New Names and Faces: May-June 2024

Construction Executive's monthly roundup of appointments and promotions amongst ABC member companies.
By Construction Executive
June 25, 2024

Ruppert Promotes Melanie Anderson to Director of Talent Acquisition

In May, Ruppert Landscape announced the promotion of Melanie Anderson to Director of Talent Acquisition. In her new role, she will spearhead talent acquisition strategies for both the landscape construction and management divisions.

Liskow Expands Business Practice With Addition of Prominent Tax Lawyer Caroline Lafourcade

Last month, Liskow announced that it has grown its Business Transactions practice with the addition of Caroline Lafourcade, a board certified tax law specialist (as certified by the Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization) and leader in the Louisiana tax law bar. Lafourcade joins the firm’s New Orleans office as a shareholder and brings nearly 30 years of experience advising individuals and businesses on federal taxation and Louisiana state and local tax matters.

Dean Mead Welcomes Attorney Jenna Barbato

In May, Jenna Barbato joined Dean Mead’s real estate department where she will focus on transactional real property law and land use. Jenna joins Dean Mead with experience representing sellers, purchasers, owners and developers as they navigate the real estate industry.

RedTeam Names New CTO and VP of Finance and Operations

In May, RedTeam Software announced some strategic shifts in their organization with the appointment of Patrick Smith as chief technology officer and Mark Ridenhour as vice president of finance and operations. Smith has extensive experience in organizational leadership and custom software development, and Ridenhour brings vast experience in the SaaS industry. excellence.

Western Specialty Contractors Hires Sarah Alt, Sarah Yost as Regional Business Development Managers

On May 31, Western Specialty Contractors proudly announced the hiring of Sarah Alt and Sarah Yost as regional business development managers. In their new roles, Alt and Yost will be responsible for supporting sales staff and developing business for their respective territories. Alt will support Western’s branches in Washington, DC and New York; and Yost will support branches in Charlotte, NC; Atlanta, GA; and Orlando and Ft. Lauderdale.

Big-D Companies Promotes Melissa Beutler Withy to Chief Legal Officer

On June 4, Big-D Companies announced the promotion of Melissa Beutler Withy to chief legal officer. Beutler Withy, who joined Big-D in 2015, has been instrumental in shaping the company's success through her dedication and legal expertise.

ANF Group Promotes Tom Kosier to Director of Preconstruction, Hires Becky Weir as Director of Marketing

On June 4, ANF Group expanded its leadership team by promoting Tom Kosier to the role of director of preconstruction and hiring Becky Weir as director of marketing.

Daniel Baima Joins Gilbane Building Company as Regional President

On June 5, Gilbane Building Company announced the hiring of Daniel Baima as regional president. In this role, Baima will expand the executive leadership of Gilbane's operations, build on Gilbane's record of construction excellence, focus on the development of strong teams and provide hands-on leadership in strategic regions and top projects.

Swinerton Adds Healthcare Executive Amid Healthcare Construction Boom

This month, Swinerton announces the appointment of industry expert Ryan Porche as project executive for its Atlanta division, enhancing the company’s healthcare acumen as market demand grows. Porche adds extensive experience to Swinerton’s veteran healthcare team with experience managing over $789 million in construction projects nationwide and $527 million in the metro Atlanta market alone.

Adolfson & Peterson Construction Welcomes John Hicks as Director of Business Development for Mission Critical Services

On June 5, Adolfson & Peterson Construction welcomed John Hicks as its new director of business development within mission critical services. Hicks brings more than 10 years of experience in data-center oversight of program development and project management. Hicks will work closely with AP’s mission critical group and will be responsible for AP’s national mission critical business development efforts, in addition to focusing heavily on Texas.

S&B Names Stuart Spence as New Board Member

On June 6, S&B announced the appointment of Stuart Spence as a new board member. Spence's extensive financial and operational management background within the engineering, procurement and construction and oilfield products and services industries will bring valuable expertise to S&B. Spence is the chairman and chief executive officer of Spence & Company, the management consultancy arm of The Spence Family Office.

Bernhard Announces CEO Transition as Rob Guthrie Steps Into Leadership Role

On June 11, Bernhard proudly announced Rob Guthrie's transition to the role of chief executive officer. Ed Tinsley, who has successfully led the company as CEO since 2018, will take on a new role within Bernhard as senior advisor and board member.

Longtime Houston Construction Executive to Lead Joeris Houston

In June, Joeris General Contractors is announced the hiring of Brandon Meyers as the new vice president of its Houston business division. Bringing over 30 years of distinguished experience in the construction industry, Brandon is poised to lead the Houston team to new heights.

Jennifer Jaskolka Joins Wells Leadership as Chief Legal & Safety Officer

On June 17, Wells added chief legal and safety officer Jennifer Jaskolka to its team. In this role, Jaskolka will be instrumental in ensuring Wells’ operations are legally sound and safe by establishing a comprehensive strategic framework.

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. Announces New Leadership Structure for Southern Pacific

On June 17, McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. announced the creation of an innovative leadership structure to support the evolution of the firm’s Southern Pacific region, comprised of San Diego, Los Angeles, Newport Beach and Las Vegas. Consistent with the new structure, Mike Myers has been named CEO, Southern Pacific; Jim Madrid has been named president, Southern Pacific; Paul Erb has been promoted COO, Southern Pacific; and Suzy Cruden has been promoted to senior vice president of strategy. All four executives are long-term employees of McCarthy.

42-Year Gilbane Veteran Edward T. Broderick to Become Chief Executive Officer, Steven T. Halverson to become Non-Executive Chair of the Board, Succeeding Thomas F. Gilbane, Jr.

On June 18, Gilbane, Inc., the parent organization to Gilbane Building Company and Gilbane Development Company, announced that the board of directors has appointed Edward T. Broderick, a fifth-generation member of the Gilbane family and a 42-year company veteran with deep expertise in building, development, and industry innovation, as chief executive officer, effective October 1, 2024. Broderick who currently serves as president and CEO of Gilbane Development Company, succeeds Thomas F. Gilbane, Jr. as he prepares to retire from his longstanding dual role as chairman and CEO of Gilbane, Inc. As part of its succession plan, the board also named current board director Steven T. Halverson, the retired CEO and chair of The Haskell Company as non-executive chair of the Gilbane, Inc. board of directors, effective January 1, 2025, assuming the board chair position from Gilbane, Jr.

Williams Mullen Strengthens Construction Practice with the Addition of Daniel Felsen and James Carney

On June 20, Williams Mullen announced that Daniel K. Felsen and James P. Carney have joined the firm’s construction practice group as partners in the Tysons office.

Gilbane Building Company Appoints Ryan Heeter to Lead West Division as Senior Vice President

On June 20, Gilbane Building Company announced that Ryan Heeter has joined the company as senior vice president and west division leader. In his role, Heeter will spearhead Gilbane's mission to be the premier builder in the western United States, bringing dynamic solutions that exceed client expectations.

Ryan Biziorek joins IMEG as Project Executive and Leader of Acoustics Practice

This month, IMEG announced Ryan Biziorek as project executive and leader of acoustics practice. Leveraging his nearly 20 years of experience in acoustics and audio-visual technology design, project management and project direction, Ryan will enhance the established service with focus on client engagement and value. It was announced this month that Ryan will be based in Chicagoland but will oversee development and growth of the existing practice of 10 team members, and support clients and projects across a variety of national markets, including healthcare, aviation, commercial, arts and culture, civic and education.

Jones Walker Appoints William Underwood as Atlanta Office Head

On June 24, Jones Walker LLP announced that William Underwood has been appointed as head of the firm’s Atlanta office. William is a partner on the Construction Team and joined the firm as an associate in the litigation practice group in 2016. In his new role as head of the office, he will oversee the management and strategic expansion efforts for the firm’s office located in Buckhead.

by Construction Executive

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