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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
After earning 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.
Mr. Arjona serves as Senior Vice President for the firm’s Rio Grande Valley, Coastal Bend, and Mexico operations. He brings over 25 years of experience to his role and his responsibilities include the planning, coordination, and monitoring of subsurface exploration and geotechnical engineering and testing activities. Isidoro is also responsible for Construction Materials Engineering and Testing projects for the firm throughout South Texas and in México, with responsibilities covering pavement, industrial, office and residential buildings, as well as geotechnical review and evaluation of aggregate sources.
Kim serves as the Controller, Cost Accounting for Raba Kistner, Inc. with more than 30 years of experience in the accounting field. She provides financial and business support to the Company Leadership, Project Managers and their staff. Kim plays an integral part in providing constancy and direction for Raba Kistner by providing financial data analysis with high visibility in project management accounting. She also provides support to the company through implementation of new software modules and the associated required training.
Sam is responsible for managing NEPA and natural resources planning and permitting projects including environmental assessments, categorical exclusions, technical studies for local, state, and federally-funded actions. Sam has successfully satisfied NEPA requirements for lead agencies including the Texas Water Development Board, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Department of State, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security, Border Environmental Cooperation Commission, and Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Tom Bond leverages over 30 years of project management expertise. His responsibilities include developing premier sports and entertainment projects throughout the U.S. and Canada. Widely respected in the industry, Tom holds a track record of successfully delivering of highly visible, high profile projects. His strategic capabilities and outstanding relationship skills are a tremendous asset. Tom’s high profile sports project experience, include the new Milwaukee Bucks arena, Golden State Warriors Chase Center, and Kyle Field Stadium Redevelopment at Texas A&M University.
As an HR professional with more than 25 years of experience, Susanne has managed a full spectrum of human resources services from executive level business strategy to tactical implementation of programs. At Raba Kistner, Susanne leads the Human Resources team and oversee enterprise-wide responsibility for talent acquisition and recruiting, talent engagement, employee relations, payroll and benefits, training and development, professional and career enhancement, and compliance and legal services.
Susan leads Raba Kistner’s marketing team and is responsible for the firm’s branding, public relations and corporate communications. Joining Raba Kistner in 2018, Susan brings more than 25 years of experience in communications and marketing in the corporate and non-profit sectors, focusing on branding strategy, creative management, product development, content creation, and investor relations.
Steven has more than 40 years of professional experience, including 25 years with Raba Kistner. While he is an engineer, he is educated in both science and engineering and has professional experience in both disciplines. During his career, he has successfully managed a wide variety of projects that have required contributions from scientists, engineers, and professionals from non-scientific fields.
Jeff Haberstroh has accumulated over 30 years of experience as a Project Manager in the San Antonio region. Jeff holds extensive experience managing bond programs and construction projects for municipalities and school districts, including most recently leading the Project Control team on the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center and Alamodome expansion and renovations projects for the City of San Antonio. As a Program/Project Manager, he has managed all project phases from concept, contract negotiations and pre-construction services to complete bond oversight and project operations, to budget and schedule management.
With over 30 years of experience, Gary Hall holds extensive knowledge and expertise in commercial, sports, and entertainment construction. A valued industry leader, Gary excels at bringing teams together on large, complex projects and doing so with integrity and respect. He currently represents Project Control and PC Sports as a Senior Vice President and is responsible for overseeing the Central Texas office. Gary received his Construction Science degree from Texas A&M University and was recently honored by his alma mater as an Outstanding Alumnus by the College of Architecture.
As Regional Vice President, Adam leverages his broad industry understanding in his responsibilities of overseeing Midwest operations. His general contracting experience combined with his Owner and A/E/C industry relations allow him to successfully deliver projects. Adam believes the core tenants of a successful project lie in understanding client goals, thorough planning, working with the A/E/C teammates, detailed budgeting, frequent site visits, and analyzing the lifecycle costs.
Howard has more than 25 years of experience in the development, delivery, construction and maintenance of transportation projects with the Texas Department of Transportation. Additionally he has 14 years engineering experience in diverse areas of water resources with USDA and land development in private practice. Howard's extensive expertise includes managing the activities associated with transportation planning, operations, right-of-way, design, construction, inspection, maintenance, safety, environmental, emergency operations and administrative support functions.
As Vice President, Andrew Hunt works alongside executives and community leaders from first imagination through construction completion of their facility projects. Whether moving a wall or building a campus, Andrew brings his high-energy passion and broad technical experience to leading teams through the planning, funding, design, and construction of clients’ projects. Andrew also leads our Strategic Asset Management service by providing tailored, strategic facility O&M advice. Andrew is a licensed Professional Civil Engineer, a Certified Facilities Manager, and a graduate of Texas A&M University.
Bringing over 18 years of experience, EJ serves as a cross-department Geotechnical Consultant for Raba Kistner, concentrating in the transportation arena, with an emphasis on state and federally-funded transportation projects and other horizontal construction projects. In addition, he also works as a Senior Geotechnical Engineer or Senior Project Manager on assigned transportation-related geotechnical engineering projects, providing review of project reports and working closely with clients to make sure budgets and schedules are met.
Rick has more than 25 years of diversified experience in geologic and hydrogeologic investigations and serves as the corporate discipline leader for geoscience services. He is responsible for implementing/overseeing site exploration and characterization activities in support of geologic/hydrogeologic investigations, geotechnical engineering, water resourcing planning, Edwards Acquifer protection, and environmental assessment objectives.
Tom is a licensed Professional Engineer with extensive experience in Civil Engineering and Construction Project Management. With over 25 years of experience, Tom has a proven record of improving quality, safety, customer satisfaction, productivity, and profitability through automation and process improvement. He is skilled in identifying areas of strength and weakness and establishing / implementing policies and standards.
Katrin is recognized for her commitment to meeting client objectives for prompt and practical facilities engineering solutions. As an Associate with Raba Kistner’s Rio Grande offices, she has assumed progressive responsibility in management, administration, and coordination of geotechnical and facilities services throughout South Texas, the Texas/ México border, and Northern México. On a day-to-day basis, Katrin provides project management in several areas of facilities engineering.
Eric oversees the Geotechnical Engineering and Consulting projects for the San Antonio Engineering Unit. With more than 20 years of experience, he is responsible for scope development, financial management, and effectively allocating corporate resources for responsive client satisfaction. Eric has had the opportunity to provide geotechnical engineering services in the Midwest and in the San Antonio, Texas area. He has also been the geotechnical engineer and/or project manager on numerous new and rehabilitated pavement projects for the public and private sector.
Gabriel possesses the advanced technical, leadership, communication, and business skills to interact with clients and lead a consulting team to success. His principal practice areas relative to consulting and design experience include construction materials testing and engineering, forensic engineering, and geotechnical engineering. Gabriel has more than 20 years work experience involving management and execution of construction quality control testing and inspection services on major construction projects in Texas.
Martha provides financial, business and administrative support to the Company and Project Managers. She brings over fifteen years of experience in financial accounting in the Professional Service Industry. Martha has experience planning and directing treasury activities, financial forecasts, cash flow projections, formulation of budgets for project, overhead and capital expenditures as well as monitoring budget performance and revenues, recommendation of cost controls, and changes in billing multiplier rates to assure profitability of operations.
Preston brings more than 20 years of experience in Construction Materials Engineering and Testing to Raba Kistner. He is responsible for overseeing Construction Materials Engineering and Testing projects in the San Antonio area. Preston has technical and managerial expertise in soils testing and inspection, foundation inspection, reinforcing steel placements, post-tensioning stressing inspection, structural steel inspection, asphalt pavements, and concrete plant and placement inspection. He performs engineering investigations and studies dealing with construction related issues.
Ian is responsible for client relationship development, and scoping geotechnical engineering investigations and construction materials testing opportunities in the New Braunfels area. Once procured, he is responsible for developing the action plan for any field activities, coordinating with key personnel both within and outside of our organization, and ensuring that the scope is fulfilled to the clients’ satisfaction. Ian serves as the primary point of contact for clients in the I-35 corridor between San Antonio and Austin before, during and after projects.
Clark has over 26 years experience in Construction Construction Quality Managment, Construction Management & Engineering positions. He currently manages our Infrastructure business development for work large projects pursued outside of Texas. He is also responsible for the prosecution of these projects as they are secured, while managing the Utah Division. Overall, Clark is responsible for 70 plus employees, 3 material testing labs, and development of our proprietary documentation software ELVIS.
Ben brings more than ten years of experience in inspection management to Raba Kistner. Mr. Reese is responsible for overseeing Construction Materials Engineering and Testing projects in the San Antonio area. He has technical and managerial expertise in soils testing and inspection, foundation inspection, reinforcing steel placements, structural steel inspection, asphalt pavements, and concrete plant and placement inspection. He works closely with architects, engineers, contractors, owners, and developers on various types of projects.
Lee brings over 20 years of experience. His responsibilities for the firm include construction inspection and material testing operations to ensure compliance with project plans and specifications.
Lee's previous experience includes serving as a Project Manager and Senior Resident Engineer on Federal, State and local government projects. His responsibilities included contract administration, QA/QC testing, constructability reviews, utility relocations and new construction. He also managed a team of 30 which included junior engineers, construction inspectors, lab technicians and office personnel.
Jeff possesses extensive management and engineering experience on major highway transportation projects. He has been Raba Kistner's Infrastructure lead, working with companies and agencies nationwide to establish standards for quality measurements for alternate delivery method projects. While at TxDOT, Jeff was responsible for developing and acquiring approval by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) for all Quality Assurance Plans (QAPs) for all project delivery methods (DBB, DB, and DBMOF) used on TxDOT’s contacts, as well as, serving as a member of the AASHTO International Scan on P3s.
Through collaboration and building consensus, Merrill Stanley approaches each project with excitement for transforming an Owner’s vision into reality. His involvement in creating facilities that have a meaningful impact upon the community is truly humbling, one that he considers a privilege and an honor. Merrill brings over 22 years of significant healthcare project management experience to his role as Vice President of Healthcare. Merrill is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin and Texas State University.
Yvonne is responsible for the management, administration, coordination, and reporting of a variety of geotechnical engineering projects throughout Texas, with a primary focus in north and central Texas regions. As a geotechnical engineer, her responsibilities include subsurface investigations and engineering analysis and consulting of the design and construction of foundations, pavements and roadways. She has consulted on various foundation and pavement design recommendations for residential, commercial institutional, schools, industrial projects, as well as infrastructure.
As the Cultural Resources Program Director, Dr. Tomka is responsible for all Cultural Resources activities of the firm. He works closely with Prehistoric and Historic Project Archaeologists and Field and Laboratory Technicians to complete archaeological projects. He has more than 35 years of experience in archaeology. Dr. Tomka has authored 60 cultural resource management reports, peer-reviewed 23 journal articles, and delivered 27 papers at national and international meetings in his areas of expertise.
Devin brings over 20 years of sales and marketing experience to Raba Kistner. His primary responsibilities include establishing and managing client relationships throughout the Central Texas region covering New Braunfels and the IH-35 corridor, along with participating in project development for geotechnical engineering, construction materials testing, environmental and cultural services, and building science services. These responsibilities have overlapped to our sister company, Project Control, since he helped launch the Austin office in 2016, which provides project and program management services.
David’s primary duties consist of facilities project management with emphasis on scope development, budget estimates, roofing inspection reports, surveys, roofing redesigns, and engineering solutions with attendant specifications. He actively serves as the client’s trusted advisor by planning, staffing, and executing projects involving roofing and building forensics services. Additionally, David oversees project management tasks covering roofing consulting and design work. He monitors the professional practice of his staff, including QA/QC protocols, and ensures compliance with generally accepted policies.
Newel has extensive experience managing civil engineering and construction projects. As Vice President, he takes on substantial managerial responsibilities for our work on infrastructure projects. Newel has been involved in the execution of the some of the largest projects performed in the Western U.S. including the $1B South Mountain Freeway, $1.5B City Creek Center and the $1.1B Utah I-15 Corridor Expansion. His roles included management of quality plans, inspection programs, and materials testing, off site fabrication inspection, design review and construction engineering.