Operations & Maintenance Phase
Dr. Gary Raba is a recognized leader among infrastructure engineering consultants in the U.S. After earning three degrees in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University, he embarked on a 25-year career that has involved significant projects for many governmental agencies and Departments of Transportation around the country. He developed quality assurance software that made Raba Kistner the in-demand partner on some of the largest, record setting projects across the U.S. Gary now provides strategic leadership and planning to the leadership of the four service lines of the company.
William graduated from Texas A&M. After spending important years in the industry in Texas and Louisiana, he assumed the responsibility of health and safety, corporate strategic planning, corporate development and insurance. William has led the firm into new markets and into some of the newest service deliverables. William serves on several boards and advisory committees, including the TAMU system, Executive Committee of the San Antonio Economic Development Foundation, and others. William was recently recognized as an outstanding Alumni by the Texas A&M College of Architecture.
Bryan Helbert manages Raba Kistner’s financial, accounting and corporate employee services team. His interaction with each engineering and consulting discipline and his over 30 years of experience provides ongoing stability and direction for the firm, helping to ensure that profitable initiatives are implemented. Bryan came to Raba Kistner from one of the largest engineering firms in the U.S. where he served as the Corporate Controller. He currently mentors peers and staff in their professional development. Bryan serves as Board Treasurer of the San Antonio International Piano Competition.
As President and Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Schultz oversees Geotechnical Engineering and Testing projects. With more than 27 years of experience, exclusively with Raba Kistner, Mr. Schultz is responsible for scope development, contracting, financial management, and implementation of Raba Kistner’s geotechnical engineering projects across many industries for the entire company. After earning a B.S. from the University of Colorado, Chris received an M.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas at San Antonio. He has served in state board positions for TSPE and TCEL.
Paul Lampe supervises operations and financial management of Construction Materials Engineering, Inspection, and Testing services for the entire firm. A long-standing Raba Kistner veteran, Paul has managed thousands of projects, and understands all aspects of operations. He is an advisory member of several professional and civic organizations, including the American Concrete Institute and the Associated General Contractors. Paul is committed to technical education and has served as chairman of the San Antonio College Engineering Technology committee.
Dick McNary is President and COO of Raba Kistner Project Control. Dick has been with the firm since 1985, working his way up through all aspects of managing the business, from his start as Project Manager. Most recently, Dick has guided his project management group through expansions into multiple markets throughout Texas. He is involved in Chamber of Commerce initiatives and is a graduate of their leadership development program. He also is a past member of the Alamo RMA’s Community Advisory Group for the Loop 1604 and Highway 281 Improvements.
With more than 35 years of experience in the development, delivery, maintenance, and operation of transportation projects, Russel Lenz develops strategic and tactical plans to advance programs and projects that will provide engineering, environmental and construction-related services to the transportation industry. Mr. Lenz’s experience is based on his executive level leadership positions within TxDOT as the Director of the Construction Division, District Engineer for multiple Districts. He also served as the Director of Heavy, Municipal and Utilities Divisions for AGC of Texas.
After earning a degrees from the University of Oregon and Baylor University, Thomas Burr worked for international corporations in environmental consulting and management roles before joining Raba Kistner in 2015. He now manages client development and is involved with state and federal agencies on environmental compliance efforts that involve permitting, testing, regulatory reporting, management and auditing. Tom is also responsible for extending the group’s offerings, including the recent growth of archaeological services and the addition of coastal and hydraulic consulting.
Prior to joining Raba Kistner in 2004, Joe Irizarry spent most of his career with a Fortune 500 service industry firm, focusing on sales management, strategic planning, leadership development, and process improvement. He now leads Raba Kistner’s business development and marketing initiatives, and enjoys helping the firm, its clients, his community and business networks elevate their performances. A Southwestern University graduate, Joe also is chairman of the North San Antonio Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Council.
Dr. Carl Raba is a recognized pillar of San Antonio’s business community and a recipient of the San Antonio Business Journal’s “Legacy Leader”. A devoted Aggie, Carl earned three degrees in Engineering from Texas A&M University and was named a Distinguished Alumnus by the Association of Former Students. Dr. Raba co-founded Raba Kistner in 1968 and has served as a consultant, mentor, and advisor in his 50 years in the business. He has provided scholarships and mentorship to Texas A&M students, and played an influential role in the development of TAMU-San Antonio.
With more than 30 years of leadership experience as a financial and operational strategist, Mike Daniel brings a wealth of knowledge to Raba Kistner’s Board as an External Director. As a previous CEO of HR Green, Inc., Mike managed mergers and acquisitions for the firm, and led strategic efforts to fuel long-term growth objectives throughout North America and the Middle East. A graduate of the University of Iowa, Mike maintains his passion for the engineering field by serving on the ACEC as a member of the International Committee and as a peer reviewer.
After a 40-year career, Dennis Hirschbrunner is recently retired from HDR Engineering as the Executive VP/National Director of Marketing. He serves Raba Kistner as an External Director on the Board. Dennis brings to the Raba Kistner Enterprise extensive experience in marketing programs and strategic planning, as well as municipal and general civil engineering. A loyal graduate of the University of Nebraska, he has stayed active as Vice Chair of the Dean’s Advisory Board for the College of Engineering for the past 12 years, and was selected as an Alumni Master in 2011.