Chairman of the Board
David Allsbrook, PE
David Allsbrook currently serves as Chairman of the Board. He joined Volkert in 2003 becoming chief operating officer in 2018 and then chairman of the Board and chief executive officer in 2020. He retired as chief executive officer in 2022. David has served Volkert in leadership roles since joining the firm after nearly three decades of service and leadership at the North Carolina Department of Transportation. At Volkert, he has led expansions and growth in the Central, West Central, and Texas regions of the company, was appointed senior vice president in 2009, was named the company’s first division president in 2017, and has served on the Board of Directors for over a decade. As COO, David emphasized the firm’s focus on quality, safety, and operational efficiency during a period of exceptional growth for the company. He received his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from North Carolina State University in 1975.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Thomas Hand, PE
Thomas Hand was named chief executive officer in 2022 and president in 2020. He first joined Volkert in 1995 and returned to join the management team 2003. He leads the development and implementation of the firm’s vision and strategic plan and oversees corporate profit/loss and operations. He was appointed as the firm’s chief marketing officer in 2017, after serving in similar roles for Volkert’s Gulf and Central regions, overseeing double-digit annual growth in both regional and corporate marketing. In these roles, he has also 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 Florida Departments of Transportation. Thomas received his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Auburn University in 1995.
Chief Financial Officer
Mike Sampson was appointed to the role of chief financial officer in 2018. Prior to this, he served as vice president and controller at Volkert. For more than half of his accounting career, 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.
Chief Operating Officer and Program Management Practice Lead
Leon Barkan, CCM
Leon Barkan was appointed to the role of chief operating officer in 2020. He joined Volkert in 2000 and is the principal in charge of Volkert’s program and construction management practice, as well as emergency management services. Leon is an expert 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 Hampden-Sydney College in 1993, as well as a master’s in building construction from Auburn University in 1999. He is a certified construction manager through the Construction Management Association of America and is a licensed general contractor in numerous states.