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History

In February 1970, a group of soil and foundation engineers from Southern California met to discuss the status of the profession, and to assess if there was a need to form an organization to represent the unique needs of California’s private-practice geotechnical engineering consultants. In May 1971, the Soil and Foundation Engineers Association (SAFEA) was established with a goal unlike other engineering associations: Rather than focus only on technical research and social events, SAFEA would address the key business and legislative issues necessary to advance the profession of private-practice geotechnical engineering.

That mission remains just as strong today, as decades later the organization has grown to serve thousands of geotechnical engineering consultants across the Golden State. Our name changed to the California Geotechnical Engineers Association in 1987, and was shortened to CalGeo in 2009 – but nothing about CalGeo’s commitment to the business of geotechnical engineering has diminished. The organization continues to make great strides on behalf of the profession and we’ll continue to be the voice of California’s private-practice geotechnical professionals as we advance through the 21st century.

CALGEO PAST PRESIDENTS Year Name

Company

1971 - 1972 Jack Rolston

Foundation Eng'g Co.

1972 - 1973 Donald Shepardson

Shepardson Engineering Associates

1973 - 1974 Jerry Kovacs

Jerry Kovacs & Associates

1974 - 1975 Dave Turner

Life Member

1975 - 1976 Dennis Evans

D.A. Evans, Inc.

1976 - 1977 Thomas D. Lake

T.D. Lake & Associates

1977 - 1978 Thomas Wallace

Wallace-Kuhl & Associates, Inc.

1978 - 1979 Robert Cousineau

Soils International

1979 - 1980 Michael Mahoney

Kleinfelder, Inc.

1980 - 1981 Shelly Prager (deceased)

Fugro West, Inc.

1981 - 1982 John Heneghan

Wahler Associates

1982 - 1983 James E. Likins

Geocon, Inc.

1983 - 1984 Richard Short

Harza Engineering Co. of California

1984 - 1985 Dugald R. Campbell

Agra Earth & Environmental, Inc.

1985 - 1986 R. Leonard Allen

IT Corporation

1986 - 1987 Charles "Chris" Christian

Southern Calif. Soil & Testing

1987 - 1988 Jo K. Crosby

Jo Crosby & Associates

1988 - 1989 Cyril M. "Bud" McRae

Kleinfelder, Inc.

1989 - 1990 William E. Ellis

Shepardson Engineering Associates, Inc.

1990 - 1991 David L. Pearson

Agra Earth & Environmental, Inc.

1991 - 1992 John A. Baker

Anderson Consulting Group

1992 - 1993 John E. Anderson

CH2M Hill

1993 - 1994 Gerald J. Salontai

Kleinfelder, Inc.

1994 - 1995 Barry R. Bevier

Group Delta Consultants, Inc.

1995 - 1996 John Moossazadeh

Woodward-Clyde Consultants

1996 - 1997 Lutz "Yogi" Kunze

Smith-Emery GeoServices

1997 - 1998 Michael V. Smith

Earth Systems, Inc.

1998 - 1999 Henry F. Kling

Zeiser Kling Consultants, Inc.

1999 - 2000 David R. Gius, Jr

Wallace-Kuhl & Associates

2000 - 2001 Gary C. Masterman

Professional Geotechnical Consultants, Inc.

2001 - 2002 Martha A. McDonnell

Youngdahl Consulting Group

2002 - 2003 Daniel S. Haynosch

ENGEO Incorporated

2003 - 2004 Edward F. Hill

Geotechnologies, Inc.

2004 - 2005 E. David Colbaugh

Evans, Colbaugh & Associates, Inc.

2005 - 2006 Michael J. Miller

Stoney-Miller Consultants, Inc.

2006 - 2007 Gale Paddock

Kleinfelder, Inc.

2007 - 2008 Craig Hill

Earth Systems, Inc.

2008 - 2009 Greg Silver

GMU Geotechnical

2009 - 2010 John Hoobs

Geocon

2010 - 2011 Siamak Jafroudi

Petra Geotechnical, Inc.

2011 - 2012 Rex Upp

Upp Geotechnology, Inc.

2012 - 2013 Todd Kamisky

Mid-Pacific Engineering, Inc.

2013 - 2014 Danny Cohen

J.C. Baldwin Construction Co.

2014 - 2015 Mike Laney

Terracon

2015 - 2016 Larry Taylor

Taylor Group, Inc.

2016 - 2017 Hannes Richter

Stoney-Miller Consultants, Inc.