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.

Luby Equipment Services Promotes Vince Smith to Rental Manager

Vince Smith

Luby Equipment Services, a St. Louis-based CASE Construction Equipment Dealer, has announced the promotion of Vince Smith to Rental Manager effective immediately. Smith has been the rental coordinator for the past 4 years based out of the corporate headquarters.

Prior to Luby Equipment Services, Smith spent 9 years as the Assistant Manager at Nu-Way Rents located in St. Louis. In his new role, Smith will be responsible for providing leadership in guaranteeing efficient procedures and management of all branch rental activities. He is replacing longtime rental manager Jim Bailey, who is transitioning into an equipment management role.

“Vince’s skills and experience will be instrumental in the future growth of the rental department as well as improving the customer experience,” said David Kedney, Sales Manager, Luby Equipment Services. “The rental industry is poised for accelerated growth over the next three years, especially in the St. Louis Metro area, and with Vince in this leadership role, we will be positioned to take advantage of these opportunities.”

Luby Equipment Services operates out of its headquarters in Fenton, Mo., and seven other branch locations. They serve their customers equipment needs with a variety of new, used, and rental equipment. The company represents several manufacturers, including CASE Construction, Takeuchi, Doosan, Indeco, Atlas Copco, Wacker Neuson, Oshkosh Airport Products, Eager Beaver and Towmaster trailers.

Erin Wright Joins Rosemann & Associates, P.C as Architect/Project Manager

Erin Wright

Rosemann & Associates, P.C. is pleased to welcome Erin Wright to its St. Louis staff as Architect/Project Manager. Erin comes to Rosemann with more than 14 years of specific expertise in the multi-family and commercial sectors and brings an abundance of design experience with her.

Erin’s experience prior to Rosemann included project management for Capital Consultants and Checkmate Design, where she was instrumental in managing lender/investor inspections, physical needs and property assessments, plan reviews, construction document management and interior design of historic tax credit residential projects.

“We are excited to add Erin to our team, she brings a strong background in project management and a commitment to excellence,” said Jarrett R. Cooper, Vice President/St. Louis Studio Director.

Erin is a registered architect, LEED® accredited professional and served as a board member for the St. Louis Cultural Resources Office Preservation Board. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri.

New Hires at HOK’s St. Louis Office

Fatemeh Shirpour

Fatemeh Shirpour, has joined HOK in St. Louis. She will support the HOK office as design professional.

Shirpour joins HOK after receiving her Master’s degree in architecture from Washington University in St. Louis and after having previously been an intern with HOK. Shirpour is originally from Tehran, Iran.

HOK is a global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm. Through a network of 23 offices worldwide, HOK provides design excellence and innovation to create places that enrich people’s lives and help clients succeed. DesignIntelligence consistently ranks HOK as a leader in sustainable, high-performance design and technology innovation.​

Jared Zipprich promoted to Senior Project Manager at McGrath & Associates

Jared Zipprich

Jared Zipprich has been promoted to Senior Project Manager at McGrath & Associates, a 100 percent employee-owned general contractor and construction management firm. Zipprich has been with McGrath & Associates for more than three years as a Project Manager.
McGrath & Associates is a 100 percent employee-owned general contractor and construction management firm specializing in commercial, health care, industrial, institutional and pharmaceutical construction projects since 1983.. For more information, call Ken Knobbe at (314) 772-7600 or visit

The UP Companies Hires Paul Renaud to Head Up New Drywall Division

Paul Renaud

The UP Companies (UPCO) has hired Paul Renaud of O’Fallon, MO as General Manager of Square UP Builders’ new Drywall Division. As General Manager, Renaud oversees preconstruction and field operations including contract execution and administration, personnel training and career development, and the implementation of safety plans. He is also integrally involved in the division’s overall business planning.

“Paul’s experience and proven leadership skills are a real asset to our customers and to the outcomes they have come to expect from Square UP,” said Brian Arnold, Vice President of The UP Companies.

Renaud has 39 years of management experience, having previously worked as Director of Self Perform at Paric Corporation and as General Manager at McBride and Son Companies. He also served as Mayor of the City of O’Fallon, MO for 10 years and previously served on the St. Louis Carpenters Joint Apprenticeship Board and St. Louis YouthBuild Leadership Steering Committee.

The UP Companies (UPCO) is one of the region’s largest full-service MBE-certified contracting companies. For more information, go to or call 314.865.3888.

February 2, 2018

Hastings+Chivetta Architects Announces Promotions 

Hastings+Chivetta Architects is proud to announce the following firm promotions.

Lorraine Logan

Lorraine Logan, LEED AP BD+C, has been promoted to Director of Professional Services. Lorraine brings nearly 25 years of experience in the A/E/C industry and has built a reputation for client service excellence. She will focus on maintaining Hastings+Chivetta’s exceptional service delivery as well as developing new opportunities throughout the St. Louis region.

Jason Edwards

Jason Edwards, AIA, LEED AP, will be the firm’s new Director of the Construction Administration (CA) Department. With more than 20 years of experience, Jason brings extensive knowledge of constructability issues as well as a strong track record of client advocacy. Jason will also continue to serve as a Senior Project Architect.

Carrie Hayes

Carrie Hayes has been promoted to Senior Marketing Coordinator. Her focus will be on identifying and pursuing new work for the firm.  She will also assist in the production of marketing collateral and the update of Hastings+Chivetta’s website, as well as coordinate conference attendance.

HASTINGS+CHIVETTA ARCHITECTS, INC. provides architectural planning and design services to clients throughout the United States.

Great Rivers Greenway Welcomes Susan Jankowski as Greenway Operations Supervisor

Susan Jankowski

Great Rivers Greenway is pleased to welcome Susan Jankowski to its team of professionals who are working to connect the St. Louis region through the development of a network of greenways, so people can live more of their lives outside.

Susan Jankowski, of the Southampton neighborhood in the City of St. Louis, has joined as Greenway Operations Supervisor. She is responsible for supervising and performing greenway operations, maintenance and conservation efforts primarily in St. Louis County and St. Charles County. She will collaborate with partner organizations, including municipal and county agencies, contractors and volunteers on greenway maintenance and landscape care. She will also help develop and lead maintenance and conservation-based training and educational programs for staff, partners and volunteers.

Jankowski spent three years as a Horticulturist at Forest Park Forever where she was responsible for design, installation and maintenance of park entrances. She also initiated and managed the Forest Park Ambassador Program, a group of volunteers who assisted park guests with directions, parking and general questions. She most recently worked as an Account Executive for The Arbor Group, a video production company, where she coordinated projects and served as a liaison between directors and clients.

“Susan’s background as a Horticulturist, combined with her experience in account management, will serve her well as she works in collaboration with partners across the region,” said Ben Grossman, Great Rivers Greenway Director of Greenway Operations. “Her skills will help us continually improve our processes and communications as we work with partners to maintain the taxpayer’s investment in the network of greenways.”

Great Rivers Greenway connects the St. Louis region with greenways, so people can explore their rivers, parks and communities, making it a vibrant place to live, work and play. For more information, visit

Howard Hayes Joins Paric Corp As VP Diversity & Inclusion

Howard Hayes

PARIC Corp., the Midwest construction company recognized as an industry leader in workforce diversity and business inclusion, has hired the former St. Louis Development Corporation Director of Minority Business Development to direct the next steps toward excellence and inclusion.

At PARIC, Hayes will be responsible for developing and executing initiatives to create and foster open and inclusive work environments as well as providing support for small, local, minority owned and women-owned companies seeking to do business with PARIC.  He will also serve as the key advocate for prime contractors, subcontractors, and joint venture partners according to PARIC President Keith Wolkoff.

“At PARIC we are always looking to elevate solutions when it comes to inclusion and diversity in this industry. We want to lead the charge and continue to develop our relationships within the St. Louis community and the surrounding areas,”  Wolkoff says. “We looked for someone who could handle both the obvious challenges of this role, and also someone with an executive leadership presence to further evolve our internal culture at PARIC.”

Hayes brings a vast amount of expertise to the construction firm. With over 7 years of experience working for the St. Louis Development Corporation overseeing inclusion and workforce goals on large-scale projects including: Ballpark Village, Cortex Innovation Center, Union Station, and Scottrade Center. Hayes earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration at St. Louis University and a Master of Business Administration at Webster University. Hayes also teaches entrepreneurship as an adjunct faculty member at Harris Stowe State University – Anheuser Busch School of Business.

Hayes in his new role is tasked with evolving company policies and programs to improve the way PARIC approaches its commitment to workforce diversity. Over the past 15 years, PARIC has focused on building with a diverse workforce at all levels of service to reflect the communities in which it works, both locally and nationally.

PARIC Corporation is a nationally recognized construction firm that currently ranks as number 165 on ENR’s Top 400 national contractors list, and number 27 on ENR’ Midwest Top Contractors list. For more information, visit

Joseph Whiteman, Named Manager of Safety Services for ASCC

Joseph Whiteman

Joseph Whiteman, CSP, ASP, CHST, La Quinta, CA, has been named manager of safety services for the American Society of Concrete Contractors (ASCC), St. Louis, MO. This is a new position for this organization. “Safety has always been one of the foundations of ASCC, “says Mike Schneider, council director of ASCC’s Safety & Risk Management Council (SRMC). “It makes sense that we would create this position to lead the association’s safety messaging and communicate with members on this critical topic.”

Most recently Whiteman was senior safety manager, Morley Builders Inc., San Diego Region. He had held that position for five years. Prior to working for Morley he was project safety manager for Indian Wells Golf Resort for two years and a safety manager for Turner Construction in southern California from 2003-2009. He served as a director on the SRMC board for the past three years.

Whiteman received an Associate of Science degree in Environmental Technology – Occupational Health and Safety from Cuyamaca College, El Cajon, CA. He has his Associate Safety Professional (ASP) designation, his Construction Health and Safety Technician (CHST) designation and his Certified Safety Professional (CSP) certification. Whiteman served as a scout team leader with Alpha Co., 4th Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, United States Marine Corps. He received a Presidential Unit Citation, a National Defense Medal and a Purple Heart.

ASCC’s manager of safety services is responsible for overseeing all Safety and Risk Management activites of the organization. He will also be the safety voice for ASCC in verbal and written communication, provide safety support for members and the organization, and develop programming and member resources to benefit concrete contractors and the industry.

The SRMC is a specialty council dedicated to making ASCC contractors the safest in the industry. The council board consists of safety and insurance professionals from all aspects of the concrete contracting industry.

The American Society of Concrete Contractors is a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the capabilities of those who build with concrete, and to providing them a unified voice in the construction industry. For more information, visit or call the ASCC office at (866) 788-2722.

January 26, 2018

New Hires at HOK 

Nida Dogan

Nida Dogan, has joined HOK in St. Louis. She will support the HOK’s interior group as an interiors librarian intern. Dogan joins HOK coming from the Lindenwood University, currently pursuing a degree in welding and furniture design.

Keelan Hanks

Keelan Hanks, has joined HOK in St. Louis. He will support the HOK marketing and architecture departments as a senior visualization specialist. Hanks joins HOK coming from the Opus Group in their corporate headquarters in Minnetonka, Minnesota, and prior to that, working for the state government of Minnesota.

Christine Sima

Christine Sima, has joined HOK in St. Louis. She will support the HOK office as an architecture intern. Sima joins HOK while she currently attends the University of Cincinnati pursuing a degree in architecture. Sima is originally from Solon, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland.

Rhian Collins

Rhian Collins, has joined HOK in St. Louis. She will support the HOK office as an interiors intern. Collins joins HOK while she currently attends the Kansas State University pursuing a degree in interior architecture and product design in addition to studying abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark. Collins is originally from St. John, Kansas.

Kevin Hartman

Kevin Hartman, has joined HOK in St. Louis. He will support the HOK office as a lighting intern. Hartman joins HOK while currently attending Kansas State University pursuing a degree in interior architecture and has returned from studying abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark. Hartman is originally from Kearney, Missouri.


HOK is a global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm.

Matthew Mabie named a Rising Retail Leader Under 40 by the International Council of Shopping Centers

Matthew Mabie

Matthew Mabie, president of Knoebel Construction, has been named a Rising Retail Leader Under 40 by the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC). Each year, ICSC recognizes young leaders involved in the design and construction of shopping centers, retail stores, and retail-focused developments.  The 2017 class of Rising Retail Leaders includes 21 professionals from across the US.

After spending the majority of his career in project management, Mabie was promoted to vice president of operations at Knoebel Construction at the age of 30, in early 2011.  Just two years later, he was promoted to president.

Under Matthew’s leadership, Knoebel has expanded more than five-fold in just five years. Companywide revenue increased from $12 million in 2012, nearly all in local restaurant construction projects, to $65 million in 2017, with projects in more than 30 states for retail, shopping center, restaurant, grocery and healthcare clients. Knoebel is now one of the largest general contractors in the St. Louis region, with nearly 50 percent growth in 2017.

Knoebel Construction, Inc. is a national general contractor specializing in retail center, restaurant, grocery, healthcare and retail store construction. For more information, visit or call (636) 326-4100.

New Hires at Murphy Company

Kaitlyn Knickmeyer

Kaitlyn Knickmeyer has joined Murphy Company as receptionist. The announcement was made by Tina Jones, executive administrative  assistant /office manager for the mechanical engineering and contracting firm. Knickmeyer attended St. Charles Community College and has worked in retail, with an emphasis on customer service, since 2012.

Steven Damm

Steven F. Damm, P.E. has joined Murphy Company as senior engineer in its Institutional Engineering Group. The announcement was made by Dan Leath, senior engineer for the mechanical engineering and contracting firm. A professional engineer in the state of Missouri, Damm has more than 16 years’ experience designing and supervising the design of HVAC, mechanical and plumbing systems.  He has extensive experience designing healthcare facilities incorporating the latest healthcare codes and ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers) standards. He is proficient in AutoCAD and BIM (building image modeling), and has a broad array of experience implementing client-specific design guidelines and building/energy codes. He holds a bachelor’s degree in architectural engineering from Kansas State University.  He is active in ASHRAE, LEED* and Construction Forum St. Louis.

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

Zak Companies New Hires

Ashley Jenkins

Zak Company began the 2018 year with new hire Ashley N. Jenkins. Ms. Jenkins has joined Zak Companies as a Marketing Coordinator. She has 10 years of experience as a marketing and public relations professional and holds a Bachelors of Arts in Marketing from Webster University.

Alex Gurdian

Heideman | Associates a Zak Company began the 2018 year with new hire Alex Gurdian. Mr. Gurdian has joined Heideman | Associates a Zak Company as a Mechanical Engineer. He has six years of professional experience and holds a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

HEIDEMAN | ASSOCIATES, INC., is an engineering consulting firm specializing in Commissioning; Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, Fire Protection, Civil, Structural, and Low Voltage Engineering Systems, as well as Site Planning and Land Surveying.

The UP Companies Hires Karl Lederman as General Manager, Service & Field Operations for Power UP

Karl Lederman

The UP Companies (UPCO) announces the hiring of Karl Lederman of Wildwood, MO as General Manager, Service & Field Operations for Power UP Electrical Contractors.

As Power UP General Manager, Lederman is responsible for overseeing the daily operations of the service and field operations, implementing a strategy to grow the business, coordinating key performance goals, managing field personnel, developing tactical programs for achieving goals and objectives, ensuring the overall quality of services to customers, and overseeing hiring and talent development.

Lederman has 39 years of AEC industry experience, having most recently worked as Executive Vice President – General Manager at Bick Group, a national specialty contractor and facility services company in Maryland Heights, MO. He has a background in electrical and electronic engineering studies.

Lederman has extensive electrical code training, as well as expertise in critical facilities infrastructure, involving projects on three continents. He has a Master Electrician Certification and Electrical Licenses in the City of St. Louis, St. Louis County, City of St. Charles and St. Charles County, and numerous other municipalities. He is a board member of the Independent Electrical Contractors Association (IEC) and a member of the International Association of Electrical Inspectors (IAEI).

The UP Companies (UPCO) is one of the region’s largest full-service MBE-certified contracting companies. For more information, go to or call 314.865.3888.

January 19, 2018

New Hires at Hastings+Chivetta Architects 

Rabia Bajwa

Rabia Bajwa has joined Hastings+Chivetta Architects as a Junior Architectural Designer. As a member of the architectural graphics team, Rabia develops 3D renderings for Hastings+Chivetta’s clients, as well as 2D drawings and elevations during the design development process. In May 2017, Rabia completed a five-year Master of Architecture program at The University of Kansas. She is working towards becoming a licensed architect.

Nancy Burns

Nancy Burns has joined Hastings+Chivetta Architects as an Accountant. In her new role, she will provide project financial analysis, billing and general accounting services for the firm. Nancy earned her bachelor of science degree in Accounting from the University of Missouri – St. Louis.

Kurt Kruger

Kurt R. Kruger has joined Hastings+Chivetta Architects as Director of Client Development. In this role, Kurt will guide and direct client development activities across the firm. Kurt will work with Hastings+Chivetta’s team to build relationships with both current and potential clients. He brings experience as a senior client development executive responsible for hiring, training and developing individuals and teams in the design and construction industry. Kurt holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in marketing from Syracuse University.

Arlene Vespa

Arlene Vespa, NCARB, LEED® AP BD+C, has joined Hastings+Chivetta Architects as a Space Utilization and Planning Specialist. In her new role, Arlene will work on master planning and space programming activities for a range of clients. She will guide the research and decision-making process that leads to the development of an architectural program, and she will work closely with our clients and design team to meet current and future needs. Arlene has a Bachelor of Science degree in Architectural Studies, a Master in Architecture and a Master of Science in Library and Information Science, all from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is a Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) Certified Construction Documents Technologist (CDT), a Registered Architect in the States of Illinois and Oregon, holds a certificate from the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) and is a LEED accredited professional.

HASTINGS+CHIVETTA ARCHITECTS, INC. provides architectural planning and design services to clients throughout the United States. 

Kevin P. Hogan Promoted to Partner at Schmersahl Treloar & Co.

Kevin P. Hogan has been promoted to Tax Partner at Schmersahl Treloar & Co.  Kevin joined Schmersahl Treloar & Company in 2014 with over fifteen years of experience specializing in tax and business consulting services. In addition, Kevin leads the firm’s valuation services team.

Schmersahl Treloar & Co. specializes in accounting for the construction industry.

Kevin has become an important part of our service offering and valued member of our team.  His hard work and dedication to serving our clients with integrity and creativity has earned him the right to be our partner and we congratulate him,” said partner Julie Treloar.
Kevin holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Finance and Economics from Rockhurst University and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Missouri – St Louis.

He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Missouri State Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts. Schmersahl Treloar & Company is a St Louis based accounting, tax and business consulting firm.  Schmersahl Treloar provides a variety of specialized consulting services such as succession and estate planning, mergers and acquisition consulting, as well as employee benefit plan audits, litigation support and valuation, and business planning.  The firm serves a wide range of privately held companies, government and non-profit organizations.

A native of Saint Louis, Kevin currently resides in South County with his wife Amy and two children Danny and Nora, and Bulldog Hamish.

Schmersahl Treloar is a St Louis based accounting, tax and business consulting firm. The firm and its affiliates BeneFLEX and PARS with nearly 70 professionals and staff, offers a diversity of services, which includes auditing, accounting, tax, and business advisory services


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