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Names In The News - March 2007

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Stephen A. Touchton has been promoted from president to chief executive officer of R.J. Griffin & Co. of Atlanta. Former CEO R.J. "Jim" Griffin Jr. remains as chairman.

Touchton was one of the company's three founding principals. He started in 1985 as executive vice president and chief financial officer. He was named president in 2002.

F. Fred Pezeshkan was appointed chairman of Kraft Construction Co. of Naples, Fla. Pezeshkan, who will continue to serve as CEO, succeeds Robert L. Carsello, who is retiring.

The company also announced a new organizational structure, including several appointments. John Pinholster was promoted to president. Thomas Williams, executive vice president, will be responsible for administration of contracts and purchasing functions. Thomas Abraham, senior vice president, was promoted to chief operating officer. Travis Coulter, a senior vice president, was promoted to chief preconstruction officer. Philip Teige will remain as senior vice president and chief financial officer. Robert Koenig and James Clemens were promoted to senior vice presidents and area managers.

Duane Gapinski has joined HDR as East region federal programs deputy director in the firm's Charlotte office. Prior to joining HDR, he was a commander with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Rock Island District.

In Jacksonville, HDR has promoted Tom Atkins, and hired Sunshine Bullock, Carl Morey and Mark Roberts.

Atkins, a vice president, was promoted to marketing manager from planning group business leader. Bullock was hired as a landscape architect, Morey was named rail services principal and Roberts as solid waste senior project manager.

Stephen R. Wiggins was named an associate partner at Newcomb & Boyd in Atlanta.

Also, the following were named senior associates: Donald Latham Jr., James Stephney III, Walter Tanner and Justin Ziegler. Jonathan Bair, Joshua Brisbane, Philip Bumgarner, Matthew Eason, Van Johnson, Michael Lodge, Kasey Mitchell, Julia Neville and Max Shirley were named associates.

Stephanie Kirkpatrick has returned to Niles Bolton Associates of Atlanta as a principal, assisting with interior design, firm-wide branding and business development.

Lee Dowden has joined Reynolds, Smith & Hills in Tampa as a senior project manager in the firm's highway services group.

Bob Alderman has joined the Jacksonville, Fla., office of HNTB as associate vice president. He has more than 17 years of infrastructure project experience.

Gerald Chill, project manager, and H. Tim Hinton, project surveyor, have joined WilsonMiller's North Tampa/Pasco office. Both previously worked with the Florida Department of Transportation.

Robert Vella has joined architectural firm C.T. Hsu + Associates of Orlando as senior construction administrator. He most recently served as a senior project manager for PMA Consultants.

Raul C. Perez was named associate vice president for Garcia Stromberg. Perez will work in the architecture firm's Stuart, Fla., offices.

Lawrence LaBonte was promoted to project manager at Mainstream Construction Group in Altamonte Springs.

C. Matthew Jones has joined the Pembroke Pines, Fla., office of consulting firm Miller Legg as project engineer.

Jose Luis Rosado, Jr. has joined Boyken International in Orlando as an assistant project manager. He will provide program development services.

Holly A. Duke has joined Clancy & Theys Construction Co. of Orlando as director of marketing/communications.

Thomas A. Hall was promoted to associate at McMahon Associates, a transportation engineering and planning firm in Fort Lauderdale. Hall is general manager of the Fort Lauderdale office and acting general manager of the Fort Myers and Miami offices.


Andrew Adams has joined the Orlando office of Community Engineering Services as a project engineer.

Dave Cote was promoted to vice president of operations at Andrew General Contractors in Orlando.

Ken Curcio and Steve Pritchard were named senior project managers in the Tampa office of Tri-City Electrical Contractors. Also, Scott Henderson was promoted to project manager and Mark Lamonte to multifamily superintendent. Additionally, Tim Adams was transferred to Tri-City's Tampa estimating department from the Altamonte Springs office.

Tilt-Con Corp. of Orlando announced the following appointments: John Ball as draftsman; Etta Keserich as accounts payable II; Allison West as marketing/public relations assistant; and Carlos Aguera and Michael Samuleman as project managers in its Tamarac, Fla., office.

David Thomas will serve as Hanson Roof Tile's emerging market manager for Georgia and the Carolinas. Thomas will work in Huntersville, N.C.


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