CTA ownership group expands

CTA Architects Engineers has announced additions to its associate ownership group. Seventeen employees hailing from nine regional offices and working out of nine different disciplines have been named associates. The naming of team members as associates reinforces CTA’s mission and vision, acknowledges and rewards sustained high performance, and recognizes significant individual contributions to the firm’s success, CTA President Scott Wilson notes.

“Sincere congratulations to all of CTA’s new associates,” Wilson said. “Each team member’s high quality work, and commitment to providing unparalleled client support, both external and internal to the firm, are remarkable and worthy of recognition.”

Newly named associates include:


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Mike Glassing

  • Senior Project Manager  |  Billings, MT
  • JOINED CTA: Sep. 2008
  • EDUCATION: Bachelor of Architecture, Montana State University

WHAT’S BEST ABOUT MY DISCIPLINE:
It’s challenging. You never get bored with healthcare projects.

WHAT MAKES CTA A SPECIAL PLACE TO WORK:
I’ve worked for some bigger A/E firms in the past; as big an outfit as CTA is, it has a small office feel. It’s very easy to work here. You have a lot of latitude as a project manager to complete projects.


CTA_NewAssociates_KristineKellerKristine A. H. Keller, AIA/NCARB/CFEPI/CPTED

  • Architect/Project Manager/Studio Leader  |  Billings, MT
  • JOINED CTA: July 2002
  • EDUCATION: Bachelor of Fine Arts, Architecture / Bachelor of Science, Architecture /
    Master of Architecture; University of Idaho

WHAT’S BEST ABOUT MY DISCIPLINE:
Improving the lives of my clients, whether it is through new windows in an existing space or a new multi-million dollar building.

WHAT MAKES CTA A SPECIAL PLACE TO WORK:
Living by the Golden Rule and ensuring that our clients come first.


CTA_NewAssociates_KarenMagoneKaren L. Magone, CPA/CMA/CFM/CGMA

  • Finance Director | Billings, MT
  • JOINED CTA: May 2012
  • EDUCATION: Bachelor of Business Administration, Accounting; Montana State University

WHAT’S BEST ABOUT MY DISCIPLINE:
I came from an audit background, so had a chance to look at things from the “outside in.” I thoroughly enjoy being on the “inside” now and being able to improve upon the way things have been done, as well as keep in stride with advances in the business world. At the end of the day, my job is to help CTA management interpret what the numbers all mean, along with keeping auditors, bankers, and taxing agencies happy.

WHAT MAKES CTA A SPECIAL PLACE TO WORK:
For me, it is about having an open mind to what the possibilities are. I am seeing some great things happening in the short time I have been here. We are moving toward being the best we can possibly be!


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Kevin Nelson, AIA/NCARB

  • Architect/Project Manager  |  Billings, MT
  • JOINED CTA: Jan. 2000
  • EDUCATION: Bachelor of Architecture; Montana State University

WHAT’S BEST ABOUT MY DISCIPLINE:
I like that architecture encompasses a broad range of components — the technical, the art, the function, the aesthetic.

WHAT MAKES CTA A SPECIAL PLACE TO WORK:
It definitely has to be the people. I can’t imagine not having all the great resources and knowledge of all the staff being so accessible. Just this week, I had separate discussions about marketing, building envelope, and furniture systems, all as I made my way from a meeting back to my desk.


CTA_NewAssociates_BuckleyParksBuckley Parks, PE/LEED AP

  • Electrical Engineer/Project Manager  |  Austin, TX
  • JOINED CTA: Oct. 2012
  • EDUCATION: Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering; University of Texas

WHAT’S BEST ABOUT MY DISCIPLINE:
Electrical engineers ensure everything in a building runs when it’s supposed to. As a result, you must coordinate with multiple disciplines and multiple phases of construction. Next to architecture, electrical engineering is a highly collaborative discipline that affects multiple areas of expertise.

WHAT MAKES CTA A SPECIAL PLACE TO WORK:
First and foremost is the culture. It follows the Austin vibe very well — a laid back atmosphere; and a professional and respectful culture that focuses on a work/life balance. Coming from an MEP firm, the continual collaboration between disciplines is much more gratifying.


CTA_NewAssociates_DaytonRushDayton Rush, PLA

  • Landscape Architect – Horticulturist  |  Billings, MT
  • JOINED CTA: May 2007 (as intern); May 2008 (as full-time employee)
  • EDUCATION: Bachelor of Science, Horticulture; Montana State University

WHAT’S BEST ABOUT MY DISCIPLINE:
I love landscape architecture — I literally get to save the earth every day! I have always had an interest in trees, plants, and the environment; landscape architecture is a discipline where I get to share that interest with others by designing spaces where people and the environment can interact. It also gives me great opportunities within my community. For example, I volunteer as a member of the Billings Parks and Recreation Board were I get to see first-hand the benefits of public open space on quality of life.

WHAT MAKES CTA A SPECIAL PLACE TO WORK:
CTA is special because of the focus on design excellence. It is great to work with the talent at CTA to find simple and elegant solutions to complicated tasks.  Also,  I work in an office with a roof garden. What could be better?


CTA_NewAssociates_PatrickToddPatrick Todd, CSI

  • Roofing & Building Envelope Specialist/Project Manager  |  Billings, MT
  • JOINED CTA: Jan. 2008
  • EDUCATION: Two years at Montana State University plus 28 years of on-the-job experience

WHAT’S BEST ABOUT MY DISCIPLINE:
I see something new every day. Just when you think you have seen everything, here comes something new that needs to be sealed air tight.

WHAT MAKES CTA A SPECIAL PLACE TO WORK:
Everyone is approachable. To see all the disciplines working together under one name is nice.


CTA_NewAssociates_JoshHerselJoshua Hersel, NCARB/GGP

  • Architect/Project Manager  |  Boise, ID
  • JOINED CTA: May 2005
  • EDUCATION: Bachelor of Science, Architecture / Master of Science, Architecture; University of Idaho

WHAT’S BEST ABOUT MY DISCIPLINE:
Architecture is an ever-evolving industry with many different building types and clients. You have to stay up-to-date with construction practices and materials, and technology that is changing daily.

WHAT MAKES CTA A SPECIAL PLACE TO WORK:
CTA is really Pioneering Environments for our colleagues and clients through project types and experiences. They have built a talented firm over the last 76 years that incorporates all disciplines across the design industry. They truly care and promote a great work/life balance.


CTA_NewAssociates_ScottRobertsScott Roberts, AIA/LEED AP

  • Architect  | Boise, ID
  • JOINED CTA: Nov. 2005
  • EDUCATION: Bachelor of Architecture / Bachelor of Architectural Studies; Washington State University

WHAT’S BEST ABOUT MY DISCIPLINE:
Between the various project types, client personalities, and CTA team members I get to work with, the variety of my field keeps me energized.

WHAT MAKES CTA A SPECIAL PLACE TO WORK:
CTA does a great job of supporting team members in both their professional and personal lives.


CTA_NewAssociates_TheodoreConoverTheodore Conover

  • Architect/Project Manager  |  Bozeman, MT
  • JOINED CTA: July 2004
  • EDUCATION: Bachelor of Architecture; University of Tennessee

WHAT’S BEST ABOUT MY DISCIPLINE:
Diverse and complex projects provide the exciting work.

WHAT MAKES CTA A SPECIAL PLACE TO WORK:
My colleagues provide a great work environment. And the coffee is free. I am grateful to work with CTA.


Jimmy Talarico

  • Designer  |  Bozeman, MT
  • JOINED CTA: March 2006
  • EDUCATION: Bachelor of Arts, Environmental Design / Master of Architecture; Montana State University

WHAT’S BEST ABOUT MY DISCIPLINE:
What I do can be boiled down to problem-solving and communicating ideas. Both are challenging, but both are very rewarding when you make a connection with clients and coworkers.

WHAT MAKES CTA A SPECIAL PLACE TO WORK:
CTA provides the opportunity to pursue, and the resources to explore, new ideas.


CTA_NewAssociates_AdamJanakAdam Janak, AIA

  • Architect  |  Jackson, WY
  • JOINED CTA: July 2006
  • EDUCATION: Master of Architecture, University of Idaho

WHAT’S BEST ABOUT MY DISCIPLINE:
Design is in everything. I constantly break everything down to how or why it was designed that way; what were the objectives, constraints? Being able to shape the built environment is thrilling. Designing a space that is responsive to the program while creating a dialog with its users can be very special and rewarding.

WHAT MAKES CTA A SPECIAL PLACE TO WORK:
The ability to do all different types of projects that bridge many different architectural styles.


CTA_NewAssociates_GerryNicholsPagelGerry Nichols-Pagel, PE, PhD

  • Mechanical Engineer  |  Kalispell, MT
  • JOINED CTA: Feb. 2007
  • EDUCATION: Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering; Montana State University; Master of Science, Mechanical Engineering / Doctor of Philosophy, Mechanical Engineering; University of Washington

WHAT’S BEST ABOUT MY DISCIPLINE:
I found a challenging career where I can be a lifelong learner.

WHAT MAKES CTA A SPECIAL PLACE TO WORK:
I sincerely appreciate working for a company whose highest honor is the Integrity and Client Service Award.


CTA_NewAssociates_GeorgeBornemannGeorge S. Bornemann, PLS/CFedS

  • Land Surveyor/Project Manager  |  Livingston, MT
  • JOINED CTA: Feb. 2007
  • EDUCATION: Associate Degree, Surveying/Forestry; Paul Smith’s College

WHAT’S BEST ABOUT MY DISCIPLINE:
I love surveying because I get outside a lot and every day is like a big treasure hunt — except my treasure is just rusty hunks of rebar or old stones that someone set for boundary corners. Most of the landowners who aren’t shooting at you for trespassing are pretty nice, too!

WHAT MAKES CTA A SPECIAL PLACE TO WORK:
I like the people at CTA, administration is supportive, I have a great view out my window, I can walk to work, and I’m an associate. What more could a guy ask for?


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Nick Doherty, PE

  • Refrigeration Group Manager  |  Missoula, MT
  • JOINED CTA: Dec. 2006
  • EDUCATION: Bachelor of Arts, Engineering; Montana State University

WHAT’S BEST ABOUT MY DISCIPLINE:
I like the challenges I face with each new project, the feeling that no matter how many times I start my design process, I am bound to come across something new.

WHAT MAKES CTA A SPECIAL PLACE TO WORK:
The people I am able to work beside makes CTA a special place for me.


CTA_NewAssociates_EzraWilliamsEzra Williams, PLA

  • Landscape Architect  |  Missoula, MT
  • JOINED CTA: June 2006
  • EDUCATION: Bachelor of Arts, Anthropology; Washington State University / Master of Landscape Architecture, California State Polytechnic University

WHAT’S BEST ABOUT MY DISCIPLINE:
One of the best parts about being a landscape architect is I get the opportunity to design and create spaces with living things that grow and evolve with time; however, this also comes with the realization that despite my greatest efforts and intentions, they sometimes die.

WHAT MAKES CTA A SPECIAL PLACE TO WORK:
Working at CTA has been the source of many lessons and inspiration for a lifetime of many more.


CTA_NewAssociates_ChrisAageson

Chris Aageson

  • Business Development Rep | Seattle, WA
  • JOINED CUSHING TERRELL: Nov. 2011
  • EDUCATION: Bachelor of Business Adminisrtaion, Finance; Pacific Lutheran University

WHAT’S BEST ABOUT MY DISCIPLINE:
I get to meet and work with great people — both external clients and at CTA — every single day!

WHAT MAKES CUSHING TERRELL A SPECIAL PLACE TO WORK:
The people: we are an easygoing, hardworking group that legitimately cares about our coworkers.

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