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DEA Receives Workplace Honors in Colorado and Idaho!

/ May 16th, 2024

DEA Receives Workplace Honors in Colorado and Idaho!

We are thrilled to announce that David Evans and Associates, Inc. has been ranked #10 Best Place to Work in Idaho for Medium-Sized Employers and #15 Top Workplace in Colorado for Small Employers!

Thanks to our incredible team, DEA fosters an environment where success is personal and professional.

David Evans and Associates, Inc. has been ranked by Oregon Business as the #11 Best Large Company to Work for in Oregon

/ Apr 15th, 2024

We are thrilled to announce that David Evans and Associates, Inc. has been ranked by Oregon Business as the #11 Best Large Company to Work for in Oregon.

We are grateful for our amazing employees that make DEA such a great place to work! At DEA, we believe that personal and professional success go hand in hand, and we empower our employees to choose the path that works best for them.

DEA Senior Project Manager and Group Leader, Marie Marston, has been named a national Top Ten Public Works Leader of the Year by the American Public Works Association (APWA)

/ Apr 8th, 2024

Congratulations to Marie Marston!

Marie, a DEA Senior Project Manager and Group Leader, has been named a national Top Ten Public Works Leader of the Year by the American Public Works Association (APWA).

With over 40 years of experience in developing civil engineering projects for public works improvements, Marie has collaborated with 60 different cities on more than 500 projects. Her longstanding dedication to APWA, along with her extensive involvement in various leadership roles within the organization, underscores her invaluable contributions to the public works field.

According to APWA Southern California Chapter President Vincent Hellens, “As Marie’s colleague and close collaborator, I have had the privilege of witnessing her remarkable dedication and unwavering commitment to the public works profession. She is admired and respected by all who have had the pleasure of working alongside her and the communities we serve.”

Please join us in applauding Marie for this well-deserved recognition!

DEA was recognized by the Oregon Daily Journal of Commerce (DJC) for our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) at its Building Diversity Awards!

/ Apr 1st, 2024

We’re honored! DEA was recognized by the Oregon Daily Journal of Commerce (DJC) for our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) at its Building Diversity Awards!

This is the second year in a row DEA has been recognized by the DJC for our DE&I efforts, and we’re committed to continuing our journey towards a more equitable and inclusive industry!

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David Evans and Associates, Inc. Promotes Gina Starkey to Dual Role of Chief Growth and Marketing Officer

David Evans and Associates, Inc. / Dec 13th, 2023

David Evans and Associates, Inc. (DEA) is pleased to announce the expanded responsibilities of Gina Starkey, who will now assume the position of Chief Growth Officer in addition to her current role as Chief Marketing Officer and become Chief Marketing and Growth Officer.

“Gina has demonstrated strong leadership in steering DEA’s marketing team and driving DEA’s overall business development efforts as evidenced by the strong sales results,” stated Al Barkouli, Chairman and CEO of DEA. “We eagerly anticipate Gina’s leadership in pacing our growth strategies as we innovate and expand into new markets.”

In her newly expanded role, Gina will shape DEA’s business development strategies, identify growth opportunities, and coordinate firmwide business development initiatives. Her focus will be on developing prospects for expansion, as well as the addition of value-added services. Additionally, Gina will be involved in identifying merger and acquisition targets aligning with DEA’s overarching growth strategy. The success of this expanded role will be based on sales and revenue growth, among other factors.

Having led DEA’s marketing function for the past nine years, Gina brings a proven track record of success to her new role. Her innovative marketing strategies and business development initiatives have played a key role in DEA’s growth and success. In addition to her expanded growth-related responsibilities, Gina will continue to provide overall leadership to the marketing team, ensuring that DEA effectively builds its brand and provides industry thought leadership.

Gina will maintain her position as a key member of DEA’s Executive Leadership Team.

Congratulations, Gina!

Congratulations Sarah Jones, PE! Sarah has been inducted into the Oregon State University Council of Outstanding Early Career Engineers

/ Dec 5th, 2023

Congratulations Sarah Jones, PE! Sarah has been inducted into the Oregon State University Council of Outstanding Early Career Engineers. The honor identifies rising leaders and is presented to OSU engineering alums who have excelled professionally, served the university and the engineering profession, or contributed significantly to society.

Sarah began her career as a CECOP intern and has progressed to her current role as DEA’s Oregon Civil Engineering Group Leader. Her creative solutions in challenging environments and years of expertise in designing and managing projects set her apart from her peers. As the MECOP Treasurer and Alumni Association Founder, Sarah actively shapes the future of engineering, connecting students to internship and mentoring opportunities.

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DEA Appoints Mel Sears, P.E., PMP as Director of Alternative Project Delivery

David Evans and Associates, Inc. / Nov 13th, 2023

DEA is pleased to announce the appointment of Mel Sears, P.E., PMP, as the Director of Alternative Project Delivery (APD). Based out of the Portland, Oregon office, Sears will lead DEA’s APD business development strategies, champion APD pursuits, develop teaming strategies, and serve as a vital liaison between DEA’s APD teams. He will report directly to DEA’s Chairman and CEO, Al Barkouli. Additionally, Sears will support DEA’s CEO on special initiatives across the range of infrastructure services offered by DEA.

Al Barkouli, Chairman and CEO, DEA, said, “Mel Sears brings invaluable expertise to his role as DEA’s Director of Alternative Project Delivery. His impressive track record in business development and executive leadership, and his commitment to community-driven projects have left an enduring impact on the industry. We’re delighted to have Mel leading DEA’s APD efforts, driving growth, and delivering excellence.”

Sears is a seasoned transportation executive with nearly 40 years of experience in both the public sector and private industry. He has a proven track record in business development/sales, profit and loss (P&L) accountability, and fostering client relationships for complex infrastructure projects throughout the Western United States. He also has executive experience overseeing consulting businesses in multi-state regions and offices, as well as forming strategic alliances.

Sears holds professional engineering licenses in Oregon, Washington, and California, and he is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) by the Project Management Institute. With an impressive industry background that includes executive positions at national and regional A/E firms, in addition to public sector roles at Trimet and the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), Sears has directed a wide range of well-known initiatives and programs, spanning highways, interchanges, light-rail transit, arterials, water, and wastewater projects.

Sears’ career focus has been on developing and implementing a collaborative project development strategy that meets both owner and community objectives. His combination of public and private experience allows him to understand and resolve the complexities of delivering projects in today’s complex business environment, with a focus on community and equity.

Sears has also been involved in industry associations throughout his career, including serving as President of ACEC Oregon, President of ASCE Oregon, as a member of the Board of Directors for Oregon Business and Industry (OBI), and in leadership roles on many transportation funding ballot measure campaigns in Oregon, Washington, and California, among others.

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David Evans and Associates, Inc. Announces Leadership Transition and Expansion in Surveying and Geomatics Center of Excellence

David Evans and Associates, Inc. / Nov 6th, 2023

David Evans and Associates, Inc. (DEA) announces leadership transition and expansion within its Surveying and Geomatics Center of Excellence (COE).

DEA is pleased to announce that Duffy Haggarty has been promoted to the position of Business Leader for the Surveying and Geomatics COE. Duffy previously served as the Geomatics Strategic Business Development Leader and Mountain West Region Market Leader, and he has been a key contributor to the COE’s success during his ten years with DEA.  Duffy succeeds Jeff Whitson, who has chosen to retire after 45 years of dedicated service to the industry.

Furthermore, Pat Gaylord, currently the Oregon Region Market Leader for the Surveying and Geomatics COE, will assume an expanded role. Reporting to Duffy, Pat will take on the newly created position of Operations Leader for the COE. In this role, Pat will oversee GEO delivery staff and continue to serve as the Oregon Market Leader. Pat’s leadership, teaching abilities, and technical expertise will be vital in supporting staff growth and development, as well as ensuring professional excellence.

Al Barkouli, Chairman and CEO of DEA, stated, “Jeff Whitson’s strong leadership has significantly strengthened the performance of our Surveying and Geomatics Center of Excellence over the past few years. I am really pleased that Duffy Haggarty will be taking over for Jeff as the Business leader for Surveying and Geomatics at DEA. Duffy will be working with Pat Gaylord and the two of them bring complementary skills and experience that will prove invaluable as we focus more on external sales and continue to expand our services to meet the increasing market demands.”

DEA thanks Jeff Whitson for his outstanding contributions and leadership throughout his career and welcomes Duffy Haggarty and Pat Gaylord to their new roles, confident that they will continue to drive the success of the Surveying and Geomatics COE.

DEA’s Surveying and Geomatics Center of Excellence is committed to delivering effective solutions for our clients in the transportation, water, energy, and land development markets. Our services include conventional surveys, 3D high-definition laser scanning, Building Information Modeling (BIM), Civil Information Modeling (CIM), small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS), Geographic Information Services (GIS), boundary and right-of-way surveying, and hydrographic survey services.

SoFi Stadium Wins Silver Award at ASCE’s Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement (OCEA) Awards!

/ Nov 3rd, 2023

SoFi Stadium wins Silver Award at ASCE’s Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement (OCEA) Awards! Known as the “Oscars of Engineering,” the OPAL Gala celebrated the best and brightest in the field, and SoFi Stadium secured a prestigious Silver Award!

SoFi Stadium is more than a sports and entertainment venue; it’s a symbol of innovation and sustainability. We’re thrilled to have played a pivotal role in its design and construction, offering our expertise in site/civil and traffic engineering, mapping, stormwater quality, structural retaining walls, bridges, and surveying services.

Al Barkouli, Chairman and CEO of DEA, stated, “Huge congratulations to DEA’s California Region team for this well-deserved recognition of their outstanding work on SoFi Stadium. This award is a rightful testament to the team’s dedication, expertise, and commitment to innovation. I would like to thank each and every member of the team for their contributions to this outstanding achievement.”

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David Evans and Associates, Inc. Appoints John Smith as Land Development Business Leader

David Evans and Associates, Inc. / Nov 1st, 2023

David Evans and Associates, Inc. (DEA) has appointed John Smith, PE, LEED AP, as the new Land Development Business Leader.

John is an experienced land development professional with over 30 years of experience. He has a proven track record of success in managing complex projects, leading teams, and delivering results for clients. John succeeds Jeff Cox, who is retiring after 33 years of recognized contributions to the organization and the industry.

John’s journey with DEA began 25 years ago when he joined as an engineer-in-training in the Tacoma, Washington office. Prior to his recent promotion, John held the roles of Puget Sound Land Development Market Leader, Puget Sound Regional Leader, and Office Leader for the DEA’s Everett, Washington office.

Al Barkouli, Chairman and CEO of DEA, stated, “Jeff Cox has been a strong leader and made significant contributions to DEA and the LDBU. I look forward to working with John Smith as the new Land Development Business Leader. John’s extensive industry knowledge, tenure at DEA and established track record of success make him the ideal person to lead our LDBU into the future.”

Throughout his career at DEA, John has dedicated himself to serving a diverse clientele, including residential, commercial, industrial, and institutional developers across the Puget Sound region. His leadership has been instrumental in delivering a wide range of services, including entitlements, planning, civil engineering, landscape architecture, and preliminary and final design for numerous development projects.

A proud alumnus of Washington State University with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, John remains an active member of several professional organizations, including the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the US Green Building Council (USGBC), and the American Public Works Association (APWA).

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