ENR Southwest's 2013 Top 20 Under 40 Lead the Way to Southwest's Construction Future
Young leader redefines image of a successful business executive
Western Window Systems
After joining Western Window Systems in 1999 while still completing his college degree, Jason Funk rapidly worked his way up until being promoted to president in 2006 at the age of 29. Since that time, he has led the company toward geographic expansion, greater diversification of job types, creation of new products and a steadfast commitment to customer service. While his company's staff has nearly tripled under his leadership, Funk strives to keep a personal connection with each of his employees in an atmosphere of inspiration, encouragement and humor. His approach has paid off, with sales in the company's indoor/outdoor window and door systems taking off by 43% in 2011 and 77% in 2012. He serves on several boards, including those of the MVP Foundation and First Scottsdale Bank.
Adam B. Harrington
Multi-talented executive wears many hats at family-run firm
34, CFO/Safety Director/HR Director
On any given day, you may find Adam Harrington ensuring prompt payment to subcontractors, performing a safety inspection on a jobsite or setting up the company payroll. With three distinct roles at his family-run general contracting firm, Harrington has helped guide the company to build more than $195 million in commercial projects while, as safety director, maintaining a remarkable record of no lost-time incidents at the company for more than eight years. In his CFO role, Harrington pioneered a partnership with accounting firms to conduct cost segregation studies for HB's clients, saving them valuable time and resources. Harrington is just as generous with his time at several local charities, including his role as board president for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central New Mexico.
Advocates for more efficient water/wastewater building methods
37, Vice President of Operations, Water Services
McCarthy Building Cos.
During Shawn Ingram's 14-year career at McCarthy, he has been promoted four times and has delivered more than $1 billion in water/wastewater projects. He thrives while leading complex projects, such as the $105-million 91st Avenue UP05B Wastewater Treatment Plant in Phoenix. The collaborative environment he helped create between the city, engineer and contractor was one of the reasons the project was completed several months early—with nearly $1 million returned to the owner—while maintaining a perfect safety record. As a member of American Water Works Association and the AGC of Arizona's Water Committee, Ingram works to educate owners and the industry about cost control, scheduling, quality and safety. He also strives to develop internal talent at McCarthy by mentoring young employees and leveraging their technical skills to educate older employees on the advances in modeling and alternative delivery methods.
Electrical engineer who is passionate about conservation
36, Vice President
Energy Systems Design
A professional engineer, Halleh Landon has spent 13 years designing building electrical systems and controls for government buildings, educational facilities and offices. She is especially passionate in her desire to educate her clients and her fellow staff about the importance of energy efficient design and its impact on energy consumption and environmental sustainability. Not only is she LEED accredited, but she also obtained the USGBC Green Classroom and ICC Commercial and Residential Inspector certifications, which enable her to train others in energy conservation. For the past two years, Landon has served as the USGBC Arizona Green School State Advocate, creating awareness and raising support for higher environmental standards in schools.