2020 40 Under 40: Brian Binkley, PE, 40

Director of Design, Gephart Electric, Saint Paul, Minn.; Bachelor of Architectural Engineering, Pennsylvania State University

By Chris Vavra and Amara Rozgus May 14, 2020

Binkley is responsible for the engineering, virtual design and construction and operational aspects of the design department at Gephart Electric. He manages, supervises and performs work at all levels of electrical design including electrical power distribution systems, lighting, fire alarm systems, load calculations, code and standards research, specifications, site observations and quality assurance reviews. Leading by example, Binkley never cuts corners or sacrifices the integrity of the project. While his current focus has landed on electrical engineering (lighting, power and low-voltage systems), he continuously is striving for improvement and honing his skills to ensure Gephart remains on the cutting edge of the industry. Clients love working with Binkley, valuing his open and honest communication, inventive ideas and his ability to get things done right the first time. His professional certifications, including NICET Level 2 and Revit Certified Professional, have given him advanced industry knowledge. Recent projects include stadiums in Minneapolis and Las Vegas and hospitals in Minot, N.D., and Oxford, Miss. In addition to being on the company’s management team, he maintains a fulfilling work-life balance. First and foremost, Binkley is a father and a husband. As a proud Eagle Scout and Wood Badge honoree for national leadership, Binkley has the continued the Boy Scout tradition with his sons. Drawing on his leadership skills and passion for the organization, he has taken on the concurrent positions of co-den leader, pack committee secretary, pack advancement chair and popcorn kernel. Another passion Binkley is passing on to his children is being a LEGO maniac. Binkley is cultivating the next generation of engineers by spending endless hours in their LEGO room dedicated to creating structures.

Author Bio: Chris Vavra, Associate Editor, and Amara Rozgus, Editor-in-Chief