Our Executives

Our Executives

Our Executives:

Tommy Mathews, President:

Tommy Mathews, PG, REM is President and founder of Westward. Mr. Mathews has testified numerous times before the Texas Legislature, works as an expert on land use issues and as a liaison between industry and community groups. He frequently serves on stakeholders and task groups at the state and national level working on various environmental issues that impact industry. Mr. Mathews is a Registered Professional Geoscientist (PG) and Registered Environmental Manager (REM). He has served on the Environmental Committees of the National Stone Sand and Gravel Association, Associated General Contractors of Texas, Texas Hot Mix Asphalt Pavement Association, and the Texas Aggregate and Concrete Association. He is currently serving as Chairman of the Guadalupe Blanco River Authority and Guadalupe Blanco River Trust.

Gary Nicholls, Senior Vice President Operations:

Gary Nicholls, PE is Senior Vice President, Principal Engineer for Westward. He is a professional engineer with over thirty years of experience in the construction, aggregates, and construction material industries. Mr. Nicholls is responsible for management and supervision of air permitting, Edwards Aquifer Protection Program Plans, Spill Prevention Control, and Countermeasures Plans, civil engineering designs, as well as employee training and development of company technical policies. In addition, Gary worked with the TCEQ Edwards Aquifer Protection Program and the Lower Colorado River Authority developing their Technical Guidance related to quarry operations.

Rick Mathews, Senior Vice President Business Development & Administration:

Rick Mathews, CSIP, CESCO is the Senior Vice President of Westward. He has over thirty years of experience in the construction, aggregates, and environmental consulting industries. His primary responsibilities include managing environmental issues relative to these industries. Mr. Mathews has prepared plans, permit applications, and conducted site assessments for over 150 facilities in Texas. His daily duties include project management, customer relations, acting as liaison with regulatory agencies and development of internal company programs.


Curt Campbell, Vice President Engineering & Natural Resources:

Mr. Campbell, PE, CFM, LEED AP ND has fourteen years of experience as a civil engineering consultant with a primary focus on industrial land development.  As Vice President at Westward, Mr. Campbell is responsible for the oversight of all engineering, natural resources, and geology projects at Westward.  His experience includes floodplain analysis, hydrology & hydraulics, public water systems, federal/state/local permitting, groundwater analysis, impoundment design, roadway design, 404 permitting, and mine planning. Mr. Campbell specializes in the John Graves Scenic River Way Permit, TCEQ Edwards Aquifer Permitting, and site design for Ready Mix Concrete facilities. Mr. Campbell holds licenses to practice engineering in Texas, Florida, and New Mexico. He is also a Certified Floodplain Manager with the Texas Floodplain Management Association and is a LEED Accredited Professional in Neighborhood Development with the US Green Building Council. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Cow Creek Groundwater Conservation District, GMA 9 Representative on the South-Central Texas Regional Water Planning Group and as the former president of the American Society of Civil Engineers San Antonio Branch.

Melissa Fitts, Vice President Permitting & Compliance:

Mrs. Fitts has fourteen years of experience in environmental consulting, specializing in the construction, aggregates, and construction materials industries. As Vice President at Westward, Mrs. Fitts is responsible for the oversight of all permitting and compliance projects. With her extensive knowledge in air permitting regulations and strategy, she has provided creative solutions for the construction and mining industries in Texas and multiple other states. Her primary focus is on air permit application processing, environmental compliance, emissions calculations, air dispersion modeling, public notice coordination, public meeting/hearing participation, computer-aided drafting (CAD), and sitemap and flow diagram generation. She is also responsible for project management, coordination, tracking, and correspondence with clients and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ). In addition, Mrs. Fitts serves as Chair of the Environmental and Sustainability Committee for the Texas Aggregates and Concrete Association.

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