Faith Technologies recently transitioned Larry Navarrete from his role as operations manager to director of operations managers.
In his new role, Navarrete is responsible for guiding and directing the operations managers to identify, quantify, prioritize and develop mitigation plans for operational risk on construction projects. Additional responsibilities include ensuring operational success through the enforcement of all strategic and operational plans for the company, and overall managerial oversight for electrical and/or specialty systems construction projects within geographic profit centers.
Navarrete has more than 30 years of industry experience. He has been a Faith Technologies employee since 2012, and has worked as a senior project manager and most recently, operations manager. Prior to joining Faith Technologies, Navarrete served as president of Excellence Electric.
The National Fire Protection Association has named Linda Little to chair the National Electrical Code (NEC) Panel 13 covering installations of generators, batteries, fire pumps, stand-by systems and other emergency-oriented electrical systems.
An instructor at the St. Louis Electrical Industry Training Center, Little is also a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local One and the first woman from IBEW to chair a NEC panel. IBEW Local One partners with the St. Louis Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association to form the Electrical Connection to help advance “best practices” in following the NEC.
“We are extremely proud of Dr. Little,” said Frank Jacobs, business manager, IBEW Local One. “She has been a member of the National Electrical Code Panel for more than a dozen years, helping set guidelines for safe electrical installations to accommodate the growing complexities of the electrical industry.”
Dr. Little brings her vast knowledge of the code to the Electrical Industry Training Center at 2300 Hampton Ave., where she has been an instructor since 1999. The training center has trained more electricians and communication technicians working in Missouri than any other training program.
”Dr. Little is the ultimate example of the quality of the men and women that rise to be the leaders within our industry to set the standard of excellence,” said Jim Curran, executive vice president of the Electrical Connection. “In our workforce development outreach to schools and communities, she serves as a great example of our training that is the foundation for great careers building Missouri’s energy future.”
Most recently, Dr. Little collaborated with another training center instructor, Jeff Holmes, in helping the IBEW/NECA National Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee (NJATC) develop a curriculum for an Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Training Program (EVITP). The curriculum is essential to support the electric vehicle industry which relies on safe and reliable charging stations. Holmes is also a member of the National Electrical Code Panel.
Little received her doctoral degree in curriculum and instruction from Saint Louis University, where her 100-page dissertation was on the “Impact of High School Math Preparation in an Electrical Trades Program.” Since then, she has been a prime advocate for elevating high school education to better prepare students for the trades.
KAI Design & Build has promoted Construction Inspector Tony O. Dukes of St. Louis, Mo., to the position of vice president of Program Management/Construction Management (PM/CM) Services.
As vice president of PM/CM Services, Dukes is responsible for identifying business opportunities for KAI’s construction services, cultivating relationships, and developing competitive strategies for project pursuits both regionally and nationally. He will work with KAI practice leaders and sales team to lead a coordinated program to promote KAI’s Program and Construction Management services.
Dukes has more than 25 years of industry experience, including 10 years as president and CEO of his own construction management firm. He holds a bachelors degree in communications from the University of Central Florida and has completed numerous continuing education courses in construction management technologies.
Shawn Whalen, PE, LEED AP, RCDD/NTS, PSP, has joined the Burns & McDonnell's Minneapolis-St. Paul office as a senior electrical engineer. With his extensive knowledge of low voltage and security systems design, Whalen’s rare mix of expertise enables Burns & McDonnell to provide a unique level of service to facility engineers, mechanical engineers and architects.
With more than 22 years of experience as an electrical engineer, Whalen has developed a reputation as being an expert on healthcare IT systems and security systems in the region. He worked extensively on Mayo Clinic’s Tele-ICU project, which allows doctors based at the healthcare system’s Rochester headquarters to physiologically monitor and diagnose patients at seven other Mayo locations – without leaving their offices. Whalen also has security, surveillance, and access control consulting and designing experience for clients in commercial, governmental, aviation, data center and healthcare markets.
Whalen is certified by and affiliated with numerous professional associations, including the American Society of Industrial Security (ASIS); National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE); North Central Electrical League (NCEL); and the Business and Industry Consulting Service International (BICSI). He earned his Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering with a minor in computer science from South Dakota State University.
Kaiser Electric has announced the resignation of Steve Giacin as its president. Vice president Ken Naumann, 49, has been named the electrical contractor's new president, effective January 9.
Giacin, president since January 2009, has resigned to pursue a job opportunity out of state. Giacin had worked for Kaiser Electric for 15 years.
Naumann has been employed by Kaiser Electric since 2000 and has more than 30 years of construction experience. Naumann is a licensed professional engineer in Missouri, Illinois, Kansas and New Jersey, and has also achieved LEED AP and Registered Communications Distribution Designer (RCDD) certification. He has been performing design/build and design-assist projects in the healthcare industry for the past several years, and also specializes in large, complex critical schedule electrical projects.
Going forward as president, Naumann says he will be focused on continuing to grow Kaiser’s divisions in Central Missouri and Illinois, while working to strengthen Kaiser's position in St. Louis.
Naumann said he will focus efforts on pursuing design/build opportunities in the healthcare and commercial markets, both in Kaiser's local markets and nationally.
“While I will miss working with Steve, my longtime friend and colleague, I look forward to the opportunity to lead the outstanding team at Kaiser for many years to come. I am honored and humbled by the trust and faith that Rob Kaiser and the rest of the management committee have shown in appointing me to this position.”
Naumann and his wife Donna live in O'Fallon, MO and have three children: Sadie, 21; Jaime, 18; and David, 16.
Faith Technologies recently hired John Brown as vice president of preconstruction. In his role as vice president of preconstruction, Brown is responsible for strategically developing, implementing and evaluating preconstruction services. More specifically he is responsible for managing a technical sales staff tasked with developing and delivering technical solutions for Faith Technologies’ customers within the heavy industrial, light industrial, electrical and automation markets. Brown has 39 years of industry experience. Brown previously owned and operated Brown Automation, a full service control systems integrator, until its sale to Sachs Electric Company where he continued as vice president of business development over heavy, industrial, electrical and automation services. More recently, he was vice president of instrumentation and industrial services where he was responsible for establishing instrumentation and automation capabilities, as well as developing industrial automation and electrical business.
Bob Graves has also been promoted to director of estimating. As director of estimating, Graves is responsible for strategic development and coordination of Faith Technologies' estimating resources and overall team performance. Graves has been a Faith Technologies employee since January 1986 and has held roles such as estimating trainer, estimator, assistant estimating manager, estimating manager and regional estimating manager. Graves has more than 25 years of industry experience. In his previous role as regional estimating manager, he was responsible for determining bid priorities, selecting potential bid projects, establishing bid strategies, managing and updating estimating software and providing supervision and technical support to estimators.
Jason Wiegand has been promoted to vice president of preconstruction services by the Executive Management Team at Guarantee Electrical Co. Wiegand joined Guarantee in 2009 as director of preconstruction services. The preconstruction group is a key component of Guarantee’s wholly owned subsidiary, GECO Engineering Corp., where it maps and aligns estimating, budgeting, design and construction on behalf of customers.
“Guarantee’s focus on constructability is integral to how we deliver our services,” said Dave Gralike, senior vice president. “Jason’s capabilities, attitude and commitment to success have strengthened our preconstruction group. He’s earned the promotion.”
Shermco Industries has hired Shane Franklin as an account manager responsible for greater downtown Houston.
With 15 years of experience in high-tech electronics and power generation sales, Franklin will be responsible for sales and business development in the area.
“We are happy to have Shane onboard and know he will provide an excellent service to our clients and potential clients in Houston,” said Mike Hancock, corporate sales manager for Shermco's Engineering and Machine Service Divisions.
Shermco Industries has hired John Chaney as a renewable energy construction contractor sales specialist for the continental United States.
Chaney has 20 plus years in the electrical industry in sales, operations and management. His primary focus has been in the power transformer industry, but he has a wide range of experience with other electrical apparatus including switchgear, motors and controls. He will be responsible for business development and technical assistance for entities involved in the construction of solar or wind power generation facilities.
“Chaney has a vast knowledge base regarding power distribution which will serve our clients immensely. We are happy to have him as part of the Shermco team,” said Mike Hancock, corporate sales manager for Shermco's Engineering and Machine Service Divisions.
The Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) has named Lorraine Carli as the 2013 recipient of the Foundation’s Outstanding Service Award in Honor of Harold Leviton. The award was presented to Carli during the ESFI Board of Directors Dinner in West Palm Beach, Florida on Nov. 7, 2013.
The Outstanding Service Award was formally established in 2008 as a tribute to Harold Leviton’s enduring legacy and dedication to improving electrical safety. The award honors a member of ESFI’s Board of Directors who has gone above and beyond the call of duty in expanding the Foundation’s interests through steadfast involvement and effective leadership.
As the Vice President of Outreach and Advocacy for the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Carli oversees all of the organization’s media, public affairs, public education and wildland fire activities; working closely with staff on a variety of media and advocacy issues in all areas of fire and life safety. Since her appointment to ESFI’s Board of Directors in 2009, Carli has played a vital role in helping ESFI increase its visibility through traditional and social media.
Robert (Bob) Yester, PE, Executive Vice President is retiring from Swanson Rink on Dec. 31, 2013 after serving the company for 38 years. Yester has served in many roles at Swanson Rink including president from 1985-1992, but he is most known as an expert in electrical engineering for mission critical data center facilities.
For most of Bob's career he has provided consulting engineering for the a wide variety of clients including Comcast, Centurylink (including work under US West and Qwest), Safeway, Lockheed Martin, Federal Express, Viawest, Sabre and United Airlines to name a few. Bob Yester's design concepts have been published in multiple national publications and he is considered an industry expert in data center consulting.
In 1988, Robert Yester designed one of the first major dual power path data centers in the country for US West (now CenturyLink) in Omaha, Nebraska. This "system + system" concept was cutting-edge during the time and this data center was one of the first two data centers to be built with this new technology. When asked about this project, Yester commented that while a simple concept, "as they say, the devil is in the details, and there are a lot of details." The dedication to diving into detailed design is what Mr. Yester is known for and the foundation upon which he built the Swanson Rink data center team.
More recently, Bob has been recognized for his work on the ViaWest Lone Mountain Data Center where his team developed an Uptime Institute Certified Tier IV electrical design with a target PUE of 1.2 utilizing a modular concept that allows capital expenditures for infrastructure to be aligned with the needs of ViaWest's customers and also minimizes stranded capacity.
In 2013, he transitioned the management of the data center electrical team to Dan Heggem, PE, Vice President who has worked under Yester for over 23 years. Gary Orazio, PE, President will continue in his role as Project Executive overseeing Swanson Rink's Data Center Practice, providing mechanical engineering leadership and leading data center business development, positions in which he has served for the past 20 years.
CH2M HILL has announced that Chief Executive Officer and Chairman Lee McIntire will step down as CEO effective Jan. 1, 2014. McIntire, 64, will continue to serve as Chairman of the Board. The Board has appointed Jacqueline Hinman, 52, (left) to serve as CEO also effective Jan. 1, 2014. She most recently served as president, CH2M HILL International and is presently a member of the Board of Directors. McIntire has been CEO since Jan. 1, 2009.
On Oct. 10, 2013, the County Commissioners of Charles County, Maryland, appointed Ennis Electric Co. Superintendent John Zanelotti to serve as a member of the Board of Electrical Examiners in Charles County, Maryland. This appointment to the Board of Electrical Examiners is for a four-year term ending December 31, 2017. Zanelotti has been a resident of Charles County since 1972 and has 26 years of experience in the Electrical field. Currently, several IEC Chesapeake Supporters are also serving as members of their local Board of Electrical Examiners and the Maryland Electrical Board.
IEC Georgia has announced the re-election of IEC member Mark Ellis to the Southeast Regional Board of Directors. This will be Ellis’ second two year term as an IEC National Board Member. He is vice president of SM Ellis Company, Inc. and also serves as the president of IEC Georgia Board of Directors. Almost two years ago, Ellis accepted the additional task of becoming an IEC National Board member, and representing the Southeast region.
(Pictured at left: Tom LeMay, President, LeMay Electric, Inc.) The Independent Electrical Contractors, Inc. (IEC) Atlanta Chapter has announce that LeMay Electric, Inc. in Marietta, Georgia, received the 2013 IEC/CNA Safety Award (Category 2) during the 56th Annual IEC National Convention and Electric Expo in Portland, Oregon. LeMay Electric, Inc. was recognized for its efforts to provide employees with a safe and healthful workplace. The company’s commitment to safety is evidenced by its promotion of safety committee participation, efforts to provide safety and health education and training, and reviewing and updating workplace safety rules.
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