Twenty-year HNTB veteran previously served dual role as Salt Lake City office leader and Northwest Division delivery officer
BELLEVUE, Wash. (Aug. 30, 2021) – HNTB has named Tom Schnetzer, PE, the division operations and delivery officer for its Northwest Division. Schnetzer brings more than 20 years of project management, engineering and design-build experience to this new combined role. He will be based in HNTB’s office in Bellevue.
In this dual role, Schnetzer oversees the operations, contracting and delivery of complex infrastructure projects across the five-state Northwest Division. He previously served the dual role of interim Salt Lake City office leader and Northwest Division delivery officer.
“It’s been a true privilege and honor to collaborate closely with HNTB’s talented and passionate Northwest workforce over the years,” said Schnetzer. “In this new leadership role, I look forward to supporting the delivery of our clients’ infrastructure and engineering projects to exceed both their, and our community partners’ expectations while continuing to strengthen HNTB’s regional influence.”
Schnetzer began his HNTB career in 2001 as a deputy project manager. In this role, he oversaw the design of Seattle-Tacoma Airport’s third runway embankment. Since then, he has led numerous substantial infrastructure design and construction projects, including the modification and seismic upgrade of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, the casting basin design for the new SR 520 bridge’s pontoons construction, and structural lead on the I-405/SR167 Corridor Program.
“For the past 20 years, Tom’s extensive operations and project management experience have made him a powerful leader and truly invaluable member of this company,” said Mel Sears, PE, PMP, HNTB Northwest Division president. “In this new dual position, Tom’s innovative ideas, engineering expertise, and project and program management experience will ensure our Northwest Division continues to deliver projects of the highest quality to our clients.”
In addition to Schnetzer’s workplace contributions and impact as an HNTB leader, he has served as an active member of the nonprofit organization WTS since 2007. The WTS Puget Sound Chapter recognized his commitment to equity and inclusion, mentoring of young engineers, and advocacy for women in the transportation industry by naming him Man of the Year in 2020. Schnetzer will continue this work filling the leadership gaps within the transportation industry by actively mentoring and sponsoring women into the management pipeline.
After earning a B.S. in civil engineering from Purdue University in 1988, Schnetzer has spent most of his career as a project manager and worked on numerous large-scale bridge, highway and airport projects.