LEO A DALY’S James B. Brader and Edward G. Benes appointed to Senior Vice Presidents

(OMAHA – March 26, 2014) Leo A. Daly III, FAIA, chairman and chief executive officer of international architecture/engineering firm LEO A DALY, announces the appointments of James (Jay) B. Brader and Edward (Ed) G. Benes, PE, to senior vice presidents.

As chief financial officer, Brader manages the firm’s finance and accounting operations, including budget, credit, insurance, tax, and treasury. He joined LEO A DALY in 1986 and has held various accounting roles with increasing responsibility, becoming chief financial officer in 2013. Brader oversees the firm’s accounting responsibilities for more than 2,000 projects a year, maintains the firm’s ledgers, supervises a large accounting staff group, and has managed four acquisitions. He also spearheads the Leadership Institute, the firm’s professional development program.

“Jay demonstrates a great understanding of our business. He has helped to shape our vision and culture, and has played a pivotal role in the firm’s growth,” said Daly.

Brader holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business administration from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

Benes joined LEO A DALY in 2012 as deputy general counsel, and currently serves as general counsel. He has more than 10 years of experience as an attorney in the construction industry. Before joining the firm, Benes served as senior counsel at Newmont Mining Corporation, and as vice president and senior counsel at AECOM Technology Corporation. He also has seven years of previous experience as a professional engineer and project manager.

“In the relatively short time that Ed has been with the firm, he has become a key leader and an invaluable member of the LEO A DALY team,” said Daly.

Benes holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind., and a Juris Doctor degree from Loyola University in Chicago. He is a member of the American Bar Association and the Association of Corporate Counsel.

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