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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

1971 - 1972 Jack Rolston (deceased), Foundation Eng'g Co.

1972 - 1973 Donald Shepardson, Shepardson Engineering Associates

1973 - 1974 Jerry Kovacs (deceased), 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.

2017-2018 Robert Lokteff, Blackburn Consulting

2018-2019 David Hamilton, Hamilton & Associates