Engineering firm promotes new leadership


A civil engineering and architecture firm promoted three of its staff members for its succession plan.

Fleis & VandenBrink (F&V) elevated John R. DeVol, Craig L. Shumaker and Bob Wilcox to new executive positions.

The promotions are a part of founders Larry Fleis and Steve Vanden Brink’s leadership and ownership transition plan in 2006 with the creation of the principal/associate program.

“The transition in leadership from the founders is continuing,” said Larry Fleis, chairman of the F&V Companies Inc. (FVCI) board of directors. “It’s been a progression we’ve all been working on for a while. It’s an exciting time at F&V.”

DeVol was named president of all companies under the FVCI portfolio. FVCI is the parent company of F&V Engineering, Main-Tech Services (MTS), F&V Operations and Resource Management and F&V Construction Management. He previously was president of F&V Engineering and MTS.

DeVol is responsible for overseeing all four operating companies and supporting the management teams. He has been responsible for the day-to-day operations of the engineering company since December 2020. He joined the firm in 2004 as an engineer-in-training at its Traverse City office.

Shumaker now is senior vice president of all FVCI companies. He has been a part of the executive team driving strategy and operations for several years. Shumaker previously was the Kalamazoo office manager. He will retain his position as treasurer of all companies. He joined the firm in 2006 after it merged with Gove Associates.

Wilcox was appointed vice president of operations for all of FVCI. He joined the firm in 1999, was promoted to senior associate in 2016 and was named principal earlier this year.

Wilcox focuses on planning, design, construction, startup and operations assistance for water and wastewater treatment systems projects. He was named Michigan Water Environment Association’s Outstanding Environmental Engineer this year.

“I am very excited to welcome Bob to our executive team,” DeVol said. “He has clearly demonstrated how to deliver successful projects and grow our business. He has also earned the trust of many of our clients and our staff, as well.”

The other officers who will continue in their leadership roles for FVCI companies are Paul Galdes, vice president; Brian Rice, secretary, and Kate Bogus, CFO.

“We are fortunate that our founders put a plan in place 15 years ago focused on developing our leaders,” DeVol said. “It has prepared us to be able to step in and continue the companies’ operations smoothly as some of our original leadership eases toward retirement. We are poised to build on our success in the coming years with the leadership team we are assembling.”

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