Willem “Willy” Van Hemert, PE

Willy founded CRW in 1981. After graduating from the University of Michigan in 1972, Willy and his wife, Rose, came to Alaska in 1974. Their intention was to stay for the summer, but they fell in love with Alaska and never left. Willy’s accomplishments include Engineer of the Year, Alaska Engineering Societies; Individual of the Year, American Public Works Association; and the Merit Award and Chairman’s Award, National Society of Professional Engineers. He is an active community member, participating in a number of community events and organizations.  Willy enjoys hiking, skiing, biking, running and spending time at the family cabin in Willow. In his younger days, Willy and his wife, Rose, summited Mt. Denali. (Talk about setting high goals!) Willy was an active and vital contract manager at CRW for many civil infrastructure-improvement projects throughout Alaska. He retired in September of 2019.