City of Tucson selects transportation director

Following a national recruitment and competitive selection process, Tucson City Manager Michael Ortega selected Diana Alarcon as the new Director of the Tucson Department of Transportation effective Oct. 28. 

Finalists were interviewed by city staff and a panel that included neighborhood representatives, bicycle and pedestrian safety advocates, transit stakeholders and public and private sector engineering professionals. 

Alarcon served most recently as the director of transportation and mobility for Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where she served for the past seven years. While there, she established a new department to address high-priority transportation initiatives for the city, including the Executive Airport, parking services, transportation planning, transit services and traffic management.

As TDOT Director, Alarcon will oversee a budget of more than $306 million and a current staff of 258 employees across many work teams. The department handles all aspects of streets and traffic maintenance, traffic engineering, transit, floodplain administration, and bicycle and pedestrian safety.

Burns & McDonnell announce hiring, promotion

Davin Wang joins Burns & McDonnel in Tucson as a project manager and business development coordinator for Global Facilities in the Southwest region. Davin has more than a decade of mechanical engineering consultation, design and project management experience, supporting projects including new and existing building utilities, centralized campus utilities, campus planning, energy analysis and investment analysis.

Burns & McDonnell also selected Brent Aleksich to lead its new office in Tucson. He will manage a team focused on designing and building critical facilities and infrastructure that powers the Southwest region. Brent joined Burns & McDonnell in 2009 as a senior electrical engineer and has nearly 15 years of experience in project management and design for facilities, healthcare, mining, water, wastewater and energy projects. Aleksich is an ambassador committee member for the Tucson Metro Chamber and a member of the Greater Tucson Leadership Class of 2019.

New executive chef at Doubletree near Reid Park

Chef Barry Bennett has been named executive chef of DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Tucson – Reid Park, located in Tucson. Chef Bennett brings 34 years of culinary experience to his role, with training from the prestigious Culinary Institute of America and a wealth of hospitality expertise. He has served as an executive chef working with a number of leading hotel brands, including DoubleTree by Hilton, Radisson, Crowne Plaza and Hotel Indigo. 

As an executive and corporate chef, Chef Bennett has catered for a star-studded list of political figures and celebrities, including former presidents, TV hosts and musicians.

MassMutual of Arizona hires Jason Robinson

MassMutual of Arizona announced the hiring of Jason Robinson as vice president and financial advisory. Robinson is a second generation Tucsonan who comes to MassMutual with over a decade of experience in the wealth management world. He is coming over to become a vice president and partner with the Tucson office. He will be directly involved with the development of the new advisors. He will also retain the ability to continue doing wealth management with clients.

Robinson is a 2017 40 under 40 Honoree, Greater Tucson Leadership Kurth Award winner for 2018, He is a Vice Chair and current Board of Director with Junior Achievement of Arizona. He has also earned multiple industry awards and holds his CFP, CLU and CLTC designations. He has an Economics degreee from the University of Arizona.