Specialization: Systems Engineering, Business Culture, Leadership, Team Building, Organizational Development.
Topics: 5.5 Steps to Creating Culture, System Engineers are the Silo Busters, Mustang the Story in 30 Minutes.
William (Bill) Higgs is a distinguished 1974 Graduate (top 5% academically) of the United States Military Academy at West Point, an honor graduate of the Army Ranger School, and King of the Pits during the Vietnam era. After Airborne and Atomic Demolitions courses, he commanded a Combat Engineering Company in the 1st Cavalry Division Airmobile. He was honorably discharged from the Army in 1979 as a Captain.
With two partners Bill started Mustang Engineering, Inc. in Houston, Texas in 1987 to design and build offshore oil platforms. Mustang qualified for two straight years as one of the “Inc. 500 Fastest Growing Companies in America” and was the top ranked engineering firm. Mustang won the “Innovate Houston” award for being the most “People” oriented company in Houston. This award confirmed the “People Oriented… Project Driven” motto of Mustang and affirmed Bill’s passion for team-building and organizational development.
Mustang developed a brand known across the globe for delivering the toughest projects on time and on schedule and helped change a significant part of the hydrocarbon industry from “win-lose” contracting to “win-win.” Starting in 1993, Mustang expanded into refinery/petrochemical, pipelines, Automation and Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) while establishing offices in eight countries. In 1996, Mustang established an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP), sold to the Wood Group in 2000 and turned management over to the 2nd generation leadership in 2006. In 2008, Mustang delivered $1 billion in revenues and Bill, along with partner Paul Redmon, retired as co-CEO.
Bill is the author of, Mustang the Story, following three men on a mission to create an engineering firm in a struggling Houston economy in mid 1987. The founders share what they’ve learned over the span of their twelve-year reign in hopes to inspire other businesses looking to apply the simple principles that catapulted the humble trio to more than 5,500 people in the highly competitive offshore energy industry.
Bill is a Stage IV cancer survivor. He received the Distinguished Eagle (only 2,000 worldwide since inception in 1969) and Silver Beaver awards from the Boy Scouts of America for exceptional service. He also received the Engineering and Construction Contracting Associations (ECC) 2004 Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of “Visionary Leadership in the Process Industry.”