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

McCarthy Holdings Announces New CEO

Raymond Sedey

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 FacebookTwitterLinkedIn and Instagram

Alan Bergfeld Joins Holland Construction Services As Director of Business Development

Alan Bergfeld

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 fullservice 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

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

Kelly Santacruz

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

Tim Mathson

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

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 FacebookTwitterLinkedIn and Instagram

July 26, 2019

Poettker Construction Announces Strategic Leadership Promotions

Multi-generation firm promotes talent from within to support growth 

Poettker Construction, a second-generation family-owned construction company, announces two internal promotions to their leadership team. These promotions come from growth in the company, expansion and new operations within the business.

Among the promoted are Ryan Poettker, former vice president project management, and Jon Carroll, former director of project management.

“The Poettker team is proud to announce these promotions as proof of our dedication to finding and developing talent within our employees,” said Keith Poettker. “We commit ourselves to recognizing our talented team, with their rich history of experience and high precision results.”

Ryan Poettker is being promoted to executive vice president and chief operations officer. His responsibility will be to continue to grow the brand, attract and retain talent, and ensure business follows the core values and culture. Ryan brings more than 21 years of construction experience to this position alongside multiple certifications to continue bolstering the business development and preconstruction department and overseeing construction operations and risk management.

Jon Carroll is being promoted to vice president project management and will be supervising the project management department and overseeing construction efforts to ensure projects are constructed to exceed client’s expectations. Jon brings more than 15 years of construction management experience to this position alongside multiple certifications to continue streamlining project management processes and cultivating project relationships.

“Our company is strategically situated to support strong growth in the Midwest and Southeast because of the talent and strength of this team,” added Keith Poettker. “Ryan and Jon’s leadership will help to grow our business relationships and strengthen our company overall.”

In addition to Keith Poettker, Ryan Poettker and Jon Carroll, the following leaders comprise the Poettker management team: Charles (Chuck) Poettker, chairman and CEO; Kimberly Luitjohan, vice president finance; Thomas Albers, vice president field operations; and Kevin Poettker, director of business development.

Established in 1980, Poettker Construction is a second-generation, family-owned and veteran-owned construction company. For more information, visit poettkerconstruction.com.

July 19, 2019

Kwame Building Group Hires Zhijing (Candice) Yang as Scheduler

Zhijing (Candice) Yang

Zhijing (Candice) Yang, of University City, MO, has joined Kwame Building Group, Inc. (KWAME) as scheduler. Yang’s responsibilities include creating and overseeing timetables for KWAME’s construction projects. She holds a master’s degree in Construction Management from Washington University in St. Louis. She also earned a certificate in Project Management.

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. KWAME is headquartered in St. Louis with division offices in Atlanta, Dallas and Seattle. For more information, visit www.kwamebuildinggroup.com or call (314) 862-5344.

July 12, 2019

Chris Donovan Joins Kwame Building Group as Project Engineer

Chris Donovan

Chris Donovan, AC has joined Kwame Building Group, Inc. (KWAME) as a project engineer. Donovan’s responsibilities include project budgeting and estimating, contractor and subcontractor communications, site management and responding to RFI’s and submittals for select projects in the Seattle, WA area.

Donovan holds a bachelor’s degree in Construction Management from Southern Illinois UniversityEdwardsville. He has previous industry experience as a carpentry subcontractor.

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. For more information, visit www.kwamebuildinggroup.com or call (314) 862-5344.

S. M. Wilson Promotes Maggie Farrell To Human Resources Manager

Maggie Farrell

S. M. Wilson & Co. has promoted Maggie Farrell to Human Resources Manager. As HR Manager, she will continue expanding her leadership role around the company’s recruitment and professional development efforts.

Farrell joined S. M. Wilson in 2018 and has demonstrated leadership initiatives including bringing CPR/First Aid training in-house, facilitating S. M. Wilson’s onboarding process, implementing an online learning management system system, developing trainings including intern and mentor orientations, taking on a larger role in facilitating the company’s Collegiate Development Committee and its college recruitment efforts and facilitating our charitable giving efforts.

Along with the Collegiate Development Committee, Farrell sits on S. M. Wilson’s Employee Engagement Committee, Charitable Giving Committee and Golf Committee which supports the company’s annual charity golf tournament, Swinging Fore Dreams. She is also actively involved in the community, serving as a Steering Committee member for Alive & Well Communities, Big Sister for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America as well as volunteering with Ready Readers. Farrell is First Aid/CPR/AED Instructor certified and has her Masters of Social Work (MSW) from Saint Louis University.

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.

Lorraine Ward of H+C named one of the Most Influential Business Women in St. Louis

Lorraine Ward

Lorraine Ward, LEED AP BD+C, Senior Associate and Director of Professional Services at Hastings+Chivetta, has been named as one of St. Louis Business Journal’s Most Influential Business Women. Lorraine is one of 25 leaders chosen from nearly 240 nominations for the Class of 2019. Part of a group of professionals who have positively impacted their industries and communities, Lorraine will be honored with the Class of 2019 on August 9 at the Award Program and luncheon at America’s Center.

 

Heather Indelicato Promoted to Senior Vice President – Deposit Operations at Midwest BankCentre

Heather Indelicato

Heather Indelicato has been promoted to senior vice president-deposit operations at Midwest BankCentre. She was formerly assistant vice president-vendor management. She reports to Chief Operating Officer Marsha Benney.

Indelicato has successfully executed operational strategies and instilled service excellence within retail branches of the bank. While leading the bank’s vendor management function, she collaborated with leaders throughout the bank to define the optimal vendor management structure, set key priorities and manage critical vendor management initiatives. Indelicato is a 13-year veteran of the banking industry and previously led the bank’s South Grand branch.

“Heather has shown an immense capacity to drive optimal, customer-centric and innovative results in multiple roles at Midwest BankCentre. We look forward to her continued success,” said Midwest BankCentre CEO Orvin Kimbrough.

Indelicato has a bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in management from Missouri Baptist University and is currently pursuing a master of business administration degree at Missouri Baptist University. She serves on the board of the Carondelet Community Betterment Federation (CCBF).

Midwest BankCentre, a mainstay of St. Louis community banking since 1906, employs a staff of about 280 working at 18 bank locations in the City of St. Louis and St. Louis, Jefferson and St. Charles counties.

July 05, 2019

Kwame Building Group Hires Casey Patterson as Civil Inspector

Casey Patterson

Casey Patterson, of Maplewood, MO, has joined Kwame Building Group, Inc. (KWAME) as civil inspector. Patterson’s responsibilities include inspecting construction sites for KWAME’s infrastructure, transportation and commercial projects.

Patterson brings four years of engineering experience, including work on transportation and utility industry construction projects. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas at Tyler. He also has Engineer in Training (EIT) certification.

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 www.kwamebuildinggroup.com or call (314) 862-5344.

Brian Meade Joins FGM Architects as Design Principal

Brian Meade

Brian joins FGM Architects as the next step in a 25-year career where he has helped make communities stronger through thoughtful, efficient, and sustainable design solutions. As a Thought Leader with a passion for Civic and Public Safety architecture, Brian has led the design of many award-winning public projects. He is a frequently published author of articles that feature his public safety and resilient design expertise. Brian earned a bachelor’s (1993) and master’s (1995) degrees in architecture from the University of Illinois. FGM Architects looks forward to offering Brian’s design leadership to our staff, clients and the public good!

June 28, 2019

IFMA St. Louis Honors Members at National Day Celebration 

Members of the St. Louis Chapter of IFMA (International Facility Management Association) gathered to recognize two industry members. Held on Wednesday, June 19, at Dave & Buster’s in suburban St. Louis, the awards were presented during the chapter’s celebration of National FM Day. Started in 2008, FM Day underscores the value and contributions of facility managers in St. Louis and around the nation who ensure that commercial buildings provide a safe, healthy and productive environment.

Award recipients were:

Professional Member of the Year: Dan Rayhawk, Senior Regional Facility Manager at Centene Corp.

Rayhawk earned his credentials as a Certified Facility Manager, considered the most prestigious and sought-after credential in facility management. He uses his experience to mentor other members who are working to gain the industry’s professional designations. Additionally, he serves on the organization’s education committee. Rayhawk oversees regional facilities for Centene, a multinational healthcare insurance and services provider.

Associate of the Year: Gary Wood, President and CEO, Stryker Construction

A member since 2011, Wood played a critical role as membership chair, increasing the ranks of IFMA St. Louis. He now chairs the programs committee, one of the chapter’s most important and time-consuming tasks. Wood also provides financial support as a sponsor for these programs. He launched his construction business in 2011. Today, Stryker Construction is one of region’s top firms in fast-paced interior renovations for a growing list of clients.

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 www.ifma.org

Andrew Ahlers, CM-BIM,A.C. Named St. Louis business Journal’s 30 Under 30

Andrew Ahlers

S. M. Wilson Project Manager, Andrew Ahlers, CM-BIM, A.C. has been named to the St. Louis Business Journal’s 30 Under 30 list.

The award recognizes future leaders of the region and local business community. This year’s class contains a diverse group of individuals representing a variety of industries, careers and ethnicities who have made an impact in their profession and the community. Honorees were selected by previous 30 Under 30 recipients as well as the Business Journal editorial board.

Ahlers joined S. M. Wilson in 2014 as a Project Engineer before being promoted to Project Manager in February 2019. He has worked on several highly-critical healthcare projects for Blessing Hospital, BJC HealthCare and Illini Community Health totaling more than $120 M in projects.

He holds his CM – BIM Certificate of Management in Building Information Modeling from the AGC of Missouri and has his AC (Associate Constructor) certification from the American Institute of Constructors and his ASHE – HCC (Health Care Construction Certificate). Ahlers has been instrumental in implementing S. M. Wilson’s latest healthcare construction technology on his projects which produce 3D virtual visualization for the Owner, end users and construction team to view the project and 4D schedule tie-in allowing the team to virtually build the project and monitor the schedule.

Ahlers is also a member of S. M. Wilson’s Collegiate Development Committee which is responsible for setting the company’s internship curriculum, going to career fairs and selecting candidates. As part of this program, he has mentored interns for the past three summers, all of which were hired full time by S. M. Wilson.

Ahlers is OSHA 30 Hour Construction Safety and Health for Construction Industry certified and earned his B.S. in Construction Management from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

30 Under 30 Honorees will be highlighted in the July 12 issue of the St. Louis Business Journal. For a complete list, visit: https://www.bizjournals.com/stlouis/news/2019/06/06/announcing-the-2019-class-of-30-under-30-honorees.html

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.

Winthrop B. Reed III Joins Midwest BankCentre’s Legal Board of Directors

Win Reed

Winthrop B. “Win” Reed, an attorney and management committee member at Lewis Rice LLC, has been elected to the Midwest BankCentre legal board of directors.

Reed’s primary practice areas including health care, information technology, technology licensing, cybersecurity and data privacy, antitrust, class action and commercial litigation. He serves on the e-discovery committee at Lewis Rice.

While earning his bachelor’s degree in history at Tufts University, Reed participated in Army ROTC, served as soccer team captain and was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon. He graduated from the Saint Louis University School of Law. He served for eight years as an infantry officer in the Illinois Army National Guard and Reserves.

Reed’s extensive community involvement includes serving on the board of directors and quality committee for Mercy Health East Region. He chairs the board of directors at Mercy South (formerly St. Anthony’s Medical Center) and serves on its bylaws, executive, facilities, and finance and audit committees. He also is president and chairman of the board of the Boniface Foundation, which supports charitable and educational activities promoting individual and community health in the City of St. Louis and St. Louis County.

In addition, Reed chairs the St. Louis Zoological Park Subdistrict Commission and serves on the board of directors and as co-chair of the membership committee at Old Warson Country Club. He is a member of the board of directors and the corporate sponsorship and governance committees for Opera Theatre of St. Louis. Reed also is an advisory board member for Saint Louis University School of Law.

Midwest BankCentre, a mainstay of St. Louis community banking since 1906, employs a staff of about 280 working at 18 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.

Eric Giering

Giering Joins Cass Commercial Bank As Executive Vice President, Director of Commercial Banking

Eric Giering has joined Cass Commercial Bank as executive vice president and director of commercial banking. In that capacity, he will work to forge comprehensive financial relationships with existing and prospective clients and lead the commercial lending group in the conception and implementation of new growth strategies.

Consistently ranked among the top-performing banks in the U.S., Cass Commercial Bank is a subsidiary of Cass Information Systems, Inc., (NASDAQ: CASS), a leading national provider of transportation, energy, telecom and waste invoice payment and information services.

Giering brings more than 30 years of banking experience to Cass. Previously, he played a leadership role in various lending capacities including commercial, credit underwriting and management. Most recently, he spearheaded national business development and lending strategies in the franchise restaurant and gas/convenience store industries.

Locally, the St. Louis resident is active as co-chair of the Persons with Disabilities Allocation Panel and as a member of the Regional Investment Committee of the United Way of Greater St. Louis.

Giering earned his bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University and master’s degree in business administration from Central Michigan University.

Founded in 1906 in St. Louis, Cass Commercial Bank is a member of the Federal Reserve. It focuses on fulfilling the financial needs of privately held businesses, faith-based institutions and other nonprofits. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of Cass Information Systems (NASDAQ: CASS), a public company with $1.6 billion in assets.

Cass Information Systems, Inc. is a leading provider of integrated information and payment management solutions. Cass enables enterprises to achieve visibility, control and efficiency in their supply chains, communications networks, facilities and other operations. Disbursing over $60 billion annually on behalf of clients, and with total assets of $1.6 billion, Cass is uniquely supported by Cass Commercial Bank. Founded in 1906 and a wholly owned subsidiary, Cass Bank provides sophisticated financial exchange services to the parent organization and its clients. Cass is part of the Russell 2000®. 

Melissa Finley Joins Geotechnology as Human Resources Coordinator

Melissa Finley

Geotechnology, Inc., has hired Melissa Finley as its Human Resources Coordinator. She will be based in Geotechnology’s St. Louis office.

Finley, who came to Geotechnology after most recently working with Post Holdings, has more than five years of benefit and payroll administration experience.

A graduate of Southeast Missouri State University with a BSBA in Human Resources Management, she holds a Fundamental Payroll (FPC) certification and recently received her Society of Human Resource Management, Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) certification.

“Melissa is committed to helping employees engage and succeed professionally and personally,” said Geotechnology Human Resources Manager Dan Drago. “She is an excellent addition to our team.”

Established more than 30 years ago, Geotechnology, Inc. is a professional corporation offering a comprehensive range of consulting services in applied earth and environmental sciences, including geophysics, water resource management, geotechnical and environmental engineering, materials testing and drilling. Geotechnology has provided expertise on thousands of major construction projects in the Midwest and Mid-South regions, and is ranked in ENR’s Top 500 Design Firms. The company is based in St. Louis, Mo., and has 10 offices in Missouri, Illinois, Kansas, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi and Arkansas. For more information, visitwww.geotechnology.com

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