20 Under 30 Class of 2010
417 Magazine proudly presents the next generation of 417-land leaders.
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Brent Davis, 28
Structural engineer, Toth & Associates, Inc.
Brent Davis has played an integral role in starting Toth and Associates’ structural engineering practice. His main tasks: Coordinating the construction of a number of 417-land schools and other public buildings. “I oversee the entire structural design of the project … resisting earthquake forces, wind loads, and day-to-day loads on the structure,” he says. Brent’s favorite project to date: A two-story addition to the historic Boone County courthouse in Columbia. It required a lot of retrofitting and new-code enforcement.—M.L.
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Q&A: Getting to know Brent Davis
How do you get your news?
“On my iPhone and on the News-Leader’s website.”
What’s one website you check daily?
What did you want to be when you grew up when you were 5?
“Probably a doctor.”
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
“Here in Springfield, hopefully with a few kids and just enjoying life.”
If you had to choose any other profession, what would you choose?
“If I had the talent I wanted to be a pro basketball player.”
How do you define success?
“Through your family. I think success is having a loving and caring family and being happy.”
Why do you like what you do?
“ I like being able to sit down and figure out how a building will go together; draw it on paper and see it built.”’
Fill in the blank. A perfect day at work is… ?
“A day on the golf course.”
Three words that describe your job are… ?
"Detailed, math, complicated codebooks."
What’s your dream job?
“Something involving working with a pro sports team; marketing or something.”
What is the biggest workplace prank you’ve ever taken part in?
“Don’t know that I’ve ever been involved in a good one.”
What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever had to do for your career?
“Defending my thesis in grad school was my toughtest; that or passing my PE [Professional Engineering exam].”
Where’s your ideal vacation?
“Sitting on the beach, not doing anything important.”