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Stonebridge Cos. Welcomes Jim Sega as Senior Vice President of Operations  

 Jim Sega

Stonebridge Cos., a Denver-based, privately owned, innovative hotel operator and owner, announced that Jim Sega joined the firm as senior vice president of operations. Sega’s role as Stonebridge’s leading operations executive further strengthens the company’s management team and its commitment to its diverse hotel portfolio.

“We are delighted to have Jim join our team and utilize his more than three decades of hospitality and leadership experience to head our hotel and F&B operations,” said Tom Brinkman, president and chief operating officer of Stonebridge. “Jim’s depth of experience in management and dedication to cultivating a culture of excellence, teamwork, respect and integrity are a perfect fit for the team and culture at Stonebridge.”

In his new role, Sega will be directly responsible for leading and developing Stonebridge’s hotel management teams, as well its sales, marketing and revenue management teams. As senior vice president of operations, Sega also will be responsible for creating and shaping the future of Stonebridge’s management platform as the company carries out its next phase of expansion. This includes growth through new hotel management agreements, platform mergers and acquisitions, and hotel acquisitions.

“I am excited to join the team at Stonebridge and be a part of the firm’s continued growth and commitment to innovation and distinction,” said Sega. “I am thrilled for the future of Stonebridge and the opportunity to be a part of it.”

Sega brings 30-plus years of hospitality management experience to Stonebridge through his time with TPI Hospitality, Pillar Hotels & Resorts and Crescent Hotels & Resorts. His experience includes leading both hotels and restaurants, with extensive oversight of full-service properties, destination resorts, as well as select service and extended stay properties across the U.S. Sega also brings an entrepreneurial mentality and focus, most recently serving as chief operating officer for Up & Away Adventures, a subscription box company that provides a family-friendly, educational virtual travel experience.

Sega is the latest addition to Stonebridge’s C-suite team and is part of the firm’s plans for significant growth, both in its portfolio and company composition. Last year, Stonebridge announced plans to acquire more than $1 billion in hotel assets with a focus on third-party management opportunities with an investment by TowerBrook Capital Partners and other private investors.

AE Design Grows Team with the Addition of Senior Engineer and Marketing Coordinator

 Katie Piccirillo
 Len Kusovac

AE Design has recently expanded its team by welcoming Len Kusovac as senior A/V engineer and Katie Piccirillo as its new marketing coordinator. The lighting, technology, and electrical design firm is investing in a larger technology team after seeing demand for full systems integration among architects and developers. The firm is also supporting its core value of providing education and real-world experience in the industry by kicking off its internship program for the summer.

The additions to the team not only contribute to AE Design’s goals for continued growth and development in Colorado and across the nation but provide valuable support to the entire firm, fostering a collaborative and dynamic environment.

“With a steadfast dedication to driving innovation and propelling our organization to new heights, AE Design is committed to creating a culture of curiosity and attracting top talent. We are paving the way for exciting opportunities to deepen our investment in our core services and capabilities,” said Jon Brooks, principal and co-owner of AE Design. “As our firm focuses on sustained strategic growth, both internally and externally, these professionals will undoubtedly excel in driving project success, coordinating with clients, and nurturing strong relationships within our team and partners.”

The addition of Len Kusovac will support the versatility and adaptability of the firm, particularly in the integration of A/V with lighting, control, and electrical systems, and the design of state-of-the-art theatrical rigs. Kusovac’s deep experience in project management, complex A/V and control system design, theater systems, architectural acoustics, RF, CATV, and satellite signal distribution greatly enhances AE Design’s capabilities. In his role as a senior systems engineer, Kusovac will directly contribute to AE Design’s innovative approach to creating memorable, immersive experiences.

To support the continued growth of the firm and best serve its client partners, Katie Piccirillo will bring her passion for storytelling and creative expertise to AE Design as its new marketing coordinator. As a valuable member of the team, she plays a pivotal role in proposal management, awards and thought leadership, media and branding, and actively contributes to the corporate social responsibility and DEI groups. Piccirillo’s background in fine art and event design, combined with her dedication to values-aligned partnerships, parallels AE Design’s commitment to pushing the boundaries between art and technology.

As AE Design welcomes interns from Kansas State University and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, this program reinforces the firm’s commitment to ongoing education and the development of young talent. Through the internship program, aspiring designers and engineers will explore lighting, electrical and technology design, and have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the application of AE Design’s core services.

Howell Construction Adds Spencer Mousseau and Sam Bannec

 Sam Bannec
 Spencer Mousseau

Howell Construction announced the recent addition of two key members to its team.

After interning with Howell during his final two semesters at Metropolitan State University of Denver, majoring in construction project management, Spencer Mousseau joined the company as an estimator Spencer’s internship at Howell focused on the preconstruction and estimating functions, and his full-time work here will continue within that department until a project engineer opportunity is available. Now officially part of the Howell team, Spencer will help increase the capacity of the preconstruction function.

Another internship success story, Sam Bannec interned with Howell for two consecutive summers before joining the firm full-time as a field engineer. Sam earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Management at Colorado State University. He is currently working on one of Howell’s ongoing projects at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus.

“Adding two such stand-out interns to our full-time roster is a huge win for Howell,” said Howell Vice President Todd Berry.
“We saw firsthand over an extended trial period how Spencer and Sam fit with the unique Howell culture and both are
already producing top-notch work.”

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