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Awards, Accolades and Recognition

ppl 11.  SMACNA Arizona, the Arizona chapter of the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association, recently honored five skilled craftsmen with its annual Apprenticeship Award.  They were selected by the Joint Apprentice Training Committee (JATC) from nearly 150 current students, based on the input of instructors and evaluations submitted by the worksite foreman. The apprentices were recognized for their leadership, willingness to help others, ability to work through problems and other practical skills.  They are, shown in the photo from left to right: Tilden Dickson, first-year apprentice; Casey Guy of ABM Industries, second-year apprentice; Zachary France of Bel-Aire Mechanical, third-year apprentice; Michael Gonzales Jr. of ABM Industries, fourth-year apprentice; and fifth-year apprentice Albert Villapando of Dynamic Systems Inc. Also pictured are SMACNA Arizona trustees Nick Ganem of Bel-Aire Mechanical, Inc., Allen Hendrix of Able Balance Arizona, Jim Dinan of Bel-Aire Mechanical, Inc., and Darrell Fox of Dynamic Systems, Inc.

Appointments and Volunteers

2.  Megan Creecy-Herman, Liberty Property Trust, is the first woman to chair the Arizona chapter of NAIOP, the National Association of Commercial Real Estate Development. Creecy-Herman took the reins November 22 at the NAIOP board’s annual retreat. She is the 2010 winner of the Developing Leaders Award.

3.  The Coolidge planning and zoning commission has a new chair and member. Nitza Verdugo-London is the newly elected chair with Billie Jo Garcia stepping in as vice chair. The city council appointed John E. Hill as a new commissioner to fill a recently-vacated position.

4.  Joe Snell, President and CEO of Tucson Regional Economic Opportunities, Inc. (TREO), has been named to the Board of Directors of the Interstate 11 Coalition. The organization will be promoting funding, planning, design and construction of the interstate highway segment between Tucson, Phoenix and Las Vegas. I-11 ultimately will extend from the Mexican border to the Canadian border.

New Firms and Organizations

5.  Award-winning architectural designer Michael Rumpeltin announced the opening of Brick & West, LLC. His new Phoenix-based specialty design firm will focus on hospitality, urban infill mixed-use and adaptive re-use projects. Rumpeltin has been responsible for some of the most high-profile and acclaimed restaurant concepts to hit the Valley within the past year including The Yard, Old School O7, Culinary Dropout, Little Cleo’s Seafood Legend, Joyride Phoenix, Taco Guild and CHoP Chandler.


6.  GLHN Architects and Engineers has elected Henry Johnstone as company president. The move continues the firm’s planned transition to a new generation of leaders. Johnstone was previously vice president and director of mechanical engineering. Former president Bill Nelson will concentrate on business development and selective projects. Robert Lamb, the new COO has been elected to the board of directors.

7.  DLR Group has promoted Susan Gray from senior associate to principal with the design firm. Other promotions include Marsha Crockett, marketing, and Sean Rosebrugh, to senior associates; and David Case and Jerry Greer to associates.


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8.  LaShey Moss has joined Encore Steel, Inc., in the roles of administrative assistant, project coordinator and estimating assistant. She will also participate in recruiting team members as the company expands.

9.  Patrick Dooley has been hired as assistant controller for Sundt Construction, Inc. Dooley is based in the firm’s Tucson office. Dooley takes on the role from long-time Sundt employee Jennifer Lee, who retired from the role.

10. Jennifer Graves has joined Gilbert’s Office of Real Estate and Economic Development as its business retention and expansion economic development administrator. Her role is to work with existing businesses supporting their growth and assisting with grant applications and efforts.

11.  Pinal County ended its nationwide search for a county manager when the board of supervisors voted to negotiate with Stewart Ed. Ed is currently the general services district for El Paso, Tex. Pinal’s interim county manager Greg Stanley, Deno Diorio of Mecklenburg County, N.C., and Sandi Wilson, Maricopa County, were the other finalists for the post.

12.  Barbara Nieves is the development coordinator and Jason Meyers the new project manager for Silver Fern Companies. As development coordinator, Nieves provides coordination and support to project managers and land managers at the company. Meyers will direct daily construction operations and consultation on utilities and engineering.

13.  Joe Cosgrove has joined Levrose/TCN Worldwide as an associate in the commercial real estate firm. Cosgrove will be part of the Turbo/Kottler team to provide marketing research and customer service to landlord and tenant representation.

14.  Randy Bauer is the new project director and office leader for SCS Engineers. Bauer will be responsible for project management and business development as well as administrative leadership in the environmental services practice in Arizona and New Mexico.

15.  Brandon Pearce has joined BedBrock Developers as a building consultant for the firm.

16.  Dave Long is a new associate broker with West USA Commercial. Long specializes in CRE sales in retail, professional and hospitality properties.

17.  John Tran joins HKS Inc. as vice president. Tran has worked with HKS teams on hospital, university and CRE design.

18.  Mukond Chama is the new environmental project manager for Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc.

19.  Polsinelli law firm has added a new legal associate, Stuart Kottle. Kottle comes to the firm with a specialty in environmental litigation.

20.  Chuck Williams is now with Stantec in Tucson. Williams joins the firm as a senior project manager in the water practice. He is a past president of the Arizona Floodplain Management Association and the Arizona Association of County Engineers. Prior to joining Stantec, he had his own consulting firm.

21.  Tucson Airport Authority has named David Hatfield as its senior director of business development and marketing for Tucson International Airport. Hatfield makes the move to TIA from the role of editor of Inside Tucson Business.

22.  The Planning Center in Tucson has announced the addition of three new team members. Hillary Turby joins the firm coming from the town of Oro Valley. Brian Underwood is a new planner with a GIS specialty. Former Oro Valley planning and zoning director Steve Hagedorn also joins the firm as a planner.