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National Partner Grant to support providing safe and sustainable infrastructure
OMAHA, Neb. — The Terracon Foundation is pleased to announce the presentation of a $50,000 National Partner grant to Engineers Without Borders USA (EWB-USA). To date, the Foundation has granted nearly $2 million to community organizations, universities, dependents of employees, and for disaster relief efforts. The Terracon Foundation encourages employees to submit grant requests for organizations focused on education and the built and natural environment.
Ed Prost, P.E., geotechnical services department manager in Terracon’s Omaha office, championed the grant application. The grant funds will be used to support EWB-USA’s mission to build a better world through engineering projects empowering communities to meet their basic human needs and equipping leaders to solve the world’s most pressing challenges. EWB-USA programs focus on university education at 174 colleges and universities nationwide, workforce training and professional development, and infrastructure projects in hundreds of communities around the world.
“I’m honored to recommend EWB-USA for a Terracon Foundation grant,” said Prost. “They do amazing projects around the world that really make a difference, and they are working to involve today’s engineering students in these important projects.”
Prost recently presented the check to Jody Debs, EWB-USA board president, and engineering students Andrew Butler and Ethan Triplett of the EWB-USA University of Nebraska-Lincoln Chapter.
“With this support, we can further harness the skills and passion of professional and student engineers to complete critical, high-impact projects in communities across the globe,” said Cathy Leslie, P.E., EWB-USA’s executive director. “It is a privilege to be recognized by the Terracon Foundation and develop engineers able to meet 21st century engineering challenges.”
The Terracon Foundation was established with a goal to reach out and become a real part of the lives of Terracon employees and the communities where they live and work. For more information about the Foundation and other organizations that have received Foundation grants, please visit www.terracon.com/about/foundation.
Terracon is an employee-owned engineering consulting firm with more than 4,500 employees providing environmental, facilities, geotechnical, and materials services from more than 150 offices with services in all 50 states. Terracon currently ranks 24th on Engineering News-Record’s list of Top 500 Design Firms. For additional information about Terracon, visit www.terracon.com.
Engineers Without Borders USA (EWB-USA) is a nonprofit organization that builds a better world through engineering projects that empower communities to meet their basic human needs and equip leaders to solve the world’s most pressing challenges. EWB-USA’s thousands of highly skilled volunteers work on more than 700 projects in partnership with local communities, non-governmental organizations, governments and United Nations agencies in 44 countries to design and implement sustainable and technologically appropriate infrastructure solutions. For more information, visit www.ewb-usa.org.
Growing Company Confirms New CEO and Leadership
OLATHE, Kan. — Terracon, a nationally known and respected consulting engineering firm, announces several strategic organizational changes designed to guide the company as it continues to grow.
M. Gayle Packer is now chief executive officer (CEO) and president of Terracon Consultants, Inc. This completes a deliberate, multiyear succession process, following her appointment as president in June 2018. Prior to being named president, Packer served as executive vice president and chief administrative officer (CAO). As CAO, Packer coordinated the acquisition and integration of more than 50 companies, 100 offices and 2,000 employees. She succeeds David Gaboury, P.E., who served in leadership roles at Terracon for more than 16 years, most recently as CEO. Gaboury continues as Terracon’s chairman through 2021.
The following promotions further support Terracon’s progressive growth:
- Michael O’Grady, P.E., is now chief development and safety officer, responsible for the development, growth, and quality of all service lines and business sectors and related strategic initiatives. During the past 18 years, O’Grady has been instrumental in developing Terracon’s Materials Service Line practice and for the past six years, also leading the development of its safety culture. He will continue to chair Terracon’s Incident and Injury-Free (IIF) safety efforts in this expanded role. O’Grady formerly served as executive vice president of Materials and Safety.
- John Prutsman is now chief people officer, focusing on the employee experience of Terracon’s more than 4,500 employee-owners. Since joining the firm four years ago, Prutsman has served as senior vice president of Human Resources and Employee Development and Wellbeing. He will continue to chair Terracon’s Employee Engagement Leadership Team to innovate key people initiatives such as Connection and Career Conversations. He also joins Terracon’s Executive Committee.
- Mike Yost is now chief legal officer, tasked with helping to guide the company through complex risks and legal issues. He will also provide additional support to Terracon’s operating group managers, and the mergers and acquisition process. Yost served as general counsel for more than 10 years, assisting the company with legal and risk management issues.
- Kristi Tahmasiyan is now director of mergers and acquisitions (M&A), guiding the strategic development and execution of the M&A program. Over the past 10 years, she has helped integrate more than 40 companies into the firm and is a frequent industry presenter.
Terracon is an employee-owned engineering consulting firm with more than 4,500 employees providing environmental, facilities, geotechnical, and materials services from more than 150 offices with services available in all 50 states. Terracon currently ranks 24th on Engineering News-Record’s list of Top 500 Design Firms.
Growing Company Selects Leader for the Future OLATHE, Kan. — Terracon is pleased to announce M. Gayle Packer is now chief executive officer and president of Terracon Consultants, Inc. This completes a deliberate, multiyear CEO succession process, and follows her appointment as president in June 2018.
Packer was unanimously approved to serve in the joint role as chief executive officer (CEO) and president by Terracon’s Board of Directors at its Jan. 10 meeting. She succeeds David Gaboury, P.E., who served in both capacities for more than 16 years and most recently as CEO. Gaboury continues as Terracon’s chairman through 2021.
“Our talented and dedicated employee-owners work hard every day to serve our clients’ needs and positively impact our communities,” Packer said. “It is a privilege to be a part of such a great company and I am excited to continue our journey together to become even more innovative and better as we grow.”
Since joining Terracon in 2004, Packer has been highly successful in roles of progressive responsibility within the company. She has gained superior knowledge of Terracon’s corporate functions and national network of offices, serving as a member of the Executive Committee since 2007 and Board of Directors since 2011. Throughout her career at Terracon, she has served as contracts manager, general counsel, director of corporate services, and prior to being named president, executive vice president and chief administrative officer (CAO). As CAO, Packer coordinated the acquisition and integration of more than 50 companies, 100 offices and 2,000 employees.
“Gayle’s track record of success at Terracon makes her uniquely qualified to lead the firm going forward,” Gaboury said. “She is well aligned with our history, values and long-term prosperous growth strategies, which will provide continuity, and she will bring her perspective and fresh approach to our continued success.”
Terracon is an employee-owned engineering consulting firm with more than 4,500 employees providing environmental, facilities, geotechnical, and materials services from more than 140 offices with services available in all 50 states. Terracon currently ranks 24th on Engineering News-Record’s list of Top 500 Design Firms.
Company Deepens Expertise in Remediation, Site Investigation
OLATHE, Kan. – Terracon is pleased to announce its acquisition of St. John-Mittelhauser & Associates, Inc. (SMA). This acquisition enhances Terracon’s environmental services offerings and expertise in the Upper Midwest region.
Founded in 2007, SMA leverages decades of experience to deliver environmental consulting, investigation, remediation, data management and 3D visualization solutions to clients from its headquarters in Chicago (Downers Grove, Ill.) and offices in St. Louis (Hartford, Ill.), Rockford, Ill., and Indianapolis. SMA serves clients including industrial manufacturers, insurance companies, real estate developers, state and local agencies, and energy companies.
“SMA’s environmental consulting capabilities complement and align with our environmental service offerings in the Midwest and nationally,” said Gayle Packer, Terracon president. “Their expertise and depth of experience with clients in Indiana and Illinois enhances our presence in the region.”
The company and its 31 employees, including geologists, engineers, scientists, field professionals, data analysts and administrative staff, will continue to serve clients locally as St. John-Mittelhauser & Associates, A Terracon Company.
“We are proud of the strong client relationships we have built over the years and that our expertise and quality of services have led us to this opportunity,” said Ron St. John, PHG, CPG, co-founder and principal hydrogeologist. “Drawing on Terracon’s national network, we are able to offer greater resources and a broader range of services to our employees and clients.”
The new acquisition is supported by Terracon’s existing offices in Glendale Heights and Rockford, Ill., Indianapolis, and St. Louis. SMA is Terracon’s sixth acquisition since the beginning of 2017.
Terracon is an employee-owned consulting engineering firm with more than 4,000 employees providing environmental, facilities, geotechnical, and materials services from more than 140 offices with services available in all 50 states. Terracon currently ranks 24th on Engineering News-Record’s list of the Top 500 Design Firms.
Terracon Foundation Awards $100,000 Grant for Geotechnical Laboratory at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois
Urbana, Ill. — The Terracon Foundation announced a $100,000 grant to the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Illinois) for a new geotechnical laboratory planned as part of the CEE Modernization Plan Phase II now underway.
The hands-on instructional laboratory honors those who built the geotechnical engineering program at the university, including Karl von Terzaghi, Ralph B. Peck and Don U. Deere. The Terracon Foundation made the grant in honor of company founder and University of Illinois alumnus Gerald Olson, who was inspired to pursue the field of geotechnical engineering after attending an impactful lecture by Karl Terzaghi.
“Terracon has a history of supporting the next generation of civil and environmental engineers through its relationship with the University of Illinois,” said Brian Porter, P.E., Terracon’s St. Louis office manager.
The Terracon Foundation has been making grants to individual CEE students for more than 25 years. This is the first year a grant is being awarded to a capital campaign for CEE engineering education facilities at the University of Illinois.
“We are deeply grateful to Terracon for all their support over the years, but especially for this latest gift to the CEE Modernization Project. Their generous gift in support of the Geotechnical Engineering Instructional Laboratory honoring some of the great geotechnical engineers of the department’s history – Karl Terzaghi, Ralph Peck and Don Deere – will inspire and benefit students for generations to come,” said Benito Mariñas, Ph.D., head of CEE at Illinois.
For more information about CEE at Illinois, visit cee.illinois.edu.
For more information about the Terracon Foundation and other organizations it has supported, visit terracon.com/foundation