Cara Tackett has led many Pape-Dawson landmark projects in the last 20 years, including TPC San Antonio Golf Resort and the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort. Most recently, she served as principal-in-charge on the Vista Ridge Regional Supply Project and the South Comal Water Supply Project. She is currently serving as principle-in-charge on the Harris County development of hydraulic modeling standards. Cara has also served as principal-in-charge of multiple land development projects, such as the Phil Hardberger Park Urban Ecology Center and the Cibolo Canyons Master-Planned Community.
Cara is the Immediate Past President of the Real Estate Council of San Antonio (RECSA) and served in several board positions leading up to president. She is Past-Chair of the Board of Professional Engineers in Private Practice (PEPP). PEPP sponsors various school programs, such as MathCounts, the Texas Engineering Foundation Scholarship Fund, the ACE Mentor Program, and the Engineering Technology Challenge. In addition, Cara started Pape-Dawson’s ongoing involvement with ACE Mentoring. For her leadership, she was awarded the Phillip M. Barshop Founders’ Award in 2018 from RECSA, only the second woman to have received this honor. She chaired the City’s Development Process Task Force, multiple other city, county, and utility task forces, and was Chair of the American Heart Association’s “Go Red for Women” campaign.
Because of her leadership style, she builds loyalty from both her staff and at all levels of the firm. Cara oversees a staff of 55 residing across the state in 5 offices. It’s remarkable that in a very male-dominated industry, she has quickly risen to the top of her field. This has happened because of her ability to organize and lead a team of engineers and environmentalists to a conclusion on every project. Pape-Dawson is proud of the role she plays and we are proud that she is the 2020 Engineer of the Year for Bexar County.
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