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.

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

January 12, 2018

The UP Companies Hires Steve Richardson as Corporate Safety Director

Steve Richardson

The UP Companies (UPCO) has strengthened its commitment to workplace safety with the addition of Steve Richardson of Imperial, MO as Corporate Safety Director.

As UPCO’s Corporate Safety Director, Richardson will work with the entire UPCO team to develop, manage and nurture a “Construction Design and Build Safety Program” based on leading edge performance indicators.

Richardson has a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Safety Engineering from the University of Central Missouri. He is also certified as an OSHA Construction Outreach Trainer and is a member of the National Safety Council, American Society of Safety Engineers, Mid-Missouri Associated General Contractors (AGC) Executive Safety and Health Committee, St. Louis Council of Construction Consumers Substance Abuse and Safety Committee, and the American Society of Healthcare Engineers.

Richardson has 38 years of AEC industry experience, having previously worked as Corporate Safety Director for Clayco, Inc. and Tarlton Corp., both based in St. Louis, MO.

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.

Rotty named to 40 Under 40 by St. Louis Business Journal

Sondra Rotty

Sondra Rotty, LEED AP BD+C of Tarlton Corp., a St. Louis-based general contracting and construction management firm, has been named to the St. Louis Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Class of 2018.

The 40 Under 40 Award is one of the St. Louis Business Journal’s most prominent annual awards. Rotty joins an elite group of the area’s young business leaders who are selected for outstanding contributions to their companies and local business community. According to the St. Louis Business Journal, more than 500 nominations were received for the 2018 award. Rotty also is a past recipient of the St. Louis Business Journal’s 30 Under 30 Award.

Recently promoted to project director, Rotty is leading the Tarlton team that will construct a new Center for Nursing and Health Sciences on the Forest Park campus of St. Louis Community College. Construction on the LEED-registered project will begin in 2018. She also is managing the Tarlton team on the renovation of Stephen and Peter Sachs Museum at MissouriBotanical Garden.

Rotty has managed or worked on many notable LEED-certified Tarlton projects, including the award-winning Olin Business School expansion (Knight and Bauer Halls) and the Bryan Hall Renovation, both at Washington University in St. Louis. She also served on the Tarlton-Pepper-KAI joint venture team for the expansion of the Saint Louis Art Museum. For the U.S. General Services Administration, she managed Tarlton’s renovation of the Charles F. Prevedel Federal Building in Overland, Mo., and was a member of the teams that constructed the 500,000-square-foot National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis and built out the Rush Hudson Limbaugh Sr. U.S. Courthouse in Cape Girardeau, Mo.

In business since 1946, Tarlton Corp. is a WBENC-Certified Women’s Business Enterprise that completes projects for wide-ranging clients in the commercial, life sciences, health care, institutional, power and industrial markets, also providing special expertise in concrete construction and restoration as well as hydro excavation and industrial vacuum services.

January 5, 2018

Erin Erhart Promoted to Executive Vice President at Midwest BankCentre

Erin Erhart

Erin Erhart has been promoted to executive vice president of retail and fee services at Midwest BankCentre. The announcement was made by Midwest BankCentre Chairman and CEO Jim Watson.

Erhart leads the community bank’s retail branch network and fee service businesses. She focuses the bank’s retail banking teams on enhancing customer experiences to advance the growth and performance of the bank’s financial services to consumers.

She was previously vice president of consumer banking and corporate services at Midwest BankCentre and has 12 years of banking experience. Erhart earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Saint Louis University.

Midwest BankCentre has been a mainstay of St. Louis community banking since 1906. Currently, it ranks among St. Louis’ largest locally owned banks with assets of about $1.9 billion and deposits of $1.4 billion.

S. M. Wilson Promotes Three to Project Directors

S. M. Wilson & Co. has promoted Brian Bea, Jack Kinamore and Mike Hanner to Project Directors. All three previously held the position of Senior Project Manager.

As Project Directors, Bea, Kinamore and Hanner are responsible for the supervision and overall performance and profitability of multiple project teams, large-scale building programs and the development and continuation of the relationships related to these clients.

Brian Bea

Bea has been with S. M. Wilson for 11 years and has more than 20 years in the Industry. He has worked on $70+ million of projects at Blessing Hospital, and is currently overseeing projects with Formation Development and Erickson Living. Bea holds a B.S. Construction Management from John Brown University and is a graduate of the Construction Leadership Institute – Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. He has is ASHE Healthcare Construction Certificate and OSHA 30 Hour Construction Safety and Health for Construction Industry certified.

Jack Kinamore

Kinamore began working at S. M. Wilson more than 17 years ago as a Laborer. He has worked for the company as a Laborer, Intern, Project Engineer, Project Manager and Senior Project Manager. During this time, Jack has worked on more than 40 projects for S. M. Wilson, including $100 million of projects for Von Maur and $24 million for Target. He is currently working on Von Maur Rosedale.  Kinamore holds a B.S. Construction Management, Central Missouri State University and is a graduate of the Construction Leadership Institute – Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. He has is ASHE Healthcare Construction Certificate and OSHA 30 Hour Construction Safety and Health for Construction Industry certified.

Mike Hanner

Hanner joined the industry in 2000 and began working for S. M. Wilson in 2001. He has been involved in a variety of projects. Most recently, Hanner has been working on the $542 million Campus Renewal project. Hanner holds a B.S. Construction Management from Southern Illinois University- Edwardsville. He has is ASHE Healthcare Construction Certificate and OSHA 30 Hour Construction Safety and Health for Construction Industry certified.

S. M. Wilson is a full-service construction management, design/build and general contracting firm with headquarters in St. Louis. For more information, visit



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