About Us

We are a successful North Texas-based firm established in 2001 by our President and CEO Cristina Criado, PE. We were founded in Dallas and remain a North Texas-based firm. We are a staff of 60+ and provide Civil Engineering, Land Surveying, Subsurface Utility Engineering (SUE), Right of Way (R.O.W.), and Construction Engineering and Inspection (CE&I) services.

We live and work in the communities we serve. Some of these local clients include NTTA, TXDOT, DFW International Airport, DART, Dallas Water Utilities, City of Dallas Public Works, City of Arlington, City of Garland, City of Keller, Town of Addison, NTMWD, Upper Trinity Regional Water and Fort Worth Water.

Leadership

Cristina Criado, PE

President | Chief Executive Officer | Founder

Cristina Criado, PE

President | Chief Executive Officer | Founder

Cristina is the founder and serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Criado & Associates, Inc. Beginning her practice in 2001, Cristina has provided design and consulting services on a wide variety of civil engineering projects including roadway and freeway projects, interchanges, hike and bike trails, municipal projects, and land development. Her project management experience involves quality assurance, quality review and control, scheduling, as well as coordination and management of the different disciplines required to complete any project from start to finish.

Prior to opening her own firm, Cristina practiced as a professional civil engineer for two leading civil engineering firms in the DFW metroplex managing a diverse project portfolio. By using her vast technical expertise, strong will, and determination, she embarked on the path to become the fully functioning independent firm that CRIADO is today. She remains committed to the day-to-day operations of the company and has stayed true to her roots in developing a family-oriented business that understands and implements a positive work environment.

Michelle Macdowell

Chief Financial Officer

Michelle Macdowell

Chief Financial Officer

Michelle joined Criado & Associates, Inc in April of 2013. She has more than 38 years of experience in accounting, bookkeeping, contracts administration, and financial business management. She has worked in the A/E industry for more than 32 years. Michelle has responsibility for the firm’s financial operations including accounting, budgeting, insurance, and credit. She is responsible for formulating the firm’s financial policy and plans required to meet the organization’s short and long-term objectives and regulatory body requirements. She also assists in the strategic direction of the organization and provides mentorship to the firm’s project managers regarding project financial performance analysis.

Thomas McClain, PHR

Director of Human Resources

Thomas McClain, PHR

Director of Human Resources

Thomas joined Criado & Associates, Inc in February of 2022 as the Director of Human Resources. He is a United States Air Force veteran and has practiced Human Resources for more than 15 years. He is responsible for the Human Resources functions of the firm. Thomas has considerable experience in policy and procedure development as well as building and leading effective HR operations and forging alliances with business leaders to support business goals and objectives. Thomas supports the overall business plan and strategic direction of the organization, specifically in the areas of day-to-day operations, talent management, change management, organizational and performance management, training and development, and compensation.

Rusty Wolff

Director of Subsurface Utility Engineering | Right-of-Way

Rusty Wolff

Director of Subsurface Utility Engineering | Right-of-Way

Rusty has more than 18 years of experience in construction management, quality assurance, quality control, and subsurface utility engineering (SUE). During the past eight years, Rusty has provided SUE and Utility Coordination on various water transmission, municipal infrastructure, highways, aviation, and rail projects. He has managed more than 1,000 SUE projects. With a background in construction, he brings a rare perspective to each project, having previously represented owners in design reviews, construction negotiations, and management. He serves as the Director of SUE operations working hands-on to manage major projects, with additional responsibilities for contract negotiations and safety.

David Hawkins, PE

Utility Infrastructure Manager

David Hawkins, PE

Utility Infrastructure Manager

David has more than 40 years of experience in providing civil engineering services for water/wastewater, stormwater, roadways, drainage, airports, and land development projects. He has extensive experience with water distribution system analyses for water distribution projects, water treatment plant projects, water pumping station projects, sanitary sewer collection and lift station projects, wastewater treatment projects, storm drainage projects, street and highway projects, airport projects and commercial/industrial development projects. With 34 years of his experience being a project manager, he is well versed in new business development, QA/QC, staff development, workload allocation, and financial management of projects. David has worked with numerous agencies around the DFW Metroplex, as well as the City of San Antonio, City of Boerne, City of Killeen, Bexar County, San Antonio Water System, CPS, and Bexar Metropolitan Water District. He has also served as City Engineer for numerous small communities, such as the Cities of Bells and Melissa, Texas. David’s work experience includes responsibility for managing and/or preparing preliminary engineering reports and studies, environmental assessments, State and Federal funding applications, grant administration, construction plans, specifications and contract documents and construction estimates, construction bidding assistance, and construction contract administration.

Kevin Wendell

Survey Manager

Kevin Wendell

Survey Manager

Kevin has more than 30 years of experience in professional land surveying. He spent 20 years with the City of Fort Worth in their Transportation & Public Works (T&PW) department until it merged with the Water Engineering Department in 1992 to create the Engineering Department, where he served in the Survey Division. In addition to a knowledge of route surveys and topographic mapping, Kevin has extensive knowledge of the preparation of easements, boundary and control surveys, construction staking and monitoring, and comprehensive surveying work supporting the design of roadway, water and sanitary sewer projects. He is well versed in project management, QA/QC, staff development, workload allocation, and financial management of projects.

Debbie Willis

Marketing Manager

Debbie Willis

Marketing Manager

Debbie has more than 20 years of experience in the A/E marketing industry and more than 35 years as a communications professional. She brings a thorough understanding of pursuit strategy, capture planning, client development, and marketing processes proven to increase win rates. Debbie joined Criado in June 2023 with an eye toward making the marketing team a key component of the firm’s growth initiatives. Her background prior to the A/E industry includes stints as a newspaper reporter, writer for a non-profit organization’s monthly magazine and healthcare public relations professional.

Trent Dewitt

Right-of-Way Project Manager

Trent Dewitt

Right-of-Way Project Manager

Trent has more than five years of experience in the real estate and right of way profession. Within this time, he has become skillful in property research, land acquisitions, and all forms of property negotiations. Trent has covered both the public and private sectors, servicing primarily the transportation and utility markets. He is a highly motivated individual with exceptional people and communication skills.