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James D. Ross, PE
President and CEO
James D. Ross, PE
President and CEO

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University

James has 20 years of experience in civil engineering design and management. Utilizing his engineering and business acumen, he has been successful leading project teams for land development projects throughout the region. His experience includes feasibility studies, creation of construction plans and documents for underground utilities as well as paving for subdivisions, construction phase services, and roadway reconstruction and widening. He has served as a District Engineer for various MUDs and TIRZs providing key guidance to these organizations.

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Jeff P. Collins, PE, PMP
Executive Vice President, Public Infrastructure, Houston
Jeff P. Collins, PE, PMP
Executive Vice President, Public Infrastructure, Houston

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University Over the past 30 years, Jeff has developed an unparalleled acumen for his chosen profession of engineering. He heads up the Public Infrastructure sector at LJA, and when he says he has done it all, he really has. From planning, design, operations, and management to construction administration and inspection, he has provided critical oversight on transportation, water resources, and public works projects for local, state, national, and international clients. His project experience includes urban, rural and toll roads, design/build projects, drainage and channel improvements, water distribution, and wastewater collection. Jeff believes it is important to give back and provide mentorship and guidance to colleagues. Industry organizations where he has been integrally involved serving as a voice for others include the Transportation Advocacy Group-Houston Region, the American Council of Engineering Companies Houston and Texas Regions, Cy-Fair Educational Foundation, and the Cy-Fair Chamber of Commerce. Jeff serves on the LJA Board of Directors where his operational know-how keeps LJA focused and growing.

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John Shackett
Senior Consultant, Construction Engineering and Inspection, Austin
John Shackett
Senior Consultant, Construction Engineering and Inspection, Austin

Bachelor of Business Administration, Texas A&M University

John is highly regarded as a financial leader and M&A advisor at LJA. Throughout his career, he coordinated over 12 mergers and acquisitions in the A/E/C industry. He began to focus on Construction Engineering and Inspection within the transportation industry and currently leads the CEI sector within LJA. John was involved in supporting the successful delivery of the award-winning $3.6B Central Texas Turnpike Project (CTTP) using innovative construction management techniques. A vast undertaking, the CTTP required extensive coordination with TxDOT and its contractors on the 65-mile toll system. John was Principal of an ESOP civil engineering firm in Texas prior to joining LJA and currently resides on the Board of Directors.

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Carl Shaw
Executive Vice President & General Counsel, Corporate Services, Houston
Carl Shaw
Executive Vice President & General Counsel, Corporate Services, Houston

Master of Business Administration, University of Houston
Doctor of Jurisprudence, University of Houston

Carl leads LJA’s Corporate Services team, which provides accounting, human resources, facilities, marketing, and legal support to LJA’s growing business and operations. As LJA’s General Counsel, Carl also directs the company’s legal affairs and advises leadership. Carl brings over 20 years of international experience in commercial transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, capital raising and refinance, corporate governance, and other corporate matters. Carl’s unique background includes roles in both law and finance, where he has structured and directed multiple private equity placements in the engineering, real estate, energy, telecom, and utilities sectors.

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Susan Alford, REM
President, Environmental, Houston
Susan Alford, REM
President, Environmental, Houston

Master of Agriculture, Range Ecology & Management, Texas A&M University, College Station
BS, Range Ecology & Management, Texas A&M University, College Station

Susie brings over 21 years of experience in land management and natural resource assessments, specializing in wetland restoration and creation, plant taxonomy, soil morphology, tall grass prairie restoration of disturbed landscapes, range and forest watershed management, and conservation of water resources, and wildlife. As a former Range Conservationist for the U.S.D.A. Natural Resource Conservation Commission (NRCS), she is particularly familiar with environmental and regulatory standards. Susie has developed further expertise through certified training in wetland evaluation and delineation, aquatic resource and wildlife habitat mitigation and restoration, and large ecological systems analysis. She oversees ecological services, including the supervision of field studies and assessments, data gathering and interpretation, coordinating subcontractor specialists, and preparing comprehensive reports of findings. Her 20 years of experience in environmental compliance and regulatory permitting includes with the Environmental Protection Agency- Region 6, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). She has expertise in the USACE Clean Water Act Section 404 wetland permitting, CWA Section 401 Water Quality Certification, and the Rivers and Harbors Act Section 10. She has a diverse background in natural resource assessment, specializing in wetland delineations, wetland permitting, and the creation and mitigation of wetlands and Section 401 water quality plans. Susie has a thorough knowledge of environmental and wetland regulations, particularly the Clean Water Section 404, allowing her to successfully coordinate large-scale, multi-task projects. Susie has conducted over 1500 USACE approved actions and provided evaluation and permitting services for clientele in five (5) USACE Districts, New Orleans, Mobile, Galveston, Ft. Worth, and Albuquerque, the U.S. Coast Guard Eighth District stationed in New Orleans which manages the upper Texas Coast, and the EPA.

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Mike R. Baker, PE
Director, Rail Services, Houston
Mike R. Baker, PE
Director, Rail Services, Houston

Bachelor of Science, Texas A&M University

Mike manages the firm's Rail Services sector with responsibility for operations, project management, and business development. Licensed as a professional engineer in Texas, California, Illinois, Kansas, and Florida, his experience spans over 35 years and includes diverse railroad expertise in Class I railroad engineering, operations, construction, and maintenance management, two decades of related consulting and construction, and a three-year stint conducting railroad research with the Texas Transportation Institute. Prior to joining LJA, Mike served in multiple roles for Southern Pacific Transportation Company working his way from roadmaster up to general manager of the 4,000-mile Eastern region, where he was the recipient of the highly lauded President’s Cup Award for implementation of the organization-wide quality improvement process. Mike is adept and knowledgeable about working with major railroads including UPRR, BNSF, CSX, and NS, as well as rail districts, transit authorities, and terminal railroad companies. His experience includes international projects located in Panama, Australia, Jamaica, Guinea, and Canada. Mike is an active member of The American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association and the National Railroad Construction and Maintenance Association.

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Jeff T. Cannon, PE
Senior Vice President, Public Infrastructure: Public Works, Houston, Conroe
Jeff T. Cannon, PE
Senior Vice President, Public Infrastructure: Public Works, Houston, Conroe

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University   As Senior Vice President in our Public Works division, Jeff utilizes over 25 years of civil engineering, design, and construction experience in the public and private sectors to lead his project teams. The full range of responsibilities has encompassed project management, detail design, production of plans and engineering reports, specification development, and cost estimating. Additionally, Jeff has significant experience in construction management and administration, inspection, scheduling, and field engineering. Jeff gives back to his community by serving as chairman of Fort Bend Charities, and on the boards of the 36 A Coalition, Fort Bend County Economic Development Council, and Central Fort Bend County Chamber. Daily, Jeff draws on the best advice he ever received which has served him well throughout his career, “Focus on your strengths and avoid your weaknesses.”

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Daniel J. C. Copps, III, PE
Senior Vice President, Public Infrastructure: Transportation, Houston
Daniel J. C. Copps, III, PE
Senior Vice President, Public Infrastructure: Transportation, Houston

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University   Dan is the Transportation division manager responsible for supervising project development and management, design and project engineering, specification and schedule development, and cost estimating. Dan’s 33 years of experience includes schematic and PS&E development for interstate highway; major and minor bridge design including exotic and direct connectors; highway/roadway design; and, traffic control and retaining wall design. For TxDOT, he has served as project manager on more than 200 projects ranging from major freeway reconstruction to on-and off-system bridge replacements and rehabilitations. Dan’s favorite projects include multi-level interchange, exotic bridge, and direct connector design projects, with a large portion of his career focused on rehabilitating and retrofitting major highway bridges to withstand seismic events. Dan has designed more than 150 rural county bridge projects as part of a federal bridge replacement program to increase safety of the traveling public and make structures safe for years to come.

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Robert C. Hickman, PE
Senior Vice President, Energy Services, Beaumont
Robert C. Hickman, PE
Senior Vice President, Energy Services, Beaumont

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Lamar University   Robert Hickman relies on over two decades of experience combining civil and mechanical engineering for energy-related projects. Designing facilities and supervising mechanical and structural installations for on shore and in marine environments, he has broad experience in the design of structural, mechanical, and civil works within the industrial sector including bulkheads, piers, bridges, rotating and static equipment, tanks, and process facilities. He has built a well-known reputation in the industry and among his peers, and he firmly believes that “when smart people who care work together then great things happen.” He is active in the American Society of Civil Engineers, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Structural Engineering Institute, and the American Concrete Institute, and also serves on the state board of Texas Coastal Conservation Association where he sits on the Habitat Today for Fish Tomorrow committee.

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Jeremy Russell, RPLS
President, Surveying, Beaumont
Jeremy Russell, RPLS
President, Surveying, Beaumont

Associate of Applied Science, Computer Aided Drafting Technology, Lamar University   Jeremy has over 20 years’ experience in the surveying field focusing on civil, structural, industrial engineering, and midstream oil and gas projects. He has performed and supervised a multitude of projects from initial planning stages to final deliverables. As Vice President of LJA’s Surveying sector, chief responsibilities include monitoring performance of office staff and field crews in multiple locations, finalizing budgets, and developing and maintaining client relations. He is proficient in the use of Micro Station and AutoCAD, as well as other surveying softwares including GEOPAK and TRIMBLE Geomatics Office. Jeremy is a member of the Texas Society of Professional Surveyors (TSPS) and is a past President of Chapter 6 – Deep East Texas.

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Kenneth Schrock, PE
Senior Vice President, Public Infrastructure, Austin
Kenneth Schrock, PE
Senior Vice President, Public Infrastructure, Austin

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, University of Houston   Ken has over 22 years of experience in public infrastructure engineering. He leads Public Infrastructure in the Austin, Cedar Park, and San Antonio offices offering design services for transportation, traffic, illumination, water quality, and utility design (dry utilities, telecom, water, wastewater, and pump stations) and coordination. Additionally, he delivers expertise in transportation planning, and drainage analysis and design. Driven by a desire to engineer reliable, safe, and efficient infrastructure systems for his community, Ken has taken the next step by developing a successful and positive work environment so colleagues can follow suit. His focus on bringing together bright, driven, like-minded, and highly skilled individuals from all walks of life has resulted in multiple extremely successful civil engineering projects. Under his expert leadership, his division takes personal ownership and pride in delivering time and again for their clients.

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Jeffrey J. Alvarez, PE, CFM
Senior Project Manager, Land Development, North Texas
Jeffrey J. Alvarez, PE, CFM
Senior Project Manager, Land Development, North Texas

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, University of New Orleans Jeffrey has 25 years of water resources engineering experience including the planning, analysis, and design of complex drainage and flood control projects, water resource systems, water supply, conveyance systems, site grading and drainage, and hydraulic structures. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in both Texas and Louisiana, and also holds TxDOT pre-certifications in almost all hydraulic design and analysis work categories. Jeffrey has served as senior engineer on a variety of projects performed for private clients, municipalities, FEMA, USACE, NTTA, and TxDOT. His experience is focused on open channel and storm sewer hydraulics, hydrologic analyses, and dynamic flow hydrodynamics. He also has extensive experience in most USACE HEC software. Jeffrey has made presentations at multiple TFMA Conference Work Sessions and authored many papers at ASCE Conferences. Some of his accomplishments include the completion of Leadership Forums and being a graduate of Leadership Richardson Class XXXI, as well as being a certified Toastmaster since 2008.

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Gordon N. Anderson, PLS, PSM, RPLS
Senior Project Manager, Surveying, Austin
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Gordon N. Anderson, PLS, PSM, RPLS
Senior Project Manager, Surveying, Austin

Engineering Technology Studies Non-Degree, Portland Community College Gordon is a Registered Professional Land Surveyor in the State of Texas and is also licensed in 6 other states. He has over 30 years of experience managing projects and surveying operations. His experience includes survey group personnel management, business development, project resource planning, scheduling, cost estimating for a multitude of clients including TXDOT, public works departments, school districts, residential and commercial land development providing, ALTA/ACSM Title, project control, topographic design surveys and mapping and quality control and assurance for all final product deliveries. Gordon provides exceptional client support to both external clients as well as internal business groups and cultivates top performing, efficient teams through leadership, management, training, and development initiatives.

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Victor J. Arceneaux
Senior Project Manager, Rail, Jacksonville, Florida
Victor J. Arceneaux
Senior Project Manager, Rail, Jacksonville, Florida

Bachelor of Science, Loyola University Victor has over 45 years of experience in construction, engineering, maintenance and project management in both the telecommunications and railroad industries. His 30 years of experience in the telecommunication industry involved installing thousands of miles of fiber optic cable both on the railroad and in the streets of major metropolitan cities across the United States. His 15 years of experience in the railroad industry involved managing numerous utility relocation projects along CSX ROW to enhance the company’s ability to enhance its intermodal service and support the government’s high-speed rail initiative. Since joining LJA, Victor has been involved with managing construction, engineering, and inspection services for CSX Transportation.

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Timothy M. Aschoff, PE
Senior Project Manager, Public Works, Houston
Timothy M. Aschoff, PE
Senior Project Manager, Public Works, Houston

Master of Engineering, civil engineering, Texas A&M University Bachelor of Science, civil engineering, Texas A&M University Timothy has 30 years of engineering experience, including 18 years of wastewater treatment plant, wastewater pump station, water treatment plant, and water treating equipment design experience with cities and other municipalities, including initial scope development, identifying and assisting with funding, selection of and sizing of all process units, selection and design of all mechanical equipment, bidding and contracts, and observation of construction. Timothy has extensive experience with wastewater discharge permitting, including new permits, renewals, amendments, and addressing and resolving enforcement actions. Additionally, he has significant experience with modeling of pressurized water distribution systems in conjunction with water system master planning. Modeling has included evaluation of existing water systems, planned improvements modeling, alternatives evaluations, and fire flow analysis. Experience with a wide range of system sizes, from small systems serving prisons up to larger systems serving cities of over 50,000 persons. Authored the resulting water system master plans, including cost estimating and scheduling of proposed improvements.

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Brady Baggs, PE
Senior Project Manager, Land Development, San Antonio
Brady Baggs, PE
Senior Project Manager, Land Development, San Antonio

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University

Brady has over 12 years of civil engineering experience in single family, multi-family, commercial, federal, and municipal projects, primarily in San Antonio and central Texas areas. He has been valuable to clients in assisting with project planning and programming, preparing master plans and upfront feasibility/site assessment studies, civil construction documents, engineer’s opinion of probable construction cost, and specifications. He also guides projects through the permitting, bidding, construction administration, and construction observation phases. Brady’s comprehensive expertise covers project management, design reviews, supervising personnel, estimating labor, establishing schedules, coordinating with sub-consultants, creating contingency plans, and maintaining budgets.

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James R. Baker, PE
Senior Project Manager, Public Infrastructure, Katy
James R. Baker, PE
Senior Project Manager, Public Infrastructure, Katy

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University James has more than has 28 years of transportation engineering experience focused on delivery of comprehensive programs for transportation projects. His technical expertise includes system planning; operation and design; roadway geometric design; traffic control design; bridge layouts; drainage; tolling systems; total project cost estimation; critical path scheduling; utility coordination, and construction management. In addition to his technical background, he has extensive and broad experience in Program Management and Office Operations, having managed several programs. James has managed and/or designed projects for TxDOT statewide, Harris County Toll Road Authority (HCTRA), Fort Bend County Toll Road Authority (FBCTRA), Montgomery County Toll Road Authority (MCTRA), and other agencies and municipalities. This diverse background enables him to understand the entire project development process, from planning and schematic design, to PS&E development, and ultimately, letting and construction.

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Tia Baker
Business Development, Public Infrastructure, Houston
Tia Baker
Business Development, Public Infrastructure, Houston

Bachelor Business Administration, University of Houston

Tia Baker manages Business Development pursuits for public sector clients, focusing on strategic pursuits, client services, and quality of presentation. She often serves as the bridge for communication internally between LJA’s service disciplines and externally with owners and industry leaders. Tia is passionate about helping people and create lasting relationships that further LJA’s vision. She is active in various related organizations and charities, including board member for the Meadows Place Economic Development Corporation, previous board member for the Society of Marketing Professional Services (SMPS), and committee member for Lake Conroe Chamber of Commerce, East Montgomery County Chamber, Women in Transportation (WTS), Transportation Advocacy Group (TAG), North Houston Association (NHA), Fort Bend Chamber, and Central Fort Bend Chamber where she is a recent graduate of the Chamber’s Leadership class.

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David C. Baldwin, PLA
President, Land Development: Planning and Landscape Architecture, Dallas
David C. Baldwin, PLA
President, Land Development: Planning and Landscape Architecture, Dallas

Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, Louisiana State University Dave has over 45 years of planning and landscape architectural experience, 35 years of which as founder of DCBA Landscape Architecture, an award winning and very respected design-oriented firm based in North Texas. With the acquisition of his firm by LJA in 2019, Dave provides a creative force for LJA, relying on a very talented and experienced team to help develop his thoughts and vision for the many interesting and challenging projects the company undertakes. Dave’s areas of expertise include the design for corporate facilities, municipal and education buildings, outdoor entertainment venues, streetscapes, parks, and trails. Also, Dave’s talents are showcased in the design of entry features, parks, open space, and amenity centers for many of North Texas’s premier master-planned communities including Mustang Lakes in Celina, Texas which has won numerous local and national awards including the Silver award for 2019 Master-Planned Community as recognized by the National Association of Home Builders. Dave is an active member of the American Society of Landscape Architects, certified with the Council of Landscape Architectural Review Board, and holds registration in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Virginia, and Minnesota.

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Bob Bardin, PE, CFM
Division Manager, Land Development: Hydrology & Hydraulics, Houston
Bob Bardin, PE, CFM
Division Manager, Land Development: Hydrology & Hydraulics, Houston

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, University of Houston

Bob leads the Hydrology & Hydraulics (H&H) division in the Houston office for our Land Development sector. In addition to serving as a mentor to and training junior staff, he is responsible for providing key insight and quality assurance on projects. He actively passes on his expertise, “I love witnessing the professional growth and development firsthand as I train and mentor our young H&H engineers.” A specialist in H&H analysis with over 14 years of experience, Bob has imparted expertise on drainage studies for master planned communities, flood insurance studies for FEMA, flood reduction analyses, stormwater detention design, and open channel drainage design. He is proficient in the use of H&H software applications including XP-SWMM, HEC-1, HEC-2, HEC-HMS, HEC-RAS Steady and Un-steady, adICPR, and statistical analysis. His experience includes NFIP policies in 44 CFR, TCEQ Guidelines, local floodplain ordinances, implementation of NPDES Phase II regulations, and numerous local drainage criteria.

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Robert W. Barnett, PE
Vice President, Public Infrastructure: Transportation, Houston
Robert W. Barnett, PE
Vice President, Public Infrastructure: Transportation, Houston

Master of Science, Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University
Bachelor of Science, Building Construction, Texas A&M University

Robert has over 36 years of experience in engineering and design of urban roadways and the development of construction documents. His career had been concentrated in roadway and highway design working on rehabilitation and widening projects, urban streets and boulevards, highways, interchanges, turn lanes, pedestrian elements, and minor and major intersections.

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David Baylor, SR/WA
Director of Right-of-Way Services, Public Infrastructure, Austin
David Baylor, SR/WA
Director of Right-of-Way Services, Public Infrastructure, Austin

1987, BBA, Real Estate and Finance, University of Texas at Austin1997, Real Estate Broker, Texas: 0384050   David has over 30 years providing real estate and right-of-way (ROW) services, including appraisal, acquisition, title clearing, and condemnation support. In the course of his career, he has worked on a multitude of projects with various government entities including the cities of Cedar Park, Pflugerville, Buda, New Braunfels, San Marcos, and Temple; Kerr and Hays counties; TxDOT; and Canyon and Alliance Regional Water Authorities. David also has experience in negotiating and purchasing ROW for roadways and utilities, as well as knowledge of eminent domain procedures, including condemnation support packages.

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Michael G. Bell, PE
Senior Project Manager, Rail Services, Jacksonville, FL
Michael G. Bell, PE
Senior Project Manager, Rail Services, Jacksonville, FL

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, University of Florida   Mike is a railroad veteran of over 25 years and is an expert in intermodal terminal development, railroad engineering, and freight railroad design. He is exceptionally adept at managing design teams for complex projects and has proven leadership ability in planning, design, and construction. Keeping projects on track and on budget, he is also experienced in coordinating and obtaining permits with federal, state, and local entities. While working as director at CSX Intermodal Terminal Development and Environmental Affairs, he provided oversight of team members in planning, sizing, designing, and constructing intermodal terminals. This unique perspective allows Mike to see a project from both the owner’s and engineer’s perspectives. In fact, his advice to fellow engineers is “think like an owner,” which has resulted in many successful projects and served him well throughout his long-standing career.

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Carol Bellinger, SR/WA, R/W-RAC
Vice President, Central Texas Public Infrastructure – Right-of-Way, San Antonio
Carol Bellinger, SR/WA, R/W-RAC
Vice President, Central Texas Public Infrastructure – Right-of-Way, San Antonio

Associates Degree, Arts, Pierce College Carol is LJA’s Director of Business Development for Right-of-Way Services. She works directly with Central Texas Public Infrastructure Division, focusing on enhancing Right-of-Way (ROW) capabilities to our clients and maintaining an effective company-wide ROW business. She collaborates across LJA markets to continue the growth of ROW services in oil and gas, power, and water transmission where clients find value in streamlining their service delivery. Carol is recognized throughout the industry for her skills in managing large scale complex public infrastructure improvement projects and in implementing the provisions of numerous acquisition and relocation plans, ensuring compliance with all applicable Federal, State and Uniform Relocation Act requirements and regulations.

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Derek Bohls, PE, CFM
Vice President, Central Texas Public Infrastructure, Austin
Derek Bohls, PE, CFM
Vice President, Central Texas Public Infrastructure, Austin

2004, Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University

Derek is the Round Rock Vice President for LJA’s Central Texas Public Infrastructure division. His key strengths are his responsiveness, communication skills, and hands on approach to design. He takes ownership and champions his projects in an effort to solve any issues before the reach his client’s desk. Derek has 14 years of hydrologic/hydraulic evaluation and design experience on public infrastructure projects. His responsibilities include rural and urban drainage design, water quality regulations and permitting, floodplain analysis, scour analysis, water quality BMP design, impact analysis, detention and retention design, storm sewer design, culvert design, energy dissipater design, erosion control and SWP3, and hydrologic modeling for projects across Texas. Derek is proficient with GeoPak Drainage, HEC-RAS, HEC HMS, GeoHecRas, XP SWMM, ArcGIS, and HY-8.

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T. Scott Bond, PE
Senior Project Manager, Public Infrastructure, Austin
T. Scott Bond, PE
Senior Project Manager, Public Infrastructure, Austin

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University Scott has 40 years of engineering experience, 35 years of which have been in highway engineering. He has been a project manager (PM), project technical manager, task lead (TL) and project engineer for a variety of transportation projects. His duties have included supervision of professional staff, budget and schedule control and coordination with Federal, State and local agencies and sub-consultant firms. Skilled in both urban and rural roadway planning and design, Scott has performed feasibility studies, major investment studies, route location studies, traffic analyses, Interstate Access Justification Reports (IAJR), prepared design schematics and final design construction plans (PS&E). Scott is experienced in the use of MicroStation, GEOPAK, SignCAD, HCS, and CORSIM.

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Gene Bowles, PE
Senior Project Manager, Rail, Fort Worth
Gene Bowles, PE
Senior Project Manager, Rail, Fort Worth

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Texas Tech University Gene is a licensed civil engineer with over 15 years of experience, the last 12 of which have been focused on civil and track improvements for Class 1, short-line, and industrial railroad improvement projects. Gene’s experience ranges from feasibility studies and corridor assessments through detail design and construction management. Gene’s current responsibilities include the conceptual and detailed design of network capacity and facility improvement projects for the BNSF Railroad in the Texas and Gulf region. Gene’s recent projects include sidings, double tracks, mainline relocation, automotive ramps, intermodal yards, logistics centers, classification yards, and SIT yards. Gene is currently a member of AREMA Committee 14: Yards and Terminals.

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Randy Bowles, PE
Senior Project Manager, Land Development, Houston
Randy Bowles, PE
Senior Project Manager, Land Development, Houston

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University

As a senior project manager, Randy has over 16 years of experience in civil design for commercial, single, and multi-family land development projects. He has served as District Engineer for numerous municipal utility district’s completing bond application reports, surplus fund applications, and creation reports. Randy’s ongoing work with high end developers, including The Woodlands Development Company and Friendswood Development, renders him an expert in this burgeoning market. “I love the challenge of working on a community and solving design, statutory, and construction challenges as they occur to complete a finished project and successful community.”

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Steven Boyd, PE
Senior Project Manager, Land Development, Houston
Steven Boyd, PE
Senior Project Manager, Land Development, Houston

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University

As a senior project manager in Land Development, Steven uses his extensive experience in civil engineering to design and manage water treatment and distribution systems, drainage channels, wastewater collection and treatment systems, and detention facilities. He also manages projects that support additional infrastructure for master planned communities and large-scale commercial and retail development, including paving, improvement projects, pump stations, storm drainage systems and culverts, and amenity lakes.

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Amy M. Brook
Vice President, Environmental, Fort Worth
Amy M. Brook
Vice President, Environmental, Fort Worth

Master of Science, Geological Oceanography, University of Hawaii at Manoa Bachelor of science, Marine Sciences, Texas A&M University at Galveston

Amy has over 22 years of experience in environmental documents and analyses in accordance with local, state, and federal guidelines on transportation related projects including roadways, waterlines, hike and bike trails, and bridge replacement projects. Her technical experience includes performing environmental studies and writing environmental assessments (EA) and categorical exclusions (CE) to national environmental policy act (NEPA) standards. She has performed over 30 EAS and 90 CES to NEPA standards. Amy has prepared NEPA-compliant environmental documentation for review and approval by various federal agencies such as the federal transit authority (FTA), federal emergency management agency (FEMA), U.S. army corps of engineers (USACE), U.S. department of agriculture (USDA), and U.S. environmental protection agency (EPA), and state agencies such as the Texas department of transportation (TxDot) and Texas water development board (TWDP); many of the larger TxDot projects required federal highway administration (FHWA) review and approval. Her technical experience includes biological resource surveys, wetland delineations and determinations, USACE section 404 and section 10 permitting, habitat analysis, community cohesion, socioeconomic and environmental justice evaluations, hazardous materials analyses, and indirect and cumulative impact (ICI) analyses.

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James E. Brown, PE
Senior Vice President, Land Development, Katy
James E. Brown, PE
Senior Vice President, Land Development, Katy

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, University of Houston

James has provided engineering leadership for over 23 years on major land development projects, large master planned communities, and subdivisions in the Houston area and beyond. Responsibilities have included the design of water, sanitary sewer, and storm drainage facilities, as well as paving, detention pond, drainage channel, and trunk utility facilities for residential and commercial projects. Additionally, he serves as District Engineer for five municipal utility districts working closely with regulatory and governmental agencies. James is also the head of LJA’s Katy office where he instills employee loyalty by supporting his group and building long-term relationships with his team.

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Jeffrey W. Brown, PE
Manager of Project Engineering, Energy Services, Houston
Jeffrey W. Brown, PE
Manager of Project Engineering, Energy Services, Houston

Master of Science, Civil Engineering, University of Delaware
Master of Science, Electrical Engineering, University of California-Davis
Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering, University of California-Davis

Jeffrey’s experience spans eight years and has included piping and instrumentation design, as well as project scheduling, preliminary and final design drawing production, regulatory and encroachment coordination, design and construction sequencing, alternatives analysis and selection, and field engineering support. He has served as project manager on numerous encroachment resolutions requiring pipeline protection slabs, casing extensions, line relocations, and line replacements with HDD or trench installations. Quality control of drawing production across disciplines, vendor interaction for equipment procurement, and specification compliance are additional key duties. Jeffrey is a member of ASCE. Adeptly skilled at juggling teams, complex project challenges, and the client’s expectations, Jeffrey lives by the mantra “ask for what you want – the worst anyone can say is no.” This proactive approach assists him in maintaining project momentum and meeting goals.

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Russell K. Brownlow, RPA
Vice President, Environmental, Austin
Russell K. Brownlow, RPA
Vice President, Environmental, Austin

MA, Anthropology, University of Houston
BA, Anthropology/Archeology, University of Texas at Austin

Russ is a professional archeologist with more than 25 years of cultural resources management experience that ranges from basic archeological field work through comprehensive analysis and report writing for data-recovery projects. Having served 2 years as a research associate at the University of Texas’ Texas Archeological Research Laboratory (TARL) and 18 years as Horizon’s cultural resources director, he has amassed an in-depth knowledge of state and federal laws governing the protection of cultural resources, including the Antiquities Code of Texas, Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), and the Archeological Resources Protection Act (ARPA). While Russ recognizes the need to protect significant cultural resources, he also strives to balance the requirements of state and federal agencies and Native American tribes with those of his clients. In doing so, he has developed close working relationships with permitting agencies and tribal preservation officers that allow for a smoother, more integrated permitting process that is free of unexpected delays. Russ has always placed an emphasis on the need for clients to address cultural resources early in the planning stages of a project in order to facilitate a strategic plan in the event that significant cultural resources are encountered or mitigation is required for unavoidable impacts. He has conducted archeological investigations in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Oklahoma, and much of his experience has involved survey, testing, and mitigation projects on mining ventures, pipeline and transmission corridors, highway rights-of-way, well pads, and National Guard training sites.

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Amanda Carriage, PE, CFM
Vice President, Land Development, Katy
Amanda Carriage, PE, CFM
Vice President, Land Development, Katy

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University

Amanda has more than nine years of management experience in the design and civil engineering of hydrologic and hydraulic projects for land development. Ranging in size from small residential developments to large master-planned communities, she has performed feasibility, as well as drainage and flood protection studies, authored drainage reports, and created floodplain maps. Additionally, she provides engineering estimates, construction plan production and administration, and preparation of construction contract documents and bond issues for her clients. Amanda enjoys managing a project from its origin through to final construction. She is well-versed in coordinating complex and high profile projects with municipal utility districts, levee improvement districts, private utility companies, and government agencies, and is an active member of Fort Bend County Leadership and Texas Floodplain Association.

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Jacob H. Clark, PLA, LEED AP
Senior Landscape Architect, Land Development: Planning and Landscape Architecture, Houston
Jacob H. Clark, PLA, LEED AP
Senior Landscape Architect, Land Development: Planning and Landscape Architecture, Houston

Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, Louisiana State University

Jacob has over ten years of experience in landscape architecture, with a primary focus on planning and design. Whether working to develop master planned communities, creating guideline documents and theming packages, or designing smaller scale parks, plazas, recreation centers, and neighborhood entry statements, he strives to maintain a high level of design quality, while imparting each project with a personal touch. As a LEED Accredited Professional, Jacob is able to turn his passion for sustainable design into viable, livable, and impactful space for communities to enjoy.

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John A. Clark, PE
Senior Vice President and Central Texas Manager, Land Development, Austin
John A. Clark, PE
Senior Vice President and Central Texas Manager, Land Development, Austin

Associates Degree, Applied Science, Civil Engineering, Texas State Technical Institute

John draws from over 35 years of design experience in land development, predominantly in the Austin area, therefore he is very familiar with the design criteria of cities and counties in the central Texas region. His project experience encompasses planning and design of master planned communities and major infrastructure supporting those land development projects including water and wastewater mains, water pump stations (hydro-pneumatic and variable frequency drive), and wastewater lift stations. John’s knowledge makes him particularly well suited at performing quality assurance/quality control for subdivision and utility projects. He has significant value engineering expertise in the areas of land development, wastewater effluent ponds, pumping and lift station projects, resulting in an enormous value add to clients. John supports his community through membership in RECA and ACEA, as well as active involvement in charitable organizations including the Capital Area Food Bank, The American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, and Wounded Warrior Program.

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Deonna Coleman, PE
Senior Project Manager, Energy, Houston
Deonna Coleman, PE
Senior Project Manager, Energy, Houston

BSEE, Electrical Engineering, University of Houston With over 16 years of representative experience in the design of oil and gas facilities, Deonna is well versed in all aspects of electrical, instrumentation & control engineering for meter stations, valve stations, compressors, material storage, and ship/barge/rail car loading. She has been responsible for electrical system analyses, emergency power generation, arc flash studies, and protective device coordinations. Additionally, Deonna takes pride in her management of project scopes, budgets, bids and equipment specifying, as well as keeping current on industry codes and standards (NFPA/NEC, IEEE, ANSI, NEMA, and API).

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John Concienne, CPESC
Senior Project Manager, Environmental, Beaumont
John Concienne, CPESC
Senior Project Manager, Environmental, Beaumont

Bachelor of Science, Environmental Science, Lamar University

John has garnered over a decade of experience in environmental consulting by managing projects for a wide range of clients needing Phase I and II environmental site assessments, receiving water assessments, stormwater management program (SWMPs), stormwater pollution prevention plan (SWP3) development and implementation, water quality analysis, and development of spill prevention, control, and countermeasure (SPCC) plans. Additionally, he has extensive experience with Phase I and II MS4 stormwater management program development, implementation, training, monitoring, and reporting. A hallmark of his career is the prominent role he has played in establishing and maintaining stormwater quality coalitions across Texas. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality issued the original Phase II MS4 Permit in 2007, and John’s team sought to develop a strategic approach for clients that would not only achieve a high level of effectiveness and compliance, but could be utilized by multiple entities in a common geographic area. The result was the development of shared stormwater management programs and the formation of stormwater quality coalitions across the state. To date, John’s team has been instrumental in forming a total of eight coalitions (stretching from the Texas Gulf Coast to Austin) and currently manages SWMPs for more than 40 MS4s in the states of Texas and Louisiana.

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Chris Cotter, PE
Vice President, Public Infrastructure: Transportation, Houston
Chris Cotter, PE
Vice President, Public Infrastructure: Transportation, Houston

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Colorado State University

Over the past 25 years, Chris has played a key role in the development of major, high profile transportation projects throughout the Houston area. He is known for his project and program management expertise and contributions to major projects for TxDOT, the Grand Parkway Association, the Harris County Toll Road Authority, and the Fort Bend Toll Road Authority. Chris is experienced in all phases of the multi-faceted and complex transportation project development process, including managing large and diverse project teams. Mentoring and developing young engineers on these project teams is a key focus for Chris. In the community, Chris has served the American Society of Civil Engineers Houston Branch as President on its Board of Directors. He currently is on the Board of Directors for the North Houston Association, and participates in development of their Strategic Mobility Plan.

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Donnie Courville
Project Coordinator, Energy Services, Beaumont
Donnie Courville
Project Coordinator, Energy Services, Beaumont

Bachelor of Arts Applied Science, Lamar University

Donnie is a business development manager with over 20 years of sales and marketing experience. His primary focus is on sales and marketing LJA’s engineering and survey services to the midstream sector of oil and gas. Located in the Beaumont office, he covers the gulf coast regions of Texas and Louisiana. Clients include oil and gas pipeline, terminal owners/operators, construction companies, chemical/refining companies and ports. As part of the Energy sector at LJA, he enjoys working directly with his team on projects and events within the industry. Other duties include, market focused branding, budget planning, public relations, event planning and market research. Donnie is active in various industry and non-industry related organizations and charities, previous Chairman of Pipeliners Association of Houston Fishout event, Member of Louisiana Pipeliners, Houston Gas Processors, Area Chairman’s board of Ducks Unlimited and Chairman of Lamar University Ducks Unlimited, Board member of Indian Springs Camp for disable veterans and children as well as Chairman for Indian Spring’s annual festival/fundraiser.

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Michael C. Coyle, PE
Senior Project Manager, Public Infrastructure: Transportation, Dallas
Michael C. Coyle, PE
Senior Project Manager, Public Infrastructure: Transportation, Dallas

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University

Michael has over 16 years of experience in transportation consulting and civil engineering design that includes schematic design and PS&E ranging from small rural safety widening projects, to complicated multi-level urban interchanges and toll facilities. Clients include TxDOT, North Texas Tollway Authority, California Department of Transportation, and local municipalities. Executing numerous project delivery methods, he has experience on fast-paced, design-build jobs, comprehensive development agreements, sequence construction, and traditional design-bid-build projects with construction costs exceeding one billion dollars. He is very skilled at interfacing with clients and in managing the large project teams associated with such complex projects. Michael developed a simultaneous career path in the U.S. Army Reserves, which included deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, and roles spanning construction execution, command of a USAR construction company, and a civil engineer position within a brigade. Michael is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Society of American Military Engineers, and Reserve Officers Association, DFW Chapter.

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Jeff Coym, PE
Vice President, Public Infrastructure: Public Works, Corpus Christi
Jeff Coym, PE
Vice President, Public Infrastructure: Public Works, Corpus Christi

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Texas Tech University

As a vice president in our Public Works division, Jeff uses over 15 years’ experience on municipal infrastructure projects to deliver the optimum solution to each client’s engineering challenges. He provides critical oversight of the team from project inception to completion of construction on water, wastewater, sanitary sewer, lift stations, force mains, and paving, grading, and drainage projects. Jeff is an active member of American Society of Civil Engineers and the Order of the Engineer. He has presented timely topics as part of a panel at the Water Environment Association of Texas and at the Oak Park Special Emphasis School.

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Cody S. Croley, PE, CFM
Senior Project Manager, Public Infrastructure, Beaumont
Cody S. Croley, PE, CFM
Senior Project Manager, Public Infrastructure, Beaumont

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Lamar University Cofy has over 23 years of experience in civil engineering with emphasis on hydraulic and hydrologic modeling for master drainage plans, detention pond designs and analyses, and various drainage channel improvements. He has also been responsible for the design of water and wastewater treatment facilities and collection systems, including permitting, environmental assessments, and feasibility studies. He is fluent in various computer aided design programs including AutoCAD, HEC-1, HEC-2, HEC-RAS, HEC-HMS, and Hydraflow. His responsibilities include project management, coordination with field crews and utility companies, layout and design, cost estimates, preparation of maps, construction plans, construction contract documents, and construction administration.

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George Culver
Director, GIS, Houston
George Culver
Director, GIS, Houston

Bachelor of Science, Cartography and Remote Sensing, Southwest Texas State University

George has worked in the GIS industry for over 15 years, garnering invaluable experience in land and infrastructure management, governmental needs, and implementations of geographic-based technologies. He has guided the GIS group in providing focused application builds that are custom designed to meet the unique needs of each client. Active in several professional organizations, George represents LJA in regional GIS efforts and the drive to expand the knowledge of GIS and its beneficial application across multiple industries. George finds the most satisfaction in creating straightforward applications featuring ease of use for clients which allows them to solve complex problems efficiently.

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Victoria T. Dai, PE
Senior Project Manager, Public Infrastructure: Public Works, Beaumont
Victoria T. Dai, PE
Senior Project Manager, Public Infrastructure: Public Works, Beaumont

BS, Civil Engineering, University of Texas Victoria has over 17 years of experience in Civil Engineering working on various projects including land development, transportation and drainage. She has worked with governmental entities including the City of Beaumont, Jefferson County, San Jacinto County, Liberty County, City of Ivanhoe and TxDOT. She is knowledgeable in the area of hydrology and hydraulics, often utilizing drainage software such as HEC-HMS and HEC-RAS. She is experienced in roadway design and pavement rehabilitation methods. She has provided project design deliverables which include processing survey data, creating 3D models, and producing complete plan sets, project estimates, and technical specifications. Victoria is knowledgeable in design software such as such Microstation and Geopak.

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Toby J. Davis, PE
Vice President, Public Infrastructure: Public Works, Beaumont
Toby J. Davis, PE
Vice President, Public Infrastructure: Public Works, Beaumont

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Lamar University

Toby has over 26 years of experience in the water and sewer industries, managing projects administered through the Texas Community Development Program, the Texas Water Development Board, and private funding agencies, as well as projects receiving funding through commercial bond sales. His experience includes sanitary sewer rehabilitation, new collection system construction, sanitary sewer lift stations, wastewater treatment and water treatment plants, and water supply wells. He has also provided expertise for the design of distribution systems, water system booster pump stations, elevated and ground storage tanks, potable water wells, and water system distribution system studies.

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Jared Dean, PE, PMP
Senior Project Manager, Energy, Midland
Jared Dean, PE, PMP
Senior Project Manager, Energy, Midland

Bachelor of Science, Chemical Engineering, University of New Brunswick Jared brings 15+ years of oil and gas facilities and pipeline design, construction management, as well as operations experience to his team. He has worked on projects such as well connects, pipelines, light and heavy oil processing facilities, gas plants, storage facilities, fractionation facilities, liquid extraction plants, CO2 facilities, water handling and injection facilities, new technologies, power generation, and export facilities. His experience spans international borders having led and completed projects in the US, Canada, and Albania, giving him a global perspective in the industry. Primary roles have included project management, engineering, construction management, organization & operational support. He has lead engineering teams and played key roles in construction management teams. This breadth of experience provides him with a holistic view of the oil and gas facilities project lifecycle. This experience combined with an incredible eye for detail and a creative mindset, has given him a broad understanding of the importance of cost and schedule on projects. Jared believes in creating lasting relationships within his teams and understanding the needs and perspectives of all parties involved in a project is a top priority. These skills have consistently allowed him to avoid or resolve engineering and construction issues in a collaborative, timely and professional manner. Jared holds a BScE in Chemical Engineering from the University of New Brunswick; is a Professional Engineer (P.Eng.) registered in the province of Alberta; and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) with the Project Management Institute.

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Frank Dillard, PE
Senior Project Manager, Energy Services: Electrical, Houston
Frank Dillard, PE
Senior Project Manager, Energy Services: Electrical, Houston

Bachelor of Science, Chemistry, University of Texas

Frank has over 40 years planning, designing, and providing construction phase supervision of electrical/instrumentation/control (EIC) related projects. A broad technical educational base coupled with consulting engineering experience, provides multi-dimensional project support to cities, counties, industries, utility districts, and private clients nationwide. He has significant experience in the design and construction implementation of EIC systems specifically for water and wastewater-related facilities.

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Damon Drake
Senior Project Manager, Public Infrastructure: Telecommunications, San Antonio
Damon Drake
Senior Project Manager, Public Infrastructure: Telecommunications, San Antonio

Damon has over 19 years of successful experience in CATV, Metro Fiber, FTTX, and telephone design planning and engineering. He has over 15 years of leadership experience directing design/drafting teams, field engineering teams, and the permitting processes for wireline telecommunications construction. He also has in-depth knowledge of local, state, and federal regulations in the telecommunications industry. Damon has experience working for multi-system operators and experience working for prime construction contractors, which has given him the technological knowledge required for telecommunications deployment projects of any size. With his over 15 years leading teams, Damon enjoys sharing his knowledge and experience with others to support the team however he can.

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Luther Daly, RPLS
Senior Project Manager, Surveying, Houston
Luther Daly, RPLS
Senior Project Manager, Surveying, Houston

Bachelor of Science, General Science, Seattle University Luther has over 14 years in surveying with vast experiences ranging from completing a Lot and Block Title survey to the development of a 1000-acre multi-use tract into single family, multi-family, municipal, and commercial properties that formed a micro community within the suburbs Houston. Previously, as Survey Manger, he supervised all the facets needed to deliver quality surveying products in a timely manner that served clients above their expectations. Luther encourages and develops junior staff towards continued personal growth and never accepts the status quo of how things are done, but to always seek a better way and improve.

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Douglas S. Dusini, PE
Senior Project Manager, Energy, Houston
Douglas S. Dusini, PE
Senior Project Manager, Energy, Houston

Master of Science, Civil Engineering, Ohio State University Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Ohio State University

Doug graduated from Ohio State University, where he studied coastal hydraulics for his MS in civil engineering and environmental engineering for his Bachelor of Science in civil engineering. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in South Carolina, North Carolina, and Florida. He will be licensed by the Texas Board in 2017 pending review of his application. During his 12 years of coastal engineering practice, he has designed and managed projects along the southeastern Atlantic coast of the United States, the Florida Gulf coast, and at several locations in the Caribbean as well as Bermuda. His work includes shoreline protection and beach re-nourishment, inlet stabilization and relocation, assessment of potential storm damage to residential structures, navigational and recreational area dredging, FEMA flood map revisions, assessment of storm damage to residential and other coastal structures, coastal hydraulics modeling, and construction project inspection. Doug also has FEMA public trust security clearance.

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Brian T. Edwards, PE
Senior Project Manager, Land Development, Katy
Brian T. Edwards, PE
Senior Project Manager, Land Development, Katy

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University

Brian has amassed over ten years of experience as a civil engineer designing, bidding, and providing construction administration of projects for municipal utility districts and private developers in the greater Houston area. As a project manager, key responsibilities include client relations, city and county interaction, design, business development, and mentoring of staff. Project experience includes master plan preparation, water system modeling, due diligence analysis, single family residential development, commercial site development, infrastructure design, sanitary and storm sewer rehabilitation, drainage calculations, water plant design, and bond applications. Brian derives great satisfaction seeing the projects he has worked on come to life during construction and knowing that he is striving to provide quality service to his clients and the community. He is an associate member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and a committeeman for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.

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William T. Ehler, PE
Vice President, Land Development, Houston
William T. Ehler, PE
Vice President, Land Development, Houston

Bachelor of Science, Microbiology, Texas A&M University
Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University

Bill draws from 23 years of experience in civil design for land development projects to oversee construction phase services for some of the firm’s major projects in Houston and the surrounding region. His responsibilities include supervision and preparation of design plans for water, sanitary sewer, drainage, and paving facilities for both residential and commercial projects. Bill has extensive experience serving as district engineer for many municipal improvement districts and levee improvement districts where he gets an in-depth perspective at how districts operate. Bill believes in giving back not just professionally, but personally as well, and he has volunteered with Hearts and Hammers, repairing home exteriors for disabled and elderly Fort Bend residents.

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Dave Elder
Senior Manager Engineering, Rail Services, Jacksonville, FL
Dave Elder
Senior Manager Engineering, Rail Services, Jacksonville, FL

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Old Dominion University,Virginia

A 35-year career delivering economic and organizational value in engineering, construction, and railroading has allowed David to create and direct annual budgets in excess of $40M. He is experienced in railroad engineering and operations, as well as subsurface engineering and construction of utilities. Dave is adept at managing large numbers of employees and consultants on major projects, and in recruiting and hiring highly skilled staff. An avid hiker, Dave has summited Washington’s famed Mount Rainier, a feat which seems to go hand-in-hand with his favorite motto, “Believe you can and you’re halfway there.”

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Noe Escobar, PE
Vice President, Land Development, Katy
Noe Escobar, PE
Vice President, Land Development, Katy

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, University of Houston

Noe has more than 13 years’ experience in design and civil engineering for land development projects ranging from small residential developments to large master planned communities. He manages and provides oversight for these major projects with key responsibility for feasibility studies, engineering estimates, construction plan production and administration, and preparation of construction contract documents and bond issues. He coordinates projects with municipal utility districts, levee improvement districts, private utility companies, and various cities and governmental agencies.

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Omar Escobar, Sr.
Director of Project Development, Public Infrastructure, Corpus Christi
Omar Escobar, Sr.
Director of Project Development, Public Infrastructure, Corpus Christi

Associate in Applied Science, Architectural Technology, Del Mar College

Omar’s range of experience has been honed throughout his 40+ year career. He has moved up the ranks of the organization mastering duties ranging from design department manager to construction inspector to senior project manager, and finally to his current position as Director of Project Development. Omar has been integrally involved in many facets of civil design projects working on city, county, and state flood control and land development projects. A favorite part of his job involves mentoring younger engineers and highlighting the wealth of experience at LJA that they should be taking advantage of every day to do a great job.

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William H. Espey, Jr., PE, PhD, D.WRE, Dist.M. ASCE
Senior Project Manager, Public Infrastructure, Austin
William H. Espey, Jr., PE, PhD, D.WRE, Dist.M. ASCE
Senior Project Manager, Public Infrastructure, Austin

Doctoral Degree, Civil Engineering, University of Texas at Austin Master of Science, Civil Engineering, University of Texas at Austin Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, University of Texas at Austin

Dr. Espey has over 50 years of experience working with Water Resources project including water supply, reservoir operations/dam safety, water availability, water quality, environmental flows, groundwater, surface water, flooding, water conservation, reuse, return flows, and several major water reservoir projects. Dr. Espey has assisted clients in numerous basins for over 30 years in the evaluation of environmental flows related to water supply planning. Some of these clients include the Trinity River Authority, Lower Colorado River Authority, Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority, Lower Colorado River Authority, Brazos River Authority, City of Houston, San Jacinto River Authority, Chambers-Liberty Counties Navigation District, City of Dallas, North Texas Municipal Water District, and Tarrant Regional Water District.

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Priscilla G. Flores, PE, LEED AP, RAS
Senior Project Manager, Land Development, San Antonio
Priscilla G. Flores, PE, LEED AP, RAS
Senior Project Manager, Land Development, San Antonio

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Priscilla has over 12 years of engineering, design and construction experience including, municipal infrastructure, parks and recreation facilities, and single- and multi-family land development. Her experience includes feasibility studies, site layout, grading, roadway, water/wastewater, hydrologic and hydraulic analysis, drainage design, SWPPP, platting, permitting and construction administration. Priscilla has been a Registered Accessibility Specialist for over 5 years. She utilizes her RAS training in all her design and construction projects to verify ADA compliance. She has experience preparing submittal documents for TCEQ WPAP and SCS permits, TxDOT driveway and utility permits, and CoSA building permits, site work permits, and subdivision platting. She also has experience preparing construction plans and specifications that adhere to the CoSA Design Guidance Manual and Building Code, TCEQ, and ADA requirements.

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Irene Gaddis, SPHR
Director, Corporate: Human Resources, Houston
Irene Gaddis, SPHR
Director, Corporate: Human Resources, Houston

Bachelor of Arts, Business Administration, University of Strathclyde, Scotland, U.K.

As HR Director for LJA, Irene draws from more than 25 years of experience across multiple disciplines in human resources, including recruiting, training, employee relations, and compliance. She is a Birkman-certified consultant who has earned recognition as a senior professional in human resources (SPHR) by The Society for Human Resources Management. Irene has been chiefly responsible for design and implementation of employee strategy and in customizing training and development programs for staff, as well as coaching and leadership development for high-performance teams. Irene believes that everyone plays an important role in the company’s success and encourages employee involvement at all levels through employee committees and activities.

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Lewis Gamboa, PE
Senior Vice President, Public Infrastructure: Construction Services, Houston
Lewis Gamboa, PE
Senior Vice President, Public Infrastructure: Construction Services, Houston

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Texas Tech University

Lewis currently serves as a project manager in Construction Engineering and Inspection (CEI) at LJA. A career spanning over 35 years in transportation engineering has allowed him to design bridges and roadways throughout Texas. While performing critical bridge safety inspections, he is able to draw from key experience gained as a bridge field engineer for TxDOT. Lewis’ additional duties include expanding the firm’s capacity to deliver CEI services to TxDOT Districts and local transportation agencies.

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David L. Garrett, PE
Senior Project Manager, Public Infrastructure, Austin
David L. Garrett, PE
Senior Project Manager, Public Infrastructure, Austin

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University

David is a senior project manager in our Public Infrastructure sector. For over 30 years he has honed his project management and highway design experience specifically for transportation projects throughout the state. His responsibilities include geometric roadway design, preparation of civil PS&E plans, utility coordination, ROW acquisition, signing and pavement markings, and traffic control plans. Drainage design experience encompasses urban storm sewer design, open channel, culvert, detention pond, permanent water quality features, stream crossings, and temporary erosion and sedimentation controls.

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Ashley Gaston-Boneau
Project Coordinator, Energy Services, Beaumont
Ashley Gaston-Boneau
Project Coordinator, Energy Services, Beaumont

Bachelors of Arts & Science, University of North Texas at Denton

Ashley is an energetic leader who is focused on expanding the LJA footprint across Texas and the Gulf Coast states. She has an innate ability to meet new people and cultivate lasting relationships. Ashley’s main goal is to manage new and existing accounts while establishing a high-end brand for LJA within the midstream sector of the oil and gas industry. Currently, she serves on two committees for the Pipeliners Association of Houston. It is the second largest scholarship fundraising organization in Harris County. Prior to LJA, Ashley was an experienced media specialist in the broadcast news industry. The Texas Associated Press recognized her 17 times as an award winning journalist. Early in her career, Ashley received an award from “40 under 40 of Southeast Texas” for her academic achievements, professional success, and community involvement. She holds a special place in her heart for children in the foster care system and volunteers to bring awareness to these children while helping them find a forever home.

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Melony F. Gay, PE
Senior Project Manager, Land Development, Katy
Melony F. Gay, PE
Senior Project Manager, Land Development, Katy

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University

With over 23 years’ experience, Melony has been integrally involved in the analysis, design, and construction of water distribution, wastewater collection, drainage, and paving facilities for projects throughout the region. From preparation of feasibility studies and engineering estimates of probable cost, to construction plans and contract documents she is adept at meeting the challenges posed by critical public infrastructure projects. She has also deftly coordinated work with municipal utility districts and levee improvement districts, as well as various cities and counties. Melony enjoys serving as a mentor and training new engineers, imparting her many years of experience and lessons learned. She has served her community as past director of the Cinco Ranch MUD #7, concentrating on improvements to area parks and recreational facilities. She is currently secretary for the North Bend Water Authority, providing guidance on long term plans for surface water conversion and conservation, a position she has held for over a decade.

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Margaret Gillentine, PE, LEED AP
Senior Project Manager, Land Development, Houston
Margaret Gillentine, PE, LEED AP
Senior Project Manager, Land Development, Houston

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Rice University

Margaret has 21 years of experience providing planning and design services for municipal clients. She has prepared studies and reports, managed and designed water and sewer projects from fee estimate through construction; and coordinated with clients and governmental agencies. Her experience includes designing and permitting of water plants and wastewater treatment facilities; conducting public presentations; scheduling and budgeting; and preparing detailed applications and reports. She has worked with project managers to determine the needs of clients and identify the most cost-efficient way to meet those needs using regulatory agency guidelines, client preference and the given schedule. In addition, she has also designed structures and foundations to support industrial equipment, gained experience in chemical and pulp and paper industry, responsible for structural engineering projects from estimation to construction.

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Lauren Gilstrap, PE
Senior Project Manager, Land Development, Dallas
Lauren Gilstrap, PE
Senior Project Manager, Land Development, Dallas

Master of Science, Real Estate, University of Texas at Arlington
MBA, University of Texas at Arlington
Bachelor of Science, Architectural Engineering, University of Texas at Austin

Lauren has over 15 years of experience providing engineering design, project management, and preparation of construction documents for various civil projects including master-planned communities, roadway infrastructure, and greenfield development. She is well versed in all aspects of municipal design, storm water drainage analysis and modeling, geotechnical and survey studies, site plan development and entitlement, construction cost estimating, and construction phase support services. Lauren is also a technical expert for US Army Corps of Engineers and Department of Defense projects.

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Barry J. Gondron, PE, LEED
Senior Project Manager, Rail Services, Denver
Barry J. Gondron, PE, LEED
Senior Project Manager, Rail Services, Denver

Bachelor of Science, General Studies, University of Southwestern Louisiana   Barry imparts over four decades of engineering design and construction management for heavy rail, light rail, commuter rail, and monorail projects. Throughout his longstanding career, he has worked with private and public agencies to enhance railway operations at all levels, including 17 years with the Southern Pacific Transportation Company as a senior regional track designer. He is a licensed professional engineer in Arizona and Colorado, and is a member of the national Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying. Professionally, Barry is active in the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association, American Railway Development Association, American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association, and the U.S. Green Building Council, Colorado Chapter. Personally, he volunteers time and architectural/civil design services for The Gabriel Foundation, a 501c3 organization focused on parrot education and welfare.

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John S. Grounds, III, PE, PhD, D.WRE, CFM
Vice President, Public Infrastructure: Flood Control and Drainage, Houston
John S. Grounds, III, PE, PhD, D.WRE, CFM
Vice President, Public Infrastructure: Flood Control and Drainage, Houston

PhD, Civil Engineering, University of Houston

John has mastered the planning, analysis, and design of flood control projects, water resource systems, water supply, conveyance systems, site grading and drainage, and hydraulic structures over the span of 30 years. He has served the public in pivotal ways as the past president for both the Texas Floodplain Management Association and the American Water Resources Association, and was a key member managing the Tropical Storm Allison Recovery Project for the Harris County Flood Control District. He is active in the development of policy and criteria for drainage and flood control at the local, state, and national levels. John has authored more than 30 publications and given presentations relating to extreme rainfall events, floodplain management, and GIS. John teaches basic and advanced floodplain management workshops alongside FEMA and TWDB personnel. He is regarded as an expert in his field and has been an adjunct faculty member at Rice University, lecturer at the University of Houston, and a longtime member of SMU’s Civil and Environmental Engineering Board. He is the Track Director for Area VI Special Olympics and was the catalyst for starting Science Nights at elementary and middle schools.

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Victor M. Gutierrez Jr., PE
Vice President, Public Infrastructure: Public Works, Corpus Christi
Victor M. Gutierrez Jr., PE
Vice President, Public Infrastructure: Public Works, Corpus Christi

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Texas A&I University in Kingsville
Bachelor of Arts, University of Texas at Austin

Victor has over 34 years of experience in planning, civil engineering, and construction management of complex public works, infrastructure, aviation, and land development projects from preliminary planning to final design, bidding, and construction. He has provided comprehensive design services on a variety of project types including street rehabilitation; water distribution, storage and treatment facilities; wastewater collection, pumping and treatment projects; and airport airside/landside paving, grading, drainage, lighting, signage, and NAVAID projects. He is responsible for site assessments, production of construction contract documents, and construction and warranty phase inspections. Victor firmly believes that personal and continuing education are lifelong pursuits, helping to develop skills which further your expertise. Victor has overseen single family residential, and commercial and industrial land development projects. He remains an active member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and is a certified Member of the American Association of Airport Executives.

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Gregg B. Haan, PE
Division Manager, Land Development: Water/Wastewater, Houston
Gregg B. Haan, PE
Division Manager, Land Development: Water/Wastewater, Houston

Master of Science, Environmental Engineering, University of Texas at El Paso
Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, University of Texas at El Paso

Gregg has over 20 years of experience in civil engineering for water and wastewater projects, including management of design teams, project design, coordination with governmental agencies, and water and wastewater infrastructure construction management. Gregg manages a team focused primarily on providing water and wastewater design services to support LJA’s Houston Land Development division. Gregg manages water distribution system modeling, and has used dynamic modeling results to assist in obtaining variances, to provide planning for residential and commercial expansion relative to the capacity of the existing infrastructure, and as a planning aid in future facility expansions. Projects under his purview include water and wastewater plants, stormwater pump station projects, and sanitary sewage lift stations in Harris, Brazoria, Fort Bend, Montgomery, Waller, and Galveston counties.

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David Harris, PMP
Vice President, Rail Services, Houston
David Harris, PMP
Vice President, Rail Services, Houston

Bachelor of Science, Management, University of Phoenix

David has over 25 years of diverse management experience with hands-on knowledge of a wide range of project disciplines. His 18-year tenure with Southern Pacific Railroad had a significant impact in developing his expertise in strategic planning, business development, project and program management, engineering design, construction, and maintenance. Since joining LJA, David has been involved in operations management and business development for our freight rail division to build and expand LJA's reputation and geographic presence. David utilizes his diverse railroad and management expertise to build customer satisfaction and confidence by ensuring value through quality, schedule, and cost performance. He is an active member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Project Management Institute, and the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance Association.

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Jeff Hieber
Vice President Project Development, Surveying, Katy
Jeff Hieber
Vice President Project Development, Surveying, Katy

Bachelor of Science, Industrial Technology, Illinois State University Jeff brings more than 20 years in the energy industry. His background includes oversight of significant business growth, with direct experience in Field Services and Survey, including permitting, logistics, and negotiating with county and state entities as well as private landowners. As a landman early in his career, he worked across the southwestern and midwestern US. His progression includes managing fieldwork, surface negotiations, handling environmental issues and project management. He is an active member of the Houston Association of Professional Landmen (HAPL), American Petroleum Institute (API), American Association of Professional Landmen (AAPL), The Pipeliner’s Association of Houston, and the International Right of Way Association. Jeff holds commercial pilots license and is an active member within the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo.

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Steve Hobbs, PE
Vice President, Land Development: Site Development, Houston
Steve Hobbs, PE
Vice President, Land Development: Site Development, Houston

Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering, University of Texas-Austin

Steve has over 15 years of engineering practice within both private and public infrastructure design and development handling all aspects of management, as well as quality assurance and control implementation. He specializes in commercial, industrial, retail, multi-family, religious, hospitality, municipal utility district design and coordination, and is proficient in local and state policies and procedures, platting, mapping, and TxDOT permitting. In addition to his vast knowledge base, Steve especially enjoys mentoring the young talent of future engineers at LJA. His approach with his employees allows each professional to have a true sense of empowerment as they create their own unique footprint within this industry.

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Maen Hourani, PE
Senior Project Manager, Public Infrastructure, Round Rock
Maen Hourani, PE
Senior Project Manager, Public Infrastructure, Round Rock

Master of Science, Engineering Management, University of Tulsa Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Florida International University

Maen has 35 years of engineering experience, including more than 10 years in utility coordination. His responsibilities include for the design of major highway facilities and the preparation of construction plans, specifications, and estimates, utility coordination and row acquisition coordination. Maen’s design experience includes the preparation of bridge and retaining wall layouts; design of prestressed concrete beam structures and retaining walls; and the geometric design of roadways, ramps, and temporary detours, as well as sue, utility assignment layout, utility agreement preparation and negotiations, utility coordination and engineering, and utility construction support services. Maen has extensive experience in the design and coordination of utility relocations and has worked closely with TxDot, counties, cities, and contractors to resolve utility conflicts. He has experience working with major franchise utility companies, such as SBC, TXU, TWC, southern union gas, pec, LCRA, COA, broadwing, mci, sprint, and Grande, generating more than 80 utility adjustment agreements during the design and construction phases of multiple projects.

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Gloria Howell
Project Director, Land Development: Planning and Landscape Architecture, The Woodlands
Gloria Howell
Project Director, Land Development: Planning and Landscape Architecture, The Woodlands

Bachelor of Science, Architectural Studies, University of Texas

Gloria has more than 26 years of sustainable design and land development planning experience with large scale mixed-use projects and  master planned communities. Her extensive experience includes serving as a senior staff planner for The Woodlands Corporation for nearly 20 years. She has performed comprehensive due diligence as well as provided documentation to assist funding acquisition and marketing of projects. She has also stewarded major projects from design to final plan and documentation, while handling agency coordination, and processing of permits and plats. Gloria’s work covers a broad array of project types including livable community design, neighborhood design, land use planning and approvals, and greenways, trails, and open space.

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T. Walter Hoysa, PE
Project Manager, Land Development: Hydrology & Hydraulics, Cedar Park
T. Walter Hoysa, PE
Project Manager, Land Development: Hydrology & Hydraulics, Cedar Park

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University

Walter has amassed over a decade of land development and municipal engineering experience primarily in the Austin area, with six years of right-of-way, boundary, topographic, sub-surface utility location, and control surveying experience throughout Texas. He has managed complex, master planned communities, and site development projects from conceptual layout to construction plan stages, coordinating at all phases along the way with surveyors, geotechnical and structural engineers, and environmental specialists. He utilizes extensive experience with hydrology and hydraulics to design stormwater management facilities for flood control utilizing HEC-1, HEC-HMS, POND PACK, and HEC-RAS modeling software. Walter is well versed in construction management services including project bidding and bid documents, site inspections, plan corrections and revisions, and project closeout for final acceptance. He is an active member of Austin Contractors and Engineers Association, having served as president and as chairman of the Regulatory Committee, and is a current member of the Real Estate Council of Austin.

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Torry Hurt, PE, CFM
Senior Project Manager, Land Development, San Antonio
Torry Hurt, PE, CFM
Senior Project Manager, Land Development, San Antonio

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, University of Texas at San Antonio Torry has 22 years of engineering, design, and project management experience. He is a Certified Floodplain Manager and has extensive experience in FEMA floodplain reclamation to include the CLOMR/LOMR process. He has proficiency in master planning large residential subdivisions to include entitlements, platting, construction documents and project management. He manages a team that provides professional engineering services including project scheduling construction cost estimates, project coordination, preparation of construction plans, bids and specifications, and assists with choosing and awarding contractors, construction submittals, and as-built record drawings.

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Adam M. Hutchison, PE
Senior Project Manager, Land Development, Houston
Adam M. Hutchison, PE
Senior Project Manager, Land Development, Houston

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University Adam has over 16 years of in project management and site design of various public and private developments. He specializes in institutional, commercial, hotel, healthcare, mix-use, multi-family, retail, and residential projects. He is responsible for the management and design of drainage, detention, paving, grading and utility infrastructure for new and re-developed projects. He brings a wealth of experience with various school districts throughout Texas to LJA’s Site Development team.

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Chad A. Johnson, PE, CFM
Senior Project Manager, Public Infrastructure: Flood Control and Drainage, Houston
Chad A. Johnson, PE, CFM
Senior Project Manager, Public Infrastructure: Flood Control and Drainage, Houston

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University

Chad’s career has focused on hydrology and hydraulics, most particularly in the design of subdivision and drainage facilities. His responsibilities have included watershed studies for Harris County Flood Control District, as well as drainage and flood protection studies. As senior project manager, Chad routinely coordinates with federal agencies to secure project funding for his clients, as well as authors grant applications to the Texas Water Development Board.

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Craig W. Kalkomey, PE, CFM
Senior Project Manager, Land Development, Houston
Craig W. Kalkomey, PE, CFM
Senior Project Manager, Land Development, Houston

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University

Craig is responsible for handling a variety of projects that include H&H studies and designs, floodplain management, and levee system design and operations. He provides additional expertise on roadway improvements and reconstruction, and sanitary sewer rehabilitation projects. He manages and provides professional engineering services including project scheduling, construction cost estimates, project coordination, preparation of construction plans, bids and specifications, and assists with choosing and awarding contractors, construction submittals, and as-built record drawings. His experience in hydrology & hydraulics includes the analysis and design of levee systems, detention basins, channels, and storm sewer systems in Harris, Fort Bend, and Brazoria Counties. He is experienced in numerous Federal Emergency Management Agency submittals including the evaluation and submittal of Conditional Letters of Map Revisions, Letters of Map Revisions, and Levee Certification. He is very experienced in the evaluation of reservoirs and dams in Texas, including HEC-RAS unsteady dam breach analysis and inundation mapping. In 2018, LJA through the leadership of Craig Kalkomey, became the District Engineer for Fort Bend County Levee Improvement District No. 2 and the Willow Fork Drainage, where he is responsible for the overall management and their drainage systems, which includes the district’s emergency management operations and coordination with local, State, and Federal Agencies.

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Kristin Kautz, CPSM
Director, Corporate: Marketing, Houston
Kristin Kautz, CPSM
Director, Corporate: Marketing, Houston

Bachelor of Arts, Trinity University, San Antonio

With 20 years of experience, Kristin specializes in marketing and business development communications, both strategic and tactical, for business-to-business organizations. This includes sales and process development, client stewardship, brand materials management, planning and maximizing budgets, public relations, and research. She is able to generate unique goals and plan/implement/evaluate the creative concepts - from origin to completion to distribution - that achieve them. She brings fresh insight and leadership to the Corporate Marketing division as LJA continues to acquire and hire new teams and add services each quarter, creating a more cohesive and unified firm. Kristin is a recipient of the 40 Under 40 to Watch award from Building Design and Construction as well as the 2016 Marketing Excellence award from the Society of Marketing Professionals. She is also a Certified Professional Services Marketer (CPSM).

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Michael D. Keck, PE
Senior Project Manager, Public Infrastructure: Transportation, Spring
Michael D. Keck, PE
Senior Project Manager, Public Infrastructure: Transportation, Spring

Master of Business Administration, University of Houston
Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University

Michael has over 18 years of experience in roadway and drainage design with an emphasis on complex freeway projects. He provides expertise in the production of construction documents, schematics, preliminary design, drainage studies, and program management services for TxDOT, Toll Road Authorities, and counties and cities throughout Texas. Michael’s goal for every engagement is to put himself in the client’s shoes and provide maximum value for their project.

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Jason M. Kelly, PE
Vice President, Land Development, Houston
Jason M. Kelly, PE
Vice President, Land Development, Houston

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, McNeese State University

Jason has nearly 20 years’ experience in civil engineering for land development and municipal clients, primarily managing water, wastewater, drainage, and paving infrastructure projects for master planned communities in the Houston region. He serves as a liaison interfacing with clients, and coordinating work with municipal utility districts, levee improvement districts, and governmental agencies. Jason takes great pride in nurturing relationships with clients and in developing great communities where people truly desire to live. “As land development engineers, we work with developers to build communities. Each time I drive by I can see exactly what my team helped create.” He remains active in the local community, currently serving as the District Engineer for FBC LID Nos. 14 and 17, FBC MUD Nos. 134A, 134B, 134C, and 24, and as president for Fort Bend County MUD No. 117. Jason is a graduate of Leadership Fort Bend, a professional development program where he was able to hone his leadership skills and develop a strong, community-based network.

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Kevin Kessler, PE
Senior Project Manager, Land Development, North Texas
Kevin Kessler, PE
Senior Project Manager, Land Development, North Texas

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Texas Tech University
Masters of Business Administration, University of Texas at Dallas

Kevin has 20 years of experience in civil engineering design, management, and execution of single-family residential and commercial/retail land development projects. He is knowledgeable in water distribution, sanitary sewer, storm sewer conveyance and storm water detention, lot and site grading, and paving facility design and construction. Kevin’s responsibilities include client relations, infrastructure design, and leading highly skilled teams in all aspects of the land development process. Kevin has experience working with Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex City and municipal agencies, Planning and Zoning Commissions, and City Councils on initial zoning and entitlements, as well as facilitating overall project approval. He makes a commitment to communicate effectively and often to his clients and his colleagues for his projects.

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Jessica L. Koutny, PE, CFM, CPESC
Senior Project Manager, Public Infrastructure, Houston
Jessica L. Koutny, PE, CFM, CPESC
Senior Project Manager, Public Infrastructure, Houston

Master of Science, Agricultural Engineering, Texas A&M University Bachelor of Science, Agricultural Engineering, Texas A&M University

Jessica is an environmental engineer with over 19 years of environmental and civil engineering project experience including hydrologic and hydraulic modeling; the preparation of plans, specifications, and estimates (PS&E); development of stormwater pollution prevention plans (SWPPPs); implementation of best management practices (BMPs) drainage design; evaluation and design of detention structures and outlet works; site development; site assessment; constructed wetland design and analysis; floodplain management; and environmental remediation. Her responsibilities include engineering design and analysis, and computer modeling. Her projects have included the utilization of UNET, RMA2, SED2D, HEC-1, HEC-2, HEC-HMS, HEC-RAS, and Texas Secondary Evaluation and Analysis for Scour (TSEAS).

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Thirulokesh Krishnan, PE
Senior Project Manager, Transportation, Houston
Thirulokesh Krishnan, PE
Senior Project Manager, Transportation, Houston

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, National Institute of Technology Master of Science, Civil Engineering, University of Missouri

Lokesh has over 14 years of experience conducting traffic studies, corridor analyses, traffic operational analyses, signal analysis and design, traffic impact analysis, safety analysis, and concurrency reviews. He has hands on experience using Highway Capacity Software (HCS), Cube, Synchro, CORSIM, VISSIM and MicroStation. Lokesh is a transportation engineer with a “hands-on” approach to project management with responsibilities that include pursuits, project management, budgeting, assign/review/perform traffic analysis tasks, documentation, and on-call traffic support to several clients.

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Rick Kronenberger, PE
Senior Project Manager, Public Infrastructure, Houston
Rick Kronenberger, PE
Senior Project Manager, Public Infrastructure, Houston

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University

Rick has over a decade of experience in construction management and engineering, with a focus on inspection of toll roads, highways, streets, and bridges. His career began with TxDOT, where he provided oversight of state highway construction projects. Rick received Local Government Project Procedures (LGPP) certification from TxDOT and has served as project representative for various local governments in the Houston region and statewide to ensure construction was performed per all local, state, and federal requirements. He counts each project completion as a major achievements, and enjoys serving as resident engineer on projects throughout Texas. Rick has served on the Ticket Services Committee for the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo since the committee’s inception.

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Jeff D. Leavins, PE
Vice President, Public Infrastructure: Public Works, Beaumont
Jeff D. Leavins, PE
Vice President, Public Infrastructure: Public Works, Beaumont

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Lamar University

Jeff has over 15 years of experience with ten of those years in sanitary sewer rehabilitation projects and lift stations, new collection system construction, water/wastewater treatment plants, water supply wells, water distribution system studies and design, water system booster pump stations, elevated and ground storage tanks, potable water wells, environmental assessments, feasibility and studies, and analyses. Jeff has managed projects administered through the Texas Community Development Grant Program, Texas Water Development Board, private funding agencies, and projects receiving funding through commercial bond sales. He is fluent in various computer-aided design programs including KYPipe, Auto CAD Civil 3D, Hydraulic Pipe Modeling, the Hydrologic Engineering Center River Analysis System (HEC-RAS) and Hydrologic Modeling System (HEC-HMS) software. He is an active member of American Society of Civil Engineers.

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Chris LeBlanc, PE
Vice President, Land Development, Houston
Chris LeBlanc, PE
Vice President, Land Development, Houston

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University

Chris manages and provides oversight for major land development projects including feasibility studies, preparation of construction plans, contracts, bond issues, and coordination with various municipalities and clients. In his role as senior project manager, he is also responsible for construction management and coordination with various municipal utility districts. Chris has over 14 years of experience in design and civil engineering for projects throughout the region, ranging from a small private development to 2,000-acre master planned communities. He currently serves as the District Engineer for Fort Bend County MUD Nos. 136, 137, 138, and Fort Bend-Waller Counties MUD No. 3, and is the President of Montgomery County MUD No. 139. Chris has developed strong relationships with the City of Katy, City of Sugar Land, and Fort Bend County. His father is a retired NASA engineer, so you could say that engineering is a family legacy. As his career at LJA has grown, each project brings unique challenges and opportunities for this problem-solver.

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Joseph Longaro, PE
Senior Vice President, Land Development, Austin
Joseph Longaro, PE
Senior Vice President, Land Development, Austin

Bachelor of Science, Meteorology, State University of New York

Joe’s 30 years of land development experience in the Austin and surrounding region has imparted extensive knowledge in navigating the City of Austin’s unique permitting processes as well as the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. Joe has experience with large scale projects having worked on commercial site development and mixed-use high rises, as well as retail, office, and multi-family projects throughout the Austin metropolitan area. His technical expertise in hydrology and hydraulics complements land development as drainage regulations become more stringent. Joe stays current of new regulations to provide his clients with the most efficient use of their property. He remains an active member of many organizations including National Society of Professional Engineers, American Society of Civil Engineers, Texas Society of Professional Engineers, Austin Contractors and Engineers Association, and Real Estate Council of Austin.

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Dacio Marin III, PE
Vice President, Public Infrastructure: Transportation, Austin
Dacio Marin III, PE
Vice President, Public Infrastructure: Transportation, Austin

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Structural Emphasis, Texas A&M University

Dacio has over 30 years of structural engineering experience specializing in bridge design and analysis, and management. His expertise revolves around developing designs and plan sheets for bridges of all types and complexities, contributing on value engineering teams, and QA/QC review. Dacio oversees three bridge design teams, and negotiates consultant contracts, work authorizations, and fees for the firm. Dacio embraces his favorite Henry Ford quote: Whether you think you can or can’t, you’re right. "It puts responsibility for the attempt to succeed on the individual. If you have the mindset, you can do anything." He lives that philosophy every day as he leads highly skilled teams solving the unique structural challenges of Texas’ bridges.

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Robert T. McBride, PE
Senior Project Manager, Transportation, Houston
Robert T. McBride, PE
Senior Project Manager, Transportation, Houston

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Brigham Young University

Robert has more than six years of engineering experience in a variety of transportation projects. His responsibilities and tasks involved producing construction plans, specifications, managing projects, and estimates for several projects, which included roadway design elements, drainage design and analysis, hydrologic study/hydraulic analysis, bridge scour evaluation, traffic control plans, signing and striping plans, and utility plans. Technical program working knowledge includes MicroStation, GeoPak, HEC-RAS, HEC-HMS, WinStorm, HouStorm, THYSYS Culvert, HY-8, XPSWMM, Suretrak, ArcGIS, Adobe Professional, and Microsoft Office.

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Michelle McElya Fisher
Manager Business Development, Energy Services, Beaumont
Michelle McElya Fisher
Manager Business Development, Energy Services, Beaumont

Bachelor Business Administration, University of Houston

Michelle McElya Fisher oversees the Business Development in the Energy sector for LJA. She is a professional with proven track record in sales and marketing of large asset integrity management, pipeline and facilities contracts that include natural gas gathering and processing, crude oil and natural gas liquid transportation and water gathering systems. Michelle has extensive relationships among industry leaders having gained a solid understanding of changing critical business drivers, solution requirements, and related energy markets. Michelle previously served two large, well-known Texas and Louisiana facility and pipeline contractors working successfully on large projects all over the US. She is active in various related organizations and charities, including a decade of serving as a committee member for the Pipeliners Association of Houston, and she is a member of Louisiana Pipeliners, San Antonio Pipeliners Association, Tulsa Pipeliners Association, Permian Basin Pipeliners Association, previous Board member with Houston Gas Processors, Lifetime Member and Captain in HLSR Ranching & Wildlife Committee, committee member of The Belles of Houston, and serves as a fundraising volunteer for various St. Jude Sky High events.

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Scott T. McGowan
President, Surveying - Precision Aerial Compliance Solutions, Conroe
Scott T. McGowan
President, Surveying - Precision Aerial Compliance Solutions, Conroe

Bachelor of Arts, History and Sociology, St. Lawrence University Scott has over 6 years of experience in the burgeoning UAS industry and 25 years in the energy trading space. He is the founder of Precision Aerial Compliance Solutions LLC (PACS) an industry leader and innovator with multiple industry firsts and successful proof of concepts for municipal, city and state entities. PACS was one of the first four companies to be credentialed by the National UAS Credentialing Program, a rigorous and comprehensive vetting program developed by Texas A&M, TEEX, Lonestar Center for Excellence and the FAA. PACS is the most qualified and experienced service provider in the engineering and survey space in Texas with 1000’s of hours of LiDAR and Photogrammetry contracts successfully completed. Scott was recently asked to be on the Advisory Board of The Energy Drone and Robotics Coalition which consists of a select group of executives from the Oil and Gas industry, Engineering, Academia and UAS service companies. Scott has spoken at numerous industry conferences and panels and is considered a Tier 1 expert on the use of UAS Services. PACS is proud to be a Montgomery County and Conroe based business.

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Alan McKee, PE
Senior Vice President, Land Development, Houston
Alan McKee, PE
Senior Vice President, Land Development, Houston

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Rice University

Alan deftly manages single family, multi-family, and retail land development projects throughout the Houston region. In addition to engineering design, master planning, and hydrologic and hydraulic analyses, he oversees project and construction management, quality control, and financial performance for each project under his purview. His 30 years of experience and specific expertise have lent themselves to active involvement with organizations in developing public policy that impacts the local community. He led critical negotiations between the City of Houston and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to reduce the regulatory burden on local utility districts, and helped spearhead the drafting of rules regarding submerged storm sewers. He was a member of the Tropical Storm Allison Recovery Project, and served as chair of the Houston Council of Engineering Companies Design Standards/Plan Review Committee. Additionally, Alan is a member of the Association of Water Board Directors and is on the board of directors for Harris County MUD No. 354.

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Gary W. Mensik, PE
Senior Vice President, Land Development, Houston
Gary W. Mensik, PE
Senior Vice President, Land Development, Houston

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, University of Houston

Gary relies on his nearly 35 years’ experience to provide leadership and supervision to his team of engineers and design personnel for water distribution, sanitary sewer collection, storm drainage, detention ponds, drainage channels, and trunk utility facilities projects. He has been integrally involved in the design and construction administration of numerous land development and roadway projects throughout the region. He has also worked extensively with municipal utility districts in preparing feasibility studies, annexations, creation reports, bond applications, and surplus funds applications. Gary spearheads QA/QC of all LJA Land Development projects.

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Eric R. Methvin, PE
Senior Structural Engineer, Public Infrastructure: Transportation, Katy
Eric R. Methvin, PE
Senior Structural Engineer, Public Infrastructure: Transportation, Katy

Master of Science, Engineering, Structures, University of Texas
Bachelor of Science, Architectural Engineering, University of Texas

Eric has over 12 years of experience in the structural design of bridges and civil structures. Bridge design experience encompasses off-system bridges, widenings, design-build projects, light-rail and heavy-rail design, and multi-level interchanges. Civil structures include retaining walls, junction boxes, lift stations, wastewater treatment plants, and stormwater pump stations. Eric is active in industry organizations including the American Society of Civil Engineers and Structural Engineering Institute, where he has held roles as secretary, treasurer, and chairman. He has been published on a variety of topics, including “Recommendations for Stud Design in Composite Steel Bridge Beams” and “Design of Composite Steel Beams for Bridges.”

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Danny Miller, PE
Vice President, Land Development, Austin
Danny Miller, PE
Vice President, Land Development, Austin

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University

Danny is a vice president with over 25 years’ experience in single family residential, multi-family, retail, and commercial projects, as well as master-planned communities, mixed-use projects, downtown infill developments, and affordable housing developments in the region. He manages the life-cycle of a project from initial due diligence and permitting through construction, including analyzing and preparing due diligence reports, conceptual planning, and preparing construction documents. Danny has been instrumental in significantly building LJA’s presence in Austin and takes the most satisfaction in working on projects that truly make a difference. “I am most proud of projects that fill a need in the community, whether it’s affordable housing, improving streets and sidewalks to make them safer, or providing shops and stores so local residents don’t have to commute 30 miles to shop.” This dedication is also evidenced in Danny’s commitment to client satisfaction above all else.

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Mike Mize, PE
Vice President, Rail Services, Spring
Mike Mize, PE
Vice President, Rail Services, Spring

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University

Mike is an experienced project manager with over two decades planning, designing, and constructing transportation and infrastructure projects in our Rail Services sector. Mike has managed Class I railroad projects in Texas, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, and Minnesota, including projects for shortline railroads, port authorities, and industrial clients. As senior project manager, he oversees rail engineers and designers throughout Texas and the western United States. He is an active member of the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association.

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Keith W. Monroe, RPLS
Senior Project Manager, Surveying, Houston
Keith W. Monroe, RPLS
Senior Project Manager, Surveying, Houston

Associate of Science, Applied Science, Cameron University

Keith’s career covers nearly 40 years in land surveying with responsibilities for horizontal and vertical control, alignment, and topographic and boundary surveys. He manages and supervises the surveying and mapping division at LJA, ensuring that quality and cost-effective services are provided to our clients. He is well-versed at researching records at city, county, and state levels, performing all necessary calculations including field note reduction, traverse adjustment and boundary determination, and directing draftsmen in the preparation of maps and plats.

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Karina Moreno
Business Development, Land Development, Houston
Karina Moreno
Business Development, Land Development, Houston

Associates, Business, University of Phoenix

Karina manages Business Development pursuits within LJA’s Land Development sector. Twenty years of experience gives her an understanding of the industry and the policy that drives development in the Houston area. Her previous experience at the city of Houston in public service has cultivated strong relationships and opportunities for LJA’s continued successes. She is active in helping other women succeed in the industry and also enjoys helping the community by chairing such events as Sociedead Mutualista Obrera Mexicana (SMOM), and the Galveston County Seniors Citizens Assistance, Inc. (GCSCA). She has experience in public policy, government relations, public involvement, community engagement, marketing, and communications. She is a Programs Committee Member for the Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS), committee member of the West Houston Association (WHA), Transportation Advocacy Group (TAG), North Houston Association (NHA), Brazoria County’s Economic Development Alliance, and a proud alumnus of Leadership Houston Class XXVII.

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Keith Morgan
Vice President, Environmental, Houston
Keith Morgan
Vice President, Environmental, Houston

Bachelor of Science, Agronomy, Texas A&M University Keith is a project manager with twelve years of experience with a diverse background in natural resource assessment, specializing in wetland delineations, wetland permitting, and the creation and mitigation of wetlands. He has extensive experience with section 404 of the clean water act permitting including both nationwide permits and individual permits. Keith has experience with running several aquatic resource function models including, but not limited to, the interim riverine forested hydrogeomorphic model, the interim riverine scrub-shrub/herbaceous hydrogeomorphic model, and the U.S. army corps of engineers (USACE) Galveston district stream assessment tool. He also has worked closely with the interagency review team in developing wetland mitigation banks within the USACE Galveston district.

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Ali Mozdbar, PE, PTOE
Senior Project Manager, Public Infrastructure, Round Rock
Ali Mozdbar, PE, PTOE
Senior Project Manager, Public Infrastructure, Round Rock

Master of Science, Civil Engineering, University of Texas at Arlington

Alihas over 32 years of program and project managements and extensive experience in field of Traffic Engineering. He works on a wide variety of programs and projects including traffic engineering spanning traffic signal timing development and implementation, traffic signal designs, hardware, and equipment upgrades and modifications, traffic signal operational and safety improvements, intersection geometric improvements, ATMS plan development and implementation, ITS design and implementation, communication network design and implementation, traffic signal warrant analyses, technical specification development, PS&E development, and bidding and construction phase services. The Intelligent Transportation Society (ITS) Texas Board of Directors presented Ali with their 2019 Wallace E. Ewell Award to recognize his tireless efforts to advance the capabilities and the capacity of the traffic signal systems within the City of Fort Worth.

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Christopher Mundie, PE
Senior Project Manager, Public Infrastructure: Transportation, Houston
Christopher Mundie, PE
Senior Project Manager, Public Infrastructure: Transportation, Houston

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, University of Maine

As a senior project manager in our Transportation division, Chris brings over a decade of experience in the engineering and management of transportation projects for TxDOT and other local agencies and municipalities throughout Texas. His project experience includes determining feasibility, conceptual/schematic level design, and detailed plan production for urban and rural freeway reconstructions, multi-level interchanges, urban streets and boulevards, roadway widening and expansion, rural roadways, and minor and major intersection improvements. Chris has spent his entire career working for various TxDOT Districts across the state while also working with toll road authorities and local Houston municipalities and agencies. While working with these clients, Chris provides value-added recommendations for existing and proposed infrastructure improvements, saving clients both money and time on major projects.

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Patrick Newton, PE
Senior Project Manager, Land Development, Katy
Patrick Newton, PE
Senior Project Manager, Land Development, Katy

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University

Patrick has over 14 years of experience in design, bidding and construction administration of projects for the City of Houston (COH) and Municipal Utility Districts (MUDs) in the greater Houston area. He has extensive experience as District Engineer or Assistant District Engineer for numerous MUDs. His responsibilities include client relations, city and county interaction, infrastructure design, business development and mentoring of staff. Patrick’s experience includes attending monthly board meetings, District bond authorization reports and bond authorization elections, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) bond issues, surplus funds and change of scope requests (bond issues), maintenance tax elections, coordination of ground/elevated storage tank (GST/EST) and hydropneumatics tank (HPT) annual hatch and full Inspections, feasibility studies (annexations), coordination with surveyor for District boundary map and metes and bounds update (annexations), coordinating with Attorneys for COH submittal (annexations), utility capacity requests, site plan reviews, long term capital project and maintenance plans, water plant and wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) capacity and line capacity analysis and planning, payment in lieu of taxes (capital contribution) calculations, annual audits, annual insurance review and renewal, detention pond monthly inspections, municipal separate storm sewer (MS4) storm water management program (SWMP) creation, revisions and annual review, attended West Harris County Regional Water Authority and North Harris County Regional Water Authority on District's Behalf, WWTP re-rating, water and sewer rate analysis, construction administration including pre-bid, bid opening, pre-construction meetings, pay estimate review and approval, change orders, requests for information (RFIs), and monthly status meetings.

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Gary Nutter, RPLS
Senior Project Manager, Surveying, Houston
Gary Nutter, RPLS
Senior Project Manager, Surveying, Houston

Bachelor of Science, Surveying and Geodetic Science, Ohio State University

Nearly 20 years’ experience in boundary, topographic, and construction surveying renders Gary an invaluable member of any project team. He is well versed in the use of Global Positioning Systems and master control layout, and is equally adept at quality control review. He utilizes his many years of surveying expertise to guide and mentor junior staff. Gary is a member of the Texas Society of Professional Surveyors and served as the Chapter 9 Director for the organization from 2009-2011.

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Jesse Owens
Vice President and Cultural Resources Director, Environmental Services, Austin
Jesse Owens
Vice President and Cultural Resources Director, Environmental Services, Austin

MA, Anthropology, New York University, New York BA, Anthropology, New York University, New York

Jesse is an accomplished cultural resource professional with more than 30 years of experience in archeological fieldwork, research and analysis, and cultural resource management (CRM). He is an adept principal investigator and project manager, proficient at managing suites of turnkey, fast-turnaround projects as well as intensive, long-term research projects. He is fully versed in historic and environmental preservation laws, assessing the National Register eligibility of cultural resources and developing management plans for historic properties. Jesse has planned, implemented, and successfully completed cultural resource survey and site inventory projects in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, New York, Oklahoma, and Texas; archaeological eligibility testing projects in Arizona, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Pennsylvania, and Texas; and data recovery projects in Illinois, New Jersey, and Texas for a broad range of public and private clients. As Cultural Resources Director, Jesse oversees a robust and growing cultural resources program composed of archeologists, historians, and architectural historians spanning multiple branch offices in Austin, Houston, and Dallas-Fort Worth.

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Gregory J. Patch, PE
Vice President, Land Development: Site Development, Houston
Gregory J. Patch, PE
Vice President, Land Development: Site Development, Houston

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Greg has more than 25 years of design-build, development, and construction experience in the civil engineering field. He has provided a complete spectrum of design capabilities for complex site development projects including commercial, industrial, manufacturing, institutional, multi-family, and retail developments in the United States and internationally. He has gathered additional expertise while serving as construction project manager for nationally recognized developers overseeing land development, acquisition, and construction issues for commercial, industrial, and manufacturing facilities.

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Charles A. Patout, III, PLA
Manager, Land Development: Planning and Landscape Architecture, Houston
Charles A. Patout, III, PLA
Manager, Land Development: Planning and Landscape Architecture, Houston

Bachelor of Science, Landscape Architecture, Louisiana State University

As manager of Landscape Architecture, Charlie draws from over 11 years of professional experience specializing in urban and land planning, urban design, and landscape architecture. He leads his group on a wide range of project types through all stages of the design process. His extensive experience revolves around creating parks and trails, hardscapes, sustainable plantings, and irrigation design on master planned communities, town center developments, commercial, mixed-use, and residential developments, both stateside and abroad. Charlie is an active member of the American Society of Landscape Architects.

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John K. Penewitt, CPA
Chief Financial Officer, Corporate: Accounting, Houston
John K. Penewitt, CPA
Chief Financial Officer, Corporate: Accounting, Houston

Bachelor of Business Administration, Accounting, Texas A&M University

As Chief Financial Officer for LJA, John relies on experience amassed over 30 years in accounting leadership positions, including a diversified background in corporate administration, human resources, and information technology. Past responsibilities include implementing processes and procedures for preparation of financial statements in accordance with GAAP and IFRS, tax planning, banking, risk management, contract negotiations, and financing activities. He has managed coordination of audits, established infrastructure in preparation for public offerings/acquisitions, and actively led multiple acquisitions and mergers. John’s experience includes benefit plan negotiations and implementation, company compliance of ERISA and Department of Labor requirements, union negotiations, and developing and implementing an Information Technology Plan. Professionally, John is active in the Texas Society of CPA’s, ACEC, and the American Institute of CPA’s. On a personal level, John supports the American Red Cross, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Katy ISD Livestock Show and Rodeo, and is an active member in his church.

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Rapher Perez-Lopez, SR/WA
Director of Right-of-Way Oil and Gas, Central Texas Public Infrastructure, Houston
Rapher Perez-Lopez, SR/WA
Director of Right-of-Way Oil and Gas, Central Texas Public Infrastructure, Houston

Bachelor of Criminal Justice, University of Puerto Rico-Carolina Puerto Rico Rapher is an experienced professional with 23 years of experience in the right-of-way industry specializing in relocation assistance and acquisition and title curative. He has an excellent track record for maintaining service standards and his project experience includes right-of-way negotiations in transportation, oil and gas, electrical transmission, airport, light rail, and telecommunication cell sites. Rapher has worked with managers and officials from TXDOT, Bexar County, San Antonio River Authority, San Antonio Water System, CPS Energy and other municipalities.

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John Phillips, ASLA
Director, Land Development: Planning, Houston
John Phillips, ASLA
Director, Land Development: Planning, Houston

Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, Mississippi State University

John is an urban planner and registered landscape architect with over four decades providing award-winning and creative solutions on his projects. He has extensive experience in both public and private sectors with urban design, sustainable design, master planning, mixed-use districts, streetscapes, urban renewal and revitalization, leisure and recreational design, and landscape architecture. John is a member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI), American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), and United States Green Building Council, and he is certified by CLARB. He has received many industry accolades for innovative design, with projects recognized by ULI and ASLA. Additionally, his design work for the much-lauded new urbanist community of Harbor Town in Memphis was cited as Residential Development of the Year by Southern Living.

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Steve Phy
Project Director, Land Development: Planning, The Woodlands
Steve Phy
Project Director, Land Development: Planning, The Woodlands

Bachelor of Science, Landscape Architecture, Texas A&M University

Steve is an urban planner and landscape architect with more than 32 years of experience providing innovative design solutions for a diverse range of projects, nationally and internationally. A majority of his work has focused on large-scale community planning with an emphasis on elements involving connectivity to open space and recreational opportunities. Steve thrives on conceptualizing design approaches to convey his unique vision for each project, and his passion for the optimum solution transcends his work. A keen understanding of context-sensitive design is evident in solutions that yield the desired development program balancing design components with the natural elements of each site.

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Dawn Pilcher, PE, RPLS
Senior Project Manager, Public Works, Beaumont
Dawn Pilcher, PE, RPLS
Senior Project Manager, Public Works, Beaumont

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University

Dawn has 24 years of experience in civil engineering with emphasis on design, specifications, and construction of engineered hydraulics and hydrologic projects, including drainage-ways, large scale freshwater conveyance, delivery, and accounting systems, and flood impact analysis and mitigation. While serving as the Manger of Engineering for the Lower Neches Valley Authority (LNVA), Dawn gained expertise in statewide, long-range water planning, basin-wide water availability modeling, and reservoir operations, and an intimate knowledge of Texas surface water rights law and surface water rights analysis and permitting. During her tenure with LNVA she was also directly responsible for a wide variety of raw surface water management and conveyance projects from conception through commissioning, including all phases of project development, feasibility analysis, detailed design, contract management, construction inspection, and operational plan development. During the March 2016 Sabine River flood and 2017 Hurricane Harvey, she served as the lead hydrologist for a consortium of Orange County petrochemical facilities.

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Michael P. Porvaznik, PE
Senior Project Manager, Land Development, Austin
Michael P. Porvaznik, PE
Senior Project Manager, Land Development, Austin

Bachelor of Science, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Michael is a dedicated and passionate individual with a reputation for creative problem solving. He has 18+ years of experience in various aspects of private and public real estate development and capital improvement projects. His project portfolio includes large multifamily developments, affordable housing communities, master planned communities, critical infrastructure, commercial and industrial facilities, healthcare facilities, as well as urban infill and highrise developments in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, and Washington DC. Michael is involved with client and project management on a daily basis. He enjoys providing life cycle support for projects from concept through construction. He maintains Professional Engineer licenses in Maryland, New Jersey, and Texas.

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Benjamin M. Price
Vice President, Environmental, Houston
Benjamin M. Price
Vice President, Environmental, Houston

Master of Science, Geology Texas A&M University Bachelor of Science, Geology, Florida Atlantic University Benjamin, a Professional Geoscientist, has over 20 years of experience in both business and technical aspects of the environmental industry. Utilizing his extensive background in geological and biological disciplines, he has developed expertise in environmental regulations, property assessments, hazardous waste testing and evaluation, wetland evaluation, endangered species audits, health and safety issues, and silviculture activities. Benjamin specializes in site investigations relating to hazardous material and petroleum product contamination. His experience with the petroleum industry and contaminated site remediation allows him to effectively consult on cost efficient solutions to environmental impairment concerns. He is involved with problem solving related to environmental and ecological issues, especially those that may hinder property transfer, land development activities, or oil and gas activities. He has developed a unique working relationship with many federal and state resource agencies responsible for project permitting and approval.

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Donnie A. Reed, PE
Vice President, Land Development, Houston
Donnie A. Reed, PE
Vice President, Land Development, Houston

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University

Donnie has provided management for land development projects ranging from small commercial developments to master-planned communities in the greater Houston area for over 20 years. Feasibility studies, engineering estimates, construction plan production, preparation of contract documents, and construction administration for the design and construction of water distribution, sanitary sewer, storm sewer, and paving facilities are under his purview. Donnie serves as district engineer for several development entities with responsibilities supervising design efforts and construction administration, and coordinating work with developers and governmental agencies.

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J. Don Rehmet, PE, RPLS
Vice President, Public Infrastructure: Public Works, Corpus Christi, Alice
J. Don Rehmet, PE, RPLS
Vice President, Public Infrastructure: Public Works, Corpus Christi, Alice

Master of Science, Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University   Donnie is a licensed engineer and a surveyor with nearly five decades of experience. His assignments have run the gamut and include planning, surveying, mapping, design, and construction phase services for governmental entities and private clients. He is integrally involved in the planning and design of his projects through the construction phase, and serves as the main liaison with each client. He counts Texas Department of Transportation, Texas Department of Rural Affairs, Department of the Navy, US Army Corps of Engineers, Texas Water Development Board, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, and water authorities, municipalities, and counties throughout the state among his prestigious list of clients. Don remains an active member in American Society of Civil Engineers, American Council of Engineering Companies, and Texas Society of Professional Surveyors.

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David Rivera, PE
Vice President, Land Development, Katy
David Rivera, PE
Vice President, Land Development, Katy

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Texas Tech University

David is a senior project manager with over 15 years’ experience in design and civil engineering for land and site development projects. He handles project scheduling and budget tracking, and attends city planning meetings and MUD meetings as district engineer. David oversees the continued development of LJA’s single and multi-family, commercial, and retail markets. Responsibilities include due diligence analysis, feasibility investigations, preparation of construction plans, engineering specifications, bidding, and contract documents. Additionally, David manages on-site construction inspectors, prepares quantity and cost estimates, engineering reports, platting, and design calculations and analysis. He also interacts with clients, coordinates with government agencies, and manages various activities for projects within the six county greater Houston area. David currently serves as District Engineer for Harris County MUD No. 120 and East Montgomery County MUD Nos. 5, 6, and 7, and is a director for Baybrook MUD No. 1.

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Brian M. Roybal, PE
Senior Project Manager, Rail Services, Houston
Brian M. Roybal, PE
Senior Project Manager, Rail Services, Houston

Bachelor of Science, Economics, University of Houston Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, University of Utah Brian is a civil engineer with over 16 years of experience in civil engineering and project management. His project experience ranges from initial planning studies and corridor assessments through to detail design, including utilities and drainage, and construction administration.

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Edmund Rucker, PE
Vice President, Land Development, Katy
Edmund Rucker, PE
Vice President, Land Development, Katy

Master of Business Administration, University of Houston
Bachelor of Science, Structural Analysis and Design, University of Houston

Eddie has over 19 years of progressive experience in civil engineering ranging from field project representative to senior project manager. He routinely works with developers, municipal utility districts (MUDs), and local government agencies, providing concept through construction phase services for new, as well as rehabilitation of aging infrastructure. He has extensive experience with large, mixed-use master planned communities containing single and multi-family development. Eddie has served as district engineer for numerous MUDs, and is well-versed in providing engineering expertise to these entities. A favorite quote by Colin Powell, “There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure,” helps Eddie put things into perspective every day, both personally and professionally.

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Michael S. Rusk, PE
Vice President, Land Development, Katy
Michael S. Rusk, PE
Vice President, Land Development, Katy

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University

Michael utilizes over 20 years of experience in the analysis, design, and construction of water distribution, sanitary sewer, storm sewer, and paving facilities for a range of projects including single family residential and commercial/retail developments, as well as drainage and levee projects. He coordinates his team’s work with municipal utility districts, management districts, levee improvement districts, private utility companies, foundations, and city, county, and state agencies. An active mentor to his team of engineers, designers, and technicians, he helps in the planning, design, construction, and management of major land development and infrastructure projects. Michael currently serves as the District Engineer for eight municipal utility districts, management districts, and improvement districts, as well as two levee improvement districts. A famous Warren Buffet quote sums up his proactive approach to building long-term relationships with clients as well as colleagues, “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you'll do things differently."

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Daniel W. Ryan, PE, CFM
Vice President, Land Development, Austin
Daniel W. Ryan, PE, CFM
Vice President, Land Development, Austin

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, University of Texas

Dan’s 22 years of experience in civil and environmental engineering has encompassed master planning of utility and stormwater facilities, along with design of drainage, water, and wastewater improvement projects. His expertise includes a comprehensive familiarity with the rules and regulations surrounding utility development and construction in the Austin area. He has been responsible for all aspects of utility work including initial project scope development, design and preparation of construction documents, and construction phase services. Dan has prepared and processed all types of permits through the City of Austin and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, including permits for construction on the Edwards Aquifer Recharge and Contributing Zones. Dan is a member of the Real Estate Council of Austin and Austin Contractors and Engineers Association. He references his favorite Robert Frost quote often,"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I- I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference." When there’s a decision to be made, even if there seems like an obvious answer, it’s important to evaluate all alternatives.

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Zach Ryan, PE
Senior Project Manager, Public Infrastructure: Transportation, Austin
Zach Ryan, PE
Senior Project Manager, Public Infrastructure: Transportation, Austin

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, University of Texas at Austin

Zach Ryan joined LJA in 2016, bringing over 12 years of transportation experience including roadway and highway design for TxDOT as well as county and city municipalities throughout Texas. Additionally, Zach has extensive hydrologic and hydraulic analysis experience specifically in floodplain analysis, storm sewer design, culvert design, bridge hydraulics, scour analysis, detention, and water quality BMP design. He will continue his focus on project management for rural and urban roadway and drainage design. Some of his current projects include the North Mays Extension for Williamson County and FM 110 North in Hays County. Zach recognizes that it takes years to develop trust and it only takes one misstep to lose that trust. He works diligently to deliver projects by taking ownership and investing great effort to ensure his clients expectations are exceeded.

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Vincent Salazar, PE
Vice President, Land Development, Houston
Vincent Salazar, PE
Vice President, Land Development, Houston

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, University of Houston

Vince has over 15 years of experience in civil engineering design for land development projects. He provides oversight for major projects with responsibilities including the management and supervision of design efforts along with managing infrastructure, site development, and planning. He serves as the District Engineer for Montgomery County MUD Nos. 113, 121, 128, and 128A and assists with activities for MUDs within The Woodlands. “As I interact daily with multiple municipalities and city and county agencies, I remember the best advice I ever received,'the most important part of our work is relationships.' This has served me well throughout my career.”

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Kyle F. Salzman, PE
Vice President, Land Development, North Texas
Kyle F. Salzman, PE
Vice President, Land Development, North Texas

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University

Kyle has 18 years of experience in civil engineering design and management. Utilizing his engineering and business acumen, he has been successful leading project teams for land development projects throughout the region. He is skilled at entitlements, public presentation, land development engineering design, client and project/program management of large multi-disciplinary teams. He works as a well organized, well coordinated team member and leader to deliver projects that meet the Client’s objectives. His experience includes feasibility studies, creation of construction plans and documents for paving, grading, and utilities for commercial sites and residential subdivisions, surveying, and construction phase services. He leads regional marketing efforts, client-development activities, and serves as manager and mentor to staff members.

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Vasilis Samaras, PhD, PE
Senior Structural Engineer, Public Infrastructure: Transportation, Austin
Vasilis Samaras, PhD, PE
Senior Structural Engineer, Public Infrastructure: Transportation, Austin

PhD, Civil Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin Master of Science, Civil Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, University of Thessaly

As a Senior Structural Engineer in our Transportation division, Vasilis has over a decade of experience in the structural engineering and management of public infrastructure projects. His diverse technical knowledge includes designing and rehabilitating structures and bridges that vary in complexity from simple bridge creek crossings to multi-level interchanges. Currently, Vasilis is leading the Structural Engineering Team in Austin and is responsible for the project management, structural design, preparation of PS&E plans, and construction phase services on a variety of projects for TxDOT Districts, railroad companies, toll authorities, counties, local municipalities, and private companies. He is involved in all phases of the projects to ensure his clients’ expectations are exceeded. His ability to provide innovative solutions for existing and proposed infrastructure projects is instrumental in obtaining overall cost savings for the clients. His experience also includes monitoring and evaluation of the structural integrity of civil infrastructure systems.

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Justin A. Schrader, PE
Senior Project Manager, Land Development: Site Development, Katy
Justin A. Schrader, PE
Senior Project Manager, Land Development: Site Development, Katy

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University Justin has over fourteen years of experience in project management and design related to site development projects and utilities across a complete spectrum of retail, commercial, multi-family, single-family, institutional projects located in the Houston and Dallas areas, as well as New Mexico. Justin also has a strong background in construction environmental safety for the oil and gas industry as well as architectural and engineering design experience for the telecommunications sector. For LJA he is responsible for the management and design of grading, drainage, hydraulics/hydrology, erosion control, utilities, and permitting coordination for site development projects.

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David M. Sherrill
Senior Vice President, Environmental, Houston
David M. Sherrill
Senior Vice President, Environmental, Houston

Master of applied geography resource and environmental studies, Southwest Texas State University Bachelor of Science, Resource and Environmental Studies, Southwest Texas State University David has 25 years’ experience in wetland and land use management as a project manager for wetland ecological services and other environmental assessments. He has expertise in the U.S. army corps of engineers (USACE) clean water act section 404 wetland permitting, CWA section 401 water quality certification, and the rivers and harbors act section 10. He has a diverse background in natural resource assessment, specializing in wetland delineations, wetland permitting, and the creation and mitigation of wetlands and section 401 water quality plans. David has a thorough knowledge of environmental and wetland regulations, particularly the clean water section 404, allowing him to successfully coordinate large-scale, multi-task projects. He also has expertise with coastal permitting issues and has consulted and coordinated over 50 projects located within the coastal zone or within submerged land owned by the Texas general land office (TGLO). In addition to USACE permit approval, the coastal projects involved the coordination of approved TGLO coastal land use permits, beach construction certificates, and/or dune mitigation plans. David Sherrill has coordinated over 450 wetland delineations which were verified by the USACE, coordinated permit approval for over 100 individual permits and 250 nationwide permits including NW 7, 12, 13, 14, 26, 29, 33, 39, 42, 18. He has also completed over 20 section 10 dredge and fill permits.

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C. Lee Sherrod, PWS
Senior Project Manager, Environmental Services, Houston
C. Lee Sherrod, PWS
Senior Project Manager, Environmental Services, Houston

MA, Botany/Wetland Ecology, University of Texas at Austin, 1980 BS, Forestry/Wildlife Science, Stephen F. Austin University, 1975

Lee specializes in terrestrial and wetland ecology, endangered species, regulatory permitting, and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) compliance. He has more than 40 years of experience in the technical applications of these fields and the regulatory aspects of project-compliance procedures. He is a recognized expert in wetlands issues and is certified as a “Professional Wetland Scientist - Emeritus” (No. 000155) by the Society of Wetland Scientists Certification Program, Inc. He has directed hundreds of wetland assessment and permitting projects throughout the southern US that have included jurisdictional wetland delineation; aerial photographic interpretation and mapping; habitat creation, enhancement, and reclamation; shoreline stabilization; and mitigation planning. He has also conducted numerous Hydrogeomorphic Model (HGM) analyses for wetland impacts and mitigation. Lee has been qualified as an expert witness in federal court regarding wetlands and endangered species issues and has been regularly invited to give presentations and lectures on these issues at conferences and universities. He has successfully represented public and private applicants in numerous Section 10(a)(1)(B) permits (Endangered Species Act incidental take of endangered species) issued in Texas and California as well as numerous Section 7 consultations. He brings an enormous amount of practical experience and expertise to any project to facilitate regulatory permitting, particularly as related to wetlands and endangered species. His capabilities are based upon many baseline and impact assessments requiring statistically supportable quantitative data collected for vegetation and wildlife over large acreage project sites.

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Heather L. Sides, RPLS, PLS, CFedS
Vice President, Houston
Heather L. Sides, RPLS, PLS, CFedS
Vice President, Houston

Bachelor of Science, Architectural Engineering, Kansas State University

With years of experience in surveying in both public and private sectors, Heather’s expertise includes survey operations, construction staking, and boundary surveys. She has also worked with FEMA flood zone requirements, and has extensive understanding of the oil and gas industry, including pipeline, well plats, and mineral units. Heather is a committee member on the Texas Society of Professional Surveyor’s Standards Committee and the Registration Practices/TBPLS Committee, and is an active member of the National Society of Professional Surveyors.

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Meleida Sierra, PE
Senior Project Manager, Land Development, Houston
Meleida Sierra, PE
Senior Project Manager, Land Development, Houston

BS, Civil Engineering, University of Cartagena MS, Environmental Engineering, National University of Colombia

Meleida has over 23 years of engineering practice in water and wastewater projects. Her experience includes planning, permitting, design, and construction services of wastewater treatment plants, potable groundwater plants, effluent reuse facilities, sanitary and storm pumping stations, water lines, and sanitary force mains. Meleida works with project design and coordination with governmental agencies in Harris, Brazoria, Montgomery, and Fort Bend Counties, as well as international project design.

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Allen D. Sims, PE
Vice President, Public Infrastructure: Public Works, Beaumont
Allen D. Sims, PE
Vice President, Public Infrastructure: Public Works, Beaumont

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Lamar University

Allen has over 26 years of experience in civil engineering with emphasis on design specifications and construction of drainage-ways, water and wastewater systems, and highways. Government grant applications are another field of expertise Allen has amassed throughout his career. As a senior project manager, he utilizes the latest computer-aided technology, including the US Army Corps of Engineers’ HEC-HMS and HEC-RAS programs. Allen has several years of valuable engineering technician experience in the operation of AutoCAD workstations and numerous other computer programs. He is a member of National Society of Professional Engineers, Texas Society of Professional Engineers, and is currently a member of, and has served as chapter president and state director for, the American Society of Civil Engineers.

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Riley Sladek, PE
Senior Project Manager, Central Texas Public Infrastructure, Austin
Riley Sladek, PE
Senior Project Manager, Central Texas Public Infrastructure, Austin

2006, Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University

Riley is a Senior Project Manager for LJA’s Central Texas Public Infrastructure Division specializing in transportation project management, and engineering design. He is hands-on and involved in all phases of every project to ensure the project’s success. His attention to detail with an added emphasis on high quality products that are on-time stand out in the industry. Riley has over 12 years of experience working with multiple TxDOT districts, Texas counties, toll authorities, private companies, and local municipalities all over the state. His background consists of roadway design, traffic engineering, hydrology and hydraulics, utility coordination, and design/build experience. His main responsibilities include preparation and review of civil plans, specifications, estimates (PS&E), storm sewer design, impact analysis, water quality design, geometric design, signing and striping, roadway cross section development, traffic control, traffic impact analyses, traffic signal warrants and design, storm and utility relocation management.

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Reginald Smith, PE
Senior Project Manager, Land Development, Katy
Reginald Smith, PE
Senior Project Manager, Land Development, Katy

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Southern University

Reginald has garnered over 20 years of experience on civil engineering and land surveying projects, serving as project manager and project engineer. His focus is primarily commercial site development, including small and mid-sized developments from half-acre brown field sites to 80-acre campus developments having both public and private infrastructure. Reginald provides site feasibility assessments, project schedules, and civil site design for projects including churches, office buildings, industrial warehouse developments, retail centers, and school campuses. He has also studied and designed power plant facility expansions for ash ponds, landfills, and rail spurs. He coordinates with multi-discipline project team members, and sub-consultants as needed, to ensure project success. Reginald has experience working with regional city and county agencies, planning commissions, and state government, to facilitate project approval. As part of his commitment to the engineering field, Reginald serves on the Civil and Environmental Industry Advisory Council for Prairie View A&M University.

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Jaison M. Stephen, PE
Senior Project Manager, Land Development, Dallas
Jaison M. Stephen, PE
Senior Project Manager, Land Development, Dallas

Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, University of Alberta

Jaison has over 22 years of experience managing land development projects in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. His projects range from small infield sites to master planned communities. Jaison’s responsibilities include client and business development and overseeing the preparation of feasibility studies, entitlements and construction plans for grading, water, sanitary sewer, storm drainage, and paving. Jaison has managed project reviews and approvals through numerous municipalities and regulatory agencies in DFW. He also works with several Municipal Utility and Freshwater Supply Districts.

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Matt Stoops, PLA
Manager Planning Services, Land Development, Houston
Matt Stoops, PLA
Manager Planning Services, Land Development, Houston

Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, Texas A&M University

Matt brings over 23 years of dedicated planning experience to each of his projects, with an aptitude for creative and approvable design solutions for both large and small projects. He has worked on numerous high-profile projects in the Houston area and South Texas coastal region, particularly for large scale master planned communities, commercial, and office site planning. He is responsible for land development and planning including project participation in all levels of coordination from project initiation and preliminary analysis through concept plans, schematic plans, agency coordination, zoning approvals, processing of plats to creation and implantation of community design guidelines. His relevant experience includes project participation on several master planned communities in the Houston area including Cinco Ranch, Grand Lakes, Cross Creek Ranch, South Shore Harbour, Riverstone and Shadow Creek Ranch. Matt has been the lead planner on master planned communities including Harvest Green, Tuscan Lakes, Marbella, and Hidden Lakes. He has also served on the mobility committee for the Katy Area Economic Development Corporation, the chair of the design guideline committee for the Energy Corridor District’ West Houston Master Trail and served on land use and mapping committee for the West Houston Association’s 2060 Master Plan.

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Mark Swanson, PE
Vice President, Land Development, Houston
Mark Swanson, PE
Vice President, Land Development, Houston

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University

Mark draws from over 17 years of experience to design water distribution, sanitary and storm sewer, detention, and paving facilities for single family residential, industrial, municipal, and commercial projects. As a senior project manager, Mark’s responsibilities include client relations, infrastructure design, and leading highly skilled teams in the design of signage and pavement markings, stormwater pollution prevention and quality management programs, construction cost estimates, and bid preparation. His career is marked by much success, including being named early on as a Young Engineer of the Year by the local chapter of the Society of American Military Engineers. He makes a commitment to excellence for both his clients and his colleagues for each and every project he undertakes.

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Randy Taillon
Vice President, Survey, Conroe
Randy Taillon
Vice President, Survey, Conroe

Randy has over 5 years of experience in the burgeoning UAS industry, 10 years in IT and 35 years in the automotive industry. He is a co-founder of Precision Aerial Compliance Solutions, LLC, (PACS), a leading drone and aerial company with multiple industry firsts and successful proof of concepts for municipal, city and state entities. PACS was one of the first four companies to be credentialed by the National UAS Credentialing Program, a rigorous and comprehensive vetting program developed by Texas A&M, TEEX, Lonestar Center for Excellence and the FAA. PACS is the most qualified and experienced service provider in the engineering and survey space in Texas with 1000’s of hours of LiDAR and Photogrammetry contracts successfully completed. Randy was previously employed by Rice University as their Data Center Operations Systems Support Specialist II and more specifically, wrote a database for them which would allow staff at any location on campus to locate any server, switch or other peripheral device down to it's building, rack, rack location, what network port it was connected to and on what switch.

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Kriton Theodoridis, PE
Senior Structural Engineer, Public Infrastructure: Transportation, Houston
Kriton Theodoridis, PE
Senior Structural Engineer, Public Infrastructure: Transportation, Houston

Master of Science, Civil Engineering, University of Houston
Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, University of Houston

As a senior structural engineer in our Transportation division, Kriton utilizes over 18 years’ experience designing bridges including on and off-system bridges, pedestrian and light rail bridges, bridge widenings, viaducts, and multi-level interchanges, nationally and globally. He has designed bridges utilizing reinforced, prestressed, and post-tensioned concrete, as well as straight and curved steel plate girder, and trapezoidal box girder units and has been involved with construction phase services on a twin balanced cantilever bridge. Other structures designed include cantilever/MSE/drilled shaft/sheet pile retaining walls, water and wastewater structures, tunnels and subway stations, boat docks, and post-tensioned tennis courts. His father is an electrical engineer, therefore Kriton’s path into engineering was a natural fit. Structural engineering allows him to see how his many successful projects are used by the public on a daily basis, which gives him a great deal of satisfaction for a job well done.

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Todd Thurber, PE
Vice President, Public Infrastructure: Transportation, Houston
Todd Thurber, PE
Vice President, Public Infrastructure: Transportation, Houston

Master of Business Administration, University of Houston
Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, University of Texas

Todd Thurber, PE, has nearly three decades of transportation project experience in the Houston region and throughout the state. Areas of expertise include planning, development, and design for expansion and reconstruction of freeway corridors traversing and linking urban centers in Texas. His experience encompasses new corridor development, highway rehabilitation and expansions, complex urban interchanges, feasibility studies, toll feasibility and tolling operations, transit projects including HOV and HOT lanes, and traffic studies for TxDOT, Harris County Toll Road Authority, Fort Bend County Toll Road Authority, Houston METRO, and the Grand Parkway Association. As project manager on the planning and final design of urban freeways/direct connect interchanges, he has completed over $1B worth of projects. He continues to promote improved mobility in our region by volunteering his expertise to ACEC Houston on the Public Affairs Committee and as subcommittee chair for the joint ACEC/TxDOT/HGAC Planning Process Workshop, and the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce, where he was a board member and chair of the Infrastructure Division. He has been recognized for his efforts, being selected as 1998’s SAME Young Engineer of the Year and the 2015 ASCE Texas Section Citizen Engineer Award. He is also active in the community with organizations such as the ARC of Fort Bend County.

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David R. Tinney, PE, LEED AP
Vice President, Land Development, Houston
David R. Tinney, PE, LEED AP
Vice President, Land Development, Houston

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Texas Tech University
Bachelor of Architecture, Texas Tech University

David has over 30 years’ experience serving public and private clients as an engineer and project manager. He has been integrally involved in site design and subdivision development, roadway and bridge design, and maintenance for municipal utility districts. David has extensive experience in the planning, design, and construction of water, wastewater, drainage, and paving systems for residential and commercial site development projects. As a LEED Accredited Professional, he has gained critical technical knowledge and understands the importance of integrating green principles into his engineering designs. David has served as district engineer for multiple municipal utility districts in the Houston region. Throughout his long-standing career, he has served on Harris County MUD Nos. 6 and 173 and Northeast Harris County MUD NO. 1, Pearland Chamber of Commerce, and Waller County Economic Development Partnership. He gains enormous satisfaction knowing that his engineering work creates places and communities that so many people call home.

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Donald B. Tounget, PE
Senior Project Manager, Public Infrastructure: Transportation, Dallas
Donald B. Tounget, PE
Senior Project Manager, Public Infrastructure: Transportation, Dallas

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Texas Tech University

Donald has over 22 years of experience designing complex and multi-model transportation projects in Texas, Arizona, California, and Alberta, Canada including multi-level urban interchange facilities, state, urban, and rural interstate highways, tolled facilities, and airports. Donald’s experience includes transportation planning, schematic and final roadway design, development of plans, specifications, and estimates, and utility coordination. He is active in many professional organizations including the Society of American Military Engineers, American Society of Civil Engineers, and American Council of Engineering Companies.

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Wallace E. Trochesset, PE
Vice President, Public Infrastructure: Public Works, East Houston
Wallace E. Trochesset, PE
Vice President, Public Infrastructure: Public Works, East Houston

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University
Bachelor of Science, Engineering Technology with Specialty in Civil Construction, Texas A&M University

Wallace has over 20 years of experience in the civil engineering and construction field, with a primary focus on land development projects. His strong acumen and expertise in construction management and inspection of Houston's toll roads are vital to keeping the region’s roadways safe. A professional engineer in our Public Works division, he has provided infrastructure design for client’s water, hydrology and hydraulics, sanitary sewer, and drainage design projects, as well as master drainage plans. Project representation and construction phase services are also under his purview. He has prepared and submitted numerous bond applications to the TCEQ, therefore is very familiar with the approval process.

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Dustin Trousil, RPLS
Vice President, Surveying, Austin
Dustin Trousil, RPLS
Vice President, Surveying, Austin

Bachelor of Science, Geomatics Information Systems, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

Dustin is a Registered Professional Land Surveyor in the State of Texas. He has over 12 years of experience in the surveying field with over ten years of serving as a project manager or project surveyor. He is proficient in the use of various forms of AutoCAD and GIS software. Dustin has provided surveying services for the design, Right of Way Acquisition for large capital projects within the Energy sector. Dustin has performed and supervised numerous right-of-way surveys from the initial planning to the final deliverables, including research, setting up and establishing project control, collecting field topographic and boundary data, calculating alignments, preparing right-of-way and parcel maps, and preparing legal descriptions.

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Paul Viktorin, PE
Senior Project Manager, Land Development, Austin
Paul Viktorin, PE
Senior Project Manager, Land Development, Austin

Master of Science, Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University
Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University

Paul Viktorin has more than 30 years of civil engineering experience encompassing project design and management, quality control, and coordination with federal, state, and local agencies for commercial and residential sites. His extensive experience includes design of streets, drainage facilities, wastewater collection, water distribution, floodplain analysis, water quality controls, stormwater detention, erosion control, and TPDES stormwater pollution prevention plans. Duties have ranged from project design to project management, including budget and schedule control; quality control of design plans; and coordination with federal, state, and local agencies. Paul's major strength is in the arena of commercial development where he excels at subdivision platting, site plan permitting, dry utility coordination, and environmental clearances. He has overseen complex major municipal projects such as the Robert Mueller Municipal Airport Redevelopment for the City of Austin, Del Valle Annexation Program Improvements, and the City of Taylor Infrastructure Master Planning.

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Curtis H. Villarreal, PE
Manager, Land Development: Construction Management, Houston
Curtis H. Villarreal, PE
Manager, Land Development: Construction Management, Houston

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University

Curtis has garnered over 20 years of experience in construction contracts and management oversight, field observation, and quality control and assurance. In his current position as construction department manager in the Land Development sector, he serves as client liaison overseeing the supervision of project representatives. Curtis’ skillset is particularly strong in managing the details of highly complex projects and coordinating with municipal utility districts, governmental agencies, jurisdictional entities, and private clients. Additional responsibilities include reviewing plans and specifications for contractibility and compliance with governmental regulations, coordinating construction requirements with adjacent projects or existing conditions, verifying existing conditions, preparing and negotiating contract change orders, and reviewing monthly construction estimates.

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Clayton Weishuhn, PE
Senior Project Manager, Land Development, Houston
Clayton Weishuhn, PE
Senior Project Manager, Land Development, Houston

Bachelor of Science Degree, Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University

Clayton has a wide variety of design experience in single-family residential subdivision projects in multiple counties and Municipal Utility Districts. His experience includes the design of water, sewer, drainage, and roadway systems within various MUDs. Clayton experience also includes the design of detention ponds to accommodate the drainage requirements for each development. Clayton is the District Engineer for multiple MUDs and has worked on numerous annexations, bond issues, and rehabilitation projects.

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Jim Wendt, AIA
Director of Planning, Land Development: Planning, The Woodlands
Jim Wendt, AIA
Director of Planning, Land Development: Planning, The Woodlands

Master of Architecture, Rice University
Bachelor of Arts, Architecture, Rice University

Jim has 40+ years of land development/community planning experience, with 28 years serving on the in-house planning staff for The Woodlands Corporation as Director of Residential Planning. Jim was an original member of The Woodlands "New Town" planning team with a hand in designing much of the fabric of the residential villages, including the Recreation Standards for the Parks and Trail System. The impact is a system of 130 parks in the community that were programmed or designed, including a park bearing his name, Wendtwoods Park. Areas of expertise include design and production of large-scale, multi-use projects beginning with project initiation and concept plans, through permit processing, platting, and implementation. He is also integrally involved in the preparation, coordination, and production of materials utilized for sales, marketing, and funding acquisition. Jim is an active member of the AIA, ULI, and has served on several Design Review Committee's and Community Association boards within The Woodlands.

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Robert M. Wheeler, PE
Senior Project Manager, Transportation, Katy
Robert M. Wheeler, PE
Senior Project Manager, Transportation, Katy

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University Robert has more than 12 years of engineering experience with transportation projects. His experience includes geometric design of freeways and roads and hydraulic design for roadway facilities.

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James S. Wiegert, PE
Senior Vice President, Land Development, North Texas
James S. Wiegert, PE
Senior Vice President, Land Development, North Texas

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, State University of New York at Buffalo

Jim joined LJA in 2018 bringing more than 25 years of experience as a Client Manager and Project Director with a demonstrated history of working in the land development industry. He provides engineering and entitlement services for developers of single-family residential master planned communities supporting zoning, development agreements, PID and TIF creation. Jim oversees and manages the planning, design, and construction of master planned communities for the North Texas Land Development division. He also serves as the District Engineer for 13 special purpose districts where he is responsible for district creation, engineering reports for bond issuance, construction administration, and construction management services. He is a registered professional engineer in Texas and Oklahoma.

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Chad Wood, PE, PTOE
Senior Project Manager, Public Infrastructure, Round Rock
Chad Wood, PE, PTOE
Senior Project Manager, Public Infrastructure, Round Rock

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, University of Texas at Austin

Chad has more than 20 years of experience in highway design, traffic engineering, construction management, and team leadership. He has served as Project Manager or lead designer developing TxDOT highway schematics and PS&E packages, improving municipal roadways and intersections, installing traffic signals and optimizing signal timings, and ensuring pedestrian safety on projects in rural, urban, and suburban settings across Texas. Chad has spent half his career as a consulting engineer and half in public service as a TxDOT Assistant Area Engineer or as Traffic Engineer for the cities of Round Rock and Pflugerville. He has served as Project Manager for ITS Master Plan and Master Transportation Plan projects while also providing direct supervision of signals, signs, and markings operations and maintenance crews.

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Bill Worsham, PE
Director of Coastal Engineering, Environmental & Coastal, Austin
Bill Worsham, PE
Director of Coastal Engineering, Environmental & Coastal, Austin

Bachelor of Science, Ocean Engineering, Texas A&M University

Bill directs LJA’s Coastal Engineering efforts applying over 25 years of experience to analyze coastal forces, effects of storm surges, and waves and currents. Under his purview, his team designs flood conveyance systems, shore protection measures, and construction oversight on stone revetments and breakwaters, bulkheads, levees, dredging and dredged material placement, marsh and dune restoration, and scour protection for coastal structures, including state highways. Fiercely protective of our state’s resources, Bill believes that our precious natural resources must be safeguarded for the benefit of all Texans. In the wakes of hurricanes Ike, Rita, and Katrina, Bill evaluated the extent of storm damage accumulating valuable “lessons learned” to aid in the protection of natural resources and infrastructure. A published author, he co-wrote Texas’ Coastwide Erosion Response Plan (CEPRA) and served as the first director of the statewide program for the Texas General Land Office. On a personal level, Bill is very active in his community and was a 2014 candidate for Austin City Council. For over 20 years, he has volunteered as a basketball referee through the Austin Basketball Officials Association. He is active in the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, Marine Technology Society, American Shore and Beach Preservation Association, and Ocean Engineering Honor Society.

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Brian Young, PE
Vice President, Public Infrastructure: Transportation, Austin
Brian Young, PE
Vice President, Public Infrastructure: Transportation, Austin

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, University of Texas

Brian has over 16 years of experience in civil engineering design and is currently a vice president responsible for project management, roadway and geometric design, schematic creation, drainage design, preparation of civil PS&E plans, utility design and coordination, ROW acquisition, traffic control, and construction phase services. He also establishes quality assurance and control procedures for all engineering and PS&E services. Brian has worked with multiple TxDOT districts, Texas counties, toll authorities, private companies, and local municipalities. He firmly believes that the best thing about managing a team is getting to know and work with some of the best engineers and designers in their fields to complete a constructible, cost efficient, and safe set of design plans.

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David H. Zuhlke, PE, CFM
Division Manager, Public Infrastructure: Flood Control and Drainage, Houston
David H. Zuhlke, PE, CFM
Division Manager, Public Infrastructure: Flood Control and Drainage, Houston

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, University of Texas

David has 25 years of civil engineering experience in the public and private sectors managing projects from regional watershed studies, detention facilities, and water quality basins to commercial site drainage, storm sewer systems, and channel improvements. His transportation drainage experience includes the design of roadway facilities from schematic phase through final PS&E phase for culverts, storm sewer systems, inlets, and channels. Integrating detention basins and channel improvements into recreational park facilities to provide dual land use opportunities, and hydrologic and hydraulic modeling of surface water systems are additional specialty areas for David. David is active in his local Future Farmers of America chapter, an organization that imparted vital leadership skills to his son.

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