Southeast People: March 2023

Cheryl Lang has been promoted to president of precast concrete manufacturer Tindall Corp. She joined the Spartanburg, S.C., firm in 1990 as a controller and was most recently senior vice president of administration.

Atkins Nuclear Secured Holding Corp., a unit of SNC-Lavalin Group, has named Jim Rugg president, based in Oak Ridge, Tenn. Most recently, he was operations manager for defense and space at Bechtel. Rugg has waste management experience at several major federal nuclear sites. He succeeds Tom Jouvanis, who is retiring from the company.

Joey Duncan has been hired as a principal engineer at Dewberry in Jacksonville, Fla., He previously worked for the city of Jacksonville and for city-based electric utility company JEA.

Susan Osterberg

Susan Osterberg has been elevated to president of Nashville-based design firm Smith Seckman Reid Inc. Currently chief operating officer, she succeeds Steve Lane, who is retiring. Osterberg also is set to succeed Lane in the CEO role on Sept. 1. Lane will continue as board of directors chair through 2023. Osterberg, who became COO in April 2021, joined the company in 2011 as vice president of human resources. She previously held multiple executive roles at a publicly held hospitality company, the firm said. Employee-owned SSR, an engineering, commissioning and technology services firm, ranks at No. 200 on ENR’s Top 500 Design Firms list, reporting about $87 million in 2021 revenue. Lane has been CEO and board chair since 2018.

Joy Riley has joined infrastructure firm HNTB Corp. as a senior project manager in Columbia, S.C. She had been a senior engineering project manager at the South Carolina Dept. of Transportation.

Architecture and engineering firm Goodwyn Mills Cawood has appointed to the board of directors John Bricken, executive vice president of landscape architecture, and Steve Jernigan, regional vice president of its Florida operation. Lee Walters, regional vice president of the Gulf Coast, has been named board chairman for 2023 and 2024. The firm also hired Daniel Mosher in Columbia, S.C., to support its work on water and wastewater projects. Also joining is Jason Bennett, who is responsible for aviation project management and business development across Tennessee.

Nashville-based civil engineering firm Barge Civil Associates, formerly Barge Cauthen & Associates, announced Feb. 7 its name change and the appointment of three new owners: John Gore, Jeff Hooper and Liza Rivers. All are principals at the nearly 30-year-old company and have worked at the firm for 22, 23 and 29 years, respectively, it said.

John Battaro and Andy Kaminski have announced their March 31 retirements from architecture, engineering and consulting firm RS&H. Battaro, executive vice president, building strategy leader, has been with the firm since 1983 and on its board of directors since 2008. Chief people officer Kaminski joined RS&H in 2019 as executive vice president overseeing the firm’s administrative functions.

Barton Malow has promoted Larry Arndt to vice president in its commercial and institutional division. He will now oversee all operations in the company’s South region and will work from Barton Malow offices in Tampa and Orlando.

Ed Baro

Ed Baro has been promoted to executive vice president of construction management company Moss in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He leads its Miami-Dade County-based operations. Baro also is a member of the Industry Advisory Council for Florida International University’s Moss School of Construction Management.

Daniel Hammond has joined professional consulting firm Freese and Nichols as a water resource specialist in Tampa, handling environmental services projects across Florida. He has experience in resource management, habitat restoration and marine and freshwater ecological evaluation, says the firm.

Alec B. Metzger has been promoted to senior vice president by EMC Engineering Services Inc. He is a 23-year company veteran based in Savannah and Rincon, Ga.

Design firm McKim & Creed has hired Rob Stout as senior vice president and water business unit manager based in Charlotte, overseeing water and wastewater sector work. He had been Southeast water sector lead at Stantec.

Kelsey Weimerskirch

Kelsey Weimerskirch has been hired by Sundt Construction as senior talent acquisition specialist based in Nashville, supporting the company’s recruiting needs in the Eastern region. She was a corporate recruiter for Ryan Cos. US.

California-based DPR Construction has named Mark Whitson as president. Working from Cary, N.C., he has been with the contractor since 2001. Whitson relocated to North Carolina in 2013 to serve as business unit leader in Raleigh-Durham, then led the company’s Southeast region.

Design firm FK Architecture project manager Kelly Dawson has been elected to the board of directors of the Orlando chapter of the American Institute of Architects, holding the role of treasurer. She has worked at the Winter Park-based firm since 2018.

Geneva Dowdy

Geneva Dowdy has been hired by engineering and architecture firm Barge Design Solutions as a Knoxville, Tenn.-based traffic engineer.

Engineering and environmental consulting services firm Langan has promoted Eric Schwarz to senior principal, based in Orlando, and Lenny Rodriguez to principal in Miami.

John Westphal has joined engineering firm COWI North America Inc. as section head and associate project director, based in Florida, to support its Southeast transportation work. Most recently, he was Florida transportation lead and senior project manager at S&ME Inc.

Jeffrey J. Stash has been hired by engineer-consulting services firm Matern Professional Engineering in Fort Myers, Fla., as a plumbing and fire protection senior designer. He had been a project manager and firmwide instructor in solar and rainwater harvesting system design at TLC Engineering for Architecture Inc.

Forrest Ray has been elevated to director of environmental health and safety at Manson Construction Co., based in Jacksonville, Fla. He has been with the firm for 12 years, joining as a field engineer.

EnSafe, an environmental, engineering, health and safety and technology services firm, has hired Brooke Sinclair as senior environmental, health and safety regulatory specialist. She will also serve as national market sector lead for utilities, based in Knoxville, Tenn.

Caddell Construction, Montgomery, Ala.. has promoted three maanagers. Mike Ranieri is now executive officer; Isaac Sneeringer is vice president-international; and Landon Hoppe is vice president, field operations and support-international.

Construction firm Impetus has promoted Ryan Nash to serve as field team leader based in Nashville. He was formerly a senior superintendent.



Shaik Jeelani

Shaik Jeelani, graduate school dean of Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, Ala., who also had been interim dean of its School of Engineering and Architecture and vice president for research and sponsored programs, has died, the university said Feb. 15. A former mechanical engineering faculty member at Tuskegee, he founded its materials science and engineering program and created strong student mentoring and scholarship ties with industry as well as innovative programs to identify, motivate and recruit K-12 students into science and engineering, the school said. Among other recognitions, Jeelani received the Presidential Award for Mentoring from President Barack Obama in 2011.

Southeast People: March 2023
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