December 2023 Vol. 78 No.11


Business People


Senior Associate Christine Kirby, P.E., ENV SP, with Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam Inc. (LAN), was chosen to lead two committees for the American Water Works Association (AWWA).  

In these roles, she serves as an objective facilitator and collaborates with AWWA members and staff. Currently team leader of LAN’s Water Conveyance group, she has participated in various AWWA committees for more than six years. 

Leading the Committee for Protective Interior Coatings for Valves and Hydrants, within the AWWA Standard Council, she helps members continue to develop and maintain standards for protective coating systems. Exchanging knowledge, ideas and expertise, the group will fortify technical standards and amplify the information in manuals for the water and wastewater industry. 

As chair of the Sustainable Infrastructure Committee, within the organization’s Technical and Educational Council, she helps water and wastewater utilities understand and apply sustainability practices and principles to their infrastructure projects.   

LAN is a full-service consulting firm offering planning, engineering and program management services for the nation's heavy civil infrastructure needs. 

Cooper Equipment Rentals 

Brian Spilak was promoted to COO at Cooper Equipment Rentals Limited, Toronto, Ontario. 

Since joining Cooper in 2016, he has played a central role in the company's growth and development, becoming an integral part of Canada’s largest independent construction equipment rental company. With nearly 30 years of experience in the equipment rental industry, he has held various leadership roles encompassing operations, fleet management, customer relationship management, and technology. 

As COO, Spilak will continue to spearhead company initiatives aimed at driving profitable business growth, efficient team management, expansion into new markets, and the implementation of optimized technology solutions across 65 locations nationwide. 

Road Widener 

Road Widener LLC, a leading manufacturer of innovative road and utility construction equipment, welcomes two new hires. 


As director of sales, Jeremy Dehnel provides strategies, foundational business development and leadership to the team of regional sales managers in both domestic and international markets, through Road Widener’s extensive dealer network. 

He brings more than 18 years of experience planning, organizing, securing and managing resources to successfully fulfill company goals and objectives, and a history of training, motivating and managing high-performing teams. Most recently, he was business development manager for APi Construction’s scaffold division in New Brighton, Minnesota.  

Ross Ordinario is regional sales manager for the western United States, responsible for sales support and maintaining strong relationships with customers, dealers and other partners in his region, to help maximize their operations efficiency. 

He has more than 18 years of construction industry experience, further sharpened his sales skills by completing the Dale Carnegie Sales Training Course and diversified his education with a Smith Driving Course certification, MEWP aerial training, Hilti saw safety training and a forklift operator certification. 


Bowman Consulting Group Ltd. appointed Michael Sylvester as vice president of New Jersey operations. 

With more than 30 years of experience in the public and private sectors of the environmental and engineering industries, Sylvester brings a wealth of expertise to his new role. He is widely recognized as a national and local leader in brownfield development and possesses a strong background in operations management and finance.  

Leveraging his deep knowledge and skills, Michael will drive growth, foster innovation and enhance operational efficiencies in Bowman's New Jersey offices and explore growth opportunities in the Northeast region. 

Headquartered in Reston, Va., Bowman is an engineering services firm delivering infrastructure solutions to customers who own, develop, and maintain the built environment. 


Following the introduction of skid steer and compact track loaders, along with updates across its compact excavator lineup, HD Hyundai Construction Equipment North America has formed a new team dedicated to Hyundai compact equipment sales and support. 

Hyundai has hired Jeff Pate as vice president of the team. Four new team members are responsible for sales and dealer development in distinct regions covering the United States and Canada.  

Dale McLemore, an industry veteran with 35 years of experience, is senior dealer development and national accounts manager for compact equipment, covering the southeastern region.  

Brian Slavinski brings 12 years of experience to his role as district manager for the Northeastern United States and Eastern Canada, including extensive knowledge of the equipment industry from both the retail and manufacturing side.  

Darren Wallace, district manager for the Central region of the U.S. and Canada, brings a wealth of knowledge and 20 years of industry experience in sales and dealer development to the team.  

Mike Dahs is district manager for the Western region of the U.S. and Canada. He has spent the last two years on the OEM side of the business, following nine years of retail experience working for a successful multi-line construction equipment dealer. 


Harry Dravecky, P.E., vice president at CEC, has become COO, replacing San Szwed, P.E., who retired after 23 years with the company. 

Dravecky has more than 38 years of experience in civil and environmental engineering, 20 of which were in numerous operational management positions. This included leading a 500-person environmental engineering & consulting business unit with 20 offices throughout the country. 

His main goals for the rest of 2023 are ensuring a smooth transition, leading the 2024 operations planning efforts, and completing the annual employee review process.  


Poettker Construction Company, one of the nation’s top-performing construction firms, recently promoted six team members to its Preconstruction, Estimating, and Project Management Teams.  

In the Preconstruction and Estimating department, promotions include Gary Richter to MEPFP director, Justin Luitjohan to Preconstruction manager, Justin Dulle to lead estimator, and Mike Smith to senior estimator.  

Richter joined Poettker in 2021 as assistant director of Estimating. He has over 35 years of experience in operations, electrical engineering, and refrigeration, with management experience in financial, operational and maintenance projects. In his new role, he worked across multiple departments to strengthen relationships and coordination with mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire-protection trade contractors.  

Luitjohan has over 9 years of experience in the infrastructure, commercial, industrial, distribution, federal, and education markets. He joined Poettker in 2016 as a project engineer and most recently served in the role of estimator. 

Dulle has over 12 years of experience in the commercial, industrial, distribution center and warehouse markets. He joined Poettker in 2015 as a project engineer and most recently served as estimator. In addition to leading estimates on complex projects, Dulle will provide mentorship, oversight, guidance, and training for the estimating team.  

Smith has over 18 years of experience in the retail, industrial, distribution center and warehouse markets. Since joining Poettker in 2008, he has served in roles as a project engineer and estimator. In his new role, he will lead estimates for more complex projects.  

For Poettker’s Project Management team, Peter Ratermann was promoted to senior project manager and Nick Stockard was promoted to senior project engineer.  

Ratermann has over 11 years of experience in the commercial, industrial, distribution, and education markets. He joined Poettker in 2016 as a project engineer and most recently served as project manager. 

Stockard joined Poettker in 2022 as a project engineer with seven years of experience in electrical systems design and commercial construction. Prior to joining Poettker, he served in the United States Navy providing construction support of operating forces. 

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