McCarthy announces 3 promotions within Water Group

McCarthy Building Companies announced several promotions within the firm’s Water Group, which allows the team to bring their experience in large and small water/wastewater treatment plants and related technical upgrades on aging infrastructure to key regional markets. The group’s vast technical expertise and progressive design-build experience allows them to effectively serve community-based systems that provide hundreds of millions of Americans with clean water and environmentally safe wastewater management.  

Since 2010, McCarthy’s Water Group has completed or is in the process of constructing more than $1.4 billion collaborative delivery water and wastewater projects in communities across the country. The Water Group partners with municipal, governmental and private clients to help them process wastewater, address plant upgrades and deliver cost-effective clean water to the communities they serve.

Chris Anvik is promoted to senior vice president of preconstruction: Anvik previously served as vice president of preconstruction and has 13 years of experience in construction with an emphasis on water and wastewater projects. His focus on enhancing the collaborative experience between contractor, owner and designer remains a large part of his new role. He maintains oversight of estimating, design integration and procurement activities for McCarthy’s water and wastewater projects. Anvik received his bachelor’s degree in construction engineering technology from Montana State University. He is an advisory board chair for the Water Design-Build Council and a member of the Arizona Water Association and Water Environment Federation.

BJ Peterson is promoted to vice president project executive: Peterson previously served as project director and has extensive experience with virtual design and construction in water and wastewater facilities and leading teams on highly technical large water projects. He is currently overseeing the $268 million Tomahawk Creek Wastewater Treatment Facility project in Leawood, Kansas, and the $130 million Sioux Falls Water Reclamation Facility project in Sioux Falls, SD. He has a master’s degree in civil engineering from Brigham Young University. He is a member of the Water Environment Federation (WEF) Leadership Steering Committee and is a WEF Leadership Institute Alumni Class of 2018. He is also a graduate of Chandler Leadership’s Class 33.

Jaren Murphy is promoted to business development director: Murphy previously served as business development manager where he leads strategic pursuits and client partnerships across the country. His previous operations experience working with collaborative project teams has allowed him to thrive in his role, where he works alongside trade partners and municipalities to support the Water Group’s strategic growth. Murphy has built strong client partnerships across Arizona, Texas, Nevada, Colorado and Kansas. His success in this role has led to his promotion to business development director where he will continue to support national growth of McCarthy’s water program. Murphy earned his bachelor’s degree in civil/environmental engineering from Brigham Young University. He is a member of Water Environment Federation, the Arizona Water Association and the American Water Works Association.

Rebecca Tillman named executive chef at LON’s

Rebecca Tillman has been named Executive Chef at LON’s at the Hermosa, announced Stephen Ast, Managing Director of The Hermosa Inn, a AAA Four Diamond luxury boutique hideaway in Paradise Valley, Arizona. Renowned for its globally inspired Arizona fare, the critically acclaimed LON’s at the Hermosa is the culinary centerpiece of the hotel and is complemented by a subterranean wine cellar, a celebrated outdoor dining patio, and its bar and casual dining counterpart: LON’s Last Drop. 

“As I considered LON’s longstanding history and tradition and imagined adding Rebecca’s culinary passion and experience; I knew immediately that she would be the chef who would provide guests an even greater dining experience,” said Ast.

Since 2017, Tillman has been the Executive Sous Chef at The Phoenician, where she specialized in creating menus showcasing farm-focused fare for all of the property’s award-winning venues, including the Forbes Five-Star/AAA Five Diamond Canyon Suites. Named ‘Manager of the Year’ due to her passion for distinctive cuisine and exceptional service, Tillman, alongside the executive chef, led culinary operations for the entire AAA Five Diamond resort including banquets and was responsible for the menu development and financial management of the five à la carte restaurants. Additionally, Tillman was integral in concepting and reopening several of the resort’s restaurants, including Mowry + Cotton, The Phoenician Tavern and The Marketplace.

CBRE’s Luis Morejon appointed to Southwest leadership role

CBRE announced that Senior Managing Director Luis Morejon has been appointed to oversee the management of client portfolios in the U.S. Southwest region—including the Los Angeles, San Diego and Phoenix markets—for CBRE’s Global Workplace Solutions (GWS) business. 

Morejon’s 20 years of professional experience include leading corporate real estate and facilities management teams on behalf of major corporations. He most recently led GWS account teams in the U.S. West region.

Additionally, Morejon has again been named to the Board of Directors of the International Facility Management Association (IFMA). This is the second consecutive year Morejon has been appointed to this role; he will continue to oversee the association’s Americas Advisory Board, with the main goal of growing the relevance of the FM profession in the region.

“The facilities management profession has taken on increased significance as organizations of all types and across all geographies adjust to the new realities of COVID-19,” Morejon said. “I intend to use my position on IFMA’s Board to identify and promote the safest, most effective practices that allow for healthy, productive workplace experiences.”

BBBSAZ announces new board chair and executive committee

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona (BBBSAZ), one of the largest Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies in the United States, appointed a new Board Chair and welcomes a new Executive Committee.       

Teresa Strunk will serve as the new Board Chair. Teresa has been passionately serving Big Brothers Big Sisters for nearly 15 years, first as a Big Sister in Washington State, then serving on the Young Professional Council of BBBSAZ after moving to Phoenix in 2009. Teresa served as YPC President before being elected to the Board of Directors in 2014.  She has served on the Governance Committee, as Marketing Committee Chair, and she Co-Chaired the 2018 Big Night Out Gala.

In addition to her role with BBBS, Teresa and her husband, Casey, own a boutique benefits & HR consulting firm, Strunk Insurance Group. Teresa & the SIG team are committed to providing their clients the expertise and resources they need to develop and manage a successful employee benefits program.  Teresa also loves spending time as a family with Casey and their two young daughters, traveling, fitness, cooking, & spending time with good friends.

BBBSAZ welcomes the following new Executive Committee members:

• Jim Mapstead, Owner, Accurate Signs & Engraving Inc. has proudly served as a Board Member since 2015. Jim is a former Big Brother and was the Board Chair from 2018 to 2020, currently serving as the Immediate Past Chair.

• Mike Suriano, CPA, is the CFO for Southwest Foodservice Excellence, LLC. Mike recently served as BBBS Treasurer and the Finance/Audit Committee Chair, and is currently the Agency’s Board Chair Elect.

• LeAnn Rudolph, Partner with Eide Bailly LLP, joined the Board in 2019. LeAnn will serve as the BBBS Treasurer and the Finance/Audit Committee Chair.

• Kim Wagie, MBA will serve as the Secretary and Program Committee Chair. Kim is Director, Digital Transformation with APS and serves as a current Big Sister.

• Bruce Weber, President and CEO of Weber Group, will serve as the Governance Committee Chair. Bruce joined the Board in 2019 after serving as a consultant to the Agency for several years.

• Brian Rosella, Senior VP, Land Specialist with Kidder Matthews, will serve as the Recruitment Committee Chair. He has served as a Board Member since 2015 and is a former Big Brother.

• Nick Boggs, MBA, Founder of rise & thrive, LLC, will serve as an At-Large Executive Committee member. He joined the Board in 2017 and also serves on the Board Governance Committee. Nick is also a former Big Brother.

• Brian Wempen, National Sales Manager at Cox Media, will serve as an At-Large Executive Committee member. Brian also serves on the new Recruitment Committee and is a former Big Brother.

Additional Board members include:

• Mario Aniles CPA

Finance Director, Housing Authority of Maricopa County

• Sara Begley

EVP & General Counsel, Copperpoint Insurance Companies

• Shane Carlin

Consultant, Point B

• David Bones

Vice President, The Kenrich Group LLC

• Brent Cannon

Executive VP, Director of Community Banking, National Bank of Arizona

• Amy Colbourn

VP Client Services, OH Partners

• Victor M. Foggie, CPCU, ARM

Regional Field Executive, Southwest Region, Capital Insurance Group

vCamille French, MBA

Founder and Principal Consultant, Amerisource HR Consulting Group LLC

• Pam Giannonatti

Corporate Affairs Manager, Fry’s Food Stores

• Kate Hickman

SVP, Treasury Management Sales, Alliance Bank of Arizona

• Caleb Jay, JD

Senior Counsel, Arizona Diamondbacks

vJohnny Key

Manager of Energy Services, Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold

• Matt Manoogian

Co-Owner/Founder, Realtor, Good Company Real Estate

• Karie Montague

Chair, Vistage AZ

• Adriana Murrietta

Executive Director, Pharos Foundation

• Howard Nute

USE Properties Member

• Summer Oliver, MBA

Assistant Vice President, Macerich

• Michael Sabetta

Senior Vice President/Senior Private Banker, UMB Private Bank

vClarence Stallings

Vice President & Managing Director, Fidelity Investments

• Thiru Thangarathinam

Founder & CEO, MST Solutions

• Brian Wood

Founder, Mars Coaching