Irvine, Calif.–MVE & Partners has added two key director-level positions with the recent appointments of Sylvia Avendano as business development director, and Erin Gebo as director of human resources.
The new hires are part of a broader staffing increase at the firm and its affiliate, MVE Institutional, adding 24 professionals across various departments. It is the second round of hiring this year, building on an earlier staffing expansion that boosted the companies’ ranks by 13 employees.
“We are continuing to experience increased demand from clients for architecture and master-planning services on both domestic and international projects,” says Richard Emsiek, AIA, president and COO at MVE & Partners and partner at MVE Institutional.
“An escalating workload in multiple business sectors has required us to significantly augment our staff, and we are encouraged by what this indicates for the overall marketplace.”
Avendano brings more than 25 years of business development experience in public and private sectors to her new position. Her background includes tenures at major Southern California architecture firms and institutions of higher education, including the University of Southern California.
Senior level hires in MVE & Partners and MVE Institutional’s latest round of staffing increases also include project architect Wei Lee, AIA, LEED AP; senior design architect Sheri Yama, AIA; senior drafter Jorge Alarcon; and senior accountant Edmund Perez. Among the other positions filled are multiple job captains and additions to several departments, including architecture/design, planning, graphics, drafting, information technology and administration.