What connects a retired Navy commander, an HR leader, and a utility master planner focused on achieving carbon neutrality for college campuses? All three outstanding professionals recently joined Salas O’Brien in critical roles for the company’s continued growth.
Here are brief profiles of each new leader.
Diane Walton Blevins
Diane came aboard as vice president of human resources. She’s the former senior manager of global human resources for McKinsey & Company, where she designed and implemented an integrated talent management model. With more than 20 years of experience in engaging, empowering, and developing team talent, she specializes in creating simplified solutions and achieving continuous improvement.
She credits her decision to join the team to Salas O’Brien’s authentic culture of trust and ownership.
“I started earlier than expected to help respond to the COVID-19 crisis and, of course, no one anticipated the level of disruption we were about to experience,” she commented. “From my first day, I have been impressed with the level of collaboration, innovation, and kindness displayed to ensure we can deliver for our clients and support one another. I look forward to navigating the new normal together.”
Amanda joined Salas O’Brien to become our federal services program manager, taking on the role to help Salas O’Brien increasingly serve federal clients. She’s a former program manager with the Naval Facilities Engineering Command who oversaw multi-million-dollar construction projects for eight major Marine Corps bases along the West Coast. Needless to say, she brings extensive experience in the requirements set forth by Federal Acquisition Regulations, which she plans on using to refine our proposals.
She noted that Salas O’Brien’s growth, culture, and ethos are what convinced her to join the team.
“The firm’s extremely rapid growth speaks for itself,” she said. “The fact that leadership sticks around following the mergers indicates the corporate culture I was seeking. I especially appreciate a team whose members pride themselves on zero errors and omissions and consistently high-quality work. Stepping out of the Navy uniform and into a role where I can continue to support service to our nation is truly ideal.”
Doug signed onto the team after a 30-year career as the director of energy systems for Miami University in Ohio. In his role there, he helped the university realize $35 million in energy savings by implementing geothermal and transitioning from steam to low temperature hot-water heating. He is now a senior project manager with Salas O’Brien’s campus energy group.
He specializes in mechanical engineering and utility master planning with extensive experience in district energy systems, and he’s especially passionate about helping colleges achieve carbon neutrality.
“The approach Miami University has taken can be replicated across campuses throughout the nation,” he said. “It’s a win/win approach to reducing carbon footprint and costs.”
“We’re honored to add Diane, Doug, and Amanda to the team, and we know they’re going to do great things for our organization, our team, and our clients,” Salas O’Brien CEO Darin Anderson said. “I can’t wait to see what they accomplish.”
Please join us in welcoming them to Salas O’Brien—we certainly think you can “expect a difference” from each one of them!