Sergeant HT Tran, US Army

HT Tran Anvil Builder IncHT joined the Army in 2006 and was deployed to Iraq as an infantry sergeant. He was injured in 2008 by an improvised explosive device (IED) and suffered the loss of his right eye and sustained permanent injuries to his left leg that later required the insertion of a titanium rod. Despite his injuries and a 15-month recovery period at Walter Reed Hospital, HT successfully returned to civilian life with his sights set high. He started as a procurement officer with Northrop Grumman, which eventually led him to start his own civil engineering company, Anvil Builders, in 2010.

As CEO and President HT, has spearheaded the company’s growth and success, increasing revenue 143% year over years since 2011. Anvil Builders now has more than 100 employees and has delivered tens of millions of dollars in above and underground contracts for major projects in San Francisco, including work at the Transbay Terminal, the Candlestick Park redevelopment, Coit Tower, and San Francisco International Airport (SFO).

HT has built a company deeply committed to advancing the disabled Veteran community, regularly hiring Veterans on the company’s projects. He is on CalVet’s Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise Advisory Council, the Veterans Hiring Committee for the United Contractors Association, the board for Veterans at San Francisco State University, and his commitment to advancing the Veteran community has been featured in the San Francisco Chronicle and on CNN.

In 2015, HT was honored with Engineering News Record’s (ENR) Award of Excellence in recognition of Anvil Builders’ growth and his contributions to the Veterans community. He was also recognized by Sentinels of Freedom’s CEO and Chairman, Mike Conklin, who brought him on as a member of the organization’s board of directors.