Erica Carter
Managing industry firsts and forging new business lines

36, Vice President
Kimley-Horn and Associates
Chesapeake, Va.


A water resources engineer with 12 years of water and wastewater collection and distribution experience, Carter specializes in treatment design and planning, utility coordination pump station evaluations and master plan preparation as well as soils and groundwater evaluation and remediation design. Her notable projects include a reverse osmosis water treatment plant in Onslow County, N.C., that will remove silica and another project in the county that will take dewatering water from an active quarry and treat it for potable water supply—both are firsts in the state. She also helped Kimley-Horn make a foray into natural gas pipeline design, serving as project manager for Virginia Natural Gas' two longest single-customer conversion transmission projects.



Jonathan Dougherty
Helping employees learn via the firm's 'university

36, Director, Corporate Knowledge Center
James G. Davis Construction Corp.
Rockville, Md.


After serving six years as an award-winning teacher in the Pennsylvania State University's architectural engineering department, Dougherty joined Davis in 2005 to help establish the company's corporate knowledge center—its "corporate university." He became director in 2010 and now leads education and knowledge management initiatives for more than 300 employees. He created the center's vision: maximizing the creation, discovery and dissemination of information. The center manages more than 160 internal and external education programs annually. In addition to his role at Davis, he has also served as an adjunct professor in the building construction department at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.