It's said necessity is the mother of invention and that is precisely why William A. Hazel invented the concept of “total site development”. It all stemmed from the notion that if you want something done right, do it yourself. Over the years, the company has created a legacy for doing things right because they can control all aspects of the project.
Our long list of repeat clients are a testament to the benefits of the total site development concept.
To be the premier full service sitework contractor by providing our clients exceptional value and performance, providing our employees the best possible working environment, being proper stewards of our communities, and preserving our legacy of dependability and quality.
First Choice. Right Choice. Only Choice.
We want to be the company that clients choose to build their projects. We want to be the company that employees choose to work for. We want our business partners to always feel confident that they made the right choice.
We provide our employees with the proper tools, equipment, training and education to perform their jobs effectively, so that we all return home safe and healthy at the end of each day.
We act beyond reproach in everything we do. We communicate professionally, honestly, and openly at all times.
We are focused on client satisfaction, providing exceptional value and performance above and beyond our contractual terms and competition.
We ensure all of our employees have the opportunity to provide value, achieve excellence, and grow individually and collectively. We promote a culture of diversity and inclusiveness in our workplace by treating people with dignity and respect.
We are dedicated to exceptional workmanship. We are innovative and provide the highest quality service through collaboration and creativity.
We are proper stewards in our communities and environment. We believe in preserving our legacy and making a positive impact for the future in which we will live and raise our families.
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”, recalled 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 the company 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.
Four of our six leadership team members began their careers working among the rank and file at William A. Hazel, Inc.
The Chief Operating Officer began as an Engineer.
The Vice President of Engineering began as an Engineer.
The Vice President of Field Operations began as a Concrete Finisher.
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 Roddy came to William A. Hazel, Inc. 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
Doug Palatt began his career with William A. Hazel, Inc. in 1993 after graduating from Virginia Tech with a BS in Building Construction. He started with the company as an Engineer assisting the Project Managers in the office.
During his time at Hazel, Doug has worked in several different roles: Estimator, Project Administrator, Project Manager, Contract Manager, and most recently Construction Manager – supervising the total construction effort of his project management team.
As Chief Operating Officer, Doug is responsible for maintaining and driving operational results for the company.
Chief Financial Officer
Rick Hurwitt joined William A. Hazel, Inc. 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 company processes and information systems to allow us to better serve our employees and our 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.
Vice President of Field Operations
Joe Vaughan 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 COO/Vice President of Field Operations in 2015.
With the planned expansion of services and growth envisioned for the company in 2021, Joe will continue to focus on successful project delivery as the Vice President of Field Operations. In that role he 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 Science degree in Psychology in 1985 and has remained in Virginia joining the William A. Hazel Companies shortly thereafter.
Vice President Of Engineering
Mike King 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 & Building Facilities
Mike Thomas 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 enjoys tractor pulls and spending time with his family.
Outstanding Superintendent Award
Fairfax County Land Conservation Award Winner
Protecting Properties and Natural Resources
Land Conservation Award
Contractor, Large Single Family Residential
Contractor, Best Protected Environmentally Sensitive Site