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Gulf Energy Information appoints Catherine Watkins as chief commercial officer to drive market expansion

Gulf Energy Information, a premier B2B media company in the global energy sector, proudly announces the transition of Catherine Watkins from chief financial officer to chief commercial officer, effective immediately.

GTI Energy appoints internationally recognized utility leaders to Board of Directors

GTI Energy elected Kelcey Brown, President and CEO of MidAmerican Energy, and William (Bill) Yardley, as directors. Additionally, Nickolas Stavropoulos, an internationally recognized utility safety culture leader, and John Somerhalder II, an energy industry executive experienced in governance and strategy execution, will serve as Chair and Vice Chair of GTI Energy’s Board of Directors.

20-year underground construction veteran named VP of Prime Resins

Jeremey Sukola, who will continue in his role as Water and Wastewater Market Manager for Carboline, brings to this new leadership role extensive experience spanning over 20 years in the underground construction and corrosion control industry.

Avanti names new directors in sales teams reorganization

The new appointments inlcude: Chris Hamilton, Director, Municipal Division; Jacob Swanson, Director, Geotechnical Division; Keith Sisson, Director, Industrial & Dealer Channel Divisions; and Chris M. Hamilton, Director, National Accounts.

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Meet the latest business leaders making waves in their industries. Tsurumi Pump appoints John Hartz as sales engineer, Woolpert welcomes Kristi Norman as market director, Yanmar honors three service professionals with the Yanmar Service Awards, and SGH adds Payman K. Tehrani and Ikpoto Udoh, Ph.D., to its senior leadership team. Stay informed with the latest updates in the business world!

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Discover the latest innovations and industry collaborations in underground construction. Avanti and US Grout formalize their partnership, PipeSense opens new testing facilities, Martin Equipment expands its territory, and PPI releases a groundbreaking report on seismic-resistant HDPE water mains. Stay informed with UI's May issue of Business News!

LAN promotes 20-year industry veteran as Director of North Texas infrastructure business group

With an engineering background that spans more than two decades, Justin Reeves has served in technical and management roles for water and wastewater treatment planning; pipeline modeling, planning, design, construction and management; and rehabilitation and design of roadway and drainage systems.

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Get updates from important industry agencies, business and people in Underground Infrastructure's latest issue.

Jacob Trapani, NASSCO Standard Bearer

This month, Underground Infrastructure Magazine profiles Jacob Trapani, who has proven to be not only a tremendous leader in private industry, helping to elevate BLD Services, but leading NASSCO through tough and changing situations during COVID.

Trenchless Technology provider Vortex Companies appoints veteran employee as COO

As one of Vortex's first employees when the company opened its doors in 2015, Ryan Graham has steadily risen through the ranks, most recently serving as Senior Vice President for Vortex Services.

National Trench Safety appoints Fernando Pinera as new CEO

National Trench Safety (NTS), the nation’s largest pure play trench safety solutions provider, has announced the appointment of Fernando Pinera as its new CEO, effective April 1, 2024.

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Mark Roberts, well-known and respected leader in the pipeline industry, died Feb. 2, at age 75; Michael Hoffmaster was promoted from director to vice president of Business Development at OBIC LLC; Jeremy Cress, P.E. joined Woolpert; and more!

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VANAIR acquires Grip Idle Management; Aries Industries adds Phoenix-based Short Equipment Inc. to its dealer network; United Rentals offers game-changing equipment, tools, approaches; Yanmar celebrates launch of zero tail swing excavator; and more!

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Industry pioneer and Distribution Contractors Association Past President Thomas Michael (Tom) Allen, of Edwardsville, Ill., died Oct. 23, 2023, at the age of 83. Additionally, LAN, Woolpert, McElroy and more announced promotions in Underground Infrastructure's latest issue.

Former EPA water administrator Radhika Fox joins Xylem as Senior Advisor

Fox will provide strategic counsel to Xylem on evolving issues and opportunities in the water sector and provide advice on a range of matters to support the delivery of Xylem’s strategy.

Annual MVP awards luncheon to be held March 19 at UIC

Russ Ford, a senior associate at Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam Inc., will be honored as the underground infrastructure industry’s Most Valuable Professional (MVP) at a special luncheon on March 19, 2024, at the Oklahoma City Convention Center.

HDD Reunion, Hall of Fame celebration to be held at UIC

The biannual Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD) Reunion and HDD Hall of Fame celebration will be held on Wednesday, March 20, 2024, at the Oklahoma City Convention Center in conjunction with the Underground Infrastructure Conference (UIC).

Editor’s Log: Industry honors and celebrations

It’s officially awards season for the underground infrastructure industry with some amazing people, projects and technology being cited for market contributions.

Matt Timberlake to lead Applied Felts as president after Vortex Companies acquisition

Matt Timberlake, a seasoned industry veteran, is set to assume the role of President at Applied Felts Inc. following its acquisition by Vortex Companies.

McElroy names Michael Grant as vice president of operations

McElroy, a prominent designer and manufacturer of thermoplastic fusion equipment, announces the appointment of Michael Grant as the new Vice President of Operations.

Outgoing DCA President Ray Swerdfeger stresses significance of local inclusion

Swerdfeger, the outgoing president of the Distribution Contractors Association (DCA), had the chance to grow up in the family business, working closely with his father. As a second-generation president following in his father's footsteps, Swerdfeger sat down with Underground Infrastructure for an exclusive interview. The discussion covered the accomplishments and directions of the DCA in 2023.

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EPA water infrastructure administrator to step down in February 2024

Under Fox’s leadership, EPA has provided over $13 billion to states, territories, Tribes, and local communities, supporting over 2,600 water infrastructure projects.

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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).

HDD ’24 Reunion will unite past, present and future

(UI) — The biannual Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD) Reunion and HDD Hall of Fame ceremony will be held on Wednesday, March 20, 2024, at the Oklahoma City Convention Center in conjunction with the Underground Infrastructure Conference (UIC). Also at the conference will be the formal recognition of the HDD Hall of Fame Class of 2024.

Southwest Gas Holdings appoints utility industry veteran as CEO of Centuri Group

Bill Fehrman brings decades of utility operation leadership experience, including most recently having served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Berkshire Hathaway Energy.

Condux International appoints James Radous III as CEO

(UI) — Condux International announced the appointment of James J (Jim) Radous III as chief executive officer (CEO) on Dec. 19. Radous, formerly chief revenue officer at Condux, is an accomplished business leader with extensive domestic and international experience.

Plastics Pipe Institute selects 20-year curriculum veteran to lead education committee

The Plastics Pipe Institute, Inc. appointed Jason McKinnon, Director of Engineering Services, Viega, LLC (Broomfield, CO), as the chair of its education committee.

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Vacuworx celebrates 25th anniversary; Grundfos celebrates the 50th anniversary of its U.S. operations; 120Water selected to manage the data and submittal of Georgia’s lead service line (LSL) inventories; and more!