ENR Southwest’s 2020 class of Top Young Professionals have shown extraordinary leadership and service throughout the beginning of their design and construction careers. This annual program honors 20 individuals under 40 years of age in each of ENR’s 10 regions.

Firms from Arizona, New Mexico and Nevada submitted entries that were then judged according to 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: Kelly Kaysonepheth, Marketing Director, Aztec; Cherilyn McCabe, Estimator, Mortenson; and Tony Illia, Public Information Officer, Nevada Dept. of Transportation.

Our 2020 class of Top Young Professionals (in alphabetical order by first name) are named below. Please be sure to read more about these rising young leaders in the January 2020 issue of ENR Southwest.



Aaron Ricks, Principal Electrical Engineer, Spectrum Engineers

Adam Strong, Architect, Gensler

Ali Fakih, Principal, Sustainability Engineering Group

Andre Bighorse, Associate, Architectural Designer, Gensler

Brandon Stephens, Division Manager, Rosendin

Chad Constance, Project Executive, Rosendin

Chad Schleicher, Director of Business Development, SmithGroup

Christian Solorio Sr., Project Manager, Architectural Resource Team

Clifford W. Toliver II, Project Director, AECOM Hunt

Eric Cylwik, Senior Virtual Construction Engineer, Sundt Construction Inc.

Jeff Frank, Vice President of Preconstruction, Tutor Perini Building Corp

Jitka Dekojova, Associate, Dekker/Perich/Sabatini

Jose Gutierrez, Systems Administrator, Dekker/Perich/Sabatini

Kyle Fischer, Principal, Ikthus Design

Lindsey Schultz, Office Leader/Structural Engineer, Meyer Borgman Johnson

Melanie Lincoln, Preconstruction Project Manager, AECOM Hunt

Milos Vasiljevic, Program Manager, HDR

Oswaldo Bravo, Senior Associate, Terracon Consultants, Inc.

Sean Slawson, Project Director, McCarthy Building Cos.

Steve Bradford, Industrial Group Preconstruction Manager, Sundt Contruction