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 38 offices across nine states.
Joey works in the headquarters office in Jackson (MS), but frequently travels to Neel-Schaffer’s other offices across the Southeast.
Joey began his career in Columbus, MS, managing his father’s firm, Charles E. Hudnall Engineering. In 1995, Neel-Schaffer acquired the firm, and Joey took over as Neel-Schaffer’s Columbus office manager. He then moved from that responsibility to overseeing the firm’s operations in North Mississippi and Alabama. During his time in Columbus he filled a variety of roles, including City Engineer for the City of Columbus, and Engineer of Record and Client Manager for the Golden Triangle Landfill.
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 10 years, 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. By 2015, that ranking had climbed to 187th.
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.