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Leadership Team

Joan Hennessey, CPA

President
Why do I do what I do?

I’m very proud to carry on my dad’s tradition of providing a great place to work. That is very important to me. My dad said, “Everyone has their place and their own story. That’s what makes us strong.” I also enjoy using my accounting and business skills to help the communities we serve, mostly by procuring federal grants for infrastructure projects. We maximize the dollars to benefit the community.

What do I do in my off-hours?

My free time is spent with family and friends. I enjoy sharing our place in Northern Michigan.

John Hennessey, PE

Vice President
Why do I do what I do?

I grew up in this industry. Every weekend my father would take me to construction sites to observe the work and ensure the quality was up to his standards. I learned what they were doing and why. Some of the more interesting projects he brought me on required night excavations, which really piqued my interest in civil engineering. He was proud that his work improved the lives of many communities in Southeast Michigan.Now, our overriding goal as a company is to positively impact the dozens of communities we serve by maintaining and improving infrastructure and providing safe, accessible recreational outlets for families and residents.

What do I do in my off-hours?

I am curious by nature. I enjoy traveling and learning about new places and its history. It’s best when I combine that with skiing.

Meet Your Team

Ahmad Ali

Project Manager
Civil Engineering Group
Construction Engineering Group
Why do I do what I do?

As a young boy growing up in Lebanon, I witnessed the destruction of my country. Bombings occurred regularly, so roadways and bridges needed to be reconstructed often. I observed how civil engineers quickly designed and constructed alternative methods. I knew then that I wanted to be a civil engineer.

What do I do in my off-hours?

My family is everything. I enjoy spending time with them.

Michael Brock

Project Manager
Civil Engineering Group
Why do I do what I do?

Before I went to college, my dad and I built houses together. There was something special about using your hands to create something tangible. During college, I worked in land surveying while studying civil engineering, which brought it all together. Today, I enjoy helping people with their projects and challenges. I can help with property issues, design, planning, and construction. Helping the little guy on the street realize his dream is rewarding.

What do I do in my off-hours?

With three kids, I am either coaching my daughters’ softball team or volunteering to help my son in marching band. I am also the Vice-Chair of the Brownstown Township Planning Commission.

Debby Brauer, CPSM

Marketing Director
Why do I do what I do?

I grew up wanting to be either a female Walter Cronkite or a reporter for Rolling Stone magazine. I love interviewing people and finding out why they tick. So, why Marketing? It marries research, writing, creativity, and connecting with people to create an environment where business thrives. Continuously learning and celebrating success makes me happy.

What do I do in my off-hours?

I love cooking for family and friends because it brings them joy. I also need a regular dose of Vitamin D–sunshine. Playing outside and getting dirty is fun. My bucket list includes hiking in every national park.

Alan Cruz, PE

Project Manager
Civil Engineering Group
Why do I do what I do?

Design is in my blood. My father was an architect and worked on several large automotive construction projects. That gave me exposure to the world of design and construction. I chose civil engineering because it combined the creativity of architecture with the precision of engineering and math. It’s a wonderful feeling when your project comes to life.

What do I do in my off-hours?

I get outside and walk my dog, or most often, we run. I also have a great group of friends that enjoy a glass of bourbon or two.

James Hollandsworth, PS, PE

Project Manager
Civil Engineering Group
Survey Group
Why do I do what I do?

I grew up building things. That drew me into architecture first, followed by civil engineering, then land surveying. Designing and constructing buildings is my passion. Land surveying brings it all together. It ties together the history of a place or community by identifying what was there before and what will be.

What do I do in my off-hours?

My Up North getaway is my fun place. Spending time with my family, especially my granddaughter, is precious. I am also an amateur photographer.

Robert Hornyak, PS

Project Manager
Survey Group
Why do I do what I do?

I needed a summer job in high school and worked for a land surveying company. Six summers later, and after a change in majors, I chose land surveying for my career. It’s a good mix of math and history. Did you know that three out of the four presidents on Mount Rushmore were land surveyors? Land surveying went hand in hand with the establishment of this country.

What do I do in my off-hours?

I get outside and play golf, cycle, or kayak. I also love spending time with my two dogs.

Troy Nuccio, PE

Project Manager
Civil Engineering Group
Why do I do what I do?

As a little kid, I was fascinated with construction crews at work. Whether it was a building site or road crew, I thought, “that’s what I want to do when I grow up.” I discovered civil engineering and knew it was the right place for me. I love the process of creating and designing that turns into a structure or finished project. I also love the positive impact it makes on a community.

What do I do in my off-hours?

Whether it’s at the beach, park, or home, spending time with my wife and children is the best. That is what makes me happy. I also love playing golf and hockey.

Charles Smith

Project Manager
Construction Engineering Group
Why do I do what I do?

Our work makes a positive impact in each community we serve. I love making sure things get done correctly. Right now, my motivation comes from mentoring young engineers and inspectors, giving them the confidence to move forward in their careers. Teaching them the foundations of construction engineering and management keeps the industry strong.

What do I do in my off-hours?

Helping people makes me happy. I feel like it’s our responsibility to take care of each other. I also LOVE BBQ and cooking for family and friends. Anytime we can be together is a blessing.

“My dad said, ‘Everyone has their place and their own story. That’s what makes us strong.’ I believe that, too. Everyone at Hennessey Engineers plays a special part in our culture and our success.”Joan Hennessey, CPAPresident