Tilson CEO Named One of America’s “Top 20 Under 40” in Commercial Engineering and Construction
After being named a “Top Young Professional” in New England earlier this year by Engineering News-Record (ENR), Tilson President and CEO Joshua Broder has been named to ENR’s inaugural list of America’s “Top 20 Under 40” professionals in commercial engineering and construction. ENR has been the magazine of record for stakeholders in engineering and construction industries since 1917.
Broder, a former U.S. Army Signal Officer, was the only “Top Young Professional” honoree from the New England region to make this year’s national “Top 20 Under 40” list. He was originally nominated for his role in numerous broadband infrastructure initiatives, including: The Three Ring Binder Project; the deployment of ultra-fast LTE cellular systems for several carriers; smart metering and grid automation networks at utilities throughout the Northeast; and other efforts to bring Internet access to unserved and underserved communities.
“The road to selection for these 20 outstanding leaders of today and tomorrow began with a call for entries in late 2016. More than 400 individuals were entered in that round from all walks of the industry in all 50 states plus Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico,” stated ENR Deputy Editor Scott Blair in an announcement on the publication’s website. “Finally, a brand-new panel of judges reviewed the top-scoring regional candidates to pick a national Top 20 list that represented the pinnacle of leadership skills, community service and diversity of the construction industry.”
Major milestones Broder has achieved include: growing Tilson’s workforce from 10 employees in Maine to over 360 nationally; expanding Tilson’s nationwide presence by opening 14 regional offices from coast-to-coast; earning Tilson a place on the Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing private companies for a rare seven consecutive years; and, in 2017, earning Tilson the distinction of “Maine and New England Veteran-Owned Small Business of the Year” from the U.S. Small Business Administration. To date, nearly 50% of Tilson’s workforce is comprised of veterans.
“I am profoundly honored to receive this award and to represent our teams who are hard at work across the country building America’s information infrastructure,” said Broder of his recognition.
Broder holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Middlebury College, and is a Distinguished Military Graduate of the University of Vermont’s Military Studies program. He also holds an Advanced Certificate in Entrepreneurship from John F. Kennedy University, and is a member of Leadership Maine’s Omicron Class.