Inside Halff: A Look at December 2023

January 10, 2024

December was swirling with end-of-year excitement, a heartfelt farewell and more. Dive in to read more about the holiday cheer and accomplishments at Halff!

Tribute to Mark | HCI Updates | Teaming Together | Halff Bag Travels

Featured Work

Railyard Park is a 1.2-acre multi-feature park and amphitheater neighboring the historic downtown Waxahachie. It has helped revitalize the downtown area, attracting people for a variety of events year-round. This award-winning resilient park and its facilities are also uniquely designed to withstand flooding.

Halff provided landscape architecture, planning, flood infrastructure design, and MEP services.

Railyard Park at Christmastime during dusk in Waxahachie, Texas

Tribute to Mark

Halff’s previous President/CEO Mark Edwards (pictured left) officially retired on Dec. 31, 2023. He joined the firm in 1990 and served as the firm’s fifth president/CEO from 2020-2023. Mark successfully and gracefully led the firm through the tumultuous Covid-19 pandemic, created the beloved Halff Home Run Award, helped establish the Halff Community Initiative (HCI), bolstered Halff’s presence in the oil and gas market, and accomplished much more. Mark will be incredibly missed, and has left a heartfelt impact on Halff and its people.

Jessica Baker Daily is now serving as Halff’s sixth president and CEO, effective Jan. 1, 2024.

Retired President/CEO Mark Edwards holding his Halff Home Run bat award next to upcoming President and CEO Jessica Baker Daily


HCI Updates

McAllen volunteers participated in a toy drive to benefit the Boys and Girls Club of McAllen!

Halff volunteers for HCI in McAllen standing around Christmas tree with donations for Boys and Girls Club of McAllen

Multiple offices participated in the Salvation Army Angel Tree program that provides Christmas gifts for hundreds of thousands of children and senior adults around the country each year.

Collage of Halff offices participating in the Salvation Army Angel Tree program

Erik Verduzco from Houston presented HCI’s $1,000 donation to Camp Hope, to help with end-of-year needs for the veterans that they help to live healthy lives after combat.

Erik Verduzco from Halff's Houston office presenting HCI's $1,000 check to Camp Hope

Through HCI and employee donations, the Tallahassee office purchased more than $1,500 worth of gifts for Toys for Tots.

Tallahassee Halff office collage of Toys for Tots participation

Frisco volunteers helped set up Frisco Family Services’ holiday store for Silver Bells, which serves seniors, and the family Christmas store. Setup included decorating trees, unloading gifts and organizing the room.

Frisco office volunteering at Frisco Family Services' holiday store setup


Teaming Together

All Halff offices and teams celebrated the holiday season with special Christmas party dinners, themed activities, outings and more! View the collage below for a featured handful of the festivities and fun.

Collage of Halff Christmas parties in December 2023

McAllen colleagues wrapped up the year with a paint night at the office.

McAllen team buiding painting activity

The Leadership Team mixed and mingled with employees in Corpus Christi during their latest office visit.

Leadership team visit at Halff's Corpus Christi office

Ladies from Richardson attended the Women in Transportation (WTS) corporate sponsor happy hour together.

Richardson ladies attending the Women in Transportation (WTS) corporate happy hour

Jacksonville’s Water Resources team grabbed their kayaks and headed to Simpson Creek for their team-building time.

Halff's Jacksonville employees going kayaking for team building activity


Halff Bag Travels

Tiffany Lowe recently completed two climbs: Guadalupe Peak in the Guadalupe Mountains National Park (pictured left) and Emory Peak in Big Bend National Park.

Phillip Newsome enjoyed the snowfall in Colorado Springs while visiting for the holidays.

Halff bag travels collage for the month of December 2023

Read more about the History of the Halff bag here.


Halff sits at No. 15 nationally in the companies with 1,000 to 2,499 employees in the 2023 Top Workplaces USA award rankings presented by Energage. In 2022, Halff was recognized as a Top Workplace in Austin, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio. We have also been recognized as a Top Workplace in Austin and Dallas eight times each since 2015, six times in Houston since 2016 and for the second consecutive year in San Antonio this year.

Cumulatively, Halff has been recognized as a Top Workplace 25 times.


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