Derek Cheatham named North Texas Market Lead for Neel-Schaffer

JACKSON, Miss. (August 24, 2023) – Emphasizing Neel-Schaffer’s commitment to growth and expansion in the Texas market, the firm today announces Derek Cheatham, PE, is stepping into a new leadership role as the North Texas Market Lead.

Cheatham joined Neel-Schaffer in 2011 and has nearly 30 years of experience as a consulting engineer and project manager in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. In this new role, his attention will be primarily dedicated to the growth of the market in the Metroplex, taking advantage of his broad knowledge of and established relationships with the many municipalities and counties within the area.

“Early on, our strategic planning process underscored the need to emphasize our presence in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex,” said Joey Hudnall, PE, Neel-Schaffer’s President and CEO. “Derek’s focus on the Metroplex marks a significant step forward in supporting our strategic plan goals in Texas. This realignment will also allow us to refresh and invigorate our approach in Texas.”

“The Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex is the fastest-growing area in the country, with thousands moving here every month,” said Cheatham. “This will definitely help us stay in better contact with our municipal and county clients as they add infrastructure to accommodate that growth.

“I also know that Neel-Schaffer’s success in North Texas plays a vital role in the firm’s Expand Texas Strategic Plan initiative,” added Cheatham. “We are well-positioned with three local offices, plus a 40-year history, and outstanding clients. We will continue to serve those clients and my new role will assist in expanding our municipal and TXDOT offerings. I really think exciting times are ahead for Neel-Schaffer in North Texas.”