MBI Companies Inc., with offices in Knoxville, has expanded the leadership roles of Bill Stevenson and Louis Cortina by naming them president and chief financial officer, respectively.

The moves are in response to the continued growth and success within all of the markets served by the company, which also has offices in Chattanooga and Orlando, Florida, a news release said.

Both Steverson and Cortina have been with the firm for more than two decades and bring extensive knowledge of the firm’s daily operations to their new roles.

Steverson formerly served as the vice president of architecture and chairman of the MBI Board of Directors.

A licensed architect in Tennessee, he has more than 30 years of design experience. Most notably, was the $30 million-plus Lenoir City Utilities Board Central Administration Headquarters and Operations Center. Steverson was the principal in charge for a 74,435-square-foot office and 114,509-square-foot warehouse that consolidated all of LCUB’s utility company operations.

He holds a bachelor of science in architectural studies from the University of Illinois. Steverson and his wife, Holly, are parents of three grown children and reside in Maryville.

“I’m honored to work with such a talented team of professionals whom I’ve admired since I began my job with the firm more than 26 years ago,” Steverson said. “I’m excited about what the future holds for the company, but more importantly, for the clients we serve.”

Cortina assumes the position of CFO and director of operations for the company. He is a licensed civil engineer in 39 states and has more than 35 years of total design experience. He has been with the company for 23 years.

He has wide project experience background including government, military, industrial, education, commercial, signs and institutional projects. He also serves as an expert witness and conducts property condition surveys for various types of facilities and sites. Cortina has designed more than 12,000 sign structures nationally.

“As our profession continues to evolve, it’s important for us to stay focused on the bottom line for our clients as well as for our company," Cortina said.

He holds a bachelor of science in civil engineering degree from the University of Tennessee. Cortina and his wife, Debbie, are parents of two grown children and reside in Knoxville.

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