Chris Nazar, AICP, ARTBA
Chris Nazar is a Denver-based vice president, senior planner and team leader who has delivered successful projects for clients across the Midwest. He has led teams of planners, economists and environmental specialists in preparing complex environmental documents, corridor studies and transportation plans for state departments of transportation (DOTs), metropolitan planning organizations and other government and private agencies. Using his expertise in planning, environmental studies, economic impact analyses and public involvement, Chris has helped deliver impactful projects like the Will County Community Friendly Freight Mobility Plan, Colorado’s 2040 Statewide Long-Range Transportation Plan and the I-70 First and Second Tier Environmental Impact Statements for Missouri DOT.
Known by clients as responsive, adaptable and resourceful, Chris has a passion for team-building. “The best part of my job is working collaboratively with people,” he says. “Whether planning for a corridor or a state, implementing new technology or enhancing urban mobility, I’m inspired to be on a team that continuously develops leading-edge client solutions that address current and emerging transportation challenges.”
Why CDM Smith? For me, CDM Smith is primarily about the people. I enjoy the incredible diversity of clients we work with, from state DOTs to communities to agencies, as well as the impressive technical transportation experts on our team. We have a leadership team focused on growing our transportation practices and adapting to new, multimodal technology-driven transportation. Also, as an employee-owned firm, CDM Smith’s focus on remaining in control of our own future is very important to me.
What is the best part of your work day? While my days can vary greatly, collaborative project meetings and workshops are always a highlight.
What does “listen. think. deliver.” mean to you? Listen, perhaps my favorite, represents a willingness to listen to what our clients need and to their creative ideas. Think represents our ingenuity, creativity and resourcefulness. Deliver represents how we work collaboratively to provide plans, documents and other services on time, on budget and following quality procedures that reflect the listening we did.
What’s something you enjoy doing on your day off? Embarking on a day-long hike in the mountains, curling, or perhaps enjoying a Denver Broncos game.
I’m inspired to be on a team that continuously develops leading-edge client solutions to address transportation challenges.
Chris has been to Haiti seven times to carry out educational mission-related work, most recently visiting the St. Paul School in Petit Trou de Nippes.