AzBusiness Leaders 2018

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President and CEO Speedie & Associates Inc. Creaser is CEO and Geotechnical Division manager, providing consulting engineering services for private and public entities. Trend to watch: “Last year’s attacks on landscape architects and geologists is the start of a nationwide trend. Due to a lack of understanding of what our industry provides for the built environment, some of our legislators are touting that professional licensure is an impediment to employment and that we are an over-regulated industry. A departure from licensure for professional engineering and architecture could open doors to poorly qualified and/or unethical persons practicing in Arizona, with no consequence other than increased risk to public health and safety.”


Vice president and regional manager Burns & McDonnell Engineering Company Edwards leads a team of more than 100 architects, engineers and construction professionals delivering projects across Arizona and the Southwest. With more than 25 years of experience, his focus includes large-scale power generation projects, research and education facilities, manufacturing, aviation and mission critical facilities. Trend to watch: “There are prototype construction techniques that resemble large-scale 3-D printers. It is very exciting to envision designs going directly from the computer to the field and being constructed in a fraction of the time. New materials and complex forms will open up limitless opportunities for expression and functionality.”

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CEO Dibble Engineering As CEO, Haggerty is responsible for the direction and strategy of the firm. He was named CEO in 2013. Haggerty has more than 20 years of civil engineering experience on multidiscipline projects. Dibble Engineering provides a full range of civil engineering services to clients across Arizona and the Southwestern United States. The company’s broad market expertise offers the ability to deliver complete engineering solutions, from concept to closeout. A testament to this success is the company’s repeat client base. More than 80 percent of Dibble CM’s current clientele are repeat clients.


President and CEO Coe & Van Loo Consultants Inc. Weed became president of CVL in January 2015, previously holding the title of executive vice president. He has more than 20 years of experience in planning, zoning, preliminary and final design, and construction documents in the hospitality, retail, residential, commercial, solar and energy sectors. Weed directs his teams to think creatively and solve problems in ways that benefit agencies, communities and clients. Source of pride: “Completing project milestones ahead of time. We have had many instances where the construction permits were achieved several weeks ahead of schedule. It is very rewarding to call a client with such great news.”

DARREL WOOD Founding principal Wood, Patel & Associates Inc.

Wood has more than 30 years of experience serving clients in the private and public works sectors, particularly related to entitlement work and challenging drainage assignments. As a founding principal of Wood/Patel, Wood is involved in the day-to-day operations of the firm, as well as sharing his knowledge and expertise on a variety of ongoing projects. Wood/Patel supports the community through financial contributions, donating professional services and volunteering to worthy causes. Business philosophy: “Clients need positive results without surprises. As a firm, we empower our team members to best serve our clients and create win-win relationships. We do this by being committed, hardworking and personable, all balanced with a skill set of competitive, expertise and client service.”