Randy Highland has assumed the post of president, California region, for McCarthy Building Cos. Highland moved into the new role in January following a six-month transition period. Carter Chappell, the company's former California region president, retired in December after 30 years at McCarthy. Chappell will continue to serve on the McCarthy board of directors in a corporate-oversight role. Highland, who is based in the company's Newport Beach office, is responsible for the financial performance and the overall operations of McCarthy's Southern California and Northern Pacific divisions. Before being promoted to his previous post as president of McCarthy's Nevada/Utah division, Highland gained expertise in a variety of leadership positions for McCarthy's California operations, including preconstruction director, director of parking structures, total quality management director, project director and executive vice president, operations.
Elizabeth M. Wiecha has been named associate vice president and Northern California district director for T.Y. Lin International's San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose, San Ramon and Sacramento offices. Wiecha has more than 28 years of transportation engineering and executive-level management experience. She has been principal engineer on many large, complex projects, including the Silicon Valley BART Berryessa Extension, the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board (Caltrain) general engineering contract, Caltrans Toll Bridge seismic retrofit program management and the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge Toll Operations Building. Wiecha also acted as deputy director and chief engineer for the Transbay Joint Powers Authority, where she led the planning, design and delivery of the Transbay Transit Center and Downtown Rail Extension program. She also was director of capital project management for San Mateo County Transit/Caltrain. She served as project manager for Caltrans on the new Benicia-Martinez Bridge and the seismic retrofit of the existing Benicia Bridge.
Mike Aparicio has been promoted to executive vice president for Skanska USA Civil Construction's Western region. Apari cio has been leading Skanska USA Civil's activities in Los Angeles and will now oversee its entire West Coast operations, which include Los Angeles, Riverside and Seattle. Aparicio has led some of the largest design-build projects in the West, including the $1-billion Los Angeles Metro Gold Line project and, since joining Skanska, the $575-million Expo Line Phase 2 project. He attended Loyola Marymount University and Linfield College. Mark Leintz has joined Skanska USA as vice president of operations. Leintz has nearly 30 years of industry experience and most recently led Granite Construction's Western U.S. large-projects group. He will be based in Skanska's Los Angeles office, reporting to Aparicio. He is expected to play a key part in the firm's pursuit of projects using design-build and other alternative delivery methods. He has a degree in civil engineering from the Colorado School of Mines in Golden.
Cathy LaFata has joined HDR as the transportation environmental project manager for the firm's Northern California offices, based in Sacramento. Her responsibilities include helping transportation clients with environmental planning and providing a framework for projects that need to gain public consensus and regulatory approval. Before joining HDR, LaFata was a principal environmental planner/project manager with the Louis Berger Group Inc. LaFata has more than 16 years of experience guiding clients through complex projects. She has managed National Environmental Policy Act and state environmental compliance for several large rail, bus-rapid-transit, highway and bridge projects. LaFata holds a bachelor's degree from New York University and a master's in urban planning from Hunter College of the City University of New York.
Mike Castillo has joined C.W. Driver as senior vice president for the firm's new Northern California office in San Mateo. Castillo previously was vice president of operations and a 25-year veteran of Rudolph and Sletten. In his new role, Castillo will oversee new projects in the education, health care/biomedical, public sector, military contracting, entertainment, retail, corporate and hospitality sectors.
Richard Smith has been named a senior supervising estimator in the San Francisco office of Parsons Brinckerhoff. In his new position, Smith is serving as the lead estimator for the California high-speed train project. He has more than 37 years of experience in planning and executing major infrastructure and transportation projects, including developing feasibility studies as well as conceptual and detailed design planning and management, project controls management, conceptual and detailed estimating, claims analysis and dispute resolution services for a broad range of construction projects. Before joining Parsons Brinckerhoff, Smith worked for several major engineering and construction firms, performing constructability reviews and resolving disputes.
Fred Meeske has been promoted to corporate director of building information modeling services for Rosendin Electric, San Jose. In his new position, Meeske will be responsible for consolidating the company's efforts with BIM, including establishing standardized best practices across the company and working with third-party software providers.
Mark Hallock has joined Swinerton Builders as project manager and education market leader in the firm's Santa Clara office. In his new role, Hallock will continue to build on existing relationships and foster new relationships with the local and surrounding school districts, community colleges and universities. Before joining Swinerton, Hallock served as a project manager at BCA Architects, where he worked with the Gilroy Unified School District on its new $120-million, state-of-the-art high school.
Greg Narvick, project executive at Nibbi Brothers General Contractors, San Francisco, was promoted to vice president of operations. He joined Nibbi Brothers in 1998 as a project manager and was promoted to project executive in 2006. A LEED-Accredited Professional, Narvick is active in industry and community organizations, including Family House. The not-for-profit organization provides temporary housing for families of seriously ill children receiving treatment at University of California San Francisco's Children's Hospital.
Ken Wink and Jay Todisco, vice presidents at Ware Malcomb, have been promoted to executive vice presidents. Wink and Todisco also are on the firm's board of directors. Wink joined Ware Malcomb's corporate Irvine office in 1994 as project manager in the commercial studio. In 1997 he relocated to open its Northern California office in San Ramon, where he was promoted to director in 1998 and principal in 1999. After transferring back to Irvine in 2001, he was promoted to vice president in 2003. Todisco joined Ware Malcomb's corporate Irvine office in 1998 as director of the commercial studio, was promoted to principal and relocated to lead the firm's Northern California office, where he earned a promotion to vice president in 2004. Todisco transferred to Chicago in 2006 to oversee the Midwest, East Coast and Canadian regions, including Ware Malcomb's Chicago, New Jersey and Toronto offices.