Thomas F. Fortier has joined design firm HOK, St. Louis, as vice president and director of science and technology. Based in San Francisco, he is formerly a principal and managing director at Bay Area architect KlingStubbins, which was acquired by Jacobs Engineering Group Inc., Pasadena, Calif., in 2011. Fortier also was a principal at ZGF Architects.
B.L. Harbert International LLC, the Birmingham, Ala.-based contractor, has named C. Ben Nevins as vice president of its commercial division. He had been president of Brice Building Co., a construction firm, also based there, that was acquired in 2010 by Anderson Cos., which Tutor Perini bought in 2011. Nevins is on the executive board of the College of Architecture, Design and Construction at Auburn University, a past president of the Alabama chapter of the Associated General Contractors and an AGC national director.
James E. Walker, former chief of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' navigations operations branch, will join the American Association of Port Authorities as director of navigation policy and legislation in its government-relations office, effective on Feb. 11, ENR has learned. He will succeed David B. Sanford, who is retiring. Walker, retired from the Corps in January, also was deputy chief of operations for its Mobile, Ala., district.
Timothy Bonczek rejoins Kaufman Lynn Construction, Boca Raton, Fla., in the newly created role of chief operating officer. Most recently, he was a vice president at Dana B. Kenyon Co., Jacksonville, Fla., but first joined Kaufman Lynn in 1997 as a superintendent. The company also named Christopher L. Long as vice president of operations. He had been operations director at Balfour Beatty Construction, managing its education-related projects in southeast Florida. Ronald Scott Haligman also joins the firm as general counsel. He was a partner at Rozencwaig & Nadel LLP in Hallendale Beach, Fla.
Chicago-based ESD (Environmental Systems Design Inc.) has promoted James Vallort and James Sauvageau to senior vice president from vice president. Vallort, who leads the firm's commissioning and building-science business, is past president of the Illinois chapter of the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers Inc. (ASHRAE). Sauvageau is business leader of the firm's mission-critical facilities group.
Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA), Washington, D.C., has named George Kelemen as senior vice president of government and political affairs, effective on Feb. 4. He will replace Jane Calderwood, who was a vice president and now is senior policy adviser for Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine). She also had been Sen. Snowe's chief of staff and legislative director. Kelemen, senior director of external affairs for the American Cancer Society, will be ACI-NA's chief lobbyist and manage its government affairs department. The group represents local, regional and state governing bodies that own and operate commercial airports in the U.S. and Canada.