About Us

About US

EA Partners was founded in 1979. Over the last 37 years EA has built a reputation for a common sense approach to engineering, land development and surveying. This approach allows us to see the “Big Picture” and deliver projects on schedule and within budget. One of EA’s strengths is the longevity of employment by its employees. With little turnover in the last 37 years you can bank on working with familiar project managers rather than meeting someone new each time you need work done. Also, EA prides itself in that a partner within the firm is working on your project which eliminates time delays due to “running it up the ladder”.

Les Haney, P.E., P.L.S

Les Haney, P.E., P.L.S

Managing Partner

Founding and managing partner of EA Partners. He has spent his entire professional life designing transportation projects, one noted project being the first single point urban interchange in Kentucky. Mr. Haney is the principal-in-charge of all the firm’s transportation projects. He is experienced in all phases of project development, including drainage analysis, survey, design, pavement rehabilitation, maintenance of traffic, inspection, traffic analysis, report writing, and economical analysis.

Al Gross, P.E., P.L.S.

Al Gross, P.E., P.L.S.

Managing Partner

Founding and Managing Partner of EA Partners. Al has over forty years of experience as a design and construction professional. He is known for his big picture approach and common sense and has the ability to work under compressed schedules and to successfully deal with problems and people.

Jerry Cottingham

Jerry Cottingham

Partner

Jerry started working with EA in 1995 and became a partner in 1999. As EA Partners Design Manager Jerry has 48 years of experience working on design and construction of transportation projects. Jerry has worked on the design of over 200 miles of Kentucky highways including some of the most iconic such as the Waterson Expressway, I-64 and I-75 around Lexington, the Mountain Parkway and the AA Highway.

Rick Nunnery, P.E., P.L.S

Rick Nunnery, P.E., P.L.S

Partner

Rick began his career with EA as an intern during his college years at the University of Kentucky.  He became a partner in 2008.  Rick has worked on transportation projects across the state from U.S. 641 in Western Kentucky to U.S. 421 in Harlan County.  Rick is also experienced in land development, working on key projects such as the residential developments of Masterson Station, Chilesburg, and Glasford; as well as the commercial developments of Townley Center and Providence Business Center.

Tom Hatfield, P.E., P.L.S.

Tom Hatfield, P.E., P.L.S.

Partner

Tom became a partner at EA in 1999. He has over 28 years’ experience in highway design and is regarded as an expert in the field of hydrology and hydraulics. Tom also has served in the roll of Design Engineer for Pavement Rehabilitation and oversaw the development and design of a roundabout intersection in Western Kentucky. He also serves as project manager for land development projects.

Marc Wirtzberger, P.E.

Marc Wirtzberger, P.E.

Marc began his career with EA 17 years ago as an intern while in college at the University of Kentucky. Marc’s experience includes working on highway relocations, widening projects and rehabilitation projects. Mr. Wirtzberger has worked on numerous drainage projects involving pipe sizing, ditch analysis, FEMA Map revisions, and detention basin sizing for EA Partners. His experience includes drainage design, quantity calculations, cost estimates, erosion control plans, Right-of-Way calculations and research, Public Meeting preparation and preparation of plans and exhibits for all phases of KYTC project development.
Clive Weller, P.E., P.T.O.E.

Clive Weller, P.E., P.T.O.E.

Mr. Weller has over 22 years of transportation experience including 12 years of experience in London, England where he oversaw highway maintenance operations that included pavement rehabilitation and roadway lighting; however, he has worked the last nine years for EA Partners on Kentucky Transportation Cabinet projects.  As a professional traffic operations engineer, Mr. Weller has experience in VISSIM micro-simulation and is a Beta Tester for the HCS and CORSIM software packages.  In his time at EA Partners, Mr. Weller has delivered quality highway plans, traffic studies, access management plans, auxiliary lane designs, roundabout designs, interchange assessments and designs, and maintenance of traffic plans.
Darin Hensley, P.E.

Darin Hensley, P.E.

Mr. Hensley has over 17 years’ experience in transportation projects, including nine years as a project engineer with EA Partners. He has worked on the design of over 50 miles of Interstate widening, including the design or modification of four Interstate Interchanges.  His experience includes alignment development, plan development, pavement design, surveying, traffic control planning, erosion control planning, environmental permit preparation, and utility relocation plans.
Eric Hackworth, P.E., P.T.O.E.

Eric Hackworth, P.E., P.T.O.E.

Mr. Hackworth’s eight years of transportation experience includes four years as a Project Manager and Roadway Designer for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet in District 6. District 6 was honored with the 2012 William S. Gulick Project Excellence Award for his work on the Kentucky Speedway Project, which improved traffic flows and pedestrian safety around the racetrack after the inaugural NASCAR race was dubbed “Carmageddon.” Mr. Hackworth’s current responsibilities include project management, alignment development, overseeing plan production, pavement design, traffic analysis, processing LiDAR data, and report writing.
Jeff Clark, EIT

Jeff Clark, EIT

Mr. Clark has over thirty-three years of experience in the surveying and design of sanitary sewers, storm sewers, stormwater management facilities, and transportation projects. Mr. Clark is responsible for coordination of the firm’s surveying operations including scheduling, construction staking, boundary surveys, and as-built verification surveys.

Lindsay Griggs, EIT

Lindsay Griggs, EIT

Ms. Griggs began her career with EA Partners as an intern while attending the University of Kentucky and joined EA Partners full time upon her graduation. During her time at EA Partners, her efforts have been focused on roadway and drainage design across two sections of the Mountain Parkway, including “Restaurant Row” in Salyersville.  Ms. Griggs has become an integral part of the EA Partners Team and is essentially the go-to individual of our production staff exhibiting understanding and a desire to learn.  Ms. Griggs has experience in the development of alignments, drainage design, plan production, and quantity estimation for pavement and general quantities.
Kyle Rice, EIT

Kyle Rice, EIT

Mr. Rice began his career with EA Partners as an intern while attending the University of Kentucky and joined EA Partners full time upon his graduation.  He has consistently been involved in the development of major projects at EA Partners.  Mr. Rice has been exposed to and excelled at a variety of tasks under the umbrella of highway design.  In his short career, he has worked on highway plans for multiple projects of a “high-profile” nature including the I-24 & I-69 Interchange in Marshall County and the U.S. 460 Mountain Parkway Extension (“Restaurant Row”).  Mr. Rice has experience in the development of highway plans, drainage design, HEC-RAS modeling, and quantity estimation for drainage and general quantities.
Michelle Ruberg, EIT

Michelle Ruberg, EIT

Ms. Ruberg, the most recent addition to EA Partners design team, is a 2013 graduate of the University of Kentucky and had two years of transportation project experience before joining EA Partners in February of 2015.  Ms. Ruberg has experience in the development of horizontal and vertical alignments using Microstation in addition to her experience in drainage design, deed writing, and cost estimating.
Rory Kahly, RLA

Rory Kahly, RLA

Mr. Kahly has over twenty years of experience on various landscaping design projects including Landscaping Plans for subdivision, commercial and professional developments, as well as transportation projects. Mr. Kahly has also worked with EA Partners’ engineers on each of our trail projects to ensure that not only bikeway standards were met but to ensure that the design did minimal disturbance. He has worked with LFUCG, KYTC, TVA, U.S. Forest Service, Kentucky Trails to Trails Council, and worked on numerous multi-use projects.
David Blackburn, RLA

David Blackburn, RLA

Mr. Blackburn has over thirty-one years of experience on various site and landscape design projects including plans for commercial and professional developments, streetscapes and roadside enhancements.

Other Personnel

Numerous:

  • CADD Technicians
  • Land Surveyors
  • Construction Inspectors
  • Administrative and Clerical staff