Board of Directors Member

Chairmain of Freese and Nichols

Mr. Pence serves Freese and Nichols as Chairman after having served 15 years as President and CEO.   He has led Freese and Nichols into a productive expansion despite the economic challenges that followed 9/11. Under his leadership, Freese and Nichols added 12 offices, more than double their workforce and added service lines in urban planning, oil and gas and coastal engineering.  In 2010, Freese and Nichols became the first architecture/engineering firm to receive the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award for Performance Excellence.

Named 2011 CEO of the Year by the Fort Worth Business Press, Bob joined Freese and Nichols as an engineer in 1978. Throughout his time with the company, Bob has championed corporate support for professional education, fostered an atmosphere of open communication throughout the company and focused on involvement in company-wide community service projects. In 2011, CE News recognized Freese and Nichols as the Best Civil Engineering Firm to Work For in the nation among large firms.


Bob received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Texas A&M University and is a veteran of the U.S. Army.

Professional Affiliations: 

 His community service includes chairing the North Texas Commission and the local United Way campaign, and serving as an advocate for children and education in numerous endeavors. Bob was named Engineer of the Year by the Fort Worth Chapter of the Texas Society of Professional Engineers in 2008 and in 2010, a Fellow by Leadership Fort Worth.