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Snell Engineering Consultants Leadership

A great company begins with great leadership, which Snell has had since its start. Its founder, William Snell, established the firm with high standards for both structural design and client satisfaction. Years have passed since the inception of Snell Engineering Consultants, but the principles that made for a successful start have not changed. Snell still maintains expectations of quality in their services, and these expectations are furthered by exceptional leadership personnel. It is not simply qualifications or education that Snell seeks out in its leaders but also a shared belief in upholding the reputation for excellence that Snell has earned through decades of diligent work and passion for engineering.

Principal Leadership

Curtis Ross II, P.E., C.G.C.

Managing Principal

Curtis was born in South Florida and has spent his lifetime in the state. He is a graduate of the University of South Florida with a Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering with an Emphasis in Structures. Curtis has worked in construction since he was a teenager and in 2013 received his General Contractor's license in Florida.

He is a licensed PE in Alabama, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Tennessee and Texas and serves as the chairman and founder of the local Structural Engineering Institute as well as serving on the City of Sarasota's Board of Rules and Appeals. As Managing Principal at Snell Engineering Consultants, Curtis is responsible for all staffing at the company's Sarasota office as well as his design responsibilities.

Cordell Van Nostrand, S..E., P.E., S.I.

Principal, Director of Engineering

As Snell’s Director of Engineering, Cordell (Cord) Van Nostrand brings vast experience in large-scale projects. His expertise in structural engineering for larger, more complex buildings is crucial to the capable staff’s reach of services.

Cord received a Bachelor of Science in Biological Science with a Minor in Chemistry at Florida State University. He then went on to earn a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering; Structural Emphasis at the University of South Florida, where he also was named a Provost Scholar for Academic Achievement.

Stephen K. Collins, P.E.


Brian L. Snell, P.E.

Principal Emeritus