Our Leadership

Jerry Stump, PE
President
Chief Executive Officer

Jerry Stump joined Volkert in 2013 as the firm’s chief operating officer, becoming president and COO in 2016 and then president and CEO in 2018. Jerry brings to Volkert 37 years of experience, including leadership positions with national ENR-ranked firms. He leads the development and implementation of the firm’s vision, strategic agenda, and business plan, facilitating its communication and execution by its senior leadership team. Jerry served as national chairman of American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC), and he currently serves as the chairman of the Design Professionals Coalition, an ACEC affiliate representing the government and business interests of approximately 60 of the largest engineering and construction services firms in the industry. He graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1982 with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and later received his master’s degree in engineering management.

David Allsbrook, PE
Chief Operating Officer

Appointed COO in 2018, David Allsbrook oversees Volkert’s corporate profit/loss; directs operations and growth initiatives; and assists regional offices with operations, strategic planning, and expansion of markets and services. He joined Volkert in 2003 after a 28-year career with the North Carolina Department of Transportation, where   he served in various leadership positions, most notably Division Engineer and Chief Engineer. David opened Volkert’s Raleigh office and was then promoted in 2009 to senior vice president, responsible for the firm’s central region, then covering six states. He also led the firm’s 2011 initiative to expand into Texas. In 2017 David was promoted to division president, overseeing four of Volkert’s eight geographic regions. He received his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from North Carolina State University in 1975.

Thomas Hand, PE
Chief Marketing Officer

Thomas Hand joined Volkert in 1995 for three years, then returned to join the management team 2003. He was named the firm’s CMO in 2017, after serving in similar roles for Volkert Global, Volkert’s Gulf regions, and its Central region. In these roles, he facilitated the firm’s teaming in major alternative delivery projects, such as the Inner Harbor Navigation Channel MR-GO Surge Barrier and the Biloxi Bay Bridge. Thomas began his Volkert career as a resident engineer for multiple projects with the Alabama and the Florida Departments of Transportation. Prior to joining Volkert, he participated in the ALDOT PCET Program and served on a survey crew for Perry Hand and Associates. Thomas received his bachelor’s degree from Auburn University in 1995.

Dan Houston
Chief Administrative Officer

Dan Houston was hired as Volkert’s first CAO in 2018. In this role, Dan oversees Volkert’s human resources, information technology, communications, fleet, and legal & risk departments. Prior to joining Volkert, Dan served as executive vice president and chief human resources officer for Simmons Foods. Prior to joining Simmons, Dan oversaw the human resource function for Wilbur Smith, then led organizational development for the merged firm CDM Smith. In addition to consulting engineering, he has held human resource leadership roles in a broad range of industries over his 35-year career, including aerospace, banking, chemicals, and manufacturing. Dan earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Aquinas College and his master’s in organizational behavior from the University of Hartford. He also holds a certificate in executive education from the University of Notre Dame.

Mike Sampson
Chief Financial Officer

Mike Sampson was appointed to the role of CFO in 2018. Prior to this, he served as vice president and controller at Volkert for nearly four years. For more than half of his accounting career spanning two decades, Mike has worked at Volkert in a variety of roles, including staff accountant, senior accountant, assistant vice president, and assistant controller. Mike received his bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University in accounting in 2000 and his master’s in the same field from the University of Miami in 2004.

Leon Barkan, CCM
Division President, South Division
Practice Lead, Program Management

Leon Barkan has been with Volkert since September 2000 and is the principal in charge of Volkert’s national and global program management/construction management practice, as well as Volkert’s emergency management services. In 2020, he was named division president for the firm’s South division, comprising five southeastern states. Leon’s expertise is in successfully managing complex, multi-project programs that require a high level of collaboration among multiple user groups and funding sources. Leon has a bachelor’s degree in managerial economics and Russian language from Hampden­Sydney College (1993), as well as a master’s in building construction from Auburn University (1999). He is also a certified construction manager through the Construction Management Association of America and is a licensed general contractor in numerous states.

David Webber, PE, CPESC
Senior Vice President
Design / Alternative Delivery Practice Lead

David Webber joined Volkert in 1993 and has over 30 years of experience in the transportation industry working for state, federal, and private clients. In 2020 he became the firm’s national design and alternative delivery practice lead. David has managed a number of Volkert’s largest transportation projects, including the $750 million I-59/20 Central Business District reconstruction in Birmingham, Alabama; the $900 million Mobile River Bridge environmental impact study and conceptual designs; and the $2.3 billion, 140-mile I-85 corridor study. He has also provided traffic, drainage, design and planning services to several local governments.  David’s professional awards include 2013 MACE Engineer of the Year, 2005 ASPE President’s Award for Service, 2005 ASCE (Mobile Branch) Engineer of the Year, 2004 and 2001 ASPE (Mobile Branch) Engineer of the Year. He has served as Alabama state president for ASCE and ASPE as well as treasurer for ACEC.  David earned his bachelor’s degree in 1990 and his master’s degree in 1991, both from the University of Tennessee.

David Young, PE, PLS
Division President, Central Division
Region Lead, West Central Region

David Young joined Volkert in 2000 and was named senior vice president for the West Central region in 2016. He also leads the firm’s Energy Initiative and in 2020 was named division president for Volkert’s Central division, comprising 10 states from Texas to Michigan. David has over three decades of experience in planning, surveying, design, and construction management for design-build and design-bid-build transportation projects; water, wastewater and storm water systems; and land planning and development; hazardous and solid waste landfills; and airport improvements. He is currently responsible for the management and leadership of both region and division business development and operations, including all electric and natural gas projects. David earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Texas Tech University in 1985.

Mike Harper, PE
Senior Vice President
East Gulf Region

Mike Harper joined Volkert in 2003 and the next year was appointed senior vice president for the firm’s Gulf region field services, as well as program management and real estate services, before becoming the leader for the firm’s East Gulf region (Alabama and Georgia) in 2020. He has managed services provided to the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) and local governments throughout the region. This includes serving as program manager for an $800 million ALDOT bond program to assist local governments. Mike’s background includes working for ALDOT since 1992, serving as project administrator, project engineer, and inspector. Mike obtained his bachelor’s degree from Auburn University in 1997.

Mark McConnell, PE
Regional Vice President
West Gulf Region

Mark McConnell joined Volkert in 2016 and was appointed vice president and Mississippi operations manager. He currently serves as the regional vice president for the firm’s West Gulf region (Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas). Mark retired from the Mississippi Department of Transportation after 29 years of service in roles ranging from project engineer to deputy executive director / chief engineer, where he had oversight for all MDOT engineering. Mark is recognized for his service on several committees within the American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials (AASHTO). He was also awarded Mississippi’s Government Engineer of the Year in 2010. Mark earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering in 1987 from Louisiana State University.

Bill Moyers, PE
Senior Vice President
Carolinas Region

Bill Moyers joined Volkert’s Raleigh, North Carolina, office in 2007, when there were 10 employees working in the state. Since then, Bill has helped build the Carolinas region (North and South Carolina) to more than 135 employees, serving diverse clients including the North Carolina Department of Transportation, the City of Greensboro, the City of Raleigh, and various private clients. Prior to joining Volkert, Bill served 11 years with the North Carolina Department of Transportation in a variety of roles, including Resident Engineer in Division 5 and State Roadway Construction Engineer. After leaving NCDOT, Bill served as a project manager for Lane Contracting, where he worked on the first design-build project in North Carolina. Bill holds a bachelor’s degree from North Carolina State University.

Bob Polk, PE
Senior Vice President
Central Region

Bob Polk leads Volkert’s Central region, comprising Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia. He joined Volkert in 2013 to open the firm’s Franklin (Tennessee) office; he became vice president over Tennessee Operations in 2014 and senior vice president over the Central region in 2017. During his 44-year career, Bob has held senior leadership positions in both the private and public sector, with responsibilities including business development, client management, project management, staff development, and regional operations. He understands firsthand the constraints and challenges faced by officials and stakeholders in implementing projects. Bob received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville in 1976. He is also a graduate of the ACEC Senior Executive Institute, the WestStar Leadership Program, and the University of Tennessee Local Government Leadership Program.

Randy Redmond, PE
Senior Vice President
Texas Region

Randy Redmond served the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) for 26 years as Area Engineer, Director of Transportation Planning and Development, District Engineer, and Strategic Projects Office Director. He started at Volkert in 2016 as a regional vice president and was named senior vice president for the firm’s Texas region in 2018. He now manages the entire Texas region’s growth and expansion initiatives, operations, and business development activities. Randy received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Texas A&M University in 1989.

Bo Sanchez, PE
Senior Vice President
Florida Region

Bo Sanchez joined Volkert in 2014, bringing over 33 years of experience to Volkert’s Florida region, including 23 years’ experience in tolls and limited access facilities. He has extensive experience working with both the Florida Turnpike Enterprise and the Florida Department of Transportation. As Volkert’s Florida region lead, Bo helped to expand the firm’s presence across the state and reestablish its presence with the Florida Turnpike Enterprise. Bo earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Florida State University in 1986 and an MBA in 1991. He was named senior vice president for the Florida region in 2015.

Keith Weakley, PE, DBIA
Senior Vice President
Mid-Atlantic Region

In 2020, Keith Weakley was appointed to lead Volkert’s Mid-Atlantic region, comprising four states (Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania) and the District of Columbia. He joined Volkert in 2010 and served as chief engineer for the region, seated in Springfield, Virginia. Keith has more than a quarter century of experience in the design, development, and management of transportation projects. Prior to joining Volkert, Keith worked at the Virginia Department of Transportation for 16 years and served as the Staunton District Structure and Bridge Engineer. He received his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Virginia Tech in 1993 and his master’s degree in the same discipline from the University of Virginia in 2006.