Froehling & Robertson, Inc. announced today that Samuel H, Kirby, Jr., P.E. will be retiring as president of F&R in March 2014. Company COO Donald J. Sipher, P.E. will succeed Mr. Kirby as President.
Mr. Kirby has been president of F&R since 1989. He joined the company in 1976 as a staff engineer and was subsequently promoted to Director of Asphalt and Soil Services (1978), assistant vice president (1979), vice president (1980), and executive vice president (1983). Mr. Kirby is a past president of the American Council of Engineering Companies of Virginia and the Construction Specifications Institute. He has also held several senior positions with the American Council of Independent Laboratories and has served on the Chairman’s Circle of Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce and the Transportation Committee of the Virginia Chamber of Commerce.
"I am grateful to have spent more than 38 years with this great company, and am deeply honored to have served as president for the past 25. I am very proud of what F&R has accomplished during my time with the company,” said Mr. Kirby. "I believe that 2014 is the right time for me to retire for a number of reasons. First, the company has effectively navigated the difficult economic shoals of the Great Recession, and we are well positioned to take advantage of the marketplace before us. Second, we have developed a vision for the company that will guide F&R for many years to come, and this gives me great confidence about F&R's future success. And third, Don has been preparing for his new role as my successor for several years, and 2014 is the right time for him to assume his place as the president of the company."
Mr. Sipher joined F&R in 1983 as a geotechnical engineer – the first P.E. in the company’s Roanoke branch – and five years later was promoted to manager of the office. He was named a vice president in 2000 and assumed his current position of Chief Operating Officer in 2013. Mr. Sipher is a past president of the American Council of Engineering Companies of Virginia and served in leadership positions with both the Virginia Ready-Mix Concrete Association and the American Concrete Institute. He is also proud to state that he has been a scoutmaster for 17 years and seen 67 of his charges earn the title of Eagle Scout. Mr. Sipher earned his M.B.A. from Radford University in 1987, his M.S. in Civil Engineering from Purdue University in 1978, and his bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Clarkson College of Technology in 1977.
"I am humbled and excited by this opportunity to serve as president of Froehling & Robertson, Inc. We will stand firm by the timeless values laid down by our founders, yet act decisively to maintain our strong competitive position," said Sipher. "For more than 25 years, Sam has provided invaluable leadership for F&R and our industry. With the support and engagement of F&R’s employees, I look forward to building on Sam’s legacy and to leading this company to even higher levels of achievement."
To ensure a smooth transition, Mr. Kirby has graciously agreed to support F&R as President Emeritus.
Matthew DuBois Earns P.E. Status - 8/21/13
Froehling & Robertson, Inc. is pleased to announce that Matthew DuBois, a project engineer in our Chesapeake office, has earned his Professional Engineer (P.E.) license.
Mr. DuBois is experienced with construction monitoring standard quality control test procedures involved with new construction to observe the compliance of methods and materials with project specifications and applicable building codes. He performs these quality control services specific to the disciplines of soils, crushed stone bases under building pads, concrete, mortar, and grout.
Additionally, Mr. DuBois has a background in caisson inspections, Windsor probes, and rebar location and regularly performs settlement and slope stability calculations for geotechnical reports.
Alan Lederman Earns CSP Status - 8/6/13
Froehling & Robertson, Inc. is pleased to announce that Alan Lederman, an environmental project manager in our Richmond office, has earned his Certified Safety Professional (CSP) designation.
The CSP credential is the mark of the safety professional.
Mr. Lederman has been with F&R for over five years and is an environmental professional with a comprehensive background in the environmental health and safety field including environmental assessments, workplace exposure studies, and hazardous material surveys. His experience includes environmental investigations in support of commercial and residential real estate transactions, landfill closures, factory decommissioning, and building demolition projects.
In addition to his recently earned CSP credentials, Mr. Lederman is also an accredited Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) and Certified Hazardous Material Manager (CHMM).
Robert Vester Joins F&R as Transportation Program Manager - 8/5/13
Froehling & Robertson, Inc. is pleased to announce that Robert Vester, PE has joined F&R as the Transportation Program Manager. In this position, he will have responsibility for overseeing all transportation-related projects and opportunities undertaken by the company throughout Virginia. Mr. Vester will be based in F&R’s Richmond offices.
Mr. Vester is a graduate of SUNY at Buffalo with a Master’s Degree in Geotechnical Engineering. He has been in Richmond since 1999, with 8 years at Draper Aden and the more recent 6 years at AMEC where he was a Project Manager for related VDOT contracts and projects.
He is a Professional Engineer in Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania.
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