Hires, Promotions, Honors & Transactions BURNS & MCDONNELL named Oko Buckle its next Atlanta Region Leader. Buckle, who was recently named a Principal at the firm, will assume the role in January 2016 after current Atlanta Vice President and General Manager, Arnold Olender, retires. Buckle currently serves as Regional Manager of electrical transmission and distribution (T&D) engineering services, where he has overseen the growth of T&D engineering projects for many of the largest utilities in the Southeast. JACOBS expanded its Atlanta office with the addition of: Mark Beumer, P.E., who has 19 years of experience in project management, specializing in water and wastewater treatment. Terri Herring-Croom, P.E., who brings more than 20 years of experience as a project and client services manager to the firm, and Rahul Sawant, P.E., PMP, who has more than 15 years of project management experience delivering successful projects for state and municipal clients in Florida and Georgia. HUSSEY GAY BELL announced new changes to its firm. Clint Parker, P.E., PMP (pictured above left) was named Director of Transportation for Atlanta and has more than 19 years of experience in managing and designing large-scale transportation projects – most notably for GDOT in the metro Atlanta area. C.J. Chance, Jr., P.E. (pictured above center) has been promoted to Principal and Vice President, and will continue to serve as a Senior Civil Engineer for the Savannah-based firm. An employee since 2005, Chance has more than 10 years of experience specializing in municipal, institutional, residential and industrial-related civil/site development and water/wastewater infrastructure design. Lauren Prefer (pictured above right) joined the Savannah based Architecture team as a Project Architect. Prefer is a graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Architecture. NEEL-SCHAFFER added Keith Franklin, P.E. to manage its Georgia operations. Franklin has worked on a number of transportation projects across the metro Atlanta area, including work as a design engineer on I-75 and I-85 portions of the Downtown Connector, as well as the I-75 and I-285 interchange. He has held a variety of roles over his 30 year career, including inspector, surveyor, design engineer, project manager and business development manager. THE GEORGIA DEPARMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (GDOT) named Kelvin Mullins its new Administrator of the Transportation Investment Act (TIA) Project Delivery Program. Mullins, who has more than 18 years of experience with the Department, replaces now Deputy Commissioner Mike Dover. In the role, Mullins will oversee the facilitation of the TIA program, which was formed after three regions passed the TIA Referendum in 2012. “Kelvin not only has deep project management experience with GDOT programs, but has also been with the TIA program since its inception,” said Meg Pirkle, Chief Engineer for GDOT in a press release. THOMAS & HUTTON announced three new hires for its Savannah office. Ling Yao, EIT (pictured above left), joined the firm’s Transportation department as a transportation designer and holds a Master of Science in civil engineering with an emphasis on geotechnical and materials engineering from Penn State. Aidan Suiter (pictured above center), EIT, joined the Savannah Water Resources team as a Designer I and is a graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University with a degree in biological systems engineering and a concentration in watershed management. Emily Cernic, EIT (pictured above right), joined the Structural team as a Designer II. She is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown and holds a degree in civil engineering. WK DICKSON & CO., INC. welcomed Phil Cannon to its firm as Vice President and Regional Manager. He will assume responsibility for the operation of the firm’s office in Atlanta and will play a significant role in the growth of WK Dickson’s overall aviation practice across the southeast. Just prior to joining WK Dickson, Cannon served as the Manager of Airport Programs for the FAA’s Atlanta Airports District Office (ADO), where he managed an $80 million annual discretionary planning budget. He also served as the state block grant liaison, where he was responsible for the funding, planning, technical assistance and program oversight of all general aviation airports in Georgia. NOVA ENGINEERING AND ENVIRONMENTAL expanded its Building Envelope Department with the addition of Andrew Davis, P.E. as a Project Manager. Davis brings more than 18 years of construction management knowledge and a vast portfolio in the A/E/C industries to the firm’s Kennesaw location. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Maryland. PES STRUCTURAL ENGINEERS, INC. announced the addition of Scott Lawson, Ph.D., P.E., LEED AP BD+C as Federal Studio Director. Lawson will help the firm further develop its growing portfolio of regional and national accounts in its Federal Studio. TERRACON CONSULTANTS, INC. announced Vikram Patel has joined its firm as a Principal and Regional Manager. Patel has more than 28 years of experience and will manage offices in the Mid- Atlantic area for Terracon in this new role.
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