HNTB Corporation announces new officers in San Diego - Michael Palacios, P.E., named West Division operations officer and Kevin Reed, P.E., promoted to associate vice president and office leader

HNTB named Michael Palacios, PE, as West Division operations officer
HNTB named Michael Palacios, PE, as West Division operations officer
HNTB Corporation, a national infrastructure solutions firm with nine offices in California, has named Michael Palacios, PE, as West Division operations officer and promoted Kevin Reed, PE, to associate vice president and San Diego office leader. Both are based in the firm’s San Diego office. 

Responsible for HNTB’s offices in California, Utah, Oregon and Washington state, Palacios brings nearly 20 years of experience in the planning and design of transportation infrastructure, as well as operations and strategic business development, from prior work in California.

“HNTB is committed to delivering more to our clients for their program dollars,” said Phil Petrocelli, HNTB president, West Division. “Michael’s business acumen combined with his technical expertise in project management, planning and design will further enhance the firm’s growth and work with clients throughout the West.”

In his most recent role as vice president and San Diego area manager for Parsons Brinckerhoff, Palacios managed an office of more than 70 multidisciplinary professionals, working on various rail, transit and aviation projects with numerous transportation agencies throughout the region. Palacios is a registered professional engineer and holds a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He is also actively involved with the San Diego chapter of Women’s Transportation Seminar, serves as co-chair of the Transportation Committee for the American Council of Engineering Companies California San Diego Chapter, and is a member of the California Department of Transportation District 11 Calmentor Steering Committee.

Reed joined HNTB more than 12 years ago as an aviation project engineer and has made significant contributions to HNTB’s aviation market sector, working on signature projects in the region, including the Green Build at San Diego International Airport. In his new role as San Diego office leader, he is responsible for operations, business development, management of the office, and staff and client development.

“Kevin has a long history of achievements with the firm and his considerable experience will further enhance our work with clients in San Diego,” said Petrocelli.

Celebrating 100 years of service, HNTB has been involved in San Diego’s most complex infrastructure projects, including the Green Build, Terminal 2 West, which is the first commercial airport terminal in the world certified Platinum in Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design ; the I-15 Express Lanes; and traction power substation installation for the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System’s Orange and Blue trolley lines. HNTB currently is working on multiple Los Angeles-San Diego-San Luis Obispo Rail Corridor Agency double track projects for SANDAG and the Positive Train Control Program for the North County Transit District.

About HNTB

HNTB Corporation is an employee-owned infrastructure solutions firm serving public and private owners and contractors. HNTB’s work in California dates back to its founding in 1914. Today HNTB continues to grow in size and service offerings to clients in California from nine office locations, currently employing more than 350 full-time professionals. Now celebrating a century of service, HNTB understands the life cycle of infrastructure and addresses clients’ most complex technical, financial and operational challenges. Professionals nationwide deliver a full range of infrastructure-related services, including award-winning planning, design, and program delivery and construction management. For more information, visit www.hntb.com.


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