Shawn Fitzhugh, formerly Vice President and Denver Division Manager, to lead firmwide operations

DENVER — CTL|Thompson announced today that Principal Engineer Shawn Fitzhugh was promoted to Chief Operating Officer. In the new role, Fitzhugh will lead firmwide operations for the award-winning engineering firm, with an emphasis on processes and systems that drive technical excellence across the firm’s eight offices.

In its 50th year of business, CTL has grown into the largest geotechnical engineering firm headquartered in Denver, with expertise unmatched in the region. Fitzhugh is the first to hold the COO role in more than a decade. He will rely on his 20-plus-year career with CTL, his deep understanding of the industry and its trends, and, as an acting engineer, his technical expertise, to drive quality and excellence for the firm.

“We were founded to provide engineering expertise for Denver and the region when it was on the precipice of emergent growth,” said CTL|Thompson President and CEO Stuart Thompson. “Fifty years later, Shawn is the right person to drive innovation to support the now-explosive growth of the Rocky Mountain West. He is a homegrown talent and technology expert with a strong commitment to the industry and the region.”

A civil engineer with a geotechnical emphasis, Fitzhugh joined CTL in 1997 as a field technician. With attentive mentorship by CTL founder Bob Thompson and the early leadership team of Ron McOmber, Marc Cleveland and Jeff Groom, Fitzhugh moved up through the ranks as a project manager, field department manager, and ultimately Denver division manager and vice president. A foundation expert, his project experience covers every type of construction, including single and multifamily residences, public institutions, communication towers, and large office, hotel and mixed-use towers.

He is active in many professional groups, including the Geoprofessional Business Association, American Society of Civil Engineers and American Council of Engineering Companies of Colorado.

Fitzhugh will continue to oversee CTL’s Denver Division, supported by Chris Bouchet, who was recently promoted to Denver Field Department Manager.

About CTL|Thompson

CTL|Thompson is a full-service geotechnical, structural, environmental and materials engineering firm. Established in 1971, the firm employs 255 technical and nontechnical employees and provides expertise in small and large-scale projects in all areas of construction. CTL|Thompson is headquartered in Denver and has offices throughout Colorado in Fort Collins, Pueblo, Colorado Springs, Glenwood Springs and Summit County as well as in Cheyenne, Wyoming, and Bozeman, Montana. For more information, please visit