Vision in action.
The principals who drive the practice forward – leading the way with a fine-tuned
understanding of client needs and emphasis on nurturing strong relationships.
Our executive team is seasoned and serious about making infrastructure work harder
for clients, their stakeholders and the communities they serve.
Eric T. Overton, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, is a visionary leader with
unbridled enthusiasm to match market needs with the best, brightest talent and technologies.
His future-forward approach keeps people attuned to what’s next while applying relevant
insight "in the now."
Arne R. Berger, Chief Financial and Operating Officer, is responsible for taking the firm's objectives and converting them into strategy and executable goals, driving performance in the areas of sales, profitability, cash flow and project management.
Jeffrey S. Hankin, Vice President, is the dynamic force leading market development
initiatives and developing a strong presence in core markets both regionally and
nationally. His remarkable clarity when it comes to setting strategic direction,
incredible market leadership skills and service ethic set him apart.
Troy W. Thrun, Vice President, enjoys the complexity of working across market categories
to develop the design service initiatives of the firm. His agility is best expressed
in an unmatched ability to exceed the expectations of some of the biggest brands
on the planet and bring that same talent to the business of the firm.
Kristy J. Alley, Principal, Director of Marketing, delivers a decade-long track
record of breakthrough thinking and strategic brand management for the benefit of
clients and team members alike.
Full biographical sketches and contact information for the executive committee and
all firm principals follow.
James E. Degnan
Denise B. Fong
Jeffrey S. Hankin
Maureen D. Jackson
Basel H. Jurdy
Greg L. Livengood
Thomas (Tod) Moore
Michael B. Newbury
Eric T. Overton
Karl P. Pihl
Troy W. Thrun
Michael R. Yantis
Kristy drives the Sparling brand forward with strong leadership in strategic marketing planning, marketing
collateral and communications, and client research initiatives. In her 15 years at Sparling, she has received
several national Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) marketing communication awards, including
“Best of Show” for Sparling's corporate identity program. Kristy is current the NAIOP Marcom co-chair,
an SMPS roundtable facilitator and past SMPS Board Director.
James E. Degnan, PE, LEED®AP
Principal and Chief Electrical Engineer
Jim's design focus includes power, lighting, emergency, and security systems for healthcare, military,
government and commercial projects. He also oversees many sports lighting projects, including stadiums,
athletic fields and parks. His 30-year track with large, complex facilities is a testament to his ability
to integrate quality design with construction services and incorporate sustainable building practices, wherever possible.
Nationally recognized for her work, Denise collaborates with architects, developers,
building owners, and retailers to bring a high level of creativity and design excellence
to diverse project types. With over 25 years of experience developing award-winning
lighting design strategies, she’s sought after as a keynote speaker and writer internationally.
Her passions include green design, sustainable manufacturing processes for lighting
equipment, and lighting for a sustainable future.
At the forefront of thought leadership, Jeff directs the firm on market development
initiatives. He leverages his ability to cultivate relationships, his 20+ years
of expertise in smart building design, and his passionate leadership style to grow
the firm in its core markets of healthcare, higher education and life sciences,
both regionally and across the country.
Maureen has a style that is fresh and unexpected as she works hand-in-hand with
clients, owners and her integrated services team to continually stay one step ahead
of market trends and future electrical engineering technology. With over 20 years
in her field, she is engaging, confident and approachable allowing her to deliver
a client experience like no other while creating the best facilities out there.
As a principal at Sparling, Tim provides design leadership in electrical engineering
and is a foremost expert in data center design. With over two decades in the industry,
he is passionate about designing electrical systems that protect critical data,
serve users and sustain the environment. Tim is a champion of research for sustainable
solutions with an active interest in the ever more promising day-to-day use of photovoltaics
and wind power. He is a firm leader and mentor, serving as the dean of Sparling’s
internal employee education program, Sparling University.
Recognized for exceptional partnering skills, Basel specializes in mechanical equipment
noise and vibration control, architectural acoustics and environmental noise assessment.
With over 20 years of experience, his design work spans diverse market sectors such
as healthcare, education, high technology, municipal facilities, performing arts
centers, mixed-use buildings, office environments and industrial facilities. He
combines the drive for design excellence with devotion to client service.
Greg’s strengths include design of power, lighting, emergency, communication, fire
alarm and security systems. For more than 20 years, he’s served clients in the military,
commercial and higher education sectors. His deep technical knowledge, experience
with complex facilities, ability to bring together multiple stakeholders and agility
in implementing innovative design solutions set him apart. He particularly enjoys
his long-term relationships with clients and continuing to deepen his understanding
of their business.
Lauren brings dazzling impact to every project she touches. With over 25 years as
a lighting consultant, designer and instructor, she has a wide array of design experiences
on world-class projects – and her work literally spans the globe. Her extensive
background with hospitality, corporate and healthcare clients gives her resume a
breadth and balance that is also world-class. Lauren is well known for artistic
and sustainable lighting concepts. Her passion for sustainability and her artist’s
eye for form and detail are sure to bring an absolutely stellar result.
Thomas (Tod) Moore, RCDD, CDCD
Principal, Director Technology Consulting
Tod’s natural leadership skills compel him to write and speak nationally on the
future of technology. He is a Principal in Sparling's technology consulting practice
and applies his 20+ years of experience to clients’ challenges, from inside and
outside plant design of fiber optic and copper infrastructure to operations/data
centers to LAN/WAN configuration for multi-building campus and multi-story building
environments. He brings particular passion and insight to the connectivity issues
facing healthcare owners today.
Mike enjoys crafting relevant, hard-working solutions for clients. With over 15
years of design experience for power, lighting and security systems, he works across
markets, including healthcare, commercial, retail, hospitality and mixed-use projects.
He is experienced in navigating the technical issues associated with complex facilities.
And, he takes pride in integrating quality design with construction services to
assure that the end result delivers on the program requirements while meeting the
owner’s bottom line.
A breakthrough thinker, Eric revels in the quest to understand where markets are
moving, how user needs are shifting and what skills best support owners’ ability
to perform at the highest level. He cultivates an abiding commitment to clients’
best interests with a serious drive to fuel innovation at every turn. With 25 years
of experience and a career-long commitment to the firm, he’s attuned to the dynamics
of his team. His goal is to make Sparling the central address for the top talent
in the nation.
An especially effective communicator, top notch engineer and all around relationship
builder, Mark knows how to get the job done right and motivate his team to stay
on a winning course. With 20 years of design experience in power distribution and
low voltage systems, he is in the driver's seat steering his team on an effective
pathway of integrated services delivery.
Karl is a client advocacy champion who brings smart new ideas to the table from
his ground level understanding of design in the built environment. He is a natural
leader and mentor who understands the importance of communication and coordination
at all levels of design. Throughout his 10+ years of experience he has been committed
to bringing innovation to his clients through integrated design.
Troy is a visionary leader enjoying the complexity of devising and driving firm
strategy on design services initiatives for studios. He has the innate ability to
understand what practices are best for the company and its people. Through his 20
years of experience, his design expertise has touched many of the firm's largest
and most prestigious projects. His acute knowledge of what clients want lends itself
to his understanding of how to structure the firm to answer their needs.
Michael co-leads Sparling’s acoustical design practice, sharing his 30 years of
experience with clients and employees alike. His expertise spans architectural acoustics
and vibration, mechanical system noise and vibration control, environmental noise
assessments and electronic sound system design. His broad-reaching portfolio includes
projects in the healthcare, commercial, education, municipal, residential and entertainment
sectors. He applies practical knowledge to each project along with a sincere service