AlmbergGovernor Brian Sandoval on Sept. 30 announced he has appointed Emil “B.J.” Almberg of Ely to the Nevada Department of Transportation Board of Directors, effective as of Sept. 25. Almberg will represent District Three for a term ending June 30, 2019. He will replace Tom Fransway of Winnemucca who served on the board for eight years.

“It wasn’t on my radar and came as a total surprise to get that phone call,” Almberg said. “It’s very humbling and it makes you feel good that people are recognizing your hard work and what you are accomplishing.”

“B.J.” has worked on several highway and construction projects throughout Nevada and I am confident that his experience will provide a thoughtful and pragmatic voice on the Department of Transportation Board of Directors,” said Governor Brian Sandoval. “Nevada is growing once again and it is critical that we continue to plan and prepare for the infrastructure demands that accompany a rapid increase in population and economic diversification. Thoughtful and smart planning will help ensure smooth commutes for all Nevadans and the millions of visitors who travel to our state annually.”

Almberg said that he has been reviewing the minutes of the board’s most recent meetings and realizes it will take a little time to “get caught up” but he looks forward to bringing a rural Nevada perspective to the board.

“I would like to thank Governor Sandoval for selecting me to serve alongside Nevada’s top experts in transportation management and planning,” said Almberg. “I am eager to begin serving in this new role and look forward to the new and unique challenges ahead.”

Almberg is a professional engineer and land surveyor with experience in the field spanning more than 20 years. He is the owner and principal engineer of Basin Engineering Corporation where he has served as the project engineer on several roadway construction and infrastructure projects in White Pine County. Almberg’s experience also includes working as the assistant resident engineer of the Las Vegas Motor Speedway Interchange along Interstate-15 and design engineer and construction support for 16 public schools in the Clark County School District. Almberg earned his Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and has a professional land surveyor license.