Elliott and Black Announced as New SMMA Shareholders

Paul Elliott on the left wearing blue and Brian Black on the right wearing black.

SMMA announced earlier this month two new shareholders at the firm: plumbing and fire protection engineer Paul Elliott, and senior project designer Brian Black.

The announcement was made by CEO and President Ara Krafian, honoring an SMMA tradition of welcoming new shareholders in January of each year. “We are a closely held private firm with a broad-based ownership, so it is always exciting this time of year to welcome new owners into the fold,” said Krafian. 

Elliott joined SMMA’s Engineering team in 2015 and was made a Senior Associate in 2020. “Aside from being a fantastic fire and plumbing engineer, Paul has become a trusted leader within our Engineering team,” says Andrew Oldeman, Vice President. “He’s a great collaborator in the best SMMA tradition—someone who cares about his colleagues, especially those in the Providence office. It is gratifying to see recognition of Paul’s efforts. His success is our success.” 

Black joined SMMA in 2016 and has played a major role in the design of several K-12 school projects. “Brian brings a wonderful design sensibility and attention to detail to his projects,” says Lorraine Finnegan, Senior Vice President. “He cares deeply about how buildings, spaces, and places make us feel as we experience them.” 

“Brian holds us to high standards around our impact on the built environment and ensuring the work we do continues to push the envelope for environmental stewardship, energy efficiency, and wellness. I am delighted to see his continued growth at SMMA and look forward to him continuing to collaborate, mentor, and lead others in the pursuit of design excellence.” 

Congratulations to Paul and Brian on becoming SMMA shareholders!