Matthew B. SchlageterMatthew B. Schlageter
Mentors younger engineers on his team, manages teams of engineers

38, Principal
Lakewood, Colo.

Matt Schlageter focuses on all aspects of civil engineering and infrastructure design for small projects up to several-thousand-acre developments.

He was the first employee of the firm to earn LEED AP accreditation in August 2004 and now leads the company’s pursuit of federal projects.


Brad SchmahBrad Schmah
Committed to business success and the growth of the industry
31, Vice President of Office Operations
JHL Constructors Inc.
Centennial, Colo.

Brad Schmahl came to JHL as an intern while studying construction management at Colorado State University. Nine months later, he was managing projects up to $225,000. Within a year, he was promoted to project manager and within two years became a shareholder.


Jason StarnerJason Starner
Focuses on training his project management teams
36, Construction Division Manager
McMillen LLC

Jason Starner spent eight years growing his own business, Starner Construction, which specialized in million-dollar home construction. Then in 2008, McMillen recruited him as its construction division manager, and within the last two years company revenues have climbed to $20 million from $2 million and the firm now employees more than 85 people.


Michelle SwansonMichelle Swanson
Provides sustainable, technical solutions for innovative designs

32, Mechanical Engineer
The RMH Group Inc.
Lakewood, Colo.

Michelle Swanson serves as lead mechanical engineer for several highly technical projects, including modernization of the Byron G. Rogers Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse in Denver.

She is currently vice president of the Rocky Mountain chapter of ASHRAE, where she organizes programs such as tree plantings and workshops.

“The green revolution has not only opened the eyes of building owners and users to the environmental impacts of buildings but also has shed light on the way we should be building.”

Whitney Ward, 28, Sustainable Systems Manager, VCBO Architecture

Whitney WardWhitney Ward
Instilled green values into the corporate culture

28, Sustainable Systems Manager
VCBO Architecture
Salt Lake City

One year after being hired by VCBO Architecture, Whitney Ward was promoted to sustainable systems manager and has since shepherded three ambitious projects through the LEED process.


Bryan WebbBryan Webb
Stays current with industry trends

35, Executive Vice President
Interior Construction Specialists
Sandy, Utah

Bryan Webb manages employees and oversees all projects at ICS, a subsidiary of The Layton Cos. that specializes in interior work and remodels/renovations. He is also directly responsible for procuring new work and maintaining the financial viability of the company.


Nathan WickizerNathan Wickizer
His strategic planning re-created the way his company does business

39, Chief Operating Officer
Cache Valley Electric
Salt Lake City

Nate Wickizer’s skills have led to growing responsibilities at Cache Valley Electric, including serving as equal employment opportunity officer, human resources director, marketing director and loss control manager.

As safety director, he modernized CVE’s safety program into an industry leader. Under his COO leadership, the company added a technology services unit and a multimedia department.