People on the move: New hires at Pulse Technology, Xroads, Fermilab

• Schaumburg-based Pulse Technology named Li Yopp as IT sales executive in the company’s Brookfield, Wisconsin, location.

The technology company serves the IT, managed print services and other needs of businesses throughout the Midwest.

Yopp will help develop new business for the company, working with clients to provide IT and cybersecurity solutions.

Yopp said the COVID pandemic caused her to shift career paths. With a degree from American Public University in sports and health science, she was working as a personal trainer and was on her way to becoming a doctor of physical therapy. When COVID regulations mandated the closing of many gyms and fitness centers, she sought a different career direction.

“Technology was big when everything went remote,” she said. She took a position in enterprise sales at a marketing technology company with a territory in the greater Chicago area. She worked at a Madison, Wisconsin, tech company as a senior business development person, specializing in cybersecurity solutions. Her experience in IT sales includes hospitals, hotel chains, and big box stores.

“We are very pleased to welcome Li to the Pulse family,” said Vince Miceli, vice president of technology. “Her background in tech sales throughout the region, coupled with her business experience should be of great benefit to the companies she will work with, as we continue to build out our presence in Wisconsin.”

Suzanne Hendrick joins Xroads Real Estate Advisors

Suzanne Hendrick Courtesy of Xroads Real Estate Advisors

• Chicago-based Xroads Real Estate Advisors, a national full-service real estate asset management, property management and advisory firm, hired Suzanne Hendrick as executive vice president.

Hendrick, of Chicago, has more than 30 years of experience in asset and property management, most recently serving as executive vice president of asset services operations at Transwestern.

After securing 25 new property assignments in 2023, Xroads’ Chicago assignment portfolio now includes office assets, a large local retail portfolio, and a vast national industrial portfolio.

Hendrick’s newly created role will be critical to driving Xroads’ national and Chicago-area portfolio strategy and services implementation, while also allowing the firm to capitalize on opportunities in property management across office, retail and industrial sectors.

“We are honored to have a professional of Suzanne’s caliber join our firm,” said Kirsten Bowersox, principal and chief operating officer. “She represents an important step forward for Xroads, allowing us to become even more agile with our customized services model and to activate a strategic growth plan on a national scale.”

Hendrick spent 10 years in asset management leadership roles at MB Real Estate, most recently as executive vice president and managing director. She oversaw a portfolio at its peak of 24 million square feet.

Hendrick is a Midwest Real Estate News Hall of Fame inductee and winner of Connect Media’s 2020 Women in Real Estate award. She is a longtime member of the Chicago chapter of the Building Owners and Managers Association and serves on its board.

Brent Vincent Joins Lathrop GPM’s Tort, Insurance & Environmental Practice

Brent Vincent Courtesy of Lathrop GPM

• Lathrop GPM welcomed partner Brent Vincent to the Tort, Insurance & Environmental Practice Group in its Chicago office.

Vincent’s practice focuses on insurance recovery and complex commercial disputes. His 25 years of experience includes successful litigation and resolution of insurance coverage disputes in jurisdictions nationwide, as well as expertise in toxic tort, bond default, Superfund and eminent domain cases. Vincent’s clients range from multinational corporations to small and mid-sized businesses to landowners and municipalities.

“Brent is an exceptional attorney and a natural fit for our market-leading insurance recovery practice and client base. Brent often achieves impressive settlements without litigation, but remains a skilled client advocate when these complex matters do go to court,” said Mara Cohara, leader of the firm’s Tort, Insurance & Environmental Practice Group. “As disputes continue to rise, we remain committed to growing our team in Chicago and other key markets with top talent like Brent. We’re thrilled to welcome him to the firm.”

Michael D. Klein elected to Baxter & Woodman, Inc. board

Michael D. Klein Courtesy of Baxter & Woodman, Inc.

Michael D. Klein has been elected to the Baxter & Woodman, Inc. board by its shareholders at the corporation’s annual shareholder meeting on April 19.

With more than two decades of service to Baxter & Woodman, Inc. of Crystal Lake, Klein brings a wealth of experience and leadership to the board. He has demonstrated his expertise in operations management and strategic direction, notably driving the success and growth of Concentric Integration, a wholly owned subsidiary of Baxter & Woodman, Inc. Concentric Integration is a provider of technology solutions, specializing in instrumentation, controls, SCADA systems, telemetry systems, and information technology.

In his role as president of Concentric Integration, Klein leads a team of engineers, system integrators, project managers, and IT consultants. Together, they focus on the planning, design, and implementation of technology projects.

“Mike’s exceptional leadership and strategic vision have been instrumental in the success of Concentric Integration,” said John V. Ambrose, chief executive officer. “His deep understanding of the industry and his unwavering commitment to excellence will play a pivotal role in guiding Baxter & Woodman's future endeavors.”

Louis D. Haussmann elected president of Baxter & Woodman, Inc.

Louis D. Haussmann Courtesy of Baxter & Woodman, Inc.

• Baxter & Woodman, Inc., of Crystal Lake recently announces a strategic reorganization of its leadership team aimed at optimizing operational efficiency and driving continued growth.

At the company’s annual shareholder meeting on April 19, its board elected Louis D. Haussmann to the role of president.

Haussmann will oversee the operations of the business, including managing departments, enhancing efficiencies through technology, and ensuring alignment with the company's goals and objectives. Haussmann’s leadership skills and extensive experience as chief operating officer since 2012 make him well-qualified for the promotion.

John V. Ambrose will continue in his role as chief executive officer, offering strategic direction and leadership for the company. Ambrose will concentrate on shaping the company’s long-term vision and focus on driving growth, including through key mergers and acquisitions.

“Having collaborated closely with Lou over the past two decades, I’ve seen his unwavering dedication to our company’s mission and his exceptional leadership in navigating complex operational challenges,” said Ambrose.

Fermilab announces new chief operating officer

Greg Stephens Courtesy of Fermilab

• The U.S. Department of Energy’s Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia hired Greg Stephens as the lab’s new chief operating officer beginning May 6.

Stephens brings more than 35 years of experience in commercial, academic, international and U.S. government operations, working in project management, business administration, environment, safety and health, and engineering. He has served at 11 of the 17 U.S. national laboratories. At each lab, Stephens took on a wide array of roles including project and program manager, chief engineer, chief information officer, chief technical officer and operations director.

“We are delighted to have Greg Stephens join Fermilab in leading the operation of the lab,” said Fermilab Director Lia Merminga. “His extensive experience, including at many of the national laboratories, and leadership roles, will be a huge asset in his leadership of our laboratory operations toward the safe, secure, efficient and effective execution of our mission.”

Most recently, Stephens was vice president for Amentum’s Technical Services. Under his leadership, the division supported a wide array of high-hazard chemical, biological and nuclear operations global customers, including U.S. and international laboratories, research and development entities, commercial companies and emergency preparedness institutions.

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