ST. LOUIS, MO – PGAV Destinations and PGAV Planners welcome new teammates, from writers to illustrators to architects to project managers. PGAV was founded in 1965 and throughout more than five decades of practice, has worked on thousands of projects in more than thirty states and on five continents. PGAV’s St. Louis, Kansas City, and new Orlando, design studios are strengthened by including diverse talents and skills, allowing for collaborative teamwork on projects from the smallest non-profit to the world’s largest aquarium.
“As our firm enters a new phase of growth, we are so excited to share this news,” said Mike Konzen, PGAV CEO. “These new hires represent remarkable talent across a variety of disciplines to enable us to better serve projects across the globe and in all of our key market sectors in our Destinations and Planning groups.”
Growth for PGAV Destinations represents tremendous domestic and international activity within the travel, tourism, and entertainment industries. For PGAV Planners, economic development and community planning services are also on the upswing. Designing for the complexities of destinations (whether a theme park, museum, aquarium, zoo, hotel, or retail branded experience) and planning with communities for their future, requires a team with varied expertise, knowledge, and skillsets for the greatest impact across guest experience, client operations, bottom-line results, and community goals.
Introducing PGAV Destinations New Team members:
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Creative Writer/Storyteller, Dawn Jasper, from Troy, Illinois, majored in Speech Communications and Public Relations at SIUE. She has over 18 years of media promotions experience with FOX Sports Midwest.
Project Architect, Alex Ramirez, from El Paso, Texas, received a Bachelor of Science in Architecture and Master of Architecture degree from the University of Texas San Antonio. Alex has seven years in the architectural profession, working for firms in San Antonio, Texas.
Designer/Illustrator, Molly Rodabaugh, from Buffalo, New York and Knoxville, Tennessee, received her degree in Themed Entertainment Design from the University of Tennessee, College Scholars Program. She has prior experience as a Projections Designer and Freelance Illustrator.
Graphic Designer, Kyle Russell, from Shelbyville, Illinois, received a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Kyle has over 20 years of experience at McGinty Company in Boulder, Colorado.
Executive Assistant, Sara Stapleton, from Arnold, Missouri, received an Associate’s Degree in Office Systems and Technology from Jefferson College. Sara has over 20 years of experience at AT&T Yellow Pages, Thryv, and UPS.
Introducing PGAV Planners New Team members:
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Project Planner Sarah Dyott received her Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis and dual Master of City and Regional Planning and Master of Real Estate Development degrees from Georgia Institute of Technology. She joins us from Atlanta, Georgia, and has prior experience in mixed-income housing development, affordable housing preservation, and community and economic development.
Project Manager Cristen Hardin, from Brooklyn, Illinois, received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from SIUE and a Master of Urban Planning from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. As a Municipal planner, Cristen has managed a range of short and long-term projects across Community Development and Economic Development Departments.
Planners welcomes Senior Project Manager Jill Mead back to the team from Portland, Oregon. Jill received her Undergrad at Washington University and Master’s Degrees in Planning and Public Health at UNC-Chapel Hill. Jill previously worked for PGAV from 2018-2020.
Project Planner Sareh Tabrizchi from Isfahan, Iran, received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Urban Planning Engineering from the Art University of Isfahan and her Master of Urban Design degree from the University of Tehran. She has prior experience as a GIS Technician, Urban Designer, Graphic Designer, and Drafter.
About PGAV Destinations
PGAV Destinations is a global leader in the planning and design of unique destinations. Now entering its sixth decade, the practice has evolved to become the ideal destination-consulting partner, skilled at developing growth-oriented master plans and translating those plans into successful projects. No other firm offers such an integrated approach to destination planning.
PGAV Destinations’ key clients include industry leaders such as The Smithsonian, Chimelong Group, National Geographic, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, Port Aventura, Bass Pro Shops, Kennedy Space Center, the Georgia Aquarium, and many others. PGAVDestinations.com
About PGAV Planners
PGAV Planners works at the intersection of community and economic development. Our diverse team collaborates with our clients and their communities to help them give voice to their vision and to put action behind their words. We provide leadership and solutions with our partners in planning, development finance, community engagement, and economic justice. PGAVPlanners.com