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Ty Hilton, PE

CEO
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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

Mark Berry, PE

CFO
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Mark 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

Scott Wilhelm, PE, CFM

President
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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!”

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

Eric R. Friedrich, PE, CFM

Vice President of Water Resources
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Eric R. Friedrich, PE, CFM

  • Born in Austin, Texas
  • Began a career within the engineering industry in 1984
  • Graduated from the University of Texas, Austin
  • (Thought about being a football player …. then an electrical engineer)
  • Hidden talent: Puns and Dad jokes – prefers his puns “intended”
  • Owns a coffee shop and coffee roasting business in Kansas City, Missouri
  • Professional expertise: H&H Studies / Drainage Design for TxDOT
“…WHOEVER WOULD BE GREAT AMONG YOU MUST BE YOUR SERVANT, AND WHOEVER WOULD BE FIRST AMONG YOU MUST BE SLAVE OF ALL.” ~ MARK 10:43-44

Joseph W. Atwood, PE

Client Relations Manager
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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.”

Brian Maddox, RPLS

Vice President of Surveying
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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

Chris Schmitt, PE

Client Relations Manager
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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.”

Ryan Jones, PE

Team Leader
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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

Mike Wilson, PE

Director of Engineering Services
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Mike Wilson, PE

  • 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

Chris Cuny, PE

Director of Land Development
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Chris Cuny, PE

  • Born in Dallas, Texas
  • Began a career within the engineering industry in 1983
  • Attended Texas A&M, College Station
  • (Thought about being an Attorney)
  • Hidden Talent: Private Pilot, solo flight at age 18!
  • Met Nelson Mandela in Amsterdam!
  • Professional expertise: Site Development, Environmental Remediation, and Criminal Justice Design Consulting
“IT’S WHAT YOU DO AND HOW YOU ACT WHEN NOBODY IS WATCHING THAT REALLY COUNTS.” ~ UNKNOWN

Christopher Hartke, PE, CFM

Director of Engineering Services
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Christopher Hartke, PE, CFM

  • 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

Michael DeMotte, PE, CFM

Vice President of Engineering Services
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Michael DeMotte, PE, CFM

  • 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

Daniel P. McCullough, PE

Director of Transportation Services
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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)

Niraj Acharya, PE, CFM

Director of Marketing and Business Development
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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

Jennifer Hall, SR/WA

Director of Right of Way Services
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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

Todd B. Turner, RPLS

Director of Surveying Services
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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)

Jonathan Bengfort, PE, CFM

Director of Engineering Services
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Jonathan Bengfort, PE, CFM

  • 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

Philip C. Varughese, PE

Team Leader
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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)

David D. Dryden

Client Relations Manager
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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.”

Andrew Luce, PE

Director of Engineering Services
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Andrew Luce, PE

  • Born in Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Began a career within the engineering industry in 2007
  • Graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington
  • (Thought about being a History Teacher)
  • Hidden Talent: Memorizing useless sports facts and movie lines
  • Blind as a bat – legally blind without contacts or glasses
  • Professional expertise: Subsurface Utility Engineering, Utility Coordination, and Municipal Roadway, Drainage, and Utility Design
“IT’S HARD TO BEAT A PERSON WHO NEVER GIVES UP!” ~ BABE RUTH

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

Todd Dughman, CCISO, CISSP

Director of Information Technology
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Todd Dughman, CCISO, CISSP

  • Born in Thermopolis, Wyoming
  • Began an IT career within the engineering industry in 1999
  • Graduated from Colorado Christian University (BSMIS, MBA)
  • (Thought about being a gym owner)
  • Hidden Talent: Pretty good weight lifter, fair cribbage player
  • Huge dog lover.  Has adopted many rescue dogs, including a retired greyhound whose racing name was “The Undertaker”.
  • Professional expertise: Cybersecurity – Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
“TRULY, TRULY I SAY TO YOU, THE ONE WHO BELIEVES IN ME, THE WORKS THAT I DO, HE WILL DO ALSO; AND GREATER WORKS THAN THESE HE WILL DO; BECAUSE I AM GOING TO THE FATHER.” ~ JOHN 14:12 (NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE)

Matt Atkins, PE

Director of Engineering Services
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Matt Atkins, PE

  • Born in Denison, Texas
  • Began a career within the engineering industry in 2000
  • Graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington
  • (Thought about being a Homebuilder or Architect)
  • Hidden Talent: According to his wife he is a “mind Ninja”
  • Will attempt to build just about anything….especially when it save money
  • Professional expertise: Roadway Reconstruction and Land Development
“LIFE SEEMED EASIER WHEN APPLE AND BLACKBERRY WERE JUST FRUITS!” ~ UNKNOWN

Jay Maddox, RPLS

Director of Surveying Services
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Jay Maddox, RPLS

  • Born in Alexandria, Virginia
  • Began a career within the surveying/engineering industry in 2006
  • Graduated from Tyler Junior College and Texas A&M University, Commerce
  • (Thought about being a High School Baseball Coach/English Teacher)
  • Hidden Talent: Carpentry and Cooking (Not at the same time…)
  • Fouled out of a basketball game in under one minute in middle school (realized basketball was not my sport)
  • Professional expertise: Design Surveys, Land Development, Boundary Retracements and Project Management
“THE LORD IS MY ROCK, MY FORTRESS AND MY DELIVERER; MY GOD IS MY ROCK, IN WHOM I TAKE REFUGE, MY SHIELD AND THE HORN OF MY SALVATION, MY STRONGHOLD.” ~PSALMS 18:2

Veronica Hodge, PE, CFM

Director of Water Resources
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Veronica Hodge, PE, CFM

  • Born in Alice, Texas
  • Began a career within the engineering industry in 1997
  • Graduated from Texas A&M, College Station
  • (Thought about being a Doctor. Plans changed when faced with the reality of years of additional school.)
  • Hidden Talent: Trying new recipes in the kitchen and bringing people together through food
  • Should have a customer loyalty card at the orthopedic surgeon, she has torn both ACL’s playing basketball.
  • Professional expertise: H & H Studies and Drainage Design for TxDOT
“ENJOY THE LITTLE THINGS IN LIFE, FOR SOMEDAY YOU WILL REALIZE THEY WERE THE BIG THINGS!” ~ UNKNOWN

Nick Nelson, RLA, LEED AP

Director of Landscape Architecture
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  • Born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Began a career within the design industry in 2003
  • Graduated from Utah State University – Logan, UT
  • (Thought about being a skiier)
  • Hidden Talent: Making pancakes
  • Sour Patch Kids are one of my four food groups
  • Professional expertise: Landscape Design and Architecture, Listening, and Designing Experiences
“Life is a headlong rush into the unknown. We can hunker down and hope nothing hits us or we can stand tall, lean into the wind and say, ‘Bring it on darlin’, and don’t be stingy with jalapenos.’” – J.M. (Red) Spicer

Joe L. Madrid, RLA, LI

Landscape Architect/Licensed Irrigator
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Joe L. Madrid, RLA, LI

  • Born in Midland, Texas
  • Began a career as a Landscape Architect in 2008
  • Graduated from Texas Tech University, Lubbock
  • (Thought about being a lawyer, architect, or chef)
  • Hidden Talent: Master Chef of Breakfast (Best Meal – Breakfast of Champions)
  • Gave up his professional video game career to become a Landscape Architect
  • Professional expertise: Landscape and Irrigation Design
“I AM A GREAT BELIEVER IN LUCK, AND I FIND THE HARDER I WORK THE MORE I HAVE OF IT.” ~ THOMAS JEFFERSON

Theron Sims, RPLS

Team Leader
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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

Justin Walton, PE

Team Leader
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Justin Walton, PE

  • Born in Longview, Texas
  • Began a career within the engineering industry in 2001
  • Graduated from Texas A&M University
  • (Thought about being a Pilot)
  • Hidden Talent: Can do a 360 on a wakeboard…. well, at least before he turned 40!
  • Valedictorian of his graduating class (out of all of 26 students); named his dogs after famous rappers, circa early 2000’s and has backpacked a tiny portion (50 miles) of the Appalachian Trail
  • Professional expertise: Municipal Engineering and Site Development
“I AM THE VINE; YOU ARE THE BRANCHES. IF A MAN REMAINS IN ME AND I IN HIM, HE WILL BEAR MUCH FRUIT; APART FROM ME YOU CAN DO NOTHING.” ~ JOHN 15:5

Chris Edwards, PE

Senior Engineer
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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; traffic and water system modeling
“LIFE’S BEEN GOOD TO ME SO FAR!” ~ JOE WALSH

Eric Calvert, PE

Team Leader
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Eric Calvert, PE

  • Born in Hampton, Virginia
  • Began a career within the engineering industry in 1998
  • Graduated from Texas A&M University, College Station
  • (Thought about being a pilot)
  • Hidden Talent: Modifying and updating old electronics
  • Enjoys coaching his sons’ sports teams
  • Professional expertise: Drainage Design and Analysis for TxDOT
“IF YOU CHANGE YOUR THOUGHTS, YOU WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE. IT’S AS SIMPLE AS THAT.” ~ JERRY BRUCKNER

Jaime Benoliel, PE, CFM

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Jaime Benoliel, PE, CFM

  • Born in Saddlebrook, New Jersey
  • Began a career within the engineering industry in 2001
  • Graduated from the University of Houston
  • (Thought about being a doctor)
  • Hidden Talent: Mathematics and Baking
  • Completed three years in the Junior Nationals for Cycling
  • Professional expertise: H&H Analysis &Design, Hydraulic Modeling
“INSANITY IS DOING THE SAME THING OVER AND OVER AGAIN AND EXPECTING DIFFERENT RESULTS!” ~ ALBERT EINSTEIN