HDR's Field Services Practice Grows, Appoints New Leaders

HDR’s field services practice recently announced new roles for four individuals. The individuals and their respective roles are Steve Whitley, construction control corporation director of operations; Ron Garraffa, east region transportation construction services lead; Neil Richards, west region transportation construction services lead; and Denise Ives, controller.

Steve Whitley

Whitley previously held the director of operations position for ICA Engineering which encompassed 10 offices and more than 300 multi-disciplined staff across eight Southeastern states. With more than 30 years of transportation design and management expertise, Whitley’s expertise will enhance the growth strategy for the practice. He is based in HDR’s Raleigh, N.C., office.

Ron Garraffa

Garraffa previously served as the deputy director of engineering and construction for HDR’s $1.5 billion streetcar project in Washington, D.C.  He has more than two decades of construction and program management experience, which also includes senior roles at a major, Florida-based general contractor. He has held progressively responsible positions for operations and construction management of capital projects that include transit and transportation ranging from $100,000 to $200 million in value. Based in the firm’s Tampa, Florida, office, Garraffa will focus on growing HDR’s services throughout the east region.

Neil Richards

Richards returns to his current position, which he held from 2008 to 2014. He then was assigned to the Ohio Department of Transportation state highway 823 project from 2014-2017. He returned back to Arizona in 2017 where he serves as the construction lead and general engineering consultant for the South Mountain Freeway project in addition to his role in field services. Based in HDR’s Phoenix, office, Richards will focus on growing HDR’s services throughout the west region.

Denise Ives

Ives is also based in the firm’s Phoenix office and helps plan and report on monthly and annual projections for the practice, performs a variety of financially related roles and provides guidance for governmental contractual compliance and overhead issues. She has been with HDR for more than 20 years primarily as the Southwest area controller. In addition, during her tenure she worked with the corporate office as a member of the design team for two software conversions and assisted with the automated billing initiative.

“We’ve seen tremendous growth in field services this year. Work across all business groups and significant wins demonstrate the breadth of this growth,” said Laurie Roden, president of field services.

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