Our Story

Founded by Hibbett Neel, PE, and Gorman Schaffer in 1983, Neel-Schaffer is a multi-disciplined engineering and planning firm that today ranks as one of the largest privately held, employee-owned engineering firms in the South.

While Mr. Schaffer retired as Executive Vice President in 2012, Mr. Neel continues to serve as the firm’s President and Chief Executive Officer. Headquartered in Jackson, MS, the firm operates 38 offices and has locations in nine states. Its corporate structure enables Neel-Schaffer to maintain a strong commitment to local communities while providing access to engineering expertise on multiple levels. Engineering News-Record has listed Neel-Schaffer among the Top 500 Design Firms in the United States annually since 1994, with that ranking improving to 177th in 2017.

Neel-Schaffer’s core disciplines include Transportation, Water, Civil/Site, Environmental Services, and Support Services. We offer a wide variety of engineering services under each of those disciplines.

Neel-Schaffer also operates in unison with three sister firms that are subsidiaries of Neel Schaffer Engineers & Planners. SoilTech Consultants, Inc., offers geotechnical engineering services. Maptech, Inc., provides survey and GIS services, and True North Emergency Management provides disaster monitoring and hazard mitigation services across the country.

With 500-plus professional and technical employees, Neel-Schaffer has the capacity to provide high quality services on compressed schedules, on time and within budget.

As President, Mr. Neel is responsible for all activities of the firm.

Joey Hudnall, PE, oversees daily operations as Chief Operations Officer, and Clark Robinson serves as the Chief Financial Officer. The three are members of the 10-person Senior Management Team that helps guide the firm and make strategic decisions.

Other members of the SMT include Craig Hanchey, PE, Nelson Lucius, PE, Jerry Trumps, Robert Walker, PE, Rosemary Aldridge, PE, CHMM, David Bowman, PE, and Keith O’Keefe, PE.

Mr. Neel and Mr. Schaffer stressed four principles that to this day resonate with all employees:

  • Serve the communities in which we live and work
  • Provide multi-disciplined services of the highest quality
  • Give back to the communities we serve
  • Pledge to be employee-owned

“These principles have provided the direction of Neel-Schaffer,” said Mr. Neel. “Our goal today continues to be to become an extension of our clients’ staff by providing resources and/or capacity they do not possess in-house.”

For more information about the firm, contact Marketing Manager Rusty Hampton.