Forty individuals who have distinguished themselves by their career achievements, service to their professions and communities, and active participation in charitable work.

May 08, 2013

 

ECLECTIC ANALYST

LEAH B. GUZOWSKI

Energy Policy Scientist
Argonne National Laboratory, Lemont, Ill.

AGE: 32
BA, University of Wisconsin–Madison
Master of Higher Education Policy, Harvard University

ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Completed triple major at UW–Madison. Served as an editor for a publication at Harvard Law School.
Spent 2+ years doing city planning and energy policy work with the Swedish Trade Council.
Joined Argonne in 2010. Principal Investigator or Primary Researcher on DOE-supported projects, including the DOE Financial Tool, part of the DOE’s Building Performance Database.
Helped Loyola University Chicago cut overall energy use by 50%.
Principal Investigator, Chicago Energy Efficiency Retrofit Initiative; helped coordinate R&D of methodologies for analyzing citywide energy use.
Co-leader, Argonne’s Energy Security Initiative; Leader, Argonne’s Building Energy Research and Integration Program.

EXTRACURRICULAR
Board of Directors, Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance.
Member, International Association of Energy Economics and U.S. Association of Energy Economics.
Volunteer, Dress for Success.

OFF THE CLOCK
Hobbies: the arts, music, culture, and sports of Chicago.
Plays quarterback on a flag football team.
Favorite foods: raspberries, steak grilled outdoors.

SECRET LIFE
Grew up in rural Wisconsin. Competed in log-rolling on the Mississippi River as a youth. Grandfather raced homing pigeons.

 

BRIDGE BUILDER

MARK A. SCHWAMEL, AIA, LEED AP

Project Manager
Gensler, Chicago

AGE: 37
Bachelor of Fine and Professional Arts, Cleveland State University
BArch, MArch (urban design), Kent State University

ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Designer for retail, commercial, automotive, and hospitality projects, as well as large-scale urban redevelopments.
Recent work: 800,000-sf McCormick Place West Expansion, Chicago; 105-acre Sacramento Arena District; 60-acre Johnson Controls Redevelopment, Glendale, Wis.; numerous jobs for Bank of America and Toyota.
Studio LEED coordinator; IDP and ARE coordinator and internship mentor.
Licensed architect in Illinois.
Selected for Gensler Nextgen leadership development program.
House captain for Gensler’s annual pro bono Rebuilding Together program.
AIA Chicago Presidential Citation, 2009.

EXTRACURRICULAR
Associate Director of the Board, AIA Chicago.
AIA Illinois Regional Associate Director for the AIA National Associates Committee. Lobbied state licensing board for improved ARE timing legislation.
Regional Director, Young Architects Forum.
Co-founder, AIA Chicago Bridge program, uniting emerging professionals with AIA Fellows.

OFF THE CLOCK
Played baseball at Cleveland State; now enjoys golf.

SECRET LIFE
Appeared as an actor in “Oceans 11,” “Stranger Than Fiction,” and “The Lake House.”  

 

REAL ESTATE STANDOUT

PATTI NEAL, LEED AP

Senior Vice President, Development
Carter, Atlanta

AGE: 39
BS, Purdue University
MBA, Emory University

ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Manages large, multi-phased construction projects for major real estate developer, representing more than $1 billion in construction for the firm.
Recent projects: Highpoint on Columbus (Ohio) Commons ($50 million urban mixed-use project); The Banks, Phase 1A, Cincinnati ($600 million urban mixed-use project); AT&T Metro Plan office development, Atlanta (three buildings, 3.1 million sf); Atlantic Station, Atlanta ($207 million mixed-use project with >1 million sf of retail).
Upon promotion to Senior VP, became Carter’s most senior construction manager.

EXTRACURRICULAR
Volunteers at the elementary school attended by her three children.
Soccer coach, YMCA children’s soccer.

OFF THE CLOCK
Has completed more than 50 running, cycling, and triathlon events, including the Boston Marathon and an Ironman Triathlon.
Favorite reads: Anything about American history; currently, “The Presidents Club.”
Favorite spots: Costa Rica, Alaska.

SECRET LIFE
Can write with both hands simultaneously, in opposite directions.

 

SHIPSHAPE STRATEGIST

PAUL DONHAUSER, CEM, CPMM

Global Facilities Operations, Construction & Real Estate Director
Boston Scientific Corp., Natick, Mass.

AGE: 39
BS, MS, Massachusetts Maritime Academy

ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Before joining BSC, developed a renovation program for the Pentagon as HVAC designer and design-build manager with Sebesta Blomberg & Associates.
At BSC, works on new acquisitions, facilities, and projects over $500,000.
Recent projects: BSC Global Headquarters consolidation; first Far East manufacturing plant, Pudong, China; first FDA-approved robotic distribution center, Quincy, Mass.; first LEED Silver manufacturing facility in Central America (Costa Rica).
Selected for BSC Top Gun leadership program (100 employees out of 25,000).

EXTRACURRICULAR
Runs in charity races to raise money for cancer research and women’s health causes.
Organizes sponsorship teams for events to benefit the American Heart Association and Joslin Clinic for Diabetes.

OFF THE CLOCK
Hobbies: tuna fishing, lobster diving, hunting, snowmobiles, softball.
Favorite films: “Gladiator,” “Troy,” “Zero Dark Thirty.”

SECRET LIFE
Paternal grandfather served in the German army against his maternal grandfather (in World War I) and maternal uncles (in World War II).

 

TEAM CAPTAIN

JEREMY A. BURGE, AIA, LEED AP

Managing Principal, Director
Clark Nexsen Architecture & Engineering, Washington, D.C.

AGE: 34
BArch, Virginia Polytechnic and State University

ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Youngest Managing Principal in the firm’s history; leads a staff of 15.
Turned the D.C. location into one of Clark Nexsen’s best-performing offices.
Representative projects: Command Suite, Building 1, 5th Deck, National Naval Medical Center, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center; Science & Engineering Building, Germanna Community College (LEED Silver), Fredricksburg, Va.; new Operation Smile world headquarters, Virginia Beach.
Registered architect in D.C., Virginia, Maryland, and North Carolina.
Emerging Professional Honor Award, AIA Hampton Roads Chapter, 2008.
Principal of the Year, Society for Design Administration Hampton Roads Chapter.

EXTRACURRICULAR
Past VP, Hampton Roads AIA chapter; active in regional and national AIA.
Logistics Chair, Operation Smile Tool Box Bash fundraiser.
Volunteer with Habitat for Humanity, Blitz Build, Access Youth, and Canstruction.
Leadership Greater Washington, Class of 2013.

OFF THE CLOCK
Completed the Marine Corps marathon; plays tennis three to five times a week.
Favorite chill-out spot: Outer Banks of North Carolina.

SECRET LIFE
Must have access to a gym and breakfast at Chick-fil-A.

 

NUMBERS JUGGLER

MATTHEW R. VERST

Director, Cost Planning & Estimating
Messer Construction Co., Cincinnati

AGE: 36
BSCE, University of Kentucky

ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Joined Messer as a project engineer in 2000, now leads team of 25 cost planners. Focuses on integrating BIM and IPD with cost work. Oversees more than $7 billion in work annually.
Recent projects: $66 million Hoff Academic Quad, Xavier University; $108 million Fidelity Investments 100 Howe Office Building; $135 million Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center Location S Research Tower.
University of Kentucky Young Construction Engineer of the Year Award, 2012.
AGC Build Ohio Award, 2010.
ABC Award of Excellence and DBIA Ohio Valley Excellence in Design-Build Award, 2008.

EXTRACURRICULAR
Coaches youth sports (basketball, football, baseball, softball).
Chair-elect of the Board, Holly Hill Children’s Services (residential treatment program for teen girls).
Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Northern Kentucky Class of 2013.

OFF THE CLOCK
Activities: biking, softball, pinochle—“but it’s hard to find anyone under the age of 60 who knows how to play.”

SECRET LIFE
Father had 15 siblings; mom, seven. “I have over 170 first cousins and five kids of my own, with one on the way.”

 

ILLUMINATOR

SARA J. SCHONOUR, LC, ASSOC. IALD, IES, EIT, LEED AP, CDT

Senior Associate
Cannon Design, Boston

AGE: 29
BArchEng, The Pennsylvania State University

ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Started companywide lighting design studio with help of a Cannon Design colleague.
Supports Cannon teams in New York, St. Louis, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Phoenix, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Vancouver, Victoria, and Mumbai; directly manages lighting designers in Boston.
Projects have won six lighting industry awards, including IALD Award of Excellence for the MD Anderson Banner Cancer Center, Phoenix.

EXTRACURRICULAR
Contributing author/editor, “ASHRAE GreenGuide.”
Board Member, Designers Lighting Forum of New England; Co-chair for events and programming for Boston Lights trade show.
Active in Illuminating Engineering Society, USGBC, National Council on Qualifications for the Lighting Professions, and PSU Architectural Engineering Alumni Association.
Volunteer service: Horizons for Homeless Children; ACE mentor.
Spent a month in Nepal with nonprofit Light Up the World.
Liaison to Boston office for Cannon’s pro bono Open Hand Studio.

OFF THE CLOCK
Activities: skiing, sailing, singing, hiking, puzzles, playing music.
Lighting designer/board operator for The Footlight Club, America’s oldest community theatre.

SECRET LIFE
Reached the International Championship of Collegiate A Capella competition with her award-winning college music group.

ASSOCIATION NETWORKER

ANDY YEH, AIA, LEED AP

Managing Principal
Fox Architects LLC, Washington, D.C.

AGE: 38
BArch, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

ACCOMPLISHMENTS
As Fox’s youngest partner, opened firm’s first D.C. office in 2004 and has managed sustained growth with a staff of 40.
Portfolio includes high-end interiors, new construction, renovation, and landlord services. Has developed a strong specialty in association/nonprofit work.
Recent projects: 92,000-sf American Chemistry Council headquarters, 50,000-sf Nuclear Energy Institute Headquarters, 30,000-sf SoundExchange headquarters, 61,000-sf American Association for Justice headquarters.
AGC DC Metro Architect of the Year, 2012.
IIDA Mid-Atlantic Circle Pinnacle Award, 2011 (American Chemistry Council).
USGBC National Capital Region, LEED CI Office Project of the Year (BP America Government Affairs Office, LEED Platinum).
NAIOP Awards of Excellence, 2012 (three), 2010, 2009 (two), 2008, 2007, 2003.

EXTRACURRICULAR
Provides pro bono planning services and fundraising for the Sitar Arts Center, a community arts organization in Washington.
Volunteers with Jubilee Support Alliance and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

OFF THE CLOCK
Favorite movies: “Fargo,” “No Country for Old Men,” “Lost in Translation,” “Inception.”

SECRET LIFE
Audiophile, with particular fondness for drum and bass. “Half my music collection consists of electronic genres such as trance and techno, the other half is jazz. There’s nothing in between.

         
 

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