James Stevens, 37

OHM Advisors

James Stevens James is principal at OHM Advisors, an expanding architecture, engineering and planning firm. He has worked with the company since 1999 serving as engineer for many Oakland County communities, helping them obtain over $20 million in grants and federal funding for infrastructure improvements and engineering. He has worked on the design and construction of the Metro Connector Trail in Novi, which provides a connection from the I-275 bike path to the M-5 bike path, opening 40 miles of trails for public use.  He also completed the project of a 2.5 million gallon elevated water storage tank in Orion Township, which helps water customers save over $1 million annually in rates paid to Detroit Water and Sewerage Department. James played a key role in bringing Michigan's first diverging diamond interchange to Auburn Hills, a project that will be underway in spring of 2015.

James, who is secretary of the city of Farmington Hills, is active the Boys and Girls Clubs of Southeast Michigan, Orion Fire Fighters Association, Orion Area Parade Group, and Lake Orion Education Foundation. He also delivers meals to the Auburn Hills Meadows Senior Apartments as part of the Meals on Wheels program.    

In 2013 Governor Rick Snyder appointed James to the State Board of Professional Engineers. His projects have won him numerous awards from the Michigan Concrete Paving Association and American Public Works Association. He is a graduate of the University of Detroit Mercy.

The information presented here was accurate as of January 1, 2015.