UF Engineering Alumni Honored as 2019 Gator100 Awardees

ESSIE Engineering Alumni Honored As 2019 Gator100 Awardees The Gator100 recognizes and celebrates the 100 fastest-growing Gator-owned or Gator-led businesses in the world each year. The awards ceremony to recognize this year’s honorees was held on the main University of Florida campus today. Congratulations to our talented alums (and faculty) who made the list for leading one of the world’s Fastest Growing Gator Companies: https://www.eng.ufl.edu/newengineer/news/uf-engineering-alumni-honored-as-2019-gator100-awardees.

Roderick Myrick, 1996 B.S. Civil EngineeringRODERICK MYRICK
1996 B.S. Civil Engineering
Roderick Myrick is owner and president of AE Engineering, Inc., a Florida based DBE/SBE Civil Engineering firm dedicated to providing Construction Engineering and Inspection (CEI) project managing and staffing. Myrick brings a thorough understanding of the South Florida construction market and has an excellent reputation of delivering projects on time and within budget for all his clients. http://aeengineeringinc.com

Cory Nichols, 1994 B.S. Civil Engineering, 2000 M.E. Civil EngineeringCORY NICHOLS
1994 B.S. Civil Engineering, 2000 M.E. Civil Engineering
Cory Nichols is senior vice president at AE Engineering, Inc., a Florida based DBE/SBE Civil Engineering firm dedicated to providing Construction Engineering and Inspection (CEI) project managing and staffing. Nichols is a partner in AE Engineering, Inc., bringing his experience and relationships throughout Florida to grow the company and advance the vision of becoming one of the premier engineering companies in the state. http://aeengineeringinc.com

Greg Wyka, 1995 B.S. Civil EngineeringGREG WYKA
1995 B.S. Civil Engineering
Greg Wyka is president of First Florida, the state’s leading multi-family housing contractor, skilled in the construction of both market-rate and affordable apartment housing. Wyka has managed over $700 million in construction projects, having built over 28,000 housing units, hotels and elderly housing facilities and has been involved in multiple Green Building certified projects. http://firstflorida.com

Jess Fronckowiak, 2000 B. S. Civil EngineeringJESS FRONCKOWIAK
2000 B. S. Civil Engineering
Jess Fronckowiak founded J2 Solutions, Inc., in 2002 and has transitioned it from a one-man start-up to a full-service, self-performing, design-build, construction management firm, servicing the entire state of Florida. His company has won numerous awards, including Business of the Year, Contractor of the Year and induction into the prestigious “BIG-50 Remodeling Contractors” from Remodeling Magazine. Today, as president of J2 Solutions, Inc., Fronckowiak splits his time between commercial business development and strategic planning. https://j2solutionsinc.com

David Fouche, 2001 B. S. Civil Engineering; 2002 M.E. Civil EngineeringDAVID FOUCHE
2001 B. S. Civil Engineering; 2002 M.E. Civil Engineering
David Fouche is co-owner and executive vice president of J2 Solutions, Inc., with the vision of growing the firm into a premier commercial contracting company. Fouche’s experience and knowledge in Health Care operations allowed him to earn the distinction of Certified Health Care Constructor (CHC) by the American Hospital Association. His current duties include leading the operations of the company, as well as all Health Care projects within acute care hospitals all over the state of Florida. https://j2solutionsinc.com

Julie Holmes, 2001 B. S. Civil EngineeringJULIE HOLMES
2001 B. S. Civil Engineering
Julie Holmes is president of JK2 Scenic, a spin-off of JK2 Construction, a woman-owned specialty construction firm a full service theming contractor providing unique projects in the retail, theme park, entertainment, hospitality, and restaurant industries. Under Holmes’ leadership, the company has seen amazing growth and has been honored numerous times, receiving multiple Associated Builders and Contractors Eagle Awards and making the Orlando Business Journal’s Fast 50 list. http://www.jk2.com/scenic

Kimberly C. Horlander, 1989 B.S. Civil EngineeringKIMBERLY C. HORLANDER
1989 B.S. Civil Engineering
Kimberly Horlander is a founding principal and president of Protean Design Group, Inc., a multi-disciplined civil engineering consulting firm with expertise in transportation, traffic, and lighting. While Horlander’s main expertise is in the structural design of highway bridges, retaining walls and miscellaneous structures, she is also experienced in the areas of traffic and storm water engineering. As a member of both ASCE and FES, Horlander has served in leadership roles on numerous committees during her career, including Engineers Week (Chairman) and Engineering Management Forum (President). https://proteandg.com

David Reed, 1989 B.S. Civil EngineeringDAVID REED
1989 B.S. Civil Engineering
As Manager of Highway Design for Protean Design Group, as well as a principal in the company, David Reed offers clients more than 20 years of highway engineering experience, ranging from minor intersection improvements to complex interchange design. In addition to his extensive technical experience, Reed has been an active member of various technical societies including ASCE and FES. https://proteandg.com

Scott Horlander, 1988 B.S. Civil EngineeringSCOTT HORLANDER
1988 B.S. Civil Engineering
Scott Horlander is vice-president of Protean Design Group, Inc. Mr. Horlander’s broad range of experience, spanning more than 22 years, includes roadway design, traffic engineering and traffic studies, highway lighting and drainage design. As a member of ASCE, FES and ASHE, Mr. Horlander has served in various leadership roles. https://proteandg.com