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Professional Services

The nitty-gritty work of business rarely occurs without significant involvement of accountants, architects, engineers, marketers and other consultants. This section includes a diversity of skilled leaders representing both homegrown and international businesses and partnerships. North Carolina’s competitive economic advantages and increasing national prominence is helping spur expansion by many professional-services firms.

JENNIFER APPLEBY

president, chief creative officer | Wray Ward

Charlotte

Appleby, 56, joined Wray Ward, one of Charlotte’s largest creative agencies, as the senior art director in 1993. The Penn State graduate has been the top executive since 2001.

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MATTHEW BEACH

executive vice president, critical infrastructure | Parsons

Charlotte

Beach oversees $1.7 billion in annual revenue through Parsons’ Charlotte-based critical infrastructure unit, which includes roads, highways, bridges, aviation, rail and transit, and utilities. Beach, who has a master’s degree from Boston University and a bachelor’s from the University of Colorado, joined the Centreville, Va.-based company in 2008 and assumed his current position in 2019.

PEGGY BROOKHOUSE

founder | BROOKHOUSE

Charlotte

The University of Tennessee graduate, 58, founded the brand-development company in March after more than two decades at Luquire George Andrews, where she most recently served as president and partner. In 2020, LGA claimed eight American Advertising Federation District 3 Awards. She was named Charlotte BusinessWoman of the year by Queens University in 2019.

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GARY CLINE

president, managing principal | Cline Design

Raleigh

The UNC Charlotte graduate has more than 36 years of experience in the architecture industry, founding Cline Design in 1989. In 2020, the firm’s projects of note include the mixed-use project Peace Raleigh Apartments and the corporate headquarters for golf-grip manufacturer Golf Pride in Pinehurst.

MALCOMB COLEY

U.S. central growth market leader, Charlotte managing partner | Ernst & Young

Charlotte

With a bachelor’s degree and an MBA from UNC Wilmington, Coley, 56, oversees 1,700 staffers for the grant consultancy. He also partnered with former Duke Energy executive Lloyd Yates and Hugh McColl Jr. to form the Bright Hope Capital investment firm to back Black- and Hispanic-owned businesses. Its first deal was to buy Charlotte’s R.J. Leeper Construction.

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NEIL DEANS

senior vice president | Kimley-Horn

Raleigh

Deans joined the engineering company as a marketing manager after graduating from N.C. State University in 1993. He now oversees business development across 10 Southeast offices. In 2020, Kimley-Horn was named among the Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For. The company was founded in Raleigh in 1967.

TURAN DUDA

founding principal | Duda|Paine Architects

Durham

A graduate of N.C. State University with a master’s from Yale, Duda met founding partner Jeffrey Paine while working for famed architect César Pelli. Formed in 1997, Duda|Paine designed N.C. State’s Talley Student Union and Dimensional Place in Charlotte.

JOYCE FITZPATRICK

owner | Fitzpatrick Communications

Raleigh

Fitzpatrick is a veteran public affairs and crisis management consultant to many Tar Heel companies. She is on the boards of the North Carolina Museum of Art, Lucy Daniels Foundation and Hussman School of Journalism and Mass Communications at UNC Chapel Hill, her alma mater.

JEFF FLOYD

principal, vice president, and Charlotte office leader | LS3P

Charlotte

Floyd’s architectural clients have included The Bissell Cos. and Spectrum Properties. With degrees from UNC Charlotte and N.C. State University, Floyd, 66, joined LS3P’s board in 2019.

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RICK FRENCH

chairman, CEO | French West Vaughan

Raleigh

Founded in 1997, FWV now employs more than 100 public-relations, advertising and digital-media experts in Raleigh, New York City, Los Angeles and Tampa. A graduate of Oakland University, French, 58, was inducted into the N.C. Media and Journalism Hall of Fame in 2018. He also is a co-owner of the Daytona Tortugas minor league baseball team and manages Prix Productions, a feature film and documentary company.

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JOHN GAULDEN

principal, managing director | Gensler

Charlotte

Gaulden has developed strong contacts with major businesses and developers over a 30-plus year architectural career. With a bachelor’s degree from Clemson University and a master’s from Rice University, he’s won design excellence awards from the American Institute of Architects and the Building Owners and Managers Association.

GREGG KIEHL

partner, Carolinas market leader | RSM

Charlotte

Kiehl serves as the accounting firm’s tax leader for the Southeast region and is on the Chicago-based company’s U.S. board of directors. Kiehl is a master’s graduate of UNC Chapel Hill. He joined the firm in 2004 after working for Deloitte in Texas. 

MATTIAS KIHLMAN

executive vice president | Alten Group, XDIN

Greensboro

The longtime executive of XDIN, a Swedish engineering company owned since 2008 by the Paris-based Alten Group, counts Greensboro’s Volvo Trucks as a key client. The company employs more than 200 people in the Triad. He’s a graduate of Sweden’s Högskolan i Halmstad College and Chalmers University of Technology.

PAUL KOCH

vice president | Stantec Consulting Services

Raleigh

Koch, 53, overseas a five-state region with about 15 offices and 600 employees. The 22,000-employee company based in Edmonton, Alberta, is rated one of the world’s best employers by Forbes and Bloomberg. A specialist in highway and rail projects, he has bachelor’s and master’s engineering degrees from N.C. State University. 

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JOHN KOMISIN

chairman | Little

Charlotte

Leading multiple firmwide projects, Komisin, 67, brings four decades of experience specializing in office and mixed-use design. A graduate of Penn State University, he advocates for sustainable design and green building projects addressing policy issues at multiple government levels. Komisin received the Green Building Champion Award and General Excellence in Sustainable Leadership Award for his initiatives.

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JOHN LUCEY

president, CEO | McKim & Creed

Raleigh

Lucey succeeded co-founder Michael Creed as CEO at the nearly 600-employee engineering firm in 2014. He has a master’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh. In October, McKim & Creed acquired Matchpoint Water Asset Management, the largest U.S. water-leak recovery and loss-detection company.   

BONNIE MCELVEEN-HUNTER

CEO | Pace Communications

Drawn to North Carolina for a bank job, Hunter started a magazine company in 1973. Today Pace produces marketing content for many large companies and ranks among the 200 largest U.S. woman-owned businesses. Hunter chaired the American Red Cross and was an ambassador to Finland from 2001 to 2003.

CHRIS MORALES

president | FreemanWhite

Charlotte

The 22-year veteran of the health care-oriented architectural firm has worked on projects including Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas and Mission Health in Asheville. A graduate of UNC Charlotte, he became managing principal in 2014, the same year Jacksonville, Fla.-based Haskell bought the business.

KEVIN MOSTELLER

senior vice president | HDR

Charlotte

Mosteller oversees operations for the Omaha, Neb.-based engineering, design and construction services  company in North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia. His professional focus is designing and constructing water and wastewater treatment plants, advising municipal officials nationally on optimizing their operations. 

DAVID MULLEN

president, partner | The Variable

Winston-Salem

The Variable has won repeated recognition for its growth and innovative marketing by AdAge magazine. Mullen, 41, is a University of South Carolina graduate who became president in 2017. The Variable’s clients include Electrolux, Nestle, Lowes Foods and Duke Health. In 2020, Fast Company included the business on its Top 100 Best Workplaces for Innovators.

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JEFFREY PAINE

co-founder | Duda|Paine

Durham

Paine, 68, and Turan Duda founded their Durham-based architecture practice in 1997 and are responsible for more than 6 million square feet of projects for clients such as Duke and N.C. Central universities and Kane Realty. Paine is a Syracuse University graduate.

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JOE PARADISE

Carolinas managing partner | KPMG LLP

Charlotte           

Paradise, 47, is a graduate of Florida State University who holds several leadership positions at the international professional services firm including alumni network partner-in-charge, coastal business unit and hub leader. He also serves as a lead partner and account executive for a variety of clients spanning the Southeast.

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CRAWFORD POUNDS

managing partner, southeast market | PricewaterhouseCoopers

Charlotte

The University of Alabama graduate and 33-year PwC veteran is on the board of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Foundation and YMCA of Greater Charlotte.

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MATT RYAN

president, CEO | S&ME

Raleigh

The former HDR executive joined the employee-owned engineering and construction services company in 2018. It operates in 13 states and is among the Triangle area’s largest privately held businesses. He has bachelor’s and master’s degrees from George Mason University.

STEPHANIE SADOWSKI

managing director | Accenture Technology Consulting

Charlotte

Sadowski works as the technology consulting lead for a North American industry team and Charlotte office managing director. She is an MIT engineering graduate.

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SEPI SAIDI

CEO | Sepi

Raleigh

Born in Iran, Saidi founded Sepi in 2001 with two employees and two contracts. The consulting and design firm now employs more than 250. Named Triangle Business Journal’s Person of the Year in 2018, the N.C. State University graduate serves on boards including the State Banking Commission and Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority.

JOE SKINNER

vice president | Dewberry Engineering

Raleigh

Skinner joined the 2,000-employee, Fairfax, Va.-based engineering services firm in 2015. He heads urban and land development efforts in the Carolinas. The graduate of West Virginia University previously served as the CEO of Laurel, Md.-based Greenhorne & O’Mara, which was bought by Stantec in 2012.

MATT SNOW

CEO | DHG

Charlotte

Snow, 57, joined the largest accounting firm based in the South in 2007 after 21 years at KPMG. He became CEO in 2014. He serves on the board of visitors at the business school of his alma mater, Wake Forest University.

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WILLY STEWART

CEO, chairman | Stewart

Raleigh

Since the Colombia native started his company in 1994, the engineering services firm has grown to six offices and more than 200 employees. Stewart, 61, came to North Carolina on a golf scholarship at Western Carolina University and later graduated from N.C. State University.

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RANDALL TAYLOR

senior vice president | Aecom

Raleigh

The N.C. State University graduate oversees operations in the U.S. and Latin America for the Los Angeles-based engineering and construction management company. He received the 2016 Aecom CEO Award for Outstanding Leadership and Performance. Aecom has more than 450 Triangle employees.

WHITLEY WOOD

principal, co-managing director of Gensler Charlotte | Gensler

Charlotte

Wood leads teams across multiple offices as the co-managing director of Gensler Charlotte. She is also a firmwide client relationships leader with a focus on global financial services firms. A graduate of UNC Greensboro, Wood serves on the board of advisers at the school’s Department of Interior Architecture.

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