Volkert Rounds Out Its C-Suite

With the appointment of a new CFO in April, CEO Jerry Stump completes his team of chief officers to lead the firm. 

New faces as well as leaders in new positions comprise Volkert’s top executive team in 2018, as CEO Jerry Stump sets the stage for the direction of the firm under his leadership.

The first of these changes actually predates Stump’s promotion to president and CEO in January of this year. Thomas Hand, who has been at the firm since 2003 serving in a variety of roles, became chief marketing officer in July of 2017. He has quickly made his impact on streamlining the business development processes of the firm.

Stump’s promotion left a vacancy in the role of chief operating officer, where he had served for five years. Stump appointed David Allsbrook to fill this position, who had joined Volkert in 2003 after a 28-year career at the North Carolina Department of Transportation. Formerly a division president, Allsbrook brings a track record of successful operational experience in a number of regions to his new post.

Seeing an opportunity for greater synergy in Volkert’s internal support services, Stump created the position of chief administrative officer and tapped Dan Houston, new to the firm, for this position. Houston brings a quarter century of human resource and organizational development experience to Volkert, overseeing the firm’s HR, IT, and legal departments.

Finally, with the retirement of Volkert’s former chief financial officer, Mike Sampson, vice president and controller, was promoted to CFO. “We were frankly honored to see the caliber of candidates who wanted to join Volkert,” comments Stump. “After carefully considering all of them, we felt that Mike had the best combination of industry expertise, firm knowledge, and cultural fit. I was pleased to discover that ‘best in class’ for this key role was already working for us and committed to our strategy.”

With Sampson’s appointment as CFO official on April 20, Volkert entered its goal-setting Senior Officers Meeting on April 21-22 with its C-suite complete. A few days later, the firm learned of its advancement of seven places in Engineering News-Record’s Top 500 Design Firms for 2018, now ranking 87th.

“This ranking reflects the hard work of all our associates,” says Stump. “It sets the right tone, and a high bar, for our work this year. Given the executive leadership we’ve assembled, along with our excellent team of regional senior vice presidents and the continued dedication of our staff, I am convinced that the best days of Volkert are just ahead.”