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

Tom Szynakiewicz, P.E., D.GE, COO

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

Chris Lamb, Field Operations Manager

Chris’s extensive experience in the commercial / civil construction realm helps him bring superior process management, strategic oversight and detailed safety supervision to the Operations function of Harrison Western. In this role, Chris oversees all of Harrison Western’s field jobs. His primary responsibilities include project planning and staffing, organization and subcontractor vetting and safety and environmental preparation. he brings a wealth of tunneling and boring experience to an already talented team, where he will help keep Harrison Western at the forefront of our industry.

Scott Teel, Director of Marketing & Business Development

Scott’s professional career spans over two decades of working to build brands, implement strategic sales teams, market nationally recognized B2B service providers and create national award-winning campaigns. In his role as Director of Marketing and Business Development at Harrison Western and UIT, Scott brings energy, skill and professionalism to the organization’s business development practices while also engineering a dramatic shift in go-to-market initiatives utilized by both entities to grow revenue. In his community, Scott has served as Chairperson of the Greater Charlotte Purple Heart Dinner, Executive Board Member of the Charlotte Home Builders Association and Judge for the National Housing Quality Award. He has also performed as a Disaster Action Team leader with the American Red Cross.

Education: B.A. Psychology – University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill