Voices of the Region: In Their Footsteps: Succession Planning


Join us as we learn from the best voices in the region and inspire a greater St. Louis in our Voices of the Region speaker series.

Many of today’s companies describe a shortage of employees ready to move into management positions. Over the past few years, we have seen a variety of strategies utilized to replace CEOs. In the presentation “In Their Footsteps: Succession Planning,” John Herber, Tim Tierney, and Scott Wittkop will share their real-life leadership lessons and best practices to create competent succession planning solutions.

Date: November 22, 2019

Time: 7:30 – 9:00 a.m.

Location: One Metropolitan Square, Suite 1300, St. Louis, MO 63102


Our Speakers

John Herber, Chairman and Managing Partner, RubinBrown

John Herber is the Chairman and Managing Partner of RubinBrown. As a Partner, he serves clients in the manufacturing and distribution industries. His consulting experience includes strategic planning and individual, business and estate tax planning.



Tim Tierney, Managing Member, Evans & Dixon

Mr. Tierney regularly appears before the Division of Workers’ Compensation and the Labor and Industrial Relations Commission and also has argued before the Eastern District Court of Appeals. Mr. Tierney has extensive experience in the automotive, auto plants, casinos, construction, education/schools, finance, insurance and real estate, manufacturing, medical/health care, retail trade, services, transportation and public utilities, and wholesale trade industries. He has handled Workers’ Compensation matters involving amputations, assaults and violent acts, back injuries, body system injuries, bruises and contusions, carpal tunnel syndrome, chemical burns, contact with objects and equipment, cumulative trauma, cuts and lacerations, falls, fatalities, fractures, harmful substances or environments, head injuries, heart attacks, heat burns, HIV/needle sticks, infectious diseases, lower and upper extremity injuries, multiple traumatic injuries, musculoskeletal disorders, neck injuries, paraplegia/quadriplegia, permanent disability, pulmonary disorders, respiratory conditions, skin diseases and disorders, sprains, strains, breaks, tears, tendonitis and transportation incidents.

Mr. Tierney is a member of the Missouri Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, the Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers and the Volunteer Lawyers Program.


Scott Wittkop, Corporate President and Chief Operating Officer, McCarthy Holdings

Scott Wittkop currently serves as the corporate president and chief operating officer for McCarthy Holdings, Inc. McCarthy is a $4+ Billion construction company headquartered in St. Louis with 16 offices nationally. In his role, Wittkop oversees all operations for McCarthy’s construction operating regions and affiliates as well as overall company strategy and corporate functions including developing new market areas, employee training, human resources, information technology, risk management, corporate communications, and enhancing safety and quality programs.

Wittkop joined McCarthy as a project engineer in 1986. He has spent the last 33 years moving up through the ranks of the organization, relocating for the company nine times to manage projects around the country. The first 22 years of Wittkop’s career were spent in the field on construction project sites prior to moving into an office role. He most recently served as president of the McCarthy Central Region, a $600 million business, prior to assuming his current role.

Among the more than 30 projects overseen by Wittkop throughout his career at McCarthy, are projects valued at more than $150 million for Washington University in St. Louis, and the 1.2 million-square-foot Children’s Hospital of Colorado in Denver, Colorado. Following his service in Denver, Wittkop moved back to St. Louis to serve as vice president, operations for the Midwest Healthcare Business Unit. He became Central Region president in 2009 and corporate president/chief operating officer in 2015.

Wittkop holds a Bachelor of Science in construction engineering from Iowa State University.