February 2022 Vol. 77 No. 2


Business People

Lockwood Andrews & Newnam 

Mekbib Degaga, P.E., joined planning, engineering and program management firm Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, Inc. (LAN), as a senior project manager, serving clients in California. 

He has more than 29 years of experience in hydrology studies, floodplain mapping, hydraulic structure design and project management, which has included managing, designing and reviewing numerous flood control projects. 

McKim & Creed 

Richard (“Rick”) Dorr joined engineering and surveying firm McKim & Creed, as regional director of geomatics. In this role, he will oversee the firm’s surveying, mapping and subsurface utility engineering (SUE) services throughout Texas. 

He brings 39 years of experience, with expertise in the technical areas of surveying, project coordination, safety training and management, and managing large, complex projects in both the public and private sectors. 

Infrastructure Engineering 

Kashif Khan, P.E., was appointed as president of Infrastructure Engineering Inc., a Chicago-based multi-disciplinary consulting firm. Michael Sutton, P.E., who has served as president and CCEO since purchasing the company in 1997, will retain the CEO role. 

As President, Mr. Khan has oversight of all key functional areas of the firm and will manage day-to-day operational matters. 

He brings to this role, great technical and managerial experience accompanied by a strong belief in corporate responsibility. Mr. Khan received his Bachelor of Civil Engineering degree from City University of New York, Grove School of Engineering and earned his Master of Business Administration from the University of Indianapolis. 

Since joining IEI in 2006, Khan has held key leadership roles, with project delivery, sales and business operations, most recently as executive vice president, overseeing the project delivery with a focus on improving operational efficiencies and client satisfaction. 

Lockwood Andrews & Newnam 

Robert Goode, P.E., joined planning, engineering and program management firm Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, Inc. (LAN) as vice president and senior program manager, responsible for growing LAN’s business in Austin and central Texas. 

A veteran executive, he has 37 years of experience directing complex infrastructure projects – from inception to completion – for large city, county and private entities, including capital improvement programs ranging from $50 million to $1 billion. 

Thomas Mountz, P.E., senior project manager at LAN, was honored for his long service to the Texas Floodplain Management Association (TFMA) and contributions  
to the water resources industry. 

Serving the water resources industry for 48 years, he has comprehensive experience as an engineer and project manager and is recognized as an expert witness in stormwater management and floodplain issues. 

Black & Veatch 

Scott DeGeeter joined Black & Veatch as vice president, Power Operating Assets Services. In this new role, he guides offerings designed to help clients address OpEx challenges that align with findings from Black & Veatch’s annual Strategic Directions: Electric Report. 

He brings more than 30 years of experience in operations, plant management, asset management, and project leadership, with previous experience in the utility sector. 


Tate Johnson was named president of Yanmar Compact Equipment North America, a Grand Rapids, Minn.-based leader in the design and manufacturing of advanced performance diesel engines and diesel-powered equipment. 

He is responsible for leading and developing growth initiatives of the company, as its two brands – Yanmar Compact Equipment (compact excavators, tracked carriers and wheel loaders) and ASV (Posi-Track compact track loaders) – progress in a joint vision of Yanmar Compact Equipment North America. 

Lee Thole was named director of aftermarket, responsible for strengthening several post-sales support functions, as well as further development and implementation of the aftermarket strategy. He brings more than 20 years of experience, with a strong background in parts, service, and overall business operations. 

David Gannon is the new director of channel development, which involves working closely with the dealer network, both by recruiting dealers and assisting existing dealers in being successful. He joins this role with 30 years of multi-industry experience. 

Washington UTC 

The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission appointed Amanda Maxwell as its new executive director, succeeding Mark Johnson, who is retiring after 34 years in state service. 

Maxwell has held several positions at the commission over the last 13 years, most recently, serving as director of consumer protection and communications. 

Based in Lacey, Wash., UTC regulates the rates and services of telecommunications companies, investor-owned electric utilities, natural gas and water companies, pipeline companies, and other organizations providing utility and transportation services. 

Felling Trailers 

Felling Trailers Inc., national leader in industrial and commercial trailer manufacturing, hired Joel Lindmeyer as regional sales manager. Responsible for all sales development, and dealer training and support across the Great Lakes region, he replaces Daniel “Boone” Larsen, who retired in May, after a 40-year career in the equipment industry, the past 11 years with Felling. 

Lindmeyer brings over 25 years of experience in the truck and trailer industry, both recreational and commercial/municipal, with a strong emphasis on sales and customer service.

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