In-House News: New Year, New Board
In-House News: New Year, New Board
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In-House News: New Year, New Board
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The Burns & McDonnell board of directors welcomes new faces for a fresh start this year, with a new chairman and three new faces.

The Burns & McDonnell board of directors is set for a fresh start this year.

CEO Greg Graves takes the helm as chairman after the retirement of former Chairman Joel Cerwick in December,  and the board expands to welcome three new faces: Ray Kowalik, David Yeamans and John Nobles.

Kowalik joined Burns & McDonnell in 1987 as a structural engineer in the Energy Group and transitioned into project management in 1994, overseeing several of the division’s largest projects. He was promoted to Energy Group general manager in January 2004 and to group president in February 2007.

Since joining Burns & McDonnell in 2000, Nobles has overseen development and rapid growth of a practice area specializing in design engineering and construction management for oil refining, petrochemical, grain processing, food processing and pharmaceutical clients. He has been instrumental in incorporating industry-leading safety practices that have kept Burns & McDonnell industrial projects consistently in the top 1 percent nationwide.

Yeamans joined Burns & McDonnell in 1991 as an airport planner/civil engineer. He led some of the largest airport design projects in the country, including several at the Kansas City International Airport and the $750 million terminal improvement program at Philadelphia International Airport. Yeamans was named vice president and general manager of the Aviation & Facilities Group in 2004 and president of the division in February 2006.

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