Zach Foster named Engineer Manager for Neel-Schaffer’s Columbus office

JACKSON, Miss. (March 27, 2023) – Zach Foster, PE, is the new Engineer Manager of Neel-Schaffer’s office in Columbus, Mississippi, the firm announced today.

Foster succeeds Kevin Stafford, PE, who will continue to work out of the Columbus office. Stafford also serves as Vice President for Neel-Schaffer’s North Mississippi Operation, which includes offices in Columbus, Starkville, Southaven, and West Point. The West Point office was added on February 10, with the acquisition of Calvert-Spradling Engineering, Inc.

“Zach has demonstrated excellent project management skills, making it the right time in his professional development for him to advance to this new role,” said Stafford.

Foster, a Columbus native, began his career at Neel-Schaffer in 2011 and has been based in the Columbus office ever since. In January 2023, he was named a Vice President within the company.

“I am thrilled and grateful for this opportunity for both myself and my family,” Foster expressed. “My wife and I are fortunate to have found careers close to our hometowns, and this promotion is incredibly significant for me. I look forward to continuing to contribute to the growth of this office in the next five years.”

Foster also serves on the Board of Directors for the Columbus-Lowndes County Chamber of Commerce.

Stafford praised Foster, saying, “He has exceptional people skills and is well-regarded in our community. Zach is dedicated to serving the community where he was born and raised.”

Foster holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Mississippi State University.