Debra N. McGuire has been named Dallas-based American Fire Sprinkler Association’s (AFSA) fourth president and first female CEO. McGuire’s tenure began Jan. 23.


Doug Parker has joined Zweig Group, Fayetteville, Ark., as chief operating officer. He also will start the firm’s second office in Houston.


AGC Houston has elected Tony Mansoorian as its chairman for a two-year term through Dec. 31, 2020. Mansoorian is CEO for W. S. Bellows Construction Corp.  


Max FerranMax Ferran has been elected to the board of directors of DonahueFavret Contractors Inc., Mandeville, La. He joined the firm in 2015 as a senior project manager and corporate safety director.


TDIndustries has promoted Sheri Tillman from corporate counsel to general counsel. Tillman joined TD as a contract specialist in 2013.


Twelve individuals earned promotions at GFF’s three Texas offices.

Jim WestJim West was named principal. He joined GFF in 2011 and in 2018 was named managing director for GFF’s Austin office.

Kent Pontious was named studio director. Pontious has worked on civic and municipal projects for the past 20 years.

Tyler Cini and Levi Hooten were promoted to associate.

Promoted to project leader were Lance Abaya and Jason Hoyt. Promoted to senior coordinator were Harrison Daigle, Sarah Hamzeh and Alex Martin. New project coordinators are Matt Blake, Ashley Hall and Christa Michaels.


Andrew Gonnella has been promoted to executive vice president of the products division at Vortex Cos., Houston.


Bartlett Cocke General Contractors, San Antonio, recently promoted Randall Jay to vice president of field operations and Luis Berumen to vice president of innovation and technology.


Filo Castore has joined Jacobs, Houston, as division vice president and director of client engagement.


Donald R. StevensDonald R. Stevens joins Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam Inc. (LAN) in Austin as director for health care facilities. Previously, he worked for Kaiser Permanente for nearly a decade in various leadership roles.

Bruce Dinkheller has joined LAN’s Fort Worth office as a senior project manager. Previously, he worked at Lane Construction, managing design-build and public-private partnership projects.


McCarthy Building Cos. Southern region has promoted Al Gomez to vice president of operations for the Houston division. He has been with McCarthy for more than 14 years.


Troy DormanTroy Dorman has joined Halff Associates Inc.’s San Antonio office as director of water resources in South and Central Texas.


Clay Cockrill was promoted to director of business development at Manhattan Construction Co.’s Oklahoma City office. Most recently, he was project director for the Oklahoma City office.


Vivek Khanna has joined HNTB’s Dallas office as senior project manager of engineering. 

Frank Raha has joined HNTB as central division government relations director in Dallas.


SmithGroup, Dallas, has hired Joseph Maytum as a principal and corporate senior medical planner.


Freese and Nichols Inc. has made several new hires in Texas and Oklahoma.

Chance Sparks is an urban planning and design project manager based in San Marcos. 

Dawn Warrick is an urban planning and design project manager in Tulsa.

Eleana Tuley is a planner based in Dallas.


Steve Benesh has joined Gensler’s Houston office as education practice area leader.

Janet Rogers has joined Gensler’s Houston office as design manager within the firm’s workplace studio.


T. Baker Smith’s recent new hires include: Jules A. Toups Jr. as lead professional, survey, in Covington, La.; Robert A. Escher as senior project manager, engineering, in Pass Christian, Miss.; Timothy Dronet as facility engineering group leader in Lafayette, La.; Gerald J. Hauske as lead professional, coastal and ports engineering in Houston; Lawrence P. Toups IV as construction engineering and inspection group leader in Covington, La.; and Frank R. Kolwe III as project manager in Lafayette.


Matt Smith joins Burrow Global’s Houston team as senior construction manager. He brings more than 30 years of construction and safety experience at various levels.

Kevin McCreary joins the firm as a senior architect with more than 35 years of experience in architecture, working on projects throughout Texas and Louisiana.


Corey RogersRS&H, Dallas, has hired Corey Rogers to lead the firm’s in-service bridge inspection contracts and highway projects in Dallas, Fort Worth and Tyler, Texas.




Bob Lacy joined Sundt Construction as senior superintendent on the city of Arlington Southeast Recreation Center project in Arlington, Texas.

Sahil KhandelwalSahil Khandelwal joined the firm as project engineer on the city of Arlington’s Southeast Recreation Center project.




McKim & Creed Inc. has made two new hires in Texas: Todd Odham, who joins the firm as a project manager in the Houston office, and Michael Knowles, who joins the Dallas-Fort Worth team as a regional business development manager.