James de la Loza

has joined HNTB Corp.'s Los Angeles office as regional business development leader and vice president in the firm's West division. He brings 32 years of experience in planning and implementation of transportation projects in California and across the U.S., including a decade-long tenure as chief planning officer for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. De la Loza earned a master's degree in architecture and urban design from the University of California, Los Angeles.

In addition, HNTB has hired David Tiberi as regional construction leader and vice president for its Santa Ana office and Shahram Vahdat as group transportation director and vice president for the firm's Los Angeles office.

Professional services firm Dewberry has hired Dominic Ng as project manager for the newly formed energy solutions group in its Costa Mesa office. In his new role, he will lead energy engineering and commissioning projects in Southern California. He previously served as project manager for the energy solutions group at Eaton Corp. Ng earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Irvine.

Mary Erchul

has become only the second woman to be elected president of the American Council of Engineering Companies of California. Erchul, a project manager and resident engineer at Ghirardelli Associates in Long Beach, will lead the organization through June 30.

ACEC of California also has promoted Kelly Garman to director of public affairs. Garman joined the group in 2013 as a legislative advocate. A registered lobbyist, Garman previously served as legislative director to the state Senate minority leader.

HOK has added Robert Cull as senior vice president and managing principal in Los Angeles. He previously served as executive project director at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

Chris Wood

has been hired as president of the Western region at Ryan Cos., a Minneapolis-based developer, design firm and contractor. He is based in the firm's San Diego office. Wood has more than 30 years of experience in real estate in the Southern California market. He holds a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of California, San Diego.

John Hanula has rejoined MWH as senior vice president after a nine-year stint at CH2M Hill. He will lead the firm's Los Angeles operation.

MWH also has hired Joe Lauria as vice president and area manager for municipal water/wastewater for Orange County. He will be based in the firm's Irvine office. He has more than 30 years of experience in the industry, the majority of which was spent with Malcolm Pirnie Inc.


Philip Arciero Sr.,

a one-time laborer who went on to become president of Arciero Bros. Inc., an Anaheim-based union concrete contractor, died on Sept. 7 in Yorba Linda at age 85, according to the firm. Arciero joined his brother Frank as a partner in what started as a housing foundation contracting firm in the 1950s and eventually took over his brother's share of the business in 1994. Arciero, who retired in 2000, also was a director of Golden State Business Bank from 2000 to 2008.