“Only GBA.” That’s something you’ll hear a lot of when you speak with those associated with GBA-Member Firms.
“Only GBA has such outstanding resources, especially those that are discipline-specific.”
“Only GBA gives its resources to members free of charge.”
“Only GBA has such a high year-to-year membership renewal history.” (GBA’s biggest cause of nonrenewal is mergers and acquisitions involving two member firms. Some GBA-Member Firms will consider joining forces only with another GBA-Member Firm, because GBA involvement tends to create highly compatible business cultures and philosophies.)
“Only GBA members intentionally pay dues that exceed what’s required, because they believe that GBA gives them more ‘bang for the buck’ than any other organization ‘out there.’” (About one of every two member firms expresses their gratitude this way.)
“Only GBA will refund 100% of the application fee and dues paid if, after one full year of membership, a firm is not satisfied with the value received.”
“Only GBA developed a program – Peer Review – cited by Engineering News-Record as one of the 125 most significant construction-industry innovations of the last 125 years. No other association or society was cited for anything.”
If your firm engages in geoprofessional practice – geotechnical, civil, and infrastructure engineering; environmental science; and construction materials engineering and testing, in particular – welcome home! GBA is your association; an organization of geoprofessionals, by geoprofessionals, and for geoprofessionals. No other organization can even come close to making that claim. But fear not! GBA collaborates with the many other organizations you or your firm may belong to, to avoid duplication of effort.
Established in 1968 to focus on loss prevention, GBA’s mission expanded along with the growth of its membership, in terms of numbers and in terms of the disciplines they practiced. Until recently, the group focused principally on risk management and developed what some regard as the professional-service industry’s most effective risk-management programs, services, and materials ever. Now, the group has set the bar even higher, by focusing on gaining merited recognition for its members’ business and professional acumen and accomplishments. This purpose embraces the precepts of risk management, to be sure; but it also encourages more meaningful involvement in project planning and execution, to lower risks still more, to gain a more rewarding scope of service, and to help members attract and retain some of the best personnel and clients “out there.”
Your active involvement in GBA and your use of what it has available should help you improve your top line and bottom line. It should also help you and others in your firm feel proud to be geoprofessionals, in part by your ability to demonstrate as a matter of routine what professionalism is really all about, in business as well as in whatever professional disciplines you practice.
GBA's newsletter, NewsLog, issued every two weeks, is a definitive resource. Since 1969, NewsLog has provided the latest information on effective practices, client relations, legal rulings, educational events, limitation of liability, contract clauses, professional selling techniques, human resources management, and GBA itself. It includes information about member news, committee work, GBA publications, and new members. Click here to read some recent articles.
GBA publishes Practice Alerts periodically to address hot-button issues in professional practice that are available exclusively to GBA-Member Firms and Associate Members. See the complete list here.
Publications and Materials
GBA produces and maintains a variety of publications and other materials of benefit to its members. Click here for a complete list of GBA publications.
GBA holds two membership conferences each year, one in the spring, usually held in a major city in the United States or Canada, and one in the fall, usually at a resort.They are open to firm representatives and their guests. Each conference offers many educational and networking sessions. Plan to attend a GBA conference. There, you will meet the movers and shakers of GBA, those who have been active members and practicing professionals for years, even, in some cases, for decades. Learn from these people. Their collective knowledge and expertise are awesome; their acquaintance and friendship, invaluable. GBA has always given members collective wisdom about professional practice, risk management, contract negotiation, and much, much more. It has nurtured professional relationships that have enriched many individuals' practices and personal lives. Click here for information on upcoming conferences and other events.
GBA's BackYard Seminars are so-called because they are brought on request to the "back yard" of a firm, group of firms, agency, association, or college. This approach makes such seminars far more affordable than they otherwise would be, by eliminating significant promotional and administrative expenses. Those who attend the courses receive professional development Hours (PDHs) for their involvement. Click here for more information about BackYard Seminars.
GBA also offers Peer Review, Fundamentals of Professional Practice, audio education, model contracts, client communication tools, case histories, and marketing assistance designed to help firms to realize professional and financial success. Click here for information about GBA's Publications and Programs.
Join a GBA committee. Committee get-togethers are brainstorming sessions. Participants consider where the profession is today, where it should be, and how GBA can help it get there. Join a committee! Click here for information on GBA's committees.
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