James Skrmetta Joins Bernhard as External Marketing Manager

Bernhard, one of the largest privately-owned engineering, mechanical and electrical contractors in America, announced today that James Skrmetta has been hired as its external marketing manager. Skrmetta will be based in Bernhard’s corporate headquarters in Metairie, Louisiana.

Skrmetta will be responsible for enhancing Bernhard’s national brand through public relations, content development, website management and social media.

“James has years of experience easily explaining technical concepts, which is just what we need at Bernhard,” said Melissa Samuel, Bernhard’s executive vice president of corporate administration. “He has already proven to be a great addition to our team and will help us communicate our expertise to enhance our brand and reach new potential partners.”

Prior to joining Bernhard, Skrmetta previously served as the manager of marketing and communications for The National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) and communications officer at The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Ocean Science and Engineering (SOSE). There, he was responsible for the overall communications of NCS4, SOSE, and the Homeland Security National Training Program (HSNTP). Skrmetta led multiple teams in creating brand strategies that cultivated and enhanced relationships with a global audience.

Skrmetta has a background in journalism and before transitioning into communications and marketing, was a reporter for the Pulitzer Prize-winning Sun Herald Newspaper in Gulfport, Mississippi. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in mass communication with a concentration in broadcast journalism from The University of Southern Mississippi.

David Amoss Joins Bernhard as Director of Business Development

Bernhard’s Development Division announced today that David Amoss has been hired as a director of business development. Amoss will be based in Bernhard’s corporate headquarters in Metairie, Louisiana.

Amoss will utilize his expertise in energy and finance, developing Energy-as-a-Service (EaaS) projects for Bernhard in Louisiana.

“David has the exact skill set for this role with his financial certifications and decades of experience,” said Rob Guthrie, executive vice president at Bernhard. “He is a proven leader and effective strategist, and he will provide excellent attention and service to our customers within our core Louisiana market.”

Before joining the Bernhard team, Amoss spent nearly 20 years in finance, research, and business development, most recently serving as head of midstream and downstream research at Heikkinen Energy Advisors in New Orleans. Prior to this, he was a research analyst covering the energy sector at Iberia Capital Partners and Scotia Howard Weil. Amoss was previously an economist with AECOM in Chicago and Sydney, Australia, focusing on front-end traffic and revenue modeling for transportation and energy projects.

Amoss holds a B.B.A. in international business from the University of Georgia, as well as the Series 7, 63, 86 and 87 licenses. He was awarded the Chartered Financial Analyst designation in 2011 and served as president of the CFA Society of Louisiana. He lives in New Orleans with his wife Missy and their three children.