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Sep 21, 2021

Trico Companies


Burlington-based Trico Companies hired Christopher Kiel as president. Kiel has 30 years of executive management experience, primarily in the building trades industry, including contracting, subcontracting and the supply sides of the industry. He holds a bachelor's degree in business administration management with concentrations in finance and economics from the University of St. Thomas in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Kiel is taking over daily operations of the company from Bruce Berglin, who remains as CEO and is focusing on long-term planning and growth. Trico is a design-build general contractor.



Tom Santos joined Redmond-based Sequoyah Electric and Network Services as prefabrication and manufacturing director. Santos is in charge of integrating engineering, virtual design, prefabrication and construction operations processes. He has been in the manufacturing industry for over 15 years, most recently at a large electrical contractor. Sequoyah's electrical team has expertise ranging from complex, multi-phased design-build projects to technically challenging industrial and low-voltage installations.

Ledcor Group

Vancouver, B.C.-based Ledcor Group of Companies made a few executive leadership changes: Ron Stevenson is now vice chairman of Ledcor Group of Companies; Tom Lassu is president of Ledcor Group of Companies; and Jeff Watt is president of Ledcor Industries. Stevenson has been with Ledcor for over 50 years, starting as an equipment operator and later moving into senior management. He became president of Ledcor Industries in 2002 and was promoted in 2016 to president of Ledcor Group of Companies. Lassu is a professional engineer who has been with the company for over 35 years. He previously was president of Ledcor Industries. Watt has worked at Ledcor for over 20 years and previously was president of energy, mining and infrastructure operations. Ledcor has built several projects in the Puget Sound area, and its clients included Costco and Starbucks. Years ago it had a local office in Bellevue, but its website lists U.S. offices only in California, Nevada, Hawaii, Texas and Illinois. Its U.S. head office is in San Diego.

Sep 14, 2021

Washington Patriot Construction








Gig Harbor-based Washington Patriot Construction hired Dumitru Robu as project engineer, Lauren Lusk as project administrator/administrative assistant, Keegan Bennett as quality control manager, Dayna Schicker as assistant controller, Ernesto Valdes as payroll administrator, Rob Floberg as assistant project manager, and Phil Thornton as project manager. Robu is working on the new headquarters for Gig Harbor Peninsula Fish Food Bank. He holds a bachelor's degree in construction management from the University of Washington. Lusk supports the company's estimating, marketing and project teams, performing a variety of project-related tasks in addition to general office administrative tasks. She holds a bachelor's degree in interior design with a minor in construction management. Bennett is working on NAVFAC Northwest projects at multiple Naval Base Kitsap locations. He holds a bachelor's degree in construction management with a minor in business administration from Washington State University. Schicker has a finance degree from Portland State University, an MBA from the University of Portland, and is a CPA. Valdes holds a bachelor's degree in accounting with a minor in finance from Interamerican University of Puerto Rico. Floberg supports private clients with preconstruction and construction management assistance. Thornton has over 10 years of industry experience, and is focusing on Boeing projects in Auburn, Frederickson, Kent and Tukwila.



In Kirkland, Mortenson hired Stephanie Abla as community affairs manager. In her role, she leads Mortenson's diversity, equity and inclusion mission, and philanthropic activity. Abla previously worked in Dubai as a community and government affairs specialist for Boeing's Middle East and North Africa operations. She holds a bachelor's degree in political science from the American University of Beirut (Lebanon) and a master's degree in international relations from the University of Chicago.

Velocity Building Technical Service


Jamil Aljasir joined Velocity Building Technical Service as director of energy services. Aljasir has over 20 years of experience in mechanical design, commissioning, LEED administration and energy assessments. Velocity offers building commissioning, auditing, tune-ups, clean buildings act compliance, indoor air quality, and energy conservation.

Carney Badley Spellman


In Seattle, Carney Badley Spellman hired Isaac Prevost as an associate attorney practicing construction and commercial litigation. Prevost handles breach-of-contract and construction disputes for project owners, developers, general contractors, subcontractors and material suppliers. He also helps clients assess pre-litigation risks and resolves issues in mediation. Prior to joining Carney, he worked at a boutique construction law firm.

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