MAY 28, 2015

O-A-K hires five new employees and promotes intern

(GRAND RAPIDS, MI) – Owen-Ames-Kimball Co. (O-A-K), local professional construction firm, announces the additions of Andy Thiebout, Eric Albin and James Priest as Project Superintendents, Rishad Al-Eisa as Project Engineer, and Deb Slot as Accounting Clerk, as well as the promotion of Ethan Elzinga to Project Superintendent.

Andy Thiebout brings expert-level constructability knowledge with 19 years of commercial construction experience as a foreman for a large steel contractor.

Eric Albin graduated from Central Michigan in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management and an emphasis on Green Building, Energy Saving Building and LEED Construction. He has over 7 years of experience in the field.

As Project Engineer, Rishad is responsible for providing administrative and office professional support to Project Managers. Rishad has 1.5 years of construction and project management experience and is a graduate of Jenison High School.

As Accounting Clerk, Deb is responsible for project billings and documentation. Deb is a graduate of Albion College and has over 20 years of experience in accounting and office management.

James Priest is a graduate of Ferris State University’s Construction Management program and will be working out of O-A-K’s Kalamazoo office. He has 13 years of construction management experience.

Ethan Elzinga came to O-A-K in 2014 as a field intern and was promoted to Project Superintendent in May 2015. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Davenport University.

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