Press Release: F&V Names Two New Associates, Two Senior Associates

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Fleis & VandenBrink announced today two new Associates and two new Senior Associates.

John DeVol, PE, and Jeff Pugh, PE, have been named Senior Associates. Gary Bartow and David Bluhm, PE, have been named Associates.

The Principal/Associate program was started in 2006 to promote leadership and ownership transition. Last year, the firm promoted two Associates to Senior Associates for the first time.

“We are excited to see these new Associates and Senior Associates who are eager to step up their commitment to the future of F&V from both a leadership and ownership position,” said Paul Galdes, PE, F&V’s vice president and one of five Principals in the firm.

DeVol joined F&V in 2004 as a project manager and has been providing key support in the West Michigan Municipal Services Group. DeVol runs the Traverse City office and specializes in municipal work from water, sewer, roads and recreation projects and project funding.

Pugh, F&V’s Process Design Group Manager in Grand Rapids, joined the firm in 2011 as a senior project manager. He has more than three decades of experience in water and wastewater process and design and has been active in the Michigan Water Environment Association for 35 years.

Bartow has over 36 years of experience in consulting engineering, the last eight at F&V. He was named co-manager of the East Michigan Services Group in 2015. Bartow runs the Midland office and specializes in municipal and private development projects.

Bluhm joined F&V in 2014 as a municipal senior project manager. He was promoted in 2016 to West Michigan & Water Resource Specialties Manager. Bluhm specializes in asset management, roads and utilities projects.

The changes in the leadership and ownership transition team were announced Jan. 19 during the firm’s 24th annual breakfast, where company leaders – Principals, Senior Associates, Associates and several other staff – pitched in to make breakfast for more than 190 employees at eight different sites.

F&V, which was founded in 1993 by Larry Fleis and Steve Vanden Brink, now has 22 employees in its Principal/Associates program.

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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