer,” said Marsha Benney, chief operating officer of the bank. “His consultative, strategy-focused approach and extensive industry background strengthen our leadership team.”

Schaller has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He continued his studies in community banking at the Graduate School of Banking at Colorado, recently graduating with honors. Schaller is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Missouri Society of Certified Public Accountants. He serves on the finance committee for Variety the Children’s Charity of St. Louis.

Midwest BankCentre, a mainstay of St. Louis community banking since 1906, employs a staff of about 280 working at 17 bank locations in the City of St. Louis and St. Louis, Jefferson and St. Charles counties. The bank works to empower people, enable business and energize neighborhoods through the strength of its financial services, including personalized consumer and business banking, business cash management, mortgage lending, home equity loans, financial planning and investments, insurance and digital banking. It ranks among St. Louis’ largest locally owned banks with assets exceeding $1.9 billion and deposits of $1.4 billion.

The bank is a local leader in the St. Louis Regional Unbanked Task Force and its Bank-On Save-Up St. Louis initiative. Since 2001, Midwest BankCentre has consecutively achieved the Bauer Financial 5-Star Superior financial rating each quarter. It was the national winner of the 2018 National Community Bank Service Awards by the Independent Community Bankers of America® (ICBA) for its success in bringing mainstream financial services to unbanked and underbanked citizens in the region.

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