September 2020 Vol. 75 No. 9

People in the News

People in the News

Miller Pipeline Announces Executive Management Changes

Miller Pipeline, LLC, one of the nation’s premier natural gas distribution and utility contractors, appointed Dale Anderson as president and COO, a new role that combines the formerly separate president and CEO. Previously executive vice president, Anderson has 11 years of service with Miller Pipeline, and 34 years of experience in the natural gas industry.

Formerly president, Kevin Miller is now senior advisor. He will continue to foster relationships within the underground utilities construction industry. In January 2021, he will retire from Miller Pipeline and transition into a senior advisor role for Artera, formerly PowerTeam Services. Artera acquired Miller Pipeline and Minnesota Limited in the second quarter of 2020.

After a 35-year tenure, CEO Doug Banning announced his retirement from Miller Pipeline. Banning remains involved with Miller Pipeline and Minnesota Limited at a strategic level as part of Artera’s Board of Directors.


Miller Pipeline, LLC, (800) 428-3742,



KorTerra, Inc., appointed Mitch Stendal as president. Previously chief strategist, he championed several transformative initiatives throughout his tenure. As president, he will provide a fresh perspective and renewed energy, while also remaining instrumental in driving market expansion through strategic initiatives.

Former President Don Lewis is now chief operating officer, responsible for overseeing critical functions and helping maintain the company’s position as the leading provider of cloud-based, underground utility damage prevention software.

Laura Johnson is the new senior product manager. She plays a key role in setting the roadmap for strategic development by helping drive short- and long-term product solutions, partnerships and features. Previously, she served as senior product manager and solutions manager for Field Nation, and product manager for SPS Commerce.

Erik Chamberlain was appointed as manager of Cloud Operations, overseeing the continual optimization of KorTerra’s cloud infrastructure, deployments and operations. Formerly post development manager on the Technical Services team, he is a go-to subject matter expert with broad technical abilities and more than 17 years of damage prevention industry experience.


Archie Booker, senior account manager with Milliken, retired after 42 years of service. He started his long and successful career selling industrial fabrics across many markets and 13 years ago, moved into the Cable Management division. There, he supported channel partners in the Southeast territory, and quickly built a reputation as an expert in the cabling industry.

McKim & Creed

Raleigh, N.C.-based engineering and surveying firm McKim & Creed, Inc., named two new members to its Board of Directors, replacing retired directors.

Jeanne Cormier brings strong business and architectural/engineering/construction industry leadership from her career at Lochner, a Chicago-based transportation engineering firm, where she was appointed president and CEO in 2017.

Paula Sims has a business background in both the corporate and academic realms. After 30 years of managerial and leadership experience at Progress Energy and GE Aviation, she now teaches MBA students at University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School about leading change.

The firm also expanded its Subsurface Utility Engineering (SUE) leadership team, promoting Sean Patterson to regional SUE manager. A manager at the company for 15 years, he now oversees these professional services throughout Texas and Southwestern U.S.

Also, Robert Mjoen, P.E., joined the firm as SUE TxDOT project manager and utility coordinator. He brings 30-plus years of experience as a construction project engineer and project manager, overseeing multiple, large-scale construction, design and safety improvement projects throughout Texas and Colorado.


Doug Sinclair joined architecture, engineering, geospatial (AEG) and strategic consulting firm Woolpert. As senior program director, he supports lifecycle asset management strategies and services for clients across public and private sectors. He has more than 33 years of experience working in the industry, with a focus on information technology and data collection, management and integration.


Peter Grönholm is the new managing director at ALLU Finland. He has extensive experience in sales and marketing, supply chain management and as managing director in international organizations. Most recently, he was vice president of Supply Chain & Operations for Cavotec Group, a supplier of industrial equipment, in Germany.


Kristine Wiley was named director of GTI’s Hydrogen Technology Center. Her GTI career spans nearly two decades, most recently serving as R&D director for Environmental, Risk, and Integrity Management programs. She has also worked closely with the energy industry on issues ranging from utility operations and environmental compliance, to exploring the use of low-carbon fuels.

Schnabel Engineering

Joan Bentel, P.E., was promoted to senior associate engineer, continuing to lead initiatives from wholly owned subsidiary Schnabel Engineering DC, Inc.

Jeremy Brown, P.E., was promoted to associate engineer and will continue to lead the geotechnical team at the firm’s Chadds Ford, Pa. office.

Kortney Brown, P.E., was promoted to associate engineer in Chadds Ford, Pa.

Kami Deputy Gardella, P.E., joined the firm as senior associate engineer, supporting the dams and levee business unit at the new Longmont, Colo. office.

Eva Hartmann was promoted to chief human resources officer and will continue to lead the firm’s Human Resources Department
from the Glen Allen, Va., corporate office.

Scott Newhouse, P.E., joined the firm as senior associate engineer, focusing on power and energy, and working with major national and international client from the Columbia, S.C. office.

Jesse Wullenwaber, P.E., was promoted to associate engineer at the Chadds Ford, Pa. office.


GSSI, the world’s leading manufacturer of ground penetrating radar (GPR) equipment, has expanded the role of Amber Onufer, technical sales support associate. In addition to supporting geophysical and environmental markets, she also manages business operations in Central and South America. Joining GSSI in 2019, she has nearly 10 years of technical, sales, customer training, applications engineering, and research and development experience.


Dennis Doherty, P.E., F. ASCE, joined engineering, construction management, design and environmental professional services firm Kleinfelder, as a senior principal professional. Bringing 40 years of industry experience to the role, he provides technical expertise and drives advancement and integration of leading-edge trenchless technologies on oil and gas, utility, water/wastewater, and municipal infrastructure projects.

McMillen Jacobs

The McMillen Jacobs Board of Directors elected Victor Romero, P.E., CPEng, as president of the Underground Division, responsible for leading its executive management, strategy, and operational functions. During his almost 30-year career with the firm, he has provided leadership and underground engineering in the water, wastewater, highway, and rail transit sectors, including some of McMillen Jacobs’ largest and most complex design-build projects.

Brown and Caldwell

Sebastien Le Scraigne joined Walnut Creek, Calif.-based, environmental engineering and construction firm Brown and Caldwell. As Vancouver leader, he is responsible for operations management, providing exceptional client service, and expanding the firm’s regional presence and talent pool to meet market and customer needs. He has 14 years of experience in the design, optimization, construction and commissioning of large water and wastewater projects.

Dr. Randall Watts also joined the firm, as industrial water senior process engineer, developing and implementing tailored solutions to water and wastewater challenges. He brings 24 years of related experience, including as technical lead on numerous high-profile projects to improve treatment system performance at production facilities in multiple countries.


The Plastics Pipe Institute, Inc.’s (PPI) Power and Communications Division (PCD), which focuses on high-density polyethylene (HDPE) conduit for power and communication cabling applications, elected new officers.

Randy Kummer, of Southwire Company LLC (Carrollton, Ga.), was elected to division chair. In this role, he also represents PCD on the PPI Board of Directors for the next two years, taking over from Stephanie Maskas of Four Star Industries (Allendale, S.C.), who moved into the past chair role.

Vice-chair is Adriana Velasquez, of Shell Polymers (Deer Park, Texas), who previously served on the PCD Management Committee as the Education Committee chair. Richard Hicks of Dura-Line, Ltd (Knoxville, Tenn.), is now chair of the Education Committee, joining the management team for the first time.


Charlie Cunningham joined Vacuworx’s North America sales and leadership teams as senior director. Based in Maryville, Tenn., he provides management and strategies for the sales team, while also driving new distribution partnerships to support material handling in the oil and gas pipeline, utility infrastructure, highway and transportation, and concrete renovation markets. He brings more than two decades of related leadership experience in sales, marketing and business development activities.


Patrick Shannon was appointed president of Volvo Financial Services’ (VFS) North American region, based in Greensboro, N.C. He is responsible for the company’s business operations and financial performance, in Canada, Mexico and the USA. He has over 30 years of experience, the majority with VFS and the Volvo Group, in sales, wholesale operations and risk management senior leadership, most recently as senior vice president of Risk and chief credit officer for VFS.

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