WGI Unleashed

WGI Unleashed

A podcast about the people, the projects, and the culture of WGI. We sit down with our team members to see what they do on a daily basis to chase their passions and help our clients become successful.

Episodes

January 25, 2023 52 min

For our first WGI Unleashed episode of the new year, we chatted with Christian Stewart, a Geospatial Technologies Specialist, out of our West Palm Beach, FL office. Christian is an extremely talented and knowledgeable member of our robust Geospatial division with over 18 years of dedicated service at WGI!

Christian gave us a glimpse into his early life in the Berkshires, NY, and revealed that the traditional college education path ...

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For our final WGI Unleashed episode of the year, we talked to Tamara Henderson, a Senior Project Engineer in our Jacksonville, FL, office. Tamara is an integral part of our Civil Engineering team and recently marked two years with WGI.

Tamara talked to us about her family and growing up as a “big, awkward nerdy girl” in Prichard, Alabama, a suburb of Mobile, where we learned she graduated from The University of Alabama with a Bache...

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November 16, 2022 48 min

For episode 64 of the Unleashed podcast, we head back to Texas again to talk to Nina Fuentes, the Office Coordinator for our San Antonio office. Nina has been with WGI for over four years and is integral to keeping our San Antonio office running smoothly and our team members there feeling supported.

We talked with Nina about what it was like growing up in Brownsville, TX, and what spurred her cross-country move to Wisconsin, where...

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For episode 63 of WGI Unleashed, we sat down with WGI’s Director of Mobility, Ravali Kosaraju, who joined WGI over a year ago and has significantly grown our Mobility division during her short time with the firm.

Ravali explained what it was like growing up and attending grade school in India and cleared up the debate on how to correctly pronounce her name. She talked to us about the culture shock she experienced after moving from ...

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Episode 62 of the WGI Unleashed podcast takes us back to West Palm Beach, FL, to get to know David Gerber, a Project Engineer in our Roadway (Transportation) division. David (aka Gerber to most) has been an integral part of the WGI team for over a decade and has had the unique pleasure of working out of several different WGI offices during his time here.

Despite thinking we knew all of Gerber's ins and outs, we discovered durin...

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For episode 61 of the Unleashed podcast, we traveled down to West Palm Beach, FL, to talk to Connor Bailey, a Senior Planner in our Land Development group. Connor has been a part of the WGI team for over five years and recently earned his planning certification through the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP).

Connor told us what it was like growing up in Orlando after spending the first few years of his life in a tiny t...

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In the 60th episode of our WGI Unleashed Podcast, we spoke with Hang Masterson, Studio Manager for our Landscape Architecture team in the West Palm Beach, FL office.

We listened to Hang as she told us what it was like growing up in a small town in Northern China 🌏, and how her love for drawing and fashion design 👗 inspired her to pursue a career in landscape architecture.

We learned she received her Bachelor's d...

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On the newest episode of WGI Unleashed, we got to know Jasmin Ramirez, a human resources generalist who is based out of our Orlando office. Jasmin has been an integral part of WGI and the HR team for over 4 years and is a Florida native who is also bilingual. (Fun fact 💡- Spanish was her first language)

Jasmin talked to us about what it was like growing up in and around Orlando in a large, tight-knit, Columbian family. We l...

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For episode 58 of our Unleashed podcast, we had the pleasure of speaking with the always entertaining Andrew Kong, a senior manager for our Restoration division based out of our Charlotte, NC office. Andrew has been an integral part of WGI for over 16 years and leads a team of restoration engineering professionals in the southeastern region of the U.S.

Right from the beginning of our interview with Andrew, we knew we were in for a ...

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In episode 57 of WGI's Unleashed podcast, we spoke with Sandor Laszlo, the Regional Manager of Technology in our Geospatial division. Sandor joined the WGI team about three years ago and brought over 20 years of professional experience with him. Sandor told us what it was like growing up in Fords, New Jersey, a diverse suburb of New York City, where he spent the entirety of his childhood before heading off to college.

We discov...

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For episode 56 of our Unleashed podcast, we chatted with Augustine Verrengia, a Market Leader for our Civil Engineering team in our Austin, TX office. Augustine has over 12 years of Engineering experience and is coming up on his 1st anniversary with WGI.

Augustine talked to us about growing up in the Austin area, walked us through the early days of his career after graduating from The University of Texas at San Antonio with a bache...

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In our first episode of 2022, we got the privilege to speak with Britney Cooper, Business Development and Marketing Representative located in our Houston, TX office.

Britney talked about studying abroad in Italy, being born in south Florida,  and studying at Southern State University. She also discusses how she met her now-husband on a blind date before both of them moved to Texas to teach kindergarten. Britney now has two young bo...

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December 15, 2021 47 min

For our final WGI Unleashed episode of the year, and in celebration of National Twin Day on December 18th, we talked to WGI’s only set of twins, Ashley Schmidt and Jackie Tuten. Both are located in our Austin, TX office and have been with WGI for over 6 years.

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December 1, 2021 55 min

We had an entertaining time this episode talking with Chad Riddle, a Project Manager on our Land Development team in Jacksonville, FL. Chad began his career with WGI in the West Palm Beach, FL office before transferring to our Jacksonville office to help jump-start our land development division there.

Chad has extensive knowledge and experience in the production and management of design and drafting services on a variety of project...

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November 10, 2021 50 min

We had a blast this episode talking to Blake Wallace, a Data Engineer in our Tampa, Florida office. Blake is a part of our Info Technology division and has been with WGI for over 3 years.

Blake told us what it was like growing up in a small town in Florida, after being adopted from Thailand as a toddler. We learned that he joined the Marines fresh out of high school, and also got some insight on just how much fun one can have when ...

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We had the privilege of talking to Wes Kaisershot, Regional Manager Utilities Engineering on our SUE team located in our Austin, TX office. Wes has been with WGI for less than a year but has over 23 years of experience in his field.

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In this episode, we got to chat with Amanda Montgomery, an Environmental Scientist on our Environmental Services team. Amanda is based out of our Fort Lauderdale, FL office and has been with WGI for 4 years. She is one of WGI's most active brand ambassadors and exudes passion in everything she does, which is why our hosts were so eager to have her as a guest on the show.

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September 8, 2021 47 min

In this episode, we got to chat with Tom Bernard, the Market Leader of our MEP Division based in our Tampa, FL office. Tom has recently celebrated his one-year anniversary with WGI and was excited to hop on the mic and join us on the show.

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August 18, 2021 50 min

In this episode, we got to chat with Shad Shafie, VP of the Buildings division based in our San Antonio, TX office. Shad drove to the Austin, TX office to record this episode of the podcast for a riveting conversation.

Shad discussed his early life growing up in the Austin, TX area and going to college at The University of Texas where he played football and studied Architectural Engineering. He also discussed moving around the coun...

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July 28, 2021 44 min

In this episode, we got to sit down in the Tallahassee, Florida office to chat with Loren Steele, Project Engineer with our Transportation team.

Loren is originally from Jacksonville, FL, and moved to Tallahassee, FL to attend FSU where she obtained her bachelor’s in Civil Engineering. In her free time, she discussed how she enjoys home improvement projects and spending time outside at the park where her kids can play. She also gav...

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