Annual Awards Winners


GBA is a volunteer organization. Almost all the resources we produce for our members, our contributions to the geoprofessional community, and these conferences are mostly driven by volunteer leaders.

Each Spring, during our conference we recognize those that have contributed to GBA in a significant way. We were not able to hold our annual awards ceremony as we pivoted to the new virtual reality last Spring and we presented the awards during the 2020 Fall Conference.


Each year we ask our Committees and Councils to provide us with the names of people that have contributed to our Association during the past year. Based on this list, we have more people contributing to GBA at a level higher than ever before.

Recipients of Certificates of Appreciation for 2019-2020.

  Thomas Blackburn, P.E., G.E., F. ASCE, Blackburn Consulting     Kurt Fraese, L.G., F.GBA , Fraese and Associates
  Jay Bower, P.E. , Landau Associates, Inc.    Jeffrey Gebhard, P.E., Braun Intertec Corporation
  Dan Cassidy, CPG , SME    Chuck Gregory, P.E. , Terracon
  Blake Cotton, P.E. , GeoEngineers    Rick Heckel, P.E., D.GE , GeoEngineers
  Vic Donald, P.E. , Terracon    Lee James, C.P.A., C.M.C., F.GBA , Lee James & Associates
  Pat Donovan, P.E. , Geotechnology, Inc.   Brad Melocik, P.E., P.H., DOWL
  Matt Moler, P.E. , S&ME   Ji Shin, Esq. , Earth Systems, Inc.
  Bryce Moore, Blackburn Consulting   Abigayle Teller, P.G. , Terracon
  Teresa Peterson, P.E., C.M.E., Gannett Fleming   Woody Vogt, P.E., D.GE, F.ASCE, F.ACI, F.ASTM, F.GBA, Paradigm  Consultants
Matthew Poirier, P.E., Sanborn Head and Associates   Travis Wambeke, P.E., P.G., Geoprofessional Innovation Corporation
Jennifer Sanborn, Sanborn Head and Associates   Steve Wendland, P.E., R.G., D.GE, Kleinfelder
Dan Schneider, P.E. , Terracon   James Withiam, P.E., Ph.D., D.GE, F.GBA

All recipients received a certificate and a letter of appreciation from GBA. Thank you all for your dedication to the association. We get stuff done because you all get stuff done!


For the past 4 years, GBA has been tracking the engagement of member-firms through 5 measurements that we found to be most important indicators of the value members were receiving from membership. Ultimately, engagement also indicates the value of membership to your employees which we feel is paramount to delivering our mission.
Last year, for the first time, we presented awards to those firms who have the highest measured engagement in GBA during our fiscal year. We are proud to be able to recognize winners again this year. There are four award winners, one from each category based on firm size for Fiscal Year 2019-2020.

They are:
                                                                                                    Blackburn Consulting
                                                                                             Sanborn Head & Associates
                                                                                               Terracon Consultants

Congratulations to all our FY 2019-2020 Engagement Award Winners


In April, Saiid Behboodi, P.E., G.E. completed his term on the GBA Board of Directors. Saiid is one of the most passionate Ambassadors of GBA and we learned, he can provide details of conferences that he attended over 25 years ago. While he was on the board, he brought his passion for celebrating and even past his term, serves as the Chair of the Awards committee, bringing new ways we can celebrate and award those that contribute to this Association.
GBA recognized Saiid Behboodi for his time on our Board while also knowing he will continue contributing to the association for years to come.




Each year, our current President has the opportunity to select one of our members for the contributions they made to our Association during the year of his/her presidency.

Immediate Past-President, Art Hoffmann presented our 2019-2020 President’s Award to Doctor James Withiam for his years of service to the Association and for his contributions to publishing new and updated publications and his ambassadorship of GBA during the fiscal year.

Congratulation Jim on this well-deserved honor.