ENR Southwest's 2013 Top 20 Under 40 Lead the Way to Southwest's Construction Future
Leads small teams working on remote water projects in Arizona
32, Manager, Special Projects
PCL Construction Inc.
Working for PCL's water infrastructure group, Mauricio Ramos has fostered growth that is 50% above plan for new work in 2012. He began as an intern at PCL and has been promoted four times in his nine years there. Ramos currently manages more than 20 salaried staff and up to 90 hourly trade workers in small teams working on water projects throughout Arizona. One of his most recent projects was the emergency response after an unexpected breach of the Central Arizona Project canal in western Arizona, where he coordinated a 60-person crew that worked double shifts for 12 days to place 5,000 cu yd of imported fill, 260 cu yd of concrete and 10,000 ft of joint sealant to restore water delivery throughout Arizona.
A top performer with extensive engineering experience
36, Principal Project Manager
Known for successfully completing complex infrastructure projects on budget and schedule, Ryan Rhoades has become a top-performing project manager for CH2M Hill's water business group. He led the $47-million Glendale Oasis Groundwater Treatment Plant project to remove nitrate and arsenic from groundwater to meet drinking water standards, performing value engineering and team collaboration to help reduce the project cost by more than $30 million. His efforts helped the project net awards from WESTMARC, the City of Glendale and the American Council of Engineers Association.
Fosters meaningful relationships with subs, owners and designers
37, Project Manager
The Penta Building Group
From working odd jobs in construction during his teens, Bryan Richards has grown into an expert builder with enthusiasm for all facets of his work. While managing complex projects such as the $48-million Davidson Mathematics and Science Center in Reno and the Zappos corporate headquarters project in Las Vegas, Richards promotes meaningful collaboration with subcontractors, owners and designers. He received Penta's Business Development Award in 2011, earning the recognition as a result of his commitment to developing new opportunities for the general contractor.
Thrives in the retail and office building sectors
33, Senior Project Manager
Adolfson & Peterson Construction
During his 12 years at Adolfson & Peterson, Ben Shunk has delivered numerous commercial projects, including nearly 3 million sq ft of retail space. When still in his 20s, Shunk managed the 120-acre Promenade at Casa Grande, the largest shopping center in the Arizona city. Shunk now directs all commercial and retail projects for the Southwest region for the general contracting firm. An active member of Valley Partnership for the past seven years, he is currently serving as the youngest member of the group's board of directors. Shunk is also part of the young leaders group at Urban Land Institute, and in 2010 he became the youngest person to achieve CDP-level certification from the International Council of Shopping Centers.