Mountain States Construction magazine will honor the recipients of its annual “Top 20 Under 40” awards in the magazine’s January/February 2011 issue. It highlights the best of the best young professionals in the construction and design industries.

Winners were selected through a highly competitive process. Peers, co-workers and managers nominated more than 40 people from the Colorado, Utah, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming construction and design industries.

A panel of 10 judges 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 regional projects.

The 2011 winners, in alphabetical order, are:

  • Renee Azerbegi, president, Ambient Energy, Denver, 34;
  • Spencer Bradley, chief estimator, Wadman Corp., Ogden, Utah, 30;
  • John Boknecht, project manager, Stacy and Witbeck Inc., Salt Lake City, 34;
  • Kurtis D. Dallinga, associate principal acoustical and technology engineer, Spectrum Engineers, Salt Lake City, 35;
  • David Daniel, associate, Davis Partnership Architects, Denver, 39;
  • Cameron Donegan, virtual construction manager, Adolfson & Peterson Construction, Aurora, Colo., 26;
  • T. Andrew Earles, vice president of water resources, Wright Water Engineers, Denver, 38;
  • John Evans, director of business development, Okland Construction Co. Inc., Salt Lake City, 37;
  • Chris Kinnersley, vice president of safety, HR & organizational development, Staker Parson Cos., Ogden, Utah, 35;
  • Jason J. Miller, construction executive, Mortenson Construction, Denver, 37;
  • Blake Mourer, senior associate/design director, Gensler, 38;
  • Ryan Nataluk, senior structural engineer, Stantec Consulting Services Inc., Denver, 36;
  • Dave Putnam, chief financial officer, Whitaker Construction, Brigham City, Utah, 35;
  • Matthew B. Schlageter, principal, Martin/Martin Inc., Lakewood, Colo., 38;
  • Brad Schmahl, vice president of office operations, JH: Constructors Inc., Centennial, Colo., 31;
  • Jason Starner, construction division manager, McMillen, Boise, 36;
  • Michelle Swanson, mechanical engineer, The RMH Group Inc., Lakewood, Colo., 32;
  • Whitney Ward, sustainable systems manager, VCBO Architecture, Salt Lake City, 28;
  • Bryan Webb, executive vice president, The Layton Cos. Interior Construction Specialists, Sandy, Utah, 35;
  • Nathan Wickizer, chief operating officer, Cache Valley Electric, Salt Lake City, 40.

For more information on the nomination process for next year’s competition, contact Editor Mark Shaw at or by calling 303-584-6725.