People in the News – Mar/Apr 2006


Arnold Mikon, FAIA, was named president and chief executive officer of Tower Pinkest Titus Associates Inc. Mikon previously served as managing principal for Yamasaki Associates and he was CEO of SmithGroup from 1992 to 2000. Mikon served as principal in charge during planning of the FBI’s Fingerprint Identification Center in Clarksburg, W.Va., and several other projects. In 2000, he received a gold medal award from AIA Michigan. TPTA serves government agencies and the health care and education industries. The firm has offices in Michigan in Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids.

Chloe Jaco was promoted to senior associate at Carter Goble Lee. Jaco has been with the firm for more than 16 years and manages projects in the areas of justice facilities and transit. She is also active in engaging and supporting business development opportunities for all CGL companies. Jaco is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of South Carolina, and holds a Bachelor of Science in finance and insurance. She is a member of the American Correctional Association and the American Planning Association.

Kay McLaurin was promoted to business development manager at Carter Goble Lee. McLaurin has worked at the firm since 1999 providing research and technical and analytical support for various consulting assignments. She is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and holds a Bachelor of Science in marketing and management. She is a member of the Society for Marketing Professional Services, the American Correctional Association, the American Jail Association and the South Carolina Corrections Association.

 Jaco  McLaurin  Dean  Pronschinske  Merten

Norman Dean was hired by Arnold & O’Sheridan as director of security and will be responsible for business development for the consulting engineering firm’s security and justice market sector. Dean has participated in the design and construction of several criminal justice facilities as owner representative, program manager, architect, contractor, sub-contractor, construction manager, planner and programmer.

Also at A&O, Jeffrey Pronschinske, BS, CSI, MAI, was hired as security engineer. Pronschinsky brings 17 years of experience to the firm and has worked on several justice, correctional and detention facility assignments. He has expertise in security hollow metal doors and frames, security hardware, security metal wall and ceiling systems, and detention furnishings. Pronschinky has participated in the design and construction of many criminal justice facilities as a consultant, contractor and engineer.


Ed Merten was named to NAPCO Security Group’s sales team as director of national accounts for sales in North America. Merten has 30 years of experience in marketing, training sales, installation and services. He has been a member of ASIS since 1978. NAPCO Security Group specializes in security products such as fire alarms, access control, proximity locks and panic exit hardware.

Stinger Systems Inc. has named David J. Meador chief financial officer and corporate secretary. Meador previously served as corporate controller for the company. Stinger Systems provides stun technologies and other products that utilize electro sparc-pulsed technology for law enforcement, corrections and security.

The Rose Report LLC, a San Antonio-based criminal justice construction lead source, hired Rocky Marcell as national sales manager. Marcell will be working from the Phoenix area.

Apryl Griswold was appointed regional sales manager for the security products division of TOA Electronics Inc. Griswold was formerly a national account manager with ADT/Tyco International and SecurityLink. TOA manufactures and distributes audio and security products. The company has annual sales of more than $300 million.

Patrick Skipper has joined Montgomery Technology Inc. and will lead the research and development division. Skipper graduated from Auburn University with a degree in electrical engineering. MTI specializes in control systems with integrated software.

Somnia Inc., a national provider of on-site outpatient surgical services at correctional facilities, has named Robert J. Moran interim director of criminal justice programs. Moran will be responsible for spearheading cost-containment initiatives while working with correctional facilities to provid minor surgeries on-site at pre-existing facilities or mobile operating rooms.

Don McCrary has joined Brennan Associates as director of project development. He will work out of the firm’s Montgomery, Ala., office. McCray previously worked for Carter Goble Lee and Norment Security Group Inc.


Michael Illes was hired by the sheriff’s office in Horry County, S.C., as program/project manager in anticipation of a major expansion to the county’s detention center. Illes previously served as jail administrator in Florence County and he was a project manager at Carter Goble Lee.

John M. Palms, Ph.D., was appointed to the GEO Group Inc. Board of Directors. He will fill the vacancy created by the resignation of William M. Murphy. Palms will also serve on GEO’s Audit and Finance Committee and Corporate Planning Committee. Palms is currently a professor and president emeritus at the University of South Carolina.

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