Working one’s way to the top of any company is an accomplishment worthy of recognition, especially in industries as competitive as architecture, construction and engineering. And especially in an environment still absorbing the impacts of a global pandemic.
But Arkansas is home to some impressive leaders in the AEC fields who have helped shape the state’s business climate and contributed to growing the state’s economy. AMP recognizes some of these company leaders below.
Richard Alderman, WDD, Little Rock
Derek Alley, VCC, Little Rock
Frank Allison, Engineering Consultants Inc., Little Rock
Chris Baribeau, modus studio, Fayetteville
Daniel Barnes, McClelland Consulting Engineers, Little Rock
David Beggs, Flynco, Little Rock
Hex Bisbee, Multi-Craft Contractors, Springdale
Marlon Blackwell, Marlon Blackwell Architect, Fayetteville
Bob Butler, Alessi-Keyes, North Little Rock
Joe Carter, Snyder Environmental, North Little Rock
Clark Contractors, Little Rock
William Clark is the founder and CEO of Clark Contractors, launched in 2009. A third-generation resident of Little Rock, he graduated from Central High in 1987 and attended the University of Arkansas, obtaining a bachelor’s degree in business management in 1991. His wife, Christy, is the company’s controller. Clark serves as a corporate director for Simmons Bank and board member for CARTI, where he also serves as vice chair of the strategic committee. He is a member of Arkansas Executive Forum and the UA’s Sam Walton College of Business Dean’s Executive Advisory Board. Clark and his wife actively support local charitable organizations and causes including UAMS, Baptist Health and Arkansas Children’s.
Cromwell Architects Engineers,
Greg Cockmon graduated in 1984 from Southern Arkansas University Tech and went on to graduate from the University of Arkansas School of Architecture in 1989. Soon after, he began working as an intern architect with Cromwell. At the firm, he gained an extensive resume both as an architect and a project manager specializing in a variety of project types including medical, corporate and government. He most recently led the design team on the award-winning ArcBest Headquarters. Cockman held the role of president of the company for the 12 years before being appointed CEO in 2020. He has been involved in local community activities including serving on the board for the local chapters of the American Red Cross and the Habitat for Humanity and as a board member of his church. Cockman is a member of the American Institute of Architects and a graduate of Leadership Arkansas, Class VII.
Scott Copas, Baldwin & Shell, Little Rock
Matt Crafton, Crafton Tull, Little Rock
C.R. Crawford Construction,
Cody Crawford is owner and founder of C.R. Crawford Construction, one of the state’s largest general contracting and construction management companies. A native of El Dorado, Crawford began his construction career by working in the various types of heavy industrial and manufacturing businesses located in the southern part of the state. He began his formal education in the Fay Jones School of Architecture at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. After realizing that his passion was not for designing but rather for constructing buildings of all types, he adjusted his career path to better align with his interests and went on to receive a bachelor’s degree in construction management at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He founded C.R. Crawford in 2006 in Fayetteville, where it remains headquartered.
North Little Rock
Doyne President/CEO Dexter Doyne started his construction company in 1983. It has since grown into a multi-million-dollar firm working on all types of projects across Arkansas and surrounding states. Some of the company’s notable Arkansas projects include the new Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts, UCA’s Integrated Health Sciences Building, Little Rock Southwest High School, the UA Clinton School of Public Service, the UA Little Rock Windgate Center of Art and Design, the College Park Independent Living Center and St. Mark Baptist Church. Doyne is a former member of the Little Rock Port Authority board of directors, for which he served as vice chair and chair.
Matthew Dunn, Crist Engineers, Little Rock
Tom Fennell, Fennell Purifoy, Little Rock
Ann Fleming, Fleming Companies, Bryant
North Little Rock
Bill Gray is CEO of Taggart Architects, which is licensed in 29 states and recognized both locally and nationally for high quality architectural design. Gray started his career with Taggart in 1983 and has served in many roles within the company over 38 years. He has been a project architect, project manager and principal in charge of some of the firm’s largest and most complex projects. He is active in his community and currently serves or has served on various boards including the NLR Chamber Executive Board, Arkansas Enterprises for Developmentally Disabled, ACANSA Arts Council Board, Lakewood Methodist Staff-Parish Relations Committee, Salvation Army Advisory Board and Young Life Committee.
Brock Hoskins, Garver, North Little Rock
Doug Hurley, pb2, Rogers
Brian Jackson, Hight Jackson, Rogers
Chris Ladner, Entegrity, Little Rock
Tim Maddox, DEMX, Fayetteville
Roger Marlin, Hydco, North Little Rock
Julie McCallister, ECCI, Little Rock
Jonathan Opitz, AMR, Little Rock
Phil Purifoy, Fennell Purifoy, Little Rock
Lexicon Inc., Little Rock
Patrick Schueck is president and CEO of Lexicon Inc., a leading provider of construction management, fabrication, erection, mechanical installation, golf course construction and plant management services. Under his leadership, the company has become Arkansas’ largest construction company with nearly 2,000 employees. Schueck has overseen many of Lexicon’s biggest steel fabrication and erection contracts, including the expansion of the McCormick Center in Chicago; AT&T Stadium, formerly Cowboys Stadium, in Arlington, Texas; ThyssenKrupp Galvanizing Lines and Melt Shop in Calvert, Ala.; the NASA Stennis A3 Test Stand in Mississippi; and numerous Nucor Corporation projects. He has also been instrumental in transforming Prospect Steel into a global leader in automated robotic fabrication.
Born and raised in Little Rock, Schueck gives his time freely to state nonprofit organizations. A three-time cancer survivor, he considers it a privilege to support Arkansas Children’s, where he is a member of the board of directors. He also serves on the boards for the American Institute of Steel Construction, Boys & Girls Club of Central Arkansas, Little Rock Regional Chamber’s Fifty for the Future and US Bank.
Mark Smith, Tatum Smith Welcher, Rogers
Britt Stewart, Metro Disaster Specialists, North Little Rock
David Tatum, Tatum Smith Welcher, Rogers
Ed Tinsley, Bernhard, Little Rock
Wesley Walls, Polk Stanley Wilcox, Little Rock
Kinco Contractors, Little Rock
Doug Wasson is president/CEO of Kinco Constructors, a multi-disciplined general contracting and construction management firm with offices in Little Rock and Springdale. Kinco, established in 1973, has grown to be one of the state’s leading construction companies with more than 100 employees. Wasson is a graduate of Southern Arkansas University Tech with a degree in building construction and the Project Managers Academy at Clemson University. He joined Kinco while still in college and throughout his career has served in numerous positions from project superintendent to vice president. He became president/CEO in 2000. He is actively involved in numerous associations including the boards of Arkansas Hospice, Arkansas State Police Foundation and UALR Construction Management Advisory Council. Wasson was appointed in 2020 by Gov. Asa Hutchinson to serve on the Arkansas Contractors Licensing Board.
Nabholz Corp., Conway
Nabholz CEO Greg Williams joined the company as a controller in 1991 and was promoted to CFO in 1995. He became CEO in 2014 and was chosen as chairman of the Nabholz board of directors in 2019. Williams holds a degree in accounting from the University of Arkansas and is a certified public accountant and a Paul Harris Fellow. He currently serves on St. Joseph Parish Finance Council as well as the board and executive committees for the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce. In January 2022, Williams will step down from the CEO role, taking on his sole position as chairman.