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.

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

December 29, 2017

Kevin Hogan Promoted to Partner at Schmershal Treloar & Co.

Kevin Hogan

Schmersahl. Treloar & Co is pleased to announce the continued growth of our firm with the promotion of Kevin P. Hogan, CPA, CVA to partner.

Kevin has been with the firm since 2014 and has been practicing since 2002. Kevin’s industry concentrations include real estate, manufacturing, distribution, construction, healthcare and commercial services. His experience includes assisting closely held businesses, their owners and high net-worth individuals on tax compliance, planning and consulting.

“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 Julie Treloar, a founding partner at Schmersahl 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. A native of Saint Louis, Kevin currently resides in South County with his wife Amy, two children Danny and Nora and Bulldog Hamish.

Schmersahl Treloar is a St Louis based accounting, tax and business consulting firm.

Randy L. Mitchell Joins AAIC as Director of Architecture

Randy Mitchell

Randy brings 32 years of experience in design and project management in the AEC (architecture/engineering/construction) industry. He has a Bachelor’s of Technology in Architecture from Washington University

Prior to joining AAIC, Randy served 9 years as Project Architect for a local architectural firm and 23 years as Project Manager with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources overseeing multiple million dollar projects such as World Shooting and Recreational Complex, in Sparta, IL and Illinois Department of Natural Resources Office Complex in Springfield, IL.

During his career he has implemented the American’s with Disabilities Act for facilities throughout the State of Illinois, organized and assembled annual need assessments, scope development and cost estimating for the annual budget process.

Randy resides in Collinsville with his wife Renee, they have two grown children and enjoys technology, watercolor painting, golf and traveling.  He will be responsible for the coordination and direction of the AAIC design team professionals, from program analysis through construction administration and client acceptance.

New Hires at HOK’s St. Louis Office

Kate Maxson

Kate Maxson, has joined HOK in St. Louis as Staff Attorney. She will support the HOK legal department as a staff attorney. Maxson joins HOK coming from Competitive Range Solutions, LLC. Maxson has recently returned to home after growing up in St. Louis and enjoying stints in Mississippi, England, California and Tennessee.

Brooke Richars

Brooke Richars, has joined HOK in St. Louis as Accounting Manager. She will support HOK’s Corporate Accounting department as an accounting manager. Richars joins HOK after running her own accounting company for six years, where she worked with small to mid-size businesses in the St. Louis area as an outsourced controller. Richars has over 20 years of experience in audit, tax, finance and financial accounting.

Alicia Touma

Alicia Touma, has joined HOK in St. Louis as Administrative Assistant. She will support the HOK legal department as an administrative assistant. Touma joins HOK coming from her position at local law firm Brinker and Doyen, located in Clayton.

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

December 22, 2017

Haberberger Welcomes Francis Leisure As Service Project Manager 

Francis Leisure

Haberberger, Inc. is pleased to announce the newest addition to its growing team. Francis Leisure, of Oakville, has been hired to serve as service project manager with the Affton-based mechanical contracting company.

Leisure brings to Haberberger more than 10 years’ experience in the HVAC-R mechanical engineering industry, as well as seven years of experience in facilities management. In his new role, he will be working with building owners and facility end-users, delivering engineered HVAC-R mechanical solutions and services. Additionally, Leisure will collaborate with other members of the team, utilizing his expertise to help create the most cost-efficient and state-of-the-art project designs possible.

“We are excited to add Francis to our service team,” said Mark Haberberger, Vice President of Service for Haberberger. “His knowledge and experience in HVAC-R will be valuable in building relationships with our clients and fulfilling their needs in the years to come.”

Haberberger, Inc. is a 69-year-old mechanical contracting company that offers complete HVAC installation, customized maintenance programs, process piping and piping fabrication, plumbing and refrigeration and energy management services. For more information, call 314-631-3324 or visit

S. M. WILSON Promotes Mark Cochran to Chief Operating Officer

Mark Cochran

S. M. Wilson & Co. has promoted Mark Cochran to Chief Operating Officer (COO). Cochran serves as the firm’s first COO.

Cochran will be responsible for the leadership of all construction operations related functions and charged with ensuring the achievement of safe, profitable, and quality work in a manner that fulfills the S. M. Wilson Core Purpose, “To build great value, relationships and careers while having fun in the process”.

In partnership with Amy Berg, President and as a member of the Executive Committee, Cochran will be heavily involved in strategic planning, developing new market strategies, high-level financial decision making and planning and developing company-wide systems and processes.

“We promoted Mark because of his steadfastness and professionalism under pressure, his problem-solving abilities, his strategic thinking, and his unwavering commitment to our Core Purpose and Core Values. Mark has influenced many positive changes over the years which resulted in the significant successes that you see today,” stated Amy Berg, President.

Cochran began as an intern with S. M. Wilson in 1999. Over his 17 year tenure, Mark has managed $500,000,000+ of projects. He holds a B.S. Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois –Urbana-Champaign. He is a graduate of the Construction Leadership Institute hosted by Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and has his ASHE Healthcare Construction Certificate.

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

Gateco Development Welcomes Christopher Leonard As Vice President Of Development And Construction

Chris Leonard

Gateco Development, a Gatesworth enterprise, is pleased to announce the recent hiring of Christopher Leonard of Wildwood, Mo., as Vice President of Development and Construction. In this position, Leonard oversees all new building construction and ongoing maintenance and renovations of all existing properties in The Gatesworth community. This includes the Gatesworth’s independent living community, McKnight Place Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing – all on the 15-acre University City campus; as well as Parc Provence Memory Care in Creve Coeur.

Having previously worked in commercial construction management and general contracting for two leading local construction firms and a large hospital system, Leonard brought to Gateco more than 15 years of experience in every phase of architectural services and construction oversight. He earned his Master of Science in Construction Engineering – with a specialization in business management – from Washington University. He also has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering – with a specialization in construction management – from the University of Missouri-Rolla, (now Missouri S&T).

“Since joining Gateco, Chris has seamlessly juggled roles as developer, general contractor, owner’s rep and operator, overseeing construction of the new $32 million McKnight Place Assisted Living expansion,” noted Charles Deutsch, owner of The Gatesworth. “He and the team at Gateco contribute daily to both the overall comfort and wellbeing of Gatesworth residents, and also to the Gatesworth’s enduring reputation for quality.”

For more information on Gateco Development, visit or call 314-372-2279. For details on The Gatesworth community and its continuum of care services, visit or call (314) 993-0111.

Named one of the nation’s “Top 10 Retirement Communities” by Forbes Magazine, The Gatesworth opened its doors in 1988 and established itself as a pioneer in providing area seniors with a variety of quality services in a warm, residential environment.

December 15, 2017

Industry Veteran, Joseph McGauley Joins Colliers International Group Inc.

Joseph McGauley

Leading global commercial real estate services firm Colliers International Group Inc. recently named Joseph McGauley, SIOR, CRE as an executive vice president in its St. Louis office. McGauley, 58, has worked in the commercial real estate industry for nearly 36 years, beginning in 1982.

Focused on corporate services, McGauley’s expertise is managing large, international real estate portfolios. Having represented companies from family sized to multi-national corporations, he has completed numerous transactions with an aggregate value of over $1 billion.

“As a business real estate advisor, my strategic approach provides clients with more organization, cost savings and an overall understanding of how real estate can add value to their respective businesses,” he says. “I look forward to sharing my expertise with the Colliers team and clientele.”

Prior to joining Colliers International, McGauley was president of Gershman Commercial Equities, a private real estate investment group that began in 2015. Before this, he was a founding member of Gateway Commercial in St. Louis. Gateway was the alliance successor of Cushman & Wakefield’s local branch, which McGauley opened back in 1989. Throughout his career, he has been in multiple leadership positions helping a number of brokerage advisors succeed in the industry.

Since Colliers’ acquisition of Gateway in Sept. 2015, the firm has expanded its brokerage and property management services, with approximately 60 employees locally. In 2016 and 2017, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch ranked Colliers as one of the Top Workplaces in St. Louis.

Colliers International Group Inc. (NASDAQ and TSX: CIGI) is an industry leading global real estate services company with 15,000 skilled professionals operating in 68 countries.

Sondra Rotty Promoted at Tarlton Corp.

Sondra Rotty

Tarlton Corp., a St. Louis-based general contracting and construction management firm, promoted Sondra Rotty, LEED AP BD+C, to project director.

Previously serving as senior project manager, Rotty joined Tarlton as a project engineer in 2005.She has specialized in large, complex projects completed on fast-track schedules and is a member of Tarlton’s team that serves higher education clients.

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.

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 is also managing the Tarlton team on the renovation of Stephen and Peter Sachs Museum at Missouri Botanical Garden.

Rotty holds a Master of Science degree in engineering management and a Bachelor of Science degree in architectural engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla. She became a LEED Accredited Professional in 2008 and this year earned the LEED AP BD+C designation, recognizing her expertise in the sustainable design and construction of institutional and commercial buildings.

A past winner of the St. Louis Business Journal’s “30 Under 30” award, Rotty is a member of the Engineers’ Club of St. Louis and the Society of Women Engineers. She serves on the Girl Scouts Focus Area STEM Committee for the Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri, an organization for which she also volunteers, and she previously volunteered with Girls Inc. of St. Louis.

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.

William Edwards Jr. Named Executive Vice President & Chief Information Officer at Midwest BankCentre

Bill Edwards

William Edwards Jr. has been promoted to executive vice president and chief information officer at Midwest BankCentre. He also joins the bank’s executive management committee. The announcement was made by Midwest BankCentre Chairman and CEO Jim Watson.

Edwards continues to lead the deposit operations and information technology teams. He is responsible for defining and delivering the technologies and systems required to support the bank’s strategic goals and for ensuring compliance with regulatory agencies.

Edwards earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Missouri-Columbia and his master’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in finance from Saint Louis University. He is a board member of Encore Building Solutions and on the advisory board of Covenant Technology Partners.

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 $1.8 billion and deposits of $1.3 billion. It provides integrated financial services with expertise in commercial, retail and digital banking; business cash management; mortgage lending; consumer lending; and insurance. 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.

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