It is my privilege to announce ENR California’s Top 20 under 40 honorees for 2016. These 20 individuals have built extraordinary industry portfolios in just a few short years. In addition, many donate significant amounts of time and expertise to serve their communities.

Each recipient will be profiled in more detail in the Feb. issue of ENR California.

ENR California received 56 entries for this year's competition, so it was especially challenging for the panel of judges to narrow the outstanding entries to just 20. I strongly encourage anyone who submitted but did not win to resubmit next year if the candidate is still eligible – just be sure to save a copy of your entry and add in all the accomplishments to come in 2016!

You can read more about the program and the judges in the print edition. Thanks again to everyone who participated this year by submitting or judging. 


Michael Boomsma, Senior Vice President, Education & Facilities at Cordoba Corp., Los Angeles.
Beverly Choi, Senior Associate; Masterplanning + Urban Design Studio Leader at AECOM, San Francisco.
Todd Cozolino, Associate Principal at Spire Consulting Group LLC, Los Angeles. 
Robert Crawford, Designer, Architect at SmithGroupJJR, Los Angeles. 
Kyle Frandsen, Sustainability Project Manager at Balfour Beatty Construction, San Diego. 
Melanie Freeland, Senior Designer at Gensler, Los Angeles. 
Anna Jacobson, Senior Preconstruction Manager at Morley Builders Inc., Santa Monica. 
Jason M. Laub, Vice President at Nautilus Group Inc., Oakland. 
Yu-Ngok Lo, Partner / Interior Design Director at NDO Design, Los Angeles. 
Rusty Lucido, Deep Foundations and MSS Manager at Shimmick Construction Co. Inc., Irvine. 
Carissa Mason, Environmental Engineer at Arcadis U.S. Inc., San Diego. 
Brian McCarthy, Project Executive at Swinerton Builders, San Diego. 
Thai Nguyen, Manager, Special Projects at PCL Construction Services Inc., Glendale. 
Jamie Qualk, Operations Director, MEPS at Balfour Beatty Construction, Oakland. 
Greg Schniegenberg, Vice President at Helix Electric, San Diego. 
Charbel Sfeir, Regional Program Liaison at Pacifica Services Inc., Pasadena. 
Carissa Shrock, Architect & Senior Associate at Moore Ruble Yudell Architects & Planners, Santa Monica. 
C. Can Simsir, Senior Associate at Thornton Tomasetti, Marina del Rey. 
Samantha T. Soules, Senior Toll Project Manager at Atkins, San Francisco. 
Elizabeth Wendell, Architect, Senior Designer at Gensler, Los Angeles.