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Local Professionals Making News 6-28-13

Awards and Accolades

ppl 11.  Mesa Mayor Scott Smith, the first from Arizona to hold the post, is the newly installed president of the U.S. Council of Mayors. The national, nonpartisan organization is composed of mayors from cities of 30K and greater populations.

2.  Florence mayor Tom J. Rankin was elected to the Maricopa Association of Government Transportation Policy Committee. The appointment gives the growing Pinal County town a seat at the table related to transportation policy decisions and the development of the 20 year Regional Transportation Plan.

3.  Architect Will Bruder, principal at Will Bruder Architects, has been elected a fellow of the American Institute of Architects. This permits him to replace the “AIA” after his name with the honored “FAIA” moniker. Bruder has designed more than 700 projects across the globe.

4.  Real estate statistician Michael Orr is featured in Phoenix Business Journal premium content in an interview with reporter Kristena Hansen. Orr is known for his ability to translate real estate data into layman’s statistical reports from mined housing data with his periodic, Cromford Report.

5.  Carol Keogh, CEO of ESI Ergonomic Solutions LLC is a finalist for Employer of the Year. She has owned by ergonomic office furniture company since 1999. Joining Keogh as a finalist is Roberta Roberts Shank, CEO at Chas. Roberts Air Conditioning, Inc. Shank has also served in the role since 1999. Their stories are in Phoenix Business Journal premium content.

6.  Michael Scheurich, Dickinson Wright/Mariscal Weeks, has been elected co-chair of the executive council of the Real Property section of the Arizona State Bar. His two year term runs through 2014. Scheurich’s practice focuses on a real estate emphasis.

7.  Glen Drake, Stantec senior landscape architect, was named Arizona Landscape Architect of the Year by the American Society of Landscape Architects Arizona chapter. Drake was recognized for his 30 years experience and commitment to education programs.

Local Governmental Management

8.  From a cadre of experienced city management professionals interested in the interim post, the Cave Creek town council opted for a former Tucson city council member and failed senate candidate, Rodney Glassman. Glassman will take over from fired town manager Usama Abujbarah while the town searches for a permanent replacement. Glassman will be involved in the recruitment effort for the new permanent manager (AZCentral premium content). Former area city managers Enrique Ochoa (Glendale) and Dave Richert (Scottsdale), assistant manager Tami Ryall (Gilbert), and Patricia Sorenson. Town Clerk Carrie Dyrek declined to be considered and Clark Smithson withdrew from consideration.

9.  Greg Stanley has been appointed the interim Pinal County manager. With the county since 2004, Stanley was appointed county engineer in 2004 and assistant county manager in 2012. Stanley was selected over former Mohave County manager Ronnie Walker and former Coconino County manager John Holmes. Stanley was recently under a cloud and placed on administrative leave after a scathing report about the county’s public works department resulted in a retirement and resignation. County officials say Stanley was cleared of any wrong-doing in the investigation.

ppl 210.  After a vacancy of more than a year, Coconino County supervisors have narrowed the county manager selection process to five candidates for the 1,000 employee jurisdiction. The board will be selecting one of the finalists for the position over the next months. Candidates are:

  • Dana Paul Hlavac, Kingman; Gila County Interim Finance Director
  • Michael Lamar, Madison, Ga.; Morgan County (Ga.) Manager
  • Cynthia Steelhammer, Queen Creek; Interim City or Town Manager for Globe, Tusayan and Maricopa
  • Phillip Smith-Hanes, Eureka, Calif.; Humboldt County Administrative Officer
  • Mike Townsend, Flagstaff; Coconino County Interim Manager since former manager Steve Peru retired in November 2011.


11.  Michael Bertram has been named transportation business group manager for all three of HDR‘s offices in Arizona. Michael has been with HDR for over 8 years and has 25 years in the transportation industry performing a variety of transportation infrastructure projects for various clients.

12.  Katherine Mueller is now the owner of CeTerra Accents & Interiors. She takes over leadership of the Southwest-infused interior design and custom design firm.

13.  Eric Doran has been promoted to project director for the McCarthy Building Companies from his previous post of project manager. His current project portfolio includes several MOBs. McCarthy has also promoted Scott Canada into the role of director of renewable energy. He was formerly a preconstruction director. Canada is overseeing projects in Arizona, California, Nevada and New Mexico.

14.  Gensler has promoted four associates. Melissa Holm is the new interior design director and senior associate with the firm. Patrick Magness is also now a senior associate and technical leader for the design firm. Mike Stanley has been elected an associate and is a new senior project manager. Philip Westermann is becomes an associate and project manager for the company.


15.  Silver Fern Management has renamed itself Silver Fern Companies. The rename comes with the addition of two affiliates, Otago Development and Silver Fern Capital. The shift reflects changes in the land development and services provided by the firm.

16.  Sandra Buruato is the new project coordinator for Concord General Contracting. Buruato brings more than 17 years experience in construction to her new position with the company.

17.  David Evans and Associates, Inc. has added Frank Koo as a senior project manager for land development. Koo brings more than 20 years experience to the consultancy.

18.  James R. Hood and Larry Zebe are new brokers for De Rito Partners, Inc. The pair will be involved with retail sales and leasing.