ENR's Top Young Professionals program honors 20 individuals under 40 years of age in each region who have shown extraordinary leadership and service throughout their career.

Firms from across the Texas/Louisiana region submitted approximately 50 entries into this year’s contest—from Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Texas. These individuals are then judged by three primary criteria: industry experience and education; career and industry leadership; and community service and involvement.

We’d like to thank this year's esteemed judging panel for all their efforts in identifying this year's honorees: Daniel Albus, Associate, Treatment, Parkhill Smith & Cooper; Kelly Carpenter, Director of Education, Pelican Chapter, Associated Builders & Contractors; Kristi M. Grizzle Gollwitzer, Principal, Walter P Moore; Jing Johnson, President, Prism Renderings; and Cara Lanigan, Vice President, Clark Construction.

Our 2019 class of Top Young Professionals (in alphabetical order by first name) follow. Please be sure to read more about these rising young professionals in the February 11 issue of ENR Texas & Louisiana. Congratulations!


Amy Avery

Associate, Kimley-Horn

San Antonio


Andrew Johnson

Oil & Gas Pipeline Practice Lead, Vice President, HDR



Andrew Packer

Project Manager, Gilbane

San Antonio


Ashley Frosell

Associate, Core Team Leader, CRB

Irving, Texas


Austin Brauel

Project Manager, Landev Engineers Inc.



Blake Roussel

Transportation Department Manager, Stanley Consultants

Baton Rouge


Carrie Rollman

Senior Associate, Brailsford & Dunlavey



Cary Gallaway

Transmission Department Manager, Houston, Burns & McDonnell



Drew Dudley

Managing Principal, Dudley Engineering LLC

College Station, Texas


Jacob Loeske

Client Service Manager, Stanley Consultants

Baton Rouge


Justin Grissom

Section Manager, OnSite Energy and Power Services, Burns & McDonnell

Fort Worth


Kelly Daniel

Project Manager/Client Account Manager, Kleinfelder



Kirk Fauri

Vice President and Texas CEI Leader, RS&H



Mark Behm

Estimator, Manhattan Construction



Mark Epstein

Senior Virtual Construction Engineer, Sundt Construction

San Antonio


Michael Oswald

Chief Operating Officer, Hill & Wilkinson General Contractors

Richardson, Texas


Nicole Balli Little

Senior Project Manager, Turner Construction Co.



Preston Hodges

Vice President, Houston Division, McCarthy Building Cos. Inc.



Silky Wong

Lead Civil/Structural Engineer, Technical Expertise and Support, The Dow Chemical Co. (formerly with Fluor Corp.)

Houston, Texas


Steven Knowles

Senior Project Manager, Layton Construction Co. LLC

San Antonio