St. Louis’ S.M. Wilson & Co. boosts technology department with two key moves

S. M. Wilson & Co., a St. Louis-based construction manager and contracting firm, is restructuring its technology department with the promotion of Jamie Berzon to Chief Technology Officer and the hiring of Brian Turner as Construction Technology Manager.

Mark Patterson, who has been serving as the firm’s Chief Information Officer for nearly 18 years, will retire at the end of June. The team will shift focus from information technology to construction technology to enhance S. M. Wilson’s processes and operations.

The shift to construction technology allows S. M. Wilson to be proactive and efficient, enhancing collaboration with Owners, design partners, going Beyond the Build. Within the past two years, the company has made several advancements in construction technology including the use of Destini for estimating, AutoDesk BUILD for project management, SmartPM for schedule management and GC Pay for subcontractor management. Furthermore S. M. Wilson has five licensed drone pilots, utilizing drone technology, Building Information Systems (BIM) and augmented reality on the majority of projects. 

As the new Chief Technology Officer, Berzon spearheads all technology initiatives and deliverables, while driving innovation and implementing technological advancements to improve S. M. Wilson’s operational efficiency and support growth. Responsibilities include developing and executing the company’s technology strategy in alignment with firm goals, overseeing the implementation of new systems, and implementing and maintaining technology security policies and procedures to safeguard data. Berzon has worked at S. M. Wilson for 25 years, most recently as Construction Technology Manager. 

Turner brings more than 22 years of experience in IT system management and technology for firms in the construction industry. In his role as Construction Technology Manager, Turner is overseeing and managing the firm’s information technology systems, infrastructure and services that support operations. He is also assisting with research and development of existing and new construction technology.