Ross & Baruzzini Expands Its Kansas City Office With The Addition Of Two New Regional Directors


  • Engineering Leadership


Kansas City Office

October 3, 2019

Ross & Baruzzini is pleased to announce the addition of two new directors, John Sommers and Jeff Wheeler, in the firm’s Kansas City office.

Subject Matter Expert Operations
Dan Phelan, KC Director of Operations

“We have strategically been laying the groundwork for our expansion efforts over the last two years and the addition of John and Jeff to our team of professionals is the newest marker of our ongoing success,” said Dan Phelan, director of operations at Ross & Baruzzini. “We’ve experienced significant growth in the Kansas City market for some time now and we’re excited to add additional resources to support our growing client list.”

Subject Matter Expert Mechanical Engineering
John Sommers, Regional Director - Healthcare

Sommers joins the company as a regional director for healthcare. He brings more than 28 years of experience working with a wide range of markets including Healthcare, Military, Mission Critical, Transportation, K-12, and Higher Education, and is a licensed professional engineer and LEED-accredited professional. Before joining Ross & Baruzzini, Sommers provided mechanical design leadership for Spur Design in Overland Park, Kansas, where he was the principal of mechanical engineering.

Subject Matter Expert Government Operations
Jeff Wheeler, Regional Director - Government

Wheeler most recently served as principal and director of electrical engineering at Spur Design where he was responsible for the creation, development, and management of the electrical engineering department. With more than 20 years of engineering design and management experience, Wheeler has expertise working across multiple market sectors including Government/Military, Mission Critical, Healthcare, Office/Corporate, and Education. Wheeler joins the company as a regional director for government and is a licensed professional engineer and LEED-accredited professional.

Ross & Baruzzini, which has 400 employees, execute projects in more than 30 countries. It operates from headquarters in St. Louis with offices in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Indianapolis, Philadelphia, Kansas City, Miami, New Haven, New York, Seattle and Mexico City. The Kansas City office opened in 2017 and has grown its staff to eight with seven professional engineers.

About Ross & Baruzzini, Inc.

Founded in St. Louis in 1953, Ross & Baruzzini is an international engineering consulting and design firm continually ranked among the top companies in the nation. It provides advanced solutions in the healthcare, government, higher education, transportation and mission-critical sectors. Earlier in 2019, the firm was cited as a “best place to work” by the St. Louis Business Journal. It is also a recurring Zweig Hot List company for fastest growing design firms in the U.S. 

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