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Small Giants Adds Marketing and Business Development Manager Jaime Clark to Team

Jaime Clark

Small Giants, LLC., a growing, full-service creative marketing agency with offices in Phoenix and Denver, recently added industry veteran Jaime Clark as marketing and business development manager. Clark, who is a Colorado native, will work out of Small Giants’ Denver office.

“We’re delighted to have Jaime join our team here in Denver,” said Small Giants Marketing Director Tracy Sorano. “Her deep connections in the Denver market as well as her overall experience in the industry will allow Small Giants to expand our footprint both regionally and nationally.”

Clark has worked in the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (A/E/C) industry for more than a decade and spent eight years as a small business owner and partner in the Denver, Seattle, and Honolulu markets. She has also worked with a mid-size general contractor located in the Denver Tech Center, serving the Front Range and Wyoming.

“I’m incredibly appreciative of this opportunity with Small Giants ­– to serve the A/E/C industry from the agency side,” Clark said. “I look forward to collaborating with my industry peers in new ways, continuing to add value to the built environment, and learning from the great talent at Small Giants.”

As Marketing and Business Development Manager, Clark will be focused on expanding Small Giants’ nationwide client portfolio. Her wealth of industry experience in the Denver market will give her unique insight on the strategies that Small Giants can deliver to companies seeking to increase their brand worth. Her experiences as both a marketer and business development professional will be valuable as she helps Small Giants continue to grow.

Clark is a University of Colorado alumnus, holding a Master of Arts in Information and Learning Technologies and a Bachelor of Science in Business, emphasis in Marketing and Organizational Management. In addition to her work experience, Clark has also been active in professional associations. She is the Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) past president for the Hawaii chapter (2021-2022) and currently serves on the Colorado SMPS Board of Directors as chair of the One2One Mentorship Program. She was named Marketer of the Year in 2022 at the SMPS Marketing Excellence Awards.

Outside of work, Clark enjoys hiking, skiing, yoga, and spending time with her family and friends. Mindfulness is central to Clark’s life and leadership styles.

Lamar Johnson Collaborative Welcomes Meghan Dougovito

Meghan Dougovito

Lamar Johnson Collaborative (LJC) recently welcomed Meghan Dougovito, NCIDQ, IIDA, LEED GA, to its integrated architecture and design firm. Meghan joins the team as a principal and senior interior designer and, in partnership with Denver-based LJC Associate Principal Stephen Mayer, will help expand the design practice in the Rocky Mountain region.

Serving as the director of interiors for 13 years at her previous firm, Meghan brings nearly 20 years of experience in the Denver market to LJC with a deep portfolio of interiors work that includes commercial repositioning, corporate interiors, multifamily, and preservation and adaptive reuse. Notable projects include Boston Consulting Group (BCG) office build-outs in Austin, Chicago, Denver, and Detroit; historic restoration of Denver Union Station and The Crawford Hotel retrofit within; the History Colorado Center; interior build-out of the Google Boulder campus; and the Park Town Place Museum District Residences in Philadelphia.

In addition to being a design leader, Meghan has emerged as a business leader in the field through her thoughtful client relationship cultivation skills. “When I meet with a client, I want to understand their business model and how we can craft solutions that address their organizational strategies and business goals,” Dougovito said. “Good design is about remembering the humanistic aspect of what we do. I am most excited about the culture at LJC and promoting and building upon that here in Denver — putting together a group of people passionate about and knowledgeable in what they do, listening, and then and giving them room to do what they do best.”

“Meghan is a great fit for us because she shares our vision and values,” said LJC Founder Lamar Johnson, FAIA. “We are thrilled about the opportunity to bring LJC to the region; not only is Meghan incredibly talented and connected in this market, she gives us the opportunity to build our presence here in a way that reflects LJC as a whole.”

“As the LJC practice continues to grow, our firm has been focusing on onboarding ‘the best and brightest’ and creating synergies across the skillsets of these individuals,” said LJC President, Sarah Jacobson, AIA. “Meghan will be a vital contributor to these efforts.”

Michelle Drugan named Director of Sales & Marketing at The Source Hotel + Market Hall

Michelle Drugan

The Source Hotel + Market Hall announced that Michelle Drugan is now serving as director of sales & marketing at the award-winning hotel located in Denver’s popular RiNo Art District. 

Drugan has more than 15 years of luxury sales experience, most recently serving as the Associate Director of Sales and Marketing at Denver’s Hotel Teatro. She previously served as the director of business travel sales at The Marker San Francisco and as a senior area leisure sales manager at Auberge Resorts Collection. A graduate of Florida Atlantic University, Drugan is fluent in English, German and Czech and volunteers at Children’s Hospital Colorado. 

Managed by Crescent Hotels, The Source Hotel + Market Hall is a collection of independent retailers and restaurants, along with a design-forward boutique hotel. Formerly home to an iron factory, this innovative hotel offers 100 stylish guest rooms, each featuring a Scandinavian meets Japanese design aesthetic with custom Baltic birch casework, high ceilings and polished concrete floors. A member of the Preferred Hotels & Resorts Lifestyle collection, the dog-friendly Source Hotel features a rooftop plunge pool and hot tub, a modern fitness center and The Woods rooftop restaurant offering panoramic views of the Denver skyline.

“Michelle is a passionate leader who is dedicated to creating memorable guest experiences and we are thrilled to have her on The Source team,” said Adam Sydenham, regional managing director for Crescent Hotels. “She has a proven track record of increasing revenue, occupancy and guest satisfaction while also building strong relationships with clients and community partners.”

Event spaces at Silver LEED Certified hotel include the 2,300-square-foot RiNo Ballroom boasting roll-up glass garage doors that open to beautiful Rocky Mountain views and a built-in bar/food service area. The Source Hotel also offers the 8th-floor Flex Room, an ideal space for intimate dinners, receptions or board meetings with floor-to-ceiling windows and operational garage doors opening up to a private terrace.

The Source hosts an extensive mix of community events each month, including a First Friday Art Show, wellness workshops and a Makers Market featuring local artisans and musicians.

Kodiak Building Partners to fuel growth and innovation with executive promotions

Kodiak Building Partners, a leading building materials distribution company, today announced four newly appointed executives who will build on recent successes and advance the company’s next phase of growth and innovation with added capacity for mergers and acquisitions.

Matt LaScola
Monte Bride

“I am extremely proud of these individuals who have made such significant contributions to Kodiak. Their elevated leadership roles will continue to drive Kodiak forward as we expand and grow, and these moves will enhance our ability to innovate and remain a leader in our industry,” said CEO Steve Swinney.

Matt LaScola, formerly vice president, corporate development and real estate, has been promoted to senior vice president, corporate strategy and real estate. In this expanded role, LaScola will expand Kodiak’s acquisition and planning teams, laying the foundation for growth through acquisitions. His expertise and strategic focus will be instrumental in identifying new market opportunities, pursuing synergistic partnerships and strengthening Kodiak’s overall market position.

Darius McCurty

Darius McCurty, previously vice president, corporate controller, will play a key role in the establishment of Kodiak’s new Continuous Improvement initiative in his new role as senior vice president, corporate controller. This forward-thinking initiative aims to improve operational efficiency and support workforce development goals related to excellence and innovation by building local skill sets and implementing best practices across the organization. McCurty will continue to oversee accounting, tax, accounts receivable, and back-office administration.

Brian Huss, formerly vice president, finance and treasurer, assumes the role of senior vice president, finance and treasurer. With this promotion, in addition to leading FP&A and treasury, Huss will oversee risk management, including all liability insurance and safety programs, a strategic move that aligns seamlessly with the natural fit of risk management under the treasury function to foster better integration of risk assessment and data analysis.

Monte Bride, previously director of marketing, has been promoted to the role of vice president of marketing. Bride’s strategic leadership and impactful initiatives have played a crucial role in shaping Kodiak’s marketing function, driving the company’s market presence and strategic positioning. His proven success and innovative approach will be instrumental in advancing Kodiak’s marketing strategies and fostering continued growth.

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