Dan Houston becomes firm’s first Chief Administrative Officer

CEO Jerry Stump hires Dan Houston as Chief Administrative Officer of Volkert, Inc., a new position on the firm’s executive team.

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Effective April 2, Dan Houston will be joining Volkert’s leadership as the firm’s first chief administrative officer. In this role, Houston will oversee Volkert’s human resources, information technology, and legal departments. He comes to Volkert from Simmons Foods, where he served as executive vice president and chief human resources officer.

Prior to joining Simmons, Houston oversaw the human resource function for Wilbur Smith, then led organizational development for CDM Smith. In addition to consulting engineering, Houston has held human resource leadership roles in a broad range of industries over his 25-year career, including, aerospace, banking, chemicals, and manufacturing.

“Dan Houston is an outstanding leader with experience in administrative leadership roles with infrastructure firms similar to Volkert,” says Volkert President and CEO Jerry Stump. “Having an executive-level leader for HR, IT, and legal will ensure that these critical functions get appropriate focus.

“This is an exciting time for our company,” Stump says. This change positions us for continued growth and success in 2018, as we refine our firm’s vision and its place in the infrastructure industry.”

“I’m honored to become part of Volkert’s executive team, and I’m looking forward to rejoining this dynamic industry,” Houston says. “I’ve enjoyed working in a variety of industries throughout my career, but infrastructure has always been an energizing industry for me. As Volkert’s CAO, I’m excited to be a part of an organization that is poised for strategic growth and change.”

Houston earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Aquinas College and his master’s in organizational behavior from the University of Hartford. He also holds a certificate in executive education from the University of Notre Dame. Houston is relocating to Franklin, Tennessee, from northwest Arkansas.