February 2023 Vol. 78 No. 2


Business People

Doosan Infracore North America 

Chris Jeong, CEO for Doosan Infracore European Union, was named CEO at Doosan Infracore North America. 

He joined Doosan in 2006 as a senior corporate strategy manager and led these activities across various markets, before being promoted to vice president of sales and marketing for emerging markets. 

He succeeds Edward Song, who was promoted to global sales head of Hyundai Doosan Infracore, in Korea. 

His accomplishments as CEO of Doosan Infracore North America included establishing two regional parts distribution centers in North America, opening the machine customization plant (Savannah, Ga.), and introducing a new machine monitoring center at the Suwanee, Ga. (near Atlanta) corporate office. 


Emily St. Clair, systems analyst at architecture, engineering, geospatial (AEG) and strategic consulting firm Woolpert, was appointed to The Institute of Asset Management’s (IAM) Subject Specific Guidelines (SSG) Group 27. 

The group is working to create guidelines outlining what it means to be a successful asset management leader and manager at all levels of an organization. It will touch on how to execute organizational strategy and how to manage and effect positive change. 

IAM’s goal of publishing in 2023. 

Established in 1994 and based in the U.K., the IAM has a global network of over 30,000 professionals and supports the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 55000 series and its development of international standards for asset management. 

The IAM SSG leadership group has 47 members who were selected from public agencies, private industries and academia around the world. 

this appointment reinforces Woolpert’s reputation in the industry and demonstrates the firm’s commitment to building a world-class advisory consulting staff. 

St. Clair joined Woolpert in 2019 and specializes in GIS and asset management system design, analysis and implementations that promote functionality, workflow management and productivity. 


Chris Zenthoefer joined as director of McElroy’s new Digital Strategy group. 

Since graduating from the University of Tulsa, with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration and a Marketing focus, he has had an eye for technology. First starting a company that built websites, he later founded ICEdot, an award-winning startup that designed technological products for outdoor enthusiasts. 


Ralph Carpenter, former chair of the SPFA Pipe Section and longtime pipe industry and steel champion, was inducted into the STI/SPFA Hall of Fame. 

The honor recognizes his 31 years with STI/SPFA, a not-for-profit trade association of companies that fabricate steel tanks, pipe, and pressure vessels for use in the petroleum, food, water, and chemical processing industries. 

His involvement and contributions include serving as chair of several committees and spearheading the Steel Facts Series initiative. In addition, his influence and positions with the AWWA and ASCE, strengthened STI/SPFA’s reputation across many markets. 

GTI Energy 

Paula Gant, Ph.D., became president and CEO of GTI Energy, research and training organization for scaling energy transitions, succeeding David Carroll, who retired. 

Since joining GTI in 2019, Gant has led efforts to enhance the creation and market impact of technology-based energy and environmental solutions, most recently as senior vice president of corporate strategy and innovation. Previously, she led policy, regulatory affairs, and strategy at the U.S. Department of Energy, American Gas Association, and Duke Energy Corporation. 

Sumeet Singh, P.E., executive vice president, chief risk officer and interim chief safety officer, PG&E Corporation and Pacific Gas and Electric Company, was elected to the GTI Energy Board of Directors. Through various leadership roles, he has a deep understanding of energy systems, both natural gas and electric, and vast experience across all aspects of utility operations. 

Black & Veatch 

Mario Azar was named as the new chairman and CEO of Black & Veatch, a global engineering, procurement, consulting, and construction company. He succeeds Steve Edwards, who retired after 44 years. 

Azar has more than 32 years in the energy and industrial fields – much of it in engineering and construction solutions – serving in multiple executive roles and founding a private consulting firm. 

He joined Black & Veatch four years ago, as president of the global power business, and most recently was president of energy & process industries. 

Felling Trailers 

Mike Young is the new regional sales manager at Felling Trailers Inc., national leader in manufacturing industrial and commercial trailers. 

Within the South-Central region (Oklahoma, Arkansas, Texas, and Louisiana), he is responsible for achieving market-share objectives, with existing and new dealers, and providing training and product support for Felling Trailers and Larson Cable Trailers products. 

He brings 12 years of experience in the oil and gas drilling industry, with diverse knowledge of the underground utility markets. Most recently, he was vac truck sales manager for Vermeer Equipment of Texas/Louisiana. 

Mike Wolff was appointed as national accounts coordinator-inside sales, responsible for sales development, activity, and account support for Felling’s top national rental partners and inside sales calls. 

His previous Felling experience includes working as sales coordinator and in the Parts & Services Department. Prior to Felling, he was parts manager and route specialist at an ag-based business.

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