Published on February 1st, 2015 | by UC&D Magazine


A/E/C People

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Hudd Hayes was recently selected to serve as Oldcastle Materials’ Mountain West Division Operational Performance Director. Hayes will lead the operational performance team and replaces Jake Parson, who recently accepted a position with the Oldcastle Materials Business Development and Strategy team.
Hayes had been working at Jack B. Parson Companies as Northern Utah General Manager. Prior to joining Jack B. Parson Companies, Hayes served in the U.S. Army and credits this experience with learning the power of team integrity, accountability, commitment and focus.
He attended the University of Utah and Weber State University. He has contributed his considerable coaching expertise in helping develop and facilitate the Oldcastle Materials Front Line Leadership Development Program. Hayes is a Master Graduate of Rapport Leadership International and is a Certified Concrete Sales Professional (CCSP).
Jake Parson was recently appointed VP Development for Oldcastle Materials and is responsible for supporting strategy and development activities primarily in the West Sector for OMG. In this role, he will be responsible for strategy facilitation, portfolio reviews, acquisition sourcing and acquisition process management in support of our businesses. Parson most recently was the Director of Operational Performance for the Mountain West Division of OMG. Prior to that role, he held positions as an OMG Performance Manager, Aggregates Superintendent, Estimator/Project Manager and Laborer. Jake holds a Bachelor of Science Degree, Finance, and a Bachelor of Science Degree, Economics, from Utah State University.
Jon Groves has been named Northern Utah General Manager for Jack B. Parson Cos. He began his career with Jack B. Parson Companies in 1989 as a Concrete Mixer Truck Driver and has held several positions in the company such as Plant Operator, Ready Mix Salesman, and most recently, Operations Manager for the JBP South Region where he supervised a team of over 120 employees. Groves has played a key role in the development and success of JBP’s safety program. He has worked over 25 years without an accident and for the past 7 years he has been involved in JBP’s Safety Leadership team recently serving as the chair.
Jeff Collard has accepted the position as Hales Sand and Gravel General Manager. Jeff will replace Don Naser who is retiring on April 1. Collard began his career as a lab technician with Staker Parson Companies in 1999, and has held positions of increasing responsibility including Beck Street Lab Manager, Asphalt QC Manager, Beck Street Asphalt Plant Manager and most recently QC Manager of Aggregates and Asphalt for the Southern Wasatch Front.
Prior to joining Staker Parson Companies, he worked for the Utah Department of Transportation as an engineering intern. He attended the University of Utah and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering in 2001 and later earned his Professional Engineer License.

The Salt Lake Chamber recently named Peggy Larsen of Workers Compensation Fund (WCF) as the 2014 ATHENA Award recipient. Larsen is a motivating force at WCF, especially to the women she works with. She has reached a level of success in the midst of consistent challenges and obstacles and was the first female senior executive at WCF.
Outside of WCF, Larsen serves on many boards and committees. She has served on the Economic Development Corp of Utah, Executive Women International, United Way of Salt Lake, Salt Lake Chamber committees and chairs Utah Business Week. She is a graduate of the Chamber’s Leadership Utah and a past Pathfinder winner.
Salt Lake-based FFKR Architects announced that Heidi Nielsen, Marketing Coordinator, recently earned the designation of Certified Professional Services Marketer (CPSM). She is among a growing number of professionals to be certified by the Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS), which advocates for, educates, and connects leaders in the design and building industry. CPSMs are recognized as having the experience and knowledge to generate profitable business in the architectural, engineering, and construction marketplace. Nielsen joined FFKR in 2006 as a marketing coordinator and graphic designer and has become the leader of FFKR’s marketing team and is a trusted designer. Major projects include overseeing a logo redesign, refreshing FFKR’s corporate collateral, and implementing an updated design to all printed and digital materials. She is also responsible for planning and coordinating their annual Open House and publishing their quarterly company newsletter.

Method Studio of Salt Lake announced several recent promotions within its office.
Basil Harb is a Principal – Design Leadership. He has led the design of
many of Method Studio’s award winning projects. His work is inspired by the history, environment, and especially the people
of each community – making each project truly unique to its place. For 15 years, Harb has built lasting relationships through robust collaborations in all his work.
Rebekah Barton is Chief Financial Officer. Once called a “poet accountant” by a co-worker, Barton is a rare mix of the analytical and the creative. Having worked in the administrative and management side of the industry for over 25 years,
she believes that internal collaboration, between thoughtful people with shared goals, is fundamental to strong and effective teams.
Marbe H. Agee is a Principal – Design Leadership. The knowledge that “culture trumps everything” has become a constant for Agee in her obsession for understanding the way clients inhabit their physical space. She has spent the last decade focused on creating workplace strategies that help clients become more efficient and productive in environments with maximum flexibility and enhanced collaboration.
Joshua W. Greene is a Principal – Design Leadership. His work spans a diverse range of clients and project types – all inspired by people, their stories, their needs, and a common desire to make their communities better. After nearly two decades of pursuing contextually responsive design, he continues to imbue projects with his passion for the poetic qualities of architecture.
Todd Kelsey is Vice President – Project Delivery. For Kelsey, the assembly and development of a project comes as second nature, and the built environment is his ultimate kit of parts. As a skilled leader and manager, he excels at coordinating project delivery, facilitating team collaboration, and adeptly representing the needs and desires of each client and project.
Matt Wallace is a Senior Associate – Design. Craft is what spurs Wallace’s interest in design. A passionate designer and problem solver, he believes that the quality of a design is rooted not only in the manifestation of the project but also in the quality of the relationships developed during the design process.
Richard L. White of Rimrock Construction of Draper has stepped away from the firm to serve a two-year LDS Church mission in the Michigan Lansing Mission. White has worked in Utah’s construction market for more than 35 years. After owning his own company
in the late 70’s, Richard went to work for Springville-based C&A Construction in the early 80’s and remained there until 1999, when he co-founded Rimrock Construction with Mark Hampton. White and his wife Valerie will serve until November 2016.

Salt Lake-based VCBO Architecture recently announced Dave Cox as a Principal with the firm. Cox’s design experience lies in K-12 education, and more recently with his important work for the LDS Church. He works tirelessly on behalf of his valued clients to translate their mission, vision and goals into functional and inspiring environments.
VCBO named John Oderda as an Associate Principal with the firm. His careful and comprehensive attention to detail in the design process, project management, and client service has led to an impressive portfolio of successful projects.
VCBO named Alex Booth as an Associate Principal with the firm. Booth’s involvement in some of VCBO’s most complex and high profile projects has taught him the importance of communication, allowing him to effectively manage challenging projects to create successful architecture.
VCBO promoted Tanya Davis as an Associate. Davis provides strategic planning expertise for the firm’s Healthcare Team. She understands the complexities involved in medical projects and is continually expanding her knowledge base through important project experience and in obtaining credentials in Evidence-Based Design (EDAC).
VCBO also promoted Jessica Hardmann to an Associate. Hardmann provides leadership and a strong design direction for the firm’s Interiors Team. She is dedicated to her clients and is focused on listening to their goals and aspirations and implementing design strategies to create truly inspirational environments that reflect those aspirations.
Utah’s Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) announced the appointment of Benjamin Hart as the new managing director for urban and rural business services.
The appointment fills a key leadership position in GOED that was held by Vincent Mikolay, who recently returned to the private sector. Hart comes to GOED from the Department of Workforce Services (DWS) where he served as the director of employer support initiatives. During his tenure at DWS, Hart oversaw the department’s business efforts, which included multiple business and education partnerships and the development and implementation of several programs that have served hundreds of businesses across the state. Ken Garner Engineering of Salt Lake City has hired Manuel Masbernat as Project Manager. With more than 10 years of experience, he brings a great deal of knowledge of every aspect of electrical engineering and lighting design. He will manage all aspects of projects while interfacing directly with clients, architects and engineering teams. Masbernat will be an integral part of each project process, not only in design aspect but also in inspection and installation. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Technology University INACAP in Chile in 2004.

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