Contact: Kathi White
Phone: (903) 510-9267
Date: July 6, 2018
TYLER – The Texas Department of Transportation’s Tyler District announces the appointment of engineers to head its Tyler and Mineola offices. The selections fill key roles for the district.
District Engineer Glenn Green, a native of Tyler, took over leadership of the eight-county Tyler District last November. The 30-year TxDOT veteran, returned to Tyler after spending 18 months as the Atlanta District Engineer in charge of all TxDOT functions for nine counties. Prior to going to Atlanta, Green had spent his entire career in Tyler holding numerous positions as he rose through the ranks.
Green started out in 1986 as a summer hire in the Mineola Area Office, and after earning a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Texas A&M University was hired fulltime as an engineering assistant. He went on to work in the district design section at the Tyler headquarters, later becoming a project design team leader. He continued to accept increasing levels of responsibility being named the assistant area engineer for Mineola in 1991, and in 1994, Jacksonville Area Engineer. In 1996, Green was promoted as the Director of Administration for the Tyler District, followed by an appointment in 2001 as second in command as the Deputy District Engineer, a position he held until his Atlanta appointment.
The Robert E. Lee High School graduate is married to his classmate, Kay, also a Tyler native. They have two adult children, Megan and Matthew, and attend Green Acres Baptist Church where he has served in the TV Broadcast Ministry for 28 years.
Green has spent the first few months as Tyler District Engineer getting to know the district’s employees and operations, and filling vacant upper-level positions.
Paul Schneider, P.E., is the new Tyler Area Engineer responsible for overseeing all construction and maintenance activities in Cherokee and Smith counties. Schneider started his TxDOT career in July 1999 as an engineering assistant in the District Design Office. After earning his professional engineering license in 2006, he was promoted as a transportation engineer doing construction inspection and design, and was later named Tyler Assistant Area Engineer where he managed segments of Toll 49 built by TxDOT. In December 2012, Schneider was promoted as Area Engineer in charge of the Mineola Area Office responsible for all activities in Wood and Van Zandt counties as well as the I-20 Total Maintenance Contract and district seal contracts.
During his 19-years with TxDOT, Schneider has also worked in the district’s Advance Planning Office as a Professional Services Engineer and in the Fort Worth District’s North Tarrant County Area Office. The Arkansas native has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Arkansas.
Preston Friend, P.E., has assumed his new role as Mineola Area Engineer in charge of all construction and maintenance activities in Van Zandt and Wood counties. The 2009 graduate of the University of Missouri also has a civil engineering degree. Friend began his TxDOT career in 2015 as a transportation engineer performing construction inspections, assisting with maintenance operations and supporting all efforts in Smith and Cherokee counties. Friend has also served the Tyler District in the Mineola Area Office, assisting with office, construction and maintenance operations, and Tyler District Maintenance, assisting with planning, budgeting, maintenance contracts, facilities management, warehouse operations, and emergency response. Prior to accepting his new position, Friend was the Assistant Area Engineer in the Tyler Area Office.
The Missouri native started his professional career as a construction inspector with the Missouri Department of Transportation in Springfield, Mo. In 2012, he went to work for BNSF Railway's Structures Department where he held several positions such as a project engineer in Kansas City, assistant supervisor in Springfield, Mo., and supervisor in Oklahoma City.
Other members of Green’s staff include:
- Vernon Webb, P.E., Deputy District Engineer
- Jeffrey Harmon, P.E., Director of Transportation Planning and Development – in charge off all planning and design activities for the district
- Brad Tiemann, P.E., Director of Transportation Operations – responsibilities include all traffic engineering, signals, radio operations and the railroad program
- Shane Cunningham, P.E., Director of Construction – oversees all district construction activities
- Steven Hall, P.E., Director of Maintenance – in charge of all district maintenance operations
- MKim Soucek, P.E., Athens Area Engineer – in charge of Anderson and Henderson counties
- Will Buskell, P.E., Longview Area Engineer – responsible for Gregg and Rusk counties
- Brandy McDaniel, District Business Services Coordinator
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