William Raba serves as President and Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors at Raba Kistner, Inc., a firm that was established in 1968 with Headquarters in San Antonio, Texas. Raba Kistner is recognized as one of the Southwest’s largest privately-owned engineering and consulting firms offering services to the construction industry, with more than 350 employees and with clients in city, county, state, and federal governments; healthcare, federal, private development and energy markets. With more than 30 years of experience, William has a solid knowledge base of business and consulting.
William has been instrumental in the success and expansion of the firm, serving in numerous roles. Under William’s leadership, Raba Kistner now has expanded its operations to locations throughout Texas, Arizona, Florida, Nebraska, Utah, and Mexico, and has been designated an Engineering News-Record “Top 500” Firm for the last 23 years.
William received his Bachelor of Science in Building Construction from Texas A&M University, and serves on the College of Architecture, Construction Industry Advisory Council. He was principal in charge of the firms’ recent project management role for the redevelopment of Kyle Field, a nationally recognized $450 million enhancement and renovation project for the TAMU football stadium in College Station. Locally, he has served on the TAMU-San Antonio Foundation Board where he has been instrumental in the development of Texas A&M University-San Antonio, from conception through the development of the existing local campus.
William has provided dependable leadership and either directly or indirectly been involved in the planning, recruitment and/or development of some of the largest San Antonio Economic Development’s relocations to our area over the last two decades. For example, as part of a community wide effort, led by County Judge Nelson Wolff, William facilitated the required federal environmental and permitting issues which helped lead Toyota into selecting Bexar County as its home for a manufacturing plant that currently employs approximately 2,000 people.
William’s civic involvement includes American Council of Independent Laboratories (ACIL), where he served as Chair of the Southern Division; Environmental Consulting Group (EFCG); the Geoprofessional Business Association (formerly the Associated Soil and Foundation Engineers – ASFE), where he’s served on the Emerging Issues and Trends Committee; and as a board member of the San Antonio United Way. He has served on San Antonio Economic Development Foundation Board of Directors and the Free Trade Alliance San Antonio Board of Directors. He has been appointed to several city council district committees dealing with infrastructure issues, and has served on many committees with the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce over the last 20 years. Currently, William is serving as Treasurer (appointed by Mayor Ivy Taylor) on the 2017 City of San Antonio $850 Million Bond Campaign.
William is very active in the community. He has served on the Northside Independent School District Citizens’ Bond Committee, including serving
as treasurer for more than 20 years, and has been involved in the successful promotion and passing of $1.9 billion in bonds for Northside to date. In addition, he has led efforts to pass bond initiatives for other area school districts in the five-county area. As an alumnus of Northside ISD, and for his efforts supporting the growth and success of the district, he was recognized with the Northside ISD Pillar of Citizenship Award. He has also been the Booster Club President at O’Connor High School.
William was responsible for starting the CYO program at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, which now has more than 200 youth participants. He also assisted the San Antonio Archdiocese with their youth sports program and sports park vision and implementation through collaboration with Bexar County’s Quality of Life bond program. He has coached youth sports for more than 15 years and continues to mentor former team members as they progress through college and enter their professional careers.
William enjoys spending time on his South Texas ranch, Olmos Grande, and is dedicated to land and wildlife conservation – a deep commitment for which he has been recognized – and he has been Wildlife Committee Chair at Oak Hills Country Club. William is a fourth-generation San Antonian who is passionate about making good decisions that have a positive impact on the all of the communities he serves. As a community-minded businessman, giving back and working for the sound politics of positive progress, are of upmost importance to him.