Kiewit names new senior VP of Hawaii division
Nebraska-based construction company Kiewit has promoted Lance Wilhelm to senior VP of its Hawaii operations.
Wilhelm will be leaving his post as area manager, wherein he oversaw the company’s Hawaii vertical building operations, which included the construction of the Trump Tower in Waikiki. In his new role, he will oversee lead market, industry, operations and community involvement in the region, as well as continue to play a significant role in the construction of the Honolulu Rapid Transit System.
“Lance is a great fit to lead our company’s efforts in this important state,” said Scott Cassels, executive vice president of Kiewit Corporation. “A 24-year veteran of Kiewit and the Hawaii construction industry, Wilhelm brings significant depth and experience to his expanded new role.”
He previously served as estimator, superintendent, project manager and business manager for for Kiewit.
He is also VP for the General Contractors Labor Association, chairman of the YMCA in Honolulu, vice chairman of the board of trustees at Kamehameha Schools and a board member for the Aloha Council, Boy Scouts of America, the West Oahu Economic Development Association, the National Association of General Contractors and the University of Hawaii Foundation.
Alleged shoplifters target Home Depot in lawsuit
The Home Depot is the subject of a class-action lawsuit claiming that the world’s largest home improvement retailer is impropertly negotiating for settlement with shoplifting suspects.
The complaint was originally filed in Alameda, Calif. by Jimin Chen. According to media reports, Chen claims he forgot to put a pair of gloves into the shopping cart in time for the cashier to notice. He later received a letter from Palmer, Reifler & Associates asking for a $350 settlement. He got another letter a couple weeks later asking for $625, threatening legal action otherwise, he claims.
According to Bloomberg, Palmer sends out more than a million demand letters on behalf of Home Depot each year.
Atlanta-based Home Depot spokesman Stephen Holmes told HCN that the general practice is within the company’s legal bounds.
"We’re still reviewing the details of the complaint, but we do disagree that the general practice of civil demands is unlawful," he said.
ABC News reports that one of Chen’s lawyers, Christian Schreiber, referred to the letters as a "fraudulent business practice…likely to deceive members of the public as to their legal rights and obligations." Schreiber claims that the retailer has yet to act on any of its threats to sue customers, suggesting that it is merely playing a "numbers game" together with the law firm that depends on a certain percentage of customers paying the settlements.
Former Sears exec tapped for C-level positions at Tuesday Morning Corporation
Closeout retailer Tuesday Morning Corporation has appointed Jeffrey Boyer as executive VP, CAO and CFO of its upscale operations, effective immediately.
Boyer, who has over 30 years of retail, finance and accounting experience, will be replacing EVP/CFO Stephanie Bowman and filling an existing vacancy for CAO.
"Having worked with Jeff at Michaels, I can attest to his wealth of retail experience and ability to help transform organizations," said Tuesday Morning CEO Michael Rouleau. "We’re delighted he has joined the team and look forward to benefiting from his expertise and insight. On behalf of the entire Tuesday Morning team, I also want to thank Stephanie for her tireless commitment to Tuesday Morning, particularly amid significant organizational change. We wish her well in her future professional endeavors, and know she has a bright future."
Previously, Boyer filled the EVP, COO and CFO functions at 24 Hour Fitness Worldwide. He has also served as president, CFO and EVP of Michaels Stores, as well as EVP and CFO for Kmart. He held multiple positions with Sears, Roebuck & Company, where he went on to become senior VP and CFO. Prior senior positions included those at Pillsbury Company and Kraft General Foods.
"I am very pleased to join the Tuesday Morning team, and am eager to work again with Michael to help ensure the company realizes its potential as a leading value retailer," Boyer said.