Wright Water Engineers
Develops storm water best practices for the industry
38, Vice President of Water Resources
Andrew Earles began his consulting career with a high level of expertise in hydrology and hydraulics. Recent projects include updates of two important city drainage manuals and expert testimony on flooding, alluvial fan hazard mitigation and hydrology/hydraulics. Earles also mentors younger engineers at WWE and manages six technical staff members.
Helped double company profits in the last eight years
37, Director of Business Development
Okland Construction Co. Inc.
Salt Lake City
John Evans was one of the early embracers of green building in Utah, earning his LEED AP in 2008, and leading several sustainable projects for Okland. He has worked on many of the company’s recent landmark projects, including Trolley Square Mall, Huntsman Phase II B Addition and Park City Medical Center.
Represents Staker Parson Cos. on the AGC of Utah Safety Committee
35, VP Safety, Human Resources
& Organizational Development
Staker Parson Cos.
Since Chris Kinnersley began his career with Staker Parson as a safety and health intern in 1997, he has helped manage safety, occupational health, risk management and legal liability, and taken on leadership roles in performance management, employee development, organizational leadership and human resources.
Leads the local industry as an office and hotel specialist
37, Construction Executive
Jason Miller oversees Mortenson’s hospitality, office, transportation, higher education and laboratory markets. He also champions business development in those markets, which total $270 million in construction and $220 million in design or preconstruction.
Establishes strong working relationships with clients
38, Senior Associate/Design Director
Blake Mourer’s design experience covers a wide range of complex buildings for corporate, government and retail clients in the U.S. and abroad. His influence goes well beyond Gensler’s Denver office to many of the firm’s 33 locations.
A member of Gensler’s sustainable design task force, Mourer is also active in the firm’s headquarters, workplace and government practice areas.
“In dealing with this historic downturn, design firms have had to refocus themselves and discover their core strengths,” Mourer says.
Honed his rock-climbing skills to improve bridge inspections
36, Senior Structural Engineer
Stantec Consulting Services Inc.
When Ryan Nataluk joined Stantec in 2007, he was the firm’s only bridge inspector west of the Mississippi and one of only 20 to 30 professional engineers in the U.S. who used technical climbing skills to inspect bridges.
Stantec challenged him to build a regional bridge-inspection practice across the West. Nataluk now manages a team of six that has done more than 10,000 inspections in 16 states and three Canadian provinces.
Working to create leaner, more productive systems for employees
36, Chief Financial Officer
Brigham City, Utah
Dave Putnam earned his MBA from Weber State University while working full time at Whitaker. During his time as CFO, the company has tripled its annual sales from $20 million to nearly $60 million and grown to 250 employees.
More importantly, Whitaker anticipated the current recession, and Putnam headed the preparation of a lean operating plan that has not required major employee layoffs.
“Within five years, managing IT infrastructure will be outsourced,” he says.