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People: June 2020

June 3, 2020
New hires, promotions, management moves at Taco, Telgian Engineering, Brown and Caldwell, and Oatey and Co.

Taco Family of Companies Names Merchant CEO

The Taco Family of Companies Executive Chairman and owner John Hazen White Jr. promoted Cheryl Merchant to chief executive officer of the 100-year old, third-generation family-owned company. Merchant, who joined Taco in 2019, was previously president of global operations.

White will remain involved in the company, and that the transition will allow him to “focus on global growth of the company as well as continue to nurture and strengthen the crucial relationships we have with our employees, reps, suppliers, customers and the communities where we work.”

Prior to joining Taco, Merchant spent the last 19 years as the president and CEO of Hope Global Industries, based in Cumberland, RI.

Youngerman Joins Brown and Caldwell as Senior Principal

Houston-based environmental engineering and construction firm Brown and Caldwell announced Jean Youngerman as its senior principal, environmental science. With a 33-year track record of managing environmental monitoring and regulatory programs for municipalities, private industries and government agencies, she brings further technical rigor to the firm’s site investigation and remediation, and compliance and permitting service offerings.

Throughout her career, Youngerman has led numerous Resource Conservation Recovery Act and National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit applications for a broad range of industries throughout the United States. Additionally, she has coordinated multiple Texas Pollutant Discharge Elimination Systems and Texas Risk Reduction Program audits in adherence with standards set by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

In her new role as senior principal, Youngerman will manage a diverse portfolio of projects while providing employee guidance and mentorship. Project types include site assessment, environmental permitting and compliance, remedial technology evaluation, remedial design and implementation, and site closure pertaining to hazardous and solid waste, emerging contaminants, and resource recovery.

Youngerman holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and is based in Brown and Caldwell’s Houston office.

Telgian Engineering Names Crocker VP of Business Development

Telgian Engineering & Consulting named Jeremiah Crocker as its vice president of business development. In this position, Crocker will be responsible for business development and sales, with a focus on fire, life safety and security technologies, requirements and trends.

He brings more than 13 years of industry experience to TEC, with extensive knowledge of market intelligence, forecasting, data analysis and team management. Previously, Crocker was with the engineering firm Jensen Hughes, holding positions of increasing responsibility from director of business development to, most recently, the director of offer management. There he was responsible for delivering organic growth through leading strategic corporate initiatives and directly engaging with clients.

Crocker is a member of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers, as well as the National Fire Protection Association. A magna cum laude graduate, Crocker earned both a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, as well as a master’s degree in fire protection engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Suriner Promoted to Oatey VP, Wholesale National Accounts

Plumbing manufacturer Oatey Co. promoted Brian Suriner to vice president, wholesale national accounts.

In 2014, Suriner joined Keeney Mfg., which Oatey acquired late last year, as vice president of marketing and commercial sales. In his new role, he will manage the corporate relationships at Ferguson Enterprises, IMARK, Affiliated Distributors, Winsupply, Hajoca, Commonwealth and Reese for the Oatey and Keeney businesses.