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Local Professionals in the News 8-02-13

Awards and Accolades

PPL 11.  David Chang was honored by the city of Glendale for his work in historic preservation as both a developer and restaurateur. Chang received the Ruth Byrne Award for 2013. His honor came from revitalization work with historic structures converting them to contemporary uses. His palette includes the Coury Building, Humphrey & Davidson Building and Glendale State Bank Building.

2. The Cosanti Foundations plans a three-day memorial celebration of the life architect Paolo Soleri. The event will be held at Cosanti, Paradise Valley, on September 20 through 22. Concurrently, a September 21 celebration is planned at Soleri’s modernism urbanism community, Arcosanti, northeast of Cordes Junction off I-17. A celebration is also planned at the Soleri bridge in downtown Scottsdale on September 22.

3.  Carol McMullen is leaving the Arizona Builders’ Alliance on quite the high note. Recognized as an industry leader by ABA and AGC in Arizona, she was also selected for a national service award from the national Associated General Contractors at its 2012 annual conference. ABA executive officer Mark Minter sends her off with a glowing tribute in this month’s AZRE magazine.

4.  Molly Ryan Carson is a developer and property manager who has been based in Phoenix for the last three years—after a long tenure in the Midwest. She comes to the Valley from Minneapolis where her great-grandfather was the founder of Ryan Companies U.S. In an interview in this month’s AZRE magazine, Carson talks about networking, giving back to the community, and balancing life and work in Arizona.


5.  Skanska USA has hired a new professional for the team and promoted two others. Kimberley Shapiro is a senior director of business development for Arizona operations, coming to the company from HDR Architecture. Robert Cortazzo has been promoted to Arizona manager for the firm and Kevin Devlin has been promoted to project executive.

6.  Kirk McClure joins McCarthy Building Companies Inc. as the director of Business Development for the Southwest Division. He will be responsible for a focus on municipal, higher education and commercial construction projects. McClure is a LEED-accredited professional.

7.  Fennemore Craig has hired a P3, private financing and real estate development attorney. Craig Tindall joins the firm in a role as Of Counsel. He practices in municipal law and commercial transactions.

8.  Mutual of Omaha Bank has added Kenneth Staley to its lending department. Staley is the senior vice president and manager of community association bank lending. In his new role, Staley will be responsible for funding lending requests from HOA and other community associations.

9.  Sheena Hartsough joins Caretaker Landscape and Tree Management as business development manager for the Valley Hotels, Resorts and Tree division. In addition to her sales and marketing roles, she will be involved in social media management.

10.  Directed Technologies Drilling Inc. has appointed David Bardsley as its business development manager. Bardsley will be responsible for business generation and technical support for its business lines, including horizontal well installations and trenchless utility and pipeline installation.

11.  Lawrence Pobuda has joined Transwestern in Phoenix. A new senior vice president, Pobuda will focus on office building sales and leasing.


12. Skanska USA building operations has moved into a new location in the Biltmore area, 4742 N. 24th St., Phoenix. The civil construction unit remains in the Peoria location.

13.  Dibble Engineering is expanding into Tucson. Although the firm has worked statewide for over 50 years, this is its first foray into a branch office in Southern Arizona. The new office includes airport, drainage, infrastructure, survey, transportation and land development disciplines. It’s located at 177 N. Church Ave., Suite 200.

14.  Rigid Industries LED Lighting has opened a 50KSF warehouse, office and showroom in Gilbert. The new facility houses all facets of the business under one roof. The company sells U.S.-manufactured lighting products. The company’s focus is to use locally-generate products. It employs 130 in the new location.