Our Staff

Our Staff

Our team of professionals is highly innovative, creative and in tune with the latest construction methods. We are constantly on the lookout for new ideas to provide cost-effective construction techniques.

Management Team:
Chief Executive Officer & President: David G. Karins, PE, SI
Founder: F. Carter “Bud” Karins, PE
Vice President of Engineering: John Bonacci, PhD, PE LEED AP
Vice President of Design: Business Development: Tommy Hagood
Director of Restoration: Art C. Schoenewaldt, III, PE
Controller: Tara Waldrip
Human Resources Director: Courtney Kendrick
Operations Consultant: Lou Santoro
Sarasota Restoration Branch Manager: Nick Dunning
Naples/Fort Myers Branch Manager: Carlyson Delgado
Southeast Florida Branch Manager: William Nimis
Engineering Manager: Jerome J. DiMercurio, PE, SI

John F. Bonacci, PhD, PE, LEED AP – Vice President of Engineering
We have promoted John to the position of Vice President of Engineering.  A Director at KEG since 2004, John is excited about his new role as KEG/KWA’s technical leader while representing KEG/KWA through high level participation on industry organization boards and committees.  John will expand his longstanding involvement in industry organizations to help maintain KEG/KWA’s commitment to incorporating the “State-of-the-Art” in engineering service to our clients.  He will educate our staff company-wide on the most current thinking, as well as help influence laws, standards and codes in Florida as well as national design standards.

Thomas A. Hagood, Jr., PE, SI – Vice President of Design – Business Development
Tommy holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from The University of Alabama and a master’s degree in structural engineering from Vanderbilt University.  He has more than 45 years of experience in structural engineering design, management and business development.  Tommy is licensed in Florida, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, North Carolina, and Ohio.  Tommy will be working on the Executive Committee on continued firm-wide growth of the structural engineering design business, including strengthening KEG/KWA’s existing relationships, mentoring branch managers in our six locations, and developing new relationships throughout our service area.

Jerome J. DiMercurio, PE, SI – Engineering Manager – Sarasota
Jay holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Tufts University College of Engineering.  He has 35 years of experience in building design, project management and design office management.   Jay is licensed in Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Maine, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina and North Carolina.  Jay will be taking over the day-to-day of the Sarasota Design Center and will support John and Tommy in propagating our design capabilities throughout the firm.