Leadership And Key Personnel

Michele Shams

President & CEO

Michele has set out to develop Koury into the most reliable testing and inspection firm in Southern California. During her tenure with Koury, she has served in several capacities including Accounting Manager, Corporate Controller, and CFO.  Mrs. Shams was most recently named CEO of Koury in October 2018. Michele is highly involved with the day-to-day operations of the company and works closely with the entire Koury team to ensure exceptional service, reliable results, information our clients can trust, and people that make a difference.

Dave Menefee

Senior Vice President & COO

Dave Menefee has over 30 years of experience in institutional, commercial, industrial project management and construction management as a Construction Manager/Project Manager/Resident Engineer/Licensed General Engineering Contractor and Master Inspector. His background includes business development, project controls, scheduling, cost estimating and budget management, construction document and specification oversight, construction management, constructability review, welding procedure review, nondestructive testing procedure review and post-construction/occupancy activities. Mr. Menefee has specialized in the Supervision of Concrete, Masonry, Post-tension Concrete and Structural Steel construction projects.  Mr. Menefee received the 2003 Distinguished Project Award for Construction Management of a Public Building from the Western Council of Construction Consumers (WCCC).

David Quesada

Chief Strategy Officer

David is a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt, and as part of Koury’s Leadership Team, he is working closely with our Owners to map goals and paths for continuous improvement. He oversees our Executive Management Team to achieve Koury’s long-term vision of market growth by total client satisfaction. Dave’s out-of-the-box approach to transforming processes and cultures to bring velocity, accuracy, and efficiencies into our organization is uniquely and rapidly positioning Koury to achieve a 100% superior customer experience for all of its services.

Michael Carrillo

Engineering & Technical Director

Mr. Carrillo has over 33 years of experience in soils and materials testing for various types of projects and has been a field supervisor/manager for over 21 years. As the Engineering and Technical Director, Mr. Carrillo is responsible for providing an overview of construction inspection of soil and concrete on DSA school construction projects, public works projects, commercial, and industrial developments. Michael has hands-on experience as a field technician and inspector making him well-versed in communicating with our inspectors and office personnel. He also makes on-site visits to guarantee adherence to industry standards and procedures by field personnel.

Justine Cezar, CPA


Justine joined Koury team in 2017. She is responsible for all aspects of the company financial and accounting management as well as human resources.
Justine has over 15 years of progressive accounting experience in construction, real estate, and engineering (structural, civil, and MEP) industries. She is experienced in revenue recognition and management, profit and cost analysis, internal controls, cash flows forecasting and budgeting. She has worked on corporate mergers, accounting software conversions and creating new entities.
She is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in California.

Jacques Roy

Geotechnical Engineer

Mr. Roy has more than 30 years of experience in geotechnical and civil engineering.  He is a registered Civil and Geotechnical Engineer in California, Colorado, and Alaska.  He has served as the Engineer-of-Record on more than 500 projects.  In addition, Mr. Roy has performed quality assurance for field construction, assigned and supervised laboratory testing, performed project management, cost estimating and supervised investigation and construction.  His duties also include reviewing geotechnical reports, transportation studies and computer models; preparing engineering calculation packages; performing difficult studies for foundations, earth retaining structures and ground stabilization; and providing special field observations and monitoring.

Armen Gaprelian

Geotechnical & Civil Engineer

Mr. Gaprelian has 25 years of experience; 15 years in geotechnical and engineering consulting, two and a half years in the cement and concrete industry, and two years in the residential construction industry. In his professional career, Mr. Gaprelian has been involved with projects such as transportation and infrastructure projects, various hospital projects, multistory commercial projects, various slope stability projects and other retail and commercial developments. For the past 15 years of his career, Mr. Gaprelian has been directly involved with managing and oversight of engineering as well as the construction phases of the various projects he has managed.