Being a Geotechnical Engineer has been an evolving journey and not a planned destination for Allen Parker. In high school, Allen excelled in math and science, but was also a talented artist with works on tour across his home state of New Jersey and throughout the northeastern United States during his Junior and Senior years. Convinced art was his calling, Allen set out making plans for a future as an artist, including attending art school. This all changed when Allen was confronted with the simple question presented by his father “How will you make a living with an Art Degree?” Unable to formulate a defined path for financial stability with an Art Degree, Allen decided it was best to leave art as a passionate hobby and focus on a career that played to his other strengths in math and science. With the help and guidance of some excellent teachers, Allen found a calling in the field of Civil Engineering with the influence on the built environment in which we live and work being a particular draw to the field.
Since graduating with a degree in Civil Engineering, Allen has gone on to specialize in Geotechnical Engineering as well as Construction Materials Testing. He has steadily advanced through the professional ranks and become known for his management skills, having started and grown successful branch operations as well as turning around struggling ones. He knows all aspects of the business and what it takes to be successful. Allen is currently a registered professional engineer in Virginia, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Maryland, and West Virginia.
Allen is currently the Regional Vice President overseeing the Capital Region, comprised of Baltimore and Northern Virginia, for F&R. He brings his years of successful operational and leadership experience to F&R and a fresh perspective for the operations of the offices under his guidance.