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F&V Continues to Expand Adding 4 People

Fleis & VandenBrink (F&V) added four new employees, three of them senior-level including a director for its expanded Human Resources Department.

Allen Wiltse is the new Human Resources director for the full-service engineering and architectural firm, which has nine offices, including its headquarters in Grand Rapids.

“We’re trying to match the HR support to the size of our staff,” said Larry Fleis, PE and F&V president, noting the company has grown to over 180 employees including more than 70 in the past year. “We’ve grown a lot and we needed to improve our HR support and improve our recruiting.”

Wiltse is an experienced Human Resources management professional, having served in the Grand Rapids area as a HR manager/EEO officer for a public transportation authority. Prior to his work in the public sector, he worked as the employment/employee relations manager for a machinery sales organization and the corporate recruiting manager for a Midwest retailer.

At F&V, Wiltse will oversee the company’s benefit plans, recruiting and training of staff.

Senior project managers Bruce Pindzia, PE, and Michael Colpetzer, PE, have also joined the firm. Pindzia will support the municipal group in Grand Rapids. Colpetzer will be a part of the East Michigan Services Group working out of the Farmington Hills office.

Pindzia, who earned his civil engineering degree at Michigan Technological University, has 31 years of experience in the civil municipal engineering field in both the private and public sector. He is also a certified zoning administrator and has experience in storm water design, road design and large commercial developments. His duties will include business development and managing projects and clients.

Colpetzer, who earned his civil engineering degree at Ohio State University, is a former project manager in three states including Michigan. He has over 30 years of experience in site civil/development engineering. His experience of working for developers, businesses, large corporations and other private and public organizations will help F&V as it expands services in southeast Michigan. His duties business development and project management.

John Scott has joined F&V’s Survey Group as a GIS technician based in the Grand Rapids office. The Grand Valley State University grad has a bachelor’s degree in geography and planning and a post baccalaureate certificate in Geographic Information Service (GIS). Scott, a Marine Corps veteran, will be responsible for the creation, data management and final deliverables of GIS projects such as asset management inventories/plans, signage and zoning maps.

F&V has more than 180 employees including specialists in the municipal, private and industrial sectors. The firm has been locally and nationally recognized as one of the “101 Best & Brightest Companies to Work For” and a “National Hot Firm” for its revenue growth and outperforming the economy and competitors. Over the last few years, F&V has received multiple engineering and surveying excellence awards from the American Council of Engineering Companies – MI.

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Grand Rapids Business Journal
MADC – Pipeline

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