Who is Anser Advisory

Anser is a national capital program and project advisory firm offering solutions to public and private sector clients implementing capital projects and programs. The consulting services we provide cover the entire lifecycle of capital development starting with early-stage organizational readiness and delivery strategy through managing the tactical execution of projects. Anser has a diverse and talented team of over 800+ professionals, including architects, engineers, construction managers, inspectors, project managers, estimators, certified professional accountants, management consultants, financial analysts, procurement specialists, system configuration specialists, and construction auditors.

We operate with a singular purpose: successfully guiding programs and projects from concept to completion. At the intersection of thoughtful analysis and creative innovation, we identify and solve the toughest challenges our clients face. We believe problem-solving is a challenge to be accepted and delighted in, not overcome; and we engage the best minds from every field to develop intelligent processes that are dynamic, innovative and efficient.

What sets us apart

We’re focused: We provide only advisory, compliance, and management services (we are not designers of record or at-risk construction managers). This focused approach allows us to invest in fully developing industry leading services and investment in our staff, as well as managing and delivering projects without creating potential for conflicts or competing interests.

We’re innovative: Although we have deep experience and mature methods of delivering projects, we continually work to design processes and solutions that are tailored to our client’s unique challenges.

We engage for impact: We understand that people build projects, and our people and communities are impacted by our work. As such, we are an engaged organization focused on achieving a positive impact in the economic, social, and environmental aspects of the communities we serve.

ADVISORY SERVICES

Anser’s advisory services include real estate advising, organizational assessments, process analysis, systems analysis and implementation, change management, project delivery strategy, procurement development and support, benchmarking, and project finance. We have extensive experience providing these services within the context of capital program/project delivery and also have vast capabilities in staff augmentation and outsourcing.

COMPLIANCE SERVICES

Our compliance services include funding evaluations and reviews to ensure compliance with local, state, and federal requirements such as competitive procurement (pricing), prevailing wage (Davis Bacon Wage Rate), and eligibility of work for underlying use. We developed industry-leading real time cost review of capital expenditures that can be used to review up to 100% of project expenditures while meeting monthly pay cycles. Compliance services also include construction audits and forensic cost analysis.

MANAGEMENT SERVICES

Our expertise in advisory and compliance services is the foundation for executing our management services. This foundation guides our best practices in project management, construction management, and staff augmentation. Maintaining the highest quality service is our single goal, ensuring we honor our clients’ efforts to deliver projects and create positive community connections.

Our Leadership Team

Bryan Carruthers

Bryan Carruthers
Chief Executive Officer

Bryan is a collaborative leader passionate about creating and growing organizations through developing a robust culture that attracts, supports and nurtures industry leading talent. His career has been focused on providing owners representation, project, program and construction management services and developing project management and project controls software.

Gary Cooley

Gary Cooley
CFO + Chief Corporate Development Officer

Gary is a leader in the A/E industry, driving growth through strategic organic and M&A initiatives and driving efficiency through disciplined financial and operational management. He is committed to driving organizations to their highest potential of operational excellence. He is passionate about building and being the best!

Melanie Estes

Melanie Estes
Chief Delivery Officer
Management

Melanie has worked at every level in Construction/Program Management over her 3 decades-long career. It’s through that experience that she understands the best practices for building strong teams, serving clients well, and delivering great projects. She has a passion for solving problems and driving positive results both for clients and employees.

Adam Shaw

Adam Shaw
Chief Delivery Officer
Advisory & Compliance

Adam has built a diverse career in advisory through various countries, sectors and end services. Building from his core competency of project management, Adam’s career has been defined by delivering projects that others thought impossible. From hospitals to highways and courthouses to convention centers, Adam has shaped over $12 billion dollars of projects for a mix of both the public and private sector clients.

National Capability & End-Market Leadership
Advisory & Compliance

Maegen Ayala
Maegen Ayala
Leader, Aviation

Maegen has dedicated her nearly 20-year career to the Aviation industry, providing a broad range of services, including planning, design and management consulting. In addition to being the Aviation Market Leader, Maegen focuses on providing a myriad of advisory services to our airport clients across the nation in support of their capital programs.

Andy Kleimola
Andy Kleimola
Leader, Estimating

Andy has over 30 years of experience providing estimating and preconstruction services in various market sectors from both the contractor and consultant aspects. He focuses on providing clients with accurate and reliable cost data to make well-informed decisions for a successful program or project. He takes pride in his team’s ability to be accurate, timely and collaborative on each assignment. Every successful construction project starts with a GREAT estimate!

Bill McKenna
Bill McKenna
Leader, Growth Sectors

Bill McKenna has over 25 years of experience providing expert program and project management services to clients in many sectors, from transportation agencies to cultural and higher education institutions. Bill’s experience in a wide range of business sectors gives him a valuable perspective to help clients achieve success.

Mark Atkinson
Mark Atkinson
Leader, Program Management + Advisory

Mark has a long history of leading solutions as an owner and for clients by delivering effective programs and projects. Skilled at successfully delivering large-scale programs across multiple sectors – work to date has included: healthcare, research; higher education; culture; P3; financial services, utilities, public services; transit; and sports.

Guenther Preuhs
Guenther Preuhs
Leader, Program Controls

Guenther is an industry leader in program and project controls. He has developed best practices in delivering analytics and controls, delivering high strategic value to program and project teams. In each program, he ensures streamlined communication and promotes proactive team relationship development, fostering proper information dissemination that effectively influences risk management and well-informed decision-making at every critical juncture.

Robert Sheets
Robert Sheets
Leader, Government Services Group

Known as a man who gets things done. Robert Sheets has spent a professional lifetime helping advance the goals of local governments. His relationships with local, regional, and state governments, as well as the Department of Defense have been instrumental in establishing public-private partnerships with a triple bottom line: good for the community, good for business, and good for the environment.

Management Services Leadership (PM/CM)

Craig Halvorson
Craig Halvorson
EVP, PM/CM West Region

Craig has an extensive history of management and leadership in the Construction/Engineering industry. He has expertise in Construction Management, Project Management, Project Controls, and Claims Avoidance on large public works projects. He has worked on multi-billion-dollar programs in the Aviation, Transportation, Ports, Municipal, Rail, and Water/Wastewater market sectors. Craig is known for building formidable teams that have successfully won and delivered mega projects.

Tom Merritt
Tom Merritt
EVP, PM/CM North Central Region

Building on almost four decades of experience in both public and private sectors, Tom brings great insight to all the markets Anser serves. He is recognized as a thought leader and expert in public policy implementation, consensus-building, and strategic planning. Tom is passionate about creating a culture that attracts, supports, and nurtures the industry’s leading talent and is focused on developing a diverse team of customer-focused construction professionals by implementing training programs to help all employees, especially those just entering the workforce, understand their role in the organization both now and in the future.

Dan Connelly
Dan Connelly
SVP, PM/CM Mid Atlantic Region

Dan is a results-oriented leader, driven to establish strategic, mutually beneficial partnerships and relationships with clients. Adept at creating strategic alliances with organization leaders to effectively align with and support key business initiatives, Dan excels at building and retaining high-performance teams by hiring, developing, and motivating skilled professionals. His expertise is in overall program management, risk management, planning, budgeting, and scheduling. Dan pays great attention to every client’s needs while prioritizing and translating provided inputs into a comprehensive program plan that carefully outlines all risks to be considered for final decision making

Tom O’ Neil
Tom O’ Neil
SVP, PM/CM Northeastern Region

A skilled leader and manager with 36 years of experience in the AEC industry, Tom has successfully delivered projects across public and private sectors in the academic, housing, and government markets. From project planning and team assembly to contracts and procurement, to project execution and closeout, Tom is a valued partner with all his stakeholders.

Kristen Braden
Kristen Braden
SVP, North Central

With a unique background as a professional engineer and an attorney, Kristen brings more than 20 years of experience managing projects in both the public and private markets. She is focused on growing Anser’s water/wastewater portfolio by providing excellent customer service and assembling and developing the top talent in our industry.

Ali Sarhangian
Ali Sarhangian
EVP, Energy Lead

Ali is a recognized industry leader with a proven track record of delivering growth and profitability through creative strategy, team building, and a strong focus on operations. He has built a diverse career focused on the utility industry, starting in construction and moving into consulting later in his career. Ali’s focus has been on Construction Management, Program/ Project Management on various projects, and business transformation initiatives.

Shasta Culp
SVP, Utilities Practice Lead

Shasta is a seasoned leader with 20 years of experience in the Energy industry. She has provided management consulting and advisory services for various complex programs, projects, and initiatives with experience in the industry’s utility and service sides. She has managed internal and external workforces through strategic projects and operational change driven by advancing technology, renewables, grid modernization, and regulatory policies.

Adam Tobin
SVP, Renewable Energy Market Lead

Adam is a goal-driven and performance-focused professional with broad-based advisory, project, and construction management experience within the buildings, renewable energy, and clean mobility market sectors. Adam is experienced at analyzing business and project requirements and has a track record of delivering timely project completions. Adam is effective at building positive relationships and strategic alliances with partners of all business levels.

Paul Buckley
SVP, Municipal Market Lead (West)

Mr. Buckley has over 40 years of experience.  He is a Registered Professional Engineer and Certified Construction Manager responsible for all technical aspects of program, project, and construction management including business development strategies, contract negotiations, and supervision of field/production operations. Mr. Buckley has demonstrated the ability to develop and implement program, project, and construction management services and marketing strategies, while nurturing business partner loyalty and staff motivation, all which allow Anser to differentiate itself in the market in terms of client satisfaction and repeat business.  He is responsible for leading numerous multi-disciplinary teams of professionals to develop multi-million-dollar, multi-year programs and projects. He is an entrepreneur by spirit who enjoys helping organizations grow as well as an industry professional who is passionate about teaching, mentoring and employee development.

Roger Miramontes
SVP, Transportation Market Lead (West)

Mr. Miramontes has more than 24 years of progressive experience, including more than 12 years with Caltrans where he spent 10 years leading diverse and challenging projects. As a Caltrans certified resident engineer, he understands how to effectively allocate and manage resources for task order assignments to provide quality deliverables with maximum efficiency. Mr. Miramontes has extensive experience complying with Caltrans policies, procedures, manuals, and guidelines. Additionally, he has served on more than $600 million (total projects) in heavy civil projects including design, design management, and construction management for highway, roadway, bridge, and transit facility projects.

Sunil Mallaiah
SVP, Buildings and Facilities Market Lead (West)

Sunil is a civil engineer and a Certified Construction Manager with close to 30 years of construction experience in design, engineering, and construction management. Sunil having been a previous owner for one of the largest school districts in the nation understands the challenges faced while implementing capital programs and consequently has implemented successful innovative measures based on institutional knowledge and lesson learned. Sunil has extensive construction and management experience in educational, transit (Port and Metro), airport and private sector facilities.

Corporate Communications + Marketing

Hollie Gregory
Hollie Gregory
Corporate Communications + Marketing