Staff Spotlight: Cliff Kendall

September 16, 2014 by Will Schnier P.E.

Cliff_Austin_Leadership1-240x240This version of the staff spotlight highlights the BIG RED DOG himself, Cliff Kendall. Cliff is a senior project designer and the only “named” BIG RED DOG Principal. Apart from his project design and management responsibilities, Cliff lends his nickname to the firm as our tribute to his level of commitment and overall performance excellence.

Cliff took his place as a BIG RED DOG shareholder in March 2011.



Where are you originally from?

Plainview, Texas.

Tell us something really interesting about you.

I had to be rescued from the side of a cliff. I was out climbing a canyon with a roommate in college.

Everyone at BIG RED DOG has a story about why they joined the team. What’s yours?

I wanted to be part of something amazing. Part of a team that wanted to make a real difference, making a change in the engineering community that will have an everlasting impact on our community & our clients, consultants and employees lives.

What drew you to the engineering field? 

I have always enjoyed numbers.

What was your first job? 

Mowing Yards.

Who or what inspires you? 

My wife & kids. They are so supportive of what I do and push me to do better.

Where’s your favorite place to eat in Austin?  

I really enjoy chilantro and homeslice pizza.

What do you like to do in your free time? 

Hang out with wife and kiddos.

What’s your favorite news source?

The internet.

Describe your ideal vacation. 

 Time with my wife and kids on a cruise.

What would be impossible for you to give up?

Bread or potatoes.

Who is your favorite sports team?

The San Antonio Spurs or Dallas Cowboys- maybe even the Texas Rangers.

Written by Will Schnier P.E.

Will Schnier P.E.

Will Schnier is the Chief Executive Officer of BIG RED DOG Engineering | Consulting. Will received his BSCE from Purdue University and co-founded BIG RED DOG Engineering and Consulting in 2009. Since starting the firm in 2009, BIG RED DOG has grown to over 100 team members with offices in Austin, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio. BIG RED DOG has garnered awards for being one of the 50 fastest growing companies in Texas (Business Journal’s Fast 50 in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015) and an ENR top 100 Design Firm in Texas and Louisiana (2012, 2103, 2014, 2015). Mr. Schnier is very well versed in the project review and development permitting process having worked closely and very successfully with City and County review staff, neighborhood associations, environmental groups, and public boards and councils. He has been responsible for the project management, engineering design, and regulatory permitting of hundreds of single family subdivision projects, mixed use and multifamily residential developments, industrial facilities and oil and gas development projects throughout Texas. He is the author of two publications: “Land Subdivision – A Practical Guide for Central Texas” and “The Book on License Agreements in the City of Austin”. Will was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Real Estate Council of Austin (RECA) in 2014 and served as Mayor Lee Leffingwell’s appointment to the City of Austin Zoning Board of Adjustment from 2011 to 2015.