Brian Snyder, PE, has graduated from LEAD Hampton Roads Signature Program as part of its Class of 2018. He joins 1,500 fellow alumni who are committed to making a positive impact through their leadership efforts as the Hampton Roads region continues to grow. Established 30 years ago, LEAD Hampton Roads is one of the oldest and largest leadership organizations in the Commonwealth of Virginia. It focuses on developing the leaders of tomorrow through education and experience. Offering three programs (the Signature Program, Launch30 Program, and eXcel Leadership Academy), the organization provides learning and development opportunities to experienced leaders, young professionals aged 21-29, and junior and senior high school students.
The theme for the 2018 class was Innovation, and Brian gained insight into ways the Hampton Roads Region connects through governmental framework, economic development, the arts, culture and tourism, education, and transportation and infrastructure. He shares that what he found most compelling was how many examples of innovation in Hampton Roads are hiding in plain sight, such as the innovative use of technology by the Port of Virginia and Newport News Shipyard, and the Mariner’s Museum’s focus on connecting people to water, rather than serving as merely a home for artifacts.
Brian is a structural engineer in Clark Nexsen’s Virginia Beach office. As an emerging leader, he demonstrates a commitment to innovative design and incorporates Lean principles into the firm’s operations and design practice. His professional experience includes federal, municipal, waterfront, and higher education projects.