Clark Nexsen announces 2015-6 Board of Directors

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National architecture and engineering firm Clark Nexsen has announced its 2015-2016 Board of Directors.

Three of the seven new members, Clymer Cease, Chris Brasier, and Chad Roberson, are from its North Carolina offices.

They, along with Bob Burkholder, Clint Hardie, Garry Kiskinis, and Danny Taylor, were elected by the shareholders at the annual shareholder’s meeting in March and join existing members Christopher Stone, Tom Winborne, Peter Aranyi, Terri Hall, William Keen, Sam Estep and Greg Hall.

“Each new member is an accomplished leader who brings expertise and insight to the firm and our clients,” said Clark Nexsen CEO Tom Winborne. “We look forward to their perspectives and contributions, and are delighted to welcome them to the board.”

See detailed biographies below:

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Clark Nexsen’s new board of directors. Three of the seven new members are from its North Carolina offices.

Chris Brasier, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C

Chris Brasier has focused his career on serving higher education clients by guiding the planning and design for a diverse cross section of campus building typologies. His work is informed by his active engagement in teaching at the university level, which provides firsthand experience of dramatic changes occurring both within and outside classrooms on college campuses. He is a principal and design director in the firm’s Raleigh office. Recent projects include work at George Washington University, Duke University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Chris was appointed by the Governor to the North Carolina Board of Architecture and currently serves as Board President. He holds both a Bachelor of Architecture and a Bachelor of Environmental Design from North Carolina State University and a Master of Business Administration from Duke University. Chris is an adjunct professor at Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering where he serves as director of the Architectural Engineering Certificate Program.

Bob Burkholder, PE, LEED AP

Bob Burkholder is a principal and operations director in Clark Nexsen’s Virginia Beach headquarters who has served private and public clients as a managing principal, project manager, and civil engineer for more than 20 years. Specializing in infrastructure, his diverse portfolio includes managing and designing projects spanning urban redevelopment, utility and storm water master plans, land use studies, GIS and wireless communications.

Bob is a professional civil engineer and a LEED accredited professional who earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Old Dominion University. He is also a member of the Virginia Beach Advanced Technology Center School Planning Council, ODU Civil and Environmental Engineering Visiting Council and is the Eastern Region Vice-President for the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) Virginia.

Clymer Cease, AIA, LEED AP

A principal based in Clark Nexsen’s Raleigh office, Clymer Cease excels at leading complex, large-scale projects for academic, corporate, and civic clients. He listens carefully in order to assess and implement strategic action that successfully moves projects forward. Recent projects include Hunt Library at NC State University, the renovation of Terminal 1 at RDU International Airport, the North Carolina Museum of Art expansion, and the City of Raleigh Critical Public Safety Facility.

Clymer is a leader in the community who has held numerous positions on Triangle-area boards and committees, including the Downtown Raleigh Alliance, the City of Raleigh’s Public Art and Design Board, and the Regional Transportation Alliance. In 2015, he was honored with the Business Support of the Arts Individual Award from the United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County, and the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce. Clymer holds a Bachelor of Environmental Architecture from North Carolina State University and a Master of Architecture from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Clint Hardie, PE, Cx, RCx

Clint Hardie is a skilled communicator who connects and collaborates with clients, stakeholders, and project teams to ensure project success. A principal based in the firm’s Macon, Georgia office, he has more than 25 years of experience as a project manager, lead designer and construction administrator with a proven track record of developing client relationships. Clients include the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the University of Georgia and state municipal agencies such as the Georgia Department of Corrections and the Georgia Department of Defense. Clint is a member of the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME), the National Society Professional Engineers (NSPE), and the National Council of Examiners for Engineering & Surveying (NCEES). A registered professional engineer in multiple states, he holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the Southern College of Technology.

Garry Kiskinis, PE, LEED AP

Specializing in healthcare, Garry Kiskinis leads an integrated team of architects and engineers in designing facilities that meet the evolving needs of healthcare-related clients. He has managed more than $15 million in healthcare projects as a principal, project manager and electrical engineer. His experience includes hospitals, medical office buildings, outpatient surgical centers and behavioral healthcare facilities. As a principal based in Clark Nexsen’s Virginia Beach headquarters, Garry provides senior level oversight and review to keep project stakeholders informed throughout all phases of a project and ensures that all client goals are achieved. He is currently an advisory board member to Old Dominion University’s Batten College of Engineering and Technology, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering.

Chad Roberson, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

A principal and licensed contractor, Chad Roberson leads Clark Nexsen’s office in Asheville, North Carolina. His experience encompasses the design and management of public and private sector projects, college and university buildings, performing arts facilities and commercial development. Complex building programs, dense urban or campus contexts, and multiple, diverse user groups characterize his projects.

Chad led design and construction for the Health and Human Sciences Building on the Millennial Campus of Western Carolina University, a LEED gold certified project that received a 2015 international Rethinking the Future Sustainability Award. Currently he is leading the design efforts for the Joint Medical Education Facility, housing a new Cancer Center for Pardee Hospital, Wingate University’s Pharmacy School, and Blue Ridge Community College’s Nursing program. Chad received a Bachelor of Environmental Design in Architecture from North Carolina State University and a Master of Architecture from Columbia University.

Danny Taylor, PE

Danny Taylor is a principal and operations director in the Virginia Beach headquarters who has a deep understanding of the project delivery process and excels at proactively addressing both technical and non-technical issues. He is adept at managing complex projects that require the coordination of many different service disciplines as well as municipal, state and federal agencies. His expertise includes managing open end indefinite quantity contracts with municipal projects utilizing local, state and federal funding streams.

Danny specializes in transportation and bridges and has designed and managed many aspects of bridge projects including the inspection, analysis and rehabilitation of existing bridges, as well as the design and construction supervision of new bridges. He has worked with state and municipal clients including the City of Norfolk and the Virginia Department of Transportation. He is a professional civil engineer in Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina and Ohio, and is a graduate of Old Dominion University with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering.

About Clark Nexsen
Clark Nexsen is an award-winning architectural and engineering firm providing innovative design solutions to U.S. and global clients. Through collaboration and the development of a wide range of expertise, Clark Nexsen works to shape the future worldwide. Their focus remains constant: extraordinary effort to make projects work for their clients. Founded in 1920, the firm is headquartered in Virginia Beach, Virginia, with nearly 500 employees in office locations in Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, Washington, D.C., and Texas. Building Design + Construction has ranked the firm in the Top 20 Architecture/Engineering firms and Clark Nexsen has been named to the prestigious Architect 50 by Architect magazine for the past three consecutive years.


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