Dayton, Ohio (May 24, 2016) Woolpert has named Scott Cattran president and chief executive officer, it was announced today. Cattran has been with the national architecture, engineering and geospatial (AEG) firm for nearly 17 years.
Cattran was hired by Woolpert as a phase manager in the firms Dayton headquarters in 1999 and moved to the firms Denver office in 2001. Over the next nine years, he helped establish and expand the firms Western presence in more than a dozen western states, winning several multimillion-dollar programs.
He then moved to Woolperts Chesapeake, Va., office in 2011. While there, he helped lead sales of more than $30 million, as well as double the profits of the Water Division in just four years.Through late 2014 and all of 2015, Cattran served as chief operating officer.
Todays announcement comes on the heels of a stellar 2015 for Woolpert, which recorded sales topping $125.8 million and profits of more than $8.6 million.
The strategic plan that we set into motion at the end of 2014 helped us focus and work collaboratively as a firm in 2015, Cattran said. We had five-year highs in profitability, utilization, sales and net revenues. I am also confident that we can sustain this level of performance into the future.
Cattran earned bachelors degrees in English and geography from Queens University in Ontario, Canada, and a masters degree in geographic information systems (GIS) from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. Recently, he earned a scholarship to the Global Executive 2016-17 Master of Business Administration program at Duke Universitys Fuqua School of Business.
Cattran said the industry and Woolpert, which was founded in Dayton in 1911, have grown and changed tremendously since his career began.
In the middle of it all, we went through a recession. Running a division during a recession is much different than running it in a recovery, but it was a very good learning experience for us all, Cattran said. From Woolperts perspective, weve continued to grow larger and more integrated programs. When I first joined, I was pursing $10,000 single-service projects; in 2016, were securing $10 million, $20 million and $30 million-plus architecture, engineering and geospatial integrated contracts.
Our firm is filled with amazing talent, and I have a dream team to work with. Were better poised to serve our clients and our employees than ever before, Cattran said. Woolpert is structured to offer AEG services to all marketsgiving unique value to clients and opportunities to innovate for employees.
Cattran also discussed the importance of building a supportive culture at Woolpert, with a commitment to providing industry-leading benefits, career plans and workplace environments.
We share a common purposeto help our employees, clients and the world progress, he said. And we share a common futureto build Woolpert into the premier architecture, engineering and geospatial company in the United States. Our company is undergoing a very exciting and positive transformation.
In his new position as president and CEO, Cattran and his family of four will move to the Dayton headquarters this summerand back to where Cattran started with Woolpert.
Above everything, what I love about Woolpert are the people I work with and the opportunities available to all, Cattran said. In my 17 years with this great company, I have held seven different positions and I have enjoyed every one of thembut I am most honored and excited about this one!
Woolpert is anational architecture, engineering and geospatial (AEG) firm that deliversvalue to clients by strategicallyblendingengineering excellence with leading-edge technology and geospatial applications.With a dynamicR&Ddepartment, Woolpert works with inventive business partners like Google; operates a fleet of planes, sensors and unmanned aerial systems (UAS); and continually pushes industry boundaries by working with advanced water technologies, asset management, Building Information Modeling (BIM) and sustainable design. Woolperts mission is to help its clients progressand become more progressive. For over 100 years and with 24 offices across the United States,Woolpert servesthe needs of federal, state and local governments;private and public companies and universities; energy and transportation departments;and the United States Armed Forces.For more information, visit woolpert.com or call 937-531-1258.