Joey Hudnall, PE
Chief Operations Officer,
Executive Vice President
Joey joined Neel-Schaffer in 1995, and since 2009 he has served as Chief Operations Officer, responsible for the daily operations of the 500-plus employee firm that now operates out of 36 offices across nine states.
Joey is an Executive Vice President and serves on the firm’s seven-member Board of Directors. He is based in the Corporate headquarters office in Jackson (MS) but frequently travels to Neel-Schaffer’s many other offices across the Southeast.
Joey joined Neel-Schaffer in 1995 as the Engineer Manager of the firm’s Columbus (MS) office. In 2005, after Hurricane Katrina decimated the Mississippi Gulf Coast and other parts of the state, Joey played a critical role in Neel-Schaffer’s involvement in recovery efforts, providing corporate oversight and staffing management for the firm’s short- and long-term projects, ranging from debris management to infrastructure reconstruction projects that totaled more than $100 million.
In 2009, Joey was named to his current position of COO.
In the past decade, Neel-Schaffer has grown from a firm that provided services for local civil engineering projects to one of the leading firms in the Southeast, and Joey has helped lead that transition. In 1994, Neel-Schaffer broke into Engineering News-Record’s list of the Top 500 Design Firms in the country, at 458th. Neel-Schaffer has been a mainstay in those rankings since, checking in at 244th in 2019.
Since becoming COO, among Joey’s many accomplishments was helping open Neel-Schaffer operations in Columbia, SC, Mobile, AL, and New Orleans, LA, and engineering acquisitions in Shreveport, LA, Houston, TX, Arlington, TX, and Tuscaloosa, AL, expanding Neel-Schaffer’s footprint while strengthening the firm’s core disciplines.
Joey has developed a broad technical background in planning, engineering, and construction management with emphasis in water, wastewater, airports, highway, urban drainage, structures, landfills, and municipal engineering. He has directed numerous large, complex projects in all these fields.