Christopher Traylor has been actively involved in the construction industry for more than 20 years. In 1998, he began his career at Traylor as a heading engineer on the South Bay Ocean Outfall in San Diego. From there, Chris contributed to the management of the Conway Bypass in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina—one of the nation’s first Public-Private Partnership projects—where was served in positions such as field engineer, area superintendent, and project engineer.
Chris returned to Evansville in 2001, becoming the Assistant Heavy Civil Division Manager and then Chief Operating Officer. Finally, in 2008, he was named Co-President of the company with his brother Mike. During the course of his executive leadership, he has overseen more than $4 billion in major heavy civil projects, including Traylor’s extensive post-Hurricane Katrina work; the multiple projects spanned more than a decade.
Chris is an active member of several industry organizations, including the Construction Industry Round Table (CIRT), the Beavers, Inc., and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). He is also a Moles trustee and served as the 2017-2018 president and was elected to the National Academy of Construction’s Class of 2017. He received ASCE’s prestigious 2016 Outstanding Projects and Leaders Lifetime Achievement Award for Construction at the OPAL Awards Ceremony in March of 2016. A testament to Traylor Bros.’ commitment to safety and ethics, he and his brother (and Co-President) Mike are also founding members of the Construction Ethics & Compliance Initiative (CIECI) and the Construction Industry Safety Initiative (CISI).
Chris earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Stanford University in 1994 and a Master of Science in Civil Engineering (Construction Management) from the University of California-Berkley in 1996. In addition, he is dedicated to bettering the community through personal support and active participation in many charitable organizations, including the United Way, JDRF and Habitat for Humanity.