Diane Hoskins

Diane Hoskins and Andy Cohen will transition to global co-chairs of San Francisco-based Gensler in 2024. The pair has served as co-CEOs of the firm for the last 20 years. As part of a planned succession strategy, Julia Simet and Jordan Goldstein have been named incoming co-CEOs, effective Jan. 1. Goldstein and Simet currently serve as co-firm managing principals. As co-CEOs, they will manage Gensler’s day-to-day operations across 53 global offices and 33 practice areas.

Caleigh Raymer has been promoted to president of Genton Cockrum Raymer Construction, a new subsidiary company under Genton Cockrum Partners. Raymer will oversee all services including construction and preconstruction management, design-build and consulting services. Raymer is a past ENR Top 20 Under 40 winner and formerly served as vice president of operations for Lendlease.

Darren Riegler has been appointed CEO and president of Santa Barbara, Calif.-based MNS Engineers Inc. He previously served as senior vice president at Michael Baker International. Tanya Bilezikjian has been named chief of staff and vice president. This new role will enhance internal operations as well as lead integration of future acquisitions. MNS has also established a new planning practice led by Peter Minegar, vice president of planning. He will oversee environmental compliance, regulatory permitting, community planning and agency staffing services. Nicholas Panofsky has been promoted to vice president of water resources, and Brandon Reyes has joined MNS as vice president of transportation.

The Beavers, a Los Altos, Calif.-based construction professionals group, has named its four 2024 Golden Beaver awardees. Receiving the Leadership award is G. Michael Hoover, chairman and CEO of Sundt Construction, whose industry career includes field work as a journeyman carpenter. Bob Adams, senior vice president of Guy F. Atkinson Construction LLC in, Renton, Wash., has won the Management award, with the group noting his 53-year company career that includes work on major major dam projects in British Columbia and Venezuela. Receiving the Supervision award is Dave Nielsen, general superintendent for Manson Construction Co. in Seattle, whose career in managing complex heavy civil marine projects includes serving as general superintendent for different phases of the San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge upgrade. Jake van Baarsel, senior structures estimator for Skanska USA Civil West USA in Riverside, Calif., will receive the Engineering/Service and Supply Award. The group says he has provided construction engineering for more than 400 bridges on 25 freeways, as well as 11 underground stations and other structures for five Los Angeles County Metro lines. The awardees will be recognized at a Jan. 19 dinner event at the J W Marriott at LA Live in Los Angeles.

Encinitas, Calif-based Dudek has hired Michael McGrattan as chief information officer. He was previously senior vice president of global service delivery at the global software company QAD.

Abel Gonzalez

Abel Gonzalez has joined Suffolk’s Los Angeles leadership team as executive vice president of operations. Gonzalez, who has 28 years of industry experience, previously served as senior director of construction operations of the Western region at CRB Group.

Evan Kaseguma has joined Ryan Cos. US, Seattle, as senior vice president of real estate development. He has 17 years of development and acquisition experience and was previously senior vice president of the Northwest region at Portman.

Shannon Gaffney was named Northern California and Nevada office leader and vice president at HNTB, overseeing offices in Oakland, San Francisco, San Jose and Las Vegas. Based in Oakland, Gaffney has been with HNTB for nine years. In Bellevue, Wash., Asvin Mandadi has joined as an engineering project director, associate vice president and deputy engineering resource and design manager for the Washington Dept. of Transportation’s Fish Passage Program. He had overseen transportation infrastructure projects at Jacobs as a senior project manager. Mark Chang has been hired in Los Angeles as project director and associate vice president. He was regional delivery partner and Southern California director of projects for the California High-Speed Rail Authority. Craig Constant is named program manager in San Jose. He had been senior development project manager on the Google San Jose Downtown West Mixed-Use Redevelopment Project.

Ken Billups

AECOM, Los Angeles, has appointed Ken Billups vice president of economic inclusion and social impact for the company’s LA Metro and Southern California region. Most recently, Billups served as vice president for equity, diversity and inclusion for the AECOM Turner Joint Venture’s Intuit Dome project.

Joshua Rosenbeck has been promoted to vice president at MATT Construction, Santa Fe Springs, Calif. Rosenbeck has spent the last 12 years with MATT, most recently as a superintendent.

McCarthy Building Cos. has promoted Evan Cory, a 16-year company veteran, to vice president of self-perform, based in Granite Bay, Calif. Naomi Whitesel was promoted to vice president of preconstruction, based in Roseville, Calif. She will oversee the preconstruction team in the Roseville business unit. David Faber has joined McCarthy as business development director for the firm’s national water and wastewater group, based in Newport Beach, Calif.

Jennifer Lauritzen

Swinerton has promoted Jennifer Lauritzen to vice president and division manager of its Silicon Valley division, based in Santa Clara, Calif. She joined Swinerton in 2005. Swinerton has also appointed a new leadership team at its Bellevue, Wash., office. As vice president and division manager, Nick Vovakes will lead the team that includes Thomas Stearns, operations manager and mass timber lead; Kelly Chalmers, senior project manager and health care market lead; Bret Downing, director of special projects; Ryan Weeger, director of preconstruction; Rob McGarry, field operations manager; and Greg Evans, Native American market lead.

Bryan Williams has joined STV in Seattle as vice president and Pacific Northwest area manager within the firm’s transportation group. He previously served as design-build manager at WSP. Matteo Montesi has also joined the firm's tunneling and geotechnical practice in Southern California as vice president and engineering director. He had been a geotechnical engineering leader for WSP.

Phil Nguyen

AZTEC Engineering Group has hired Phil Nguyen as senior railway project manager/associate vice president to help with the company’s strategic plan for market expansion in California. Nguyen has more than 20 years of diverse program and project management experience in the rail industry.

Dean Wood has rejoined Portland, Ore.-based Kennedy Jenks as client director and principal-in-charge of projects in the Northwest and California. He first joined KJ in September 2014 as client director and left to lead Brown and Caldwell’s Northwest infrastructure practice lead in 2022.

Mark Chen has been promoted to national decarbonization manager at Skanska USA Building, Seattle. Chen previously served as an estimator and project engineer on various Seattle projects. Margot van Swearingen has been promoted to project executive at Skanska, also in Seattle. Before joining Skanska, she spent six years at an integrated design firm working on K-12 environments.

Stephanie Kingsnorth has joined Perkins Eastman’s executive committee as an executive director. She is based in Los Angeles and will serve as a co-leader of Perkins Eastman’s colleges and universities practice.

Steven Yoshizumi has joined Michael Baker International as transportation practice executive for California, based in Santa Ana. In this newly created role, he will develop and implement a business strategy that focuses on regional transportation planning agencies in California. Yoshizumi previously served as civil team leader for Orange County operations at WSP.

Relativity Architects, Los Angeles, has announced the promotion of Jianxin Sun from project manager to director of housing. He will oversee the firm’s affordable and market-rate housing projects for low-income families, seniors and veterans.

Dina Aryan-Zahlan

Dina Aryan-Zahlan, a veteran Port of Los Angeles engineer and infrastructure development expert, has been named the port’s deputy executive director of development. Aryan-Zahlan replaces Antonio Gioiello, who retired earlier this year.

Jim Cleaton has been hired at OCMI Inc., San Diego, as a program director to spearhead planning, development and risk analysis for projects worldwide. Cleaton has more than 30 years of experience and comes to OCMI after a six-year tenure as the director of construction at San Diego State University.

John Faley, project manager and senior project architect at Cushing Terrell, has been promoted to architectural communities of practice manager, overseeing all communities of practice within the firm’s architectural service sector.

Perkins&Will has hired Brandon Kent as managing director of its San Francisco studio. Kent has 18 years of experience and is a leader in design-build project delivery, integrated project delivery and public-private partnerships.

Shawmut Design and Construction has hired Sam Ragsdale as a project executive in Los Angeles. Prior to joining Shawmut, Ragsdale led a series of high-profile projects over the course of 20 years with Matt Construction, spanning the education, cultural and commercial sectors across Southern California.

Henderson Engineers, Los Angeles, has promoted Brian O’Neil to venue sector sports practice director. A 10-year industry veteran, O’Neil joined Henderson in 2016 and most recently served as sports practice manager.

SCS Engineers has announced two promotions at its San Diego office. Luke Montague will serve as director for environmental services in the Southwest and Chris Crosby becomes the San Diego office director of regional environmental services.

Montague is a professional geologist and licensed contractor with more than two decades of experience in environmental consulting, general contracting and development.  Crosby is an environmental consultant with 20 years of experience that includes PFAS investigations, environmental site assessments and remediation, and brownfield redevelopment.

Jen Hill has been hired as director of human resources at Sukut Construction LLC, Santa Ana, Calif. Before joining Sukut, Hill held human resources leadership roles at aerospace, industrial and commercial door and healthcare companies.

David Evans and Associates Inc. (DEA) has hired Mel Sears as the director of alternative project delivery (APD). Based out of the Portland, Ore., office, Sears will lead DEA’s APD business development strategies, pursuits and teaming strategies. He is a seasoned transportation executive with nearly 40 years of experience in both the public sector and private industry.

John Smith has been promoted to land development business leader. Smith has more than over 30 years of experience, 25 of those with DEA, which he first joined as an engineer-in-training in the Tacoma, Wash., office. Smith succeeds Jeff Cox, who is retiring after 33 years. Before his promotion, Smith held the roles of Puget Sound land development market leader, Puget Sound regional leader and office leader for the DEA’s Everett, Wash., office.

Duffy Haggarty has been promoted to Business Leader for the Surveying and Geomatics Center of Excellence (COE). He previously served as the geomatics strategic business development leader and Mountain West region market leader, and he has been a key contributor to the COE during his 10 years with DEA. Duffy succeeds Jeff Whitson, who will retire after a 45-year career.

Parametrix, San Diego, has hired Pete Ruscitti as a senior consultant and Southern California transportation planning lead. He has over a decade of experience in multimodal planning and conceptual design. Ruscitti comes to Parametrix from WSP USA, where he was a vice president and transportation planner, serving clients throughout the Greater San Diego area.

Tom Rooks has joined Parametrix as a senior construction manager and project manager in Seattle. He has more than 30 years of experience in project management and architecture, most recently from Rider Levett Bucknall where he served as an owner’s representative and project/construction manager working primarily on K-12 schools in Washington State. Zach Graff has been hired in Seattle as Building Information Modeling manager. He brings 18 years of experience in engineering and technology-focused roles. Graff was previously with CAD Masters Inc., where he served as vice president, leading large firms through all aspects of CAD/BIM implementation and digital delivery.

Keith Malloy has been promoted to civil engineering manager at Ware Malcomb. Based in the Los Angeles office, he will lead the growth and management of the Los Angeles Civil Engineering team and manage select projects. He joined the firm in 2020 as project manager.

BKF Engineers, Portland, Ore., has hired Kaitlin Virding as regional business development manager. Virding has 13 years of experience and is a past president of the Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) Oregon Chapter.

Newman Garrison + Partners (NG+P), Costa Mesa, Calif., has hired Huaxia Song as associate design principal. She brings more than 13 years of experience and will spearhead planning development and craft design concepts for a range of hospitality, multifamily and mixed-use projects. She joins NG+P from Hart Howerton and Robert A.M. Stern Architects, where she designed notable projects such as The State Supreme Courthouse of Georgia and the award-winning Heart of Lake in Xiamen, China.

Allen Hendy has been hired at RS&H in Portland, Ore., to lead transportation infrastructure projects in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest. A veteran of the Oregon and Washington Depts. of Transportation, Hendy brings more than 20 years of transportation project management experience. For the past 18 months, Hendy has provided oversight and managed the construction of the Abernethy Bridge. 

Sundt Construction, Vancouver, Wash., has hired Kelley Metcalf as a senior proposal manager in its Transportation Group. She will oversee proposal efforts for Sundt’s Northwest, Southwest and Intermountain regions. Metcalf joins Sundt after spending nine years in proposal strategy management with Kiewit.

Three new hires have also joined Sundt’s California District team. Based in Sacramento, project manager Gavin McAleese brings eight years of experience, primarily on projects in the K-12 market, commercial retail and higher education. Catherine Osborne joins as a senior project superintendent in San Diego. Alejandro Carranza joins the Sacramento office as a field engineer supporting the preconstruction team.