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For the past seven years, she has worked in the communications department for U.S. Wheat Associates in Arlington, Virginia, most recently as the director of communications. She has experience in digital communications, media relations, association and stakeholder management, consumer outreach and education. She has a bachelor’s of science in agricultural communications and journalism from Kansas State University. She will complete a master’s of professional studies in public relations and corporate communications from Georgetown University in December 2022. She grew up in Hermiston.
Aryn Kerr has been promoted to director of operations. He joined Elite in 2020 as part of a core team charged with creating and developing the company’s government division and was responsible for the overall management of federal government construction projects including new infrastructure and facilities, facility improvements, hazardous waste cleanup and environmental remediation in and around the Hanford area. In his new role, he will continue to oversee government operations and adds the private division within his purview. He will provide overall management direction and ensure delivery of efficient projects across both sectors with a focus on the client experience and trade partner development. Kerr has almost two decades of experience in general contractor firm ownership and hazardous waste remediation management.
Curtis “CJ” Black has been promoted to project executive within the operations department. He will provide leadership, oversight and direction to the private division. He will lead the project management team and all private division developments. Black joined Elite earlier this year and excelled in his previous role as director, project controls, responsible for comprehensive oversight of Elite’s projects on scope, schedule, and cost. He brings more than 14 years of project management and strategic business integration including construction management, strategic planning, risk management, project controls, scheduling and estimating in roles such as estimator, project engineer, project manager, and project controls. As project executive, he will focus on three key areas – exceeding client expectations, managing projects to meet business objectives, and leading and developing project teams.
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