Friday, August 19, 2011



Robins & Morton, a Birmingham, Ala., building contractor, has named Bryson G. Edmonds senior vice president of its new power and industrial division. He had been vice president of sales and marketing for the global power and industrial business unit of Houston-based KBR Inc. Before that, he was vice president of sales and construction services at Birmingham-based BE&K Inc., which KBR acquired in 2008. His father, William Edmonds, was a BE&K founder, in 1972. G. Edward Cassady III is named chief financial officer and senior vice president. He had been managing director of The Martin Cos., a Nashville, Tenn., investment firm, and also served as executive vice president at BE&K. Ross E. Cates is named the new division's vice president of power and commercial services. He had been KBR director of procurement and served as vice president of power and procurement at Kiewit Corp. A former vice president of construction operations at KBR, Kenneth E. Smith joins as the division's vice president of construction services.Cates and Smith are former BE&K executives. The new division will provide engineering, procurement, construction and industrial maintenance in the energy and industrial sectors.


Lydia H. Kennard has been named president and CEO of KDG Development & Construction Consulting, a Los Angeles construction management firm. She was executive director of Los Angeles World Airports, responsible for the operations of Los Angeles International, Ontario International, Palmdale Regional and Van Nuys. In her new role, Kennard replaces Sam Reeves, who remains a board member.

Hazen and Sawyer, New York City, has announced a management succession. Charles S. Hocking is promoted to president and CEO, replacing James W. Fagan, who becomes chairman. Hocking has been with the firm since 1997, most recently serving as director of strategic planning.

Hudson Meridian Construction Group, New York City, has named Rich Woolley vice president of construction services. He had been estimating and purchasing manager at Building and Land Technology, Stamford, Conn.