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Chad Mayers, P.E., named chief operating officer of Schnabel Engineering

(GLEN ALLEN, VA) – Schnabel Engineering has announced the appointment of Chad Mayers, P.E., to chief operating officer (COO), a new role within the engineering firm. Mayers assumes this role after serving as president of one of Schnabel’s business units for the past four years. He has been with the firm since 2004.

According to Walt Rabe, chief executive officer of Schnabel, “I can’t be more excited that Chad Mayers has assumed the role of chief operating officer. Chad has proven himself in roles of increasing responsibility since beginning his career at Schnabel nearly 20 years ago. His focus on the unity of the entire company has him wired for success in his new role.”

While the addition of a COO is a huge step for Schnabel and its operating structure, Mayers has stressed that he is committed to maintaining a culture and environment that support and encourage the firm’s staff to continue to thrive. Said Mayers, “In the coming years, I plan to prioritize recruiting, retaining, and training Schnabel’s most valuable asset, its people, while focusing on accountability, stewardship, and cross-functional collaboration. This will ensure that our systems, tools, and organizational structure are best-suited for operational excellence.”

Throughout his 20-year career at Schnabel, Mayers’ leadership positions have ranged from branch leader of the Sterling, VA and Rockville, MD offices to executive vice president and then a president of Schnabel’s geoprofessional business unit. He has also led Schnabel’s International Pursuit Team, delivering consequential projects throughout the world.

Mayers holds a Bachelor of Science in civil and environmental engineering from Virginia Tech, and earned his Master of Engineering in geotechnical engineering from the University of Maryland. He is registered as a professional engineer in Washington, D.C., Virginia, and Maryland, and is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC), and Society of American Military Engineers (SAME). Mayers was named one of ENR Mid-Atlantic’s Top Young Professionals in 2020.

About Schnabel Engineering

Based in Glen Allen, VA, Schnabel Engineering is an employee-owned consulting firm specializing in water, geotechnical, and infrastructure engineering. With 26 office and satellite locations across the United States, Schnabel’s designers, innovators, and industry experts have led and managed projects for public and private organizations in remote locations, challenging environments, and for communities large and small across the United States and in more than 150 countries. Founded by engineer Jim Schnabel in Washington, D.C. in 1959, the 550+ employee-owned company has been named an ENR Top 250 Design Firm. To learn more, visit Schnabel-eng.com.

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