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Business Briefs: Nov. 4


Gia Linville
Gia Linville

McKelvey Homes, LLC, New Home Builder announced the promotion of Gia Linville to director of sales and marketing. Linville started her career in 2002 as a community sales manager and was awarded Rookie of the Year by the Home Builders Association. She is a member of the association’s Sales and Marketing Council and was chair of the council for three years. For her contributions to the association’s council, she has been awarded the Hugh L. Pettus Award on multiple occasions.

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Mike Golden, Ed.D. has been named vice president of education for Great Circle. In his role, he oversees the agency’s educational programming and curriculum standards delivered through eight specialized Great Circle Academy schools located throughout Missouri. A comprehensive behavioral health nonprofit, Great Circle brings a trauma-informed care approach to over 40,000 children and families each year. Golden began his career as a teaching assistant and then special education teacher for eight years. He has served in district level administrative roles, and most recently, with the Special School District of St. Louis County. 

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Akshay Nirbhya has joined Wiegmann Associates as a project engineer. Nirbhya will be responsible for designing and engineering commercial HVAC systems for various Wiegmann Associates projects. He has a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He has three years’ experience in the industry, particularly in building information modeling for large scale commercial projects.


Meredith OConnor

St. Louis native and health care advocate Meridith O’Connor has launched The Merit Option, a patient advocacy and consulting firm dedicated to highlighting the patient perspective within the health care industry. After being diagnosed with a rare, neuromuscular disorder that sometimes has invisible symptoms, O’Connor created The Merit Option and works with stakeholders within health care to ensure the patient perspective is considered and better understood. The Merit Option serves as a platform to validate the patient voice through numerous mediums, including digital publications, podcasts, seminars, awareness campaigns and more.


State Representative Dean Plocher was named a 2020 Business Champion by the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The honor serves to recognize state lawmakers who supported policies that look to grow Missouri’s economy and make the state more economically competitive. The 2020 legislative session saw several legislative agendas passed, including changes to the state’s punitive damage system, occupational licensing laws, broadband expansion and infrastructure.


The West St. Louis Chamber of Commerce hosts its general membership meeting from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 19 at Forest Hills Country Club, 36 Forest Club Drive in Chesterfield. Admission is $30 for members; $35 for nonmember guests. There is a $5 surcharge for registration less than 48 hours prior to the luncheon and for walk-ins. This meeting is subject to change to virtual format. To register or for meeting format updates, please check the website at westcountychamber.com or call (636) 230-9900.

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The Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce hosts its virtual general membership meeting at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 28. The topic is on workforce development. The meeting is free, but registration is required to receive login instructions. For more information, visit chesterfieldmochamber.com.

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