Our Leadership Team

Jones|Carter is led by an executive management team whose credentials and experience have earned the company an industry-wide reputation for quality, dependability, and service. This is reinforced by the deep expertise of our leaders and the dedication and commitment of every employee.

Robert L. Aylward

Chief Executive Officer and President

With over 30 years of experience, Robert is a seasoned executive with a consistent track record for driving companies forward in a variety of industries -from energy, business services, telecommunications, defense contracting, and construction. Each day he continues to implement new strategic planning processes, develop new products and services, strengthen business relationships, facilitate acquisitions, and expand innovative business approaches that produce exceptional results. His strong leadership has led the company to greater heights of growth, success, financial stewardship, and employee safety.


Clayton O. Black, PE

Chief Strategy & Business Development Officer 

Clayton began his career with Jones|Carter 15 years ago as a Design Engineer. Throughout his tenure, Clayton has managed the design and construction of a wide range of complex mixed-use and master-planned developments as the Site Development Practice Leader. Clayton now serves as the Chief Strategy and Business Development Officer, in which he coordinates with clients and contractors to ensure quality work and timely project completion.  Additionally, Clayton serves as the Chairman of the American Council of Engineering Companies – Houston Design Standards/Plan Review (DS/PR) Committee.


Tobin T. Synatschk, PE                              

Chief Operations Officer

Tobin has experience managing numerous wastewater treatment plants, lift stations, pump stations, water wells, and water plant designs. His work includes cost analysis, comparison of alternatives, and presentation of final design concept for approval by clients, as well as regulatory agencies. Tobin was actively involved in the review and revision of the criteria that govern the design of wastewater treatment plants and lift stations through HCEC. He chaired a committee for the review of TCEQ’s Chapter 217 and a committee for proposed changes to the City of Houston’s Lift Station Design Criteria. Tobin’s years of engineering experience has helped him in the role of Chief Operations Officer.

R. Scott Knapp                   

Chief Administrative Officer 

Scott started his career as a CPA, working as a financial statement auditor for one of the world’s largest professional services firm. After transitioning as a senior audit manager to the Regional Director of Recruiting for that firm, Scott took on the Regional Director for Human Resources role with another international firm. Since joining Jones|Carter in late 2014 as our Director of Human Resources, Scott’s role has expanded to Chief Administrative Officer, providing oversight over Human Resources, Accounting, and the Corporate Services groups. By combining his financial and human resources experiences, Scott continues to provide focused leadership in designing, developing, and delivering solutions to Jones|Carter and for building                                                                                                              and managing teams.


Bryan P. Kennedy, PE

Chief Private Markets Officer

Bryan started his career with Jones|Carter over 21 years ago and now currently oversees the management and daily operations of the Dallas and Fort Worth offices. Bryan’s experience includes the management of street and underground utility design, sanitary sewer rehabilitation, hydraulics and hydrology projects, water and wastewater projects, park and recreational facilities projects, and the firm’s Geographic Information Systems (GIS) activities. He has also served as District and City Engineer for several municipal utility districts and cities. Bryan’s engineering experience and career with Jones|Carter has helped him perform in his new role as Chief Private Markets Officer.


Kevin R. Krahn, PE 

Chief Public Markets Officer

Kevin specializes in municipal and district engineering with a focus on providing management and other consultation services to resident-board water districts, special districts, and municipalities. He has lead a variety of large-scale public infrastructure initiatives related to municipal and transportation projects, including managing the concept and design through the construction and completion stage of a project. His technical experience encompasses design of water transmission and distribution systems, urban channel and storm drainage improvements, wastewater collection systems, parks and park amenities, and roadway design and reconstruction projects. Kevin’s engineering experience has helped him perform in his new role as
Chief Public Markets Officer.

Rick Volk, PE

Construction and Ports Maritime

Rick Volk has more than 23 years of senior executive experience. He is a progressive leader with knowledge of complex projects in civil engineering, toll, civil construction, design-build, public-private partnerships and transportation. Rick also has a deep understanding of critical business drivers in multiple industries, seizing control of critical problem areas and delivering on customer commitments. He has a clear focus on governance, people and team development and driving business reputation.


Terry R. Reeves, PE

Land Development

Terry has been with Jones|Carter since June 2005. He is responsible for management and design of land development and municipal utility district clients in the Houston Metropolitan area. He presently serves as Land Development Department Manager for one of two land development groups in our Houston office. Day-to-day activities include supervising street paving, underground utility design, drainage studies, and hydrology/hydraulics, as well as feasibility and District Creation reports. Terry is also responsible for supervising general engineering services for several municipal utility districts including water and wastewater treatment plant consultation, drainage evaluations, underground utility rehabilitation, site development                                                                                                                      review, and bond application reports

Stan R. Winter, AICP

Land Planning

As acting practice leader for Land Planning, Stan brings over 30 years of planning experience to each project, reflected in a keen aptitude for creating design solutions to a myriad of land development challenges. Stan joined Jones|Carter after working on a number of high-profile projects, particularly suburban developments for the private sector, during which he became a strong advocate for clients, fully representing their needs throughout the design and approval process. He has been instrumental in the design and approval of hundreds of projects, championing the mutual goals of the client, city staff, elected officials and the community.


Darren K. Willis, PE
Site Development

Darren has been with Jones|Carter for over 15 years. He currently oversees the Site Development team. He has extensive experience in the management and supervision of street design, underground utility design, site development design, drainage studies, hydrology and hydraulics, general feasibility studies, district creation reports, and other client requests. Darren is also responsible for general engineering services for several municipal utility districts including water and wastewater treatment plan consultation, drainage evaluations, site development review, bond application reports, and regular attendance at district board meetings.


Douglas S. Bramwell, PE, RPLS

Doug has been with Jones|Carter since 2003 and has a strong background in all aspects of land development and boundary surveying, as well as establishing and maintaining primary survey control. His responsibilities include coordinating survey work efforts between offices, oversees all quality assurance/quality control procedures for the College Station office, as well as providing supervision of field crews. Being both a Registered Professional Land Surveyor and a Professional Engineer helps to efficiently obtain field information, which is needed by the design engineer, and maximize surveying productivity.


Robert A. Maxwell, PE 

Transportation & Traffic

With over 25 years of experience in the transportation industry, Robert serves as the leader of Transportation division. He and his team handle projects ranging from city streets, county roads, state highways, toll roads, and mass transit. He has provided program management, feasibility studies, schematic planning, long-range planning, preliminary engineering, final design, construction administration, and construction management for public works and infrastructure. He has also been engaged in governmental and legislative affairs, from the city level up to the Texas legislature, supporting key funding for infrastructure and engineering initiatives.


Gary Rabalais, PE 

Water & Wastewater

Gary Rabalais has more than 35 years of experience in the water and wastewater field. He has been responsible for managing and engineering projects with a combined construction value of over $1 billion. With a diverse history of completed projects, Gary has been responsible for implementing over 50 lift station rehabilitation and construction projects and had provided technical oversight and quality management for more than 100 groundwater plants, storage tanks, and wells. In his time at Jones|Carter, Gary has worked on a multitude of projects including the San Antonio Water System Chlorine Improvements, City of College Station Carters Creek WWTP Electrical Improvements and much more.


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