President and CEO
The Traffic Group Inc.
After 13 years as a traffic engineer and consultant, Wes Guckert started his own traffic engineering and transportation planning company in 1985.
It didn’t take long for the Vietnam veteran to face his first major challenge: earning a college degree that was essential to his company’s success.
It turned out to be both a challenge and an important lesson.
“Raising a young family, starting a new company, and earning a college degree — all at the same time — isn’t easy,” Guckert said. “But it gave me the fortitude to withstand other, more significant challenges that would come my way.”
Guckert has met those other challenges, including weathering the Great Recession that began in 2007.
His thriving business, based in Baltimore, now has offices in a dozen states.
“I have led our team by the philosophy of being on the ‘bleeding edge’ in terms of new technological advances in equipment and tools,” Guckert said. “We continuously need to merge engineering skills with emerging technology and live by the motto, ‘Whatever it Takes.’ ”
Guckert has been active in helping veterans’ groups. He helped launch the Wounded in Action Family Foundation (WIAFF), which helps wounded veterans make the transition to civilian life.
He is involved with other charities as well, including the Carson Scholars Fund started by noted Johns Hopkins Pediatric Neurosurgeon Benjamin S. Carson, now the secretary of Housing and Urban Development.
“Wes’ gift of his time, talent and resources to the CSF is nothing short of profoundly generous,” said Amy E. Warner, executive director of the fund. “Even more impressive is his ability to continually help move the organization forward through creative ideas and hard work.”