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In the Spotlight: Karen Weber

At DAA, we are overflowing with exceptional employees and each month we like to choose one to highlight. You can also check back next month to see who is featured in the employee spotlight! How long have you been with the firm? 15 Years   What inspired you most about joining Draper Aden Associates? When I started at DAA, I was in the field 100% of the time. It was great.  I still love field days.   In your experience here, is there a project that really stands out/was your favorite/was challenging? Why? I’ve had numerous projects that were enjoyable because they were challenging. All of my best stories involve a unique experience in the field.  I told someone the other day that I was looking forward to some field work because the site is going to be very challenging and I thought it was going to be fun.  She said it might make for a fun story...

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Draper Aden Names New Senior Associates

Since 1972, Draper Aden Associates’ success has been thanks in large part to our experienced, dedicated, and hardworking team members who leave a lasting, positive impact on our local communities. Recognizing those who truly live our values, we are pleased to announce our newly elected Senior Associates:   Tim Cretney, Chief Financial Officer Joined DAA in 2016 Tim has more than 10 years of experience in financial and operational leadership. At Draper Aden, he supports all business strategies and initiatives for growth of the firm, in addition to maintaining the stewardship of the firm’s finances. He has quickly turned our Finance and Accounting Division into a cohesive, flexible, and productive department that contributes to our success every day. His financial expertise has helped the firm to grow and prosper.         Tyrus Clayton, PE, Senior Project Manager Joined DAA in 2000 Site Development and Infrastructure Division Tyrus has more than 18 years of experience in geotechnical engineering, environmental engineering, solid waste designs,...

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Employee Spotlight: Rob Link

At DAA we are overflowing with exceptional employees and each month we like to choose one to highlight. Check back at the beginning of every month to see who's in the spotlight! Rob Link Title: Laboratory Manager Division: Geotechnical Engineering Hometown: Brooklyn, NY Birthday: June 9   What three words would you use to describe working at DAA? Comradery, integrity, and dedication   Favorite thing about working at DAA? The best part of working at DAA for me is the privilege of working with our talented staff. Even as we grow, and continue to grow as a company, we have not lost our family feel and approach.   In your experience here, is there a project that really stands out? Goodness, as Lab Manager I have worked on hundreds of different projects, all of them have their own unique challenges. However, for me the most challenging aspect of my job is holding, and renewing the laboratory’s Army Corps of Engineers Certification. Every three years the...

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Employee Spotlight: John Robertson

At DAA we are overflowing with exceptional employees and each month we like to choose one to highlight. Check back at the beginning of every month to see who's in the spotlight! John Robertson, PE Title: Division Manager Division: Advanced Locating & Mapping Hometown: Henrico, VA Alma Mater: Virginia Tech Birthday: May 14   What three words would you use to describe working at DAA? Professional, challenging, rewarding   Favorite thing about working at DAA? In people and the culture.   In your experience here, is there a project that really stands out? Project RVA is the largest project to date since I've been here. It's fast paced, interesting, and always changing.   Favorite sports team? Virgina Tech and NASCAR   What TV show, movie, or book are you obsessed with right now? Seal Team   Have you been on a recent vacation or trip that you loved?   New York City at Thanksgiving. It was fun, but no way would I live there.   Is there something you do or like that would surprise people?   I used...

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Employee Spotlight: Deborah Flippo

At DAA we are overflowing with exceptional employees and each month we like to choose one to highlight. Check back at the beginning of every month to see who's in the spotlight! Deborah Flippo Title: Economic Development Program Manager Division: Marketing & Business Development Hometown: Mechanicsville, VA Alma Mater: VCU Birthday: April 7   Favorite thing about working at DAA? In my job, every day is different.  I love the autonomy I can enjoy and the work-life balance that has always been important to the firm.   In your experience here, is there a project that really stands out? I spent 7 years pursuing the Wildwood Commerce Park in Carroll County – and then they issued the RFP with a due date while I was out of the country on vacation!  But the DAA team made it happen, and I returned to a great interview and we won! That project has brought in a large revenue stream for all teams – and has...

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Employee Spotlight: Jocylen Graves

At DAA we are overflowing with exceptional employees and each month we like to choose one to highlight. Check back at the beginning of every month to see who's in the spotlight! Jocylen Graves Title: Plat Creation Manager Division: Site Development and Infrastructure Hometown: Bumpass, VA Birthday: December 2   What 3 words would you use to describe working at DAA? Fun, Challenging, Family-Oriented   Favorite thing about working at DAA? Flexible work schedule   In your experience here, is there a project that really stands out? Working on the Public Utility Company project has been one of the most rewarding and challenging experiences I’ve had. It’s an accomplishment being involved in the many steps of the strategic underground process and the reliable source of electricity distributed to Virginia customers.   Favorite quote or words of wisdom? “Cultivate the habit of being grateful…” –Ralph Waldo Emerson   What TV show, movie, or book are you obsessed with right now? Law & Order: SVU and the Bible   Have you been on a recent vacation...

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Employee Spotlight: Jason Judy

At DAA we are overflowing with exceptional employees and each month we like to choose one to highlight. Check back at the beginning of every month to see who's in the spotlight! Jason Judy, PE Title: Design Engineer Division: Structural Engineering Alma Mater:  Old Dominion University Hometown: Varina, VA Birthday: October 1   What 3 words would you use to describe working at DAA? Challenging, Fun and, Rewarding   Favorite thing about working at DAA? The team/family environment we have in Structural, from Puppy Picture Monday to our Structural cook-outs out in the back parking lot.   In your experience here, is there a project that really stands out? The Stone Brewery. I worked on this project for the better part of two years from preliminary design documents through the first batches of beer brewed. The cast-in-place concrete tank farm for the brewery presented a unique design challenge and has been the only time where we’ve needed to use large No. 14 bars for the steel reinforcing....

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Employee Spotlight: Leonard “Rip” Ford

At DAA we are overflowing with exceptional employees and each month we like to choose one to highlight. Check back at the beginning of every month to see who's in the spotlight! Leonard “Rip” Ford Title: Environmental Project Manager Division: Environmental Services Alma Mater:  Virginia Tech and UCLA Hometown: Richmond, VA Birthday: September 26   Favorite thing about working at DAA? Flexible office schedule.   In your experience here, is there a project that really stands out? Serving as environmental team leader for some 20 years was both the most challenging and the most rewarding “project” that I have experienced in my career.   What TV show, movie, or book are you obsessed with right now? Midsomer Murders (ACORN TV rules)   Have you been on a recent vacation or trip that you loved?   A weekend visit with my first born daughter, last month, in Chicago.   [caption id="attachment_6594" align="aligncenter" width="770"] Rip's trip to Chicago[/caption]   What was the first concert you ever attended? The Byrds (Richmond Arena)   Favorite sports team? I have no interest in...

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Meet our Virginia Beach Team Members

Draper Aden Associates recently expanded our presence in Hampton Roads and opened an office in Virginia Beach. The new office is located at 109 S. Lynnhaven Road in the Widgeon Professional Center. The Virginia Beach office will provide multidisciplinary services and adds five new team members. Collectively, they have over 100 years of experience providing innovative and multidisciplinary engineering and consulting services. Joining DAA in Virginia Beach: David Barton Director of Aerial Services Surveying and SUE Division A proven leader and innovator with unmanned aerial systems (UAS), also referred to as drones, David will become DAA’s Director of Aerial Services. A native of Chesapeake, he has worked closely with the federal government, military, and private companies on a wide variety of technology, scanning, and UAS/drone projects. Email David at: dbarton@daa.com       Robert Erwin, LS Survey Team Leader Surveying and SUE Division Hired at DAA in 2012 Rob specializes in surveying, including the management of GPS and UTS machine control systems. Most recently with Branscome, he has worked...

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Employee Spotlight: Lori Kuszmaul

At DAA we are overflowing with exceptional employees and each month we like to choose one to highlight. Check back at the beginning of every month to see who's in the spotlight! Lori Kuszmaul Title: Receptionist Division: Finance and Administration Alma Mater:  University of Toledo Hometown: McComb and Perrysburg, Ohio Birthday: August 12   What 3 words would you use to describe working at DAA? Fun, exciting, family-oriented   Favorite thing about working at DAA? Every day is a new day! I never know what my challenges and accomplishments will be. I enjoy working with people and helping where I can.   Favorite quote or words of wisdom? BREATHE!   What TV show, movie, or book are you obsessed with right now? I am always obsessed with romance novels. But my latest read, which was not a romance novel was "Born a Crime", by Trevor Noah. Wonderful book about the apartheid.     Have you been on a recent vacation or trip that you loved?   I don’t need no stinkin’ vacation, I live...

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