Through a competitive application process, our team will choose up to six community/organization to receive a service package. Each service has an estimated individual value of $2,500+, which is donated from WithersRavenel. All submissions will be confidential. The selected community will be publicly announced.
North Carolina counties and municipalities, as well as nonprofit economic developments organizations, are eligible to apply. Communities do not have to be economically distressed.
The following criteria will be heavily considered during the selection process:
Need: What service is your community in need of?
Lack of Resources: Aside from funding, what is holding you back from this service?
Compelling Narrative: Why do you feel this service would benefit your community/organization?
Applications are due by August 15, 2019. Winner(s) will be announced in August 2019.
A scope of work will be outlined, and timeline agreed upon with the selected winner(s). WithersRavenel is donating their services alone and if the project requires any additional costs, we will discuss upfront. The winner(s) agree(s) to be named as a WithersRavenel client, allow project promotion and photography, and provide a letter acknowledging our donation.
Brock Storrusten is known for building consensus among disparate constituents and leading challenging negotiations. He has broad-based engineering, leadership, and management experience in small- and large-scale developments, including residential and commercial sites, recreational facilities, transportation, utilities, stormwater, and flooding and erosion control systems. He also has substantial experience providing planning, engineering, and governance assistance to local governments. In addition to his current leadership and operational responsibilities, he regularly presents and publishes on technical topics such as managing project risk, innovative development practices, and understanding regulations, as well as management topics including organizational development and employee engagement.
Brock is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of North Carolina. He serves as Vice Chair of the American Council of Engineering Companies Legislative Committee and as a representative of the Town of Cary on the Town’s Economic Development Committee. He is also a member of the American Planning Association, Home Builders Association of Raleigh–Wake County, National Society of Professional Engineers, and Urban Land Institute.
Robbie Oldham’s role has grown from designing and managing site, subdivision, roadway, storm drainage, and utility projects to becoming the Chatham Park Principal Consultant for WithersRavenel. In this capacity, he oversees a diverse array of planning, permitting, and engineering efforts in Chatham Park, a 7,100-acre mixed-use development by Preston Development Company in Pittsboro, NC. His role also includes overall project entitlement and management for Chatham Park, which requires him to work closely with local citizens and officials as well as other Chatham Park consultants, developers, and stakeholders. Chatham Park is envisioned as a comprehensive live–work–play community, and it is approved for up to 22,000 residential dwelling units and 22 million SF of non-residential development.
Robbie is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of North Carolina and a LEED Accredited Professional. He is also a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers.
Jim Canfield provides strategic leadership and decision-making for WithersRavenel. Working with the Board of Directors and the management team, he establishes long-range plans and policies for the firm. He also offers technical guidance and quality control review for civil design projects rooted in his experience as a civil engineer and his role as the former Director of the firm’s Land Development & Planning Department.
Jim is licensed Professional Engineer in the State of North Carolina. He is also a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Consulting Engineers Council of North Carolina, and the Institute of Transportation Engineers, North Carolina Section.
Tony Withers co-founded WithersRavenel in 1983 with Sam Ravenel and served as Chief Executive Officer for 31 years. Since the firm’s transition to an ESOP in 2014, he has remained active in the company as a part-time employee primarily working with the Land Development & Planning Department. An NC State University graduate, Tony is a licensed civil engineer with extensive experience in land planning, including site analysis, site planning, roadway design, water and wastewater design, alternative sewer treatment and disposal systems, landfill design, feasibility planning, and preliminary engineering analysis.
Tony is the current president of the North Carolina Society of Engineers. He is a former board member of the North Carolina State University Engineering Foundation and the Centennial Authority as a NC Senate appointee; past Board President of the YMCA of the Triangle; past President of the Eastern Chapter of NC Multiple Sclerosis Society; and co-founder and past President of the Miracle League of the Triangle. He is also a 30+ year Rotarian and a deacon at Macedonia Baptist Church.
Sam Ravenel co-founded WithersRavenel in 1983 with Tony Withers and served as President for 31 years. Since the firm’s transition to an ESOP in 2014, he has remained active in the company’s Stormwater Department. He has a passion for stormwater management and has been instrumental in assembling a staff of water resources professionals that together provide comprehensive stormwater services. In addition to extensive experience in hydraulic and hydrologic analysis for flood studies, dams, and roadways, he is one of the earliest promoters of low impact development (LID) concepts in North Carolina.
Prior to founding WithersRavenel, Sam served as an Assistant State Dam Safety Engineer for the State of North Carolina. In that capacity he performed hydraulic analyses for more than 20 high hazard potential dams under state contract with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as part of their National Phase I Dam Inspection Program. He also co-authored the rules and regulations for dam construction and repair.
Sam is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of North Carolina. He is also a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, American Water Works Association, National Society of Professional Engineers, and North Carolina Association of Flood Plain Managers.
Chan Bryant works closely with Jim Canfield to execute the firm’s strategic vision and ensures every department has the resources and personnel they need to meet their goals. He also regularly participates in contract review and negotiation.
As the former Director of the Environmental Department, he played a key role in all of the firm’s contracts with the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality. His work has centered on assisting business owners, investors, developers, and state and local governments with strategies to investigate, remediate, and manage sites with contaminated soil, soil vapor, groundwater, and surface water.
Chan is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of North Carolina. He is also a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, National Groundwater Association, and Groundwater Professionals of NC.
Eddie Staley drives business development and client experience initiatives at WithersRavenel. He brings to bear decades of service in the local government sector and award-winning GIS project experience to tackle the challenges associated with public projects. In addition, he has served on numerous committees and governing boards dealing with the activities of engineering, surveying, and technology.
Eddie is a licensed Professional Land Surveyor and certified GIS Professional in the State of North Carolina. He also holds a Part 107 Pilot license from the Federal Aviation Administration, which authorizes him to operate small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), commonly known as drones. He is the President of the North Carolina Chapter of the American Public Works Administration and a member of the American Water Works Association, North Carolina Rural Water Association, and multiple ESRI Arc user groups.
Jason Bertoncino orchestrates the work of designers, surveyors, and contractors to bring clients’ visions to life. He often oversees complex projects requiring frequent communication to address the concerns of the public in an easily understandable manner. He also routinely serves as Principal-in-Charge for public- and private-sector design projects, including civil site designs, roadways, water distribution, sewer collection, and yield analysis. He specializes in the entitlement, layout, and design aspects of sites and subdivisions.
Jason is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of North Carolina and a LEED Accredited Professional. He is also a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the National Society of Professional Engineers.
Mike Koser is veteran civil engineer with experience in wide variety of disciplines, including planning, civil site design, water treatment and distribution systems, sewer collection and treatment systems, natural gas utilities, roadways, stormwater management, municipal solid waste landfills, hazardous waste landfills, and biosolids management.
Mike is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of North Carolina. He is also member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, American Water Works Association, Society of American Military Engineers, and Water Environment Federation.
Seth Swaim is a technology generalist with experience in surveying, geographic information systems (GIS), information technology (IT), and remote sensing, including unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). He has provided project management, staff coordination, quality assurance/quality control, field and office technology solutions development, technology policy creation, and workflow improvements. He has also provided training for both internal and external clients.
Seth is a licensed Professional Land Surveyor and certified GIS Professional in the State of North Carolina. He also holds a Part 107 Pilot license from the Federal Aviation Administration, which authorizes him to operate small UAS, commonly known as drones.
Loftee Smith has broad-based experience in design and construction management of commercial, industrial, institutional, residential, and recreational project sites along with related roadway and infrastructure improvements and extensions. He also remains active in many land development and planning projects as the Lead Designer.
Loftee is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of North Carolina and a LEED Accredited Professional. He is also a member of the American Planning Association and the Wake County Planning Board.
Butch Lawter oversees WithersRavenel’s staff of geologists, engineers, and scientists in the delivery of environmental assessment and remediation services for state and local government entities throughout North Carolina. He has led the full spectrum of environmental assessment, UST closure, and remediation tasks, and he uses this experience to provide technical consulting and quality assurance/quality control on particularly challenging assignments.
Butch is licensed Professional Engineer in the State of North Carolina. He is also a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers.
In addition, Butch has 13 years of experience as a Town Councilman in Clayton, NC. In this capacity, he reviews and approves annual budgets for the Town and is heavily involved in local infrastructure planning and maintenance projects. He is also Clayton’s representative to the Triangle J Council of Governments and alternate representative to the NC Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO).
Jessica Martin-Lane is a leader, innovative thinker, and organizer in the realm of public- and private-sector management consulting. She serves as the trusted strategic advisor for governments of all sizes as well as numerous private businesses. She helps municipalities and organizations successfully execute complex financial, funding, economic development, and strategic planning projects. Her work produces exceptional results, helping clients achieve short- and long-term goals while realizing greater efficiencies.
Jessica is a licensed Real Estate Broker in the State of North Carolina. She is also a Board Member with the North Carolina Economic Development Association and a member of the International City/County Management Association.
Jessica was the President and CEO of Martin-McGill, a Western North Carolina management consulting firm. Martin-McGill became WR-Martin, a wholly-owned subsidiary of WithersRavenel, in February 2018.
Dale Werenko has diversified experience in civil engineering, including roadway and greenway trail design, water and wastewater design, hydraulic water modeling, commercial development design, single- and multi-family residential development design, and computer-enhanced 3D site modeling.
Dale is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of North Carolina and a Certified Floodplain Manager.