New Principals Named at Burns & McDonnell in Kansas City
KANSAS CITY, MO Burns & McDonnell promotes seven individuals to the position of Principal at its World Headquarters in Kansas City, Missouri.
The new Kansas City-based Principals are:
Tim Burkhalter, Principal and Director of National Accounts, oversees marketing and business development, focusing on developing and expanding relationships with new and existing manufacturing, aerospace, higher education, commercial, and retail clients. He sets marketing and sales strategies for the rapidly growing facilities design and construction practice at Burns & McDonnell. Burkhalter joined the firm in mid-2007 and played an instrumental role in developing a new specialty service focusing on campus energy systems for hospitals, universities and other large institutional clients. He served as design-build project manager on a number of these key projects and has since become a vocal advocate for the firm's unique integrated design-build project delivery model.
Joseph Diab has been named Principal. He most recently provided project management oversight on the largest project in Burns & McDonnell history, a $1.2 billion expansion of the Phillips 66 export terminal in Freeport, Texas. In his 15 years with Burns & McDonnell, Diab has played an instrumental role in delivering successful engineer-procure-construct (EPC) projects for major oil and gas industry clients. Diab is a civil engineering graduate from the University of North Carolina, and has a master's degree in structural engineering from the University of Texas and a master's degree in business administration (MBA) from the University of Kansas.
Wendy Hageman, Principal, Senior Project Manager and Architecture Department Manager, has been recognized for her role in helping Burns & McDonnell maintain and strengthen relationships with key federal, state and local government clients. In her nearly 10 years with Burns & McDonnell, Hageman has managed multiple design projects totaling several million dollars for clients ranging from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Kansas City Aviation Department to local municipal and county governments and private sector clients. She currently manages 35 people and assists with leading production and operations management for the Burns & McDonnell Aviation group. Hageman holds a bachelor's degree in Interior Design from Iowa State University.
Melissa Lavin, Principal and Director of Corporate Marketing, works with executive leadership in developing and executing policies, strategies and programs that create awareness, enhance Burns & McDonnell's reputation and support overall sales goals. She leads a 45-person team of marketing and communications professionals. She and her team are building Burns & McDonnell as a national brand for professional engineering, construction, environmental, and consulting services. She joined Burns & McDonnell in 2001, shortly after graduating from Missouri State University with a degree in Communications.
Keegan Odle has been promoted to Principal. He has served as a program manager on projects focusing on improvements and physical security upgrades at a number of critical high-voltage power facilities. These critical substations form the backbone of regional and national power grids and Odle is leading large teams of engineers, construction, security, IT and other professionals who are designing physical assets, systems and procedures that address reliability and security concerns for utilities and regional transmission authorities. Odle is a Professional Engineer and joined Burns & McDonnell in 2004 just after graduating from Kansas State University.
Scott Strawn has been promoted to Principal. He joined Burns & McDonnell in 2006 and served as a technical advisor on a number of power projects specializing in mechanical engineering. His role was expanded in 2009 when he was promoted to lead business development efforts for a broad range of utility clients. His insights have been crucial in helping clients formulate prudent capital investment strategies that meet the demands of today's power industry. Strawn earned his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
In his more than 12 years with Burns & McDonnell, Nathan Turner has managed projects and relationships with many of the company's largest electrical transmission and distribution (T&D) clients and has become an effective advocate of the benefits of Regional Office coordination among all Burns & McDonnell office locations. His promotion to Principal of the firm recognizes both his contributions to Burns & McDonnell's largest and fastest-growing division and for his ability to cross-sell projects that have been managed by other divisions within the company. He also serves on the Zoning Board for the city of Olathe, Kansas, the Olathe Parks & Recreation Board, the Greater KC Regional Planning Committee for First Robotics and was recently accepted to the Kansas City Tomorrow Civic Leadership Development Program.