Fleis & VandenBrink (F&V) has added 14 new staff members including five in its Construction Services Group.
New F&V Construction Services staffers include senior technician Todd Winkle and technicians Michael Vincent, Jeff Catlin, Noah Lafferty and Josh Parsons.
Additional hires company-wide include: Kelly S. Hon, a senior project manager and Neal Dearth, technician in the Environmental Services Group; Chris Hennessy, business development representative, and Yadong Dong, PE, project manager, East Michigan Services Group; Peter Tierney and Euponine Pierre, Engineers-In-Training (EITs) West Michigan Municipal Group; and Amy Poncato, administrative assistant, West Michigan Group.
Indiana new hires include John Burgelin, PE, business development project manager, and Brian Duzan, CAD operator.
“We are thankful to be able to continue to attract great people in a market where talent is hard to find,” said Paul R. Galdes, principal and president of F&V. “This speaks highly of our HR team and our employees who love to tell others about what a great place F&V is to work at. There is no better way to recruit than through employees who enjoy what they are doing.”
Winkle has nearly 30 years of experience as a field technician in the municipal area, including supervisor for local agency Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) projects. He’ll be assisting the Farmington Hills office with construction observation services in southeast Michigan.
Vincent, a former U.S. Army staff sergeant, has nearly 25 years of construction observation experience specializing in bridge projects. The certified bridge inspector brings underwater inspection expertise to the Grand Blanc office and southeast Michigan.
Catlin, Lafferty and Parsons will work out of the Grand Rapids office. Catlin is an accomplished AutoCAD and Environmental specialist. He has nearly three decades of experience including 10 years of construction observation of sewer and water developments.
Lafferty has several years of MDOT road construction experience. He will join Parsons in focusing on
municipal road and utility projects.
Hon, who has nearly two decades of experience leading and guiding drinking water protection initiatives for local units of government throughout the state, will oversee F&V’s Source Water Protection (SWP) staff. She’ll be based at F&V’s Grand Rapids headquarters but will travel statewide. Hon spent the past 16½ years with the Michigan Rural Water Association (MRWA).
Dearth brings extensive experience working on environmental and health and safety projects throughout the United States, especially nuclear sites and their decommissioning. He’ll provide assistance for a growing number of demolition projects in the Kalamazoo office.
Hennessy, who has a master’s degree in labor relations from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, brings more than 15 years’ working knowledge of local, state and federal project building experience. He will be working on developing community relationships.
Dong, who received his doctoral in civil engineering from Michigan Technological University, has over six years of experience in land development, municipal engineering, pavement evaluation, construction engineering and structural engineering. His experience will help the Farmington Hills office with stormwater management, PASER evaluations and site civil design for private development projects.
Tierney, a former intern at F&V, will provide civil engineering support for the design of municipal, private and institutional projects. He will be working on infrastructure, utility and transportation projects the Grand Rapids area.
Pierre, another former intern at F&V, will assist the Kalamazoo office in stormwater management and structural engineering projects. Pierre has a civil engineering degree from Western Michigan University and is working on a master’s degree in structural engineering at WMU.
Poncato is a former administrative assistant for a water district and groundwater agency in California. Her experience will help project managers with correspondence, report preparation and specification development including bidding and construction phase engineering services.
Burgelin has over 10 years of experience in civil, environmental and structural engineering and project management and has expertise in funding sources. He will assist the Indiana Services Group in developing community relationships for water/wastewater projects. Burgelin received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Southern Illinois University.
Duzan has extensive knowledge in Civil 3D and more than two decades of engineering experience as a transportation drafter. He will assist Indiana staff with project design and preparation.
F&V, an employee-owned multi-disciplined civil engineering and architecture firm and a one-stop shop for infrastructure planning, design and construction, now has more than 230 employees. It is headquartered in Grand Rapids but has eight other F&V offices throughout Michigan and Indiana.
In 2019, F&V was named a Zewig Group Hot Growth Firm, American Council of Engineering Companies of Michigan (ACEC-M) Firm of the Year and one of the Best & Brightest Companies to Work for in the Nation.