This press release was originally published by on November 10, 2022.

Engineering consulting and project management firm Raba Kistner has announced our expansion in the Gulf Coast region. Gabriel Ornelas, Jr., PE, Senior Vice president and Chief Operating Officer of our engineering consultant’s division, is leading the expansion. Industry leaders have joined the firm during this exciting time of expansion. Raba Kistner welcomes Ryan Venable, Senior Vice President and Gulf Coast marketplace leader, to help establish the new offices and lead the firm’s growth strategy in the region, including Houston. Bryan Landers has also joined Raba Kistner as Senior Project Manager based out of our new Beaumont office.

The expansion is part of a broader plan to accommodate growth, efficiently serve clients and leverage our expertise in the energy sector by providing geotechnical engineering consulting, construction materials engineering and testing (CoMET) services and environmental consulting services in the Gulf Coast region. We have several projects under contract in Southeast Texas and Southwest Louisiana. Raba Kistner’s offices in the Rio Grande Valley, Corpus Christi, Houston and other areas also have extensive project experience with oil and gas plants and pipelines, wind and solar farms, and other sustainable energy developments. The Gulf Coast offices will also focus on flood control, municipal/institutional projects, commercial development and highway infrastructure projects.

“The expansion will allow us to help fulfill our company purpose of building a better world, providing local services to the region and engaging in the community,” said Chris Schultz, PE, PMP, President & CEO of Raba Kistner.

Gabriel Ornelas has more than 25 years’ experience in geotechnical engineering, management and the execution of construction quality control testing and inspection services on major construction projects in Texas.

Ryan Venable brings to Raba Kistner a 20-year track record of achievement and experience in operations and business development for technology and engineering companies and specialized knowledge in oil and gas, petrochemical and construction industries.

“I’m excited to join this highly respected firm, help establish the new offices, and lead the growth strategy for the region,” Venable said.

Bryan Landers has more than 25 years’ experience leading geotechnical engineering and construction materials testing services for industrial, commercial and private development projects across southeast Texas and Louisiana.

“The new offices are open and we are hiring, with the opportunity to further expand offices and staffing as we grow in the region,” Ornelas said.

Raba Kistner plans to add new employees in the region in the near future and will grow their offices to effectively meet the requirements of their clients and provide more opportunities for their employees.


Founded in 1968, Raba Kistner Inc. has grown over our 50+-year history, expanding from our corporate headquarters in San Antonio, Texas, to an Engineering News-Record “Top 200 Firm” of more than 600 employees operating across the U.S. and Mexico. Today we are a company of engineers, geologists, scientists and technologists providing project management and oversight services; environmental consulting; construction materials engineering, testing and observation; geotechnical engineering, testing and pavement consulting; building sciences consulting; and infrastructure oversight and quality management. For more information on the Raba Kistner companies, please visit


Joe Irizarry, Chief Marketing Officer and Senior Vice President  

Raba Kistner, Inc.
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