DI People: AECOM, Mohr Partners, and More Make Moves

In this weekly roundup of executive and leadership activity by businesses and organizations in North Texas, you'll also find news from Freese and Nichols, three, and TeamConnor.

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Across North Texas, companies are promoting and hiring people to take on leadership positions within their organizations. Dallas Innovates covers prominent personnel moves in Dallas-Fort Worth businesses and nonprofits—from the newest startups to well-established companies. Here are the people moves tied to innovation and technology in the region.

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Rastogi assumes leadership spot atop AECOM in Dallas

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Dev Rastogi

Dev Rastogi has been named vice president and Dallas executive of AECOM, joining the leadership team of the global infrastructure firm.

Rastogi will spearhead the strategy, growth, and leadership of AECOM’s business in North Texas. She brings 36 years of experience in delivering solutions for complex transportation projects in the public and private sectors to her new role.

AECOM said Rastogi will focus on full-service solutions for the transportation, water, energy, education, and healthcare industries for the firm’s local clients.

Also, she will oversee AECOM’s Dallas cities program, addressing issues a city faces such as climate adaptation, sustainable economic development, and capital asset reliability, prioritizing projects to help balance the maintenance and rehabilitation of aging infrastructure with the need for sustainable growth.

Shabay named as fellow of urban planners organization

Wendy Shabay

Fort Worth-based consulting firm Freese and Nichols announced that Vice President and Urban Planning + Design Group Manager Wendy Shabay, AICP, has been named to the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) College of Fellows. This is known as the planning profession’s highest honor.

 Shabay was recognized for her achievements as an urban planner as well as her professional leadership on a local, state, and national level.

Shabay, who has been an urban planner for more than two decades, was nominated by the American Planning Association Texas Chapter, which extolled her “excellent communication and presentation skills, ability to work with varied groups of people to build consensus, enthusiasm for her subject matter, professional and approachable demeanor, and ability to translate a vision into meaningful, implementable steps.”

Mohr Partners hires Mad to direct national marketing services

Paul Mad

Paul Mad has been hired as director of national marketing services by Dallas-based Mohr Partners, the world’s largest wholly-owned commercial real estate advisory firm exclusively focused on representing tenants.

“Paul’s decade of hands-on experience in digital marketing, video production and website design for leading commercial real estate firms make him an ideal leader to support Mohr Partners ambitious growth plans,” Mohr Partners Chairman and CEO Robert Shibuya said in a statement.

To his new role, Mad brings 10 years’ experience as a digital graphic designer with specific subject matter expertise in commercial real estate. He previously worked in progressive marketing roles with leading commercial real estate service firms.

Architecture firm three rebrands and makes additions

Christine Cook

The Dallas-based architecture firm three announced major personnel moves along with new branding and expansion into the new areas of luxury hospitality and senior living architecture.

Longtime three team member Christine Cook has moved into the role of principal, where she will continue her 25-year affiliation with the firm. The firm also announced the additions to its architecture staff of Steven Knox as designer and senior job captain, and Catherine Wilson as project manager.

The award-winning firm said it has introduced its new identity and branding with a change in name—now simply three—and a relaunch of its website.

TeamConnor names board of directors additions

Trey Morris

Mark Morrison

Mike Wawczak

Dallas-based TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation announced the appointment of Trey Morris, Mark Morrison, and Mike Wawczak to its board of directors.

The foundation said that the three new members bring diverse backgrounds and experiences that will continue to assist TeamConnor in reaching the organization’s long-term mission to build awareness and fund research to develop better treatments for childhood cancers, ultimately leading to a cure.

Morris has spent more than 25 years in broadcasting and advertising. He is a media consultant, professional speaker, and restaurant entrepreneur. He has been a co-chair for the III Forks Golf Classic since 2016.

Wawczak and his family have a personal connection to childhood cancer as they recently lost a child to childhood cancer, the foundation said. Wawczak brings roughly 37 years of experience, including roles as division manager, senior credit officer, subsidiary president, business development officer, equipment finance specialist, and banking operations.

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