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 five officers began their careers working among the rank and file at William A. Hazel.
- The Chief Operating Officer began as a concrete finisher.
- The Vice President began as an engineer.
- The Director of Equipment/Building Facilities began as a field mechanic.
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
John came to Wm. A Hazel from Head, Inc. in Columbus, Ohio, where he served as Vice President of Operations and he was responsible for implementing many changes that modernized the company. Prior to that he spent over 30 years working at Lane Construction. At Lane he was responsible for operations and profitability in the central US from Illinois and Indiana to Texas.
Prior to opening Lane’s Midwest District Office in 2012, John served for a year as Lane’s Business Development Manager for the Mid-Atlantic region. In the region he has previously managed several nationally recognized projects for Lane including the 495 Capital Beltway HOT lanes, WMATA Green Line Completion and Blue Line Extension, and the runway expansion at Dulles International Airport.
As Chief Executive Officer of William A. Hazel, Inc. John is responsible for the profitability and future of the company. He feels privileged to be an employee of the firm and understands that the company’s greatest asset is its employees, over 150 of who have been with the firm for over 20 years.
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.
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
Mike graduated with a BS in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech in 1987 and began his career with William A Hazel, Inc. the same year. He started as an estimator and was soon assisting the project managers with the day-to-day field operations. Becoming a full time project manager in 1992, Mike was well respected with his management teams and his customers.
In 1995, Mike became Chief Estimator. As Chief Estimator, he reviewed, bid, and negotiated many projects in Northern Virginia and, along the way, developed many invaluable relationships with Hazel’s customers, while developing a top-notch estimating team.
In April of 2018, Mike was named Vice President of Engineering. He now manages both the Engineering and Purchasing Departments. His responsibilities include soliciting bids, bidding, contracting, project management and purchasing.
Mike is a Virginia native, born in Danville, and grew up in Culpeper, Va. He currently lives in Leesburg, Va, with his wife Kathy and their two dogs. They enjoy spending time outside, hiking and playing with their dogs.
Director of Equipment and Building Facilities
Mike began his career at William A. Hazel Inc. in August 1984 as a field mechanic. He progressed through the company, from field mechanic to field maintenance supervisor. In 1996 he was promoted to shop manager and was made Director of Equipment and Building Facilities in 2021.
Mike is responsible for the day to day operations of maintenance operations, acquisitions and dispositions of equipment and trucks; and oversees all building maintenance.
Mike, a native of Clarke County Virginia, is a 1978 graduate of Clarke County High School and Dowell J. Howard Vocational School. He has continued his education in maintenance of heavy equipment repair and holds numerous certificates from the top heavy equipment manufactures. In his spare time, he tractor pulls and spends time with his family.