We are built on the strength of our people. Our leaders guide the mission, drive the vision and uphold our collective beliefs.

 

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Chief Executive Officer

Lou Cornell

Lou Cornell is Chief Executive Officer of WSP USA.
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Lou Cornell is Chief Executive Officer of WSP USA. With over 25 years of extensive and progressive design and management experience in the engineering, environmental, architectural and construction industry, Lou is successful in running operations, setting the strategy and significantly growing profits for businesses with annual gross revenues in excess of $1.2 billion, covering all end markets.

He is a part of the local fabric in California and the West Region since 2010 and developed many well-established relationships with public and private clients, as well as other consultants and contractors in the region.

Lou joined WSP in October 2019. Prior to joining the firm, Lou served as the Senior Executive for the Jacobs Buildings and Infrastructure Americas group, a geography that spans the western half of the U.S., including Alaska and Hawaii. He was responsible for the vision, strategy and sales, focusing on planning, traditional design, program management and construction management, design-build, operations and maintenance and P3 projects throughout the country.

Lou holds a bachelor of science in civil engineering from the University of Pittsburgh.

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Chief Operating Officer

RICH DRIGGS

Rich Driggs is Chief Operating Officer of WSP USA.
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Rich Driggs is Chief Operating Officer at WSP USA. Rich oversees the four new regions (Northeast, Southeast, Central and West), which are responsible for most project delivery and client engagement locally. With more than two decades of experience in the architecture, engineering, construction and real estate industries, Rich is instrumental in ensuring our team remains strong and helping the firm run smoothly as we continue to grow. He is responsible for the day-to-day operations of WSP and in the execution of growth-focused strategies.

With more than two decades of experience in the architecture, engineering, construction and real estate industries, Rich was formerly the President and CEO of Heery International, a full-service architecture, interior design, engineering, construction management and program management firm. Prior to that, Rich held a series of executive positions over 21 years with Lendlease Corporation, a leading property developer, builder and owner, where he most recently served as Executive Vice President and Head of Integrated Solutions.

He holds bachelor of science in Building Construction from Purdue University. He is a member of the Design-Build Institute of America, Construction Management Association of America and the Society of American Military Engineers.

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Chief Development Officer

Dave McAlister

David McAlister is Chief Development Officer of WSP USA.
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David McAlister is the Chief Development Officer for WSP USA. He oversees the national business lines and a national team focused on strategic growth (project pursuits, lead generation and related areas). Dave aligns the firm’s cross-sector capabilities to client needs.

He was the Global Director of Transportation and Infrastructure and was previously Parsons Brinckerhoff's Director of Corporate Development. Dave joined Parsons Brinckerhoff in 1981 as a track work design engineer, and held a variety of technical and management positions within the firm. He also served as Managing Director—Europe/Africa/Middle East, and Director of Operations—Americas for Parsons Brinckerhoff. He also served as Principal-in-Charge on several major projects, including large-scale transportation programs. 

Dave holds a bachelor of science in Civil Engineering from Bucknell University.

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Chief Financial Officer

ANDREW ESPOSITO

Andrew Esposito is Chief Financial Officer of WSP USA.
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Andrew Esposito is Chief Financial Officer at WSP USA, bringing valuable direction to our growth strategy. Andrew applies his almost two decades of diverse financial background in the industry to champion company-wide efforts and create shareholder value. Andrew is based out of the WSP Orange office in California.

Key achievements for Andrew include numerous business integrations, development of Operational Finance Training for a multi-billion dollar enterprise and successful reorganization of multiple finance organizations that enabled stronger financial business partnerships and delivery of key targets.

Andrew holds a bachelor of arts degree in Economics from the University of Connecticut.

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Chief Human Resources Officer

Megan Van Pelt

Megan Van Pelt is Chief Human Resources Officer of WSP USA.
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Megan Van Pelt is Chief Human Resources Officer for WSP USA. She is responsible for the oversight of programs including strategy, talent acquisition, employee development, succession planning, compensation and benefits. With over 20 years of experience as a human resources professional, Megan is an expert on building talent, performance management and culture at major companies ranging in size from 400 to 130,000 employees.

Prior to joining the firm, she was with Starwood Retail Partners, where she led all facets of human resources for the company’s corporate headquarters and 30 properties across 15 states. She was a member of the company’s Executive Leadership Team, providing guidance on leadership development, succession planning, compensation and integration of acquired companies.

Megan worked with several key partners and clients, including Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) and Lend Lease Americas. At JLL, she served as a Senior Vice President and Head of Human Resources, responsible for strategic human resources needs for JLL’s brokerage, capital markets, asset management, project delivery services, public institutions and retail businesses. As Executive Vice President and Head of Human Resources in the Americas at Lendlease, she was a member of the Executive Leadership Team, responsible for strategic human resources initiatives such as organizational development, compliance, compensation and benefits, talent management and learning and development.

She holds a bachelor of science in Business Administration from Xavier University. She is a member of the Society of Human Resources Management.

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Vice President, Communications

Corey Dade

Corey Dade is Vice President of Communications for WSP USA.
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Corey Dade is Vice President of Communications at WSP USA, overseeing corporate marketing and branding, media relations, crisis and reputation management. Corey is a member of the Executive Leadership Team.

Corey previously worked at the internal engineering and construction company Bechtel as Global Manager of External Communications and Social Responsibility. Prior to joining Bechtel, Corey was a Senior Vice President at the global communications agency Burson-Marsteller, counselling Fortune 500 companies and large nonprofit organizations.

Corey was an award-winning journalist for many years, at NPR, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, Detroit Free Press and The Miami Herald. He frequently appeared on MSNBC, CNN and other outlets. He is a member of the National Press Club and the Arthur W. Page Society’s Page Up program for communication executives, and a past executive board member of the National Association of Black Journalists.

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Senior Vice President and Director, Project Excellence & Delivery

STEVE SUMMERS

Steve Summers is Senior Vice President and Director, Project Excellence and Delivery.
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Steve Summers is the Senior Vice President and Director of Project Excellence and Delivery for WSP USA. With almost three decades of industry experience, Steve is responsible for project management advancement and performance and project execution and delivery.

With a steady hand at the operational helm across all our end markets, Steve also manages health, safety and environment and quality, reinforcing a focus on a culture of caring across our disciplines.  

He previously served as Vice President of project delivery for an international engineering services firm. 

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Leadership Rotational Member and Central Region President

Rebecca Nolan

Rebecca Nolan is the Central Region President of WSP USA.
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Rebecca Nolan is a part of the Executive Leadership Team on a rotational basis, as well as the Central Region President. She joins WSP USA from AECOM, where she most recently served as Executive Vice President of Buildings + Places Americas and was a member of the AECOM Executive Committee.

Rebecca brings more than 30 years of management, design and strategic planning experience along with a commitment to practice excellence and operational performance. Throughout her career, Rebecca developed practices and people around a shared vision and common purpose to build high-performance teams across a broad range of end markets, including healthcare, corporate, science and technology, cities, aviation, sports and the federal government.

As Central Region President, Rebecca collaborates with other Regional Presidents and the National Business Line Leaders to empower teams to reach their greatest potential for clients while helping each professional grow their careers. Rebecca will be based in Chicago.

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Southeast Region President and Acting General Counsel

STEPHEN DALE

Stephen Dale is the Southeast Region President of WSP USA.
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Stephen Dale is the Southeast Region President and currently serves as Acting General Counsel. He brings 15 years of experience in professional services law, with an emphasis on contracts for public and private infrastructure projects. He counsels project leadership on claim reduction and mitigation strategies and advises Human Resources on management issues.  Previously, he created and led the company’s litigation group to manage all disputes within the Americas and major claims around the world ranging from construction disputes to employment matters.

Prior to joining the firm, Stephen was a partner at SmithPachterMcWhorter, PLC, in Vienna, Virginia, where he represented prime contractors and developed joint venture and teaming agreements for infrastructure and energy projects, including for public/private partnerships (P3s).

Stephen holds a bachelor of arts and his J.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has published numerous articles on construction law in leading journals and is the co-author, with Robert M. D’Onofrio, of Schedule Delay Analysis, published in 2014. Stephen is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and has served on its Board of Governors—Construction Institute and Board of Directors—Committee on professional practice. Named a Rising Star by Virginia Super Lawyers in 2009, he is a member of the bar in North Carolina and Virginia.


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Federal Programs Region President

Todd Semonite

Todd Semonite is the Federal Programs Region President of WSP USA.

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Todd Semonite is the Federal Programs Region President. For the past four years, Todd served as the 54th Chief of Engineers and Commanding General of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He advised the Secretary of the Army on matters such as general, combat and geospatial engineering; construction, real property, public infrastructure; and natural resources science and management. Todd oversaw 36,000 civilian employees, 800 military personnel, and managed a $68 billion project portfolio.

In 2020, Todd led the Army Corps of Engineers’ response to the coronavirus pandemic, constructing 38 alternate care facilities that created 15,000 beds for COVID-19 patients across the U.S. When COVID-19 infections first peaked in New York City last year, Semonite oversaw the build out of the temporary hospital at Javits Center.

As president for Federal Programs, Todd leads a multi-disciplinary team that delivers dynamic engineering solutions for U.S. government agencies; developing and delivering timely, cost-effective projects that foster sustainable communities and protect national and natural resources. Federal Programs supports clients in facilities design, master planning, national security programs, logistics and emergency management, environmental services and overseas integrated development. Todd is based in the Washington, D.C. office.

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Northeast Region President

Bernie McNeilly

Bernie McNeilly is the Northeast Region President of WSP USA.
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Bernie McNeilly is the Northeast Region President. Prior to this role, he served as president of Program Management and Construction Management (PM/CM) for WSP USA, which provide best-in-class services to clients in the energy, environment, buildings, transportation and water markets.

Previously, Bernie was Chief Operations Officer of Transportation and Infrastructure and was responsible for the regional performance for each of the five U.S. regions, as well as the project operations and delivery performance for the sector. He managed performance improvement and margin enhancement for traditional and alternate delivery services in the highway, bridge, transit/rail, aviation and maritime sectors.

With more than 30 years' experience in the transportation and infrastructure industry, Bernie has served in roles to meet delivery needs in programming, planning, environmental documentation, design, alternative delivery and construction services.

Bernie holds a bachelor's degree in Engineering and a master's degree in Science from Stevens Institute of Technology.

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Central Region President

Rebecca Nolan

Rebecca Nolan is the Central Region President of WSP USA.
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Rebecca Nolan is a part of the Executive Leadership Team on a rotational basis, as well as the Central Region President. She joins WSP USA from AECOM, where she most recently served as Executive Vice President of Buildings + Places Americas and was a member of the AECOM Executive Committee.

Rebecca brings more than 30 years of management, design and strategic planning experience along with a commitment to practice excellence and operational performance. Throughout her career, Rebecca developed practices and people around a shared vision and common purpose to build high-performance teams across a broad range of end markets, including healthcare, corporate, science and technology, cities, aviation, sports and the federal government.

As Central Region President, Rebecca collaborates with other Regional Presidents and the National Business Line Leaders to empower teams to reach their greatest potential for clients while helping each professional grow their careers. Rebecca will be based in Chicago.

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West Region President

Chris Peters

Chris Peters is the President for the West Region of WSP USA.
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Christopher Peters is the West Region President. He managed WSP's transportation business in the Western U.S.

With more than 20 years of experience in the infrastructure and transportation industry, including highways, bridges and tunnels, public transit and airports, Chris' expertise includes design delivery, construction management, project management, operations, business development and organizational leadership.

Prior to joining the firm, he served as a Western U.S. division operations officer at a global infrastructure planning, design, engineering and construction management firm.

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Southeast Region President

STEPHEN DALE

Stephen Dale is the Southeast Region President of WSP USA.
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Stephen Dale is the Southeast Region President and currently serves as Acting General Counsel. He brings 15 years of experience in professional services law, with an emphasis on contracts for public and private infrastructure projects. He counsels project leadership on claim reduction and mitigation strategies and advises Human Resources on management issues.  Previously, he created and led the company’s litigation group to manage all disputes within the Americas and major claims around the world ranging from construction disputes to employment matters.

Prior to joining the firm, Stephen was a partner at SmithPachterMcWhorter, PLC, in Vienna, Virginia, where he represented prime contractors and developed joint venture and teaming agreements for infrastructure and energy projects, including for public/private partnerships (P3s).

Stephen holds a bachelor of arts and his J.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has published numerous articles on construction law in leading journals and is the co-author, with Robert M. D’Onofrio, of Schedule Delay Analysis, published in 2014. Stephen is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and has served on its Board of Governors—Construction Institute and Board of Directors—Committee on professional practice. Named a Rising Star by Virginia Super Lawyers in 2009, he is a member of the bar in North Carolina and Virginia.


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National Business Line Leader, Transportation

Sofia Berger

Sofia Berger is a Senior Vice President and the National Business Line Leader for Transportation at WSP.
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Sofia Berger is a Senior Vice President and the National Business Line Leader for Transportation at WSP. In this role she oversees the strategic direction, business development performance, client management, and knowledge management of the U.S. transportation market, including highways, bridges, transit and rail, tunnels and aviation, as well as ports and marine.

Previously, Sofia served as Deputy National Business Line Leader in the Advisory group with a range of responsibilities from strategic planning, operational management, and complex project management across all types of infrastructure.

Sofia was Deputy Business Development Leader for U.S. Transportation as well as Managing Director for the Latin American and the Caribbean Division at Louis Berger, an international consulting engineering organization, which was acquired by WSP in 2018. She was particularly focused on rail and transit and public-private partnerships, as well as overseeing the strategic direction of the regional operations as well as all client management, project delivery and business development activities.

As a third-generation engineer, Sofia has a unique background that informs her approach to leadership and delivering for clients. She has 20 years of infrastructure experience spanning project management of construction projects in the field and management consulting for private sector clients and governmental transportation agencies around the world.

Sofia holds a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard Business School and bachelor’s degrees in civil engineering and economics-operations research from Columbia University.

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National Business Line Leader, Water

Karen Block

Karen Block is the National Business Line Leader for Water of WSP USA.
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Karen Block is the National Business Line Leader for Water. With more than 28 years of experience, Karen focuses on growth and development of the firm’s Water business. Karen is responsible for client engagement and business development activities, as well as identifying new opportunities that will diversify the business across geographies, sectors and services.

Karen has served in multiple roles since joining the firm in 1997. She was Strategic Planning Manager for WSP's U.S. Transportation and Infrastructure business. She previously held strategic sales roles for WSP's Transportation and Infrastructure, Water and Environment, and Advisory Services businesses.

Her experience with the firm includes three years in the Middle East and Northern Africa, based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, where she led business development activities for the firm’s 13-nation, 600-person region.

A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, Block is a Past President of the Houston chapter of WTS International.

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National Business Line Leader, Environment

STEVEN PAQUETTE

Steven Paquette is the National Business Line Leader for Environment of WSP USA.
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Steven Paquette is the National Business Line Leader for Environment. He previously served as President of WSP's U.S. Water and Environment sector, which provides full-service environmental, sustainability, water and wastewater services to a wide array of private, commercial, state and municipal clients. He brings over 30 years of senior management, operational and business development experience at major consulting engineering organizations.

Prior to joining the firm in 2015, he was a Vice President of Sales at a global infrastructure engineering company, where he served as the national water-wastewater business line leader. Previously, he founded and served as President of Groundwater Technology Government Services, a national environmental restoration firm providing environmental and remediation consulting services to state and federal clients.

Steve holds an executive M.B.A. from the University of California and a bachelor of science in Environmental Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He is the Chairman of the water infrastructure committee at AIAI, the Association for the Improvement of American Infrastructure, and a member of WTS Foundation, American Water Works Association and the Water Environment Federation.

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National Business Line Leader, Energy

Roger Blair

Roger Blair is the National Business Line Leader for Energy of WSP USA.
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Roger Blair is the National Business Line Leader for Energy, which provides a wide offering of professional services in markets including conventional power plants, energy services, renewable power and underground storage.

Roger joined the firm in 1981 and held positions ranging from technical to senior management in the underground storage group. Roger was named President of the Underground Storage Group in 2002, and in 2004 he also assumed overall management responsibility of the firm’s U.S. power division.

Roger holds a bachelor of science in Geology from Illinois State University. He is a registered professional geoscientist in the state of Texas and a Past President of the Solution Mining Research Institute.

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National Business Line Leader, Advisory Services

Denise Turner Roth

Denise Turner Roth is the National Business Line Leader for Advisory Services of WSP USA.
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Denise Turner Roth is the first woman, and the first African-American woman, to lead a business line at WSP USA. As National Business Line Leader of U.S. Advisory Services, Denise directs the firm’s strategic consulting services across all markets, including transportation and infrastructure, property and buildings, energy, and water and environment. She is responsible for integrating the firm’s technical expertise in planning, engineering, program/construction management and operations with the strategic thinking needed by owners, developers and operators to successfully deliver infrastructure programs and projects.

She brings expertise as a successful public sector executive to this position, along with experience in technology transformation, public/private partnerships, building services and economic development. Prior to this role, Denise was Chief Development Officer since 2018. She was responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of strategy and long-range planning for WSP USA. 

Throughout her 20 years of public service, Denise held various leadership positions at the federal and local government levels with a focus on driving economic and administrative change. As former Administrator of the General Services Administration (GSA), she instituted organizational policy and process changes to engage consideration of local economic development initiatives in GSA property placement decisions and championed key strategic initiatives.

Prior to joining GSA, Denise served as City Manager for Greensboro, North Carolina. Her leadership helped pave the way for several new and creative management changes in the city, including the reorganization of city departments and divisions to promote efficiency and improve service delivery and launching public/private initiatives, creating more than $75 million in city enhancements. She previously serviced as Vice President for Governmental Affairs at the Greensboro Partnership, where she successfully secured $60 million in state funds to establish the North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and UNC Greensboro Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering.

Denise is a graduate of George Mason University, where she holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Government and received an honorary Doctorate of Letters in recognition of her distinguished public service. She was also appointed as a Fellow to the National Academy of Public Administration.

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National Business Line Leader, Program Management and Construction Management

Neal Weitman

Neal Weitman is the National Business Line Leader for Program Management and Construction Management of WSP USA.
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Neal Weitman is the National Business Line Leader for Program Management and Construction Management (PM/CM). Over his 26-year career with WSP, Neal served in various roles of increasing levels of operational responsibility with a primary focus on program and construction services.

Most recently, he served as the WSP U.S. Chief of Operations, responsible for overall operational management and financial oversight across the eight practices of the U.S. division. He also served as leader of the U.S. division’s program and construction services practice, which was responsible for delivery of services across the transportation, water, federal, and buildings markets.

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National Business Line Leader

Tom Lewis

Tom Lewis is the National Business Line Leader for Climate, Resilience & Sustainability.
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Tom Lewis is National Business Line Leader for Climate, Resilience & Sustainability (CRS), which is also inclusive of the professional consulting firm's emergency management practice and best-in-class Future Ready™ innovation program.

Prior to its acquisition by WSP, Tom served as president of Louis Berger U.S. and a corporate board member, and prior to that as its lead executive on environment, emergency management, sustainability and climate resilience working across the U.S. as well as globally. Tom has also served on a variety of boards and committees promoting sustainable and resilient infrastructure specifically including the International Coalition for Sustainable Infrastructure, Resilience First and the Zofnass Program’s Sustainable Infrastructure Advisory Board at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

Tom is a licensed professional engineer (PE) and passed the bar in multiple states, holds both a bachelor of science and a master’s degree in Engineering from the University of Connecticut, and holds a Doctorate of Jurisprudence with focus on environmental law/regulation from Rutgers University.

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National Business Line Leader, Property and Buildings

RICK ROME

Rick Rome is National Business Line Leader for Property and Buildings of WSP USA.
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Rick Rome is the National Business Line Leader for Property and Buildings of WSP USA. A “big picture” thinker,  Rick is driven by the conviction that good design makes a positive impact on local communities that continues well beyond a building’s boundary. He is passionate about collaborating with clients and design teams to look for creative ways to enhance projects sustainability and functionality.

Over the course of his 30-year career, Rick led project design for over 10,000,000 square feet of medical complexes, as well as corporate high rises and more. He was a founding member of the Dallas AIA Committee for Sustainability, started in 1992 and spoke on topics related to sustainability and energy efficiency at healthcare conferences in the U.S., United Kingdom, Australia and Saudi Arabia. Rick was a founding partner of ccrd, a healthcare engineering practice that became part of WSP in 2014.

Rick holds a bachelor of science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Kansas and is a licensed professional engineer in over 40 states. He is a member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers and the American Society of Healthcare Engineers.


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