Doran Companies is adding two veteran development experts to its staff. Tony Kuechle is the company's new vice president of development and Melissa Pahl has been named director of development.

Kuechle, who's been in the business more than 20 years, will lead the Bloomington-based Doran Development team where he'll focus on real estate development, acquisitions and asset management. Kuechle has worked for several Twin Cities developers, most recently Sherman Associates. He's a graduate of St. Cloud State University.

Pahl will work closely with Kuechle and focus primarily on shepherding projects through the municipal entitlement process. She's been in the business a dozen years, mostly in commercial real estate and community economic development projects primarily in the Chicago area. She's a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and active in the International Council of Shopping Centers.

In a statement, Kelly Doran, the founder and owner of Doran Companies, said the addition of Kuechle and Pahl became necessary as his company has grown. "When you are in the process of developing four major projects at one time it soon becomes clear that this is no longer a one person show," he said. "While I'm not going anywhere, bringing in Tony and Melissa will add to our strength and credibility in this market."

In addition to Doran's development company, he runs several other entities including construction, property management and architectural services.

Doran is developing more than 1,300 luxury apartment units in Maple Grove, Brooklyn Park, Hopkins and is negotiating for a fourth in Champlin.