Jeremy Sochol has been named to the newly formed position of chief administrative officer for RS&H, Jacksonville, Fla. Prior to this appointment, Sochol served as the firm's senior vice president and human resources director. In this new role, his responsibilities will also include oversight and direction of the information technology group. Sochol joined RS&H in 2013.

In Charlotte, RS&H promoted Kenneth Herring to vice president. Herring, who joined the firm in 2010, previously served as transportation-infrastructure leader for North Carolina. RS&H also promoted Geoffrey Ax to vice president. Ax joined the firm last year as buildings service group leader in the aviation practice.


John Abbott has joined Gilbane Building Co.'s Orlando office as operations manager. A 19-year Gilbane veteran, Abbott previously worked in Texas and Connecticut.

Tom Peacock, Gilbane's South Florida operations manager, based in Sarasota, was recently named a vice president. He has more than 30 years of industry experience.

J. Carlos Gittens has joined KCI Technologies Inc.'s new office in Greenville, S.C., as highway practice leader and office manager. In this role, Gittens will be responsible for business development, quality control and project management for transportation projects throughout South Carolina. He has 16 years of related experience in design and management. His background includes construction management, rail coordination and utility coordination and management.

HNTB Corp. announced an expansion of its Miami planning and project development and environmental teams. Vilma Croft, a 30-year veteran of the transportation industry, was named a senior project manager. Prior to joining HNTB, Croft served as a senior project manager for the Florida Dept. of Transportation's districts four and six.

The firm also hired Jialei Cheng to the position of engineer II for transportation and traffic planning. A recent PhD graduate of City College of New York, Cheng is responsible for completing transportation and traffic planning efforts, traffic studies and analysis, and corridor studies. Prior to joining HNTB, he worked as a transportation engineer with the New York City Dept. of Transportation.

Suffolk Construction of West Palm Beach, Fla., hired Douglas Wells as vice president of operations. Wells, who joins Suffolk with more than 25 years of industry experience, will oversee financial and operational aspects of key projects while assessing the progress of preconstruction and construction activities.

Also in West Palm Beach, Suffolk hired Paul Rooney as vice president of operations. Prior to joining Suffolk, Rooney served as president and equity partner for a Florida-based general contractor specializing in federal government construction projects.

Dan Holley, project manager, has been hired to lead Hayward Baker's newly established office in Charleston, S.C. Holley has worked in Charleston as a professional geotechnical engineer for 13 years.

Professional Service Industries (PSI) hired David Orr as a senior vice president in its national sales group in Orlando. Orr has more than 17 years of environmental and utility industry experience, including serving as director of business development for one of the country's largest investor-owned water and wastewater utilities.

In its Kennesaw, Ga., office, PSI hired Tara Lane as business development manager.

Phil Greeves has been appointed the 2015 chairman of the board for Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Georgia. Greeves serves as chief executive officer of the Johnson Group, which consists of Johnson Architectural Metal Co., Marietta, Ga.; Johnson Engineered Metal Systems, Cartersville, Ga.; and JAMCo/JEMS Fabrications, Bastrop, Texas.

Additionally, ABC of Georgia has named the following individuals as officers for 2015: Jeff Toebe, of McCarthy Building Cos.—chairman-elect; David Black, Argos Ready Mix—vice chairman; Sam Stiteler, MetroPower Inc.—immediate past chairman; and Al Clark, of Smith Adcock & Co.—treasurer.

Christoper Warn is Dewberry's newest senior project manager in the firm's Sarasota, Fla., office. In this position, Warn will be responsible for project management and business development support for the Gulf Coast ecosystem restoration department. He has more than 16 years of professional experience in water resources, including ecosystem restoration, watershed science and coastal and ecological studies.

Bryan Sturm has been hired as a senior bridge engineer in HDR's Jacksonville, Fla., office. In this position, Sturm will serve as bridge group section manager. Previously, Sturm worked as a senior bridge engineer at RS&H. He has more than 14 years of experience in project management, design, construction and inspection on bridge and transportation projects.

Garret Southern was promoted to the position of vice president for Kaufman Lynn Construction, Boca Raton, Fla. As vice president, Southern will lead the contractor's efforts in the higher education and municipal construction markets. Southern, who joined the firm in 2013 after working with Balfour Beatty Construction, most recently led Kaufman Lynn's Broward College Miramar West Center project, which was built as a public-private partnership.

The contractor also announced the promotion of Derek Wolfhope to project executive in its multifamily division. Wolfhope has been a project manager with Kaufman Lynn for eight years.