Russ Poppe named Houston office leader for HNTB

Seasoned professional and demonstrated leader with extensive local experience to expand opportunities and drive operational growth 

HOUSTON (April 15, 2024)  HNTB Corporation, a leading infrastructure solutions firm, has named Russ Poppe, PE, Houston office leader and vice president. He leads a team of multi-disciplinary transportation infrastructure professionals who deliver highway, toll, aviation, transit, municipal, water and other services to clients.

Poppe brings more than two decades of experience in project management, executive leadership and client relations. He most recently served HNTB as a national practice consultant offering invaluable support to clients in navigating and executing flood control programs across local, state and federal levels.

“Russ is a seasoned leader, with extensive expertise in driving impactful infrastructure solutions, coupled with a profound understanding of the intricacies within the Houston region,” said Scott Haywood, HNTB Central Division president and senior vice president. “His vision, strategic acumen and commitment will propel our team to new heights, ensuring continued excellence in serving our clients and advancing the local community’s vital transportation projects.”

Prior to joining HNTB in 2021, Poppe served as the executive director of the Harris County Flood Control District, where his leadership was instrumental in advancing complex infrastructure initiatives while fostering strong relationships with community leaders and elected officials.

“I am thrilled to embark on this new journey and lead HNTB’s exceptional Houston team,” said Poppe. “With the region witnessing remarkable growth, development and infrastructure investments, I am excited to collaborate closely with our clients to equitably deliver innovative and sustainable infrastructure solutions that will truly enhance the communities we serve.”

HNTB’s clients in the region include the Texas Department of Transportation, Harris County Toll Road Authority, Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Houston Airport System, Harris County and others.

Poppe is a registered professional engineer in Texas. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from Texas A&M University.