F&V adds five staffers, four to boost East Michigan Services Group

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Fleis & VandenBrink (F&V) continues to expand, adding five more staffers in Michigan.

Justin Rose, a civil engineer, and Ray Leppek, a CAD technician designer, have joined the Farmington Hills staff. Rob Behnke, a new marketing project manager in Grand Rapids, will be heavily involved in new business development and cultivating existing client relationships in south and southeast Michigan.

Steve Mitchell is the firm’s new IT manager working out of Grand Rapids and Greg Diebolt, an engineering technician, joins the East Michigan Services Group in Midland.

“It is exciting to see our presence continue to expand in southeast Michigan,” said Larry Fleis, PE, co-founder and president of F&V. “What is great about the recent additions is the experience they bring to our southeast Michigan engineering team.”

“Our East Michigan Group has tripled in the last four years,” Fleis added.

Rose has over 10 years of municipal experience, working on everything from surveying and inspection, to municipal and traffic engineering for both consultants and government agencies. One of Rose’s specialties is signal timing and signal design. His public and private experiences give him a unique perspective on how to attack problems and develop solutions. Rose received his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Wayne State University.

Leppek has nearly 40 years of experience in civil engineer and land surveying, most recently with the Oakland County Road Commission.

Behnke, the former Pennfield Charter Township supervisor, brings experience in resolving municipal issues and finding funding to complete infrastructure projects.

Behnke, who has also conducted over 900 seminars nationwide for a renowned benefits services company, will also provide staff training for presentations and public relations support.

Mitchell has over 25 years of information technology experience working for businesses in the manufacturing, insurance, and retail service industries. He has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Cornerstone University.

He will oversee and manage information systems company-wide and coordinate needs in the network infrastructure as a result of the firm’s continuing growing staff. He also manages and mentors staff responsive for various internal projects and helpdesk responses.

“Steve’s experience in managing information systems for a large multi-location firm will be a real asset as he provides guidance for our rapidly growing systems,” said Brian Rice, PE and principal.

Diebolt, who worked for the City of Bay City for 32 years as head of the construction department, completed millions of dollars of MDOT LAP for the City. He will be assisting the Midland office with inspection work and Stormwater Asset Management (SAW) field work.

The F&V Companies provides full-service engineering and architectural services with specialists in the municipal, private and industrial sectors. It has nine offices throughout Michigan and Indiana. It has been locally and nationally recognized as one of the “101 Best & Brightest Companies to Work For,” and Zweig Group Hot Firm, #70th in the U.S. and Canada.

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