Their individual achievements are formidable. Together, they present a portrait of emerging industry talent increasingly invested in education, entrepreneurship, the environment and community. Meet the Midwest's Class of 2014. They include one of the nation's leading experts on multimodal transportation, an architect who assists school districts in funding tornado-safe spaces, a designer who infuses large mixed-use projects with social and recreational uses and a sustainable design expert whose influence extends to Dubai and Abu Dhabi. A panel of their peers has selected them and 16 others as ENR Midwest's Top 20 Under 40, young design and construction professionals from the region who have made significant contributions to their firms, professions and communities. While other ENR Midwest programs, including Best Projects, honor firms and their endeavors, Top 20 Under 40 focuses on individual achievement, in this instance the contributions of 13 men and seven women hailing from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin.
As they hit their 30s, this year's honorees also are hitting their stride. One, a 36-year-old, already helps to oversee operations for one of Chicago's oldest design and construction firms. Another, a 39-year-old, is president of one of the region's largest contractors.
ENR Midwest received scores of entries for the program, and a panel of six industry professionals selected candidates they believed best demonstrated leadership in their professions and communities.
ENR Midwest is indebted to the program's panelists: Karmyn Babcock, IT director, The Weitz Co., Des Moines; Amy M. Barrett, associate electrical engineer, Hafer Associates, Evansville, Ind.; Michael J. Bobruk, director-Chicago office, Barton Malow Co., Chicago; Donald Greenwell Jr., senior vice president and general manager-commercial group, Walbridge, Detroit; Paul Parry, principal, KJWW Engineering Consultants, Rock Island, Ill.; and Brian M. Volpe, vice president, Thornton Tomasetti, Chicago.
Congratulations to the Class of 2014!
Gary D. Bowen
His influence extends from technology to career development
37, Construction Services Dept. Manager