The board of directors of Draper Aden Associates announced that Jeffrey Lighthiser, P.E. will assume the role of chief executive officer and president on January 1, 2010.  Bill Aden, P.E., current president and CEO, will continue to serve as chairman of the board and work full time for the firm. This change is part of a long-planned transition that has been structured to move the firm into the next generation of leadership.

Lighthiser, currently executive vice president and director of marketing and strategic growth, brings 33 years of engineering and management experience to the post. He was instrumental in establishing the Richmond office and served as office manager for 22 years. Jeff also currently holds the position of Site Planning and Engineering Division director and is a member of the board of directors.

Lighthiser is a registered professional engineer in six states and has a BS in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech.

Bill Aden, co-founder of Draper Aden Associates, will remain active with the firm in business development efforts and will take on special strategic projects for firm growth opportunities. He will continue his role in project work and mentoring.

Draper Aden Associates, founded in 1972, is an engineering, environmental, and surveying firm with offices in Blacksburg, Charlottesville, Hampton Roads, and Richmond, VA.  For more information, visit