It all started with a little International TD6 bulldozer, and a couple of brothers who would do just about anything a customer needed – from clearing fence rows to digging out rocks. “We worked wherever we could get work”, recalls Mr. Hazel.
That was in the late 1950’s. They got their first Caterpillar in the 1960’s. As the business grew, it was time to be formally incorporated, and in 1964, William A. Hazel, Inc., was officially launched as a corporate citizen of Virginia. The work gradually evolved into the sewer and water business and just grew from there.
We think Mr. Hazel would be thrilled to know that, in the 21st century, two (and sometimes three!) generations of employees have worked in the company he and his brother started.
Three of our four officers began their careers working among the rank and file at William A. Hazel.
- The CEO began on a pipe crew.
- The Vice President began as an engineer.
- The COO began as a concrete finisher.
We are powered by our people, and we carry Mr. Hazel’s legacy of hard work, dedication, and determination into every project we do.
Chief Executive Officer
After many summers of punch and pipe crews, and several years as Construction Manager for a local developer, David joined William A. Hazel, Inc. full time in 1991. He opened the Fredricksburg Office for the company in 1996 and served as the Branch Manager of that office until 1998.
As President of William A. Hazel, Inc., David is responsible for the successful management, direction and profitability of the company. David believes that the company’s greatest asset is its employees, and tries to work with each and every one of them.
David is a graduate of Woodberry Forest School in Madison Virginia. He has a Liberal Arts degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute in Blacksburg, Virginia.
Chief Financial Officer
Joined our company in 1993 following a career in public accounting and several years of experience with a local real estate developer.
Rick has been instrumental in improving our processes and information systems to allow us to better serve our employees and customers.
A graduate of the College of William & Mary (BBA) and Old Dominion University (MBA), Rick has enjoyed being involved in several community organizations, most notably the Loudoun County Economic Development Commission and Leadership Loudoun.
Rick is responsible for our accounting, human resources, IT, and administrative functions as well as risk management and banking relationships.
VP of Engineering
With a BS in Building Construction from Virginia Tech, Mr. Speed began his career at William A. Hazel, Inc. in 1980. As the Vice President of Engineering since 1993, Mr. Speed manages both the Engineering and Purchasing Departments.
His responsibilities include: Soliciting Bids, Bidding, Contracting, Project Managing, and Purchasing. With his experience and leadership, the Engineering Department has collaborated with numerous customers to bid, manage and strategize hundreds of successful projects in Northern Virginia. His professional staff includes: Project Managers, Estimators and Purchasing Agents. He’s an active member of numerous local and national trade associations including the; HCCA, NVBIA, VTCA, ABC, and NUCA.
Currently he serves as: Trustee for the Sidney R. Johnston Charitable Trust.
Previously he served as: President of the HCCA and a 12-year Member of the Board, Treasurer of the VUHCC and Board Member for over 10 years, Board Member of the George Mason University Civil Engineering Institute and Instructor for the Engineering & Surveyor’s Institute.
Chief Operating Officer
Began his career at William A. Hazel Inc. in 1986. Starting out in the field as a concrete finisher, Joe has progressed through the company, from foreman to Site Superintendent, to Area Superintendent, to General Superintendent, to being named Chief Operating Officer in 2015.
As Chief Operating Officer/Vice President of Field Operations, Joe is responsible for the day to day field operations of the William A. Hazel Company. Joe’s extensive field experience, working side by side with the William A. Hazel Inc. employees and their customers, throughout many years and thousands of successful projects, brings a unique perspective to the management of the field operations at the William A. Hazel Company.
A Pennsylvania native, Joe graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Psychology in 1985, and has remained in Virginia joining the William A. Hazel Companies shortly there after.