Southeast People: Construction business updates for January 2018
Nick Dierkes has joined Stantec in Asheville, N.C., as a water/wastewater leader. Dierkes brings more than 12 years’ experience in asset management, hydraulic and hydrologic modeling and geographic information systems technologies to his new position.
Balfour Beatty has promoted Mike Macon to senior vice president and business unit leader for the company’s Georgia operations. In this expanded role based in Atlanta, Macon is responsible for executive oversight, project acquisition and the company’s business growth across the state. Balfour Beatty’s Atlanta office, under Macon’s leadership, is currently building several major projects in Midtown Atlanta, including Piedmont House, ICON Midtown and Whole Foods Midtown.
Former U.S. Congressman Patrick E. Murphy has rejoined Florida-based Coastal Construction Group as vice president. Murphy previously served as a vice president for Coastal before serving in the U.S. Congress, representing Florida’s 18th congressional district in the House of Representatives for four years. Murphy will be instrumental in Coastal’s growth as the company continues its expansion throughout the state.
Michael Brown has joined Skanska USA as executive vice president/general manager to lead its building operations in Florida. With more than 30 years of business development and project management experience, Brown will focus on strategic growth for the contractor’s building operations in the region.
Skanska USA also announced the promotion of Nicole Heran to project executive. In this role, Heran will provide direct management oversight for projects throughout South Florida, but with an emphasis on the West Palm Beach market.
Barnhill Contracting Co., Rocky Mount, N.C., has named Mike Bedell vice president of operations for the company’s Charlotte region. With more than 27 years of construction industry experience, Bedell will be responsible for planning, directing and coordinating operations in support of the regional office’s growth.
Turner Construction has promoted Jeff Brown to special projects division manager for the company’s Central Florida office. Brown, a 13-year industry veteran, previously served as manager of business development.
The company also recently promoted Meridith Conser to manager of business development for the Central Florida office. Conser, who has more than 13 years of industry experience, previously served as lead estimator for Turner’s special projects division.
David Bass has been named vice president and director of transportation client services for WSP USA in the Carolinas. In his new position, Bass will seek to expand the firm’s portfolio with the North Carolina Dept. of Transportation and other municipal transportation departments as well as ensure effective project delivery. He will be based in Raleigh.
GAI Consultants expands its private development footprint in Florida with the hiring of Kathy Leo as its vice president and director of private development. With more than 20 years of related experience, Leo will help drive the firm’s vision for serving the private development market. The firm operates offices in Orlando, Jacksonville, Palm Beach Gardens and Tampa.
David Amalong has relocated from Stantec’s Denver office to join the firm’s community development practice in Charlotte. Amalong, an urban designer and registered landscape architect with close to three decades of experience, will be leading a specialized urban design and landscape architecture studio for the firm.
Todd Brooks has joined the Raleigh offices of Dewberry as a senior associate and manager of the firm’s traffic engineering group. With more than 30 years of experience in traffic engineering, Brooks’ experience includes intelligent transportation systems and transportation planning with a primary focus on projects executed on behalf of municipalities and various state departments of transportation. Previously, Brooks worked as a senior project manager and technical manager for Atkins, where he oversaw various project types, including urban street improvements, traffic studies, work zone traffic control, airports, signing and design-build.
Kaufman Lynn Construction, Delray Beach, Fla., named Jeff Zalkin vice president of development. In this role, Zalkin will work to expand the general contractor’s business in the public, institutional and nonprofit sectors. Zalkin previously held positions with Balfour Beatty Construction in South Florida and most recently worked at Pirtle Construction.
Kevin Thibault has joined TranSystems Corp. in Orlando as Southeast regional vice president and Florida transportation leader. In this role, Thibault will oversee operations across the company’s five-state Southeast region and lead business development and client relationship efforts with the Florida Dept. of Transportation and Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise. He previously served as an executive leader for more than 16 years with FDOT and has 32 years of total transportation industry experience.
Cardno Inc. announced that Sharon Niemczyk has returned to the firm as a senior consultant in its Tampa office. She previously worked for Cardno from 2010 to 2016 and brings more than 20 years of experience in coastal ecosystem habitats, natural resources management, regulatory permitting and various aspects of National Environmental Policy Act requirements.