At work, RS&H Denver Roadway Co-Leader Alan Ross is the kind of associate who works to move mountains for clients. In his free time, he’s the type of outdoorsman who hikes them.
“Alan is a really enthusiastic, get-with-it kind of guy,” said RS&H Mountain Region Leader and Vice President George Tsiouvaras. “He’s always smiling, but he is also end-result oriented.”
That combination of ambition and disarming friendliness is part of what caused Alan to be hired in 2005 as the first employee of the then newly formed Tsiouvaras Simmons Holderness (TSH), which was acquired by RS&H in May 2018.
“He saw the vision we had for TSH,” said George. “And that vision led us to where we are now – part of RS&H.”
Alan may be dedicated to his work, but he is also passionate about getting away to nature. In 2016, he hiked for 33 consecutive days – from Denver to Durango, Colorado, a distance of more than 480 miles.
“In the mountains, I feel that life is very simple,” said Alan. “You have to find a place to sleep at night. You have to find a place to cook your food. Your sole goal is to get from point a to point b.”
Alan hasn't just fueled his passion in his free time. In the beginning of his career, Alan also worked outdoors.
“One of my first jobs out of high school was working for a bridge crew, building bridges, hanging girders and building abutments,” said Alan. “And when I came out of engineering school, I wanted to go out in the field first to see what I’d be designing.”
Alan spent the first years of his engineering career working in the field nine months out of the year, providing inspection and surveying services.
After 3 years in this line of work, Alan moved into a project role – eventually landing at a Denver firm at which George Tsiouvaras, Jeff Simmons and Fred Holderness also worked. When the trio founded TSH, Alan moved with them.
Secret to Success
Over the years, Alan has learned that workers willing to go above and beyond are the secrets to a thriving firm, a successful project team and to the development of individual associates, he said.
“The biggest recommendation I could give to younger associates is to do things that aren’t expected of you,” said Alan. “If you see something that needs to be done, do it – whether it’s in your job description or not. Make things easier for others.”
Beyond helping his team realize the best result possible, this attitude also allowed Alan to better understand different disciplines, making his skillset more well-rounded.
But that go-getter attitude isn't unique to Alan or his team in Denver.
“That’s one of the huge similarities I’ve noticed between TSH and RS&H,” said Alan. “People are amazing to work with because of their technical skill and their pride in their work.”
Vacation to Home
Alan, who grew up in Kansas, moved to Colorado in 2000.
"I realized I was spending all of my vacations in Colorado, so I decided I might as well move here," said Alan.
That move led Alan to TSH and now RS&H. It also provided him with ample opportunity to explore nature.
“I love being in the sunshine,” said Alan. “I love how much there is to do outdoors here.”
But while his environment might still feel like that of a vacation spot, Alan’s industriousness hasn’t wavered.
“I want everything to be easy for the team,” said Alan. “But sometimes that means someone has to do something hard to make it easier for everyone else. Sometimes, that person is me. That’s just part of being a team.”