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President's Message

By Mike Laney, Terracon
CalGeo President 2014-2015

It is hard to believe how fast time has flown since my election to the CalGeo Board of Directors in 2007. I am humbled to be leading this great organization this year, and continuing the legacy that so many great geoprofessionals before me have set into motion. Many of my mentors over my 21 year career are on the list of Past Presidents of CalGeo, and I thank you all for your support and encouragement.

Since joining the board, it has been my honor to work shoulder-to-shoulder with great leaders and professionals on the board, past presidents of CalGeo and our member firms. I will always treasure the friendships I have and continue to make here. I still remember being told as a new graduate that the geotechnical engineering community is a small, and tight-knit community, and my experience has shown me that this is true. CalGeo has always represented the best of this small community and I am proud to be a part of it.

I am pleased to welcome our newest board member, Judd King, G.E., from Earth Systems, and look forward to his contributions to our organization. Later this summer we will be shuffling who serves on which committees, and would like to offer you, our members, the opportunity to volunteer for some of these committees.

  • Business Factors (salary survey);
  • Communications (the E-Geo/Website);
  • Government Practices/Legislation (lobbying);
  • Membership/Marketing (recruiting members);
  • Outstanding Projects Awards (judging OPA submittals);
  • Professional Affiliations (networking);
  • Programs (annual conference and regional meetings);
  • Student Outreach (student chapters);
  • Technical Advisory (research subject); and,
  • Technician Affairs/Safety (Loss Prevention Seminar).

Involvement in these committees is a great way to contribute to our profession and organization in a tangible way. If you are interested, please contact Marsha Myers, and she will get you connected.

This year we are going to be diligent on increasing our membership, while continuing to offer high quality regional meetings, loss-prevention seminars, and annual meetings. We are going to continue to strengthen our relationship with the Board of Engineers, Land Surveyors and Geologists to increase our influence on how the state manages our practice. Other long-term goals that are in the works are to revamp the Geotechnical Engineer lecture series, and get involved with the California Building Standard Commission to influence future building codes. Most importantly we will continue to strengthen our Student Chapters and Emerging Professional groups. These are the two accomplishments of the board since I have been involved that I am most proud of, since this is the future of our profession. To accomplish all of this we will need your help and involvement.

I look forward to what the 2014/15 year has in store for CalGeo and the geotechnical practice in California. Thanks to all of you for making CalGeo such a great organization.

Mike Laney

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