Board of Directors

John V. Ambrose, PE
President and Chief Executive Officer
John V. Ambrose, PE
President and Chief Executive Officer
The growth here is exciting! B&W has always been a leader in the water/wastewater field. Over the past 10 years, B&W has expanded to become a leader in transportation, water resources, GIS, and technology as well.

Mr. John V. Ambrose serves as Baxter & Woodman’s President and Chief Executive Officer. Under his leadership the firm actively pursues growth initiatives and strategic investments.  These actions include guiding several successful acquisitions, opening six new offices, and enhancing the firm’s civil/technology service offerings for clients by almost doubling the B&W workforce.  Mr. Ambrose oversees business development efforts and strategic leadership of the firm’s operations, including subsidiaries Concentric Integration, Baxter & Woodman Natural Resources and Baxter & Woodman/Boller Design Build.

Louis D. Haussmann, PE
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Louis D. Haussmann, PE
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Understanding the needs and goals of each of our clients is Priority #1. Providing unparalleled, responsive service so our clients know their project is always in good hands -- a close second.

As Executive Vice President and the Chief Operating Officer of Baxter & Woodman, Mr. Louis D. Haussmann works with the CEO to advance the firm’s mission, vision, core values, strategic priorities and growth goals. He is also responsible for leading and overseeing all day-to-day corporate operations.

Deborah Finn, CPSM
Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer
Deborah Finn, CPSM
Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer
Find your niche and fine-tune your skills . . . you will not find a better group of talented coworkers who will embrace your knowledge and champion your personal success.

Ms. Deborah Finn is Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at Baxter & Woodman, Inc. She is responsible for all aspects of Baxter & Woodman’s marketing efforts, including research, budget planning, business development, proposal generation, promotional activities, corporate communications, and development of the firm’s annual Marketing Program. Ms. Finn established the firm’s marketing business practices and developed a department of professionals who support 290+ employees working from 13 regional offices.

Derek J. Wold, PE
Executive Vice President
Derek J. Wold, PE
Executive Vice President
I enjoy building trusting relationships with co-workers and clients. It is rewarding to see teams built through these relationships deliver successful projects and add value to communities.

Mr. Derek J. Wold leads Baxter & Woodman’s Water Group. Mr. Wold is a nationally recognized water/wastewater expert having collaborated with municipalities, sanitary and utility districts, and leaders in the wastewater industry to develop and implement energy saving processes. He has developed specialized expertise in biological nutrient removal, implemented biogas treatment and utilization, conducted numerous energy audits, and instituted performance contracting to increase energy efficiency while guaranteeing the savings outweigh project costs. Mr. Wold is also leading the firm’s efforts to provide wastewater services in Costa Rica.

Michael A. Kurzy, PE
Executive Vice President
Michael A. Kurzy, PE
Executive Vice President
Treating our clients, partners, and employees how we want to be treated is the highest priority. This ensures we follow our company values and address others with dignity and respect.

Mr. Michael Kurzy oversees the firm’s Texas operations and guides staff from the Houston office location. He has been instrumental in improving organizational process and efficiency in the region. Mr. Kurzy also supports the firm’s Texas business development efforts by fostering existing client relationships, engaging with prospective clients, and identifying growth opportunities throughout Texas.

Rebecca Travis, PE
Executive Vice President/Florida Division Manager
Rebecca Travis, PE
Executive Vice President/Florida Division Manager
I love that our staff truly lives our company Core Values: Build Relationships • Choose Positivity • Honor Promises • Grow • Drive Financial Success. A great place to work!

Ms. Rebecca Travis oversees the firm’s Florida region operations and guides staff located throughout the region’s four offices. She is focused on analyzing and improving the firm’s organizational process and efficiency. Ms. Travis also directs Florida business development efforts by fostering existing client relationships, engaging with prospective clients, and identifying growth opportunities throughout the region.

Sean E. O’Dell, PE
Executive Vice President
Sean E. O’Dell, PE
Executive Vice President
Building relationships has been the backbone of Baxter & Woodman’s client philosophy for the past 75 years. I’m excited to continue this legacy of developing lasting client partnerships.

Mr. Sean O’Dell currently serves as the firm’s Water Group Executive Vice President overseeing the planning, design, and rehabilitation of water and wastewater infrastructure. Mr. O’Dell actively volunteers in various causes within the AEC industry and has held numerous roles in the American Public Works Association (APWA) including Southwest Branch President and Chicago Metro Chapter President, and most recently was elected to serve as Region V Director on the APWA National Board of Directors.

  • John V. Ambrose, PE
    President and Chief Executive Officer
  • Louis D. Haussmann, PE
    Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
  • Deborah Finn, CPSM
    Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer
  • Derek J. Wold, PE
    Executive Vice President
  • Michael A. Kurzy, PE
    Executive Vice President
  • Rebecca Travis, PE
    Executive Vice President/Florida Division Manager
  • Sean E. O’Dell, PE
    Executive Vice President