Specialty should bring simple to the construction process if you blend the right mix of local expertise and capitalize on the collective strength of core business acumen. AOG’s leadership team comprises distinguished industry experts who are committed to the advancement of customers, project partners and to our internal AOG community.
J. Allan Bush, P.E., President Allan Bush is an established professional in the Kansas City Geotechnical Engineering community. Having been in the industry for over 20 years, he has deep insight for the interworking of Kansas City soil and it’s land heritage. While deeply seeded in the industry today, Allan personally identifies with Alpha-Omega and can’t help but assume there was slight career foreshadowing – first resume, first interview, first job, and first-time business owner. Now functioning as AOG’s President/CEO for over 16 years, in succession of former founder and KU professor, Allan continues to inspire organizational learning and innovation – always looking for opportunity to empower ‘old’ (a.k.a. experience) with ‘new’ (a.k.a. industry) and aspire for better. Whether personal or professional, he embraces vintage and has an eye for perfection. Allan Bush – cigar enthusiast, regarded engineer.
ORGANIZATIONS AND AFFILIATIONS ACFE: American College of Forensic Examiners – Diplomate ACI: American Concrete Institute ASCE: American Society of Civil Engineers DFI: Deep Foundations Institute ICC: International Code Council ASTM: American Society of Testing and Materials AWS: American Welding Society APWA: American Public Works Association
CERTIFICATIONS AND LICENSES Certified OSHA 40-Hour Hazardous Waste Site Operations Certified ICC Special Inspector for Structural Steel and Welding Certified ICC Special Inspector for Structural Masonry Certified ACI Concrete Field Testing Technician – Grade 1 Licensed Professional Engineer – KS, MO, OK
Blake Bennett, General Manager Blake Bennett started his career in concrete sales back in 1989. With an inquisitive mind and first-rate workmanship, he quickly became the industry go-to for all material inspection and mix design. Acclaimed for his investigative role in the rebuild of KCPL Hawthorn Power Plant explosion of 1999, there instating Blake’s nickname ‘Concrete Guru’, AOG’s CEO Allan Bush had first-hand witness to his creative hands-on troubleshooting and knew they were soul scripted – a professional tenure now going on 12 years. Blake’s visionary allure and handcraftsmanship fuels his consultancy appeal, allowing fulfillment of needs customers may not even know they have. Blake, known to be a straight talker, may be visionary but also prefers simple; he desires to exploit resources for simplified delivery versus complicating for hollow value. In summary, Blake is a true team player – in it with you and for you. And that goes for home too where he is fondly referred to as the “World’s Greatest (Grand) Dad” – with a trophy to prove it.
ORGANIZATIONS AND AFFILIATIONS CPG: Concrete Promotional Group ACP: American Concrete Pavers Association NRMCA: National Ready Mix Concrete Association
CERTIFICATIONS AND LICENSES Certified ACI Concrete Field Testing Technician – Grade 1
Garic Abendroth, P.E. Engineering Department Manager Garic Abendroth was introduced to the construction field early on as an apprentice in a family run construction company. Going on to receive a Civil Engineering degree from Kansas State University brings him cumulative knowledge that intersects soil and structure – the cornerstone of serviceability. Having full-cycle awareness allows Garic to remedy the unexpected and drive collaboration across construction processes. He is not wired to sit-back-and-wait; he brings a practical diversity that delivers quality and confidence even amidst the unpredictability of subsurface terrains. His proactivity and contagious energy is what sets Garic apart and his passions are as diverse as his skill-set – during off-time, you can find him either riding his motorcycle or kicking back to a local KC band.
ORGANIZATIONS AND AFFILIATIONS ASCE: American Society of Civil Engineers
CERTIFICATIONS AND LICENSES Professional Engineer, States of Kansas and Missouri MSHA 24-hour Miner Training OSHA 10-hour Safety Training Confined Space Entry Training First Aid/CPR certified
Tom Burdick, Lab Manager Tom Burdick is an AOG patriarch with tenure spanning over 20 years. A part-timer gone lifer, Tom started his career as a protégé of AOG’s founding Lab Manager and has been a part of the AOG family ever since. Tom is a business catalyst, directing all data efforts across service lines and business processes. His advanced testing capabilities and the depth of his Kansas City soil and material insight makes him a local expert – a game changer for AOG engineering performance and a lifeline for contracting firms with advanced lab services needs. For Tom, excellence sets the bar and family fuels the spirit – his AOG and Burdick family alike.
CORE SPECIALTIES Triaxial Compression (UU, CU, CU-bar) Direct Shear Falling and Constant head permeability testing California Bearing Ratio Standard and Modified Proctor (moisture/density relationships) Atterberg Limits Grain-size Analyses Power Generation By-Products – flyash, bottom ash, etc.
CERTIFCATIONS AND LICENSES MSHA 24-hour Miner Training OSHA 10-hour Safety Training Confined Space Entry First Aid/CPR certified
Angela Caw, Field Services Manager Angela Caw is not a newcomer to the construction industry. Having spent the last 21 years both in the field and in strategic project management roles, she brings tenure and unfailing commitment to her customers – a commitment likely garnered from her early years as a competitive figure skater. To Angela, achievement is measured by your impact. Whether that impact is to a sport, to an organization, or to an individual, ‘better’ is always the goal. Upon earning a BS in Construction Engineering Technology in 1994, Angela has built a career using discipline and a pursuit of challenge. With experience as a field technician early in her career, she also brings perspective with problem solving instincts that win the respect of AOG customers, her AOG community and Kansas City at large. As an avid volunteer for Boy Scouts of America, Wayside Waifs and the Special Olympics, Angela knows that making an impact is also about making a difference.
CERTIFICATIONS AND LICENSES NICET – Construction Level III ICC Structural Masonry Special Inspector ICC Reinforced Concrete Special Inspector ACI Level I
Mike Burdick, Drilling Supervisor Mike Burdick is a highly adaptive leader that has been at AOG for over ten years. From operations to soil and concrete/asphalt lab to field inspection to engineering, Mike has touched nearly all specialties of the business. His cross-functional expertise imparts an AOG communication network that is critical for enabling solution oriented customer practices. While customer centricity is critical to the business, Mike is also a true prodigy for establishing the AOG learning culture and drives cohesion within and across delivery teams. Mike’s eclectic approach to business also translates personally – a fisherman, baseball player, youth coach and gardener, he strives to bring an outdoor enthusiasm within his family network as well.
CORE SPECIALTIES Auger Drilling – Solid & Hollow Augers Soil Sampling – Shelby Tubes & Standard Penetration Tests Rocking Coring – Conventional & Wireline Methodology Mud Rotary – Drilling Fluids Piezometer Installation Slope Inclinometer Installation Logging Borings
CERTIFICATIONS & LICENSES Hazwoper 40-hour certified Class A CDL (Commercial Driver’s License)