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ms Q+A: Chuck Nash

Maggie Kearns Francis

July 20, 2020

Chuck in 100 Words or Less

I am the PA Transportation Practice Leader and have been at ms for 20 years.


I knew early in life I wanted to design highways. My father was a designer for PennDOT and would always proudly show us his projects. I am blessed to be able to serve in such a noble profession and enjoy the satisfaction of seeing our projects come to fruition.


My path to this position was less than traditional as I worked full time for a contractor while I went to school. I also interned with PennDOT, then did some construction inspection before landing my first design position. My construction experience has proven to be of great value for my career.


I am very blessed to have two wonderful teenage daughters that command most of my free time. I also have a dog and two cats which keeps things interesting. I like to ride my motorcycles for stress relief and listen to my radio a little too loud.

The Speed Round

What was your first job?

I delivered newspapers, cut grass, and went to the store for my neighbors when I was a kid. My first “real” job was bussing tables at Eat’n Park.


What is one item on your bucket list?

Ride my motorcycle cross country


If you could instantly become an expert in something, what would it be?

Understanding autism


Read a good book or watch a good movie?

Love both, but find it tougher to make time to read books recreationally.


Night owl or early bird?

I have always been an early bird. No traffic and no phones for a couple of hours every morning. More time to enjoy each day!


If you had an extra hour of time in each day, how would you use it?

Enjoying my kids…they grow up fast.


Listener or talker?

Try to be both.


Best vacation spot?

Anywhere on my bike or relaxing at the beach.


What household chore do you hate the most?

No one likes to clean the bathroom.


Salty or sweet?



Best concert you’ve been to?

Stevie Wonder…and I didn’t expect that to be the case. Highly recommend if you get a chance to see him.


Favorite band/artist?

Tough one…probably Aerosmith…their first six albums are solid.

Tell Us More

What is the most surprising thing you’ve learned while working at ms?

I am surprised I am now the old guy in the office. How did that happen?


What sets ms apart from other engineering & architecture firms?

Our people. Our lineup of young dynamic talent is unmatched. I am blessed to be a part of this great family environment.


What project are you most proud to have been a part of, and why?

The Southern Beltway. We were very fortunate to have such a great opportunity. I can’t wait until I am riding that road.


What would you go back and tell your 22 year old self?

Enjoy your hair while you have it haha


What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

Riding my bikes.


Any final words?

Be thankful for health and happiness. Make the most of each day, as each day is a gift.