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Conference call: Al Barkouli, part 2

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Conference call: Al Barkouli, part 2

Chairman and CEO of David Evans and Associates, Inc. (Hot Firm #93 for 2016), a 1,000-person engineering firm based in Portland, Oregon. By Liisa Andreassen Correspondent Barkouli joined DEA in 1988 as an engineer-in-training. He advanced to project manager, engineering discipline director, and office manager of the firm’s flagship office in Portland. He served as COO and president before being named chairman and CEO. “Having entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial spirit means we look for opportunities and acknowledge risks,” Barkouli says. “For entrepreneurs, the risk of failing comes with the territory. Failing is an opportunity to learn. What we don’t like is...

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Conference call: Al Barkouli, part 1

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Conference call: Al Barkouli, part 1

Chairman and CEO of David Evans and Associates, Inc. (Hot Firm #93 for 2016), a 1,000-person engineering firm based in Portland, Oregon. By Liisa Andreassen Correspondent Barkouli joined DEA in 1988 as an engineer-in-training. He advanced to project manager, engineering discipline director, and office manager of the firm’s flagship office in Portland. He served as COO and president before being named chairman and CEO. “Ownership transition is crucial, especially for privately held firms in our industry,” Barkouli says. “A lack of internal ownership and inability to transition ownership are key reasons why small and mid-size firms disappear.” A CONVERSATION WITH...

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