Otak Welcomes New Leadership to Propel Rocky Mountain Regional Success

Otak, an award-winning multidisciplinary AEC firm serving the Pacific Northwest and Rocky Mountain regions, is happy to announce the appointment of multiple key leadership roles in its Colorado offices.

Raul Aviles Jr., CEO of Otak, shares what this update in the region means for the company: “We’re thrilled to enter this new phase of growth in Colorado. Under the guidance of three outstanding leaders, Otak will continue to expand, innovate, and excel in the Colorado market by delivering exceptional client service."

Henry Alaman, Regional Director Heading up the team as the new Colorado Regional Director is Henry Alaman, who brings a wealth of experience and a proven track record of leadership to his new role. With over 30 years of experience, Henry Alaman is a seasoned professional with demonstrated expertise in organizational development, leadership, project management, and business development.

Celebrating four years with Otak, Henry has played a pivotal role in the growth and success of the firm's Project Management and Construction Management (PMCM) division. He has been instrumental in leading key initiatives such as recruitment, onboarding optimization, training programs, and incentive implementations, which have contributed to Otak's ability to recruit and retain top talent in the industry.

In his own words, Henry expresses gratitude for the support from his colleagues at Otak, stating, "It’s been a humbling experience to be surrounded and supported by such a talented and engaged staff. They have been the collaborative driving force in the progress we’ve made."

Todd Kelley, Bridges & Structures Business Unit Leader Bringing fresh eyes and ideas to Otak’s bridges and structures group, Todd has over 17 years of experience in structural engineering design, including: railroad bridges, highway bridges, industrial structures, bridge inspections, and ratings. With strong analytical and communication skills, his background also includes project and staff management. Todd received his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and a Master of Science in Structural Engineering from the Southern Illinois University. He is a licensed professional engineer in Colorado, Missouri, Washington, Idaho, and California, and a licensed structural engineer in Illinois. Prior to joining Otak, Todd worked for American Rail Engineers in Denver, as General Director of Bridge Design.

Todd expresses his excitement to lead at Otak: “In taking this opportunity at Otak, I was drawn to the experienced people and exciting projects. I’ve found my team to be technically savvy, providing a great foundation for the growth of our group. With plenty of diverse and unique structures, Otak’s approach to projects fits my experience - and where I’d like it to go - perfectly.”

Kevin Dooley, Transportation & Infrastructure Business Unit Leader Kevin has been with Otak’s Louisville office since 2017 as Transportation Project Manager, contributing his talents to much of the region’s major transportation work including: City of Boulder’s 30th & Colorado Underpass, City of Aspen’s Paepcke Transit Hub, Eagle County’s Eagle Valley Trail, City of Longmont’s Coffman Street Mobility Improvements, and the SH119 (Diagonal) Reconstruction project.

Confirming his confidence in the regional team, Kevin shares, “We currently have the best group of T&I staff that I have seen in my time here. From mentorship and training to the work itself, everyone is already adept at working together very well. This has us set up to provide opportunities for everyone to grow professionally while taking on new technical and managerial challenges.”

Building on more than 17 years of civil engineering experience, including the design and management of complex transportation and civil improvement projects, Kevin’s expertise spans roadway and trail design, drainage, and utility design of local agencies and federally funded projects. His field experience gives him valuable insight into the complete project delivery cycle and his hands-on approach to management and design ensures that projects will have an accurate and reliable set of construction documents. Kevin also participates in Otak’s sustainability leadership group, assisting with green initiatives in the company’s practice areas and training.

"The Colorado Region leadership has never been as strong and engaged as the team we have in place now,” says Scott Dreher, COO of Otak. “Their focus on client care, high quality, timely service delivery, solving for our clients, and mentorship skills makes me confident in their ability to develop the best team possible in our market."

Otak is excited to continue generating momentum for the Rocky Mountain region with the addition and promotion of top talent. The company is eager to see Henry, Todd, and Kevin thrive as leaders and develop project work and partnerships with key regional clients. For more information about Otak and its projects, visit otak.com.

About Otak Otak is an award-winning multidisciplinary AEC firm headquartered in Portland, Oregon for the last 40+ years, with offices spanning the country from Washington to Colorado. Since our founding in 1981, our urban designers, architects, engineers, planners, landscape architects, surveyors, and project managers have demonstrated that it is possible to be both practical and innovative. With a 350+ strong team of multidisciplinary experts, we add diverse experience and a forward-thinking approach to projects across both private and public sectors. We carefully consider how our work will affect future generations with novel yet effective ways of addressing common challenges, and are deeply rooted in the communities we serve. For more information visit otak.com.