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.

SWT Design Welcomes Chantal Block, P.E. to the Team!

Chantal Block

SWT Design is pleased to announce Chantal Block, P.E. has joined our team. She brings with her a robust background in Civil Engineering. Our practice at SWT Design has always fostered an environment for exchanging ideas and each of our team members brings a unique perspective. Chantal’s civil engineering background adds a new dynamic to our process which will only make us stronger designers, collaborators, and design partners.

Chantal joins us with 13 years of civil engineering experience including project management, site and stormwater design, and geotechnical field testing. She’s passionate about sustainable design and has extensive experience designing sustainable stormwater solutions and employing best management practices. She brings value to any civil site project with her understanding and experience with the complex utility process including agreements, terminations, temporary set ups, knowing which takes precedence, and most of all its safety requirements.

For nearly 25 years, SWT Design has developed a diverse and award-winning portfolio of outdoor spaces, approaching planning and design as a living, breathing thing with a passion for innovation. For further questions, please contact Ashley Jenkins, Marketing Coordinator for SWT Design by e-mail at or call 314-644-5700.

IMPACT Strategies’ Growth Results in Promotion for Nick Walker

Nick Walker

IMPACT Strategies is excited to announce the promotion of Nick Walker, AIA, MBA to Vice President, Project Development & Strategy. This expanded role fits the diverse experience and collaboration that he has to offer IMPACT’s clients through the project development and construction process. Walker joined the IMPACT Strategies team in 2016 as their Director of Development and Construction Services. His 20–plus years of experience as both an architect and a construction manager has provided IMPACT Strategies a foundation to lead innovation and grow their presence as a regional provider of premier construction services.

Walker was an integral part of IMPACT Strategies’ rebranding process in 2017. His expertise helped guide and align IMPACT’s brand to better reflect their capabilities and talented team members. Through Walker’s leadership, IMPACT’s brand awareness continues to grow and create new opportunities for future growth. Mark Hinrichs, President of IMPACT Strategies says “Nick has played a critical role in executing our strategic plans for company growth over the past few years. We couldn’t be prouder to have him as part of the IMPACT Team.” 

October 11, 2019

S. M. Wilson Promotes Amanda Bohnert, CPSM to Chief Marketing Officer and Kristyn Newbern to Director of Client Development

S. M. Wilson & Co. has promoted Amanda Bohnert, CPSM to Chief Marketing Officer and Kristyn Newbern to Director of Client Development.

Amanda Bohnert

Bohnert joined S. M. Wilson in 2004 and has been an integral team member for the past 15 years. As Chief Marketing Officer, Bohnert will help position S. M. Wilson to be selected by target clients and evaluate business opportunities to enhance financial success. She will be responsible for leadership and coordination of all Business Development and Marketing efforts including oversight of short and long-range planning on sales and marketing strategies targeted toward existing and new markets. She is the firm’s first CMO.

Bohnert also sits on the company’s Charitable Giving Committee, Planning Committee,  Technology Committee and chairs the ESOP Communications Committee. Outside of S. M. Wilson, she serves as the Director at Large for the Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) St. Louis. Bohnert is a Certified Professional Services Marketer (CPSM) and holds a dual B.A. in Public Relations and Business Management and M.A. in Marketing and Advertising from Webster University.

Kristyn Newbern

Newbern joined S. M. Wilson in 2017 and has proven to be a valuable asset to the team by identifying and elevating prospects, bringing in opportunities and landing new clients. In her new role, she will be leading efforts in the company’s K-12 and municipal markets and continue to establish and strengthen client partner relationships.

Newbern holds B.S. and M.S. in Engineering Management from Missouri S&T with a professional background in the industrial and civil engineering industry. She is also a member of SMPS St. Louis, Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) St. Louis, St. Louis Council of Construction Consumers (SLCCC), Urban Land Institute (ULI), and is a licensed Missouri real estate agent.

S. M. Wilson is a full-service construction management, design/build and general contracting firm with headquarters in St. Louis. For nearly 100 years, S. M. Wilson has provided a complete range of services and has become one of the leading general construction and construction management firms in the St. Louis area. The employee-owned company is dedicated to going above and beyond expectations for their clients by putting people first. For more information, visit

Eichmeyer Joins Brinkmann Constructors As Marketing And Communications Manager

Stephanie Eichmeyer

Stephanie Eichmeyer has joined Brinkmann Constructors as Marketing and Communications Manager. Eichmeyer will provide marketing leadership to all Brinkmann Constructors offices, focusing on social media strategy, marketing, advertising, media relations and overall brand management. Eichmeyer has 12 years of marketing and communications experience.

Brinkmann Constructors is a national employee-owned construction company with a passion for finding innovative opportunities to save clients time and money. The firm was founded in St. Louis in 1984 and has offices in Denver, Colorado and Kansas City, Kansas. Connect at

October 4, 2019

Brian Paul, AIA, Joins Farnsworth Group as Architecture Principal

Brian Paul

Farnsworth Group announced today that Brian Paul, AIA, NCARB, has joined the firm’s Fairview Heights, IL, office as an Architecture Principal. Farnsworth Group is one of the largest Engineering, Architecture and Surveying firms in the Greater St. Louis and Metro East region, serving a variety of clients and industries locally and nationally.

Paul has more than 24 years of experience in architectural design and leadership, most recently serving as Director of Architecture for Gray Design Group in St. Louis.  During his architectural career, Mr. Paul has led multiple project teams through design and construction phases on various projects for public and private sectors including municipal, higher education, K-12 education, and senior living and life-care facilities. In his role as Architectural Principal for Farnsworth Group, Mr. Paul will be focused on day-to-day operations of the Fairview Heights office, maintaining existing and building new client relationships, and leading architectural teams through successful project delivery from design phase through construction completion.

Paul earned his N.A.A.B. Accredited Bachelor of Architecture from Kansas State University.  He is a licensed architect registered in Illinois and Missouri and is certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration (NCARB) and a member of the AIA. Paul also serves on the Edwardsville Township Building Committee and is a member of LeadingAge Missouri.

Farnsworth Group, Inc., an employee-owned company, is a full-service engineering, architecture and survey firm, offering clients more than 500 professionals located throughout a nationwide network of offices.

Kwame Building Group Hires Jonathan Cohen as a Civil Inspector 

Jonathon Cohen

Jonathan Cohen has joined Kwame Building Group, Inc. (KWAME) as a Civil Inspector. In this role, Cohen will work on Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) projects to monitor the installation of sewer lines and tunnel work as part of MSD’s Project Clear initiative to improve water quality and alleviate wastewater concerns in the St. Louis region.

Cohen has more than 37 years of construction industry experience across a range of project types including hospitals, medical buildings, parking structures, education, government buildings, pumping stations, bridges and office buildings. He obtained his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Jonathan holds an industry certificate in LEED AP BD+C. He also is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and Construction Management Association of America.

Kwame Building Group, Inc. (KWAME) is one of the nation’s top pure construction management firms, dedicating 100 percent of its resources to project management services. An employee-owned company, KWAME provides estimating, scheduling, project planning, value engineering, and other project management services as an independent advocate for owners and developers. For more information, visit or call (314) 862-5344.

Brian Wheeler Joins Holland’s Pre-Construction Department 

Brian Wheeler

Mike Marchal, President of Holland Construction Services (Holland), is pleased to announce that Brian Wheeler has joined Holland’s pre-construction team as Senior Pre-Construction Manager.

Brian comes to Holland with an architectural skill set and background that will help the team develop, analyze, and coordinate the best possible solutions to fit the clients’ needs.

“More clients are coming to us asking for early involvement and input to guide their project in the best direction, oftentimes before they have selected an architect,” Marchal said. “Brian will help us mitigate project risks by filling in gaps and coordinating details that align with budget and architectural intent.”  In this new position, Brian will be working with both the pre-construction and virtual design and construction teams.

“The offer to work for Holland is an opportunity I could not refuse; I am truly honored.  The strength and diversity of the team is what attracted me, and I hope to further enhance that potential,” Wheeler said.  “I appreciate acting as the conduit between initial concept and built environment.  The key to success is within the relationships we build.”

Brian was born and raised in Albers, IL and is a graduate of Southern Illinois University, Carbondale with a degree in Architectural Studies.  He now resides in Breese, IL with his wife and three children.

Holland Construction Services is a full-service construction management, general contracting, and design/build firm based in Swansea, IL. For more information, visit Holland’s website at 

Geotechnology Hires Senior Wetlands Scientist

Cody Flynn

Geotechnology, Inc., is pleased to announce that Cody Flynn has joined the firm as Senior Wetlands Scientist. He will be based in Geotechnology’s Cincinnati office but will assist and manage stream and wetland assessment and permitting projects throughout the country.

Mr. Flynn has more than 10 years of natural resources and environmental consulting experience as a biologist. He previously worked with WSP in Duluth, Minnesota, as an Environmental Scientist/Biologist where he gained considerable experience conducting compliance inspections and obtaining Clean Water Act permits for oil and natural gas pipeline projects. Prior to his tenure at WSP, he worked at CC Environmental and Kleinfelder in Oklahoma on several large transportation-related permitting and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) projects.

Mr. Flynn earned his B.S. in zoology and physiology from the University of Wyoming, and is a Minnesota Certified Wetland Delineator.

“We are very excited to have Cody bring his extensive experience in wetland delineation, permitting, water quality assessment, NEPA, and threatened and endangered species assessments to Geotechnology,” said Senior Project Manager Vince Epps. “His knowledge will contribute to our clients’ ability to responsibly build and develop important projects, as they conserve, protect, restore, and sustain our natural resources.”

Established in 1984, Geotechnology, Inc. is a professional corporation offering a comprehensive range of consulting services in applied earth and environmental sciences. For more information, visit

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