Larry is a New River Valley native, having grown up on his family’s farm in Giles County, Virginia. He has over twenty years of experience in the professional engineering industry, with extensive work experience on transportation, industrial, commercial, government, and residential projects.
Larry followed his father’s footsteps into the world of engineering and construction. His father spent 38 years doing design and contract administration for VDOT, where Larry himself began working at age 19. He recalls “My first assigned project was as the lead inspector for a bridge replacement. It was a huge responsibility at such a young age.” Larry had many excellent mentors who encouraged him to continue his education and study engineering and design, which he did through the Civil Engineering Technology program at Old Dominion University.
Paying forward the mentorship that influenced his own path, Larry personally spearheaded the creation of a vocational school for high school students. Together with Habitat for Humanity, Larry worked to create this program to attract young people to the building trades. “I wanted to be part of inspiring our next generation of architects, builders, and engineers,” he says.
Larry is also passionate about affordable housing. He has served with Habitat for Humanity since 2012. He is also now part of the “Aging in Place Committee” in New River Valley, working together with Virginia Tech on a project to develop affordable micro-homes.