Maul Foster & Alongi, Inc. has hired Michael Pickering, RG, LG, a senior geologist with 16 years of experience in environmental consulting and project management throughout the Northwest. Mr. Pickering has completed due diligence and pre-acquisition screenings for property redevelopment, and has conducted site characterization, remedial investigations, and cleanup actions at contaminated sites for both private and government clients. He has managed a wide variety of hazardous waste- and petroleum-contaminated sites, including marine terminals, airport facilities, bulk terminals, petroleum pipeline release areas, leaking underground storage tank sites, dry cleaners, and wood pole treatment and storage yards. Mr. Pickering has significant experience conducting work at port facilities, including upland source control investigations for a portfolio of marine terminals on the Willamette River. He has also provided environmental, legal, and property support at numerous airport sites.
Mr. Pickering’s expertise aligns well with MFA’s services, and he is a key team member in the firm’s continued expansion. He will be working from MFA’s office in Portland.
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Katie Stephens (‘12, History and Women’s Studies) is the new Assistant Vice President at Marsh. One of her primary roles is as a Associate Advisory Specialist in the Seattle GRM Casualty Advisory Group. Katie is a Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) and Certified Programs Leader (CPL). She formerly served as the Regional Sales Manager for The McGowan Companies.
Gina Smith ’07 Landscape Architecture, has rejoined SPVV Landscape Architects of Spokane, Wash., as a landscape designer. Smith, who previously served as a landscape designer, holds a LEED accreditation, and will be responsible for designing, estimating and managing the development of landscapes for governmental, commercial and educational commissions.
Initial projects for which Smith will be providing landscape design services include Northwood Middle School for the Mead School District; Corbin Park renovations for the City of Spokane Parks and Recreation Department; and Franklin Elementary for Spokane Public Schools.
Established in 1995, Spokane-based SPVV Landscape Architects provides professional landscape architecture and planning services to clients throughout the western United States and internationally. Market sectors served include healthcare, continuing care, higher education, K-12 education, government, corporate, commercial, technology and multi-family housing. For more information, visit www.spvv.com.
Sam Hunt ’67 waves the Cougar flag at the Great Wall of China last October. Sam is a state representative from Olympia.
Northwestern Mutual is honoring Albuquerque financial representative William E. Ebel ’65 Ag. Econ., CLU, ChFC, MSFS, AEP with membership to its 2015 Forum Group, which recognizes individuals for an outstanding year of helping clients plan for and achieve financial security. Ebel is affiliated with Albuquerque Network Office based in Albuquerque, NM. This is the 15th time that Ebel received the Forum honor.
“We’re proud of financial professionals like Bill who excel at guiding their clients on a path to financial security,” said Northwestern Mutual President Greg Oberland. “According to our 2015 Planning and Progress Study, people who work with an advisor are twice as likely to feel ‘very financially secure.’ Financial experts like Bill are helping to make the goal of financial security a reality for many Americans.”
Forum honorees will be recognized at a leadership conference held in November. At the conference, honorees will learn new insights from prominent speakers, gain access to advanced training and leadership development and share knowledge with fellow colleagues.
The annual Forum conference is an exclusive achievement, with approximately 5 percent of Northwestern Mutual’s more than 6,000 financial representatives invited to attend.