The votes are in, and judges have named 20 rising industry stars as the 2024 class of ENR Southeast Top Young Professionals. 

Chosen from a pool of nearly 60 applicants by three panels of judges, the 2024 class of Top Young Professionals work all over the Southeast in varying areas of the industry, from project managers to professors, and from Puerto Rico to North Carolina. Judges did not review applications of professionals working at the same firm, or with whom they have any conflicts of interest.

Each awardee will be profiled in the January 2024 edition of ENR Southeast, detailing the success and careers of each of these young professionals.

ENR Southeast thanks this year’s panel of judges for their hard work: Peeraya Inyim, virtual design and construction and sustainability director, Thornton Construction Co.; Hillary Aton, project manager, Thomas & Hutton; Roscoe Green, partner, Adams and Reese; M. Samer Alkhatib, associate vice president, AECOM; Timothy Queely, project manager, Hensel Phelps; Kimberly Bailey, senior project manager, Brasfield & Gorrie; Grace Porter, engineering associate II, transportation, AECOM; and Felipe Consuegra, project executive, business unit leader, Thornton Construction Co.

Congratulations to this year’s class of Top Young Professionals! All 20 are listed below in alphabetical order. 

Shayla Bradshaw

Project Engineer, Thomas & Hutton; Chamblee, Ga.

Kellie Clark

Senior Project Manager, Kimley-Horn; Fort Myers, Fla.

Rachel Crafton-Stiver

Sports Architect/Project Manager, Goodwyn Mills Cawood; Auburn, Ala. 

Mike Dare

Project Director, Robins & Morton; Durhan, N.C. 

Maria Escalona

Project Manager, JE Dunn; Tampa, Fla.

Sherri French

Vice President, Deputy Practice Leader, Halff – Planning and Landscape Architecture; Tampa, Fla. 

Gloria Ham

Lead Architect, Fluor; Greenville, S.C.

Collin Hayward

Director, Energy and Utilities Consulting, 1898 & Co.; Orlando, Fla.

Domonic Jones 

Principal/Project Manager, Thomas & Hutton; Mt. Pleasant, S.C. 

Justin Lamb

General Manager, Research Triangle Park, Fluor; Morrisville, N.C. 

Aislinn Nagy

Senior Project Manger, Balfour Beatty; Charlotte, N.C.

Mallory Olzinski

Regional VDC Manager, Brasfield & Gorrie; Birmingham, Ala.

Mike Peters

VP/Division Manager, Brasfield & Gorrie; Coral Gables, Fla.

Kim Pierson

Director of Energy and Asset Management, Moseley Architects; Raleigh, N.C.

Nipesh Pradhananga

Associate Professor, Florida International University; Miami, Fla. 

Shirshant Sharma

Senior Project Manager, Atkins; Charlotte, N.C.

Estefania Alejandro Silva

Lead Architect and Team Leader, Associate Partner, Alvarez-Diaz & Villalon; San Juan, P.R. 

Maria Yesenia Trejo

Project Controls Lead, HDR; Atlanta, Ga.

Carla Joan Gonzalez Vizcarrondo

Business Development and Marketing Director, Alvarez-Diaz & Villalon; San Juan, P.R. 

Mandy Weitknecht

Vice President, Skanska; Orlando, Fla.