About Our Founder: Bob Haaland
"Bob Haaland was like no other business consultant I have ever worked with. He was an outstanding engineer with vision, passion and a great knack for solving complex problems. Bob was an equally effective businessman consistently seeking the most effective way to deliver the maximum value to his company’s clients.
"His biggest legacy was to The Haaland Group family. Bob was not a one-man shop. He trained a fine team of professionals who have continued to carry his passion and commitment for excellence and service into each project."
–Arlen Miller, Master Builder for Dos Vientos Ranch
The Haaland Group is a reflection of the values and leadership of a single outstanding individual.
Bob Haaland, R.C.E., established The Haaland Group in 1971, but his career began long before that, after earning his civil engineering degree from Montana State University in 1959. Early in his apprenticeship, he surveyed and mapped territory in Yellowstone National Park.
From the start, his reputation for creativity, high ethical standards and exemplary service to his clients and to the industry marked Bob as someone who would accomplish great things.
"We always looked upon Bob not as our civil engineer, but as part of our development family. We relied upon his advice, counsel and participation in major financial, legal and political issues facing each project, not to mention exclusively for engineering decisions."
- Wayne Hill, Project Manager for Black Mountain Ranch
Bob’s vision for undeveloped land was keen. After settling in Thousand Oaks, CA in 1963, he quickly made it his mission to map and memorize every square inch of Thousand Oaks and beyond. His planning acumen touched many of the firm’s finest developments such as Dos Vientos Ranch, The Village at Newbury Park and The Oaks Mall.
"Bob Haaland was a visionary who stepped forward to plan the City of Thousand Oaks to maintain its open space character."
- Frank Schillo, Ventura County Supervisor
Working with Jack Nicklaus and David Murdock’s development company, Castle and Cooke, Bob planned the Lake Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks. Golf courses became his specialty, along with other special projects including Black Mountain Ranch in San Diego, CA and Blue Rock Country Club in Hayward, CA.
Bob’s leadership came from his "can-do" philosophy that encouraged innovation and creativity from everyone with whom he worked. Bob would often tell his team, "It’s amazing how much can be accomplished when it doesn’t matter who gets the credit." This philosophy is one of his greatest enduring legacies to the firm today.
"Bob Haaland had this energetic and creative vision that somehow transcended engineering into other professional design venues such as planning, landscape architecture and golf design. He has given us all insight into these design elements and his creative spirit lives on in all of us who were blessed to work with him."
- Cal Olson, P.E., L.A., Golf Course Architect
The Haaland Group continues to operate under the same principles under which Bob founded the company: innovation, responsiveness, and synergy. Bob’s leadership created an enduring culture where multiple engineering and consulting disciplines are brought together to the advantage of our clients and our community, delivering exceptional value and lasting benefits.
Philanthropic Vision… Community Involvement
Known for his intense community involvement, Bob donated his firm’s resources and time to build Casa Pacifica, a public-private partnership facility for abused and abandoned children in Camarillo; the Discovery Center, Under One Roof and Senior Concerns facilities in Thousand Oaks. Bob also made significant and in-kind contributions to the Thousand Oaks Teen Center, the Conejo Valley YMCA, Community Conscience and numerous other charities and youth organizations.
Bob continues to make his mark on the community. He donated land to facilitate an innovative public/private partnership within the City of Thousand Oaks for an alternate route south of the 101 freeway at Moorpark Road, which will improve safety for local residents. Without Bob’s involvement, the project would have taken years longer to complete at a much higher cost to the City. Recently, the City of Thousand Oaks has named the extension of Rolling Oaks Drive after him.
He was a member of the Thousand Oaks Chamber of Commerce for 24 years and an active member of the Conejo Valley Optimist Club for over 30 years. In 1999, the Thousand Oaks Chamber of Commerce named him "Man of the Year."> In December 2000, Bob was named a Life Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).
Bob made many other significant contributions to the community. In 1999, he was named Director Emeritus of Hospice of the Conejo and was drafted onto the board for an unprecedented fourth two-year term. As part of his involvement, he created an endowment fund to assist in preserving vitally needed services for the terminally ill and their loved ones.