20 Under 30 Class of 2010

417 Magazine proudly presents the next generation of 417-land leaders.

DISCLAIMER: The information in this article was fact checked and accurate at press time, but 417 Magazine cannot guarantee its accuracy indefinitely.

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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?
“ESPN.com.”

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.”

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