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Names In The News - November 2007

Industrial Supply CEO Phil Thompson
Re-elected as Chairman of EDCU

Firms within A/E/C industry in Intermountain region remain busy with new hires and promotions.

Clockwise from top left: Phil Thompson, Justin Pitts, Kent Anderson, Julie Berreth, Kenneth Adlam, Vinson Johnson, Mike Vela.

Clockwise from top left: Curt Sides, Mark Achter, Mark Jensen, Christiana Elieson, Rebecca Marcario, Arno Kruisman, Katie Dick, Scott Normandin, Ralph Morgan.

The Economic Development Corporation of Utah (EDCU) has re-elected Phil Thompson of Salt Lake City-based Industrial Supply to serve a second term as Chairman of EDCU.

Thompson has been an advocate for minorities and women in business and works as a mentor in the “Mentor Protégé’ Program” for the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development. This program was developed to assist minority- and women-owned businesses in becoming certified under the 8-A Enterprise Certification.

Thompson served eight years on the board of the United States Bobsled and Skeleton Federation and was the Venue Chairman for Deer Valley for the Olympic Winter Games of 2002.  He currently serves on the Community Board of Wells Fargo Bank, the National Ability Center, and the Shea Family Foundation.

EDCU is an investor-based public/private partnership working to promote the state of Utah. EDCU specializes in being a comprehensive source of economic data, as well as a provider of both public and private contacts to facilitate the recruitment of out-of-state companies and the expansion of local business.

Mountain States Fence, a provider of industrial and commercial fencing for the Intermountain region and headquartered in Salt Lake City since 1963, has hired Tek Hipwell as the new business development manager.  His primary responsibilities will be to establish relationships with current and potential customers and develop a marketing program for Mountain States Fence. Hipwell has an extensive background in sales and marketing.

Justin Pitts has been named Regional Sales Manager for SME Steel, headquartered in West Jordan, Utah. 

Pitts, who has been with SME for five years, will cover the Utah, Wyoming, Colorado and Idaho territories in this position. 

Boise-based CSHQA announced that Kent Anderson has recently passed the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Accredited Professional Exam. As a licensed professional engineer, he is responsible for mechanical engineering design and construction documents for various types of commercial projects.  His recent projects include various Lithia Auto Dealerships nationwide, Blue Cross of Idaho in Meridian, and Columbia High School in Nampa.  Anderson received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Idaho in 1996, and is a member of the Order of Engineers.

Architectural Nexus of Salt Lake City announced that architect Julie Berreth has been promoted to principal. 

Berreth has more than 20 years of experience working as an architect in Chicago and Salt Lake City and specializes in the management of large scale commercial office and mixed-use projects, and design-build work. Her recent projects include the South Pavilion Medical Office Building at Intermountain Medical Center in Murray, and the Sugar House Town Center mixed-use development in the heart of Sugar House.

Past projects include the AlphaGraphics Corporate Headquarters at Brooks Arcade and the expansion buildings at the Utah State Capitol. Berreth is the president of the American Institute of Architects, Utah Chapter, and is a LEED Accredited Professional through the U.S. Green Building Council. Additionally, she is a founding board member of the recently formed CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) Utah chapter, an organization that promotes business opportunities for women in the commercial real estate field.

Berreth received both a Bachelor of Science degree in architecture and a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Michigan.

Kenneth Adlam and Karen Melville have been named as new members of the management team at Salt Lake City-based GSBS Architects, according to firm president Michael Stransky.

Adlam is a senior project manager who has managed the design of a wide range of education, commercial and institutional projects in Utah and California. He holds a Master of Architecture from the Southern California Institute of Architecture and was president of AIA Utah in 2002.

Melville is the firm’s controller.  She has been a member of the firm since 1982 and graduated summa cum laude from the University of Utah with a Bachelor of Accounting.

HKS, Inc.’s Salt Lake office has hired Vinson Johnson as a vice president. Johnson comes to HKS with more than 28 years of architectural experience in the healthcare market. He is involved in the American Institute of Architects, Academy of Architecture for Health, and is a founding member of the Academy of Architecture for Health Utah chapter. 

HKS also announced that Mike Vela, project manager and office director for the Salt Lake office, was recently reappointed to serve as a member of the Uniform Building Code Commission Fire Protection Advisory Committee.  According to the State of Utah Department of Commerce, Vela will be responsible for carrying out a number of important responsibilities related to licensing and protection as a committee member.

Vela has over 30 years of professional experience.  He has specialized in project management and construction administration for hospitals, office buildings, hotels, schools, churches, airports, sports facilities, and institutional projects.

Big-D Construction announced four recent personnel moves.

The firm promoted Curt Sides to project manager within its Fastrack division in the Ogden office. Sides has been with Big-D for more than eight years, working as an estimator and assistant project manager.  He has extensive experience in tenant finishes, remodels and building additions.

Big-D also hired Mark Achter, Mark Jensen and Christiana Truitt Elieson.

Achter will serve as a superintendent in the firm's Signature Homes department at the Salt Lake City office. Achter has been in the construction industry for more than 20 years, with most of his experience gained through residential construction.

He has been involved with six Parade of Homes projects, and has served on the local and state Home Builder Board of Directors. Achter attended Weber State University.

Jensen is a new project manager for Big-D.  He has more than 19 years of construction experience including positions as project engineer, field engineer, estimating trainer, and project manager. He was project manager with Hogan & Associates Construction prior to joining Big-D, and has worked on projects such as the Salt Palace, along with various correctional facilities, recreation centers, elementary schools, high schools, municipal offices and golf courses. He attended Ricks College and BYU, where he obtained his associate degree and bachelor’s degree in engineering/construction management.

Elieson will serve as a proposal coordinator. She will compose resumes, edit information and respond to Request for Proposals on the numerous jobs that Big-D pursues.  She has more than five years of experience in public relations and print journalism. She currently serves with the Utah Air National Guard as a public affairs specialist and previously has worked as a copy editor and page designer at a Northern Utah daily newspaper.

The Salt Lake City office of URS Corporation (URS) recently added Rebecca Marcario, proposal coordinator; Arno Kruisman, engineer in training; and Katie Dick, geologist, to its staff.

Marcario is a member of the Marketing Department and is responsible for writing and coordinating proposal efforts for all business lines in the Salt Lake City office. Additionally, she will provide technical editing for marketing materials and project reports. Marcario has more than seven years of experience and holds a B.S. in Business Marketing from The University of Phoenix.

Kruisman is the newest addition to the Water Services Department. He will provide engineering support such as drafting, plans preparation, coordination with utilities, and utility conflicts resolution on various projects. Mr. Kruisman has two years of experience and holds a B.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from The University of Utah.
Dick is a member of the Environmental Services Group and will be providing support to environmental projects. She has one year of experience and holds a B.A. in Geology from Smith College.

Tamarack Resort outside Donnelly, Idaho has hired Scott Normandin as its new vice president of Construction. Normandin will oversee all construction endeavors at Tamarack. He has nearly 30 years of experience in the design and construction of commercial and industrial facilities. He comes to Tamarack most recently from Power Engineers, Inc., where he served as a senior project manager and construction manager. He joined Power after they purchased his company, Blue Chip Engineering, where he acted as president and senior project manager for five years. 

Prior to that, Normandin spent nearly two decades as a member of CH2M Hill's management team. Local notable projects that Normandin has contributed engineering and construction expertise to include the Boise Convention Center, Boise Airport Terminal Expansion, numerous projects in downtown Boise associated with the redevelopment and historic preservation of existing buildings, and the St. Luke’s Medical Center East Wing.

Normandin holds a master's in Structural Engineering with a minor in Construction Management from the University of Texas, and bachelor’s in Civil Engineering from Arizona State University.  

Ralph C. Morgan has joined Marsh as the construction practice leader for the West Zone. Morgan is responsible for the development of best practices and growth of risk and insurances services to the construction industry in California, Arizona, Nevada, Colorado, Utah, Oregon, Washington, Alaska and Hawaii. 

Morgan has consulted for numerous global project development and infrastructure firms in addition to insurance brokerage companies for more than 30 years.  Most recently, he served as senior vice president of business development with Dyncorp International, a defense firm in Dallas, Texas. 


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