26-year firm veteran will provide operational leadership across five states
LOS ANGELES (Dec. 16, 2022) – HNTB has named Mike Hess, PE, division operations officer for its West Division. Hess brings more than 26 years of project management, contracting and leadership experience to the new role. He is based in HNTB’s Orange County, California, office. In his new role, Hess will oversee business operations, contracting and delivery of infrastructure projects across the five-state West Division.
“As we continue to grow our staff and expand our core services to help solve complex transportation challenges in the West Division, I am pleased to welcome Mike to his important new role as operations officer,” said Wayne Feuerborn, West Division president. “His business and leadership skills, combined with being exceptionally well versed in our firm’s culture and core processes, will be a benefit as we continue to serve clients and deliver successful programs.”
Hess most recently served as West Division contracting director and supported the firm’s Orange County office leadership team. He first joined HNTB in 1994, starting his professional career as a bridge engineer in the Overland Park, Kansas, office. During his tenure with the firm, he served in a variety of roles including project manager, client service leader, pursuit champion, office leader, Central Division operations officer and chief business process officer.
Hess’s commitment encompasses both industry associations and community involvement. He is active in professional organizations including the American Council of Engineering Companies and National Society of Professional Engineers. He also served on the Overland Park Kansas Chamber Board of Directors, including chairman of the board in 2019.
HNTB has been involved in some of the region’s most high-profile, complex infrastructure programs that are reshaping the West. The firm’s many signature infrastructure projects in the region include: Sixth Street Viaduct Replacement in Los Angeles; I-405 Improvement Project for the Orange County Transportation Authority; Los Angeles World Airports Airfield Improvement Program; I-10 Express Lanes Project for San Bernardino County Transportation Authority; and California High Speed Rail’s Construction Package 4 and Locally Generated Alternative preliminary design.