Dear Friends of the Geoprofessions:
I invite you to take a closer look at the Geoprofessional Business Association (GBA). We are a not-for-profit organization whose 300 Member Firms provide geotechnical, geologic, environmental, construction-materials engineering and testing, and related geoprofessional services that are essential to the welfare of our society and economy. Value is derived from the wise deployment of geoprofessional expertise where below-ground (“subsurface”), ground-surface, and ground-surface-connected conditions, structures, or formations present challenges and opportunities. GBA specializes in helping our members confront risk and optimize business performance. Through this focus, our members and their staff develop skills to become their clients' trusted professional advisors, helping their clients save time, save money and better manage their own risk. I am honored to serve as GBA’s president during the organization’s May 2014-April 2015 year.
Why should nonmembers give GBA a closer look? Whether you are considering membership, or represent an allied or client organization, you benefit from our more than 40 years of dedication to the geoprofessions. Here’s why we can make this claim so confidently:
Membership benefits geoprofessional firms of all sizes: from “solo practitioners” to organizations that are among the largest of their kind in the world. This diversity underscores the effectiveness of GBA’s unique practitioner-focused approach. GBA membership is also open to geoconstruction firms and geoprofessional educators, students, and practitioners employed by client organizations, government, and industry, among others with an interest in business and practice issues.
Why should members give GBA a closer look? Member Firms that put the most into GBA get the most out of GBA. Those that regularly take advantage of our services and materials, attend conferences, and participate in our committees commonly describe GBA as one of their best resources for professional development of staff, peer-to-peer networking, and business-problem solving.
By applying GBA resources, Member Firms enhance their ability to become valuable and important members of project teams. Collectively, active Member Firms have discovered that this results in improved morale, self-image, and performance. GBA’s educational materials – literally hundreds of items – are available in unlimited quantities at no cost to Member Firms.
A thriving future for the geoprofessions cannot be taken for granted. So much depends on our ability to pass on the value of our practices to future generations of geoprofessionals and their clients. Fortunately, our commitment to providing value-added services resonates with many of the emerging leaders of our Member Firms. For that reason, we are dedicated to helping Member Firms nurture their emerging leaders by offering many pathways for their active participation in GBA, a commitment that gives emerging leaders tremendous opportunities for establishing professional mentorships and friendships that serve as catalysts for exceptional careers.
Join us in helping geoprofessionals achieve business excellence, improve staff performance, and manage risk. And by all means, give GBA a closer look. Browse the GBA website and return frequently; we update often. Attend our Fall and/or Spring Conference. Follow us on Twitter and join us on LinkedIn. And whenever you have questions, simply contact GBA by telephone (301/565-2733) or e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org). We welcome your participation and the opportunity to serve.
Steven D. Thorne
Steven D. Thorne, P.E., D.GE