Chris Basham is—for lack of a better term—a big deal. He joins KSA as Director of Federal Services, a newly developed service group. After graduating as valedictorian of his high school class, Chris was offered several scholarships; one by the Air Force ROTC. After securing a slot as an Air Force pilot, Chris was presented with another life-altering opportunity he couldn’t refuse. The Air Force had launched a new member retention program that sought to improve the quality of life of its members by refining the spaces where they lived, worked, and played.


KSA was named one of the 2017 Best Companies to Work for in Texas, an honor the firm has received for four consecutive years. The awards program was created in 2006 and is a collaborative initiative between Texas Monthly, the Texas Association of Business (TAB), the Texas Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), and Best Companies Group.


KSA is the 2017 recipient of the Corporate Cup of Excellence, an award distributed by the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE). This honor was awarded today, in Long Beach, CA, during the AAAE annual conference.

“Huge kudos to KSA’s Aviation Services team as they were just awarded the prestigious AAAE Corporate Cup award this morning. This is an awesome honor for our firm that reflects well upon the leadership and client service that our Aviation Service group is so committed to,” said Mitch Fortner, President of KSA.


Bob joins KSA’s Municipal Services group as a Regional Manager. Leading our Austin office, Bob is a seasoned civil engineer with nearly 20 years of experience designing water and wastewater treatment systems for municipalities. Bob is passionate about client satisfaction. Over the course of his career, Bob has mastered the art of quickly recognizing the priorities of his clients in order to tailor his actions to satisfy their needs. “Sometimes, this requires creativity. Sometimes this requires good, old fashioned hard work.

When the school opened in 2012, the Leadership Prep School (LPS) leased space from a local church so they could offer classes as quickly as possible. Each year, enrollment increased significantly. Due to their steady growth, LPS engaged KSA to design a new building that would more adequately accommodate the school’s growing population of eager minds. The existing leased space will be used for kindergarten through fourth grade students, while the new facility—which is located just south of the current facility—will house middle and high school students.

Mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) services are the unsung heroes of the design world. Hidden behind ceilings, walls and stalls, the underrated nature of MEP services is usually noticed only when there’s a problem. We carefully design our MEP systems to work optimally and integrate seamlessly into existing designs.


KSA is pleased to welcome Chad Pennel, P.E. to our Aviation Services group. Working from our McKinney, Texas office, Chad will serve as a Regional Manager and Senior Project Manager. Chad’s interest in engineering spurred from a natural proclivity for math and science. Early in his career, Chad took a job working in the field at various airports, providing inspection and materials testing for aviation projects. He’s been working for airports for the last 19 years.

Abiel Carrillo, P.E., C.F.M.

KSA is proud to announce the establishment of a new office in Albuquerque, New Mexico! The Albuquerque office will provide our full array of municipal and aviation services and is supported by our entire KSA team.

“Our reach into the New Mexico area happened organically. It is the logical culmination of a series of steps taken over several years.”

– Joncie Young, P.E.
Director of Municipal Services


At this year’s annual shareholder meeting, Molly Waller, Manager of Planning and Business Development for KSA’s Aviation Services group, was elected to the Board of Directors. Molly joins previous and current members Tracy Hicks, P.E., Mike Burns, P.E., Craig Phipps, P.E., Lanny Buck, P.E., John Ringler, P.E. and President Mitch Fortner, P.E.

KSA 2017 Shareholders

KSA’s annual shareholder meeting was held in January 2017. Among the many positive and exciting items discussed, four new professionals were added to the company’s prestigious group of shareholders: Hunter Hilburn, CEcD, EDFP, Michael Mallonee, Travis Pierce, P.E., and Vivek Khanna, Ph.D, P.E.