August 31, 2006
From the Boardroom
Francis P. Hubach Jr. (Frank)
Frank Hubach is Partner-in-Charge in Dallas. Prior to his appointment to that position in 1992, he was coordinator of the Firm's real estate practice. He has extensive experience in the areas of acquisition, disposition, management, leasing, and financing of commercial properties on behalf of developers, institutional investors, and lenders. In addition, he has participated in securitized real estate transactions, including tax-exempt bond and Eurobond financings. Frank also has extensive experience in the reorganization and restructuring of real estate partnerships and joint ventures. He is a member of the Dallas Bar Association. Hubach attended John Carroll University (B.A. 1965) and the University of Michigan (Associate Editor, Law Review; Order of the Coif; J.D. magna cum laude 1968).
JOE I. NOVOA, P.E.
Joe was born in Havana Cuba in 1942. In 1959, after graduation from High School and Land Surveying School he went to work for the City of Havana's Public Works Department as an instrument man in a survey crew. He worked on the construction layout on Cuba's equivalent of Red Square and the expansion of the main airport in Havana. During this time he attended the University of Havana's School of Engineering but had to drop out because of the university's requiring him to join the people's militia as a condition to remain in school. After the ill-fated Bay of Pig Invasion it was obvious that communism was going to last for a while. Joe and his family left everything behind and emigrated to the US in search of freedom.
Arriving in Dallas in October 1961 he was employed by Albert H. Halff Associates as an instrument man in a survey crew. While working full time at Halff Associates, he attended college at Southern Methodist University and graduated from SMU in 1970 with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering.
Jose rose through the ranks at Halff Associates becoming President in 1981 and Chairman of the Board in 1997. During the 42 years of tenure the firm has been able to become one of the largest and best respected consulting engineering company in Dallas, employing today more than 350 people with five offices in Texas. Some of the many projects he has worked on are:
The Cole Park Underground Storm Water Retention Basin. A complex of tunnels and pumps, under Cole Park in Dallas, used to temporarily store excess storm water originating from Central Expressway. This project was selected by the National Society of Professional Engineers as One of the Ten Outstanding Engineering Achievements in the US in 1994.
Alliance Airport in Fort Worth Texas, the first and only cargo/industrial airport in this country. A project that took from starting of the design to landing of the first 757 aircraft a total of 21 months.
To date Joe has worked in over 35 industrial parks covering more than 25,000 acres. Including seven industrial parks in Mexico.
While serving as a volunteer in the Trinity River Corridor Citizens Committee he proposed, a revolutionary transportation solution which was widely accepted, the Trinity Parkway, a freeway along the Trinity River Levees that would relief the downtown Dallas mixmaster , (The mixmaster was selected as one of the ten worst segments of highway in the US) while providing flood protection to Dallas and reclaiming the floodway for recreational purposes.
He was awarded the American Society of Civil Engineers Samuel Greeley Award in 1986 for his work on sludge solidification. In 1987 Joe was appointed to the Texas State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers, became Chairman in 1993 and served until 1994. In 1988 he received the high honor of been selected as Engineer of the year by the Dallas Chapter of the Texas Society of Professional Engineers. In 1996 he was selected to receive the Outstanding Engineering Achievement Award by the American Society of Civil Engineers, Dallas Branch. He has been president of the Dallas Branch of ASCE and became a Fellow in ASCE in 1994. Joe and his wife and first and only mate Maggie, are avid blue water sailors and have managed to sail all of the Caribbean, most of the Mediterranean, and in parts of Australia and the South Pacific.