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Over the past year, QK, (formerly Quad Knopf), has been quietly transforming itself in ways that extend far beyond a simple name change. Responding to a rapidly evolving marketplace, QK’s leadership has made several structural and leadership transitions to support a new direction for the firm.

QK pioneered the concept of integrated project delivery. While this approach was once considered unique, operating as a “one-stop-shop” has now become commonplace. What’s more, that strategy is no longer sufficient in a rapidly changing and complex world. Project delivery no longer depends solely on a diversity of expertise within the same firm. Increasingly, the environment for today’s complex California projects demands a high level of technical specialization. In response to this need, QK has established five highly specialized “suites” of experts. Those five areas are:

  • Planning,
  • Survey and GIS,
  • Biology and Environmental Permitting,
  • Urban Design and Landscape Architecture, and
  • Engineering and Construction Management.

To assure this expertise is delivered to our clients in a consistent manner across the company’s five offices, the firm’s management strengths have been reinforced with several new executive roles having companywide responsibilities for client service and project delivery.

Ron Wathen, PE has been appointed by the Board of Directors as Executive Vice President. Additionally, Mr. Wathen is serving as Branch Manager for the firm’s Visalia office.

Amber Adams has advanced to Vice President of Business and Operations.  Additionally, Ms. Adams serves as Northern Region Manager overseeing operations in the firm’s Fresno and Merced offices.

Jeff Cowart, PE has relocated to the firm’s Visalia office where he serves as Vice President of Quality Control and Municipal Services.  Mr. Cowart previously served as Branch Manager for the firm’s Bakersfield office.

Garth Pecchenino, PE, PLS, QSD has been appointed Vice President of Technical Services.  Additionally, Mr. Pecchenino is serving as Branch Manager for the firm’s Fresno office.

All of these senior principals continue to be involved in certain key projects.

“These changes in leadership reflect the company’s updated approach to helping our clients. No one is better at helping 21st century clients in California navigate the complex project delivery process. We care about our communities in California,” said CEO Michael Knopf, PE, PLS. “After all, we live here too.”