After weeks of review, an independent panel of judges has selected ENR Texas & Louisiana’s Top Young Professionals for 2018.

Formerly our Top 20 Under 40, this revised program honors a max of 20 honorees in each region, and limits the number of winners from a specific firm at three and no more than two honorees from one office. Submissions were only accepted from entrants aged 40 and younger.

Firms from across the 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 our esteemed judging panel who reviewed every entry submitted and abstained from voting when any conflicts of interest arose. This year’s panel included: Kelly Carpenter, Director of Education, Pelican Chapter, Associated Builders & Contractors; Jing Johnson, President, Prism Renderings; Travis Woodard, P.E., Business Unit Leader-Development, CSRS; and Jennifer Woodruff, Director of Marketing, Associated Builders & Contractors of Greater Houston.

Below, we’ve listed the 2018 Texas & Louisiana Top Young Professionals (in alphabetical order by last name). Please be sure to read more about these rising young professionals in the February 12 issue of ENR Texas & Louisiana. Congratulations to our winners!


Ryan Aalsma, Vice President – Account Manager, Skanska USA, San Antonio

Daniel Albus, PE, Associate/Civil Engineer, Parkhill, Smith & Cooper Inc., Lubbock, Texas

Jessica Baker, Vice President, Halff Associates Inc., Richardson, Texas

Nick Barker, Division Manager, Turner Construction Co., Dallas

Chris Farrell, Construction Engineer, Fluor, Sugar Land, Texas

Michael J. DeGruy, Chief Operating Officer, Ryan Gootee General Contractors LLC, Metairie, La.

Josh Goyne, Regional Vice President, North and South Texas, Webber LLC, Irving, Texas

Kristi M. Grizzle, Principal, Project Manager, Walter P Moore, Houston

Ryan Haynie, Operations Manager, Manhattan Construction Co., Tulsa, Okla.

William “Clay” Herndon, P.E., Associate and Treatment, Transmission and Utilities Project Manager, Freese and Nichols, Oklahoma City

Keith Holley, Principal, Method Architecture, Houston

Cara Lanigan, Vice President, Clark Construction Group, El Paso, Texas

Audrey Lembke, Assistant Project Manager, Scott+Reid General Contractors Inc., Dallas

Derek Michel, Project Manager/Mechanical Design, C1S Group, Dallas

David Musch, Project Manager, Sundt Construction, San Antonio

Gustavo A. Rodriguez Jr., Transmission & Distribution Department Manager, Project Manager, Burns & McDonnell, Fort Worth

Bennett Sumrell, Senior Estimator, Brasfield & Gorrie, Dallas

Lorena Toffer, Senior Architectural Project Manager, AECOM, Dallas

Christopher Vollenweider, Senior Safety Manager, Manhattan Construction Co., Houston

Ryan Wilkens, Project Manager, Firm Associate, Parkhill, Smith & Cooper Inc., Lubbock, Texas