Member News: Jacob Gonzalez, PE Joins WGI’s Carl Walker Division in Texas
(HOUSTON, TX – July 27, 2017) WGI is pleased to announce that Jacob Gonzalez, PE joined the firm’s Parking Solutions Division in its new partner, Carl Walker, a division of WGI. Jacob, as Vice President-Parking Solutions, will remain in Houston, leveraging contacts and experience accumulated during an almost 20-year career that included 18 years at a national consulting firm, where he grew from an engineer and parking consultant, to leader of its Prime PM team, and ultimately Director of Parking. Jacob also spent nine months as Managing Principal of a parking specialty firm’s Houston office.
Moving forward, Jacob will utilize his experience by working collaboratively with WGI’s Carl Walker Texas group – also taking on the responsibility of collaborating with CW’s team to cross-sell WGI’s services in Texas.
“I’m excited to grow the combined WGI/Carl Walker presence here, and assist the Parking Solutions team to establish Parking and Restoration services in the Florida market and nationally,” he says.
David Wantman, PE, and president of WGI, says, “We are extremely lucky to have Jacob join our team. His decades of experience in business development, and his passion for parking solutions consulting, client service, and relationships dovetails with WGI’s steadfast commitment to client services excellence.”
Jacob’s additional expertise includes master planning, parking technology, and integrated parking design with an extensive portfolio of healthcare, special event, transit centers and mixed-use projects. He is a registered PE in multiple states (Texas, Florida, Georgia, Oklahoma, and Kansas), and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from University of Houston.
He is the author of multiple articles and a design manual, as well as an active member of the International Parking Association, National Parking Association, American Society for Healthcare Engineers, Parking Consultant’s Council, and Texas Parking and Transportation Association, where he is a board member serving as treasurer. Jacob’s recent recognitions include 2015 Engineering New-Record/ Texas & Louisiana, Top 20 Under 40; 2015 Top 10 Rising Stars in Civil + Structural Engineering; IMPACT Award for Community from the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties; and Impact Southern Nevada for the 500 South Main garage.
As a multidisciplinary consulting firm, WGI has 14 offices in six states, serving an active client base in over 30 states with the addition of its 12th division, Parking Solutions, alongside its specialization in the following disciplines: Land Development/Municipal Engineering, Transportation Engineering, Surveying and Mapping, Subsurface Utility Engineering, Structures, Water Resources, Landscape Architecture, Environmental Sciences, Architecture, Land Planning, and Creative Services. The Zweig Group ranked WGI #4 on its 2017 Hot Firms list and #23 on the 2017 Best Firms to Work For list. WGI rose to #1609 on the Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in America – over 1800 places higher than last year’s placement. South Florida Business Journal ranked WGI #37 in its 2016 Florida Fast 100 (encompassing the entire state), #60 in the region’s 2016 Top 100 Private Companies, #10 on its 2016 Top 25 Engineering Firms, as well as #7 in the $25M and over category as a 2016 “Fast 50” Honoree from the same publication. In 2017, WGI ranked #252 on the ENR’s list of the Top 500 Design Firms and ranked #22 in ENR’s Top Southeast Design Firms of 2017. For more information, please visit www.wginc.com .
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