Mountain States Construction magazine honors this month the recipients of its annual “Top 20 Under 40” awards in the magazine’s April issue. The issue has two lists of 20 individuals under the age of 40, one from the Colorado & Wyoming region and one from the Intermountain region.

The now annual Top 20 Under 40 list highlights the best of the best young professionals in the construction and design industries.

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Winners were selected through a highly competitive process. Peers, co-workers and managers from both regions nominated more than 80 people from the Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Utah and Wyoming construction and design industries.

A panel of judges from both regions then selected the Top 20 based on criteria that included: achievement of, or progress toward, industry certifications, including professional licensure or LEED AP; community service; industry involvement; and contribution to creating or building landmark Mountain State region projects.

The 2010 Colorado & Wyoming winners, in alphabetical order, are:

  • Buck Beltzer, associate, Holland & Hart, 34;
  • Brandon Berumen, president/CEO, LEI Cos. Inc., 32;
  • Sarah Broughton, principal, Rowland + Broughton Architecture and Urban Design, 36;
  • Whitney Churchill, project architect, The Neenan Co., 36;
  • Justin Cooper, director of project development, GE Johnson Construction Co., 34;
  • Daniel Harrington, design engineer, Merrick & Co., 28;
  • Jeremy Johannesen, principal/partner, McNary Bergeron & Associates, 34;
  • Jessie Jones, sustainability engineer, The RMH Group Inc., 25;
  • Sean Kennedy, senior project manager, The Beck Group, 36;
  • Rick Khan, integrated construction manager, Mortenson Construction, 37;
  • Michael Lane, plant electrical and controls department manager, Stanley Consultants Inc., 37;
  • Dustin Liljehorn, senior project manager, JE Dunn Construction Co., 37;
  • Russ Martino, president, Martino & Luth Inc., 36;
  • Brent Mather, senior associate/design director, Gensler, 39;
  • Nathan Mendel, president, Mendel & Co. Construction Inc., 38;
  • Karla Nugent, CEO/founder, Weifield Group Contracting, 39;
  • Michelle Pfeil-MacColl, senior project manager, The Weitz Co., 38;
  • Drew Russ, director of sustainability, Adolfson & Peterson Construction, 32;
  • Melanie Short, associate, Slaterpaull Architects, 37;
  • Karen Van Heukelem, business developer, Colorado Hardscapes Inc., 27.


The 2010 Intermountain winners, in alphabetical order, are:

  • Matthew Adams, principal landscape architect, The Land Group Inc., 34;
  • Paul Belcher, president, Mountain Crane Service, 33;
  • Jeremy Blanck, director of business development, Okland Construction Co., 38;
  • Dustin Chapman, project engineer, Kier Construction Corp., 28;
  • Rhonda Clements, corporate marketing & planning manager, URS Energy & Construction, 39;
  • Will Felt, project electrical engineer, Spectrum Engineers, 28;
  • Clayton Gilliland, project manager, Stacy and Witbeck Inc., 40;
  • Jessy Green, principal, Commercial Mechanical Systems & Service Inc., 29;
  • Robert Grubb, project manager, Wright Brothers, 36;
  • Judd Hamson, vice president, Whitaker Construction Co. Inc., 35;
  • Trent Isaacson, chief estimator, The Layton Cos., 39;
  • Jerod Johnson, principal, Reaveley Engineers + Associates, 38;
  • Amy Mayberry, owner, Company AP, 37;
  • Gerald McKenzie, principal engineer, BHB Consulting Engineers, 38;
  • Paul McMullin, principal, Dunn Associates Inc., 37;
  • Ryan Memmott, general superintendent, Stacy and Witbeck Inc., 36;
  • Andrew Paskett, vice president, Heath Engineering Co., 39;
  • Glen Perry, vice president, Alder Construction Co., 37;
  • Jared Searcy, principal, Commercial Mechanical Systems & Service Inc., 33;
  • Craig Wilkinson, principal, Reaveley Engineers + Associates, 39.

For more information on the nomination process for next year’s competition, contact Editor Melissa Leslie at melissa_leslie@mcgraw-hill or 303-584-6724 or 801-987-0398.