ELLISON
Scott E. Ellison joined Plaza Construction in Miami as executive vice president for operations. Ellison, with 41 years of industry experience, most recently served as regional operations manager for a national construction-management firm.

 

 

Stiles, the Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based real-estate development firm and contractor, announced that current chairman and CEO, Terry Stiles—leader of the firm for nearly 45 years—will transition out of the chief executive role by mid-2017. At that time, his son and current executive vice president, Ken Stiles, will succeed to the position of CEO, with the elder Stiles remaining as chairman.

Also announced as part of the transition, Doug Eason, current Stiles president, will become the company's vice chairman in mid-2016. Assuming the position of president will be Scott MacLaren, who currently serves as president of Stiles' North Carolina operations.

 

WHALEN
Ron Whalen was promoted to the position of vice president for Orlando-based general contracting company Roger B. Kennedy Inc. A 25-year veteran of the Florida construction industry, he joined the company last year as a project executive. In his new role, Whalen will be responsible for feasibility analysis, initial programming, budgeting, permitting, preconstruction, contract negotiation and administration, project management and close-out.

 

Stephen Sessler has been named a senior vice president in the Atlanta office of WSP. In this position, he will lead the engineering firm's team working on the New Atlanta Stadium project, for which WSP is providing mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineering. Sessler, who has more than 35 years of mechanical engineering, acoustics and project management experience, comes to WSP from an Atlanta-based engineering firm, where he was a partner since 1984.

Jason Anderson has been named vice president of Coastal Homes, the custom home division of Miami-based Coastal Construction Group. Anderson began his career with Coastal in 2003 as an estimator and later served as an assistant project manager and project manager. He joined the Coastal Homes division in 2008 as a project manager.

 

DEMIT
MWH Global added Paul Demit to its Atlanta office as senior vice president and director of program management for the firm's Americas region. In this role, he will be responsible for client relationships and supporting the delivery of MWH services to ongoing programs. The 23-year industry veteran joins MWH from Parsons Brinckerhoff, where he served as the managing director of PB Water.

 

Also in MWH's Atlanta office, John Abrea rejoins the firm from CH2M, where he served as director of emerging technology. From 1985 to 1996, Abrea worked for MWH as a senior engineer. In his current role, he'll be responsible for evaluating and deploying new technologies to utilities and local governments.

Mulkey Engineers & Consultants hired John Karnowski to manage the firm's traffic design group in Roswell, Ga. A 27-year veteran of the transportation industry, Karnowski will guide Mulkey's traffic engineering, signal design and timing, Intelligent Traffic System (ITS) design, traffic forecasting and modeling and other related operations in Georgia and the Carolinas.

Luis Olivares has been named Florida aviation manager for Parsons Brinckerhoff's Miami office, where he will lead the South Florida aviation practice. A 30-year veteran of aviation design and construction, Olivares previously served as a principal with Seravilo Enterprise Inc., a Miami firm specializing in project management, project accounting and business development for civil and infrastructure improvement projects.

Urban Design Kilday Studios, a planning and landscape architecture firm, has added four new staffers to its West Palm Beach, Fla., office. Alessandria Palmer has been named a senior project manager.

Janelle Bouchard, Theresa Wymer and Adrienne Campbell have joined the firm as landscape design professionals.

Bradley Post has joined HNTB Corp.'s construction engineering and inspection practice (CEI) in Tampa. As CEI project director, Post will be responsible for establishing the firm's construction services in west Florida, with his immediate focus on leading HNTB's efforts for the upcoming Gateway Expressway project for the Florida Dept. of Transportation in Pinellas County. Prior to joining HNTB, Post served as Florida area manager of construction services for another international consulting firm.

In HNTB's Lake Mary, Fla., office, John Pierce joined the firm as a communications system engineer. With experience in both wireless communication and transportation industries, he will be responsible for work related to communication and safety certifications for transit projects. He currently is supporting the SunRail initial operating system and subsequent work on the project's second phase.