President, Mason & Hanger
“You never know what you are going to be challenged with on a day-to-day basis, but you are guaranteed the opportunity to make a difference at Mason & Hanger in building a more secure world."
I started at Mason & Hanger (at that time Hankins & Anderson) in May of 1994 as a junior civil engineer, one year out of the Virginia Military Institute. I earned my Professional Engineering License in 1998 and became the Assistant Civil Department Head in 2000. In 1998, I predominantly worked on Virginia State Park Projects including cabins and campgrounds. September 11, 2001 changed things significantly for Mason & Hanger. I began traveling overseas three to four times a year in support of the Department of State – Overseas Buildings Operations. I accepted any opportunity offered to me, like designing the U.S. Embassies in Afghanistan, Iraq, Kosovo, and Indonesia and various consulate facilities. I became the Civil Department Head in 2002, and in 2006 began a three year transition into Market Director for all of the International Programs. During my tenure as the Market Director, I oversaw design of project work worth over a billion dollars in construction value. I held that position for nine years until becoming President of Mason & Hanger.
I sometimes describe my job as an orchestra director. I work with Human Resources to be sure our people are our first priority. I work with Business Development and Marketing to drive business to Mason & Hanger at a strategic level. I work with individual Market Directors to be sure they have the support they need to continue our brand messaging, to position the firm for the best opportunities for our employees, and to voice our unique value proposition. I work with Legal in an effort to better migrate the firm into new territories that are of value to Mason & Hanger and out of territories that don’t work. I work with Information Technology to be sure that Mason & Hanger has the best technology, infrastructure, and support to fulfill our mission of building a more secure world. I work with our Facility Security Officer regarding clearances, document handling, business continuity and ISO maintenance. I work with Finance to ensure our financial targets are achieved in a manner that supports our mission as well as allows us to grow our capabilities to further increase the ability to deliver on our mission and support our customers. I work with Operations to be sure that our core mission of building a more secure world is fulfilled through the direct and indirect actions of our staff.
I have the pleasure of working with some of the best people in the industry who share a common desire to fulfill our mission of building a more secure world.
You never know what you are going to be challenged with on a day-to-day basis, but you are guaranteed the opportunity to make a difference at Mason & Hanger in building a more secure world.
There have been significant changes in technology over the last 20 years. Our work has evolved from hand drafting to computer aided design (CAD) to 3D modeling and BIM. Additionally, external events like the Federal Government’s passing of the H.R. 2415 - American Embassy Security Act of 1999, BRAC and even the Great Recession have helped shape Mason & Hanger into what it is today.
The work Mason & Hanger does is significant. We work to support the warfighter. We work to protect the diplomat. More than 90% of our work is with the U.S. Government. Mason & Hanger has evolved over the years in the spirit of continuous improvement to increase services, capabilities, and depth to better service our customers.