Freelance Civil Engineer & Business Consultant

Location:United States
2 Skills
C. Zachary Fuller, P.E., Esq.

Career Objectives

Utilize my diverse technical, managerial, sales and business development expertise; instinctive problem solving aptitude/skills; and, proven leadership track record to: 1. be a significant contributor to the achievement of strategic objectives; 2. continue to develop and grow as a professional; 3. mentor junior staff and be an approachable, trusted senior leader; 4. provide superb client/customer service; and, 5. make a meaningful contribution to the community and the environment.

Career Summary

• Dual degrees/licenses in civil engineering and law with over 20 years of experience in all aspects of project planning, financial feasibility/procurement, permitting, design, construction, contract and claims/dispute management for public, industrial, commercial, private development and regulatory clients both as a consultant and contractor representative. These services have been provided to clients throughout the SE US, SW US and the Caribbean with a concentration on serving Kentucky and Florida clients.

• Diversified civil engineering experience has resulted in the project/client management for a wide range of projects including all utility services (water, wastewater, reclaimed water, operation management/assessment, financial management and regulatory compliance), environmental assessment and remediation (Phase I/II/III and multiple Superfund listed sites), local and regional stormwater management (Everglades Restoration Program), solid waste systems (landfills, resource recovery and composting), transportation (City, County and State) and development projects (urban redevelopment, urban planning, landscape/beautification and residential development).

• Instrumental in the merging of three acquired Tt infrastructure firms into a single operating Southeast Region which had over 300 employees and revenues exceeding $35 million. Main architect of a corporate reorganization at Hartman and Associates, Inc. that resulted in the transformation of the firm from a department/discipline-based structure to a multi-discipline, team based organization. Performed the evaluation of the operating systems and implemented a Business Line operational structure for a 120-person civil/environmental firm which operates in 4 states and 7 offices.

• On the forefront of innovative projects and project execution tools including the first storm water utility implemented in Kentucky, one of the first biological nutrient removal advanced wastewater treatment facilities in Florida, production/beneficial reuse of reclaimed water for public access irrigation, groundwater recharge and wetlands restoration, review of treatment technologies for the Everglades Restoration Program (ERP), design of the largest wetland treatment system constructed as part of the Phase 1 ERP, design development of 2 ERP storm water pumping stations (combined capacity exceeded 7000 cfs), designer of the tallest steel exhaust stack (Bechtel) and responsible for the complete change-over (1985) at CDM from manual drafting to CADD document production in the Orlando office.

• Led the Florida team as Business Unit Manager in the development of Brown and Caldwell's Florida region to a pre-eminent position as a leading consultant in the Florida market with a 600% revenue increase in 5 years.

• Diversified public and private client base including Jacksonville Electric Authority, Florida Power and Light, Pulte Homes, Chevron, Arco, multiple Miami-Dade Departments-DERM, Aviation, Solid Waste and Water and Sewerage, South Florida Water Management District, Hillsborough County, Orange County, Seminole County, City of Hollywood and the City of Orlando in Florida and the Kentucky municipalities of Lexington-Fayette County, Harrison County, City of Henderson, City of Middlesboro and City of Campbellsville.

• Served on the Board of Directors of Brown and Caldwell, a $100 million, 700-person environmental and engineering firm practicing from 27 offices nationwide and HAI Board of Directors.

Career Experience

Engineering Management Services, Manager-Engineering/Legal Services March 2005 to Present
Restructured business and personal priorities/goals with a focus on providing consulting services to selected clients in central Florida. Mr. Fuller utilized his dual professional licenses (attorney and civil engineer) to consult with private and public entities on a wide variety of contract/regulatory issues and civil/environmental projects. Mr. Fuller was retained to beta test a nationally marketed utility financial management software product. The successful test resulted in an upgraded product for which sales more than doubled in the 12 months following the release of the upgraded product. Mr. Fuller assisted in subsequent product upgrades and marketing/technical support throughout the US.
Significant accomplishments include: International Constructions Claims Consulting Firm-Present Assignment- As a Senior Executive Consultant, Mr. Fuller provides client development and claims management services for utility infrastructure construction projects utilizing his skills in regard to contract analysis, claims preparation, claims defense, and the negotiation of settlements. New Mexico Consulting Firm- June 2012 to May 2013 (11 month consultant contract) – Performed a complete corporate reorganization of the 120-person firm that provides multiple civil and environmental services to local, state, federal and Native American clients in New Mexico and adjoining states from 7 offices and 3 regions; after hands-on review of each office operations, staff capabilities and client interviews, Mr. Fuller recommended and implemented a Business Line operational structure and the elimination of the regional management system; temporarily managed the Water Resources BL which generated 60% of the firm’s annual revenues and 80% of the annual profits; tasked with recruitment and transition of 2 new leaders for the Water Resources BL. Central Florida Consulting Firm, Bahamas Operations Management- October 2011 to February 2012- Temporary operations manager for all client and business development functions for a wide range of civil engineering activities for work performed in Nassau and Freeport. Managed and trained a team of US and Bahamian staff to perform all functions required to operate as a subsidiary of the US parent firm. Held Bahamas work permit to freely move between the US and Bahamas to establish the infrastructure and management protocols to provide 75% of project resources from the mainland operation. International Contract Operations Industrial Leader, Regional Business Development - April 2008 to August 2009 - Responsible for the marketing and technical support of a $350 million operation of public utility systems throughout a 13 state southeastern region; Identified marketing opportunities with public operated utility systems for services to be provided by the firm; operation services included turnkey design and construction of utility system improvements and the complete management responsibility for the operation of the municipal utility system under a defined contract period ranging from three to twenty-five years; single project annual revenue potential ranged from $1 to $25 million dollars with total project values ranging from $2 to $100 million dollars.

Tetra Tech, Inc. (Tt), Various Positions & Operations December 1997 to February 2005

Tt/Williams, Hatfield and Stoner, Inc. /Tt Infrastructure SE Group
Held responsible management positions as President of the Williams, Hatfield and Stoner, Inc., a Tt subsidiary and Senior Vice President-Regional Business Development Director for the Tt Infrastructure Southeast Region (14 states, $30mm P&L, $35 BNB).
As President of WHS, Mr. Fuller had total management and financial responsibility for a 75 person, $14 million business unit with 5 offices in central and southeast Florida. Mr. Fuller was responsible for the management of services to WHS’ broad client base which included Florida Department of Transportation District 4, Orange County, Greater Orlando Aviation Authority, multi-departments of Broward County including the Aviation Department and the Fort Lauderdale Airport, cities--West Palm Beach, Plantation, North Lauderdale, Hollywood, Oakland Park and Miami Beach, Miami-Dade Aviation Department and Pulte Homes.
Mr. Fuller was one of the Tt management team which developed a region operational structure and was a leader in establishing the SE Region which combined three Tt subsidiaries. Under the regional structure, Mr. Fuller was responsible for the business development activities and strategy development for all three subsidiaries. In this role, he was also the operational integrator for workload distribution and the sharing of technical expertise across the 15 offices within the region. The focus of the business development strategy was to transform the individual operations into a cohesive regional unit that was client centric as opposed to the past service centric practice. Under the client centric approach, business development strategies focused on providing a broader set of Tt services to existing and future targeted clients.

Tt/Hartman and Associates, Inc., Sr. Associate/ HAI BOD
Team Leader of HAI’s Client Development Group which was created to focus key HAI senior project managers on providing the full set of utility and public works services offered by the firm to existing and targeted prospective clients. In addition to this role, Mr. Fuller was responsible for client development and project management over a wide range of utility improvement projects ranging from the negotiation of a regional reuse agreement between Orange County, City of Orlando, Seminole County and the University of Central Florida to provide reuse to UCF and Seminole County to the planning and implementation of a $40 million dollar wastewater system for the City of Sanibel.

Brown and Caldwell, Business Unit Manager/Sr. VP /Board of Directors May 1991 to October 1997
Responsible (1997) for municipal client development in the eastern United States. Targeted geographic growth areas included North Carolina, Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania, and the Florida areas of Jacksonville and Tampa.
Beginning in 1991, charged with the responsibility as the Business Unit Manager to build a profitable and competitive business in Florida. Initial efforts were aimed at stabilizing the small existing client base and establishing procedures for work product production emphasizing quality and schedule. Over the six-year period, revenue was grown from $1.8 to $5.4 million, 1996 booked new business of $12 million, and staff increased to 50 in four offices. The region was grown by selectively targeting major clients with multiple environmental needs. Clients served by the four Florida offices included: Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department, Dade County Department of Environmental Management, Dade County Solid Waste Department, and several private clients; South Florida Water Management District and cities of West Palm Beach, Tampa, Orlando, Melbourne, and Jacksonville, and the counties of Seminole, Indian River, Hillsborough, Sarasota and Martin, and the South Central Regional Wastewater Treatment and Disposal Board. The region in Fiscal Year 1997 provided booked new business in all service areas offered by the company, meeting a company strategy of diversifying and expanding services to existing clients.

Camp, Dresser and McKee, Office Manager/Sr. PM/CADD Manager July 1985 to May 1991
Directed 40-person Fort Lauderdale, Florida office responsible for staff recruitment and development, work production, client retention, and new client development. During this period, worked to develop new anchor clients such as the City of West Palm Beach and South Central Regional Wastewater Treatment and Disposal Board, as well as to stabilize relationships with several long-term clients in Broward County. Senior Project Manager in the Orlando Office responsible for large utility design and planning projects in Orange and Seminole counties. Major projects included the 15-mgd expansion and process upgrades for the Sand Lake Road Wastewater Treatment Plant in Orange County and the 4-mgd new wastewater treatment plant and effluent disposal (wetlands restoration) system for the Northwest Region of Seminole County. Planning efforts included master planning for the Northwest Region of Seminole County and the City of Lake Mary. Also managed the development of the Orlando office CADD systems, which included both Intergraph and AutoCAD technology.

Career History in Kentucky (January 1975 to June 1985)

Proctor-Davis-Ray (PDR) (merged with Tetra Tech) Client/Project Manager
Client/Project Manager for over 15 municipal clients
Technical/management responsibility for water/wastewater, stormwater, environmental, solid waste
and industrial wastewater projects and technical oversight
Major projects: 9-month intensive treatability pilot study to achieve regulatory compliance for the color
impacted by industrial dye waste, design of new 3-mgd WWTP to treat municipal and industrial tannery
waste streams, design of new landfill, detailed floodplain and stormwater study/master plan, over 15
individual planning reports and designs for water/wastewater infrastructure projects and developed the
first stormwater utility system in the region.
Managed all bidding and construction phase services for my clients’ projects

Parrott, Ely and Hurt (PEH) Project Manager/Engineer
Rapidly Progressed from project engineer to project manager and obtained PE/LSIT
Performed environmental planning studies and designs
Managed multiple water infrastructure projects form initial feasibility phase, secure financing for the
projects and was responsible for the design, bidding and construction phase services
Secured repeat projects assignments from clients including a County-wide water infrastructure master plan
Design/constructed over 100 miles of pipeline, 8 booster pump stations and 7 storage tanks
Project engineer for two wastewater treatment plant projects-0.50-mgd and 18-mgd

Judy Construction Company Project Manager/Contracts Specialist/Legal Advisor
Served as in-house counsel for contracts, bid document review and change orders/claims
Project manager for industrial and municipal utility projects including risk review, preparation of bid
documents and oversight of field construction
Prepare design documents, negotiate price and manage construction for turnkey projects

C & I/Girdler (a subsidiary of Bechtel Corporation) Structural Engineer
Structural project engineer for major industrial/manufacturing facilities in Canada and US
Design work included building foundations, building steel framing, pipe support systems and support
systems for process equipment
Designed the foundation and steel cylinder for a 100-Ft. exhaust stack

Education/ Licenses/ Recent Professional Organization Memberships

• Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, University of Kentucky; Juris Doctorate, University of Kentucky
• Professional Engineer, Kentucky; Licensed Attorney, Kentucky
• Florida Engineering Society, American Water Resources Association, American Water Works Association, Water Environment Federation, Kentucky Bar Association