DEA Leadership

Al Barkouli, Ph.D., P.E.

Chairman, Chief Executive Officer

Al Barkouli

Al is the chairman and chief executive officer of DEA and its parent company David Evans Enterprises, Inc. Al’s Ph.D. in Leadership and Change complements his understanding of the engineering, architecture, and construction industry. With 28 years of civil engineering and project management experience, Al has served as principal-in-charge and managed projects ranging from highways and light rail to roads and bridges for numerous public-sector clients including Bonneville Power Administration, the USDA Forest Service, TriMet, and Washington County, Oregon.

Al leads DEA’s executive leadership team and serves as the champion of the firm’s strategic initiatives including mergers and acquisitions, organizational and cultural change, and exceeding client expectations.

Al is an alumnus of Portland State University’s Engineering School. He joined DEA as an engineer-in-training in 1988, and then advanced to a professional engineer and project manager, engineering discipline director, and office manager of the firm’s largest and flagship office in Portland. He later served as chief operating officer and president. Before joining DEA, Al worked for Washington County, Oregon.

Registrations

  • Registered Professional Engineer in California, Oregon, Washington

Professional Affiliations

  • Consulting Engineers Council of Oregon
  • Portland State University Board of Trustees

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R.A. Plummer, III, P.E., A.I.C.P.

Executive Vice President

Transportation Business Unit General Manager
R.A. Plummer, III

As a certified planner and a professional engineer, R.A. brings comprehensive transportation expertise to DEA’s largest business unit. He has overseen or led numerous challenging transportation projects including the Denver Union Station Transportation Hub for the Denver Regional Transportation District (RTD), I-70 East Environmental Impact Statement for the Colorado Department of Transportation, and the MAX Bus Rapid Transit Program Management Oversight project for the City of Fort Collins, Colorado. R.A. also serves on the executive committee for the innovative Workforce Initiative Now (WIN) program for RTD and is the Chair of the Legislative Council for the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO). For transportation professionals located in 23 of DEA’s offices, R.A.’s leadership style emphasizes truly understanding clients’ desired outcomes from a technical, political, and public relationship perspective.

Before joining DEA, R.A. worked at AECOM where he was a vice president and transportation district manager for 11 states in the Western U.S.

Registrations and Education

  • American Institute of Certified Planners
  • Registered Professional Engineer in Colorado, Montana, Nevada, Utah, Washington
  • University of Colorado, M.B.A .
  • Colorado State University, B.S. – Major: Civil Engineering, Minor: Construction Management

Professional Affiliations

  • American Planning Association
  • American Public Transportation Association
  • American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Conference of Minority Transportation Officials
  • Institute of Transportation Engineers
  • WTS Colorado Chapter
  • American Road and Transportation Builders Association

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Marcus McGarity, C.P.A.

Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

Marcus McGarity

A certified public accountant with a Master of Business Administration degree, Marc is responsible for the firm’s finance, accounting, and information services groups. He is charged with optimizing the effectiveness of DEA’s accounting and finance functions, guiding the firm’s Employee Stock Ownership Program (ESOP), directing compliance with governmental accounting requirements, coordinating banking and financing relationships, tax planning, and overseeing preparation of financial statements. He is also the chief financial officer, treasurer, and corporate secretary for David Evans Enterprises, Inc., the parent company of DEA. Prior to joining DEA, Marc was the chief financial officer of a 400-person engineering and architectural firm.

Education

  • University of Houston, M.B.A.
  • University of Houston, B.S. – Accounting

Professional Affiliations

  • Certified Public Accountant, State of Texas
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants

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Cindi Polychronis, J.D.

Senior Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer

Cindi Polychronis

As chief administrative officer, Cindi leads four of DEA’s corporate groups – risk/legal, human resources, communications, and records management – as well as the administrative staff in DEA’s 20-plus offices. Cindi is the executive project manager of several strategic initiatives for the firm, including restructuring the organization to align with changing market needs and enriching and better synchronizing the firm’s culture with its strategy. She is also responsible for the firm’s sustainability and organization development programs, and is the firm’s chief ethics officer. Cindi is a member of DEA’s retirement committee and deferred compensation committee. She also serves as liaison to the executive officer oversight committee of the Board of Directors for David Evans Enterprises, Inc., the parent company of DEA.

Prior to joining DEA, Cindi led the human resources function for a professional services firm consisting of the largest veterinary medical practice in the world. She also led the human resources group at a hospitality company in the Western U.S.

Registrations and Education

  • Licensed Attorney in California, Oregon, Washington
  • Santa Clara University School of Law, J.D.
  • Northwestern University, B.A. – History and English

Professional Affiliations

  • Oregon State Bar
  • State Bar of California
  • Washington State Bar
  • Society for Human Resources Management

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Mark Borushko

Vice President

Land Development Business Unit General Manager
Mark Borushko

In the land development market, accountability to developers’ budgets and schedules is key. It is this level of accountability, together with the creative vision required to design vibrant communities, that Mark exemplifies and imbues in his staff of engineers, surveyors, landscape architects, planners, and construction managers who serve developers in the residential, commercial, and institutional markets. Mark has a unique appreciation for the interests of developers and the desires of tenants and buyers. With more than 30 years of experience as a land development principal and as a consultant, Mark has managed the planning, entitlement, design and development of thousands of acres of land, ranging from small infill sites to mixed-use projects to large master-planned communities.

Prior to joining DEA, Mark served as chief operating officer and vice president of development for Wilcox Professional Services. He previously owned MB Group, LLC, where he served as managing principal of the real estate consulting and management firm, which was acquired by Wilcox.

Education

  • Arizona State University, M.B.A.
  • Michigan State University, B.S. – Urban Planning

Professional Affiliations

  • American Planning Association
  • Economic Club of Phoenix
  • Homebuilders’ Association of Central Arizona
  • International Council of Shopping Centers
  • Lambda Alpha International
  • Urban Land Institute
  • American Council of Engineering Companies – Chair and on the Executive Committee of the Land Development Coalition

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Mark Miner, LEED, AP

Vice President

President of H&F Division
Mark Miner

Mark is an expert in real estate development, including all phases of planning and project entitlement. He is LEED certified, adept at managing political and governmental processes, and a certified mediator. Mark is the president of Hall & Foreman (H&F), a division of DEA. He played an integral role in the merger of Hall & Foreman, Inc. with DEA in 2014.

A land use planner, Mark has more than 20 years of experience serving private, commercial, and public developers in Southern California. Projects which have benefited from his expertise include Channel Gateway in Marina del Rey, which consists of 500 apartments units, 1,500 condominium units, and 20,000 square feet of commercial space; Riverpark, a 2,200-unit condominium project adjacent to the Santa Clarita River and Antelope Valley Freeway; and Valley Vista – a project of 105 hillside homes in the Sunland/Tujunga area of California.

Registration and Education

  • Leadership in Environmental & Energy Design New Construction Accredited Professional
  • California State University at Northridge, B.A. – Communications/Marketing

Professional Affiliations

  • Building Industry Association, Past Board of Directors for Los Angeles/Ventura County, California

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Marcus Reedy, P.L.S.

Vice President

Manager of DEA’s Surveying and Geomatics Center of Excellence
Marcus Reedy

Marcus is a registered land surveyor with 25 years of experience. He leads DEA’s Surveying and Geomatics Center of Excellence, which spans six states. An expert in 3D high definition laser scanning and mapping, Marcus has mastered the use of both static and mobile laser scanning methods. He has used this technology for a variety of applications including large structures, highways, railways, process/power facilities, buildings, historic preservation, and other infrastructure projects.

Marcus has served as a project principal, project manager, or quality manager for numerous land survey services contracts for clients such as the Oregon Department of Transportation, Bonneville Power Administration, and CALTRANS.

Marcus has also worked with universities, including Oregon State University and Oregon Institute of Technology, to bring LiDAR technologies into the classroom through presentations and workshops.

Registration and Education

  • Registered Land Surveyor in Oregon
  • Chemeketa Community College, A.A. – Civil Engineering

Professional Affiliations

  • American Council of Engineering Companies, Council of Professional Surveyors
  • Professional Land Surveyors of Oregon
  • Land Surveyors of Washington
  • American Public Works Association

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Gina Starkey

Senior Associate, Director of Marketing

Gina Starkey

Gina directs DEA’s marketing and business development practices. Her responsibilities include identifying strategic growth opportunities; overseeing branding, integration, and marketing efforts; and implementing firmwide business development initiatives to achieve companywide sales goals. Gina has specialized expertise in the emerging markets of asset management, risk management, and business consulting. She provides strategic leadership, direction, and insight to the firm’s business units, divisions, and center of excellence.

Prior to joining DEA, Gina was the business development manager of USA West & Pacific Operating Centers of GHD, Inc., a global, 6,200-person engineering firm. Her focus was on federal, environmental, water, transportation, energy, property, and building (MEP) markets. She also served as the national marketing manager for the energy business unit at AECOM.

Education

  • St. Mary’s College of California, Certificate in Business Management

Professional Affiliations

  • Society of Marketing Professionals, San Diego Chapter
  • WTS San Diego Chapter
  • APWA San Diego Chapter

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Leadership Team