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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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Ray Sedey
SEDEY

Ray Sedey
Helped steer firm through tough economic times to new success
33, Vice Pres. of Operations, Nevada Div.
McCarthy Building Cos. Inc.
Henderson, Nev.

Sedey helped his company through the tough economy, allowing new hires to continue. He was project director on the McCarran Terminal 3 Early Civil Package, his division's largest project to date. Sedey helped organize more than 100 walkers and raised over $10,000 for American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Campaign.

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Paul Toplak
TOPLAK

Paul Toplak
Brings free health care to children
38, Vice President Business Development
Martin-Harris Construction
Las Vegas

Toplak has a staff of 10 as director of MHC’s special projects, responsible for approximately $40 million in revenue. High-profile projects include the USA Today facility for Las Vegas and retail stores such as Chanel at the Bellagio, earning Toplak a place on his firm's executive board. He volunteered as project manager for NAIOP’s Casey Jones Health Clinic, a free clinic for all children of need, as well as Safe Nest, which included the complete renovation of a home.

 

“Raimund McClain’s career trajectory so far speaks to the energy, creativity, commitment and professionalism that characterize his work.”
—Van H. Gilbert, AIA, President/Founder, Van H. Gilbert Architect PC
Julie Walleisa
WALLEISA

Julie Walleisa, AIA
Harvard graduate, active mentor
35, Associate
Dekker/Perich/Sabatini
Albuquerque, N.M.

Walleisa is current project manager on a $23-million school renovation for the Navajo nation. Chair of USGBC-New Mexico, Walleisa has given over 60 public presentations. This active mentor encourages women to join the field of architecture.

 

Michael Wolfe
WOLFE

Michael Wolfe
Leads firm’s largest project
39, Project Director
Kitchell
Phoenix

Over the last 13 years, Wolfe has specialized in hospital construction, including over $700 million worth of projects, such as the $357-million Phoenix Children’s Hospital expansion, Kitchell’s largest project to date. He is currently completing the Arizona Builder’s Alliance Leadership Development Forum.

 

Ryan Mendenhall “demonstrates excellence in his profession by constantly sharing his knowledge and expertise with those around him.”
—Jay N. Smith, President, Las Vegas Paving Corp.
Thomas W. Young
YOUNG

Thomas W. Young, P.E.
Piloting between counties to challenge students
39, Location Principal
Lumos & Associates Inc.
Carson City, Nev.

Young is Eureka County Engineer, piloting the company plane between Carson City and Eureka. His projects include an urban fishing pond and the reconstruction of the Virginia & Truckee Railroad. He is a project mentor for local students and works with the National Engineers Week Future City Competition to engage middle school students in engineering.

 

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