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April 4 @ 8:00 am - April 6 @ 5:00 pm



Celebrate GBA’ s 5oth Anniversary!

Join 150+ geoprofessional executive level industry leaders April 4-6, 2019 in Maui, Hawaii at GBA’s Spring Conference for two amazing days of education, experience sharing, networking, and fun!







  • Excellent session topics and speakers:
  •  Networking reception – Thursday night
  • Awards Dinner and 50th Anniversary Celebration – Friday Night
  • Terra Insurance Company Shareholder Meeting
  • Full registration includes: Thursday evening reception with food and drinks, Friday awards dinner.

Click Here for Full Conference Schedule and All Activity Information


Board of Directors Meeting
Board of Directors and staff.

1:00PM – 2:00PM
Group Meetings

Technical Group Meeting
Chairs and Vice Chairs of the Constructions Material Engineering and Testing Business Council; Environmental Business Council; and the Geotechnical Business Council will meet with the GBA Board of Director liaison.

Operations Group Meeting
Chairs and Vice Chairs of the Business Practices Committee; Legal Affairs Committee; and Peer Review Committee will meet with the GBA Board of Director liaison.

External Affairs Group Meeting
Chairs and Vice Chairs of the Emerging Issues and Trends Committee; External Relations Committee; and the Council of Fellows will meet with the GBA Board of Director liaison.

2:00PM – 5:00PM
Committee and Council Meetings

We encourage you to attend the meeting of any committee that interests you, except the Legal Affairs Committee which is restricted to attorneys only.
Business Practices Committee Meeting
Chair: Daniel R. “Dan” Cassidy, C.P.G. (SME)
313/922-7000 / [email protected]

Construction Materials Engineering and Testing Business Council (CoMET) Meeting
Chair: Daniel K. “Dan” Schaefer, P.E. (Froehling & Robertson, Inc.)
919/828-3441 / [email protected]

Emerging Issues and Trends Committee Meeting
Chair: Bradley M. “Brad” Melocik, P.E., P.H. (DOWL)
907/562-2000 / [email protected]

Environmental Business Council Meeting
Chair: Victor R. “Vic” Barchers, P.E. (Kleinfelder, Inc.)
512/926-6650 / [email protected]

External Relations Committee Meeting
Chair: Victor R. “Vic” Donald, P.E. (Terracon)
913/577-0365 / [email protected]

Geotechnical Business Council Meeting
Chair: Richard D. “Rick” Heckel, P.E., D.GE (Ardent Geotechnical Consultants)
615/962-5314 / [email protected]

Legal Affairs Committee Meeting
Chair: Ji Shin, Esq. (Earth Systems, Inc.)
805/781-0112 ext 107 / [email protected]

Peer Review Committee Meeting
Chair: Richard E. “Rich” Johnson, P.G., C.E.G., C.H.G. (BSK Associates)
916/853-9293 ext 105 / [email protected]

2:00PM – 5:00PM
GBA Central

Conference materials, information about unique things to see and do while at the Grand Wailea Resort and while on the Island of Maui. Beverages will be available from 2:00PM-4:00PM for full registrant guests and spouses.

4:30PM – 5:30PM
GBA/Terra Insurance Company Joint Board of Directors Meeting

6:30PM – 7:00PM
First-Time Attendee Reception

New to GBA? Join us for a special reception where you will meet GBA leadership and staff.

Welcome Networking Reception
Plan to attend this opening welcome reception kicking-off GBA’s Spring Conference. This event provides an excellent opportunity for attendees to network with other conference participants, reconnect with old colleagues, and meet new attendees prior to the start of the programming sessions on Friday. This reception is included with a Full Registrant and Full Guest/Spouse Registrant Fee. Individuals or guests not attending the full conference may register a la carte for this event. A buffet dinner and full open bar is provided. Admittance to the event is by Badge Only.


7:00AM – 7:45AM
Council of Fellows Meeting and Breakfast
Breakfast and coffee service provided in the meeting room!

7:00AM – 7:45AM
Continental Breakfast
Breakfast and coffee service provided for meeting attendees.

7:45AM – 7:55AM
Opening Remarks and Business Meeting
President Woodward L. “Woody” Vogt, P.E., D.GE., F.ASCE, F.ACI, F.ASTM, (Paradigm Consultants, Inc.) Program Vice-Chair Thomas W. “Tom” Blackburn, P.E., G.E., F.ASCE (Blackburn Consulting), and Executive Director Joel G. Carson (Geoprofessional Business Association)

7:55AM – 8:40AM
Eddie Would Go
Stuart Holmes Coleman


As a pioneering big-wave surfer, Eddie Aikau would charge into the biggest waves ever ridden on the North Shore of Hawaii, where the sport originated. As a lifeguard, he would throw himself into the most treacherous surf to rescue those in trouble, and he saved hundreds of lives during his career.  And as a crew member aboard the voyaging canoe Hokule’a, Eddie would make his last and most daring rescue attempt.  Though he was lost at sea, his sacrifice and courage live on in the hearts of the Hawaiian people and all those who know his story.  Since his disappearance at sea in 1978, he has come to be a beloved icon and a symbol of the Hawaiian Renaissance. The phrase “Eddie Would Go” has become a popular mantra for those who seek to push themselves and serve others.

8:00AM – 4:00PM
GBA Central
For Full Guest/Spouse Registrants and Child Registrants.  A Guest/Spouse Breakfast will be available from 8:00AM to 9:00AM; beverages will be available from 2:00PM to 4:00PM.

8:00AM – 9:00AM
Guest Breakfast
This breakfast is open to all guests.  Breakfast is included in the Full Guest/Spouse Registrant Fee and Child Registrant Fee. All other spouse/guests not registered as a Full Guest/Spouse Registrant may attend as an a la carte registrant for a fee.  Contact Barb or Sara to sign-up.

8:40AM – 9:20AM
GBA – A 50 Year Journey in Service to Geoprofessionals
Kurt Fraese, L.G., F.GBA

In celebration of GBA’s 50 years, Kurt will provide a retrospective of our organization’s history. From our origins as the Association of Soils and Foundation Engineers (ASFE), taking the lead assisting engineering firms in reducing their exposure to professional liability claims and losses, to GBA’s current vital role helping members and their clients confront risk and optimize business performance, this presentation will cover the many milestones of GBA’s journey.   Highlights such as establishing the limitation of liability clause in contracts, alternative dispute resolution and peer review program will be featured.  The presentation will recognize the role of volunteers and key leaders along the way as well as the valuable materials and gatherings that have helped our members attain success in their professional pursuits. Ours is the story of dedicated professionals with enormous talent and grit who favored collaboration over competition every step of the way to achieve a greater good.

9:20AM – 9:40AM
Networking Break

9:40AM – 9:50AM 
Introduction of Past Presidents, Committee/Council Chairs and First-Time Attendees

9:50AM – 10:00AM 
Business Practices Snapshot Summary
Steven K. Noble, P.E., PTOE

It’s time for our Spring Business Snapshot Survey! Come share your opinion and hear how your peers feel about economic conditions across the country. This annual presentation includes the results of our survey, as well as an expanded real-time interactive audience survey that will give you a brief but meaningful look at how your firm and region are performing relative to the rest of the nation.

10:00AM – 10:40AM
The Power of Peer Review
Gary M. DeJidas, P.E, MBA
Session Details Coming Soon!

10:40AM – 11:00AM
Networking Break

11:00AM – 12:00AM
Hard Conversations: An Ethics Case Study in the Destructive Power of Conflict Avoidance and the Redemptive Power of Honesty
Aaron J. Mann, Esq. and Michael Yost, Esq.

It began with a nervous call from our client.  They suspected that a letter (on state letterhead) our consultant provided may have been a forgery.  And they were right.  Thus began a year-long journey into the mind and work product of a former employee who was willing to do nearly anything to avoid confrontation—on this and other projects.

This presentation will take you through our response to this allegation which included:  (1) interacting with multiple state and federal regulators to address their concerns; (2) repairing our relationship with clients whose trust had been abused; and (3) conducting a thorough internal investigation to determine and address the true scope of the employee’s actions.

Any act of employee dishonesty requires a deliberate and defensible response by the employer.  But it also requires an introspective look at the employer’s culture.  This case history will take you through both so that you can see how we were able to restore the trust with both clients and regulators while also ensuring that our corporate culture continued to be one based on an ethical foundation.  While the process was painful, by being honest and transparent, we were able to demonstrate that the actions did not reflect the culture of Terracon and we emerged with stronger client and regulator relationships than before the incident.

12:05PM – 1:15PM
Lunch – Networking
Lunch and Presentation – Terra Insurance Company – Shareholder Meeting

1:20PM – 2:00PM
A Journey Through Red Ink to Black Ink Including a GBA Peer Review
Martin LaRoche, ing, M.Sc./Eng., M.Sc.

In 2012 in the province of Quebec, Canada, collusion between engineering firms was spread out all over the industry.   Moreover, in addition to collusion, SNC-Lavalin was accused of corruption for projects in Africa and a major one in Montreal, home of the head office.   This created a tsunami within the company including losing outstanding credibility built over the last 100 years, losing clients, losing employees, etc.  Corruption and collusion in Engineering and construction also generated a new way of awarding engineering jobs:    the law of the cheapest for many of our former good clients.   The geotechnical / Environmental/Materials engineering division that I now manage was largely impacted going down from 900 employees and revenues of $100 Million in 2012 with EBIT of about 15%, to 600 employees and revenues of $55 Million in 2014 and a loss of $3 Million.  I joined the firm in May 2015 as the Manager of that division, with the objective of rebuilding the group in a very different market.  The presentation will focus on how, within 3.5 years, we were able to come back to good profitability, including many changes in the culture, operations and business development.   Now that we are profitable again, we now need to enhance employee engagement and consolidate our operations for a sustainable future.  To support us in that objective, we had a GBA peer review in November 2018 and I will present their findings and recommendations.   Finally, I will also explain the behaviors and facts that led SNC-Lavalin to being accused of corruption and collusion and how the company became a leader in Ethics and compliance after that.

2:00PM – 3:00PM
Panel Session – Generations of Industry Impacts
Session Details Coming Soon!

3:00PM – 3:15PM
Networking Break

 3:15PM – 4:00PM
The Queen of Aloha & the Quadruple Bottom Line
Stuart Coleman

Session Details Coming Soon!

4:00PM – 4:30PM
President’s Annual Report, Recognition of 2018-2019 Board of Directors, Election of 2019-2020 Board of Directors, Remarks by President and President-Elect, Announcements and Drawings

6:30PM – 7:15PM
Cocktail Reception
Following a full-day of education sessions relax, unwind, and enjoy cocktails with friends and colleagues prior to the start of GBA’s 50th Anniversary Celebration and Awards Dinner.

50th Anniversary Celebration and Awards Dinner



7:00AM – 7:45AM
Continental Breakfast

7:45AM – 7:50AM
Welcome Day Two of Conference and other announcements

7:50AM – 8:50AM
Improv for Engineers: Scared Scriptless
Nancy Watt

Nancy Watt elucidates relevant, evidence-based research on the psychology of change, leadership and organizational development in a highly engaging manner. Using a ‘pracademic’ approach and with passion and humor, she uses the tools and techniques of improvisational theatre honed from her days as a Second City Conservatory Graduate in Toronto and Chicago.

Certified in organizational and positive psychology, this highly interactive experiential learning leaves participants laughing with insight and knowledge in social psychology, behavioral economics and neuroscience.

As firms manage risk and uncertainty in constantly changing and challenging environments, the critical component to success remains effective communication and collaboration. Come see why this talk is rated in the top five Leadership Workshops at Microsoft’s INSPIRE Global Conference for the past four years. Nancy is a regular at ASCE, Society of Women Engineers and Engineers Without Borders, as she delivers STEMpathy, insight, and engagement.

8:50AM – 9:05AM
Networking Break  

9:00AM – 10:00AM
Guest/Spouse Activity – Rise and Shine Yoga with CeCe
Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned yoga veteran, join CeCe as she guides you through a sequence of moves. You will build strength, increase flexibility, and find focus.

9:00AM – 12:00PM
GBA Central
For Full Guest/Spouse Registrants.  A Continental Breakfast will be available from 10:00AM to 11:00AM; beverages will be available from 10:00AM to 12:00PM.

9:05AM – 9:45AM

Term Limits for Leaders:  Strategically Planning a Leadership Transition

William E. Hadge, P.E.

One of the most important decisions any firm makes is who will lead it and for how long.  Every firm handles this differently.  In March of 2013, Bill Hadge assumed the President/CEO position at GZA as a result of an internal search.   Almost a year earlier, during the interview process, he had proposed to the Search Committee and the Board of Directors that he serve for six years so that in March of 2019, he would step down and his successor would take over.  The search/selection process for his successor was executed in 2018 and as of March 1, 2019 GZA’s new President/CEO is Pat Sheehan.  This presentation will tell the story of how the six-year term came about; the impact of the six-year term on the company’s employees, strategic planning and operations; and how in the end it facilitated a smooth transition to the next generation leader.

9:45AM – 10:25AM
How Workplace Cultures Impacts, Recruitment, Retention, and Sales
Helen Pappas, CHMM and Victor S. Barchers, P.E.

How does your company culture, or the perception of your company’s culture, affect your ability to win work, recruit top talent, and retain your best staff?  What is company culture? How is it defined?  Is it the company’s values, their traditions, or is it an ever-changing attitude of the current management team?

This presentation will share examples that geoprofessional firms can use to align their company culture with their business goals, and the values of the larger marketplace.  I believe the first step to defining your company culture is to understand how your business impacts the lives of employees, consumers, and other stakeholders.  Once you understand how your business affects employees, clients, supply chain, the environment, the local and global community, etc. you can evaluate if your current company culture, in reality or perception, is good for business.

The internet has transformed the way we access information on employers including benefits, salary equity, diversity, gender ratios, age ratios, environmental responsibility, ethics, and basic satisfaction of the current employees.  When it comes to company culture, perception is everything.  A marketing strategy that maximizes a positive company culture, that aligns with the values of the larger marketplace, can transform that perception in the eyes of your clients, employees, and future employees.

10:25AM – 10:40AM
Networking Break

10:40AM – 11:40AM
Being Nostradamus: Forecasting the Future for Business Success (A/K/A: You Don’t Need to Outrun the Lion…. Just the Other Guy
Guy Marcozzi

Contemplating the future is hard stuff.  If we ignore the brain-stressing work it takes to really think about the future – or worse yet always think that tomorrow will be like yesterday – then we will be just like everyone else.

As business leaders we need to worry about how to take advantage of today’s good times, yet not overexpose our firms to risk and exacerbate conditions during the inevitable next downturn.   We also need to worry that if we keep going full steam ahead, we risk over-leveraging ourselves and imploding under the stress of a downturn.  If we pull back too early, we risk being wrong and needlessly missing out on opportunities.   Unlike the academic, the specific timing of our business decisions as leaders has a lot to do with relative success or failure.

This session will give you practical tools to see Nostradamus-like into your business future to recognize the early signs of market inversions and give you time to pivot in your business strategy faster than your competitors.  We will discuss tools to track macro and micro economic trends, as well as business actions you should be considering based on what you think lies ahead.

What it Takes to Be Extraordinary

Eric Saperston

Eric Saperston has spent the last 25 years cold-calling and taking the most powerful people in the world out for a cup of coffee. In his talk, he will explore the common traits, motivating factors and guiding principles which enable everyday people to produce extraordinary results.

12:40PM – 12:50PM
New Business / Call for Motion to Adjourn
Arthur G. Hoffmann, P.E., D.GE (Gannet Fleming, Inc.) and Thomas W. Blackburn, P.E., G.E., F.ASCE (Blackburn Consulting)

12:50PM – 1:45PM
Group Luncheon

1:00PM – 2:15PM
Board of Directors and Committee/Council Chairs Lunch Meeting

2:15PM – 3:30PM
Board of Directors Meeting

Stay and Play Optional Group Activity – See the details in the section below


2019 Spring Conference – Speaker Biographies

Friday Speakers – Biographies

Stuart Holmes Coleman is a writer, speaker and environmental organizer.  Coleman is the award-winning author of Eddie Would Go, Fierce Heart, Eddie Aikau: Hawaiian Hero, and he has written more than 60 published articles.  Coleman has written and given talks about Hawaiian culture, environmental issues, transformational leadership and sustainable development at the Smithsonian, the East-West Center, the United Nations Development Program (Costa Rica), the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (Beijing, China) and many other conferences.  As the Hawaii Manager of the Surfrider Foundation, he has helped pass laws to reduce plastic pollution, create smoke-free beaches & parks, protect water quality and preserve fragile coastal areas.  He was recently selected as an Omidyar Fellow.

Kurt R. Fraese, L.G., F.GBA is a past president of GBA (2013-14), a member of the Council of Fellows and the Emerging Issues and Trends Committee.  He also has served as chairman of several GBA committees and presented at GBA Conferences on a variety of topics. Kurt currently serves on the Board of Directors of GBA member firm BSK Associates. He also serves on non-profit Boards of Directors for the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust (Immediate Past President) and the Humboldt State University Advancement Foundation Board.   Kurt has provided consulting services to clients in the Energy, Development, Transportation, Federal Government and Water and Natural Resource markets since beginning his career with Woodward-Clyde Consultants in 1983, serving in their geophysics division and later in their dams and tunnels group. Kurt joined GeoEngineers in 1988, became CEO/President in March of 2007 and retired from the firm in April 2017. His technical expertise is in assessment and remediation of hazardous substances in various media. He has served as project manager and/or principal in charge of over 1200 site studies. His business experience includes strategic planning, mergers/acquisitions, market intelligence, client feedback/engagement, ownership/leadership transition, executive coaching, conflict resolution, professional development and peer review.  Fraese and Associates provides business advisory services for organizations and executives.

Steven K. Noble, P.E., PTOE is Vice President and leader of the Transportation Practice Area for DOWL, a 500-person multi-discipline engineering firm with offices across the western United States.  Steve works out of the Anchorage, Alaska office and has been with DOWL for the past 22 years.  Steve is a project manager on road and aviation projects and leads DOWL’s transportation service line.  Steve has been involved in GBA periodically over the past 10 years and is serving as Co-Vice Chair of the Business Practices Committee and chair of the Communications Committee for the 50th Anniversary Task Force.

Gary M. DeJidas, P.E., MBA began his engineering career in 1972, with the Pittsburgh office of GAI Consultants, Inc. (GAI). In 1982, the firm selected him to open its first office outside of western Pennsylvania, in Orlando, FL. Starting with six employees, Gary built the GAI subsidiary into a 125-employee operation and, when all the GAI subsidiaries were consolidated into one company, in 2003, Gary was elected President and CEO. Today, as Chairman and CEO Gary is responsible for overseeing the growth and strategic development of the 900-person, multi-disciplinary firm with staff in GAI’s 27 offices located in 12 states.

Aaron J. Mann, Esq. is a Senior Attorney with Terracon who has been practicing law for 17 years.  At Terracon, he oversees claims, litigation, intellectual property matters, and internal investigations.  He manages outside counsel acting on behalf of the company and works internally to troubleshoot project issues and avoid disputes before they escalate.

Prior to joining Terracon in early 2016, Aaron was a partner at Husch Blackwell, an AmLaw 100 law firm, where his practice focused on litigation.  During his time with Husch Blackwell, Aaron spent four years working in the firm’s office in London, England.  At the beginning of his career, Aaron served as a judicial clerk for a U.S. District Judge in Kansas City, Missouri.  Aaron earned his J.D. from Creighton University Law School in 2001.

Mike J. Yost, Esq. is a Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer at Terracon and serves as the General Counsel and Corporate Secretary.  Mike has helped Terracon navigate legal issues for the past 15 years, during which time the company has had significant growth.  In addition to managing Terracon’s growing Legal Department, Mike oversees the company’s ethics program.  He is deeply involved in internal ethics training and compliance initiatives at Terracon.

Mike is a past chair of the GBA Legal Affairs Committee and has given many past presentations at GBA meetings and industry functions on behalf of GBA.  Prior to joining Terracon in 2003, Mike served as a prosecutor in Missouri.  He earned his J.D. in 1995 from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law.

Martin LaRoche, P.Eng. graduated in Geological Engineering from Laval University in Quebec City in 1987.  Then he entered into a master program in geotechnical engineering and graduated and got his Master Diploma in 1991.   He spent most of his career with a Montreal based engineering firm called Dessau that owned a geoprofessional business by the name of LVM.   Martin rapidly climbed up the ladder and in 1994 became the  manager of the geotechnical group, the youngest shareholder of Dessau, a privately-owned company of 400 employees, at the age of 31 years old.   He stayed 22 years with Dessau / LVM, which grew from 400 employees in 1994 to 5000 employees in 2012.   Martin took different roles in management and operations, including leading the environmental team for about 6 years, to managing operations for two years in Algeria, and finally leading acquisitions and integrations of 6 companies bought by Dessau / LVM in Quebec and other provinces of Canada.  In 2012, Martin left Dessau for AMEC and then joined SNC-Lavalin in 2015 to manage the Geotechnical / Environmental / Materials Engineering division which now counts 600 employees in the province of Quebec.

Richard A. Millet, P.E., F.GBA is Senior Principal Engineer with AECOM and is a national dam/levee practice leader and principal geotechnical engineer in the Sacramento office. His expertise includes hydrology, geotechnical engineering,  geology, seismology, earthquake and dynamic engineering, geostatistics, field instrumentation and construction management services. Mr. Millet has had extensive experience in the planning, design and analysis of dams, levees, and flood retention structures. His studies for such projects have included establishing geotechnical, geologic and hydrologic design criteria for the design and remediation of dams and levees in the U.S. He is past chair the U.S. Society on Dams (USSD) Technical Committee on Dam Foundations.

Laura R. Reinbold, P.E., F. GBA is National Director, Healthcare for Terracon Consulting, Inc. She leads Terracon’s national initiative to provide geoprofessional services in support of the healthcare community’s needs throughout due diligence, new construction, safe environments, optimized building performance and asset management, from over 140 offices nationwide. As the first female board member in the history of GBA/the Geoprofessional Business Association, Laura served as GBA’s President in 2016-17 and was elected to the GBA Council of Fellows in 2018. In 2013, Laura was appointed by Tennessee’s Governor to a four-year term to the state Board of Architectural and Engineering Examiners and served as Chair of the Board’s Engineering Committee. Laura is co-Founder of AEC Power Women, dedicated to educating, showcasing and connecting female leaders in Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC). Since its founding, the group has grown to over 175 members, across three states. Laura is an active member of Rotary International Nashville Downtown chapter; the Urban Land Institute, Nashville District; the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce’s Partnership 2020; Chair of the Chamber South’s Leadership Board; co-founder of Williamson County Chamber Economic Development Women’s Networking group; and in 2014 was selected for the inaugural class of CABLE’s Women on Corporate Boards, Corporate Board Academy. Laura received the Nashville Business Journal’s 2016 Women of Influence Trailblazer award; the Nashville Chamber of Commerce 2016 Spirit of the Chamber Award; and was a 2016 ATHENA nominee representing AEC Power Women. Laura received her bachelor of engineering in civil engineering from Vanderbilt University. She is a registered Professional Engineer in Tennessee and a LEED Accredited Professional.

Gerald J. Salontai, P.E., F.GBA is CEO of the Salontai Consulting Group, an organization that provides management-advisory services to executives in the areas of strategy, business performance, governance, and leadership. Gerry helps executives with strategic planning, market evaluation, service, and/or market re-positioning efforts, along with guidance with mergers and acquisitions. He also serves as an independent board director for a number of companies. Before starting his consultancy, Gerry served as CEO of a $300-million professional-services consulting firm for 11 years. The revenue of the company grew nearly five times during that period, while improving in every other financial-performance metric.

Edward Wilson, P.E., F.GBA has been a part of ASFE/GBA since about 1975. He was President of ASFE nearly 30 years ago and prior to that served on the Board of Directors of Terra Insurance with early ASFE leaders Bram McClelland, Elio D’Applonia, John Hribar, and Lee Lowry. He has been part of the organization’s history and has been a change agent for some of the most significant advances in business practices and project delivery innovations that have shaped the current market for engineering services. Ed has been CEO and/or owner of five ASFE member firms. For half of his career he piloted successful national engineering and environmental businesses and grew them into valuable enterprises that were eventually acquired by large publicly owned companies. In 1993, he formed GBA member firm L. Edward Wilson and Associates, Inc. a business and strategy advisor and consultant serving engineering firms nationwide that are committed to managing their businesses to create value.

Saturday Speakers – Biographies

Nancy Watt is a sought-after speaker, writer and improviser. A graduate of Second City’s Improv Conservatory and Sketch Writing Programs, this consummate professional delivers dynamic workshops on communications and creativity in unconventional environments.

Rated in the top five of the Leadership Workshops at the International Microsoft World Partner Conference and a regular at Huffington Post’s team building events, Nancy delivers powerfully creative and memorable sessions. She delivers her energy, talent and humor to the corporate, education and healthcare sectors. Her work is referenced in academic papers for pedagogical experiential learning.

William E. Hadge, P.E. is the outgoing President and Chief Executive Officer of GZA.  He has been with GZA since 1979 and holds both a Bachelor and Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  He is a licensed Professional Engineer in Massachusetts and his expertise and experience include a wide variety of geotechnical and geoenvironmental projects for both private and public clients.  Prior to becoming CEO, he served three terms on GZA’s Board of Directors and served as GZA’s Northeast Regional Operating Officer for over ten years.  He is an active member of the American Council of Engineering Companies and a member of Vistage.

Helen Pappas, CHMM, serves as the Northeast Team Leader of Environmental Compliance and Remediation in the Earth Sciences Business Line for Gannett Fleming, a multidisciplinary global engineering firm with more than 60 offices worldwide. In this role, she oversees a team of 10 people serving dozens of clients in NJ, NY, PA, MD, VA, DC, and others across the country. Helen is a project manager and specializes in multimedia site investigations, remediation planning, storm water management, and bulk storage programs. She also provides environmental risk identification and mitigation for infrastructure design projects, construction support services, and quality assurance and quality control oversight. She has successfully led projects for federal, state, and local governments as well as the private sector, preparing site-specific work plans involving multimedia sampling activities.

Helen won Gannett Fleming’s inaugural Smart Cities Innovation Challenge in 2017, identifying a true market need and designing a solution that has the potential to disrupt the real estate industry’s approach to environmental risk assessment, valuation, and remediation for residential properties. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies from Temple University and a Master of Science in Environmental Protection and Safety Management from Saint Joseph’s University.

Victor S. Barchers, P.E. is a senior project manager for Kleinfelder, Inc. He has 15 years of experience in environmental remediation and specializes in site characterization and remediation strategies for complex upstream oil-and-gas sites in Texas and Oklahoma.  Victor has extensive experience interacting directly with regulatory agencies on behalf of his clients to achieve site closures. In addition, Victor is an active participant in GBA events and currently chairs GBA’s Environmental Business Council.

 Guy Marcozzi, P.E. is President of Duffield Associates, a small to mid-sized geoscience firm in the mid-Atlantic and a longtime member of GBA.  Originally a practicing structural engineer, Mr. Marcozzi became a geotechnical engineer but has since diversified into civil and maritime work.

Mr. Marcozzi assumed the leadership mantle at Duffield Associates in the depths of the Great Recession.  His having no formal business education and inheriting a host of workload, business and leadership challenges, made this abrupt promotion a big ‘Oh Sugar’ moment.  Slowly, the firm was able to address its challenges and right the ship and since experienced sustained success.

Mr. Marcozzi still carries the scars from the turnaround and sees parallels between today’s good times and the pre-recession expansion and wants to pay forward some tools to other GBA members that he wished he could have shared with his pre-recession self.

Eric Saperston is an award-winning filmmaker, best-selling author, and world renown keynote speaker who has spent the last 25 years seeking out the most powerful people in the world and taking them out for a cup of coffee. His discovery, the common traits, motivating factors and guiding principles which enable everyday people to achieve extraordinary results. A captivating storyteller and visionary, Eric has been featured on the Today’s Show, CNN, and Headline News and in the New York Times, Wall Street and National Geographic Magazine.

GBA will award professional development hours (11.9 PDHs)

Grand Wailea – A Waldorf Astoria Resort
3850 Wailea Alanui, Wailea, Maui, Hawaii 96753

Reservations Phone Line:  800-888-6100

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 The Grand Wailea Resort Hotel & Spa sits on 40 oceanfront acres with over 770 guest rooms, 50 suites and 60 three-bedroom villas.  Embracing Hawaii’s nature, culture and people, Grand Wailea Resort Hotel & Spa is one of the world’s finest retreats.  Fronting picturesque Wailea Beach on the southwest shore of the Island of Maui and just a 25-minute flight from Honolulu, this breathtaking paradise is easy to reach. This property has been honored with many prestigious awards including the AAA Four Diamond Award, as well as being named one of the world’s best resorts by Conde Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure.  The resort features an art collection including works by Andy Warhol, Fernando Botero as well as regional artists. Guest room accommodations feature balconies, gardens, and ocean views. At every turn, tantalizing restaurants, the unparalleled Spa Grande, championship golf and stunning vistas promise a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Complimentary Basic WiFi is extended to GBA attendees who book within the room block.

Valet Parking is the only option: The fee is $35.00 per night.
• In/Out Privileges Available
• Secured
• Covered – available
Self-Parking is not available at the Grand Wailea – A Waldorf Astoria Resort




Deluxe Garden  $275.00   Single/Double Plus 14.416% Current Tax
Ocean View  $295.00   Single/Double Plus 14.416% Current Tax
Deluxe Ocean View  $315.00   Single/Double Plus 14.416% Current Tax


There is a $50.00 person plus tax per night charge for more than 2 persons in any guest room, with a maximum of 4 persons per room. No charge for children under 17 years of age and younger staying in the same room with parents and utilizing existing bedding.

Daily Mandatory Resort Charge:

In addition to the rates set forth above, there will be a daily resort charge of $15.00 per room, per night, plus tax, that will be posted to all guest rooms and includes the following:

  • A tropical flower lei greeting upon arrival
  • Two bottles of water on day of arrival placed in the guestroom
  • 45-minute photography session with Pacific Dream Photography (scheduled in advance)
  • Unlimited local, toll-free, and credit card calls (no access fee)
  • Coffee & tea in guest rooms
  • Participation in yoga classes
  • Admission to twice-daily SCUBA clinics
  • Use of Beach Cruiser Bikes (based on availability)
  • Beach umbrellas for use on Wailea Beach (subject to availability)
  • In-room internet access (up to 20MB), with wireless capability and internet for multiple devices

*Resort charge inclusions and pricing are subject to change without notice

  • Call the room reservation line at 800-888-6100
  • Click here for on-line reservation
  • Mention the Geoprofessional Business Association or GBA and the Spring Conference to be quoted the group rates.
  • Secure room reservation early:  GBA’s cut-off date is Friday, March 1, 2019…. Once GBA’s room block is filled the hotel and GBA cannot guarantee availability of rooms at the GBA group rate or any other room rate.
  • Pre/Post Room Nights: Limited guest rooms may be available for up to 3 days pre/post the official conference dates of April 4-6, 2019 at the hotel BASED ON AVAILABILITY at the time reservations are made at the hotel’s discretion.
  • Hotel Reservation Changes and Cancellations: The Grand Wailea Resort has a Thirty (30) day room reservation cancellation policy. When reservations are made you will be required to provide a deposit equal to the first and last night of the reservation. All deposits are refundable as long as the hotel receives 30 days-notice prior to the reservation arrival date.  All cancellations or date changes received within 30 days of the arrival date are subject to forfeiture of the deposit.  The special rate will be honored 3 days pre/post based on space and rate availability.  Bedding and view are on a request basis and we will do our best to honor requests upon arrival. Rollaway beds are available at $30 plus tax per night.  Connecting rooms may be available to confirm with a connecting fee of $50 plus tax per set per night. Guests will need to call the hotel call center at 800-888-6100 to confirm connecting.    All Hilton Honors point redemption reservations will need to be made with HHonors at 800-HHONORS and a room move may be required.
  • Please Note: In-order-to minimize any charges to you, your firm, or to GBA, if you need to cancel your room reservation, please do so in a timely manner so that the guest room nights can be sold to other GBA guests. Contact Barb ([email protected]) or Sara ([email protected]) even if you have to cancel late so that GBA can try to assign your guest room to someone else.
  • Check-in / Check-out Times: Check-in time is 4:00 PM; check-out time is 12:00 PM. If you plan to arrive earlier than 4:00PM, call the hotel directly on your arrival day and ask the front desk attendant if there are any rooms available allowing you to check-in early. The Geoprofessional Business Association and the Grand Wailea Resort cannot guarantee check-in before 4:00 PM. Requests for late check-out on your departure day may be limited and is at the discretion of the Hotel.
  •  Early Departure Fee/Policy: The Grand Wailea Resort has an Early Departure Fee/Policy; i.e., if you reserve to depart on the 6th, but leave a day early, you will be charged for the night you “missed” at the group room rate plus tax, unless you make arrangements with the hotel’s front desk manager in advance.  Emergency and other special circumstance situations will be reviewed by the hotel on a case by case basis.
  • Beware of unauthorized hotel booking and housing agencies (Poachers):  GBA is not affiliated or contracted with any outside hotel contracting company. If someone other than GBA staff or GBA’s chosen hotel (Grand Wailea Resort) contacts you and suggests that they represent any GBA event, they do NOT.   It is GBA’s recommendation that you book your hotel guest room directly with the Grand Wailea Resort.  Don’t be scammed!   Should you have any questions, please contact Barb Nappy at 727-457-2272 (cell) or via e-mail at [email protected]


Saturday, April 6, 2019 – 5:00pm – 8:00pm

Advance registration through GBA required by Friday, March 22nd
(GBA has reserved a limited block of both premium and standard seating. This Lu’au is open to all hotel guests as well as the General Public – it can be 100 people or 400+ people. Hotel will make every effort to keep GBA Premium Seating and Standard Seating as close to each other as possible but the sooner you sign up the better.  Please sign up through GBA and NOT through the hotel {concierge} or via the hotel’s website for this event as you will may not be seated with GBA if you do that.)

Premium Seating– First two rows $161.50 for adults (age 13 or older) and $104.50 for children (age 6-12)
Standard Seating Third row and beyond: $135.50 for adults and $88.50 for children

Honua‘ula takes us back to a time when the mighty seafaring Polynesians discovered these islands of Hawai‘i, thereafter calling themselves Hawaiian. It touches upon the documented voyages of La‘amaikahiki and Mo‘ikeha who first came to this sacred island Maui, and named this place Honua‘ula. It speaks of gods and goddesses that watched over these courageous people and how they were able to co-exist and live in harmony. Lilinoe, the goddess of the mist was said to linger above sending cool rains to nourish the uplands of Maui. The ancient Hula evolves and in the 30s, swingtime hula emerges and takes the stage. The love story legend of Naulu, the goddess of the clouds, could only visit her lover Kanaloa upon the clouds. These stories combined create an exciting evening of traditional chant and hula bringing the history of our island home Maui to life.  Hele mai, come and enjoy the magical enchantment of Honua’ula.

5:00pm: Pre-show activities include hula lessons, ukulele lessons, lawn bowling and more

6:00pm – 7:00pm: Torch lighting, Imu ceremony & Dinner

Appetizers and Salads: Ahi Poke | Lomi-Lomi Salmon | Fresh Poi | Green Papaya Salad |Potato Mac Salad | Maui Grown Lettuce Bar | Cucumber Namasu | Maui Gold Pineapple & Kumu Farm Coconut Chips drizzled with local honey | Sweet Bread Rolls with Macadamia Nut Butter

: Maui Paniolo Gilled Flank Steak with Housemade Terriyaki Sauce| Baked Mokoka’I Sweet Potatoes and Toated Mac Nut Butter| Roasted Mahi- Mahi with Young Coconut and Local Citrus Sauce | Shoyu Chicken and Long Rice | Traditional Kalua Pig | Stir Fried Vegetable (Wok fried and seasoned with soy sauce, ginger and garlic) | Island Fried Rice (Kumu Farm Vegetables and Fired Garlic)| Maui Chow Fun  (Vegetables and Housemade Pork Char Sui)

Island Style Desserts: Chocolate Fudge Brownie | Coconut Cake | Pineapple Upside Down Cake | Traditional Hawaiian Haupia | Guava Mousse | Freshly Brewed Hawaiian Paradise Coffee and Assorted Teas

Hosted Bar features:  Mai Tai | Pina Colada | Mixed Drinks | Beer | Wine | Assorted Soft Drinks


7:00pm -8:00pm: The Voyage – A nine-part show including hula dancers, hula and stilt walkers, synchronized dancers with fire knives, and more.

 Location: Molokini Garden – GBA will advise participants of the meeting location/time to receive wristbands for admittance.

72-hour notice must be given to GBA for cancellation in order to receive refund less $35.00 per person/ticket.

Official Tourism Site for Maui, Hawaii – https://www.gohawaii.com/islands/maui

Here you will find an abundance of information on things to see and do on Maui.

10 Things To Do While On Maui


Click the link for all sort of activities to do while visiting Maui https://mauiguide.com/maps/

Wailea, Maui, Hawaii – The April daytime high averages 80°F and the nighttime low averages 65°F.

With a choice of nine restaurants and bars, the resort offers culinary delights to satisfy all palates. Priding itself in innovative and creative Island and international fusions, the award-winning dining at this luxury Maui resort features culinary creations to be enjoyed in idyllic settings. Discover each of your dining options below.


Here are a few links to Restaurants on Maui:



A refund (less $150/per person administrative fee) will be given to individuals whose cancellations are received by 5:00PM Eastern Time, Friday, March 8, 2019.   For cancellations received after that date, but not later than 5:00PM Eastern Time, Friday, March 22, 2019, the cancellation fee will be $275/per person, for administration, food service and related guarantee charges that GBA will have to absorb.  No refund or credit may be given after 5:00PM on Friday, March 22, 2019.

Please note:  GBA may charge an individual whatever GBA has to pay the hotel (in attrition fees) if you fail to cancel a room reservation in a timely manner and GBA is unable to assign the room to someone else.  Be sure to notify Barb ([email protected]) or Sara ([email protected]) even if you have to cancel late so that GBA can at least try to mitigate any additional charges.

1 Kahului Airport Road, Kahului, HI
(808) 872-3830
Airport code:  OGG

Kahului International Airport (OGG) is the primary airport on the island of Maui and receives both overseas and inter-island flights.  Kahului is a very small airport with just two runways and limited flights. It is an open-air building design. While there are many direct flights to Maui, you can also take a 20-minute flight to Maui from Oahu if you connect through Honolulu International (HNL).

All baggage bound from Hawaii to the U. S. Mainland is subject to pre-flight inspection by the U. S. Department of Agriculture. Restrictions on the movement of fruits, plants, live snails, and other items from Hawaii to the Mainland are enforced to prevent the spread of fruit flies and other hazardous plant insects and diseases. Please report all agricultural items in your possession to the agricultural inspectors. Inspection stations for check-in baggage are located in front of the airline check-in counters while hand carried articles will be inspected at the security check points. Be prepared to open and close your baggage and parcels for x-ray machine inspection.


Maui Airport Map

Getting to the Grand Wailea – A Waldorf Astoria Resort from the Kahului Airport:

The distance is 17 miles/ 30 minutes between the airport and the resort depending on traffic and time of day. For more information on the Kahului Airport visit: http://airports.hawaii.gov/ogg/

For estimated fares between the Kahului Airport and the resort depend on the type of vehicle:

Uber:               $40.00
Taxi:                $50.00
Rental Car:      $40.00
Limousine:       $175.00

Ride Share:  Uber is active on the Island of Maui. Download the app and request a ride. A nearby driver will be dispatched to your location.

AIRPORT SHUTTLE  – Maui Airport Shuttle to Resort Hotels

The Grand Wailea – A Waldorf Astoria Resort does not provide shuttle services between hotel and airport.

DRIVING DIRECTIONS (Kahului Airport and Grand Wailea – A Waldorf Astoria Resort)
From the airport take 380 to Dairy Rd, left onto Puunene Avenue which changes to Mokulele Highway and merge onto Piilani Hwy and go 6 miles to the end. Road becomes Wailea Ike Drive. Left at light onto Wailea Alanui Drive. Resort is on right.


April 4 @ 8:00 am
April 6 @ 5:00 pm