Denver Metro Post President
After graduating from the Colorado School of Mines, Wendy Amann began her career with a multi-discipline engineering firm in Denver, coordinating the efforts of the civil, structural, mechanical, and electrical engineers. She gradually moved into the structural engineering group and worked primarily on single-family residential structures. While continuing to provide project management for various multi-discipline projects, Amann took over the management of the structural group and gained business development experience in the process. After nearly 20 years at that firm, Amann was offered a position at Huitt-Zollars. Currently she serves as a project manager and actively participates in structural designs for developers, special districts, municipalities, and private clients.
As part of her federal business development efforts, Amann got involved in the SAME Denver Metro Post. After a year of attending events and getting to know the local group, she was asked to be Secretary and has since moved up through the officer positions to her current position as Post President. Amann is LEED experienced and Built Green Certified. She is registered in several states and as a result, possesses diverse experience in structural design and project management. She also maintains active participation through the American Council of Engineering Companies and on the Civil Exam Committee for the National Council of Examiners for Engineers and Surveyors. Her recent appointment by the governor to the Colorado Board of Registration for Architects, Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors allows her to further her commitment to the engineering profession.
Why did you first join SAME?
I joined to learn the federal marketplace. Our corporate office is heavily involved in DOD and other federal markets and we felt it would be a good place to start to get the Huitt-Zollars Denver office more federal work in the metro Denver area.
How has your involvement supported you in your personal and professional development?
I have always believed strongly in developing a good network in every association I join and SAME has given me a totally new network to be involved with. It has given me associates that I can contact when I need to know someone or something related to the federal and/or DOD industries. I have had leadership opportunities that have allowed me to further develop those skills and the ability to mentor younger leaders. With such opportunities, I have grown both personally and professionally.
What advice would you give others just starting out in their career?
Get involved in one or two organizations that you can be passionate about and volunteer/be active. You will be amazed at the relationships that you develop with both clients and associates. The potential for career development is tenfold due to such participation.
Share something about your career that others may find unique?
After nearly 27 years of work, I have only had three jobs. I went to Chicago after I graduated college and stayed at that position for about 18 months, leaving to “come back home to Colorado.” I started at a small multi-discipline firm and although it was only about 10 people, I had various opportunities for growth and to do different things. I stayed there almost 20 years before taking the opportunity afforded by my current employer. Although I have had so few jobs, I have had vastly diverse experiences that helped develop what I do today.