Coffman Engineers Announces Federal Programs Leadership Transition

Alaska-Based Principal Brent Little, PE, Leads Company’s Federal Strategy

Brent Little, PE, Coffman Engineers

Coffman Engineers, Inc. (Coffman) has named Brent Little, PE, as its new Federal Programs lead. Little began transitioning into this role in early 2023 as Dave Gardner, SE, Coffman’s former Federal Programs lead, began preparing for his eventual retirement. Little and Gardner worked closely together in 2023 to facilitate a seamless transition.

Coffman’s federal program leverages engineering knowledge and best practices through office champions companywide. This approach has proven successful as Coffman’s federal revenue has grown from $13 million in 2017 to $27 million in 2022. Under Gardner’s guidance, the federal group refined contract negotiation and diversified project pursuits across federal agencies.

“Dave has done an impressive job unifying our federal efforts across the company, and Coffman’s market growth clearly reflects his efforts. Brent’s experience in federal/DoD and his leadership abilities are what we need to build on the team’s accomplishments and develop more resources across an even wider geography to better serve the federal market,” said Dave Ruff, PE, CEO.

As the Federal Programs lead, Little supports the market sector strategy and companywide federal champions as they lead projects and new pursuits. He is a mechanical engineering principal in Coffman’s Anchorage office. His career has focused on federal sector work for various agencies in the U.S. and abroad. Little started his career with the Omaha District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and credits much of his success to that early mentorship and training.

About Coffman Engineers

Coffman Engineers is a multidiscipline engineering consulting firm that offers clients local, integrated design services, including civil, structural, mechanical, electrical, fire protection, cybersecurity, telecom, acoustical, commissioning, corrosion, and other engineering specialties. Coffman’s federal team has experience in DoD, civil works programs, and federal experience from the Arctic Circle to Antarctica. Coffman has more than 770 employees in 20 offices across the United States and Guam committed to the team effort it takes to build a better world. Visit or connect with us on social media.

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Source: Coffman Engineers, Inc.

About Coffman Engineers, Inc.

Coffman Engineers is a multidiscipline consulting engineering firm serving clients across the U.S. and overseas since 1979. We have more than 750 employees supporting clients from 20 office locations.

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