ST. LOUIS – Melva Pete, MA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP has joined the executive team of SAK Construction, LLC (SAK) as vice president of human resources. Pete brings years of experience in human resources and strategic planning to SAK, one of the fastest-growing pipeline rehabilitation and tunneling contractors in the U.S.
Her responsibilities include leading and enhancing the company’s strategy and partnerships in all areas of human resources, with a focus on talent acquisition and retention, compensation and benefits, performance management, organizational development and employee relations.
“We are thrilled to have a high-caliber human resources leader like Melva join the SAK team,” stated CEO Tom Kalishman. “Our company’s rapid growth requires someone like Ms. Pete with a history of success to spearhead our efforts in attracting and maintaining the best team in the industry. We are lucky to find just such a person right here in St. Louis.”
Most recently, the St. Louis resident was vice president of human resources with Bi-State Development, where she was responsible for providing strategic leadership and partnerships in all aspects of human resources. With over 15 years of diverse professional experiences in consumer products, manufacturing, and mass transit industries, Pete comes to SAK recognized as a dynamic leader, business partner and strategic thinker. She has a strong record of success and the ability to create and implement complex strategies in fast-paced, ever-changing environments.
Pete’s previous experience also includes serving as a human resources professional at Monsanto and as corporate vice president, human resources, at Angelica Corp.
Pete earned her master’s degree in business administration from Webster University and her bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri – St. Louis.
Based in O’Fallon, Missouri, and with regional offices in Baltimore, Maryland; Sacramento, California; and Nashville, Tennessee, SAK is actively expanding across the U.S. The company solves the challenge of maintaining and restoring aging water and sanitary infrastructure for the municipal, energy and industrial markets. With industry leading experience and a commitment to service excellence, SAK is a trusted partner helping customers worldwide renew, protect and expand their pipeline infrastructure.