Leslie Duke

President at Burns & McDonnell, Inc.

Leslie Duke

Leslie Duke

President at Burns & McDonnell, Inc.

Biography

As leader of Burns & McDonnell's Houston, Austin and Oklahoma City offices, Leslie Duke plays an integral role in leading the firm's engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) business in the Gulf Coast and Southwest region. Her ongoing efforts in building and growing the business include the development and successful execution of over 100 multimillion-dollar projects and expanding Burns & McDonnell's customer base from one client in 1999 to more than 100 today across a broad spectrum of industrial sectors including the refining, chemical, manufacturing, and utility markets. She also plays a leading role in the development of large-scale, national alliance relationships, resulting in over a billion dollars in repeat, non-competitive awards. Ever focused on the development and growth of her teams, Leslie created a a leadership training program focused on maximizing the performance of high-potential staff via accelerated career training. Leslie joined Burns & McDonnell in 1999 and served as a regional manager in the Transmission & Distribution group from 2002 through 2009, as well as the operations manager in Houston from 2005 to 2009. In 2010, Leslie moved to Dallas to open Burns & McDonnell's 10th regional office and helped diversify the firm's services in the region and expand the company in north Texas. The Dallas and Fort Worth offices specialize in on-site energy design, facility design, transportation design, environmental services, and design-build construction services. In July 2012, Leslie returned to Houston as general manager and, in 2016 she was named the first female president in the company's 120+ year history. With over 700 employee-owners in the offices under her purview, Leslie's operations focus primarily on the permitting, design and construction of high-voltage power, refining, chemical, terminal, and pipeline facilities. Leslie is honored to lead our firm's largest and fastest growing office and looks forward to a promising future in the region. Throughout her career, Leslie has remained very active in community organizations and received numerous personal awards. Texas Tech University recently honored Leslie as a 2018 Distinguished Engineer. Additionally, Leslie was named to the 2016 "Who's Who in Energy" list published by the Houston Business Journal. The United Way of Greater Houston also recognizes her as a "Top Female Leader" for her strong commitment to United Way and the community. A lifelong Texan, family is paramount to Leslie and she credits her father's leadership and strength through adversity as her most significant influence. She and her husband, Travis, have two children, Justin and Kendall; and Leslie spends most of her free time with them, traveling, and remaining active in her church.

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Burns & McDonnell, Inc.

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1944

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1

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Leslie Duke
President at Burns & McDonnell, Inc.
Education
Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering

Texas Tech University, often referred to as Texas Tech, or TTU, is a public research university in Lubbock, Texas, United States. Established on February 10, 1923, and originally known as Texas Technological College, it is the leading institution of the Texas Tech University System and has the seventh-largest student body in the state of Texas. It is the only school in Texas to house an undergraduate institution, law school, and medical school at the same location. The university offers degrees in more than 150 courses of study through 13 colleges and hosts 60 research centers and institutes. Texas Tech University has awarded over 200,000 degrees since 1927, including over 40,000 graduate and professional degrees.

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Founded in 1852, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) represents more than 145,000 members of the civil engineering profession worldwide and is America's oldest national engineering society. ASCE's Mission Provide essential value to our members and partners, advance civil engineering, and serve the public good.

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NSPE, in partnership with the State Societies, is the organization of licensed Professional Engineers (PEs) and Engineer Interns (EIs). NSPE, in partnership with the State Societies, Serves as the recognized and authoritative expert in licensure, ethics, and professional practice; Promotes licensure and assists individuals in becoming licensed; and Protects and enhances the value of licensure and the opportunities for the licensed engineer.

Career History
President
Current

Burns & McDonnell, Inc. provides engineering, architecture, construction, environmental and consulting services. It serves the airport, military base, defense facility, power generation and transmission, water treatment, environmental remediation, refinery, industrial facility, hospital and institutional building sectors. The company was founded by Clinton Burns and Robert McDonnell in 1898 and is headquartered in Kansas City, MO.

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Greater Houston Partnership operates as a place for community-minded business leaders who want to be involved in Houston''s positive growth and influence the direction. The company was founded in 1840 and is headquartered in Houston, TX.

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Current

Since 1945, Junior Achievement of Southeast Texas' purpose has been to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy. Junior Achievement of Southeast Texas is part of a global organization that operates in 123 countries and reaches 9.7 million students. It is the world's largest and fastest-growing non-profit economic education organization. Their programs are taught by classroom volunteers from the business community in your area, across America and in countries worldwide.

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AS THE STATE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, TAB IS THE MOST INFLUENTIAL AND DOMINANT VOICE FOR PUBLIC POLICY ISSUES AFFECTING BUSINESS IN TEXAS. THROUGH PROVEN RESULTS-ORIENTED ADVOCACY AND MEMBER SERVICES, TAB DEVELOPS A CLIMATE IN TEXAS WHICH ENABLES MEMBERS AND THEIR EMPLOYEES TO OPERATE EFFICIENTLY AND PROFITABLY, THUS CREATING NEW JOBS. TAB IS PROUD TO BE THE OFFICIAL STATE PARTNER OF THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF MANUFACTURERS.

Awards & Honors
Registered Professional Engineer in Texas
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