Larry Frevert
Vice President/National Program Director of Public Works
HDR Engineering Inc.

You may remember Larry Frevert as the APWA's 2007/08 president. But his four-decade career doesn't begin or end with the prestigious title.

Over the years Frevert has worn many hats. District maintenance and traffic engineer. Division engineer. Street and traffic deputy. Acting director of public works — all with Kansas City, Mo. He's also been a construction inspector for Missouri DOT. Now he markets HDR's water expertise to local governments.

Jason Waldron, HDR's transportation project manager, remembers attending a reception with Frevert years ago: “There were high-ranking agency and elected officials, and Larry's attention was in high demand. But he made the time to introduce me to his many friends and colleagues. I formed several relationships as a result of those introductions.”

Frevert also taught Waldron how to successfully solicit community support for projects.

As Kansas City's Deputy Director of Public Works in 1998 -2001, Frevert led a public meetings team that met with neighborhoods to coordinate improvements when the city's leased streetlight system fell into disrepair. He then joined a negotiation team that bought the system from the local utility company and implemented a design-build upgrade, providing residents with top-of-the-line street lighting.

In 1993, Frevert protected the city from the possibility of more flood damage along the Mississippi and Missouri rivers by chairing the city's levee committee.

“Larry has a reputation for leading successful public-involvement activities,” says Waldron.