Archives December 2013

MSG Appoints Steven Vandenbossche as CFO


The Mannik & Smith Group, Inc. (MSG) is pleased to announce the appointment of Steven Vandenbossche to the position of Chief   Financial Officer. He joins Chief Executive Officer Richard Bertz, PE, PS and Chief Operating Officer, Dean Niese, PE — completing the MSG Executive Leadership Team. 

Steven began his career with MSG in September of 2012, rising rapidly to his new position due to his demonstrated financial management and strategic planning skills, which were achieved and sharpened due to his previous work with Bureau Veritas, an international testing, inspection and certification firm with engineering and architecture functions and over 59,000 employees. In a statement by Richard Bertz, CEO, “Steven has the right skills at the right time as we implement our vision and new strategic plan for MSG.  We are very excited to have Steven join our strong leadership team.” 

Described by his high school teacher Mrs. Ford as a “natural accountant,” Steven not only has expansive knowledge of the finance realm, but is also well acquainted with computer system software implementations. He enjoys spending his free time with his wife Bushra, along with their two children Ali and Maha.  Steven finds entertainment in science-fiction literature, television and film, and playing video games with his children.      

MSG Expands Transportation Construction Services with New Role


The Mannik & Smith Group, Inc. (MSG) is expanding the firm's Transportation Construction Services in order to advantageously prepare for the growing market. To accomplish the firm's goal to expand business within existing viable markets, MSG has announced a new leadership position, appointing Aric Bennett to the position of Vice President of Transportation Construction Services. 

Aric's primary duties will consist of developing and implementing a company-wide transportation construction services business plan in pursuit of Transportation and Municipal projects, as well as leading the overall operations of this practice area. His prior construction management experience and responsibility for maintaining the MSG Construction Quality Control and Quality Assurance Program provides him the perspective and knowledge that will serve him well as he transitions into his new role. Aric has been instrumental in the growth, leadership and financial success of MSG's construction services within the Michigan Transportation market and MSG is confident that he will deliver that same success to the Ohio Transportation market.  

A graduate of Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan, Aric began his career in the Geotechnical Engineering market, eventually altering his concentration to the Civil Engineering market to provide construction management services for Transportation and Municipal projects. His varied experience, gregarious attitude and forward-looking approach has made Aric an exceptionally valuable resource to the MSG team since he started with the company in 2006. When Aric is not actively pursuing projects, he values spending time with his wife Heather and their three children, Audrey, Evan and Allory. He also enjoys camping, golfing and coaching his children's sports.