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Mark R. Berry, PE

CEO, PRINCIPAL
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Mark R. Berry, PE

  • Born in Fort Knox, Kentucky
  • Began a career within the engineering industry in 1985
  • Graduated from University of Texas at Arlington (BSCE) and University of North Texas (MBA)
  • (Thought about being a professional bass fisherman)
  • Hidden talent: Baseball skills coach
  • Started his first business at age 18, during freshman year in college
  • Professional expertise: Engineering consulting for government and private sector clients
“Where there is no vision, the people perish.” ~Proverbs 29:18

MICHAEL A. JONES, PE

PRESIDENT, PRINCIPAL
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Michael A. Jones, PE

  • Born in Houston, Texas
  • Began a career within the engineering industry in 1978
  • Graduated from Texas A&M University (BSCE)
  • (Planned on being a youth pastor before choosing a career in civil engineering)
  • Hidden talent: Best Papa in the whole world!
  • Former surfer dude…. now just a regular beach bum!
  • Professional expertise: Municipal and County roadway and drainage design, and stormwater management
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul. Love Him with all your strength and with all your mind. And, love your neighbor as you love yourself.” ~Luke 10:27 (Holy Bible: New International Reader’s Version)

TY HILTON, PE

VICE PRESIDENT, PRINCIPAL
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Ty Hilton, PE

  • Born in Arlington, Texas
  • Began a career within the engineering industry in 1989
  • Graduated from Texas A&M University (BSCE) and University of Texas at Arlington (MECE)
  • (Thought about being a dentist, but realized I couldn’t stand the sight of blood)
  • Hidden talent: Always the first one off the ski lift using my patented “swim move”
  • My full name is Carden Tyrone Hilton…. now you know why I go by Ty!
  • Professional expertise: Management/Design of streets and highways, water and wastewater systems, and drainage improvements.
“Believe you can and you’re halfway there”. ~Theodore Roosevelt

GARY L. VICKERY, PE, CFM

PRINCIPAL
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Gary L. Vickery, PE, CFM

  • Born in Huntington, Indiana
  • Began a career within the engineering industry in 1979
  • Graduated from Olivet Nazarene University, Kankakee, Illinois
  • (Thought about being a Pastor)
  • Hidden talent: Able to juggle and ride a unicyle, but not at the same time!
  • Enjoys taking Amtrack vacations with his wife
  • Professional expertise: Streets and Drainage
“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.” ~Psalm 19:14

TOM RUTLEDGE

PRINCIPAL
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Tom Rutledge

  • Born in Belen, New Mexico
  • Began a career within the engineering industry in 1983
  • Attended Delmar College, Corpus Christi, Florida State, Florida, and Tarrant County College, Texas
  • (Thought about being an architect)
  • Hidden talent: Storytelling
  • Would like to become a professional photographer
  • Professional expertise: Civil Engineering Site Design and Management
“God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” ~Reinhold Niehbuhr

GREG SAUNDERS, PE

PRINCIPAL
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Greg Saunders, PE

  • Born in Muenchweiler, West Germany
  • Began a career within the engineering industry in 1986
  • Graduated from University of Texas at Arlington
  • (Thought about being an electrician or trash man…they get to ride on the back of the trucks)
  • Hidden talent: Can get almost anything mechanical working one more time after everyone else has given up on it
  • Will go to Six Flags at the drop of a hat
  • Professional expertise: All things Municipal
“And whoever shall compel you to go a mile, go with him two.”

SCOTT WILHELM, PE, CFM

PRINCIPAL
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Scott Wilhelm, PE, CFM

  • Born in Cleveland, Ohio (aka “Mistake by the Lake”)
  • Began a career within the engineering industry in 1990
  • Graduated from University of Texas at Arlington
  • (Thought about being an orthodontist)
  • Hidden talent: Assigning nicknames to people
  • Jeff Gordon fan
  • Professional expertise: Water Distribution and Wastewater Collection Systems
“You gotta be in it to win it!”

Chris Schmitt, PE

PRINCIPAL
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Chris Schmitt, PE

  • Born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • Began a career within the engineering industry in 1996
  • Graduated from Texas Tech University
  • (Thought about being a meteorologist or professional golfer)
  • Hidden talent: Chainsaw artist or wanna be professional golfer
  • Professional expertise: Municipal/Public Works Consulting, and Site Development
“Plan your work – work your plan.”

Bill Wimberley, PE, RPLS, SR/WA

PRINCIPAL
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Bill Wimberley, PE, RPLS, SR/WA

  • Born in Breckenridge, Texas
  • Began a career within the engineering industry in 1969
  • Graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington
  • (Thought about being a County Commissioner, but realized that it’s a position elected by popular vote)
  • Hidden talent: Squirrel trapper extraordinaire. To date 83 trapped under the bird feeders and relocated
  • Cowtown Marathon completed three times in under four hours to become a “marathoner”
  • Professional expertise: Right-of-Way Acquisition under Federal Procedures, Utility Coordination, and Construction Management
“Guard your heart and your purpose and everything else will fall into place.”

JOSEPH W. ATWOOD, PE

PRINCIPAL
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Joseph W. Atwood, PE

  • Born in Houston, Texas
  • Began a career within the engineering industry in 1984
  • Graduated from Texas A&M University
  • Always wanted to be an engineer. Almost went into the mechanical field after high school experience as a mechanical designer in the IT field. The experience hooked me on engineering!
  • Hidden talent: Vision. There is a great deal of personal satisfaction envisioning a project, planning its outcome then navigating it to conclusion
  • Professional expertise: Highway and city street infrastructure planning and design.
Under promise. Over deliver.

DAVID D. DRYDEN

ASSOCIATE PRINCIPAL
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David D. Dryden

  • Born in Chickasha, Oklahoma
  • Began a career within the engineering industry in 2001
  • Graduated from Spring Woods in Houston, attended Texas State University, Texas
  • (Thought about being a stunt man)
  • Hidden talent: 2nd degree black belt martial arts
  • Loves being a grandpa!
  • Professional expertise: Sales, Client Relations
Share the love, not the religion.

TODD B. TURNER, RPLS

ASSOCIATE PRINCIPAL
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Todd B. Turner, RPLS

  • Born in Greenville, Texas
  • Began a career within the engineering industry in 1985
  • Attended University of North Texas
  • (Thought about being a professional hunter)
  • Hidden talent: Big Game Hunting
  • Enjoy Rocky Mountain wildlife spotting
  • Professional expertise: Design Surveys and Project Management
Do not move an ancient boundary stone, set up by your ancestors.” ~ Proverbs 22:28 (NIV)

Brian Maddox, RPLS

Associate Principal
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Brian Maddox, RPLS

  • Born in Dallas, Texas
  • Began a career within the surveying industry in 1984
  • Attended Eastfield College and Army Defense Mapping School
  • (Thought about being an Army Ranger)
  • Hidden Talent: Best Dad and Papa in Texas
  • Enjoys fishing and anything outdoors, and spending time with family
  • Professional expertise: Professional Land Surveying, Land Development and Project Management
“STRENGTH DOESN’T COME FROM WHAT YOU CAN DO.  IT COMES FROM OVERCOMING THE THINGS YOU ONCE THOUGHT YOU COULDN’T.”    ~ BRIAN MADDOX

Steve Hampton, RPLS

Associate
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Steve Hampton, RPLS

  • Born in Paris, Arkansas (no jokes please)
  • Began a career within the surveying industry in 1978
  • Graduated from Corona High School, California
  • (Thought about being Carpenter…but kept hitting my fingers with the hammer)
  • Hidden Talent: Building GIS databases for fun
  • Master’s Degree in Wing Chun Kung Fu and 1st Degree Black Belt in Moo Duk Kwan Taekwondo and Kukkiwon Taekwondo
  • Professional expertise: Geodetic Surveying
“YOU CANNOT SOLVE PROBLEMS USING THE SAME LEVEL OF THINKING THAT CREATED THEM.” ~ EINSTEN

Michael B. Szurgot, RPLS

ASSOCIATE
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Michael B. Szurgot, RPLS

  • Born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • Began a career within the Surveying/Engineering industry in 1970
  • Graduated from Burleson High, Burleson, Texas
  • (Thought about being a Mortician or Engineer, Land Surveyor won)
  • Hidden Talent:  Building things using wood
  • Love the beach life, preferably Port Aransas, Texas
  • Professional expertise: Professional Land Surveying
“DON’T TAKE LIFE SO SERIOUS, YOU’RE NOT GOING TO LIVE THROUGH IT ANYWAY!” ~ BEN SZURGOT

Niraj Acharya, PE, CFM

Associate
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Niraj Acharya, PE, CFM

  • Born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Began a career within the engineering industry in 2007
  • Graduated from University of Texas at Arlington (BSCE, MECE)
  • (Thought about being an Aerospace Engineer or Comedy Sketch Writer)
  • Hidden Talent: Able to detach and hold over 20 clothespins with the same hand.
  • Love Taco Bell (don’t judge me…!)
  • Professional expertise:  Storm Water Analysis and Design
“DO YOUR WORK WITH THE WELFARE OF OTHERS ALWAYS IN YOUR MIND”. ~ THE BHAGAVAD GITA

Scott A. Gibson, PE

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Scott A. Gibson, PE

  • Born in Waco, Texas
  • Began a career within the engineering industry in 1997
  • Graduated from Texas Tech University, Lubbock
  • (Thought about being a Golf Course Designer)
  • Hidden Talent: Can hold my breath underwater for over one minute
  • Raise Registered Simbrah and Santa Gertrudis Cattle
  • Professional expertise: Site Development and Municipal Consulting
“THE ONLY TIME SUCCESS COMES BEFORE WORK IS IN THE DICTIONARY.”  ~ VINCE LOMBARDI

Philip C. Varughese, PE

Associate
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Philip C. Varughese, PE

  • Born in Manama, Bahrain
  • Began a career within the engineering industry in 2000
  • Graduated from University of Texas at Arlington (BSCE & MBA)
  • (Thought about being a Pharmacist)
  • Hidden talent: Drummer
  • Know four languages (English, Malayalam, Hindi, and Spanish), learning a fifth
  • Professional expertise: Site Development and Project Management
“TRUST IN THE LORD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND LEAN NOT ON YOUR OWN UNDERSTANDING;
IN ALL YOUR WAYS ACKNOWLEDGE HIM, AND HE SHALL DIRECT YOUR PATHS.” ~ PROVERBS 3:5-6 (HOLY BIBILE: NEW KING JAMES VERSION)

MIKE WILSON, PE

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Mike Wilson

  • Born in Lubbock, Texas
  • Began a career within the engineering industry in 1999
  • Graduated from Texas Tech University (BSCE) and University of Texas at Arlington (MBA)
  • (Thought about being a Meteorologist)
  • Hidden Talent: Word Search aficionado
  • Hit two hole-in-ones in my lifetime… one at age 14 and one at age 20
  • Professional expertise: Management/Design of Site Development, emphasis on school sites
“THE ONLY IMPOSSIBLE JOURNEY IS THE ONE YOU NEVER BEGIN.” ~ANTHONY ROBBINS

DANIEL P. MCCULLOUGH, PE

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Daniel P. McCullough, PE

  • Born in Waco, Texas
  • Began a career within the engineering industry in 1996
  • Graduated from Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX
  • (Thought about being an Architect)
  • Hidden Talent: Drawing 3D Sketches Freehand
  • Played trumpet in the “Goin’ Band from Raiderland”
  • Professional expertise: Transportation
REMEMBER YOUR LEADERS, WHO SPOKE THE WORD OF GOD TO YOU.
CONSIDER THE OUTCOME OF THEIR WAY OF LIFE AND IMITATE THEIR FAITH.” ~ HEBREWS 13:78 (NIV)

Ryan Jones, PE

Associate
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Ryan Jones, PE

  • Born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • Began a career within the engineering industry in 2007
  • Graduated from Texas A&M University (BSCE), College Station
  • (Thought about being a Landscape Architect)
  • Hidden Talent: Visual Arts
  • Enjoy yardwork, the outside and an avid basketball fan!
  • Professional expertise: Design of streets, highways, and drainage improvements for State and Municipal clients.
“IRON SHARPENS IRON, SO ONE MAN SHARPENS ANOTHER.” ~PROVERBS 27:17

Theron Sims, RPLS

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Theron Sims, RPLS

  • Born in Dallas, Texas
  • Began a career within the engineering industry in 1983
  • Graduated from Arlington High School
  • (Thought about being a Paramedic)
  • Hidden Talent: Drummer
  • Love camping and cooking!
  • Professional expertise: Professional Land Surveying
“IF YOU MAKE LISTENING AND OBSERVATION YOUR OCCUPATION
YOU WILL GAIN MUCH MORE THAN YOU CAN BY TALK”. ~ ROBERT BADEN-POWELL

Robin Harris, PE

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Robin Harris, PE

  • Born in El Paso, Texas
  • Began a career within the engineering industry in 1982
  • Graduated from Texas Tech University
  • (Thought about the Air Force Academy, but realized my temperament would not mix well)
  • Hidden Talent: Personal Trainer
  • Love using my engineering skills on the mission field. I’m a Pastor and was a vocational pastor of a small church in Oregon.
  • Professional expertise: Water, Sewer, Roads, Site Development, and District-Size Irrigation Systems
“FEED THE FLOCK OF GOD WHICH IS AMONG YOU, TAKING THE OVERSIGHT THEREOF, NOT BY CONSTRAINT, BUT WILLINGLY; NOT FOR FILTHY LUCRE, BUT OF A READY MIND.” ~1 PETER 5:2

Michael DeMotte, PE

Associate
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Michael DeMotte, PE

  • Born in Lemoore, California
  • Began a career within the engineering industry in 1998
  • Graduated from Texas A&M University
  • (Thought about being an Air Force Pilot, until I needed glasses)
  • Hidden Talent: Enjoy singing in the church choir (whether or not others enjoy me singing is a different story)
  • Served in the US Navy aboard a Fleet Ballistic Missile Submarine and ran a nuclear reactor on part-time job during college
  • Professional expertise: Lift/Pump Stations and Tanks; primarily Public Works (Water, Wastewater, Drainage, Roadway)
“…IT SHOULD, IN FACT, BE THOUGHT OF AS A CREATIVE ACTIVITY UNDERTAKEN FOR THE LOVE OF THE WORK ITSELF; AND THAT MAN, MADE IN GOD’S IMAGE, SHOULD MAKE THINGS, AS GOD MAKES THEM, FOR THE SAKE OF DOING WELL A THING THAT IS WELL WORTH DOING…IT SHOULD BE LOOKED UPON, NOT AS A NECESSARY DRUDGERY TO BE UNDERGONE FOR THE PURPOSE OF MAKING MONEY, BUT AS A WAY OF LIFE IN WHICH THE NATURE OF MAN SHOULD FIND ITS PROPER EXERCISE AND DELIGHT AND SO FULFILL ITSELF TO THE GLORY OF GOD.”  ~ DOROTHY SAYERS

Jennifer Hall, SR/WA

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Jennifer Hall, SR/WA

  • Born in Houston, Texas
  • Began a career within the engineering industry in 2002
  • Graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches
  • (Thought about being an Elementary Teacher)
  • Hidden Talent: Love to cook (evidenced by winning TNP’s chili cook-off 3 consecutive years)
  • In a former life I was a Swim Team Coach, Life Guard Instructor and Water Aerobics Instructor
  • Professional expertise: Right of Way Acquisition for Government and Private Sector Clients
“YOUR WHY HAS TO BE BIGGER THAN THE SACRIFICES YOU
WILL MAKE IN THE PRESENT TO BECOME YOUR FUTURE SELF.” ~AUTHOR UNKNOWN

Chris Edwards, PE

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Chris Edwards, PE

  • Born in Irving, Texas
  • Began a career within the engineering industry in 1993
  • Graduated from University of Texas at Arlington
  • (Thought about being a Teacher)
  • Hidden Talent:  Knack for doing well on standardized tests and enjoy writing song parodies
  • As a child I chose to receive a spanking rather than be grounded from watching The Six Million Dollar Man
  • Professional expertise:   Residential and arterial street reconstruction; drainage, water and wastewater infrastructure and relocations; residential subdivision planning and design
“LIFE’S BEEN GOOD TO ME SO FAR!” ~ JOE WALSH

Jonathan Bengfort, PE

Associate
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Jonathan Bengfort, PE

  • Born in Lindsay, Texas
  • Began a career within the engineering industry in 2004
  • Graduated from University of Texas at Arlington
  • (Thought about being a Meteorologist …. partial derivatives, atmospheric physics, bow ties…need I say more)
  • Hidden Talent: Extraordinary dance skills, watch out if it’s family dance party night at the Bengfort household!
  • Have a twin sister.  No, we don’t communicate telepathically. No, we don’t look alike. No, we’re actually nothing alike at all.  But, she’s still pretty awesome…after all, we are twins.
  • Professional expertise: Municipal Engineering and Consulting
“A MAN’S HEART PLANS HIS WAY, BUT THE LORD DIRECTS HIS STEPS.”  ~ PROVERBS 16:9

Sue Cole

Associate
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Sue Cole

  • Born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Began a career within the engineering industry in 2001
  • Graduated from Michigan State University, E Lansing Michigan
  • (Thought about being a Home Economist)
  • Hidden Talent: Smocking and French Studies (not necessarily at the same time, but maybe….)
  • Early career involved public service television spots
  • Professional expertise: Accounting
“…BE QUICK TO LISTEN, SLOW TO SPEAK AND SLOW TO BECOME ANGRY.” ~ JAMES 1:19

Don Morris

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Don Morris

  • Born in Mobile, Alabama
  • Began a career within the civil engineering industry in 1977
  • Graduated from Vigor High School (GO WOLVES!!)
  • (Thought about being an Electrician…shocking huh?)
  • Hidden Talent: Love jazz and contemporary gospel music; play bass guitar, percussion instruments (a really cool dude)
  • Full of useless trivia about random things (helpful at parties though)
  • Professional expertise: Information Technology (Network Design, Implementation and Computer Management)
“SO DO NOT FEAR, FOR I AM WITH YOU; DO NOT BE DISMAYED, FOR I AM YOUR GOD.
I WILL STRENGTHEN YOU AND HELP YOU; I WILL UPHOLD YOU WITH MY RIGHTEOUS RIGHT HAND.” ~ ISAIAH 41:10

Christopher Hartke, PE

Associate
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Christopher Hartke, PE

  • Born in Elgin, Illinois
  • Began a career within the engineering industry in 1999
  • Graduated from the University of Iowa, Iowa City (BSCE)
  • (Thought about being an engineer, it allowed me to skip foreign language classes)
  • Hidden Talent: Ambidextrous
  • Only left-handed catcher in the league until I knocked out the umpire on a throw to 3rd base
  • Professional expertise: Transportation, Management and Design (Streets, Highways, TxDOT)
“ENTHUSIASM IS EVERYTHING. IT MUST BE TAUT AND VIBRATING LIKE A GUITAR STRING.”  ~ PELE

Keith Burkholder, PE

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Keith Burkholder, PE

  • Born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Began a career within the engineering industry in 1975
  • Graduated from Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana (BSCE)
  • (Thought about being a fishing guide)
  • Hidden Talent: Bass Fishing (Mostly Luck!)
  • Enjoys antique and exotic auto shows
  • Professional expertise: Structural Engineering
“HAPPINESS LIES IN THE JOY OF ACHIEVEMENT, IN THE THRILL OF CREATIVE EFFORT.” ~AUTHOR UNKNOWN

William “Bill” Smith, RLA

Director of Landscape Architecture
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William ``Bill`` Smith, RLA

  • Born in Boggy Bayou, Florida
  • Began a career as a Landscape Architect in 1987
  • Graduated from Auburn University, Alabama
  • (Thought about being an Inventor or Astronaut)
  • Hidden Talent: Remembering useless facts and silly humor
  • Love to golf but lack any talent whatsoever
  • Professional expertise: Landscape Architectural Design
“FIRST LIFE, THEN SPACES, THEN BUILDINGS – THE OTHER WAY AROUND NEVER WORKS.” ~ JAN GEHL