McCarthy hires 4 for Mission Critical team

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. announces four additions to the firm’s Mission Critical projects group, which is focused on the construction of data centers, operations and control centers, telecom facilities as well as renovations and upgrades to infrastructure systems. The new team members, who are based in the firm’s Phoenix office, include Ryan Ferguson, Mike Clements, Pep Arballo and David Mazzarelli. Together, the new members bring nearly a century of construction industry and highly technical mission critical project experience to the firm’s growing Mission Critical projects group.

Over the years, McCarthy Building Companies has built some of the most complex facilities for customers across the country. Utilizing the depth of expertise gained from these projects, the new Phoenix-based team members are expanding the firm’s focus on Mission Critical facilities as they continue to form the backbone of the digital-based economy and providing a broader range of specialized services to clients in this market sector.

Ryan Ferguson hired as Director of Mission Critical projects

With nearly two decades of experience in construction, Ferguson has carved a niche working on Mission Critical facilities with 24/7 operational systems, including data centers, operations and control centers, telecom facilities and infrastructure systems for a wide variety of clients around the country. His vast experience in preconstruction and construction positions allows Ferguson to successfully evaluate and address these technical projects and lead teams through the preconstruction, construction and commissioning phases. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. He is a LEED AP BD+C Accredited Professional by the U.S. Green Building Council and is a graduate of the Arizona Builders Alliance Leadership Development Forum. Ferguson is also a member of Infrastructure Masons, 7×24 Exchange International and Urban Land Institute.

Mike Clements hired as Preconstruction Manager

Clements has nearly two decades of experience in construction with 15 years focused on data center construction. He began his career as a lead electrician for a Phoenix military base and ultimately grew to specialize in mechanical, electrical and plumbing, which is what he will focus on with McCarthy’s Mission Critical project group. Having also previously served as an owner’s rep and owner, he provides a valuable perspective to the group and its clients. Clements is a member of AFCOM and heavily involved in 7×24 Mission Critical. Clements is a registered contractor in Arizona and is PMP and OSHA certified. In addition to an electrical contracting license, he holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Arizona.

Pep Arballo hired as Senior Superintendent

Arballo brings 25 years of experience constructing data centers and other mission critical facilities. He specializes in all aspects of Mission Critical construction with a focus on electrical, mechanical and plumbing disciplines. His depth of understanding in the commissioning process of data centers is critical to the successful delivery of projects for customers. Arballo began his career in New Mexico as a member of the plumber and pipefitters local union.

David Mazzarelli hired as Senior Project Manager

Mazzarelli has extensive experience managing field teams and engaging in the preconstruction phase for ground-up Mission Critical construction projects as well as complex renovation and upgrade projects on active campuses. Over the years, Mazzarelli has worked with various customers, both public and private, on critical infrastructure and data center projects. He completed Safety Trained Supervisor certification through BCSP, is OSHA-certified and earned a bachelor’s degree in Construction Management from Brigham Young University.

McCarthy VP earns Distinguished Leadership Award

McCarthy Building Companies Inc. is pleased to announce that Mike Gonzalez, vice president with McCarthy Southwest region’s education building group, has been awarded a 2020 Distinguished Leadership Award by the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA). He is being honored at the virtual 2020 Design-Build Conference and Expo on Oct. 30.

Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) is a membership organization founded to advocate and advance single-source project delivery within the design and construction community. The design-build method of project delivery embraces architecture, engineering and construction services under a single contract, thereby reintegrating the roles of designer and constructor. In addition to public- and private-sector project owners, DBIA members include practitioners from all project phases.

“Mike has a very entrepreneurial leadership style, blended with a strong technical background,” said Justin Kelton, president of McCarthy Building Companies’ Southwest region. “He is an outstanding mentor committed to the next generation of industry professionals, and he is passionate about the design-build process and its numerous benefits for all team members.”

Gonzalez has nearly three decades of construction experience managing design-build, design-assist and traditional construction projects servicing multiple industries, including life science, infrastructure, manufacturing, industrial, power, hospitality, healthcare, high technology and higher education. He has guided more than $805 million in design-build projects to date.

Ware Malcomb announces promotion of Lynne Orlowski

Ware Malcomb, an award-winning international design firm, today announced Lynne Orlowski has been promoted to Studio Manager, Interior Architecture & Design in the Phoenix office. In this role, Orlowski leads and manages the office’s Interior Architecture & Design Studio and manages select projects.

Orlowski brings 10 years of in-depth interior architectural design knowledge to the Ware Malcomb team, contributing strong design influence, team leadership and commitment to client service. She joined Ware Malcomb in 2015 as a Job Captain and was quickly promoted to Project Manager. Orlowski has worked on a variety of office, healthcare, industrial and retail projects. Her work on corporate office designs throughout the Phoenix area has been honored with numerous industry awards including NAIOP Arizona’s Best of and JLL Spaces Showcase awards programs. 

“Lynne’s positivity, energy and leadership have enabled her to build a strong team of talented interior designers,” said Kevin Evernham, Principal of Ware Malcomb’s Phoenix office. “Her dedication and attention to detail have elevated Ware Malcomb’s service offerings in the Phoenix metro area, and we look forward to her continued growth and leadership in this dynamic market.”

Orlowski holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Design, Interior Design from Arizona State University. She also holds the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) certification.

GMI names Seiden general counsel

GMI, a leading Information Technology Solutions provider and the largest minority-owned business in Phoenix, announces the appointment of Daniel Seiden as its general counsel. Seiden will also serve as general counsel for Valor Global, providing world class call center solutions to customers around the world.

In his role, Seiden will provide strategic and legal counsel to the organizations’ leadership. He will be focused on helping the companies achieve their aggressive growth objectives as well as providing continued public affairs guidance.

Seiden brings more than 16 years of experience in global public affairs and government relations, as well as handling complex legal matters in private practice and public sector service. He comes to GMI and Valor Global from Intel Corporation where he oversaw government and public affairs for Intel’s Arizona operations and public policy strategy and engagement with government officials at the local, state and federal levels.

Prior to Intel, Seiden was a shareholder at Greenberg Traurig where he chaired the Phoenix office government law and policy practice. Seiden also served as Deputy Chief of Staff for Arizona Governor Doug Ducey where he assisted in the passage of landmark legislation including the Arizona Opioid Epidemic Act and K–12 education funding ballot referral.

“Danny is a powerful addition to GMI and Valor Global and we welcome him to the senior leadership team,” said GMI CEO Simer S. Mayo. “He is a proven leader and advisor who combines vast legal and public affairs expertise with a demonstrated ability to meet and exceed strategic objectives. We look forward to his steadfast guidance as Valor Global continues to grow and expand internationally.”

Seiden serves as an adjunct professor at Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, is a board member and chair of the Legal and Regulatory Reform Committee for the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry and executive board member with the Greater Phoenix Economic Council. Seiden is passionate about orphan care and volunteers with Orphan Outreach for orphaned and vulnerable children in Mathare, Nairobi and Bungoma, Kenya.