- The Washington Times - Monday, August 24, 2009

ARCHITECTURE, ENGINEERING & CONSTRUCTION

Jeff Davidson will join Professional Service Industries Inc. as business development manager in the company’s Fairfax operations office. Mr. Davidson is a graduate of the University of North Carolina, Charlotte with a bachelor of science in business administration. PSI is a leading independent engineering and testing firm headquartered in Oakbrook Terrace, Ill.

Beau Engman, who has been chief executive officer of BuildTopia Inc. since 2003, will assume the position as the company’s chairman of the board, and Andrew Lee will become the company’s president. BuildTopia is a provider of the industry’s most widely used Web-based residential construction management software.

ASSOCIATIONS, GOVERNMENT & NONPROFITS

David M. Strauss of Bismarck, N.D., has been appointed by President Obama as chairman of the Advisory Committee of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. Mr. Strauss served as executive director of the PBGC from 1997 to 2001. He will represent the interests of the general public on the advisory committee in a term that ends Feb. 19, 2012. He replaces outgoing chairman R. Todd Gardenhire of Chattanooga, Tenn., who will remain a committee member until Feb. 19, 2010.

From 1994 to 1997, Mr. Strauss was deputy chief of staff to Vice President Al Gore. In that position, he held a major overall management role, developed policy options and advised the vice president on economic and domestic policy issues including wage and workplace protection, retirement security, health care, welfare and trade. He also served as principal liaison for the vice president to governors, U.S. senators, members of Congress, mayors, and trade union officials.

Before his tenure with the vice president, Mr. Strauss served on Capitol Hill as chief of staff to Sen. John Breaux, Louisiana Democrat, and Sen. Quentin N. Burdick, North Dakota Democrat.

FINANCE

Iver D. Kessler has been named as first vice president of finance at Independent Benefit Services. Mr. Kessler comes to the company from Group Dental Services Inc. where he served as vice president of finance.

LEGAL

Abigail Isaacs has joined the D.C. branch of Tully Rinckey PLLC as office manager. Miss Isaacs has more than 10 years of experience in office management. She is a graduate of the College of the Bahamas, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in geography and history education. In addition, she received a master’s of business administration with a focus in law firm management from Marymount University.

• Former U.S. Ambassador to Sweden (1994-1998) Thomas L. Siebert has joined Thompson Coburn LLP’s District office as of counsel in the firm’s corporate and securities group. His practice focuses on international and domestic telecommunications and information technology business sectors and on international and domestic renewable energy and clean-tech business sectors. He earned his juris doctorate from the Georgetown University Law Center and a bachelor of arts from Georgetown University.

Stephen J. Crimmins has been named as a partner in the global law firm K&L Gates LLP’s securities enforcement practice. Mr. Crimmins, who joins K&L Gates from Mayer Brown LLP, will work in the firm’s District and New York offices. He was a lawyer with the Securities and Exchange Commission for 14 years, including eight years as deputy chief litigation counsel for the SEC’s Enforcement Division.

REAL ESTATE

Robert M. Pinkard plans to leave Cassidy & Pinkard Colliers, which he co-founded in 1981. Mr. Pinkard will step down as chairman to devote his full time to the investment side of the commercial real estate business. He will continue as a Cassidy & Pinkard Colliers board member. Prior to becoming chairman of the company in January 2008, Mr. Pinkard had been the chief executive officer since 1984. Until the company merged last summer with four other Colliers firms, Cassidy & Pinkard Colliers was the largest locally owned commercial real estate services company in the D.C. region, and the firm continues to be one of the major real estate services firms in the Mid-Atlantic region.

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