SHARING KNOWLEDGE, INSPIRING LEADERS
I grew up in a family that volunteered to help others. Both of my parents, my brother and I were active in the local community fire company. My dad and I were out driving around on a road that I didn’t remember ever traveling before. I don’t remember where we were going or why we were even on that road. I remember him saying, “If you ever want to drive a fire truck, you better start paying attention to the roads now.” I don’t think I thought much of it other than, yes – I wanted to drive fire trucks. I wanted to drive in general but I was only 12 years old.
I will be honest, I have always had an engineering mindset, one that wants to know why. That day on that road sparked something in me to in fact pay more attention.
Since that time, I have paid attention, learning extensively along the way. I tried my best to take advantage of every opportunity, even the ones I didn’t enjoy. These experiences taught me that my passion is helping others and I want to help you. I want to help you improve the quality of your work, your leadership, and your professional success, but most importantly your personal satisfaction.
“To continuously expand my knowledge to better the community and inspire individuals, so that we, collectively, continue to have a positive impact and advance the world we live in.“
-My Why Statement
My Leadership Perspectives
- Leadership and Management: As an experienced land development project manager and leader of a team of civil engineers, I understand the components of engineering leadership and team management. I have a proven track record of setting goals, delegating responsibilities, and effectively completing projects on time and within budget.
- Financial Management: Whether managing a project or a team of project managers, maintaining fiscal responsibility is vital to an office’s long-term success. For an engineering firm providing services, generating revenue based on hourly rates, means effective staff utilization. The total billable hours directly impact the revenue that a firm can produce and having the needed pipeline of proposals to fulfill the staff’s time is imperative. I have experience handling the day-to-day oversight of a team of project managers and design staff including project budgeting, workload delegation, and proposal forecasting.
- Business Development: Project managers have relationships with their clients and should be encouraged to engage with them to see what the next project might be. At the same time, the office leadership is responsible for marketing the firm’s services and engaging with prospective clients. I have a proven track record for winning work through my ability to talk about highly complex engineering topics in plain and simple language.
- Client Relations: An engineering firm’s reputation proceeds them in many ways. Other than the quality of their work, their reputation is largely based on their relationships with current and past clients. It is vital to empower the project management level staff to engage with their clients in ways that they understand their needs and effectively work to deliver a solution that meets their goals and expectations.
- Staff Development: I learned long ago that the best way to advance is to develop staff to take over my responsibilities. Taking pride in seeing my staff succeed, I have learned to embrace delegation and foster a team ready to grow. I have experience recruiting and retaining talented staff while providing constructive feedback and mentoring whenever possible. I enjoy creating a positive work environment that promotes each individual’s professional and personal success while also benefiting the company as a whole.
- Regulatory Compliance: Working through and meeting the needs of the land development process can be daunting. Partnering with clients to work with them, and guiding them through the process, requires a strong understanding of local, state, and federal regulations.
My Professional Career
As a licensed Professional Engineer, Brian specialized in civil engineering’s land development site design. With extensive experience in both design and construction, his recent focus has been on producing the highest quality construction plans and delivering these projects to his clients on time and on budget.
He has worked for small businesses and large corporate engineering firms and has had a couple of stints in the public sector, including the federal government. His diverse experience in these different scenarios prepared him for his career and his role as a professional engineer.
In addition to civil engineering, he has spent time in Emergency 911 Communications, law enforcement corrections, and volunteer fire/rescue services including nearly 10 years volunteering as a search and rescue K9 Handler.
Born and raised in Carroll County, Maryland, he calls the mid-Atlantic region of the United States home. He is married to a wife of more than 13 years with two wonderful children.
The Wagner Family
I believe that family is everything in this life. Without it, you are simply alone. I strongly encourage you to always keep that insight, not letting everything else in life interfere. Being a father and husband is truly the most important and one of the hardest jobs in the world. Bringing new life into this world has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. We can do it, we can succeed.
The best experiences of my life have been largely the result of having a family that I deeply cherish. I look forward each day to experiencing the love and happiness we have created together.
To help engineers communicate better so they can building stronger relationships with their clients and colleagues.
An engineering community without poor communication