THE ZWEIG LETTER | OCTOBER 31, 2011, ISSUE 933
ON THE MOVE exp appoints: exp (Brampton, ON), a 3,000-person engineering, consulting and project management firm, is has announced the appointment of Murli Tolaney to the exp board of directors. Tolaney is a well-known figure in the world of engineering, and is the chairman emeritus of MWH, a worldwide, environmental engineering, management, technology, and construction company. Tolaney brings more than 35 years of industry experience to exp, and has served on numerous boards in the past. He serves on the boards of four other organizations, including Power Engineers Inc. , UCLA School of Engineering, Methodist Hospital Foundation in Arcadia, Calif., and Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences in Claremont, Calif. “Murli’s insight and knowledge will be invaluable to exp as we continue to grow the services that exp offers our clients, while also keeping a keen eye on the execution of our global strategic plan,” said Vlad Stritesky, president and CEO of exp. Dennis Corp. names director: Dennis Corporation (Columbia, SC), a 100-person engineering, surveying, and construction management firm, has announced that David Russell has accepted the position of director of roadway design and civil infrastructure. A Dennis Corporation senior roadway design engineer since July 2008, Russell has 15 years of industry experience and will oversee the planning and design of all Dennis Corporation civil infrastructure and transportation projects. Russell’s career in engineering includes projects throughout South Carolina, the United States and overseas. Syska Hennessy Group’s Bolin named LEED Fellow: The Green Building Certification Institute recently named Rob Bolin of Syska Hennessy Group (NewYork, NY), a 520-person consulting, engineering and commissioning services firm, to the inaugural class of LEED Fellows. Being part of the first class of LEED Fellows is not only historical but a tremendous honor, as the LEED Fellow Program is GBCI’s newest and most prestigious professional designation. The LEED Fellow designation recognizes exceptional contributions to green building and significant professional achievement within the rapidly growing community of LEED professionals. Atkins hires: Wade Battles has joined the port and coastal practice of Atkins Global (Miami, FL), a 1,000-person consulting engineering firm, as principal project director.
HR BRIEFS Small business hiring still Scarce: The September CBIZ “Small Business Employment Index,” a barometer for hiring trends among companies with 300 or fewer employees, further decreased by .81 percent through the month of September, after posting a decrease of .36 percent in August. The announcement follows ADP’s September jobs survey, which reflected that the private sector added 91,000 jobs in September, slightly higher than the revised 89,000 jobs added in August. Furthermore, the September figure surpassed analysts’ estimates of 75,000 new jobs. Philip Noftsinger, business unit president for CBIZ Payroll Services, explained, “As we reported last month, consumer demand and the overall economic malaise that permeates most of what Americans are seeing and hearing are the primary contributing factors around the lack of employment growth. Until confidence rises among small business owners and consumers, results like September’s are likely to continue into the foreseeable future.” Additional take-away points from the September data set include: xz At a glance: Of the companies that were surveyed, the data shows that 26 percent reported a decrease in employee headcount, while 26 percent increased staffing. xz Small business sector: For the third Employment up in Marcellus Shale: A new state report says core employment in Pennsylvania’s natural-gas extraction industry doubled over a three-year period. Employment in fields directly linked to Marcellus Shale gas development increased to 20,387 in the first quarter of 2011, from 9,520 in the first three months of 2008, according to new data from the state Department of Labor and Industry. The core segment job categories include gas extraction, drilling, pipeline work, and support services. Employment in gas-related ancillary fields, however, decreased about 1 percent during the same period, to 193,813, from 194,841 three years earlier, according to the report. Although employment in the core segment jumped by 114 percent over the three-year period, it expanded by just 11 percent between the fourth quarter of 2010 and first quarter of this year. month in a row, hiring in the small business sector trended slightly downward.
With more than 40 years of experience in port management, cruise development, terminal design, and marine and multi- modal transportation in both domestic and international environments, Battles will help Atkins’ practice grow its port and port-related work in Texas and along the Gulf Coast. Battles was the managing director and acting executive director for the Port of Houston Authority, the largest port (by foreign tonnage) in the U.S., and the 16th largest port in the world. Earlier in his career, he was a senior executive at the Port of Miami, involved in all aspects of operations and management. STV names VP: John Berchert has joined STV, Inc. (NewYork, NY), a 1,600-person construction management, engineering, architectural, planning, and environmental services firm, as a vice president and the higher education national practice leader, strengthening the firm’s continued commitment and service to its clients in the higher education field. Berchert’s career spans more than 30 years, focusing on facilities planning and design for colleges and universities. His strong portfolio includes student residences, sports facilities, student recreation centers, teaching and research laboratories, and classroom/learning centers. Brinjac hires: Brinjac Engineering, Inc. (Harrisburg, PA), an 87-person consulting engineering firm, added Iain Siery to its team. Siery joins Brinjac as a senior mechanical engineer in its Philadelphia office. Siery, a registered professional engineer in Pennsylvania, received his bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from Bucknell University. He has more than seven years of experience and will be responsible for mechanical engineering design. AIA Dallas has new executive director: Jan Blackmon has been named executive director of the Dallas Chapter of The American Institute of Architects and the Dallas Center for Architecture. The decision was reached after a six-month process involving a nationwide search. Blackmon’s career includes vice presidential and leadership roles with design and architecture firms, including Rees Associates Inc. , HLM Design (formerly JPJ Architects and BLP Engineers), and RTKL Associates Inc. She also served as president of the Texas Society of Architects, the Texas Architectural Foundation and Promise House. A Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, she has practiced architecture in Dallas for nearly 30 years.
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