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Meet Our New Principals and Associates

March 31, 2020

Freese and Nichols has elected seven new Principals and 16 new Associates. Principals and Associates are seen as leaders of the firm, who have made proven contributions in the realm of professional competence, developing the business and management. All of the individuals below have contributed greatly to the success of the company.

Principals

Clayton Barnard is an Engineer in the Water/Wastewater Transmission & Utilities group in our Frisco office. He has been with Freese and Nichols for 15 years. Clayton has profitably managed more than 10 projects for the past three years. He is a trusted advisor for two of the largest and fastest growing counties in Texas (Collin and Denton Counties) and has grown our business significantly in the Transmission & Utilities practice area. Clayton is recognized by clients and competitors as one of the top engineers at consulting firms serving Collin County. Connect via LinkedIn

Chris Jones is the Group Manager for the North Texas PMCM Group, residing in the Fort Worth office. He has been with Freese and Nichols for 24 years. Chris manages the largest (69 employees) and one of the fastest growing groups (over 20% in 2019) in the company. Chris has a diverse background in construction management services including pump/lift stations, force mains, small/large diameter water and sewer lines, water/wastewater treatment plants, roadways, ground and elevated storage tanks and drainage structures. He is a trusted advisor to several strategic and key account clients and has a reputation for Acting with Integrity, always doing right by the client. Connect via LinkedIn

Mazen Kawasmi is an Engineer in the Water and Wastewater Master Planning Group in Fort Worth. He has been with Freese and Nichols for 15 years. Mazen has been a key part in developing the company's MSI (wastewater condition assessment) capabilities, along with our other wastewater field services and modeling capabilities. This has led to long-term projects with several key accounts. Mazen has been key in helping to diversify Freese and Nichols' service offerings. He is a trusted advisor to several of our clients including Fort Worth Water, Grand Prairie, Plano, NTMWD, Frisco, Highland Park and Austin Water. Connect via LinkedIn

Charles Kucherka is an Engineer in the Central Texas Treatment, Transmission & Utilities group in the San Marcos office. He has been with Freese and Nichols for 15 years. Charles has been instrumental in making Freese and Nichols relevant in design of elevated and ground storage tanks by developing himself into a technical expert, leading and supporting sales efforts and design teams across the state of Texas to build our corporate resume. Charles is Freese and Nichols' Senior Technical Professional in water storage tank design, rehabilitation and coatings and was instrumental in building our business in San Antonio and San Marcos. Connect via LinkedIn

Matt Moses is an Engineer in the Water Resource Design group in the Austin office. He has been with Freese and Nichols for 10 years. Matt is an accomplished structural engineer with a specialization in large and complex hydraulic structures, specifically involving mass concrete and structural steel members. He has been instrumental in the growth and leadership of Freese and Nichols' recurring business line of spillway gate analyses, design and high-angle inspections. With his leadership, he has helped develop young talent within the firm to continue serving clients for many years to come. 

Matt Shafer is the Process Improvement Manager in the Office of the President in Fort Worth. He has been with Freese and Nichols for 10 years. Matt has made significant improvements to the company’s Ownership Transition Model (to aid in future success of the company), implementation of LSS recommended measures to improve negative variance, and the creation of proactive management tools. In his current role, Matt has succeeded in closing the gap between corporate processes and technical operations. Connect via LinkedIn

Trey Shanks, an Environmental Scientist in Fort Worth, leads Freese and Nichols' Asset Management initiative. He has been with Freese and Nichols for 22 years. Over the last decade, Trey was coined a premier expert in Texas on Stormwater Utility Fees and MS4 Stormwater Compliance. In his Asset Management role, Trey has led the marketing and production process for the AWIA assessment projects. Connect via LinkedIn

Associates

  • Rolando Ayala is an Engineer in the Water Resource Planning/Stormwater group, in Houston, and has been with Freese and Nichols for seven years.
  • Cullen Carlson is an Engineer in the Water, Wastewater Master Planning group, in Dallas, and
    has been with Freese and Nichols for 13 years. Connect via LinkedIn
  • Bregger Garrison is an Engineer in the Transportation Design group, in San Antonio, and has been
    with Freese and Nichols for three years. Connect via LinkedIn
  • Brian Gettinger is an Engineer in the Transmission and Utilities group, in Pearland, and has been with Freese and Nichols for one year. Connect via LinkedIn
  • Wayne Hartt is an Engineer in the Transportation Design group, in Frisco, and has been with Freese and Nichols for four years. Connect via LinkedIn
  • Nick Landes is an Engineer in the Water, Wastewater Treatment group, in Fort Worth, and has been with Freese and Nichols for seven years. Connect via LinkedIn
  • Patrick Miles is an Engineer in the Water Resources Design group, in Fort Worth, and has been with Freese and Nichols for 11 years. Connect via LinkedIn
  • Kirk Millican is Group Manager of the Architecture group, in Fort Worth, and has been with Freese and Nichols for eight years. Connect via LinkedIn
  • Rebecca Musk is an Engineer in the Treatment Transmission and Utilities group, in Austin, and has been with Freese and Nichols for 10 years. Connect via LinkedIn
  • Amanda Powers is an Engineer in the Transmission and Utilities group, in Dallas, and has been with Freese and Nichols for 12 years. Connect via LinkedIn
  • Jeff Scarborough is an Account Director leading our Federal Program, in Houston, and has been with Freese and Nichols for two years. Connect via LinkedIn
  • Kim Thieme is the Strategic Services Manager in in Fort Worth, and has been with Freese and Nichols for six years. Connect via LinkedIn
  • Beever Valdez is a Construction Manager in the PMCM group, in Fort Worth, and has been with Freese and Nichols for two years. Connect via LinkedIn
  • Michael Votaw is an Environmental Scientist in the Environmental Science/Coastal group, in Fort Worth, and has been with Freese and Nichols for 14 years. Connect via LinkedIn
  • Brian White is an Engineer in the Water, Wastewater Master Planning group, in Raleigh, and has been with Freese and Nichols for two years. Connect via LinkedIn
  • Colin Young is an Engineer in the Water Resource Design group, in Tulsa, and has been with Freese and Nichols for two years. Connect via LinkedIn