Southeast People News for June 2019
JE Dunn has promoted Carla Bowron, a 25-year veteran of the construction industry, to the position of group manager of health care for the Atlanta market. In this role, Bowron will assume greater responsibilities for business development, project financials, employee recruitment and retention, assembling project teams, stakeholder relationships, safety and operational excellence.
In Savannah, Ga., Abigail Witharana joined JE Dunn as an estimator. She has four years of industry experience, with previous projects including Emory University Hospital, Kaiser Permanente Gwinnett Call Center and Hazlehust III Solar Farm. Also joining the Savannah staff are project engineers Reanna Coggins and Jeff Makaravage; Kyle Barnes, a project manager relocating from JE Dunn’s Nashville office; and Rhonda Radcliff, a project administrator.
In Nashville, JE Dunn hired Marc Maddox as a senior superintendent. He is a 16-year veteran of the construction industry. The contractor hired another 16-year construction veteran, Derek Lanning, as a senior estimator in its Charlotte office. Robert E. Marshall III, with 15 years of industry experience, also joined the Charlotte staff as a senior project manager.
Jeffrey Attanasio recently joined construction management firm Suffolk’s West Palm Beach, Fla., office as vice president of operations. Attanasio will be responsible for overseeing financial and operational aspects of projects. He will also join the region’s executive leadership team.
Turner Construction promoted TJ Sellers to manager of preconstruction services for its Central Florida office. In this role, he will manage the estimating team and all preconstruction deliverables. Sellers joined Turner in 2010, having held positions in operations, business development and most recently as lead estimator.
Steve Gormley has joined CHA Consulting Inc. as vice president and education market business development leader, based in Florida. He will be responsible for growing CHA’s education practice along the Eastern Seaboard, from Florida to New England, and across the Midwest. In Atlanta, CHA Tech Services, a subsidiary of CHA Consulting, announced that Aubrey Shah has joined the firm as a project manager. Aubrey has more than seven years of experience leading cross-functional teams for large-scale commercial and government construction, contract and facilities management projects.
Billy Matthesen was appointed manager of special projects for PCL Construction’s Florida buildings group. Matthesen, who began his PCL career in 2003, will seek to expand the firm’s client base.
GAI Consultants hired Scott Bear as engineering director for its Southeast transportation group in Orlando. Bear has 33 years of roadway design experience spanning multiple Florida Dept. of Transportation districts. The firm also hired Paul Scanlon as senior train control systems manager. Scanlon has 38 years of railroad and transportation industry experience, including managing the construction and engineering of commuter rail, light rail, heavy rail and freight rail projects.
Kevin Chafin has joined Stanley Consultants’ Charleston, S.C., office as a client service manager for the firm’s federal group. Chafin will work with Dept. of Defense clients, focusing on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers locations in the Southeast and U.S. Navy locations worldwide.
Heather Denny, strategy and process leader for Wells Global, a company that designs and builds critical power supply systems, has joined the board of directors of McKim & Creed Inc., Raleigh. “Heather is a powerful consensus builder, an effective problem solver and an outstanding communicator. Her expertise in construction and design-build and background in civil engineering will be instrumental in advising our leadership team as we plan for the future,” said John Lucey, McKim & Creed president and CEO.
Ekta P. Desai was promoted to associate principal/design lead at SchenkelShultz Architecture, Orlando. Desai has more than 10 years of experience and recently served as design lead for the Lake Highland Preparatory School Main Campus Master Plan.
Iris E. Zayas also was promoted to associate principal in Orlando. Zayas, who joined the firm in 2017, has 22 years of experience and leads the firm’s accounting team.
Bobby Fisher has joined Stevens Construction as general superintendent. In his 25-year career, Fisher has completed roughly $550 million in health care construction and has completed more than 100 Agency for Healthcare Administration-approved projects.
Charleston, S.C.-based Frampton Construction Co. has named Dan Helton to the position of assistant project manager. Helton, who will be based in the company’s Charlotte office, has 12 years of experience in the construction industry.