McCarthy promotes 5 on Renewable Energy and Storage team

With tremendous growth in the Renewable Energy and Storage sector, McCarthy Building Companies is pleased to announce several promotions, which will allow the group to continue to expand its presence in growing markets from coast to coast. The group brings technical expertise that provides clients with innovative and value-driven solutions in the renewable energy and storage sectors.

Since 2010, McCarthy’s Renewable Energy and Storage group has completed more than 48 utility-scale clean energy projects in communities across the country, delivering a combined capacity of more than 3 Gigawatts (GW) of clean energy production and over 320 MW of energy storage. Nationally, McCarthy provides Engineer, Procure, Construct (EPC) services on utility-scale solar projects for private solar developers and utilities, helping them deliver cost-effective clean energy to the communities they serve.

Mike Corso is promoted to senior vice president of operations: Corso has 27 years of construction experience representing a diverse portfolio of solar and energy related projects across the country. He has been highly successful at forging effective collaboration among the owner, design team and subcontractors on utility-scale solar and energy storage projects. Corso’s continual focus on operational excellence, commitment to the team’s success, and commitment to instilling a “never give up” culture has been instrumental in the successful growth of McCarthy’s Renewable Energy and Storage business. He earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Syracuse University. He is a LEED Accredited Professional as well as a member of the U.S. Green Building Council, Arizona Builder’s Alliance Leadership Development Forum, the Associated General Contractors of America, and leads McCarthy’s relationship with the Solar Foundation.

Dhruv Patel is promoted to senior vice president of EPC: Patel brings tremendous knowledge of the utility-scale solar and energy storage sector to McCarthy’s diverse portfolio of projects while overseeing business development, pre-construction and procurement of equipment. In his seven years with McCarthy, he has successfully built a team of design and procurement professionals allowing the Renewable Energy and Storage team to grow significantly over the past several years with projects in 15 states representing more than 3,800MW and 287MW/687MWh of energy storage. Patel earned a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Arizona State University (ASU), and a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from ASU.

Nayan Bhakta is promoted to vice president of pre-construction: Bhakta has worked both domestically and internationally, designing and constructing large petrochemical projects. He joined McCarthy’s Renewable Energy and Storage group in December 2014 as a pre-construction manager and has supported the pursuit and preconstruction efforts on more than 1.6 GW of projects, including the largest energy storage project in the world. Bhakta’s strong focus on process efficiency and genuine client engagement has been instrumental in positioning McCarthy’s Renewable Energy and Storage group for success. In his new role, he will be leading the pre-construction and estimating efforts including identification of best value designs and solutions for clients. Bhakta earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Arizona.

Matt McMullan is promoted to vice president of operations: McMullan spent the first seven years of his career working for McCarthy in Texas, before relocating to Atlanta where he led McCarthy’s first utility-scale solar project. His talent for building strong client relationships and effective communication with clients, engineering partners, and trade partners has brought exponential growth for McCarthy’s Renewable Energy and Storage group across the Eastern and Southern regions of the United States.. McMullan is committed to training and developing top talent within the organization and is skilled at motivating teams and building a strong team culture. He earned his bachelor’s degree in construction science from Texas A&M University.

Dan Brown is promoted to vice president of operations: Brown joined McCarthy as a college intern and spent the past 15 years leading some of the firm’s most complex and technical projects. In addition to his focus on utility-scale solar projects, he also has vast experience in the construction of water/wastewater treatment plants and data centers. His focus on safety and project execution combined with his dedication to recruiting and developing top talent have established him as a strong leader in the Renewable Energy and Storage group. Brown’s conscientious and genuine approach to serving and working with McCarthy’s clients and business partners has earned him their respect. Brown has a bachelor’s degree in construction management from Northern Arizona University.

“The promotions of Mike, Dhruv, Nayan, Matt and Dan are very well-deserved,” said Scott Canada, senior vice president of McCarthy’s Renewable Energy and Storage group. ”They have been integral to the tremendous growth of our Renewable Energy and Storage portfolio over the past several years, and their leadership will allow us  to further expand into new markets across the U.S. at a time when we are seeing renewable energy becoming more important than ever to so many more communities and businesses throughout the country.”

Justin LeMaster has been named VP for Hopewell Development

Justin LeMaster has been named Vice President of U.S. Industrial for Hopewell Development LP (“Hopewell”). The new position in the company was created to lead growth in the U.S. marketplace.

“We are excited to announce our first strategic U.S. executive appointment and welcome Justin to the Hopewell Development team,” says Kevin Pshebniski, CEO of Hopewell. “His experience in the industrial property sector will allow us to accelerate our aggressive expansion plans within the United States. Justin’s impressive client, tenant and broker relationships coupled with his transaction history will immediately enhance and increase our presence in the U.S. industrial marketplace.”

As Vice President of U.S. Industrial, LeMaster will be responsible for growing the Hopewell footprint in the United States. The company currently has 11 industrial properties in the greater Phoenix area (three of which are newly constructed developments) and has five additional development projects planned. In addition, the company is working on a new industrial development project in Fort Worth, TX and actively sourcing additional development opportunities in other US markets. LeMaster will lead acquisition and leasing efforts, as well as dispositions and asset management for Hopewell in the United States.

Internationally recognized radiologist named UArizona chair of medical imaging

Following a national search, Geoffrey Rubin, MD, MBA, has been named chair of the Department of Medical Imaging at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson, effective  Oct. 1.

Dr. Rubin, an internationally recognized expert in the field of cardiovascular and pulmonary imaging, is the former chairman of the Department of Radiology at the Duke University School of Medicine. He also serves as the George B. Geller Distinguished Professor of Research in Cardiovascular Diseases and as a professor of radiology. He also holds an appointment in Duke’s Pratt School of Engineering as professor of biomedical engineering.

Prior to joining Duke, Dr. Rubin was the associate dean for clinical affairs and a professor at the Stanford University School of Medicine. He also served as associate director of the Stanford Cardiovascular Institute and was co-founder of the Stanford 3-D Medical Imaging Laboratory, where he was medical director for more than 10 years.

“We truly are excited to have Dr. Rubin on board, and I would like to thank the search committee and everyone else who has been involved in this rigorous recruitment process,” said Michael Abecassis, MD, MBA, dean of the UArizona College of Medicine – Tucson. “I also would like to honor and acknowledge Janet Durham, MD, MBA, for her leadership of the department for the last year and a half, as well as the more recent work of the Interim Governance Council to lead the department during this transition.”