Chicago-based Clark Dietz announced the following leadership appointments: Wes Christmas was named president and chief executive officer, succeeding retiring chief executive Chip Craddock. Jerry Payonk was named chairman of the board; Sean Widener was named senior vice president and Illinois regional director; Kevin Hetrick was named senior vice president and Indiana regional director; and Mustafa Emir was appointed executive vice president, Wisconsin regional director, and director of business development.
Darren K. Riegler has been appointed president and chief executive officer of Santa Barbara, California-based MNS. Prior to joining MNS, Riegler served as a senior vice president at Michael Baker International and was responsible for the management and growth of various geographies including Southern California, Arizona, and New Jersey.
Eric Michel has been named chief executive officer of KLJ Engineering LLC (KLJ), succeeding previous CEO Barry Schuchard, who passed away in March 2021. Michel brings decades of construction, engineering, and leadership experience to the role. Michel returns to KLJ, having previously served as the company’s vice president of energy and natural resources. He is past president of ACEC North Dakota and a current member of ACEC/MN. Michel is based out of the firm’s Saint Paul, Minnesota, office.
Chad Heimbigner was named chief operating officer at Spokane, Washington-based Coffman Engineers, Inc. Heimbigner joined the firm in 2009, and currently provides principal leadership for the Spokane office and civil engineering group and the Northwest Region marketing team.
Christopher E. Brazell was promoted to chief operations officer of Savannah, Georgia-based EMC Engineering Services, Inc. Brazell has been with EMC for 21 years and is a licensed professional engineer in 33 states, as well as a professional land surveyor in Georgia.
Stephanie Price has been named chief people officer at Olathe, Kansas-based Terracon. Price now serves as head of Terracon’s human resources team, as well as a member of Terracon’s executive leadership team. She succeeds John Prutsman, who is now an executive coach with the firm.
Ryan Belyea has been named chief digital officer at Reston, Virginia-based Bowman Consulting Group Ltd. Belyea most recently served as vice president and director for digital at AECOM in the U.S. and Latin America. Belyea will partner with Bowman’s senior executive team to establish and embed digital service offerings into existing and new business lines and ensure alignment of digital strategies with acquisition initiatives and technology systems development.
Bryan Jones has been named president of HNTB Corporation’s Mid-Atlantic Division, where he will oversee complex infrastructure programs, business operations, and lead more than 580 multidisciplinary HNTB professionals. Jones most recently served as office leader for HNTB’s Gulf Coast office covering Louisiana and Mississippi. He chairs the legislative committee for ACEC of Louisiana.
New York-based WSP USA announced the following appointments: Joseph Black has joined the company’s national Transit and Rail business as senior vice president and lead for the rail operations and service planning team. Black, who most recently served as senior program manager, rail operations and integration, at Jacobs, is based in the firm’s Austin, Texas, office. Nate Bryer and Craig Baxter have joined the company to direct the firm’s new road usage charging (RUC) operations business, expanding on WSP’s RUC strategic consulting portfolio. Bryer serves as vice president, senior director of RUC development, and Baxter is assistant vice president, director of RUC operations. Baxter and Bryer are based in Colorado Springs.
Lori Labrum joins Kansas City, Missouri-based TranSystems as a senior vice president and west transit market and national bus-rapid transit (BRT) leader. Labrum, who brings more than 30 years of engineering and planning experience for transit agencies across the U.S., has planned and designed more than 200 miles of BRT systems.
New York-based Thornton Tomasetti announced the following appointments: Timothy D. Lynch has joined the firm as a senior vice president in the firm’s forensics practice. Formerly he served as chief enforcement engineer for the New York City Department of Buildings’ Investigative and Forensic Engineering Units. He is based in the firm’s New York office. Brad Pridham, a specialist in acoustic, noise, and vibration control strategies, has joined the company as a vice president. During his nearly 20-year career, Pridham has worked on various architectural, mechanical, and construction vibration projects in North America and across the globe, including controlling vibrations in long-span highway and pedestrian bridges and industrial machine installations and solving wind-induced noise problems associated with architectural façade elements. Pridham is based in the company’s Mississauga, Canada, office. John Fatseas has joined the company as vice president of the firm’s façade access team, working on the development of façade access and maintenance strategies for new and existing buildings as well as safety best practices. Fatseas previously served as the façade access national practice leader at Lerch Bates Inc. and is based in the Denver office. Tyler Ranf has joined the company as a vice president and aviation sector leader for the West region in the firm’s structural engineering practice. Ranf has more than 15 years of structural engineering experience, including the design of terminals, hangars, and support facilities across the U.S. Ranf, who most recently served as a structural engineer with KPFF Consulting Engineers, is based in the San Francisco office.
Linnea Brudenell has joined Jacksonville, Florida-based RS&H as vice president, national sustainability and resilience director. Brudenell comes to RS&H after serving as a director of sustainability in the private sector since 2015.