Halff Associates Announces Hiring of Zapalac as Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer
RICHARDSON, TX Halff announces the hiring of Russell Zapalac, P.E., former Chief Planning and Project Officer for Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT). Zapalac is joining Halff as Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer.
Zapalac will focus on development and implementation of growth initiatives for Halff. "As our company continues to move forward, Russell's expertise in leading and developing large organizations will play a vital role for us in both the public and private sectors. He has great depth and experience in management and strategic planning, and his leadership skills complement those of our strong leaders at Halff," said President Patrick Kunz.
Throughout his career, Zapalac has served as an owner, contractor, and consultant and has worked on large transportation, public works, and land development projects. As one of the top six executives at TxDOT, he was involved in the implementation of TxDOT's vision and goals for the 11,800 person department with annual budget in excess of $11 billion. He led TxDOT's $29 billion alternate delivery and public-private partnership program and is known nationally for his work with public-private partnership projects.
Zapalac also served as Senior Vice President and Director of Transportation for a major consulting firm, where he managed a 17-state central region and led 500 professionals in his division. As part of the firm's senior leadership, he focused on strategic planning, market development, and project delivery, which supported the firm's goal of doubling revenues within seven years.
Zapalac received his Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from The University of Texas at Austin. He is on the Board of Directors for the American Road and Transportation Builders Association, serves on the Transportation Transformation Group's Executive Committee and is the American Road and Transportation Builders Association's 2014 Public Sector Entrepreneur of the Year.