TOP TEN MOST POWERFUL PEOPLE IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY #9: BOBBY ADAMS, CIVIL ENGINEER.
The 9th most powerful person in Montgomery County at the present time is Bobby Adams, a civil engineer and Vice President of Halff Associates, Inc., an engineering and project management firm based in Richardson. Adams lives in Spring in north Harris County and will be the only person on the Top Ten List who does not reside in Montgomery County.
For the purpose of this discussion, I generally define “power” as the ability to get things done in our community. So if someone has specific business or political goals and can get them done for himself or herself or for others, then they have power.
There is little question that Adams falls in that definition of power, even though there is a serious prospect that his influence may diminish.
Adams is the son of the late Jim Adams, former Executive Director of the San Jacinto River Authority (SJRA) and one of the most popular leaders to have lived in Montgomery County in the last 50 years. Bobby Adams attended Sam Rayburn High School and received his engineering degree at Texas A&M University in 1981. He has worked for Halff Associates since 2007.
Adams derives his power from many sources in addition to his father’s sterling reputation. Adams is a competent engineer, but he is mostly a master backroom politician and rainmaker for any engineering firm which employs him. His best friend is one Craig Doyal, currently serving as Montgomery County Judge. Adams was the best man at Doyal’s wedding when Doyal married his current wife, Amy. Adams and Doyal are business partners and spend a lot of business and leisure time together, especially on the golf course. Adams is also one of the shadowy figures lurking behind Doyal’s massive legal defense fund. As County Judge, Doyal has awarded his pal millions of dollars of county contracts during the past two years.
Adams’ connection to the SJRA gives him enormous power in our community. The SJRA controls the water and water pricing of The Woodlands, numerous cities in Montgomery County, and numerous private utilities as well. Adams has consistently obtained lucrative engineering contracts from SJRA for whatever engineering firm he’s represented. Some people would argue that Adams gets from SJRA what he wants from SJRA and that he can do the same for his clients. Remember, that SJRA largely controls the Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District (LSGCD), which greatly influences water use by numerous municipalities (including the City of Conroe) as well as real estate developments. County Judge Craig Doyal and Adams have carefully worked to ensure SJRA’s continued control over LSGCD’s board, which has greatly benefitted SJRA and Adams.
As far as engineering business, water policy, road development, and county contracts, Bobby Adams largely gets what Bobby Adams or his firms want.
Adams has enormous kinetic energy and somewhat waning potential energy. Congratulations to him for making the Top Ten List.
CURRENT TOP TEN MOST POWER PEOPLE IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY LIST:
#9 Bobby Adams, Civil Engineer.
#10 Rand Henderson, Sheriff-Elect.