Greg M. Graves, Chairman and CEO, Burns & McDonnell

September 1, 2009
Greg M. Graves

Greg M. Graves, P.E., Chairman and CEO, Burns & McDonnell

Greg M. Graves, P.E., was named Chairman of the Board of Burns & McDonnell on December 11, 2008. He became President and Chief Executive Officer on January 1, 2004, and is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the employee-owned firm. In addition, he coordinates the activities of the firm’s various production and support groups to assure uniformity and consistency in both domestic and international operations, as well as developing and executing corporate policies and goals. Burns & McDonnell employs 3,000 professional and support personnel and generates annual fees of $1 billion.

In this episode, Greg shares his greatest professional accomplishments and regrets, his concerns about the economy and the speed of recovery for the engineering industry, and current threats and opportunities facing the civil engineering profession. He also discusses current obstacles to innovation in the U.S. in terms of the short term/single quarter focus and the need for well rounded engineering graduates with a strong business sense.

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