Press Release: F&V Companies Expands Board to Keep up with Growth

The Board of Directors for F&V Companies, Inc. in Grand Rapids has been expanded from five to seven members.

Shareholders for the parent company of Fleis & VandenBrink (F&V), F&V Operations and Resources Management, Inc. (FVOP), and F&V Construction (FVC) approved the Board expansion last week, adding Senior Associates John R. DeVol and Jeffrey K. Pugh.

DeVol joined F&V in 2004 as a project manager and has since become Group Manager for the Traverse City Office of the West Michigan Municipal Services Group. Pugh, who has more than three decades of experience in water and wastewater process and design, is the Process Design Group Manager in Grand Rapids.

DeVol and Pugh have served as advisory members to the Board. Other Board members include: Larry J. Fleis, chairman and F&V co-founder; Paul R. Galdes, F&V president; Craig L. Shumaker, F&V vice-president; Brian Rice, F&V Environmental Group manager; and Troy Stahl, Indiana Group manager. Fleis, Galdes, Shumaker, Rice and Stahl are also Principals.

“John and Jeff have served in an advisory capacity in the past and will be able to hit the road running in their new roles,” Fleis said. “They were acclimated to the Board and now have voting powers.”

F&V’s continued client and staff growth led the Board expansion.

“We had been thinking about this for some time,” Galdes said. “With the growth of the company, we wanted to get more of our senior leadership involved in Board activities.”

Shareholders also voted Robert W. Wilcox, Jonathan W. Moxey and David W. Bluhm as Board advisory members.

F&V Companies, Inc., provides full-service engineering and architectural services with specialists in the municipal, private and industrial sectors. F&V, which celebrated its 25th anniversary in January of 2018, was started by Fleis and co-founder Steve Vanden Brink, who was Vice-President at F&V until his departure in 2015.

F&V has not only grown to over 200 employees with nine offices in 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 Frim, #51 in the U.S. and Canada.

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