2020-2021 Board of Directors Candidates

Each year we look for industry leaders willing to commit their time and expertise to serve on the board.  The ACEA board consists of 12 members: five contractors, five engineers, and two associate members. Board members serve a two-year term and meet once a month, and hold two full-day retreats; one in January for a mid-year review, and in June to set the direction for the year.

Board members are responsible for strategically thinking, planning and evaluation for the greater good of the association. Board members are sometimes asked to serve as a liaison to a committee or work group and encouraged to attend educational programs and events throughout the year.

Board Member open positions are 2 Contractors, 3 Engineers and 1 Associate.


Scott Budd

Capital Excavation

Scott Budd has more than 20 years of experience in the construction industry in the Austin area. Scott is currently Vice President of Commercial & Residential Operations at Capital Excavation Company. Prior to working at Capital Excavation Company, Scott was the Vice President of Austin Operations for the Yantis Company as well as the Community Development Manager for Lennar Homes, where he oversaw the management of single-family land development and third-party lot deliveries in the Austin and San Antonio area. Scott is a 1994 graduate of Texas A&M University, where he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Construction Science. He is also a past President of the ACEA, and if re-elected to the ACEA Board, Scott will work to promote growth and participation in the organization. Additionally, Scott will continue the ACEA’s efforts in dealing with the challenges presented by area governmental agencies.


Aimee Busby

Austin White Lime

Aimee Busby, LEED Green Associate, is an experienced sales representative and account manager with 15+ years of experience, the majority of that in construction sales.  Before finding a home with Austin White Lime Company in March of 2017, she spent six years with Waste Management of Texas, Inc.  The years prior to that were spent selling aggregate materials for a local quarry (4 years), and working for a large irrigation company (4 years).

Aimee is an active member of the Association of General Contractors, Texas Asphalt Pavement Association and Greater Austin Contractors and Engineers Association. Aimee’s drive to take charge and exceed has been evident in all aspects of her life. Aimee found her home in construction more than 10 years ago, and fell in love with the industry, people, and organizations. Growing up in a small farming community northeast of Austin, construction was quickly a perfect fit as Aimee found many similarities between construction and her farming upbringing. Aimee looks forward to continuing her growth and knowledge in the industry, with the help of the ACEA and other construction organizations.

Aimee graduated from Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State University) in 2002 with her Bachelor’s in Business Administration with a major in Marketing. She has a loving and supportive husband who is also in the construction industry, and a beautiful 9-year old daughter that she adores. In her spare time, Aimee loves to bake (pies, cakes, and confections), and is an avid bay fisherwoman.

Aimee and her husband, Ben, call Port O’Connor their second home most weekends. Aimee is committed to her job, the construction industry, and being a role model for women in a very male oriented industry.


Dustin Goss, P.E., LEED AP

Pape-Dawson Engineers, Inc.

Originally from Lubbock, Texas, Dustin graduated from Texas Tech University in 1998 with a degree in Civil Engineering. Since graduation, he has worked in various fields of the industry with the longest stint in land development. Dustin has worked for Pape-Dawson Engineers for over 13 years where he currently serves as Vice President of Land Development. His land development project experience includes master planned subdivisions, private site development, and utility projects throughout the greater Austin region.

Dustin has been involved with ACEA for over a decade while serving on the Community Involvement Committee as a member, Co-Chair, and most recently Committee Chair helping to lead outreach projects such as the Construction Expo and assisting organizations like Mainspring Schools, Candlelight Ranch, Dream of Hopes Ranch, Cub Scouts, City of Austin Parks, Austin Dog Alliance, and The Refuge among others. He welcomes the opportunity to serve on the ACEA board where he can be an advocate and utilize his industry experience in helping to further the mission of the ACEA.

Dustin is also actively involved with supporting STEM activities in schools by currently being the Vice President of Central Texas Discover Engineering where the focus in engaging students in the classroom with hands-on engineering activities.

Dustin lives in Austin with his wife, Heather, and three kids. Outside of the office you’ll find him playing sports and running trails, coaching his kids’ sports teams, volunteering in schools and at church, and spending time with friends and family.


David W. Gray, P.E.

Gray Engineering, Inc.

Graduate of UT Austin with a BSCE in 1976. Spent several years at TCEQ then entered private practice in 1979. Helped grow the firm of Haynie, Kallman, & Gray from 1979 through 1989 at which time I formed the current Gray Engineering firm with others.

I have been involved in primarily development and water district engineering since that time in the greater Central Texas area.

I have successfully raised three children with six grandkids (so far) through 41 years of marriage to my wife, Mary. Enjoy hunting, ranching, a cow/calf cattle operation, and road course automobile racing.


Ryan Houdek

C. C. Carlton Industries, Ltd.

My story started on a farm in Grand Island, Nebraska. I learned to operate heavy machinery at the age of 12 on the family farm. Naturally, a career centered around heavy equipment was a good fit for me.

I began my career in 1998 at Diamond Construction in Las Vegas, Nevada. I started operating a CAT 631D Scraper at 18 years old. I quickly worked my way up to a finish blade operator and was promoted to a Foreman role by the time I was 20 years old. By 21 I was a Superintendent grading multi-million dollar projects for customers like DR Horton and Meritage. I worked for Diamond Construction until the financial crisis of 2008.

I changed course in 2009 when I was hired as a Project Manager for a Civil Construction Company working on City and State work. I managed projects ranging from 2 to 20 million dollars from 2009 to 2011.

The financial crisis led me to search for work in an area that was not hit as hard as Las Vegas was. My search ended when I took a job as a Superintendent at Ranger Excavating. I moved my family to Austin, Texas and I worked at Ranger for 3 years before coming to C.C.Carlton. Since 2014 I have worked my way up from a Project Manager to President of C.C.Carlton. My passion and experience in both the field and office setting lead me to where I am today.


David Neitch

Rain For Rent

David Neitch began his career with Rain for Rent in 2008 working as in Industrial Sales Rep.  In April 2015 he was promoted to management over seeing my companies San Antonio office which services customers from Laredo to Waco providing liquid handling solutions. He manages the day to day operations of the business by overseeing both sales and operations while working hand and hand with the crews to ensure jobs are installed safely and on time.

He takes pride in protecting the environment by providing solutions for cleaning and returning construction site water back the source.  He has been an active member with ACEA for 2 years and he really enjoys the relationships that he has built during this time.  He looks forward to being involved with the growth of ACEA moving forward.

He spends his free time with family and friends.  He enjoys the outdoors as much as possible from hunting, fishing, BBQ and golf.


Jennifer Paisley, P.E., LEED AP

Doucet & Associates

I am an avid believer that we must be actively engaged if we want to enact change and that we can inspire people though our actions better than with words. Over the years I have been an active member of the community, serving on several professional and civic boards. Notably, or perhaps infamously, I served on the ACEA board of directors for several years, including a term as President. I was also very active as chairman of the Regulatory Committee.

I moved from Iowa to Austin in the late 90s and have worked at various private engineering firms providing sustainable design, construction, and management of both private and municipal projects. In 2013 I moved back to Iowa to live closer to family and be a foster parent, but at the end of 2017 was lured back to Austin to manage master planned community development projects for Doucet & Associates. I am overjoyed to be back home in Austin with my crazy kids, Georgia & Joseph. I am thrilled to be reconnecting with friends, colleagues, and professional groups and would be honored to serve on the board of ACEA again. ”


Kyle Smith

Meritage Homes

In 2018, with a goal to broaden his experience in development, Kyle joined Meritage Homes, where he works today as a land development manager, overseeing the self-development of single-family communities for their home-building division.

Kyle gets involved from the initial land acquisition, entitlement, design, site development through the completion of home building within the communities. Interacting with engineers, architects and consultants, his work contributes to the active and future communities within Austin and most surrounding municipalities.

Kyle hopes to graduate from Texas State University with his Master of Business Administration degree in May 2020. “I decided to go back to school for my MBA to help further my career aspirations. I enjoy the ability to continue learning,” he says. In addition to night classes twice a week and his lifelong involvement in ice hockey, having a two-year-old consumes most of Kyle’s free time outside of work. “I like doing projects around the house, which my wife finds easy to fill with her design background. On weekends we’re typically outside enjoying the numerous activities Austin and the Hill Country have to offer — running or biking around town lake, enjoying a beer or wine out in the Hill Country wineries and breweries, and hanging with friends, typically around some form of body of water in the summers.”


Timothy Weston, P.E.

MLA Geotechnical

Mr. Weston is the president and part owner of MLA Labs, Inc., a locally owned geotechnical engineering and construction materials testing firm that has been practicing in central Texas for more than 55 years. With a bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech and master’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin, Mr. Weston has lived and worked in the Austin area since graduating and contributes 20 plus years of experience in geotechnical engineering and construction materials testing. He provides the technical supervision of all engineering and construction materials testing projects at MLA Labs, Inc. Mr. Weston has been an active member of the greater Austin Contractors and Engineers of Austin for many years.

Mr. Weston is currently the Vice President of the ACEA and serves on the Board of Directors, the Regulatory Committee and the Symposium Committee. In addition to his work with the ACEA, Mr. Weston taught the local ASCE prep class in geotechnical engineering for the PE exam for many years. In his personal life, Tim coaches middle school volleyball and soccer at Brentwood Christian School, plays soccer and serves on the Board of Directors of the Mainspring School. Tim and his wife Laurie are involved in serving at their local church, working with Samaritan’s Purse through Operation Christmas Child and spending time with their children Nick (17), Abby (15) and Jack (13).

“I have enjoyed my time serving the engineering and construction community through the Regulatory Committee, the annual symposium and the Board of Directors. As an engineer, I first got involved with the ACEA to share ideas with contractors and the city on how to improve design and construction practices. While we have seen some successes to date, there is still work to be done. I believe that my experience can continue to benefit the ACEA and I would very much like to continue to serve on the Board.”