People: Texas & Louisiana
Burt-Watts Industries Inc. has hired Tommy Meserole as a project manager. He had been a project manager with Gibson Concrete. Alex Salinas has also joined the firm as a superintendent coordinator. She previously worked in the financial industry.
Claudia Williamson has been named director of business development for PGAL. She was most recently government relations director for a national civil engineering firm whose name the company did not disclose.
Elizabeth Stemac has joined Skanska USA as business development manager for its Houston office. She previously worked in business development at Satterfield & Pontikes Construction.
Stefan Schuster has joined MWH Global as water resources strategy leader for Texas in the central region. He served previously as senior vice president of Texas water resources and Austin operations manager at Daniel B. Stephens and Associates.
Robert Elliott has joined McCarthy Building Cos. as project director for commercial projects in Houston. He had been a vice president and project executive at JE Dunn Construction Co.
Carl A. Crow has been promoted to senior associate at ccrd partners. He also serves as a project manager and senior mechanical engineer. Prior to joining ccrd in 2012, Crow was a senior project manager at Jacobs Engineering Group.
Christopher Fields has joined Heery International in Houston as senior program manager. He recently oversaw a $595-million capital improvement program for the Fort Worth Independent School District.
Aaron Duncan has been promoted to principal at MESA Design Group in Dallas. Formerly a senior associate, he oversees its community development division. Duncan was recognized earlier this year as one of ENR Texas & Louisiana's Top 20 Under 40 for 2013.
Jimmie W. Hinze, 67, a well-known construction safety researcher and champion, died on Sept. 12 in College Station, Texas, of cancer. He served, most recently, as director of the Fluor Program for Construction Safety at the University of Florida, Gainesville, and previously led its M.E. Rinker School of Building Construction. "He helped the industry understand that safety excellence is good business and that zero [recordable incidents] is possible," says Wayne Crew, director of the Construction Industry Institute at the University of Texas, with which Hinze had a nearly three-decade research relationship.