James A. Broaddus, Ph.D., PE,
and president and chief executive officer of Austin-based
Broaddus & Associates Inc., was recently appointed by
President George W. Bush to the board of directors of the
National Institute of Building Sciences in Washington, D.C.
NIBS is directed by a 21-member board, 15 that are elected
and six of whom are appointed by the President. Dr. Broaddus'
appointment to a three-year term on the board was confirmed
by the U.S. Senate in May following a Senate subcommittee
Authorized in 1974. the institute's public interest mission
is to improve the building regulatory environment, facilitate
the introduction of new and existing products and technology
into the building process and disseminate nationally recognized
technical and regulatory information.
Rick Johnson was recently named president and chief executive
officer of the Dallas-based Centex Construction Group, succeeding
Robert C. Van Cleave, who was named company chairman.
Johnson has 20 years of experience in the construction industry
and was most recently senior vice president of operations
for Centex. In his new role, Johnson will oversee the business
strategy, relationship focus and corporate culture for the
He is a construction technology graduate from the University
of Southern Mississippi and holds memberships in the Design-Build
Institute of America, the Construction Management Association
of America and the Legislative Committee of the Associated
Builders and Contractors of America.
Charles Sweeney was recently appointed senior vice president,
commercial operations for Foster Wheeler USA Corp.'s Southwest
Operations in Houston.
Sweeney has 23 years of experience in the industry, 13 of
which have been with Foster Wheeler. He has been involved
in the execution of a variety of projects throughout Europe,
the Middle East and Asia, including offshore oil and gas,
refining, petrochemicals and chemicals.
Prior to this appointment, he held global responsibility for
Foster Wheeler's chemicals business.
Sweeney is a chemical engineering graduate of Leeds University
and holds an MBA from Webster University in Leiden, The Netherlands.
He is a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers.
Lori Elise was recently named director of corporate communications
for Dallas-based Austin Industries Inc. She replaces David
Vance, who retired June 30 after more than 27 years with the
Elise has been with Austin since 1993 and has served in such
roles as communications generalist, diversity development
coordinator, open door facilitator and leadership development
She is a broadcast radio, television and film graduate of
the University of North Texas.
John Bethancourt was named executive vice president in charge
of technology and services for ChevronTexaco, effective July
1. Bethancourt replaces Darry Callahan, executive vice president
of power, chemicals and technology, who retired June 30.
In his new role, Bethancourt will continue to be the reporting
officer for Health, Environment and Safety, and becomes the
reporting officer for project resources, additives and coal
Bethancourt joined Texaco Inc. in 1984 when it merged with
Getty Oil Co. In 2000, he was named vice president of Texaco
and president of the company's worldwide production operations.
He was most recently vice president of human resources, assuming
that position upon the formation of ChevronTexaco Corp. in
He is a native of Dallas and is a petroleum engineering graduate
of Texas A&M University. Bethancourt is a member of the
board of directors of the Society of Petroleum Engineers,
the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering
Inc. and the petroleum advisory board at Texas A&M.
Charles M. Penland, PE, was recently named executive director
of Civil Engineering Services for the Infrastructure Division
of Houston-based Walter P. Moore & Associates, overseeing
civil engineering operations in Houston, Kansas City and Dallas.
A principal of the firm since 1983, Penland will also maintain
his position as managing director of Civil Engineering operations
Kevin Wooster and Rick Klar of San Antonio-based
Raba-Kistner Consultants Inc. recently have been certified by the Texas
Board of Professional Geoscientists as professional geoscientists
Licensing places a degree of legal accountability on those
who engage in the public practice of geoscience.
Firms or corporations who engage in the public practice of
geoscience must have their geoscientific work performed by
or under the supervision of a licensed geoscientist who is
responsible for such work.
Philip Suder was recently promoted to lead estimator for
the Texas Division of McCarthy Building Cos. Inc. in Dallas.
In his new position, Suder will be responsible for complete
construction project procurement, a task which includes conceptual
estimating as well as review of project plans, soliciting
bids, negotiating prices from subcontractors, coordinating
preconstruction scheduling requirements, contract writing
and review, completion of the bid process and project close-out.
During his two-year tenure at McCarthy, Suder has directed
estimating and preconstruction activities for various projects
at Knapp Medical Center, Baylor University, Valley Baptist
Medical Center, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center,
Children's Medical Center and Tulsa Heart Hospital.
He is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington with
a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering.
W.M. "Monty" Huffington was recently named vice
president of finance for Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based ECO-Block
Huffington will provide oversight for all finance, accounting
and tax functions of the firm and its subsidiaries as well
as oversee human resources, information systems and risk management
He will also organize and execute the upcoming move of ECO-Block's
finance and accounting functions to Dallas.
Huffington is a graduate of Texas A&M University.
Brent Ivey was recently named Southwest Region Builder of
the Year for 2002 by Houston-based Gilbane Building Co.
The company annually honors the project manager in each of
its nine geographic regions and advanced technology sector
that best demonstrates excellence for a project during the
Ivey was honored for his work managing the construction of
the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Management at Rice University
and the 200,000-sq.-ft. underground central campus parking
The Jones Graduate School earned a 2002 Best of Texas award
for educational building projects from Texas Construction.
Ivey, who also won the Southwest Region Builder of the Year
award in 1997, has more than 16 years of experience in the
construction industry. He is a graduate of Texas A&M University.
Newell Cheatheam, AIBD, CPBD, president of Katy-based
Newell's Designs, was recently elected to serve on the Texas Institute
of Building Design board of directors.
He will also serve as publicity chairman for the organization.
Cheatheam has more than 35 years of experience in commercial
and residential building design. He majored in architecture
and interior design at Midwestern State University and the
University of Houston, and is a certified professional building
designer and a Texas licensed registered interior designer.
He holds memberships in the Houston chapter of the Texas Institute
of Building Design and the American Institute of Building
Don S. Herbert was recently named sales manager/engineered
solutions in the South Central region for Middletown, Ohio-based
Contech Construction Products Inc., a civil engineering products
and services company.
Herbert will be based in Irving.
He joined Contech in 1991 and holds a civil engineering degree
from Manhattan College and a master's degree in construction
management from Texas A&M University.
Curt Hageland, CSI, of Houston-based
FKP Architects Inc.
recently received certification as a certified construction
The CCCA designation is awarded to candidates who demonstrate
expertise in construction contract administration and in-depth
knowledge of preconstruction activities and procedures as
well as construction phase activities.
Hageland is a graduate of the University of Arkansas and holds
membership in the Construction Specifications Institute.
David Horton and Lawrence Montemayor,
service technicians for Houston-based Spectra Laser and Precision Instruments,
recently completed Level Three training for Trimble GPS and
Robotic Total Station products for the construction and survey
Level Three is the highest form of training available for
the products and consisted of classroom and field work at
the Trimble facility in Dayton, Ohio.
Horton trained on the Trimble 5600 Total Station product while
Montemayor is now certified for GPS models 4700, 4800 and
David Kirby was recently named dispatcher for the Arlington
office of Phoenix-based Sandvick Equipment & Supply Co.
Kirby previously served as operations manager for Fort Worth-based
NES Trench Shoring.