Joe Diesslin - President

Joe Diesslin, President

As President of Harrison Western and UIT, Joe is responsible for overall leadership and direction for the firm including administrative management, business development, field operations, engineering, safety, maintenance, and MSHA/OSHA compliance. Mr. Diesslin’s extensive geotechnical background and diverse experience contributes well to the wide variety of scopes and methods employed at Harrison Western and UIT to deliver on unique and complex projects. Joe is the named party for contracting licenses in 8 states, as well as most Colorado counties and municipalities that require licensing. 

Education: BS – Engineering
with Civil Emphasis from the Colorado School of Mines (Boettcher Scholar / Magna cum laude), MS – Construction management from the University of Colorado

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.

David DePaco, Chief Estimator

David is a 28 year veteran of the heavy construction industry, with an extensive academic background in Civil Engineering and diverse project management and executive leadership roles for over two decades. His focus at Harrison Western involves oversight for all estimating operations across both divisions, Harrison Western and UIT. In addition to his role in leading and managing the full estimating team, he is heavily involved in individual project planning and scheduling, vendor vetting/relations and pricing elements as well as coordination of tasks that culminate in all pre-deployment customer interactions. He also serves as a key member of the Senior Leadership Team helping to ensure strong communication and collaboration between Business Development, Estimating and Operations.

  – B.S. Civil Engineering – University of California, Los Angeles
  – M.S. Civil Engineering – University of California, Berkeley
  – MBA, Real Estate, Finance & Accounting – UCLA Anderson School of Management                 

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