MWH Promotes Three Employees to Senior Vice President and Five to Vice President


Broomfield, Colo., November 25, 2015 – MWH, a leading construction firm and wholly-owned subsidiary of MWH Global, announced today that three employees have been elected to the position of Senior Vice President and five have been elected to Vice President.

“We’re pleased to recognize the newly promoted senior vice presidents and vice presidents, and appreciate their outstanding leadership and dedication to delivering quality construction and efficient processes to our clients,” said Blair M. Lavoie, president of MWH. “MWH consistently ranks amongst the top construction firms and this is a direct result of our industry-leading, client-focused professionals. With these leaders, we are setting ourselves up for a future of success.”

The employees elected to the senior vice president and vice president positions at the November 2015 MWH Board of Directors meeting are as follows:


 Garson_Steve_REV_webStephen Garson, Senior Vice President, Chief of Staff – Steve joined MWH in 2002 as the Construction Segment Finance Director and has been instrumental in the success of the organization. He has held varying roles in finance and accounting in both the U.K. and the U.S., including CFO of Bateman Engineers & Constructors and Controller of John Brown and Davy McKee. Earlier this year, Steve was appointed to Chief of Staff. He has experience not only in engineering and construction in various markets, but also in property investment, shipping, hotels, energy and publishing. Steve is a graduate of Stirling University in Scotland where he majored in Accounting and Business Law and is a Fellow of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales. He is based in Broomfield, CO.


Cevaal_John_REV_webJohn Cevaal, Senior Vice President, District Director – Special Projects – John has more than 32 years of experience in the design and construction of wet infrastructure projects throughout the U.S. He has implemented projects using traditional and alternate delivery methods and has been responsible for all aspects of project execution – from feasibility studies, conceptual and final design, to the preparation of contract plans and specification. John has served as project manager on successful jobs such as the Central Wastewater Treatment Plant in Tacoma, WA, Tres Rios Water Reclamation Facility in Tucson, AZ, and Disinfection By-Product Control Program in Palmdale, CA. He was then promoted to our pre-construction leader based in Denver. John has led both District 3 (Western US) and now leads District 4 (Special Projects) for MWH. He holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and Calvin College, and is a registered general building contractor in New Mexico and California. John is based in Broomfield, CO.



Richard Lewis, Senior Vice President, Business Development Director – Richard has more than 40 years of alternate project delivery experience, having managed projects both nationally and internationally. More than 80 percent of this experience is with the construction management at –risk (CMAR) delivery. His responsibilities have included oversight of multiple projects in private, federal and municipal business sectors. Having served in executive leadership roles for MWH in Florida and the Southeast United States, including regional business manager for the State of Florida, vice president, and director of construction, he is now business development director for MWH. He provides overall management to ensure effective and efficient execution of all aspects of MWH alternate project delivery systems and construction services. Richard has a bachelor’s degree in education from Northwestern Louisiana State University. He is based in Broomfield, CO.


Daughtery_Arthur_REV_webArthur Daugherty, Vice President, Texas Regional Manager – Arthur has more than 25 years of experience as a self-performing general contractor planning, directing and coordinating major civil construction. He is currently the regional manager for the Texas region and is responsible for overseeing the procurement and execution of water and wastewater projects. Arthur has been a project manager for self-performing general contractors on more than 20 large water and wastewater projects, including new construction, expansions, and repairs. His projects have included pump stations, booster pump station, lift stations, water treatment plants, and wastewater treatment plants. In addition, he is currently leading three hard bids jobs in Texas. Arthur is based in Dallas, TX.


Dills_Greg REV_webGreg Dills, Vice President, Mid-Atlantic Regional Manager – Greg has been involved in the construction of nearly 100 water and wastewater facilities throughout the Southeast, and his experience has provided him with an advantageous knowledge of the area’s resources. His experience involves expansions and upgrades to existing facilities requiring phased construction and close coordination with the treatment plant’s operations. Greg is skilled at developing and executing project teams, communicating with clients and stakeholders to rapidly resolve technical and contractual issues, and works closely with our project manager to ensure every project receives a quality plant on time and within budget. He has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Clemson University. Greg is a Georgia native and leads our Mid-Atlantic Region. He is based out of Alpharetta, GA.


McGeachy_Ben_REV_webBenjamin McGeachy, Vice President, Sr. Project Manager – Ben has 24 years of water and wastewater construction experience, with an emphasis on alternative project delivery. He has significant experience managing projects from preconstruction through construction including the design and constructability review processes, estimating, budgeting, scheduling, safety programs, guaranteed maximum price development, value engineering, and maintenance of existing plant operations, and commissioning and startup planning and implementation. Ben’s MWH project list is long and successful, from the Disinfection By-Product Control Program in Palmdale, CA. and Central Weber Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade in Ogden, UT, to the North Davis phase 1 in Syracuse, UT. He is currently finishing up the successful North Davis Biosolids Process Expansion project in UT and is transitioning into the senior project manager role for the Spokane River Side Park Water Reclamation Facility project in Washington. Ben has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Michigan. He is currently based in Syracuse, UT.


Pavlovich_Michael_REV_webMichael Pavlovich, Vice President, Director of Contracts – Michael has 12 years of experience assisting clients with managing and mitigating risk and claims on major construction and design projects nationwide. He currently serves as MWH’s director of contracts and commercial risk manager. Michael is responsible for managing the day to day operations and establishing the strategic direction of the MWH contracts department and plays a significant role in managing risk on MWH on-going projects nationwide and on selected projects overseas. As a former construction attorney in private practice, he has represented clients in complex construction and government contracts disputes involving significant claims and defense of claims for delays, acceleration, inefficiencies, changes, differing site conditions, defective design and in default and convenience terminations. A licensed attorney in Virginia and the District of Columbia, Michael holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah and a J.D. from the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary. He is based in Broomfield, CO.


Furniss_Brian_REV_webBrian Furniss, Vice President, Commercial Claims Manager – Brian, PE, PSP, CFCC, is an expert in Critical Path Method (CPM) scheduling, schedule and claims analysis, efficiency analysis, and change order management. He has advised contractors, subcontractors, owners, public agencies, designers, engineers, and their counsel on preventing and analyzing these issues, and has comprehensive experience in the development and delivery of expert reports and presentations for dispute resolution and litigation. Brian is Principal Co-author of the book “Construction Delays: Understanding Them Clearly, Analyzing Them Correctly”, and is an award-winning instructor for seminars and training to construction industry groups. He also has experience on water treatment, wastewater treatment, airport, bridge, commercial, entertainment, healthcare, high rise, highway, hospital, government, laboratory, residential, prison, sports arena, theme park, pipeline, tunnel, and transit projects throughout the United States, U.S. Territories, and Australia. Brian has a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from the University of Central Florida. He is based in Broomfield, CO.


About MWH
MWH, a wholly-owned subsidiary of MWH Global, is a project delivery company with a focus on water and energy operating globally. With the ultimate goal of delivering maximum value to clients and local communities, MWH offers single-source construction services via a multi-disciplined team of professionals, a range of alternative delivery methods, industry-leading pre-construction services and safety practices. MWH is working toward a commitment to Building a Better World. For more information, visit or connect with us on Twitter @mwhglobal and Facebook


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