In 2019, our employees continued to lead the field through their collective contributions, continuous improvement and empowered leadership. We recognized many of our team members internally and are proud to announce our most recent promotions.

Katt Price

Katt Price, PE | Project Manager | Team Leader

Katt Price, PE has been promoted to a team leader, responsible for the management + development of a group of structural engineers. She started her career at Schaefer as a cooperative education student and has since designed for most markets, specializing in industrial and warehouse projects that are changing how the industry views these facilities. She’s passionate about advising the next generation, working as a mentor internally and serving on the board of directors of TILT, a subsidiary of the Tilt-Up Concrete Association.

Larry Paxton

Larry Paxton, PE | Project Manager | Team Leader

Larry Paxton, PE has been promoted to a team leader, responsible for the management + development of a group of structural engineers. With over a decade of structural engineering design experience, Larry is an asset to our team. He collaborates with design team members to efficiently piece a structure together. To him, every challenge is an opportunity to learn + innovate.

Diane Ramirez

Diane Ramirez | Designer | Team Leader

Diane Ramirez has been promoted to a team leader, responsible for the management + development of a group of modelers. She has nearly 25 years of experience in the industry and over a dozen years at Schaefer. She’s been the primary modeler on 100+ projects crossing 17 states.

Luke Butler

Luke Butler, PE | Project Manager

Luke Butler, PE has been promoted from project engineer to project manager in Schaefer’s Cincinnati, Ohio office. Luke has a decade of structural engineering experience including projects like Salvagnini Addition, OhioHealth Neuroscience Wellness Center, Buffalo Wild Wings, and new + addition projects with Sycamore Community Schools.

Brad Samblanet

Brad Samblanet, PE, SE | Project Manager

Brad Samblanet, PE, SE has been promoted from project engineer to project manager in Schaefer’s Columbus, Ohio office. In his five years at Schaefer, he has used his 14 years of experience to design incredible projects across markets with a focus in retail + industrial.

Matt Kozma

Matt Kozma, PE | Project Manager

Matt Kozma, PE earned his PE and was promoted to project manager in Schaefer’s Cincinnati, Ohio office. Matt joined the firm upon graduation from University of Cincinnati seven years ago. In that time, he has become a leader in our industrial market, delivering efficient designs for warehouses + fulfillment centers.

Phil Niekamp

Phil Niekamp, PE | Project Manager

Phil Niekamp, PE earned his PE and was promoted to project manager in Schaefer’s Cincinnati, Ohio office. He has developed a specialization in wood construction, specifically multi-family residential + mixed-use projects, and has presented on cross-laminated timber to a local audience. Outside of Schaefer, Phil has served on the Board of Directors for the Structural Engineers Association of Ohio for the past several years. Ascending to president, he leads the board + its activities that align with its mission, engaging with both student + professional engineer communities.

Chris Hahnel

Chris Hahnel, PE | Project Manager

Chris Hahnel, PE earned his PE and was promoted from project engineer to project manager in Schaefer’s Cincinnati, Ohio office. In his time at Schaefer, Chris has focused on hospitality + multi-family residential projects, including two Candlewood Suites located on military bases – Fort Drum and Fort Carson. Internally, he leads Schaefer’s Culture Team to execute community + team building activities.

Kristen Belyea

Kristen Belyea | Project Engineer

Kristen Belyea was promoted from design engineer to project engineer. She is a leader within our firm, not only designing incredible structures, but acting as an ambassador to her alma mater, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, and organizing + managing Schaefer’s student workers.

Rachel Hock

Rachel Hock | Project Engineer

Rachel Hock was promoted from design engineer to project engineer. Rachel excels as a part of our entertainment division, collaborating on creative designs + quick timelines for some of our theater clients.

Bridget Crowley

Bridget Crowley | Project Engineer

Bridget Crowley was promoted from design engineer to project engineer. She started her career at Schaefer as a cooperative education student for five semesters and has since designed for most markets, including theater rigging project within our entertainment division.

New Credentials

Abby Christman

Abby Christman | New PE

Abby Christman, PE earned a professional license, a PE in Ohio.

Jason Hubbell

Jason Hubbell | New PE

Jason Hubbell, PE earned a professional license, a PE in Ohio.

John Baucco

John Baucco | New PE

John Baucco, PE earned a professional license, a PE in Ohio.

Taylor Norman

Taylor Norman, PE | New SE

Taylor Norman, PE, SE, already a PE, earned his SE license in Arizona.

Zac Wilson

Zac Wilson | New PE

Zac Wilson, PE earned a professional license, a PE in Kentucky.

Congratulations to everyone on their promotions and achievements!

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