The latest People in the News highlighting new hires, promotions, honors & recognition of the men and women in the St. Louis building community.
August 16, 2019
Allison Huggett Joins Geotechnology as Marketing Assistant
Geotechnology, Inc., is pleased to announce hiring Allison (Allie) Huggett to serve as Marketing Assistant. She is based in the firm’s St. Louis office.
Ms. Huggett’s responsibilities include assisting with the many tasks of the Marketing Department including preparing client submissions, project summaries, descriptions of speciality services, and professional resumes, for all ten Geotechnology offices, while upholding the company’s brand standards.
Before joining Geotechnology, Ms. Huggett served in a marketing position with an architectural design company and as an account representative with a marketing company. She earned her bachelor’s degree in international business with a focus in marketing from the University of Missouri, Robert J. Trulaske College of Business.
“We welcome Allie to our department and our company,” said Geotechnology Marketing Manager, Kelly Townsend. “Her skills and experience are valuable assets in helping us to better serve our clients and to grow our business.”
Established more than 35 years ago, Geotechnology, Inc. is a professional corporation offering a comprehensive range of consulting services in applied earth and environmental sciences, including geophysics, underground consulting services, geotechnical and environmental engineering, materials testing and drilling. For more information, visit www.geotechnology.com
St. Louis CNR Magazine Welcomes Brandy Scheer
St. Louis Construction News and Review Magazine welcomes Brandy Scheer as the publication’s newest team member.
Bringing 25-plus years of local industry marketing, sales and networking experience to the table, Scheer will work as St. Louis CNR’s marketing director and sales associate.
In her new position, Scheer will assist the St. Louis construction community in connect with one another and with St. Louis CNR’s readers.
Having previously worked with numerous local engineering and architectural firms and having worked as an editor and contributor to several local industry publications, Scheer understands key relationships that exist between readers, advertisers and community organizations. She embodies the professionalism, mission and values of St. Louis CNR.
Tyler Westerfeld joins Wiegmann Associates as Project Engineer
Tyler Westerfeld of St. Charles, MO has joined Wiegmann Associates as a project engineer. Westerfeld is responsible for designing and engineering the heating, cooling and ventilation systems for various Wiegmann Associates projects. His tasks also include load calculation, sizing and selection of equipment, coordinating with other trades, creating permit drawings and providing construction support.
Westerfeld has a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Missouri University of Science & Technology. He has also earned Engineer in Training (EIT) certification. Prior to being hired as a full-time employee, Westerfeld held two summer internships at Wiegmann Associates, where he gained experience in the HVAC industry and supported full-time project engineers.
Wiegmann Associates is a St. Louis-based mechanical contractor and a national leader in design/build HVAC projects. Since 1995, Wiegmann Associates has engineered and installed innovative, energy saving and cost-efficient HVAC solutions, refrigeration systems and automation controls for clients in a wide range of industries. For more information, visit www.wiegmannassoc.com or call (636) 940-1056.
Murphy Hires Coats; Promotes Kniesche
Jim Coats has been named an HVAC/refrigeration project manager at Murphy Company. Bob Eichelberger, manager of refrigeration for the area’s largest mechanical contracting and engineering firm, made the announcement. Coats has nearly 25 years’ experience in the HVAC industry, most recently as president of his own consulting and manufacturers’ representative firm, Coapico Technologies, Inc. since 2011. Prior to that he was a senior application engineer in the refrigeration industry, primarily serving Canadian food service clients. From 2005 to 2011 he served as a senior product engineer, providing industrial coils and hygienic air units throughout the country. He began his career in Mt. Vernon, IL where he served as a resident engineer and sales professional for design build HVAC business in a five-state region. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois and is currently working towards an MBA at Webster University.
Nicholas (Nick) M. Kniesche has been promoted to project manager, commercial, for Murphy Company, a leading mechanical contracting and engineering firm. The announcement was made by Conrad Philipp, vice-president,commercial. A 2017 graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia, Kniesche initially joined Murphy as a project management intern during the summers of 2015 and 2016. After graduation he was hired full-time as an engineer, commercial. While at Mizzou Kniesche was 2015-17 president of Mizzou’s Mechanical Contractors Association of America student chapter, which is sponsored by MCA-EMO. During his tenure the student chapter captured First Place in the Final Four Competition at the MCAA National Convention in San Diego in March 2017. That same year the UMC student chapter also was named MCAA Student Chapter of the Year from among a total of 52 student chapters nationwide. He also is OSHA-10 certified. While studying at UMC, he also was executive treasurer of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) student chapter for which he also served as a mentor for architectural studies. He also was a member and sub chairman of the marketing committee for Pi Sigma Epsilon, a professional business fraternity. Additionally, he was a member, executive secretary and member of the judicial board and finance committee, and Homecoming build chair for Alpha Tau Omega. An active community volunteer, he volunteered for Sacred Heart Church, Caring for Columbia, and the Thompson Center for Autism.
Founded in 1907, 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 www.murphynet.com.
Spellman Brady & Company Expands Design Team
Laura Kreher, IIDA, LEED Green Associate
Spellman Brady & Company, an award-winning interior design firm, is pleased to announce that Laura Kreher has joined the firm as a Designer. In this role, her creativity will support the team with design, furniture specification, space planning and renderings within the healthcare, senior living and higher education market sectors.
Ms. Kreher is a recent graduate of Maryville University where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Interior Design. While attending Maryville University, she served as an intern with Spellman Brady and studied abroad at the Santa Reparata International School of Art in Florence, Italy.
Spellman Brady & Company is an award-winning St. Louis–based interior design firm specializing in senior living, healthcare, and higher education environments. For more information about Spellman Brady & Company, please visit www.spellmanbrady.com.
August 10, 2019
McCarthy Holdings Announces New CEO
After a deliberate, multi-year succession process, McCarthy Holdings, Inc., one of America’s premier building companies, announced today the selection of Raymond J. Sedey, 42, as the firm’s next chief executive officer. On Jan. 1, 2020, Sedey will assume this position, currently held by Michael D. Bolen, who will continue in the role as chairman of the McCarthy board of directors.
“Today’s announcement concludes a comprehensive, deliberate and thoughtful evaluation and selection process. Ray Sedey is an experienced leader grown from within McCarthy. He brings a deep understanding of our company strategy and unique ownership culture, together with a strong commitment to delivering an exceptional experience for clients. I am pleased to have Ray succeed me in the CEO position.”
Sedey began with McCarthy in 2000 as a project engineer in the firm’s Southwest Region. He then moved through several core operations roles including superintendent, project manager and director, before being promoted to vice president, operations for the Las Vegas office in 2009. In 2012, Sedey was promoted to executive vice president responsible for leading business operations in Nevada, New Mexico and Colorado. In this role, he was instrumental in helping position McCarthy as a builder of choice in infrastructure, aviation, commercial, healthcare and entertainment projects, including successfully positioning the firm as a builder of choice for complex projects on the Las Vegas Strip.
In 2015, Sedey was selected to lead the McCarthy Texas Region as regional president. Under his leadership, McCarthy strengthened its position across the state of Texas with a focus on client results, safety, financial performance and talent management. In 2018, Sedey then led efforts to combine operations of the McCarthy Southeast Division and Texas Region to form a new Southern Region and assumed the position as Southern regional president.
Sedey is expected to maintain an office in Dallas as well as in the McCarthy Corporate Headquarters in St. Louis.
McCarthy Holdings, Inc. is the oldest privately held national construction company in the country – with more than 150 years spent collaborating with partners to solve complex building challenges on behalf of its clients. More information about the company is available online at www.mccarthy.com or by following the company on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram
Alan Bergfeld Joins Holland Construction Services As Director of Business Development
Mike Marchal, President of Holland Construction Services (Holland), is pleased to announce that Alan Bergfeld has joined the Holland team as Director of Business Development.
Alan comes to Holland with over 10 years of experience, most recently with a national design-build firm where he was responsible for a multi‐state region ranging from Missouri to Wyoming to Texas.
“Between the fantastic reputation and bright future of Holland, I’m extremely excited and honored to join the team,” Bergfeld said. “Their supportive and collaborative culture is a great place to have a successful career.”
Marchal added that “Alan brings a reputation for identifying and delivering clients’ objectives and his personality is the right fit for our culture. As part of Holland’s strategic initiative to expand our growth and presence in our local market, he will be an additional resource in cultivating relationships and identifying new opportunities.”
Alan was born and raised in St. Louis and a graduate of Truman State University. He currently resides in Des Peres, Missouri with his wife and two children.
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. For more information, visit Holland’s website at www.hollandcs.com.
Douglas McElvain has joined Rosemann & Associates, P.C.
Douglas McElvain has joined Rosemann & Associates, P.C. St. Louis as project manager, bringing more than18 years of architectural expertise to his new role. His depth of experience and passion for design will be instrumental to Rosemann’s success as it continues to grow. Doug holds a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri.
August 2, 2019
S. M. Wilson Promotes Kelly Santacruz To Senior Project Accountant
S. M. Wilson & Co. has promoted Kelly Santacruz to Senior Project Accountant. As Senior Project Accountant, she will be responsible for handling all administrative functions for a project in addition to mentoring, providing high level coordination and organizational project support for the project team.
Santacruz joined S. M. Wilson in 2015 and has worked on a variety of projects including Washington University Jolley Hall Renovation, Solana Mount Pleasant and Solana East Cobb new assisted living facilities and multiple projects for Von Maur. Her strong work ethic, dedication, organization and forward thinking have been a tremendous asset to successfully advancing the projects to completion.
Prior to joining S. M. Wilson, Santacruz worked as a Project Assistant for Tarlton Corporation and McCarthy Building Companies. She attended St. Louis Community College and the University of Missouri – Columbia and has 15 years of construction administration experience.
S. M. Wilson is a full-service construction management, design/build and general contracting firm with headquarters in St. Louis. For more information, visit www.smwilson.com.
Tim Mathson Joins AMCA Staff as Principal Engineer
Air Movement and Control Association (AMCA) International Inc. today welcomed Tim Mathson to its staff in the role of principal engineer.
Mathson, the primary developer of AMCA’s new fan-efficiency metric, fan energy index (FEI), joins AMCA after more than 30 years with a major fan manufacturer and AMCA member. His experience includes both engineering and test-laboratory management. He has been very active with AMCA, serving as chair of the Fan Committee, the U.S. Technical Advisory Group to International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Technical Committee 117, Fans, and, formerly, the committees for ANSI/AMCA Standard 210/ASHRAE Standard 51, Laboratory Methods of Testing Fans for Certified Aerodynamic Performance Rating, and ANSI/AMCA Standard 208, Calculation of the Fan Energy Index. Additionally, he is an active member of ASHRAE Technical Committee 5.1, Fans, and has presented several ASHRAE seminars. Mathson holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Wisconsin.
Ryan Denisi Joins McCarthy as Director of Business Development
Ryan Denisi has joined McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. as director of business development in the firm’s central region.
In this position, Denisi will build and manage relationships with current and potential clients, expanding McCarthy’s healthcare footprint across a 28-state region—from the Plains to the East Coast.
Denisi joins McCarthy with significant healthcare sales experience. Most recently, he served as practice development manager/sales manager at Consult YHN, the nation’s largest network of audiology and hearing healthcare professionals. He previously worked as territory sales manager at RLG (formerly Rafferty Lighting Group), a St. Louis-based lighting and electrical equipment manufacturer’s representative. His background also includes sales positions at ZOLL Medical Corporation, Philips Healthcare, CardioDynamics and Pfizer.
Denisi earned a bachelor’s degree in business management from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind. He is a member of the Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS).
McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. is the oldest privately held national construction company in the country – with more than 150 years spent collaborating with partners to solve complex building challenges on behalf of its clients. More information about the company is available online at www.mccarthy.com or by following the company on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram