Executive Vice President Russell Killen Honored With Dr. Albert H. Halff Stetson Award

January 12, 2024

Retired President/CEO Mark Edwards presenting the Halff Stetson Hat Award to Russell Killen
Retired President/CEO Mark Edwards (left) presents the Stetson Award to Russell Killen.

Retired President/CEO Mark Edwards presented the Dr. Halff Stetson Award to Executive Vice President Russell Killen, honoring him for putting people first, investing in others and making a lasting impact at Halff.

Russell started his career at Halff’s Fort Worth office and quickly became a trusted project manager. Today, he is an executive vice president and works closely with all discipline-specific QA/QC managers to ensure the consistency of Halff’s quality assurance program. He has touched dozens of projects during his 41 years at Halff. Russell plans to retire in the spring of 2024.

“He’s done it all with this incredible sense of humility and grace,” Mark said. “If you’ve ever had an opportunity to work with Russell, you’re probably a better person because of it.”

History of the Hat

Halff created the Stetson Award to honor employees who reflect the people-first spirit of firm founder Dr. Halff. It recognizes someone who cares deeply about others, invests in the growth of individuals and makes a difference in our communities. The award also pays tribute to the legendary Stetson hat Dr. Halff often wore.

Photo of Halff's founder, Dr. Albert H. Halff, posing with arms crossed wearing his signature Stetson hat
Dr. Albert H. Halff posing in his signature Stetson hat.


Previous Stetson Hat Award winners include:

(2022) Director of Benefits Susie Nevitt


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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