Hawkins-Weir Staff

Brett D. Peters, P.E.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Office Location: Van Buren, Arkansas

Mr. Peters joined Hawkins-Weir Engineers in 1989 and is currently the firm's President and Chief Executive Officer. With 24 years of experience in civil and environmental engineering, his background includes planning, design, and contract administration of both municipal and rural water and wastewater projects as well as structural analysis and design. He is a graduate of the University of Arkansas with a B.S. in Civil Engineering and is a licensed Professional Engineer in Arkansas and Oklahoma.

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Barry McCormick, P.E.
Chief Financial Officer
Office Location: Van Buren, Arkansas

Mr. McCormick joined Hawkins-Weir Engineers in 1986 and currently serves as the firm’s Chief Financial Officer. He has 29 years of experience in civil and environmental design, street and storm drainage design, and construction management. He has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Arkansas and is a licensed Professional Engineer in Arkansas and Oklahoma.

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Aaron M. Benzing, P.E.
Vice President of Client Relations
Office Location: Little Rock, Arkansas

With over 13 years of experience, Mr. Benzing has designed and managed a broad range of projects including water treatment and distribution, wastewater collection and treatment, sewer system rehabilitation, hydraulic analysis, solid waste management, long-range master planning and construction management. He has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Arkansas State University and an M.S. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Memphis. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in Arkansas, Oklahoma and Mississippi. Mr. Benzing is a Principal of the firm and manages its Little Rock office.

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J. Kyle Salyer, P.E., P.S.
Vice President of Client Relations
Office Location: Van Buren, Arkansas

Mr. Salyer is a Professional Engineer and Surveyor. With over 14 years experience, he has been responsible for street and drainage design, subdivision development, water distribution system modeling and design, wastewater collection and pump station design, preparation of studies and reports, contract administration, land boundary and Alta surveys as well as construction management on a wide array of projects. Mr. Salyer obtained his B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Arkansas. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in Arkansas and Oklahoma and a licensed Professional Surveyor in Arkansas.

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Larry E. Yancey, P.E.
Vice President of Human Resources
Office Location: Fort Smith, Arkansas

Mr. Yancey has over 13 years experience in the planning, design, and contract administration of projects including water distribution system design; wastewater collection design; street design; stormwater drainage system design; construction management; and land planning and development. He is a graduate of the University of Arkansas with a B.S. in Civil Engineering and a licensed Professional Engineer in Arkansas and Oklahoma.

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Jeremy D. Shores, P.E.
Vice President of Operations
Office Location: Van Buren, Arkansas

Mr. Shores joined the firm in 2001 and has over 13 years experience in planning, design, construction management and contract administration. His project experience includes water distribution system modeling and design; water and wastewater system master plans; water treatment plant design; wastewater collection system and pump station design; street and drainage system design; and land planning and development. He has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Arkansas and is a licensed Professional Engineer in Arkansas.

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A.J. Kaufman, P.E.
Senior Associate
Office Location: Little Rock, Arkansas

Mr. Kaufman joined the firm in March of 2013. He has been responsible for the planning and design of multiple water and wastewater projects including wastewater treatment plant design, wastewater pump station evaluation and design, water distribution system modeling and design, wastewater collection system modeling and design, engineering studies and reports, and construction observation on numerous water and wastewater projects. He is a graduate of the University of Arkansas with a B.S. in Biological Engineering and is a licensed Professional Engineer in Arkansas.

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Josh Durham, P.E.
Associate
Office Location: Fayetteville, Arkansas

Mr. Durham joined the firm in 2009 and specializes in treatment process and collection system design. He has also provided contract management and construction observation services on municipal water and wastewater projects. His experience includes working with computer hydraulic models to update water distribution systems and wastewater collection systems. He has a B.S. and an M.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Arkansas and is a licensed Professional Engineer in Arkansas and Oklahoma.

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L. Scott McBrayer, P.E.
Project Manager
Office Location: Van Buren, Arkansas

Mr. McBrayer joined Hawkins-Weir Engineers in 2017 and leads the firm in electrical and instrumentation design. He has 30 years of extensive experience in electrical power distribution, standby power generation, electrical motors, variable frequency drives, lighting design, process and instrumentation design, and automated systems startup as well as design of process control panels, programming, maintenance of PLC systems, equipment networking, fiber optic networking, telemetry for remote control monitoring, and equipment integration with electrical systems. He has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Arkansas and an M.B.A. from Southern Methodist University. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in Arkansas and Oklahoma.

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Fred M. Oswald, P.E.
Senior Environmental Consultant
Office Location: Little Rock, Arkansas

Mr. Oswald has over 40 years of experience in water, wastewater, environmental, and civil engineering services with expertise in the design and construction of water and wastewater systems, wastewater plant operations, development of bio-solids site management plans, assistance with water and wastewater regulatory compliance, and preliminary engineering studies on municipal and industrial projects. He has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and an M.S. in Environmental Engineering from the Univerisity of Arkansas and is a licensed Professional Engineer in Arkansas.

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Blake Peacock, P.E.
Project Engineer
Office Location: Van Buren, Arkansas

Mr. Peacock joined the firm in September of 2011. He has assisted in providing design and construction observation services on projects including water distribution; wastewater collection; street and stormwater drainage; erosion control; and coatings rehabilitation. He graduated from the University of Arkansas with a B.S. in Civil Engineering and is a licensed Professional Engineer in Arkansas.

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Chris Morris, E.I.
Staff Engineer
Office Location: Fort Smith, Arkansas

Mr. Morris joined the firm in January 2014. He has assisted with structural design and analysis on several projects, as well as costruction administration. He graduated from the University of Arkansas with a B.S. in Civil Engineering, and is an Engineer Intern in Arkansas.

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Austin Anderson, E.I., A.C.
Staff Engineer
Office Location: Little Rock, Arkansas

Mr. Anderson, an Associate Constructor and Engineering Intern in Arkansas, has assisted in the design of several water and wastewater projects including distribution and updating the design of multiple existing treatment facilities. He has additional experience working in construction observation on the design of a new wastewater treatment system, multiple water distribution projects, and the construction of a pedestrian walking bridge. He also has experience in steel fabrication, serving as an inspector and associate in collecting and analyzing shop data for quality assurance. A graduate of the University of Arkansas, he has a B.S. in Civil and Construction Engineering.

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Haley Machycek, E.I.
Staff Engineer
Office Location: Little Rock, Arkansas

Ms. Machycek has experience in the design of several water and wastewater projects including distribution, wastewater collection, treatment system design, and updating surface and water modeling systems. She has also worked with communities, such as Springdale, AR, aiding in city street improvements and stormwater system design. Ms. Machycek has additional experience working with mathematical techniques and computer software to model transportation system attributes, and pervious concrete mix design, as well as serving as a proctor for certification testing in soils, concretes, and aggregates. She has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Arkansas and is an Engineer Intern in Arkansas.

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Nelson Heringer, E.I.
Staff Engineer
Office Location: Little Rock, Arkansas

Mr. Heringer has experience working with a variety of water and wastewater systems, including distribution, water treatment, and stormwater. He also has experience using mathematical techniques and computer software to model biological, chemical, and physical processes in water and wastewater treatment system design, with additional experience working with the design of Low Impact Development components for stormwater systems. Mr. Heringer is a graduate of the University of Arkansas with a B.S. in Biological Engineering and an Engineering Intern in Arkansas.

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Josh Chatham, E.I.
Staff Engineer
Office Location: Fayetteville, Arkansas

Mr. Chatham joined Hawkins-Weir Engineers in 2017. His experience includes design of wastewater projects including replacement of a pump station with a new gravity sewer line, sewer capacity improvements, and rehabilitation of existing sanitary sewer facilities. He also works in transportation design roles including roadways and trails and has experience using software to model and analyze traffic conditions through a transportation corridor. He is a graduate of the University of Alabama with a B.S. in Civil Engineering and an Engineer Intern in Arkansas.

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Caleb Posey, E.I.
Staff Engineer
Office Location: Fayetteville, Arkansas

Mr. Posey joined Hawkins-Weir Engineers in 2017. He assists in providing contract management and construction observation services on multiple wastewater pump station projects as well as design services on multiple water and wastewater projects. He is also experienced in surveying and highway construction inspection for the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department. He has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Arkansas, and is an Engineer Intern in Arkansas.

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Steve Hendrix
Senior Technician
Office Location: Van Buren, Arkansas

Mr. Hendrix is a civil engineering technician and CAD Manager with 37 years of experience in the planning, design and construction of subdivisions, street reconstruction, water distribution and storm drainage systems. He joined the firm in 1981. He attended Oklahoma State College where he earned an Associate of Arts Drafting and Design and the University of Arkansas where he studied Engineering and Surveying Technology.

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Mike Henson
CAD Manager
Office Location: Van Buren, Arkansas

Mr. Henson joined the firm in 1999 to manage its CAD Department. His responsibilities include coordination of all internal drafting between engineers/designers and CAD technicians; coordination of all external drafting between the firm and its consultants/ subconsultants; archiving of all CAD drawings and data; implementation and maintenance of drafting standards; and general CAD software maintenance. He is a graduate of East Central Oklahoma University with a B.S. in Cartography and a member of the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping and the University of Arkansas Fort Smith CAD Advisory Committee.

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Lisa A. Huckelbury
Business Manager
Office Location: Van Buren, Arkansas

Ms. Huckelbury joined Hawkins-Weir Engineers in 2007 and is currently the firm's Business Manager. She is responsible for developing, managing and maintaining all accounting and human resource functions of the firm, as well as preparing and processing tax reports and filings. She also maintains all corporate and professional licensure requirements of professional staff and supervises all administrative staff. Ms. Huckelbury holds a Bachelors of Business Administration in Management & Finance from the University of Arkansas, Little Rock.

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