Principals

John Trimble, P.E., LEED AP, President and CEO

John is responsible for overseeing all of the company’s design and construction projects and staff. He also executes the strategic and tactical operational plans for C&S, leads in optimizing business functions, and continues to diversify and grow the business nationally. John has been with C&S since 1990. He has also served as C&S’s vice president overseeing facilities design services and as president of our construction management company. Prior to that role, John managed the industrial facilities design group, worked as a general manager for our construction management group, project/operations manager for C&S’s construction company and design engineer in the transportation design group. John earned a degree in civil/structural engineering from Clarkson University and is a licensed professional engineer in numerous states. He is also a LEED accredited professional through the US Green Building Council.

John Spina, Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer

John began his career at C&S in 1975 and has been a key and pivotal member of the C&S team. John’s leadership and dedication has contributed to the organizational growth and national expansion of the firm. With over 35 years in the industry, John has a broad experience base and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of C&S’s administration group, which includes human resources, marketing, business development information technologies, executive leadership, and management. John is actively involved in C&S’s strategic planning process and is responsible for implementation of many aspects of that plan. John serves as a member of the board of directors for the C&S Companies, and is a member of the executive team. In addition, John is a steward of the community and is involved with many organizations. He currently serves on the board of trustees for the Museum of Science and Technology (MOST) in Syracuse. He previously served as president of the board of directors of Partners for Education and Business and chairman of the board of directors for Leadership Greater Syracuse. He is a graduate of Syracuse University and a 1997 graduate of Leadership Greater Syracuse.

Michael Walker, Chief Financial Officer

WalkerMichael Walker has worked with the C&S Companies for more than 30 years, beginning as assistant controller and advancing to chief financial officer. When Mike joined the company, gross revenues were around $10 million per year. Since then, the company has grown significantly, projecting over $80 million in gross revenues in 2015. Mike has lead C&S’s efforts to evolve our insurance, finance, and accounting infrastructure to accommodate a business that has grown seven-fold since he joined the firm. As the individual business units within the C&S Companies have grown and diversified, our internal accounting practices have required significant evolution. Mike has consistently provided outstanding leadership, as well as professional, knowledgeable guidance as he has overseen this significant growth. He has developed a new accounting department strategy, including adding a controller and implementing a new state-of-the-art accounting software system for project management, cost control, and corporate financial management. All of this has been done while keeping a keen eye on controlling overhead cost and maximizing profitability. As C&S has grown, our banking relationships have had to grow as well. Mike has successfully developed a series of banking relationships with multiple financial institutions, ensuring that C&S has the operating funds and capital necessary to run our business successfully.

Ellen LaBerge, Chief Legal Officer

LaBergeEllen has been with C&S since 1996, when she became only the second general counsel in the firm’s history. Ellen has served C&S during a period of significant growth and change. During Ellen’s tenure she has personally led the legal aspects of our growing firm, having overseen many mergers and acquisitions and many corporate legal issues. Ellen has a reputation as a trusted and thoughtful advisor and her counsel is sought on a wide range of business matters. Ellen is a 1980 graduate of Dartmouth and a 1983 graduate of Notre Dame Law School. She was among the first women to attend Dartmouth, entering just three years after the school began admitting women. As a seasoned, practicing attorney for more than 30 years, Ellen also understands the importance of equal access to legal representation for all people and served as both a board member and president of the Legal Aid Society (The Hiscock Legal Aid Society) for two terms. This organization provides free legal assistance to people in need in our community. In addition, Ellen has volunteered for many other community organizations, serving locally and nationally. Ellen is passionate about education at all levels and spends much of her community service time with various educational institutions. Ellen’s professional affiliations include serving on the Notre Dame Law Association Board and as the secretary and recruiting coordinator of the Dartmouth Club of CNY.

Robert Duclos, Senior Vice President

Duclos Bob has served in project management and leadership roles for a wide variety of civil and environmental engineering projects for more than 23 years. Typical projects have included water and wastewater pipelines, storage tanks, pumping stations, treatment plants, parks and recreational facilities, solid waste facilities, wireless communications facilities, government radar installations, and general civil engineering development projects. His experience includes all phases of project development, from planning, design, construction administration, construction inspection, and environmental compliance. Several of Bob’s projects have received national distinction including diamond and gold awards from the American Council of Engineering Companies and a gold award from the American Public Works Association. Bob is a graduate of the American Council of Engineering Companies Senior Executive Institute and Leadership Greater Syracuse.

Michael Hotaling, Senior Vice President

HotalingMichael’s entire professional career of nearly 25 years has been dedicated to assisting airport management finding effective solutions to complex issues. Airport sponsors have leveraged his expertise in planning and environmental studies, design and construction projects, noise mitigation programs, and creation and deployment of successful community outreach programs. He was a member of the FAA Western Pacific Region’s executive committee charged with developing the first-ever best practices guide for California airports. Michael has served as project manager for more than 30 airport sponsors, conducting master plans, environmental assessments and other specialized planning studies over the last two decades. He has developed effective skills in project leadership, stakeholder facilitation, FAA coordination, noise and air quality analyses, development of realistic and practical alternatives, and preparation of financially feasible airport capital improvement plans.

 Jim Olcott, P.E., Senior Vice President

Jim is the senior vice president and general manager of C&S Operations. He leads the energy solutions group, which focuses on the identification and implementation of energy efficiency upgrades. The energy solutions group routinely analyzes new technologies and financing structures for clients, including solar, LED and building automation. Jim has 18 years of experience in the energy sector. His activities have included identifying, developing, and implementing energy conservation and generation projects. Jim also provides commodity consulting services to clients, advising on traditional and renewable procurement strategies. He has led the development of millions of dollars in cost savings projects including engineering, financing, and contract structuring.

Maureen Clegg, P.E., LEED AP, Vice President

Maureen has more than 30 years of experience in structural engineering and project management. She serves as program manager of some of C&S’s largest and most complicated projects, including the structural design team for the Greater Orlando International Airport South Terminal Complex Phase 1. Maureen received her B.S. Civil Engineering, from Villanova University and is a licensed professional engineer in six states. Maureen is also a LEED Accredited Professional and is skilled in integrating sustainability into a wide variety of projects. Her daily responsibilities include managing more than 40 engineers and architects who work on multi-discipline healthcare, higher education, sound attenuation, and municipal building projects. She is a graduate of the ACEC Senior Executive Institute, heads C&S’s internal audit committee and runs our project management training classes. Several of her projects have received platinum, gold and silver awards from ACEC NY.