James Duddlesten Retires


As a long standing member of the Las Vegas community, James A. Duddlesten has contributed both as a professional leader in the field of engineering and to our community. James was part of the team selected by local government to implement the Las Vegas Area Computer Traffic System in 1978. Yes, he is ultimately responsible when you get stuck at a red light in this town.

James is most famous for his Peanut Brittle at Thanksgiving and whipping up a BBQ meal for 100 at the GCW Annual Charity Poker Tournament. “J. Duddlesten’s Famous Peanut Brittle and JD’s Sweet Rub” will surely be his next career.

As the Chief Operating Officer, President and Chairman of the Board of GCW Inc., he brings over 30 years of management, administration and engineering design expertise to our community. GCW Inc. which is among the largest engineering companies in the state of Nevada has always been locally owned and is a corporate citizen that places significant emphasis on their commitment to our community.

Both state and local elected officials have sought his expertise through his service on many planning and development committees. Whether the topic is school location, efficient bond expenditures, economic development or transportation infrastructure, he can be counted on to provide both his time, expertise and dedication. Most recently he served the City of Las Vegas as a member of the evaluation committee to select projects for Strong Cities – Strong Communities Initiative, he is also a current member of the Regional Transportation Commission’s Transportation Resource Advisory Committee which is evaluating critical infrastructure projects to reinventing our downtown and providing a regional emphasis on community transportation priorities.

As president of both the Nevada consulting engineers and transportation engineers’ organizations, he has had significant influence in the development of state and local policy on infrastructure and local business. James also received the President’s Award from SNHBA for his work with our local homebuilders. He was also a long-time SNHBA Board member and Senior Director.

As a businessman and citizen, James was named as one of the Top 50 Business Persons of Nevada by the Nevada Business Journal and has given of his personal time to promote education and youth organizations in Las Vegas.

As the tournament chair of the PGA Tour event – Frys.com Open and member of the Las Vegas Founder’s, James played a key role in keeping professional golf events here in our city and in raising over $13 million for local charities.

He served two years as the president of the Las Vegas Area Council Boy Scouts of America and was honored by that organization with their Silver Beaver Award for his local leadership and securing over $105,000 in grants for new facilities for our youth at the Kimball Scout Reservation.

He is an active member of the UNLV Foundation Board of Trustees.

James has worked tirelessly to fund local engineering scholarships, promote professional engineering and bring his beloved Texas A & M graduates. You can see this Aggie coming, just watch for those TXAGGIE license plates.