The leadership team for the Omaha, Neb., office of McCarthy Building Companies Inc., is taking shape due to a promotion, relocation and the addition of a business development professional. Longtime McCarthy employee Ryan Felton, LEED GA, is a project director relocating back to his hometown in Nebraska from Kansas City; Ryan Sawall, LEED AP BD+C, P.E., CHC, who has been with McCarthy for more than a decade, has been promoted to project director; and joining the team in a newly created position of director of business development is Amy Thompson.

Much of Felton’s 16-year career has been spent building healthcare facilities. Notably, he led efforts to rebuild the $345 million, 890,000-square-foot Mercy Hospital Joplin, Mo., after it was destroyed by a tornado.

Sawall began at McCarthy as a project engineer, moving up to assistant project superintendent, assistant project manager, project engineer and project manager prior to assuming his current role. Along with being licensed as a professional mechanical engineer, Sawall is active with the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), holds a certification as a Certified Healthcare Constructor (CHC) through the National Hospital Association and is a former board member for the Nebraska Society of Healthcare Engineers. Sawall was instrumental in the creation of the new Omaha Chapter of ACE (Architecture, Construction, Engineering) Mentor Program and currently serves on the board.

Thompson brings more than 12 years AEC (Architecture, Engineering & Construction) experience, connecting clients, designers and contractors. In 2016, she was chosen for Building Design & Construction’s 40 Under 40 Award. She serves on several local boards including the Nebraska Society of Healthcare Engineers and the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) in Omaha. Thompson also founded a networking group called the Omaha Business Development Friday Afternoon Club, a formal network of AEC (Architecture, Engineering & Construction) professionals and owners.