Join us in celebrating a new board member and our newest shareholders.

April 19, 2022 – Following Coffman’s annual shareholder meeting on March 17, the company announced a new board director and six new principal shareholders. Scott Twele, PE, Coffman’s Southwest Regional Manager, was elected as a board director, and re-elected directors Arvind Nerurkar and Brion Wise will serve another term.

“Scott is a respected engineer and colleague with a deep commitment to our business and culture. He is a welcome asset to the board, and I look forward to his energy and ideas. I also want to thank Dave Gardner for serving as a director for more than 10 years. We owe him a huge thank you for his significant contribution to our success,” said Dave Ruff, PE, CEO, and Chair.

New Board of Director

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Scott Twele, PE, California Regional Manager – Scott is the Southwest Regional Manager, the San Diego office managing principal, and a fire protection engineer.

New Shareholders

Coffman’s new shareholders include James Chen, PE; Christopher Haight, PE, SE; Renato Molina, PE; Nicholai Smith, PE; Brian Walkenhauer, PE, SE; Rob Wasserman, PE, SE.

“Congratulations to Coffman’s new shareholders. It is critically important to strengthen and grow our leadership team companywide with fresh energy and perspectives. We are fortunate to have their continued commitment to the success of our clients and company,” said Ruff.

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James Chen, PE, Raleigh Office Operations Manager – James is an electrical engineering discipline manager and the Raleigh office operations manager. In addition to consulting and managing the office, he has grown Coffman’s business throughout the Tar Heel State.

Chris Haight, PE, SE, Orange County Office Operations Manager – Chris is a structural engineer and the Orange County office operations manager. He combines his knowledge in local building design with his experience abroad to lead and manage the steadily growing office.

Renato Molina, PED.C. Metro Office Operations Manager – Renato is a fire protection engineer and the D.C. Metro office operations manager. His office leadership and experience in the fire protection industry have been instrumental in establishing Coffman’s presence throughout the region.


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Nicholai Smith, PE, Anchorage, Electrical Department – Nicholai is an electrical engineer in Coffman’s Anchorage office and leads commercial and industrial design projects. He is also the electrical department lead for key oil and gas clients.

Brian Walkenhauer, PE, SE, Burlington Office Operations Manager – Brian is a structural engineer and the Burlington office operations manager. His extensive structural design background includes commercial, industrial, military, and complex seismic retrofit projects.

Rob Wasserman, PE, SE, Anchorage, Project Management Department Manager – Rob is a project management professional and civil and structural engineer in Coffman’s Anchorage office. Rob specializes in industrial projects, including petroleum, liquified natural gas, refineries, and terminals.

▲ Complete bios for the new shareholders and officer are linked.