George graduated from Lake Highlands High School in Dallas, Texas. Graduated with a bachelor's degree in communications from Saint Edward's University. Graduated with a bachelor of science degree in construction engineering technology from Columbia Pacific University. Completed the graduate certificate program in hazardous materials management from the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology at Oklahoma State University.
After thirty years of service, George Hatt retired in 2017 as Chief Executive Officer and Senior Principal of Vertically Integrated Technologies, Inc. (VERITECH®), an international environmental consulting firm, where he was involved in all aspects of VERITECH’s technical projects, both domestic and foreign. He served as Director General of his company’s Mexico subsidiary (Veritech De Mexico, S.A. de C.V.), and oversaw the firm’s extensive Caribbean work through Veritech-Caribe.
Mr. Hatt has provided extensive environmental consulting on real estate transactions. During 1996, he served as a principal consultant on acquisitions and refinancing involving more than $7 billion, including a $1.4 billion acquisition of a national hospital management corporation and more than $4 billion in refinancing for Kmart Corporation. Among Mr. Hatt’s institutional clients were NationsBank, First Union, Wells Fargo, Great Western Life, Jefferson-Pilot, and AMRESCO. Commercial and industrial clientele included Community Health Systems, Province Healthcare, Triad Healthcare, Randall’s, Kmart Corporation, Diamond Shamrock, and Southern Union.
Until his retirement, Mr. Hatt was a California Registered Environmental Assessor, Texas Registered Professional Geoscientist and Corrective Action Project Manager, Texas Licensed Asbestos Consultant and Certified Hazardous Materials Manager. For eight years, between 1991 and 1998, he served on the adjunct faculty of the Department of Civil Engineering’s Center for Environmental Research and Training at the University of Texas at Arlington, served on the Project Committee for Regulatory Update of Asbestos Documents of the National Institute of Building Sciences, and was a Diplomate of the Academy of Certified Hazardous Materials Managers. He also is a former member of the Texas Association of Professional Geoscientists, the American Society of Safety Engineers and the American Society for Healthcare Engineering.
George's career also includes being a member of the chancellor's staff at the University of Houston Downtown Campus.
American Association of Healthcare Engineering; American Society of Safety Engineers; National Asbestos Council, 1991 chairman of national ethics committee; Academy of Certified Hazardous Materials Managers; Texas Asbestos Professionals Association, president; Texas Association of Professional Geoscientists.
George married to Peggy. He has a daughter and two grandchildren.