Our Management

Chris Hassel, President & CEO

Chris was brought on as President of Harrison Western in 2008 by founder Al Provost. He has grown the mining division of the company by expanding and increasing the services we offer to the mining market. With his 30-year background in civil construction, Chris has also diversified the company into the heavy civil and tunneling markets over the last 10 years.

Education: B.A. Political Science with an emphasis in Business Administration / Constitutional Law – St. John’s University

Donna Hale, CPA, CFO

Donna is the Chief Financial Officer of Harrison Western and UIT. She has more than 20 years of experience in a variety of financial settings, including Big 4 public accounting and industry financial management. Donna has worked in the civil construction and excavation industry for more than 10 years with oversight and responsibility for all financial functions. Donna is a member of CFMA and NASTT, and is on the Board of Directors of NUCA Colorado.

Education: B.S. Accounting – University of Florida

Eric Gavin, Chief Estimator

Eric Eric oversees all of Harrison Western’s estimating operations. His primary responsibilities include project planning and scheduling, vendor vetting/relations, pricing elements as well as peripheral aspects of safety and environmental preparation. He is ultimately responsible for the coordination of tasks that culminate in all pre-deployment customer interactions. His broad responsibilities also include elements of training, performance management, progress monitoring, operations analysis, and general leadership responsibilities as a member of Harrison Western’s Senior Leadership Team.



Education: B.S. Mining and Minerals Engineering – Virginia Tech

  • egavin@harwest.com
  • (303) 302-2978

Tom Szynakiewicz, P.E., D.GE, Vice President

Tom has more than 16 years of management experience in the specialty construction industry, primarily focusing on the geotechnical construction sector. His areas of expertise include earth retention, landslide stabilization, and ground improvement. Tom has extensive experience with various geotechnical construction methods including ground anchors, micropiles, wet and dry soil mixing, vibro-compaction and stone columns, jet grouting, and compaction, slurry, cement, and chemical grouting. Tom is a licensed professional engineer in 18 states and is a certified Diplomate Geotechnical Engineer by the ASCE Academy of Geo-Professionals. He has previously served on the Board of Directors of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of ADSC and is past President of the Colorado Association of Geotechnical Engineers.

Education: M.S. Engineering Systems with Geotechnical Specialty – Colorado School of Mines; B.S. Engineering with Civil Specialty and Minor in Environmental Science and Engineering – Colorado School of Mines