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Press Release: F&V Adds Nine, Including Senior-Level Project Manager

GRAND RAPIDS, MI NOVEMBER 10, 2016 – Fleis & VandenBrink (F&V) announced today the hiring of nine new employees, including a senior-level project manager for its East Michigan Services Group.

Senior project manager Jennifer Chehab joins F&V’s Farmington Hills office. She has over 20 years of municipal experience as a senior project manager and design engineer in southeast Michigan.

Chehab, who specializes in design and management of municipality utilities, infrastructure, road projects and site design, earned her civil engineering degree at the University of Detroit.

“We are thrilled with the addition of Jenn to our team. Jenn clearly has the experience we were looking for and experience with helping clients with difficult infrastructure issues which fits right in with our culture,” said Paul Galdes, PE and vice-president at F&V.

“I’m very excited to be with a firm who shares my values of understanding customers’ needs and doing what we say we’re going to do and I am backed by 200 professionals to help me,” Chehab said.

F&V, which is headquartered in Grand Rapids, also added three professional engineers. They are Lindsay Sagorski Munsell, Joe Westerbeke and Matt Johnson. Brian Richey, a Civil Engineer-in-Training, is also among the new hires.

Sagorski Munsell joins the West Michigan Municipal Group in Grand Rapids as a project engineer. She has nine years of experience in civil engineering working for both public municipalities and private firms. The Michigan State University civil engineering graduate has expertise in traffic studies, signal design and roadway design.

Westerbeke is an engineer with the Water Resource Group in Grand Rapids. The Calvin College grad’s expertise in hydraulic modeling and storm water management work will help him develop storm water asset management plans and storm water and HEC-RAS modeling needs.

Johnson joins the Kalamazoo office as a project engineer. The Michigan Tech graduate brings 10 years of experience in construction, consulting and municipal engineering – most recently working for the City of Kalamazoo. His expertise includes project feasibility studies, planning, parks and recreation, multi-use trails, facilities, municipal streets and utilities.

Richey also received his civil engineering degree from MSU and has a background in GIS. He will be assisting in design and construction oversight along with GIS support.

Three other employees were hired in Grand Rapids. They are Phil Smith, Karl Plattner and Jill Travis.

Smith is the new IT Manager. He oversees and manages F&V’s project and helpdesk staff, coordinates IT project phases from development to installation and acts as a liaison between clients, vendors and consultants.

Smith has a bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems from Davenport University. He is a member of the Business Professionals of America and is Microsoft MCSE certified.

Plattner is a CAD designer. His recent civil engineering field work involved Mapping/GIS for a municipality. He also has experience as a surveyor and drafter which will help him as he splits time between site development and municipal engineering drafting.

Travis joins the accounting department as a part-time clerk. Her extensive administrative and customer service experience as a former accounting department administrator will benefit F&V.

Dan Sturgis joins F&V as a construction inspection technician. He will support the East Michigan Municipal Group out of the Grand Blanc office. Sturgis spent much of his life around construction as his father owned an excavating company in Fenton. He recently worked as the lead inspection/testing tech for the new Genesee County Water Treatment plant.

Sturgis will be responsible for construction observation and testing on road and utility projects. He will also assist with data collection for our asset management projects.

“F&V is excited to welcome new staff that expand our capacity and experience in municipal and private development civil engineering, CAD, traffic engineering, hydraulics and resident project representation,” Galdes added. “Our growth has led us to add support staff throughout the company so we can better serve our customers.”

F&V is a multi-disciplined engineering and architecture firm that has become a one-stop shop for infrastructure planning, design and construction. Recently it was named one of the 101 “Best and Brightest Companies to Work for,” and one of the state’s top four “Hot Growth Firms.”


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