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Names In The News - September 2003

Suitt Construction Co. announced Allen Smith has been named director of business development for the company's pharmaceutical group and is responsible for selling its design-build, construction and construction management services to pharmaceutical and biotechnology clients across the United States.

Based in Raleigh, N.C., Smith's duties include managing existing clients and developing new accounts. He is a veteran of 30 years in the engineering and construction industry.

Skanska USA Building announced that industry veteran H. Jessie Brewer has joined the company as president of its Carolinas Division. The company has offices in Winston-Salem, Raleigh and Charlotte, N.C.

Brewer's most recent position was as executive vice president of Centex Construction Co.'s Southeast division. Prior to that, he worked with Centex subsidiary Centex Rooney Construction Co. for his entire career.

"Jessie Brewer is a strong operational leader with an impressive depth of experience in strategic planning and business development," said Skanska USA Building President and Chief Executive Officer Michael J. Healy. "He will make an excellent addition to our senior management team, and we are looking forward to Jessie continuing Skanska's successful growth in the Carolinas."

The Stellar Group, Jacksonville, Fla., recently announced the promotion of several individuals to key positions. Ronald H. Foster, Jr., formerly executive vice president, will take over as president and CEO. Foster's promotion enables H. Bobby Cothren, a company founder and formerly president and COO, to move to the corporate board as vice chairman. Also serving as corporate directors are Donald L. Smith, previously senior vice president and CFO, and V. Earl Glisson, formerly senior vice president.

Scott V. Witt, promoted from vice president to senior vice president, will take over for Smith as CFO. Ronald H. Foster, Sr., another Stellar founder, will remain chairman of the board. Other members of the leadership team including Kennon G. Holmes, Lee A. Robbins, Michael S. Santarone, Charles R. Taylor, and Ernest A. Veale will continue as senior vice presidents.

The company also recently named David Slankard as director of business development for its thermal division. His new responsibilities include identification, qualification, and development of prospective clients for continued business growth for low-temperature insulation and roofing systems.

Centex Rooney Construction Co., Plantation, Fla., announced the promotions of Doug Simms to chief financial officer, Andrew Colb to controller and Mary Mallard to assistant controller in the company's corporate financial services department.

Simms joined the Centex organization in 1998 as controller and was promoted to vice president in 2000. His responsibilities will include financial reporting, annual budgeting, owner financing, risk management, insurance and loss control, as well as contract review and project accounting training.

Colb joined Centex Rooney in 1997 as a senior financial analyst and was promoted to assistant controller in 2000. As controller, his responsibilities will expand to include management of the company's accounting functions.

Mallard joined Centex Rooney in February 2000 as a staff accountant and was promoted to senior financial analyst in 2001. In her new position, Mallard's responsibilities will expand to include financial reporting, job costing and general ledger, as well as staff management and development.


Kraft Construction Co., Naples, Fla., recently named Robert A. Koenig to the position of vice president and Lee County area manager. Previously Koenig served as vice president with Centex Rooney Construction Co. He will be based in Kraft's Fort Myers, Fla., office, which recently relocated to 13350 Metro Parkway, Suite 304. He will oversee the firm's Lee County operations as well as assist in Kraft's regional operations.


SchenkelShultz Architecture, with offices in Orlando, has reorganized its management structure to accommodate continued growth. Michael S. Gouloff will serve as chairman/chief executive officer and J. Thomas Chandler will serve as president/chief operations officer.

Chandler, formerly senior vice president, opened SchenkelShultz's first Florida office in Orlando in 1983. Since that time, the Florida operation has grown to include offices in Fort Myers, Naples, West Palm Beach and Tampa.


Autobuilders General Contracting Services, West Palm Beach, Fla., recently named Bob Keller to the position of project manager. In this position, Keller will oversee and supervise all aspects of auto dealership construction from permitting to completion.
The company also announced the appointment of Svetta Pritsker to the position of administrative assistant. She will provide administrative support to the firm's marketing and estimating and contract departments.


PSA Constructors, a program and construction management firm with offices in West Palm Beach and Riviera Beach, Fla., recently hired Edward R. Oppel as senior project manager. Oppel formerly served as chief operating officer and chief of facilities management for the School District of Palm Beach County, and also worked previously as executive director of the Port of Palm Beach.


Hoar Construction, Orlando, recently announced that Don Vinson, Ray Bowen and Kyle Abney have joined the firm.


HDR, an architecture-engineering-consulting firm, has opened a new office in Sarasota, Fla. The office is located in the Live Oak Office Center at 2201 Cantu Court, Suite 107. Managing the office is Donald R. Holcomb, a senior transportation project manager and engineer.


Bill Anderson, president of Associated Builders and Contractors of Georgia, Atlanta, recently earned the Certified Association Executive designation from the American Society of Association Executives.


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