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Industry Professionals 02-10-17

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PPL1Giving Back

1. The fourth annual Build FORE Good charity golf tournament, a collaboration between hardison/downey and Kitchell, took place on November 11, 2016 at Kierland Golf Club. The tournament this year raised $60K for The 100 Club of Arizona, bringing the total raised to local non-profits to more than $180,000 since its inception three years ago.

2. The fifth-floor toy closet at Cardon Children’s Medical Center has been dedicated for the second time within a three-year period to Audrey Jane Murphy, former patient of Cardon Children’s and daughter of Willmeng Construction Inc.’s President, James Murphy.

Company News

3. Kim Kleski has launched her own firm, Kleski & Associates. Kim formerly was head of the Landscape Architecture Department at Olsson Associates.

Awards & Accolades

4. Cushman & Wakefield | PICOR has named its 2016 Standouts. Barbi Reuter won the “President’s Award of Excellence.” Highest Producers were: Robert Glaser, Industrial; Greg Furrier, Retail; Richard Kleiner, Office, and Allan Mendelsberg, Multifamily.


5. Steve Whitworth has been named the new president of Kitchell Contractors. Whitworth was most recently Vice President of Kitchell’s Texas region, overseeing work at the University of Texas–Austin, and the construction of the 143-bed Baylor Scott & White Hospital in College Station. Prior to re-establishing Kitchell’s presence in Texas, Whitworth oversaw Kitchell’s national healthcare practice and has been instrumental in Kitchell’s Design-Build Center of Excellence. He joined the company in 2006 as a Healthcare Project Director.

In his new role, Whitworth will oversee a workforce of nearly 400 employee owners in locations throughout Arizona, California, Texas and Washington. He will manage growing markets in healthcare, retail, Native American, hospitality, education and custom homes, using leading-industry technologies and approaches. Whitworth will also manage technology innovations, service additions and geographic growth.

6. McCarthy Southwest, a division of McCarthy Building Companies Inc. recently promoted Tyler Shupe to project director. In this position, Shupe will focus on developing and leading internal and external teams on K-12 education construction projects to ensure a successful, integrated approach throughout all phases of the project.

7. Norris Design recently promoted Christian Sobecki to Project Manager in the Phoenix office and Jeff Tarbox to Project Manager in the Tucson office.

8. Mark Schiavonni, has been elected Vice-Chair of the Grand Canyon Association.

9. Coconino County has a new public works director. Lucinda Andreani, who was the deputy director of the Public Works Department from 2011 to 2016 and became the interim director in August 2016, was named to the top position this week.

10. Alana Hake and Matthew Mason have been promoted to shareholders at Gallagher & Kennedy.

11. Kelley Sucher and Allison Swenson have been appointed partners at Kutak Rock LLP.

12. Jill Lawson has been promoted to Manager of Total Rewards at Sundt Construction, Inc.

13. NAI Horizon’s Patrick Anthon and Nathan Pancrazi, have been promoted to Associate status.

14. Michael Marsh, Andrew Lundahl, Nicholas Nudo and Spencer Nast have been promoted as Associates at Lee & Associates.


15. Landmark Title Assurance Agency recently hired John Gerard as vice president of builder and developer direct services. He was selected to manage and expand the company’s newly added builder and developer direct services department.

16. Craig Cacheris has joined YAM Capital as Financial Analyst and Portfolio Manager.

17. Casa Grande has selected Steven Weaver to serve as its next deputy city manager to help oversee the city’s operations.

In Memoriam

18. Mark Farnsworth recently passed away last week unexpectedly.  Mark worked with HACI Mechanical for the past 17-years and had just begun the Arizona Builders Alliance’s LDF Program in January of this year.

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