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Local Industry Professionals Making News 6-21-13

Awards and Accolades

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1.  Phoenix Business Journal puts SmithGroupJJR at the top of its Top 10 list of architecture firms in the Phoenix metro. Ranked by number of registered architects, SmithGroupJJR has 37 on its team. Second on the list is Orcutt | Winslow with 34. DWL Architects + Planners Inc. came in third with a team of 22 registered architects. The full list is displayed in a slide show on the Journal’s website.

2.  Kovach Building Enclosures, Chandler, came in at 16th in the Glass Magazine list of the Top 50 Glaziers in the U.S. Kovach is currently wrapping up the challenge of a new skin on ASU’s Manzanita Hall, Tempe. The family-run company has served the Valley since 1969.


3.  Taking a new position always brings challenges to the new appointee, and there’s no exception for Richard McKinley, the new Surprise Public Works director. The department faces systemic problems ranging from low morale, management issues and discrimination complaints. McKinley comes to the department from Tacoma, Wash. He replaces Robert Beckley, who is now an assistant city manager in Goodyear.

4.  Maricopa continues its management changes appointing Cynthia Steelhammer as the interim deputy city manager. The town recently appointed a new development services director, when Robert Goodhue was appointed to the role in May. Its city manager, Brenda Fischer, is the top candidate for the same position with the city of Glendale. Glendale’s council narrowed its 41-candidate recruitment to four, and picked Fischer and former Goodyear deputy city manager, now assistant in Midland, Tex., Jim Nichols, as finalists. Nichols has dropped out of the selection process, leaving Fischer the top candidate.

5.  Don Helton is Brycon Construction’s new director of business development. He’s a new hire by the firm and will take over the marketing department.

6.  Valley law firms are continuing to beef up land use, real estate and environmental practices. Gallagher & Kennedy has appointed Alana C. Hake as an associate in its environmental and natural resources practice group. She is a specialist in environmental remediation work for the mining industry.

7.  Chandra Graham is the new director of valuation and advisory services at Cushman & Wakefield. An expert CRE appraiser, Graham joins the firm with 15 years experience in the Southwest and Mid-Atlantic regions.

8.  Orion Investment Real Estate promoted Brent Pearlstein to vice president for the CRE firm. Previously a senior associate, Pearlstein is the youngest sales associate to be promoted to vice president. To date in 2013, he has closed more than $10M in CRE sales representing 125KSF in floor space.

9.  Mark Suehl is Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc.’s new senior project manager. He joins the firm’s environmental practice with experience in air quality and meteorology. Suehl brings a quarter century of experience to the consultancy’s Phoenix office.

10.  R. O. I. Properties appointed Phil Johnston as the general manager and associate broker for the CRE firm. He is responsible for the company’s operations.

11.  W&W Structural, Inc., added David Butler as senior project manager. Butler brings 28 years of steel experience with commercial and residential projects. Projects on his resume include Intel and Banner M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.


12.  Gould Evans has completed an ownership transition from principals Bob Gould and Dave Evans to the next generation of leadership for the architecture and planning studio. Principals Trudi Hummel and Krista Shepherd will lead the Phoenix studio as part of a team of 12 principals in the firm’s six national locations. The transition has been in process for several years to reach the June 2013 milestone. Gould and Evans remain with the firm working on special projects.

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13.  Daniel Owen, Arizona Polymer Flooring, has been promoted to president and CEO of the manufacturing firm. Previously its vice president, Owen is now responsible for the strategic direction of the company and its new flooring and coating products.

14.  Tim Dodt has been appointed as the vice president and director of design at Linderoth Associates Architects, Inc. His promotion elevates him from the previous post of director of design.

15.  Caretaker Landscape and Tree Management promoted a new director of operations. Craig St. Clair moves into the slot from his previous post of account manager. His experience includes management of projects for Phoenix, Grayhawk and Scottsdale Ranch.

16.  Silver Fern Companies promoted Kevin Rust to land development manager from his previous role as project manager. He comes to the role with 13 years experience, including stints with Richmond American Homes and Meritage Homes. Rust’s focus is due diligence and entitlement services.