Texas & Louisiana People: Construction business updates for February 2018
Josue Reyes was named CEO of D. Wilson Construction Co., effective Jan. 8. Former CEO Bill Wilson is now chairman and maintains a full-time role in setting company policy, goals and objectives as well as helping Reyes ease into his role as CEO. Reyes’ most recent position was with Skanska USA Buildings Inc. as vice president.
On Jan. 1, Lincoln Builders Inc. transitioned into a third generation of Graham family leadership, with Clint Graham being named CEO of the firm. His uncle, Danny Graham, retired in December after leading the business since 2009. Danny will remain on the board of directors. Clint worked part-time for Lincoln as a student and then full-time as a superintendent after earning his bachelor’s degree in construction management from the University of Louisiana-Monroe in 1989. He also worked as an estimator, project manager and operations manager before being named president in 2006.
Powers Brown Architecture has appointed founding principal Jeffrey Brown to CEO. Brown will manage the resources and development of the company’s international practice as well as the sites of future offices and the growth in existing markets. He maintains his role as creative director for the firm.
Jason Evelyn has been promoted to chief operating officer for MW Builders, the general construction side of MMC Corp. Todd Winnerman has been promoted to president of MW Builders.
Cory Wilder with Michael Baker International has been appointed to senior vice president and executive of the Houston office. Wilder previously served as a senior vice president and national pipeline engineering practice lead. Laura Weis has joined the firm as vice president and the office executive in Dallas. She recently managed multimillion-dollar programs at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.
Cara Tackett, senior vice president, is the new leader of the water resources team at Pape-Dawson Engineers Inc. Tackett joined Pape-Dawson in 1999 and has 21 years of experience in civil engineering and environmental services.
Leslee Mallinson was promoted to vice president of Balfour Beatty’s brand and communications group in the U.S. Mallinson has been with the company since 2000.
Kammy Horne joined HNTB Corp. as group director and vice president based in Austin. Before joining HNTB, Horne served as a transportation regional business manager for another consulting firm.
Mark LaVoy has joined Jordan Foster Construction as vice president of Jordan Foster Commercial in Dallas. He will lead the firm’s commercial group in the North Texas region.
Scot Sanders has joined the Broaddus Cos. as regional vice president and area manager for North Texas operations. He was previously the principal of federal programs and director of operations for North Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and North American infrastructure at a national engineering company. Prior to that, he served for more than 22 years in the Navy’s Civil Engineer Corps.
Jay Rambo has been promoted to vice president at SmithGroupJJR and continues as the firm’s office director in Dallas, a position he has held since 2010.
Peter Bailey has joined Webber’s waterworks division as vice president of collaborative delivery. Before joining Webber, he served as a senior vice president for CDM Smith.
Journeyman Group has promoted the following two project managers to project executives: in Fort Worth, Cannon Kilde, who first joined the firm as a superintendent, and in Austin, Justin Lee, who started with Journeyman in 2012 as a project manager.
The McDonnel Group has hired two new team members: Jennifer Blunschi as project manager and Nicole Favalora as an estimator.
AECOM has added three architects and designers in Texas to expand its buildings and places practice. Juan Carlos Arias is a senior project architectural designer, Jorge Martinez is a senior architect and Lorena Toffer is a senior architectural project manager. Additionally, AECOM’s Courtney Emich Spellicy was appointed to the city of Dallas Landmark Commission. Spellicy will serve a two-year term through September 2019.
Linde Engineering North America (LENA) Inc. has appointed Luis Velez as the head of PLANTSERV, North America. He will lead regional strategy for customer services, business development, sales and project execution.
Gensler has promoted several employees. Deeg Snyder and Rick Ferrara were promoted to principals in Dallas. Promoted to senior associate in Dallas were: Angelica Salom, Chris Callegari, Dana Foley, Donnamarie McGaw, Erick del Angel, Gianna Pigford, Rebecca Lowry, Shannon Bearden and Tim Hudson. Promotions to senior associate in the firm’s Austin office included: George Blume, Robin Dolezal, Chi Le, Vineta Clegg and Andy Vogt. Dick Lew, Gail McCleese and Jerry Alexander were promoted to senior associate in Houston.
Christopher Rice has joined Hord Coplan Macht as principal in its education studio. He was previously partner at VisSpiro Strategies, a higher-education planning and consulting firm he co-founded in 2013.
Freese and Nichols has hired Jeff Scarborough and James Kisiel to lead its team serving federal and state agencies. Scarborough, the federal program director, has 25 years of experience in business development and management. Kisiel is serving as federal program manager. He has 24 years’ experience in engineering and management and is a colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves. Both are based in Houston.
Freese and Nichols’ employees Linda Huff and Dorothy Bergesen were elected to president and vice president, respectively, for the Texas Chapter of the American Public Works Association. Huff is an account director in San Marcos, Texas, and Bergesen is a project controls specialist in Houston.
Staron Faucher, Freese and Nichols’ transportation planner in Dallas, has been appointed to a one-year term on the American Institute of Certified Planners’ ethics committee.
Scott Crawford and Edward Chadwick have joined Baird, Hampton & Brown as project managers in the firm’s Weatherford, Texas, office. Daniel Franklin was promoted to project manager.
Debbie Humes has joined Smith Seckman Reid Inc. as a senior mechanical engineer in the firm’s Dallas office. Michael Riggs has joined as a project manager in the Houston office. Humes has more than 34 years of mechanical and plumbing design experience for health care, education and other institutional clients. Riggs brings with him nearly two decades of electrical engineering experience for commercial, education, health care and industrial clients in the Houston market.
Sundt Construction Inc. has added two employees to its San Antonio office. Senior project manager Fred Galvan joined Sundt to lead construction of the Hilton Canopy Hotel San Antonio, and Fabian Leal joins the firm as MEP project manager for the CPS Headquarters renovation.
Burton Construction has promoted Chris Wallace from assistant project manager to project manager in the firm’s Cypress, Texas office.
Patrick Thomas has been promoted to senior project manager at Ryan Gootee General Contractors LLC in Metairie, La. The firm also hired Karl Pfefferle as an assistant project manager and John Eskew as a project estimator.
GFF has promoted several employees in its Dallas office. Mark Bowles was named studio director of GFF Landscape. Jacquelyn Block, Philip DeLaughter, Steven Hauk, Kent D. Pontious, Mike I. Reyes and Jonathan Wood were named associate principals. Promoted to associate were Sara Good, Nardine Mansi and Jeremy M. Roehr. Promoted to project leader were Idaliza Camacho, Taylor Catalano, Rodman Ricketts, Justin Sparks and Blake Thames.
Promoted to senior coordinator were Jillian Brooks, Reagan Compton, Josh Frederick, Emily Noble, John Roche, Marissa Tang, Mariah Trevizo, Jamie Wallace and Ryan Wilson. Promoted to project coordinator were Vicente Carrasco, Jason Fedors, Farris Groth, Alex Martin and Gavin Newman.
Karsten Interior Services announced several changes in its Houston office. Jeff Middleton has been promoted to sales director; Adam Pape joined the acoustical ceiling team as a project manager and estimator; John Jacobson joined the firm to lead business development; and Steve Saenz, who started the company with Dan Karsten 20 years ago, has retired.
Chamberlin Roofing & Waterproofing has hired several new employees. David Buksa is Chamberlin’s project accountant in the Dallas office. Tim Hooper joined the Dallas office as business development associate for Chamberlin Roofing & Waterproofing. Richard Weiland has taken on the role of project estimator for roofing maintenance in Chamberlin’s Houston office. Meanwhile, Chamberlin Superintendent James Miller received the MVP Award Certificate of Merit from the Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress for 2017-2018.
Galaxy Builders has promoted Kimberly “Nicole” Braddock to controller. She joined the firm in 2016 as associate controller.
The Texas Society of Professional Surveyors (TSPS) selected Doug Turner, survey director for IDS Engineering Group, as Surveyor of the Year. The award recognizes surveyors who exhibit outstanding service to TSPS and the surveying profession, as well as acting as good citizens.