Volkert announces new leadership

June 16, 2020

In March 2020, David A. Allsbrook, PE, was promoted to serve as Volkert’s chairman of the board and chief executive officer. He previously served as chief operating officer, where he emphasized the firm’s focus on quality, safety, and operational efficiency during a period of exceptional growth for the company.

Allsbrook has served Volkert in leadership roles since joining the firm in 2003 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 to 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.

“I’m honored to have the opportunity to lead Volkert as we continue to grow the company,” says Allsbrook. “I look forward to building on our strong market presence in a myriad of infrastructure services.”

Also, in March, Thomas A. Hand, PE, was appointed to president. He will also continue to serve as chief marketing officer, a role he assumed in 2017. As president, Hand helps lead the implementation of the firm’s strategic agenda and business plan, facilitating its execution by its senior leadership team. 

Hand joined Volkert in 1995, serving as a resident engineer for three years, then returned to join the management team in 2003. He has served in a marketing capacity for the Gulf and Central regions and was instrumental in Volkert earning international work.

“Volkert’s primary focus has always been to successfully meet our clients’ needs,” says Hand. “I am proud to lead an organization that places such a high value on client service and relationships.”

In May 2020, Leon Barkan, CCM, was appointed to the role of chief operating officer, the position left vacant by Allsbrook’s promotion. Barkan has been with Volkert since 2000 and is the principal in charge of Volkert’s program and construction management practice, as well as emergency management services.

He also serves as division president for the firm’s South division, comprising five southeastern states. Barkan’s expertise is in successfully managing complex, multi-project programs that require a high level of collaboration among multiple user groups and funding sources.

Rounding out Volkert’s leadership team is Mike Sampson who serves as chief financial officer, a role he assumed in 2018. Prior to serving as CFO, he served as Volkert’s vice president and controller for nearly four years. For more than half of his accounting career, which spans two decades, Sampson has worked in a variety of roles at Volkert, including staff accountant, senior accountant, assistant vice president, and assistant controller.

“I am confident that we have assembled a leadership team that will continue growing, strengthening, and leading Volkert through innovation and collaboration,” says Allsbrook.