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Oct 17, 2017

The Walsh Group


Jonathan Stow joined The Walsh Group in Seattle as project manager II. Stow owned and ran Stow Construction for 20 years before working as a project manager/construction manager at various other companies, such as Knife River, Teichert and Proven Management. At Walsh, he is working on the South Magnolia CSO control conveyance pipe project in Seattle.

Hermanson Co.


Hermanson Co. promoted Desiree Ropel to safety manager. Ropel joined Hermanson in 2015 as a field safety manager. She previously was a surface warfare officer in the Navy. She holds a bachelor's degree in law, society and justice from the University of Washington, and a master's degree in forensic psychology from Argosy University in San Diego.

Guerdon Modular Buildings

Lad Dawson retired from Guerdon Modular Buildings after founding the Boise commercial modular construction company in 2001. Dawson spent 45 years in factory housing and commercial construction. Jerry Goodwin took over as president and CEO earlier this year.

Harbor Freight Tools

Enumclaw High School teacher Bob Kilmer is a finalist for the 2017 Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Prize for Teaching Excellence. As a finalist, Kilmer (and the school) will receive $30,000; and $100,000 if he wins one of three top prizes. Kilmer was recognized for teaching woodworking, CAD, architecture and construction. He also serves as an instructional technology coach for the school district, and his class is building a tiny house for a local family in need. The contest recognizes outstanding instruction in skilled trades in U.S. public high schools that inspires students to learn a trade. Winners will be announced Oct. 26.

Oct 10, 2017












The Puget Sound Chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction has assembled its 2017-18 board of directors. Officers are: Jenny Browne of Convergint Technologies, president; Holly Erickson of Performance Contracting Inc., treasurer; Kristina Westgard of Propel Insurance, secretary; and Kathryn Emtman of Lease Crutcher Lewis, immediate past president. Directors are Jessie Bresnahan of Amazon, Jackie Lacktorin of Holmes Electric, Annie Lombroia of Ashbaugh Beal, Susan McCants of Osborne Construction, Melody Olson of Parker Smith & Feek, and Courtney Price of Clark Construction.

Oct 03, 2017

Contrack Watts






The Gig Harbor office of Contrack Watts added Monte Trousdale as superintendent, Tim Chiles as safety manager, Melissa Eby as office administrator, Mina Basta as senior scheduler, and Ali Al-Selmie as proposals content and graphics manager. Trousdale has more than 25 years of construction experience. He is working on the P-993 Transit Protection System Forward Operating Location project at Ediz Hook in Port Angeles. Chiles is a certified Occupational Health and Safety Technician. Eby has expertise in accounting and operations. Basta has been with the firm since 2008, working primarily in the Middle East. Al-Selmie, also a transfer, has been with the firm for six years. Contrack Watts is a general contractor headquartered in McLean, Virginia.

Walsh Construction Co.








Walsh Construction Co. hired Greg Gagnon as project manager; Erin Baldwin as receptionist; Joshua McMillan as assistant superintendent; and Mark Smith, Riley Coghlan, Ryan Whitacre and Brad Lucas as project engineers. Gagnon is at Walsh's Tacoma office, helping with the THA-RAD Conversion project. Baldwin and Smith are working out of the Seattle office. McMillan is working on the Arbora Court project in Seattle. Coghlan is working on a project at Bellevue College. Whitacre is working on the Compass Broadview project in Seattle. Lucas is working on the RDF Builders concrete crew on the Bellevue College project.

CITC of Washington


The Construction Industry Training Council of Washington hired Cordaro “Cord” Galvan for the new position of apprenticeship and craft training program assistant. Galvan will maintain apprenticeship files, attend job fairs, assist with quarterly registration and handle Oregon license requests. He previously was a supervisor for United Parcel Service, a unit coordinator for a hospital in Massachusetts and served in the U.S. Marines.

Oregon Door


Tim Cox was named vice president of sales and marketing at Oregon Door in Winston, Oregon. Cox joined the company in early 2010 on a temporary assignment, then was appointed sales and marketing representative for Northern California/Reno and subsequently named director of sales and marketing in 2013. He previously worked in a variety of marketing, sales and management positions.

SMART Heroes

The SMART Heroes program is expected to graduate its inaugural class today at the Western Washington Sheet Metal JATC in DuPont. The class is made up of eight soon-to-be-veterans of the U.S. Army. The program was launched in August to provide free sheet metal industry training to military personnel who plan to enter civilian life within the year. Graduates can choose from more than 150 apprenticeship programs, and get advanced placement as a second-year sheet metal apprentice. SMART is the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers.

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