Tim Hoeffner

Tim Hoeffner has joined Chicago rail and transit firm Quandel Consultants. Hoeffner worked for the Michigan Dept. of Transportation for 40 years, most recently as director of MDOT’s Office of Rail. As a senior consultant for Quandel, based in Ann Arbor, Mich., Hoeffner will be responsible for growing the firm’s business locally.

Civil engineering and surveying firm raSmith in Brookfield, Wis., has promoted Paul Schafer to director of construction services. Schafer has 10 years of experience at raSmith, the last five as assistant director. He has more than 21 years of experience in the industry working with state and local government clients throughout Wisconsin.

Engineering firm TKDA in St. Paul, Minn., has named Ruth Christensen to its board of directors. Christensen has led the consulting firm’s structural group in her 20 years at TKDA. 

Regine Beauboeuf has been promoted at HNTB’s Detroit office to director of infrastructure and mobility equity, responsible for supporting policy makers, community leaders and the firm’s clients and teams to address equity considerations in infrastructure planning, design and construction. She remains based in Detroit, where she was most recently office leader and program manager. 

Anne Sheahan

Anne Sheahan has joined HNTB to lead the firm’s Chicago region business development. Through previous roles in the public sector, Sheahan brings a deep history of relationships and extensive knowledge in policy, planning and financing. Sheahan most recently served the City of Chicago Office of the Mayor as first deputy chief of staff. She led the development of the Lightfoot administration’s strategic initiatives and policy priorities for Chicago’s infrastructure, transportation, regulatory and administrative services departments/agencies.

Sylvester Taylor

Sylvester Taylor, an officer with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1 in St. Louis and a 31-year IBEW electrician, has been tabbed to lead diversity initiatives for the IBEW/NECA Electrical Connection partnership. Taylor was named director of diversity, equity and inclusion for the labor-management partnership, which represents more than 5,000 IBEW members and more than 150 electrical contractors signatory to the union.  

Spence Brothers, a construction manager and general contractor with offices in Saginaw, Ann Arbor, and Traverse City, Mich., has announced a new leadership structure. Herb Spence III, formerly president and CEO, has become chairman and CEO. Ed Spence III, formerly downstate regional president and COO, has been promoted to company president and COO.  Bob Spence III continues to oversee day to day operations in the company’s Traverse City office as Northern Michigan regional president.

Rock Island, Ill.-based IMEG Corp. has acquired MSA Engineering Consultants, a Las Vegas-based mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineering firm. The May 1 deal is the second acquisition of 2021 for IMEG.

Sam Kitchell has joined CRB in Kansas City, Mo., as senior vice president of emerging business. Kitchell has more than 25 years of experience in the pharmaceutical and biotech industries, including a recent tenure as group vice president of engineering for Shire. CRB is an engineering, architecture, construction and consulting solutions firm mainly serving the life sciences and food and beverage industries.