ENR Southwest’s Top 20 Under 40

These talented individuals propel their firms to succeed with leadership, diligence and integrity. They have the potential to play an important role in the industry for years to come.


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As part of the premier issue of ENR Southwest, a new regional edition of ENR, we are proud to introduce “Top 20 Under 40.” It highlights the exceptional players working in the Southwest’s A/E/C industry and will take its place alongside our rankings of contractors, designers and projects. Rather than focusing on firms, this list focuses on people, specifically our region’s up-and coming leaders. Chances are you’ve already worked with some of these individuals. If not, they are well worth getting to know. ENR Southwest solicited nominations from readers who were free to nominate themselves or other people who had made an impression on them. Nominees had to be under 40 and located in the three-state region of Arizona, Nevada and New Mexico. The final choices for the list were selected from over 40 nominees. A panel of industry representatives was assembled to review and score the nominees. These judges included Lew Laws, senior project manager with DPR Construction’s Phoenix office; Danielle Feroleto, president/owner, Small Giants LLC, Phoenix; Dawn Tibbetts, senior planner with D. Pennington & Associates Inc. and executive director of ACEC New Mexico, both Albuquerque; Tina Litteral, Hon. AIA, executive vice president, AIA Arizona, Phoenix; and Douglas R. Brown, AIA, LEED AP, principal architect, Architekton, Tempe, Ariz. These brief descriptions can’t do justice to the breadth of the accomplishments, work ethic and dedication of these 20 individuals. Take Mark Kranz: He grew up as one of eight children on a dairy farm in rural South Dakota, but by the age of 31, he was one of SmithGroup’s youngest principals across the firm’s 10 offices. Now he leads the design firm’s higher education and science and technology studios out of the firm’s Phoenix office. He also is active in a foundation providing scholarships and grants in honor of his brother, Marty. This is just one of the extraordinary people you will meet in the following pages.


Jason R. Carter

Became CEO at age 25 of fast-growing contracting company

39, Vice President /CEO

Promoted from controller to CEO of Whiteriver Construction at age 25, Carter was offered a partnership in thefast-growing company at age 27. Working in a rural area allows Carter to participate in unique projects, including two on the floor of the Grand Canyon, accessible only by helicopter or on foot.