Deborah A. FranquiDeborah A. Franqui has joined Leo A. Daly’s Miami office as senior project manager and market health care sector leader. Franqui will work with the firm’s health care practice leaders to lead design of projects in Florida, the Caribbean and Latin America. She has 24 years of architectural experience, with an emphasis on client-tailored programming, evidence-based space planning and human-centered design. She also serves as a professor and coordinator of health care design programs at the University of Miami School of Architecture.


Raleigh-based Barnhill Contracting Co. has promoted Austin Barnhill to vice president of leadership development. Barnhill joined the firm in 2006 as an assistant superintendent in the building division. Barnhill will help develop a leadership plan across all levels of the organization, with a focus on hiring strategies, employee development and career and succession planning.  “Austin is a great choice to lead this critical initiative,” says Bob Barnhill, CEO and chairman. “Many of the employees who led us to where we are today are reaching retirement age. We need to find the best young talent and give them every possible opportunity to succeed with our company.”


Gustavo “Gus” PegoGustavo “Gus” Pego has joined HNTB Corp. as South Florida office leader and vice president. Pego worked for the Florida Dept. of Transportation for more than 37 years, with his most recent role as District Six secretary. Pego will oversee HNTB’s Miami and Fort Lauderdale offices, which have a total of 65 employees.


Brian EatonSuffolk construction’s Florida region recently appointed Brian Eaton and Joe Fernandez as vice presidents of operations. Prior to joining Suffolk in 2015, Eaton worked for Gilbane for more than 14 years, most recently serving as project executive responsible for Central Florida operations. Eaton also previously managed planning, design, Joe Fernandezprocurement and execution of construction projects at Yale University. In his new role with Suffolk, he will be overseeing projects for the Florida operations. Fernandez previously served as director of general construction for MCM, a Miami-based construction manager. Based in Miami, he will provide oversight for South Florida projects.


Scott SpigenerScott Spigener was promoted to construction director for the Thompson Turner Construction division in Sumter, S.C. Spigener will be responsible for job staffing, financial performance of projects and safety. His background includes 27 years of project management and field experience. Thompson Turner Construction is a division of Thompson Construction Group.


Mark AllnuttMcCarthy Building Cos. has  promoted Mark Allnutt to vice president of its Atlanta-based Southeast division. He will oversee business development, office administration and virtual design and construction (VDC), and will assist with preconstruction services. Allnutt previously served as project director and was responsible for preconstruction and construction services. He has 25 years of construction industry experience.


Werner ReinefeldWerner Reinefeld was named senior water engineering manager in the Miami office of WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, where he will manage design of water and wastewater projects. He has more than 33 years of related experience.



Richard P. MarkwithRichard P. Markwith was named market sector leader for states and municipalities for TranSystems Corp., a transportation sector consulting firm. Markwith will be responsible for growing the practice serving DOTs, tollways and municipalities. He joined the firm in 2013, recently serving as Southeast regional vice president.


Douglas WellsPlaza Construction named Douglas Wells operations manager for its Miami-based Southeast office. He has 25 years of industry experience. Plaza also named Bernard Potere and Edwin Sankey—both 30-year construction veterans—to the position of project executive.


Francisco Humire GuarachiFrancisco Humire Guarachi joined NOVA’s Greenville, S.C., officeas project engineer. Anative of Chile, Guarachi has more than Daniela Cardonathree years of industry experience. NOVA’s Kennesaw, Ga., office hired 32-year industry veteran Gary Watkins as a building envelope project manager. Also joining the Kennesaw office is Daniela Cardona, who was hired as a staff professional in the building envelope department. She recently graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology.


Joaquin A. MojicaJoaquin A. Mojica joined Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based consulting firm Miller Legg as a senior engineer. Mojica has 17 years of industry experience working in Florida and the Caribbean.



P.J. GoodwinP.J. Goodwin has joined Orlando-based Comprehensive Energy Services Inc. as chief operating officer. He is an 18-year veteran of Florida’s mechanical contracting industry. John Sweigert also joined the firm as an account executive.