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Five New Shareholders Chosen to Continue Wilson & Company Growth

ALBUQUERQUE, NM March 21, 2019 Wilson & Company Inc. Engineers & Architects, a national engineering and architecture firm with award-winning multi-disciplinary projects and culture defined by Higher Relationships, originated as a partnership in 1932. In 2003, the company expanded the ownership structure and transitioned from a partnership to employee shareholders. After rapid growth in 2018, Wilson & Company selected an additional five shareholders to lead the firm to further growth opportunities: Carey Wilson, PE; Kelly Ortgies, PE; Nicholas Thomas, PE; Stephen Bryan, PE; and William Knight, PLS.

Carey Wilson, PE, from Colorado Springs, is the Rail Service Unit Manager for Denver, Kansas City, and Fort Worth. With over 20 years of design and project management experience on transportation-related projects, Carey’s experience includes a wide variety of projects. She is a member of AREMA and WTS and was recently recognized as 2018 WTS Colorado Member of the Year.

Kelly Ortgies, PE, from Omaha, has a strong background in mechanical engineering with 26 years of experience in the railroad industry. He is the Fueling Facility Manager with the Facility Engineering Division and works extensively with the Class I railroads including the BNSF and UPRR. Kelly has extensive experience in performing project and construction management on numerous railroad projects.

Since joining Wilson & Company in 2001, Nicholas Thomas, PE, from Kansas City, has served as Project Manager, Project Engineer and Design Engineer on many projects including street and highway improvements; KDOT, UDOT, CDOT, and MoDOT funded street improvements; design-build projects; sanitary sewer main extensions; and drainage improvements.

Stephen Bryan, PE, from Salt Lake City, is the Transportation Operations Manager. He has 19 years of experience and has managed the design of more than 65 urban and rural roadways, multidisciplinary highways, and bridges. Stephen is experienced with federal, state, and local standards and policies.     

William Knight, PLS, from Kansas City, has 20 years of experience and is responsible for managing the surveying activities at Wilson & Company’s Midwest office locations. From a career start in the U.S. Army (555th EN CO) surveying airfield and range control projects, William has performed a variety of survey services throughout his career.

“Carey, Kelly, Nick, Stephen, and Will have each proven themselves to be leaders in our firm,” said Steven Watt, PE, President and Chief Executive Officer, “and I look forward to welcoming them into our Company’s ownership.”

“Carey brings significant rail experience and is steadily growing our Denver, Kansas City, and Fort Worth Rail operation,” said Steven.

“Kelly’s experience with rail facilities has helped significantly grow our company,” he said. “Stephen exemplifies all of the technical and leadership qualities we look for in a Shareholder.”  

“Nick’s commitment to Wilson & Company has been evident for 18 years, and it is a great pleasure to invite him to join our Company’s ownership,” Steven said. “Will is an active leader in our Kansas City operation and a member of our Higher Relationships Champions Program.”

Wilson & Company added enough staff to grow headcount by more than 11% in 2018, which helped them respond to the rapid increase in demand for the multi-disciplinary services offered by the firm. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this matches the growing national need for more civil engineers as infrastructure continues to age. Employment of civil engineers is projected to grow by 11% between 2016 and 2026 to manage projects to rebuild, repair, and upgrade bridges, roads, levees, dams, airports, buildings, and structures of all types.  

Learn more about the new shareholders who are leading the way to expansion and multiple service opportunities for public and private clients throughout the United States:


About Wilson & Company, Engineers & Architects, Inc.

Wilson & Company is a comprehensive solution for multi-disciplinary engineering, architecture, surveying and mapping, planning, and construction management needs. Founded in 1932, the company has provided a variety of services to a diverse client base including federal and municipal governments, public transportation agencies, railroad companies, industrial and commercial corporations, and private developers. Wilson & Company employs a staff of more than 450 and is located in 13 offices in 9 states. The distinguishing characteristic that defines Wilson & Company’s culture is Higher Relationships. This is a genuine offer made to every employee and to every client and community we serve to build exceptional relationships with discipline, intensity, collaboration, shared ownership, and solutions.

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