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ON THE MOVE SCOTT HILLMAN JOINS KLEINFELDER AS SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT AND GENERAL COUNSEL The Kleinfelder Group, Inc., a leading engineering, design, construction management, construction materials inspection and testing, and environmental professional services firm, announced that Scott Hillman has joined Kleinfelder as senior vice president and general counsel. In this role, Hillman will lead Kleinfelder’s multinational legal, compliance, and ethics responsibilities, and serve as corporate secretary to the board of directors. Hillman has held multiple high-ranking legal positions throughout his more than 30 years in the AEC industry. Before joining Kleinfelder, Hillman most recently served as general counsel for Langan Engineering and Environmental Services, Inc., where he oversaw all legal, risk, compliance, and corporate governance matters for the 1,300-employee organization. Prior to Langan, Hillman served as vice president and region chief counsel for AECOM, Inc. | URS Corporation where he managed all legal operations within the Gulf Coast/ Southwest region. “We are excited for Scott to join Kleinfelder. His industry understanding coupled with his accomplishments as a legal and compliance leader underscores Kleinfelder’s commitment to growth and

our future,” commented president and CEO Louis Armstrong. Hillman holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Lehigh University, a master’s degree in business from Johns Hopkins University, and a juris doctorate from the University of Baltimore. Hillman is a member of the Association of Corporate Counsel, the American Bar Association, and the American Society of Civil Engineers. “I am honored to join Kleinfelder as General Counsel and look forward to working with Louis and other members of the highly respected team,” said Hillman. “Kleinfelder has a strong reputation as an industry leader, and I am eager to help the company achieve even greater results.” Founded in 1961, Kleinfelder is a leading engineering, design, construction management, construction materials inspection and testing, and environmental professional services firm. Kleinfelder employs more than 3,000 professionals and operates from more than 100 office locations in the U.S., Canada, and Australia. The company is headquartered in San Diego, California. Poised for growth, Kleinfelder continues to provide high- quality solutions for our diverse client base.

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firm as it looks to differentiate itself in the marketplace. Your employees have plenty of options for employment, so owners and leaders must focus on creating a firm that’s viewed as an employer of choice. It’s critical to the viability of your business, as the expectations from staff change and become increasingly urgent. Right now, we’re in the midst of the “great retirement.” An entire generation of owners and leaders are looking to exit the profession. This brings operational and business continuity challenges, but it also exposes a common dynamic in this industry. Many owners have been the main obstacle preventing them from realizing the true value of their equity investments. Succession planning requires owners and leaders to wake up and get out of their own way. It’s only natural for people to cling to the tasks and responsibilities that elevated them to a role of importance. But, if you pick your head up and look around, you’ll find several capable people who are eager to help carry the load. Change is inevitable. Embrace change by working with the next generation to equip them with the tools needed to become a leader, understand what it means to be an owner and what it means to carry the coffee pot for the next generation. Will Swearingen is a principal and director of ownership transition advisory services at Zweig Group. He can be reached at WILL SWEARINGEN, from page 1

2022 AEC EXECUTIVE ROUNDTABLE This roundtable is a unique opportunity for AEC firm leaders to engage and interact with industry peers to discuss current issues facing firms today, explore industry trends and next practices, and confront the biggest challenges they face leading their firms. See you this June 22-24 in Dallas!

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