Richard "Dick" Wells, vice president of Kleinfelder and its transportation market manager in Greensboro, N.C., has been elected chairman of the American Council of Engineering Cos. Wells had been president and a director of ACEC's North Carolina chapter.
Barnhill also promoted Gail Suson to vice president of preconstruction services. Suson joined the company in 2006 and had served as director of preconstruction services since 2010.
Steven Crall, a 30-year industry veteran, has joined Barnhill as its new director of preconstruction. Barnhill also promoted Kelsie Williamson to minority small business preconstruction coordinator. She had been hired in 2007 as a preconstruction services administrator.
Also joining Barnhill's building division are Josh Gray and Peter Delorier as project engineers, James Solomon Jr. as a superintendent and Wesley Quick as assistant superintendent.
"This newly created position is key for the continued growth of the company and underscores our community relations commitment," said Torry Holt, company vice president.
Joe Watkins will become director of the general engineering department at Clemson University, effective Aug. 15. He was most recently associate professor and general-engineering program director in the mechanical engineering department at the U.S. Naval Academy.
Most recently, he was a division director of the state of Florida's Dept. of Business and Professional Regulation. Douglas also worked with the Associated General Contractors for 13 years. He has 17 years of experience in managing nonprofit trade associations.
Rick Goldman has been named manager of business development, marketing and estimating for PCL Construction Services in Orlando. He joined the firm in 1997 as a project engineer. Goldman replaces Bob Hopfenberg, who was promoted to vice president of national business development. A 22-year industry veteran, he will oversee PCL's large national pursuits and its U.S. marketing team.
In addition, Doug Baggett has been named manager of special projects in Orlando. He joined PCL in 2013 and most recently worked as special projects estimator.
Claudia Bilotto has been named a senior supervising planner in the Atlanta office of Parsons Brinckerhoff, where she will lead its Georgia planning and environmental practice. Bilotto was a project manager and lead planner on assignments that included development of state and municipal transportation plans. Prior to joining PB, she was an associate vice president in Atlanta for AECOM Technology Corp., managing projects for the Georgia Dept. of Transportation.
In the Tampa office, Al Westerman joins PB as a port/maritime security specialist. His global project work includes vulnerability assessments. He has 38 years of related experience.
Elizabeth "Liz" Saris has joined Nuclear Safety Associates, Charlotte, as vice president of operations and strategic development. NSA provides safety analysis, engineering, licensing and security services to the U.S. Dept. of Energy, public utilities and the commercial nuclear industry. Prior to this appointment, Saris had been senior vice president at Leidos (formerly Science Applications International Corp.). NSA has agreed to be purchased by U.K.-based Atkins PLC. The deal is set to close within the next few months, the company said in May.
William McMullen has joined Dewberry in Raleigh as unit manager for the new energy solutions group. He has more than 25 years of experience in building operations, facility engineering and commissioning and energy engineering.
Richard Davidson joins the firm in Atlanta as a practice segment leader for the justice architecture practice. Davidson, who has 25 years of justice architecture experience, previously served as a principal with KSGW, Atlanta.
The firm has also hired Mark Pearson as a senior associate and senior engineer in Raleigh, responsible for managing the transportation structures practice. Scott Yi has joined Dewberry's Raleigh office as a water resources engineer. He will manage North Carolina projects. In Orlando, Dewberry hired Warren McKinnie as a water resources project manager.
Shanon Larimer was promoted to principal of brand strategy and communications at architectural firm Baker Barrios, Atlanta. He also will oversee the firm's community relations, media relations and corporate communications.
Jesse Plata has joined JE Dunn Construction in Atlanta as regional LEAN construction specialist. He was a founding member of the Lean Construction Institute's Georgia practice community.
Melinda Parrish has been hired in Atlanta as a business development specialist for the contractor's commercial and mission-critical projects.
In addition, Andrew Kelley and Bryan Steed have joined JE Dunn as project managers.
The Tampa office of Atkins has hired Francis "Fran" O'Connor as national director of highway tolling programs, a role previously held by Jorge Figueredo, who will now oversee business development and sales for the firm's transportation department unit. O'Connor has been with Atkins since 2011, most recently serving as a principal project manager for the firm's toll-related practice.
BlueLinx Holdings Inc., an Atlanta-based distributor of building products, has named Susan C. O'Farrell as senior vice president, chief financial officer, treasurer and principal accounting officer. O'Farrell had been vice president of finance at Home Depot.
Manhattan Construction Co. has hired Todd Fultz as vice president of the Central Florida region, based in Tampa. Fultz previously was a project executive with DPR Construction.
The contractor also hired Kevin Burke, Jason Martin and Jason Warrick as project managers.
Brig. Gen. Clarence D. Turner has been named commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers South Atlantic division based in Atlanta.
Parsons Corp. has promoted Brent Harvey to manager of internal audit, based in Charlotte. He is a 23-year company veteran.