Texas & Louisiana People: Construction business updates for December 2018
Dan Williams, president, CEO and board member at Garver in North Little Rock, Ark., will retire in December 2019 as part of an internal succession strategy. Brock Hoskins, chief operating officer and a board member, will become Garver’s president on Jan. 1, 2019. Williams will remain Garver’s CEO throughout 2019, the company’s centennial year.
Hoskins joined Garver in 1990 and was named chief operating officer and executive vice president in 2012. He also manages the company’s northwest Arkansas office.
Michael Graves will become Garver’s chief operating officer in January 2019 when Hoskins becomes president. Graves has been with the company for 14 years, serving as vice president and regional director.
Kurtis John has joined the leadership team as general counsel and vice president. He comes to Garver from Kiewit Corp., where he served as assistant general counsel for the past seven years.
John Riggins, a 2016 ENR Texas & Louisiana Top Young Professional winner, and Doug Talley have formed Talley Riggins Construction Group, a general contracting firm based in Plano, Texas. The company specializes in the commercial, institutional and health care markets. Talley serves as CEO and Riggins as president.
Talley Riggins also has made several key hires. Jeremy Hays, Mike Chandler and Jerry Foreman have joined the firm as project superintendents. Jay Wester has joined as senior project manager, Mike Rossetti as project manager, EJ Evans as assistant project manager and Jennifer Martinez as office administrator.
Alastair Miller has joined HNTB Corp. as deputy office leader and vice president for the firm’s practice in Central and South Texas. He is based in HNTB’s San Antonio office. Before joining HNTB, Miller held leadership positions at several other consulting firms.
Lona Hankins has joined HNTB as project director in New Orleans as part of the firm’s Gulf Coast district. Hankins’ responsibilities include delivering large-scale, complex infrastructure programs, program controls and project management. Before joining HNTB, Hankins served as executive director, capital projects for Louisiana’s Recovery School District.
Craig Abbott has been promoted to vice president at Manhattan Construction Co. in Oklahoma City. During his 17-year career, he has served on Manhattan project teams in Dallas and most recently in Oklahoma City, where he has served as project director.
Brent Collins was promoted to operations manager for Manhattan’s Oklahoma City office, which serves the Central Oklahoma region. Before his promotion to operations manager, Collins served as senior superintendent. He has 22 years of construction experience in the region.
Marnie Phelps has joined the firm as director of community relations for the Tulsa-area office to help advance Manhattan’s team member engagement within the community. She has led and directed numerous community, marketing and business development activities during her 20-year career in the AEC industry.
Nathan Kowallis was recently promoted to vice president of operations for the Dallas business unit within the Southern region of McCarthy Building Cos. He will lead management and operations on project sites, focusing on health care, aviation, education, commercial and public and private markets. He previously oversaw operations in McCarthy’s New Mexico office, focusing on K-12, health care and higher education.
MYCON General Contractors, Dallas, has named Timothy Keys its vice president of operations. Keys has more than 31 years of industry experience. During his career, he has performed various roles on more than $1 billion worth of construction projects for major clients in markets including hospitality, institutional, multifamily, health care and office projects.
Jorge Contreras has joined Mobil Steel International Inc. as controller of the Houston-area steel fabricator. Contreras was previously with Woodstone Construction LLC, where he had worked since January 2016.
David Kinchen has joined the Burns & McDonnell Dallas office team to expand the firm’s water services in the region. With more than three decades of experience, Kinchen has led multidisciplinary teams and managed nearly $1 billion in projects across multiple industry sectors. Kinchen recently served as president for the Water-Design Build Council (WDBC) and currently serves as president for the Dallas-Fort Worth chapter of the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA).
Walter P Moore promoted four individuals to principal at its Houston office: Dan Orlich, Lee Anne Dixon, Michelle Perry and Rachel Calafell.
Kate Tomlinson, a stockholder of Walter P Moore, also was promoted to principal. Tomlinson is a senior project manager for the structural engineering group at Martinez Moore Engineers, Austin, an affiliate firm of Walter P Moore. Before joining Martinez Moore Engineers, she was a senior associate and project manager for 11 years at Walter P Moore in Austin and Houston.
KFW Engineers & Surveying, San Antonio, has promoted three employees. Armando Niebla has been elevated to director of commercial services, Burt Wellmann to director of residential services and Chris Otto to director of infrastructure services.
Dave Carter has joined Stantec as traffic engineering manager, based in the Dallas office. Carter was previously assistant director of development services for the city of Richardson, overseeing the city’s traffic and transportation division.
Freese and Nichols Inc. made several new hires at its Texas offices.
In Dallas, Theo Chan has rejoined the firm as a senior project manager in the transmission and utilities group.
In El Paso, Karen G. Perez has been brought on to lead the firm’s water, wastewater and stormwater expansion in the El Paso metropolitan area. She is a former Doña Ana County commissioner in neighboring New Mexico.
In Houston, Carlos Quintero, an expert in large-diameter pipelines, has joined Freese and Nichols as a senior project manager.
In Pearland, Brian C. Gettinger was hired as a tunneling services leader and project manager. He has expertise in complex water infrastructure projects across the U.S. and Canada and has experience with the planning, design and construction of tunnels, dams, reservoirs and pipelines as well as shafts and grouting.
Also in Pearland, David Hunn has been brought on as a senior project manager for water and wastewater treatment projects.
Shawn Conlin has joined CobbFendley’s Houston office as the subsurface utility engineering (SUE) practice leader with the goal of helping maintain and expand the firm’s SUE and utility coordination (UC) client base in the Southeast region.
Before joining CobbFendley, he served as the SUE/UC operations manager for a major regional consulting firm.
Sundt Construction has made several new hires in its Texas offices. Brent Weckar and Jae Ahn have been added to the company’s building group for the Texas district. Weckar will serve as the senior project manager for the Arlington Southeast Recreation Center, while Ahn will join a project team in Denton as senior project engineer.
Adrian Miera has joined the company’s building group for the Texas district in the San Antonio office. Miera will serve as a superintendent on construction of the Midwestern State University Health Sciences & Human Sciences Building in Wichita Falls.
Chamberlin Roofing & Waterproofing recently hired David Mequet as a senior roofing estimator in the firm’s Dallas office.
Chamberlin also promoted two individuals: Mike Kasper to assistant project manager in the Houston office and Stephen Cole to senior project manager in the Dallas office.