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RS&H’s Rick Chesser to Retire; Chris Jackson to Lead Atlantic Gulf Division

December 15, 2022      By Jennifer Nix McGerald, CPSM

Tags: Transportation, Leadership, Press Release

[JACKSONVILLE, Fla.] – For more than a half century, RS&H Vice President Rick Chesser, P.E., has helped shape transportation projects that have transformed the landscape of Florida. On Feb. 17, after dedicating the last 17 years of his illustrious career to RS&H, Chesser will retire as the Atlantic Gulf Division Leader of the firm’s Infrastructure Business Unit. RS&H Senior Vice President Chris Jackson, P.E., will assume the duties of the Atlantic Gulf Division Leader on Jan. 1.

Chesser has made an incredible impact on RS&H and the Sunshine State over the years, leading growth for the national architecture, engineering, and consulting firm in Florida’s transportation market.

Before joining the firm, Chesser spent 35 years at the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), most notably as District Four Secretary for 17 years, where he planned, developed and implemented FDOT’s five-year work program. In his leadership role, he fostered regional collaboration and planning with the U.S. Congressional delegation and Florida legislature members to address significant transportation issues.

“Rick’s efforts at FDOT and RS&H have impacted Florida for the better,” said RS&H Senior Vice President and Board Director Jim Hullett. “We are thankful and grateful for his contributions and wish him well in retirement.”

Like Chesser, Jackson has spent the past 17 years of his career at RS&H, following a six-year stint with FDOT District Four. Since leading RS&H’s water resources group efforts in South Florida for 13 years, he has led the RS&H Infrastructure Business Unit in Alabama and Georgia.

Jackson has been heavily involved in all aspects of transportation and aviation infrastructure projects while serving in technical, managerial, and marketing lead roles. He possesses extensive design and management experience in planning, NEPA studies, final design, design-build, and owner’s representative services.

“Chris has made a significant contribution at RS&H since joining the firm,” Hullett said. “We are excited for this next chapter of RS&H’s Atlantic Gulf Division of the Infrastructure Business Unit under his stewardship.”

While at RS&H, Jackson has been named Young Professional Practice Leader of the Year, Project Manager of the Year, and winner of the Harold V. Aiken Quality Award.

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