Movers and Shakers Week Ending 11.01.19

Movers and Shakers

GE Johnson Hires New Director of Business Development

Elaine Kanelos

GE Johnson Construction Co. has hired Elaine Kanelos as director of business development. In this role, she leads the development of relationships and guides market and niche expansion.

Elaine’s presence in the Denver market is highlighted with involvement in groups such as Urban Land Institute, NAIOP Commercial Real Estate Development Association of Colorado, Downtown Denver Partnership, Society of Marketing Professional Services, and the Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation.

Kanelos joins the company from DLR Group, where she was the national business development leader for their workplace market. Prior to that, she has held several roles in the architectural and engineering field, including as a vice president for HOK, president of her own firm, and a principal at OZ Architecture.


Mortenson Appoints New Business Development Manager Alexis Herzog and Promotes Dave Espinosa to Project Executive

Dave Espinosa
Alexis Herzog

Mortenson, a top-20 U.S. builder, developer, and engineering services provider with nearly four decades of operations in Denver, today announced that Alexis Herzog has joined the team as a business development manager and Dave Espinosa has been promoted to project executive in Denver.

In his expanded leadership role, Espinosa will help drive efforts to secure new project work by building new and existing client relationships. At Mortenson, Espinosa has led multiple projects including the RTD Civic Center Station, the new home for Rocky Mountain Public Media and HUB North. Outside of Mortenson, Espinosa is an active leader in the building and philanthropic communities in Denver. He’s served on multiple boards including MiCasa, Clayton Early Learning, Colorado Succeeds, and the Aurora Public Schools Foundation.

“Dave exemplifies the characteristics we look for in leadership at Mortenson: integrity, ingenuity and a collaborative spirit,” said Gene Hodge, vice president & general manager at Mortenson. “In addition to his exemplary project work, he has demonstrated a commitment to furthering our community impact goals and building long-term relationships with clients and partners. We look forward to adding his talents to our Denver Leadership Team.”

Alexis Herzog has more than 10 years of experience in business development, strategic planning, and relationship management in architecture, construction, and commercial real estate industries. Prior to joining Mortenson, Herzog served as the business development manager for Hensel Phelps in Austin. In addition to building strong working relationships with developers, owners, city officials, and industry stakeholders, Herzog worked closely with the internal operations, marketing, and estimating teams to bring results-driven solutions to clients.

“Alexis brings a passionate and resourceful approach to problem solving, a track record of effective leadership and an extensive network of relationships throughout the construction industry,” said Brian Holland, director of business development at Mortenson. “Her proven commitment to building meaningful industry relationships aligns with both our client service approach and our long-term strategic business goals.”

Herzog has roots in Colorado, having earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing and international business from Colorado State University in 2004. After graduation, she served as a state sales director for Unified Title Company before relocating to Texas to pursue roles in business development for the commercial real estate and construction industries.


SA+R Announces New Hires 

Katie Gomolak
Casey Alexander

Shears Adkins Rockmore (SA+R) Architects has hired Katie Gomolak, NCIDQ, WEEL AP, as an interior designer and Casey Alexander as a designer.

Katie joined SA+R in 2019 following several years of professional work in the Columbus, OH and Washington D.C. metro areas. Professionally educated and licensed as an interior designer, she joins the firm in support of its rapidly expanding interior design practice.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design form Kent State University (2013) and is a WELL Accredited Professional.

Casey joined SA+R in 2019 on the heels of the completion of her master’s degree at the University of California at Berkeley. While in school, Casey was a key player on a national award-winning low-income housing design project that focused on designing in tandem with a new hybrid tax credit structure that is now becoming widely utilized in cities across the country. During her studies she was also the recipient of a prestigious International Travel Fellowship where she focused on the study of architecture created by non-Architects in coastal desert environments.


Collegiate Peaks Bank Welcomes Three New Banking Professionals 

Dre Hall
Jim Crosby
Rory Hamersky

Collegiate Peaks Bank, Division of Glacier Bank, announced the addition of Rory Hamersky, Jim Crosby and Andrea “Dre” Hall to its team of professionals. With a fifth branch scheduled to open early next year in the Denver Tech Center, the bank is actively recruiting banking professionals to fill a variety of roles.

Denver Native, Rory Hamersky, is a vice president at Collegiate Peaks Bank with 10 years of banking experience and a focus on SBA and Commercial Lending. He finds every way to be involved in the community to build and foster relationships and takes a consultative approach to helping owners and investors finance their goals.

Andrea “Dre” Hall is an assistant vice president and commercial lender at Collegiate Peaks Bank.  She has more than 10 years of banking experience and her focus is on working with commercial businesses and their owners.

Jim Crosby is a commercial lender at Collegiate Peaks Bank with nearly five years of banking experience and a background in Credit Underwriting. He recently moved to Denver from Houston, Texas where he was a Commercial Lender.

In addition to the soon-to-open DTC branch, where Piper Pierce will serve as president, Collegiate Peaks Bank has additional branch locations in Denver (Belcaro), RiNo (River North), Salida and Buena Vista.  Liam Girard is the division president for Collegiate Peaks Bank.  Cameron Larson is President of Salida, Josh Peebles is President of RiNo and William Steitz is President for Belcaro.

White Construction Group Announces Staff Additions
Brooke Hull
Clint Jackson
Eli Schutz

White Construction Group announced the following staff additions: Clint Jackson has joined the company as construction executive, Eli Schutz is senior estimator and Brooke Hull joins as marketing manager.

Jackson has more than 22 years of experience leading and delivering complex commercial building, infrastructure and environmental projects. Jackson’s role at White will be to lead the firm’s key projects in adaptive reuse, mixed use and institutional construction projects.

Schutz brings nearly 10 years of experience to White. He has worked on the budgeting efforts of several notable projects in the region, including the U.S. Olympic Museum and Pikes Peak Summit Complex in Colorado Springs.

Hull has more than 10 years of experience in marketing and presentation strategy, bringing construction industry experience along with graphic design expertise to help position White for future projected growth.



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