Robert H. (Holly) Holder, PEPrincipal, Director of Environmental
Holly Holder has always had a love for the West Texas land. From being raised on a cotton farm to studying stormwater hydrology with a passion for drainage analysis – his love and passion have always remained the same.
Holder has used that passion for more than 35 years as a civil engineer and currently serves as Principal and PSC’s Director of Environmental. He has spent the last several years as the company’s lead professional engineer for solid waste management projects – from permitting to construction. His experience with landfill cell development includes new lining projects, groundwater monitoring and analysis, landfill gas control systems, and daily engineering operational aspects — all while emphasizing the importance of being a good steward of the environment and Building Community.
“It means to bring everyone’s ideas into the project discussion and then jointly celebrating those successes with not only the client but the project team as well.”
Holly’s three decades of solid waste engineering experience on a multitude of facilities have helped him develop a thorough knowledge of solid waste operations and regulations. He believes in giving back to the industry and is serving on the Board of Directors of Solid Waste Association of North America’s Texas Chapter. He is also on his second 6-year appointment to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality’s Municipal Solid Waste and Resource Recovery Advisory Council. He is a past president of the Caprock Branch for the American Society of Civil Engineers and was named Engineer of the Year in 2011 by the South Plains Chapter of Texas Society of Professional Engineers.
Why did you choose PSC?
“I was living in Houston for the first 10 years after I graduated from college. I was looking for a firm closer to home, but one that still would challenge me as an engineer with a variety of civil related projects. I looked at firms all over West Texas, but PSC was the one that rose to the top.”
Why did you choose your profession?
“It started as a love of the land. Raised on a cotton farm, I was always fascinated with weather and the impacts it has on soil. That led to my decision in college to Civil Engineering where my focus was on storm water hydrology and hydraulics which is an important aspect of managing projects erosional issues both during and after construction.”
What are your hobbies and interests?
“I love to golf (though I am not very good) and snow skiing. I love to read about Texas history and World War II.”
What are your outside affiliations?
“I am a member of First Baptist Church in Lubbock and held various positions there over the years. I am a member of the Ranching Heritage Association at the National Ranching Heritage Center on the Texas Tech University Campus. Past Rotary Club member and still believe in the core principles which govern Rotary.”
What is a unique or interesting tidbit about yourself?
“My family and the fact that we are all very close. My wife Dee Ann and grown daughters Lane Pender and Leigh Holder are what keep me centered. In a past life I was a lead guitar player in a rock band all through high school and well into college. During that time, I had a Western Swing phase where I learned to play the fiddle, something I still enjoy doing today.”
- 2011 Engineer of the Year - Texas Society of Professional Engineers, South Plains Chapter