Commitment to excellence, dedication to professionalism

NXL History

After coming to Virginia to serve as the Resident Engineer for the construction of the Varina-Enon Bridge, Nico De León started NXL Construction Services, Inc. in 1989. Nico vowed to provide Excellence in everything we do and it’s that pledge for excellence that has transformed NXL into the company it is today. The letter “X” is framed in the middle of our company name because providing excellence is at the center of everything we do. We started with a single employee and a singular mission in mind: to provide excellence to our clients; excellence in service, quality, and performance. From a tiny office in his home, Nico developed NXL into a thriving business. In the last 30 years, NXL transformed from a one-man operation to a company of over 100 talented employees providing services on world-class projects.

Our Team

  • Nico De León, PE,CCM

    President / CEO

    Nico De León is Founder, President, and CEO of the firm and is a registered Professional Engineer in six states: California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and Virginia. Mr. De León holds a BS in Civil Engineering from Pontificia Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra in the Dominican Republic. He also has a Master of Engineering in Construction Engineering and Management from the University of California at Berkeley. Mr. De León currently serves on the Board of Directors for the American Red Cross and Venture Richmond.

  • Mary Williard

    Executive Vice President of Administration

    Mary Williard is NXL’s CFO and Executive Vice President of Administration. Mary joined NXL in 2010 and oversees the operations of Finance, Human Resources, and Marketing / Business Development. Mary is a member of the West Point Chamber of Commerce assisting small, local businesses and is Treasurer at West Point United Methodist Church. She is also a board member for the Beverly Allen Historic Preservation Foundation. In her free time, Mary enjoys spending time with her large family, volunteering, reading, puzzles, and gardening.

  • Michael Saunders, PE, CCM, DBIA

    Executive Vice President of Operations

    Mike Saunders oversees the day-to-day operations of NXL’s Construction Management and Survey Divisions including our Regional Management staff and field crews. Mike serves on the Engineering Consultant Leadership Committee (ECLC) of the Virginia Transportation Construction Alliance (VTCA) where he plays a role in assisting and advocating for our partners in the consultant community. In his spare time, Mike operates his own lawn care business, coaches his son’s soccer team, and is active in his church.

  • Dave Jones, LS

    Vice President of Surveying

    Dave Jones started his surveying career in 1978. He is a founding member of NXL’s Survey Division and now oversees all surveying operations for Virginia, North Carolina, and Washington D.C. Dave is an active member of the Virginia Association of Surveyors and Boy Scouts of America. He also holds his private pilot’s license. Outside of work, Dave enjoys spending time with his three boys, backpacking, kayaking, and playing guitar.

  • Daniel Rich, PE, CCM, PSP, DBIA

    CEI Regional Manager

    Daniel Rich serves in a dual role for NXL, overseeing inspection staff in North Carolina and Southwest Virginia, as well as providing Project Controls services. Daniel is an active member of ASHE and DBIA. In his free time, Daniel enjoys working on his home, which he built (and is still building), and spending time with his family. He has 5 children who are involved in various sports from swimming, to football, to ballet, so Daniel spends a lot of time chauffeuring them to and from activities.

  • Emily Ripka, CPSM

    Business Development & Marketing Manager

    Emily Ripka has 10 years of professional services marketing experience and began her NXL career shortly after receiving her degree in Business Administration and Marketing from Longwood University. Emily is the current President of the Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS), Virginia Chapter and a Certified Professional Services Marketer (CPSM). Outside of work, Emily owns a graphic design business creating special occasion stationery for events, weddings, and fundraisers. She also serves as a committee member on the MDA Greater Virginia Gala Planning committee.

  • Joe Hamed, PE, CCM, PMP, DBIA

    Project Manager / Quality Assurance Manager

    Joe Hamed is a Virginia and West Virginia licensed Professional Engineer, Project Manager, and Construction Manager, as well as a licensed Professional Surveyor in West Virginia, with more than 20 years of experience in the transportation construction industry. Outside of work, Joe loves to fly and is an Instrument Rated Private Pilot and the Secretary of the Hokie Flying Club. Joe and his wife Karen enjoy spending weekends at their farm in West Virginia, hiking, hunting, archery, floating the river, and basically all outdoor activities.

  • Monica Bouchey, PHR, SHRM-CP

    Human Resource Manager

    Monica Bouchey is our Human Resources and Payroll Manager. Monica holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and maintains credentials in “Professional of Human Resources” (PHR) from the Human Resource Certification Institute and the Society of Human Resource Management – Certified Professional (SHRM-CP). Monica’s #1 joy is her family. She and her husband, Joe, love spending time with and watching their four children and five grandchildren grow and happily thrive. In her spare time, Monica loves jumping into DYI home improvement projects.

  • Tommy Lindsay, PMP

    CEI Regional Manager

    Tommy Lindsay serves as the Central Virginia Regional Manager, overseeing inspection staff in the Richmond area. He also serves as the Construction Inspection Coordinator on NXL’s Prime CEI Contract in the Hampton Roads District. Tommy is a member of the Project Management Institute and has been a Project Management Professional since 2007. When he’s not working, Tommy enjoys fishing! He takes annual trips to his favorite beach, Cape Hatteras, and prides himself on his 30+ citation fish.

  • Norman Morgan

    CEI Regional Manager

    Norman Morgan is the CEI Regional Manager for the Northern Virginia and Fredericksburg districts. Norman has vast industry experience working for both Consultants and VDOT before retiring after 22 years. Since joining NXL, he has mentored and trained our inspection staff. Norman and his wife have two sons and in their free time enjoy traveling the world. Norman also enjoys volunteering in his community, biking, hiking, golf, and staying very active.

  • William Marks

    CEI Regional Manager

    William Marks has over 40 years of industry experience, starting as a Construction Inspector and now a CEI Regional Manager in the Lynchburg District. William also serves as the Construction Inspection Coordinator for our prime VDOT Lynchburg contract. William is responsible for managing our inspection staff under this contract and ensuring task order requests and client needs are addressed quickly. In his free time, William enjoys boating, fishing, and coaching softball.

  • “I believe that NXL is one of the best in the business. I am always pleased when I work on roadway projects where NXL has performed the base survey.”

    Consultant Project Manager

  • “NXL does an excellent job with construction management and administration to ensure design and construction quality  and implements and enforces the Design-Builder’s QA/QC plan safely.”

    VDOT Construction Manager

  • “Kristine Villatoro demonstrates a strong commitment to meeting the program requirements. She performs extra duties in order to get to the bottom issues or to ensure work is done accurately and effectively.”

    VDOT Civil Rights Manager

  • “Quality of inspection work was excellent; field staff has knowledge of work scope. Reports and documents completed by staff exceed the Department expectations. CQIP score of 100% on the project, NXL staff contributed to this score.”

    VDOT Construction Manager

  • “Your firm exceeded all expectations on the I-64 Pavement Rehab Design-Build project. Your assistance and participation through all aspects of the project has been greatly needed and appreciated. I look forward to continuing to work with NXL in the future.”

    Contractor Operations Manager

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