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PFES Named as Top 50 Program Management Firm in 2021 by Engineering News-Record

This is the second consecutive year the firm has been recognized

Chicago, Illinois (July 13, 2021) — PFES, a premier provider of strategic consulting services for the energy and utility sectors, continues its rapid growth with recognition by Engineering News-Record (ENR) as one of the Top 50 Program Management Firms. This is the second year the firm has been recognized with this honor, climbing from #46 in 2020 to #37 on this year’s ranking.

Additionally, ENR recognized PFES as one of the largest US Construction Management/PM-for-Fee Firms.

According to ENR, owners frequently call in professional services firms to streamline projects to completion and keep a pulse on the market. Lately, firms agree, that pulse is racing. Projects shelved last year are quickly rebooting while newer, more complex construction programs fill pipelines, driving many owners to seek support beyond their usual teams to manage the volume.

“If you take a look back at March of 2020 and the uncertainty that was out there on how projects on major utility programs were going to be executed upon, the way things used to be, the way they used to execute, was completely thrown out the window,” said Tim Simmerly, CEO of PFES. “Our team had to come together and figure out new, innovative, creative ways to execute capital projects in a utility environment where there’s hundreds of millions of dollars at stake, and fully drive excellent results without allowing any gaps or any mishaps in project execution. Our team’s ability to do that and work with our customers and reinvent project delivery significantly contributed to our explosive growth and reflects a continued underlying strength in our core program management, project controls, and construction management services.”

Founded in 2012, PFES has managed billions of dollars in capital projects related to power generation, power delivery and natural gas distribution. The company has experienced tremendous year-over-year growth as utilities have relied on the firm’s expertise to complete large-scale CapEx projects efficiently and with significant cost savings.

Servicing the energy, utility, heavy infrastructure, and industrial markets, PFES specializes in:

  • EPC Management
  • Program & Project Management
  • Project Controls
  • Owner’s Engineering
  • Quality Control & Quality Assurance
  • Start-up & Commissioning
  • Cybersecurity & Regulatory Compliance
  • Business Intelligence


PFES, part of The Planet Group, offers comprehensive management and consulting services as well as functional outsourcing solutions to organizations in the energy, utility, heavy infrastructure and industrial markets. Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, we’ve been delivering innovative Engineering, Procurement, Construction Management (EPCM) and Program Management solutions since 2012. Learn more at


The Planet Group consists of a group of related global consulting organizations and renowned staffing brands, and has been purposefully built to address the professional services needs of leading companies in the Technology, Diversified Energy & Engineering, Accounting & Finance, Human Resources, Healthcare, and Digital Marketing areas. The company was founded in 2009 and is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois with offices throughout the US and Europe.


Elizabeth Spayne
VP, Marketing, The Planet Group
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