The Geoprofessional Business Association (GBA) has appointed Michael V. Smith, PG, CEG from Earth Systems to the GBA Council of Fellows. GBA announced the prestigious appointment at the 2018 GBA Spring Conference in Chicago.
“Ultimately, I enjoy the opportunity to give back to our profession,” states Michael V. Smith, “I have volunteered and chaired various GBA committees. And, I have served on the Board of Directors. By being actively involved for over 40 years, I worked with many equally dedicated GBA members. In fact, many of them are now lifelong friends. I look forward to continuing my involvement as a Fellow in GBA for years to come.”
Michael V. Smith, PG, CEG
Michael V. Smith, PG, CEG is the Chairman Emeritus of Earth Systems, Inc. He is a Registered Geologist and a Certified Engineering Geologist in the state of California with expertise in geologic evaluations of potential faults, landslides, seismicity, and liquefaction hazards.
Mr. Smith earned a BA in Geology from California State University, Fresno. In addition, he completed two years of graduate courses in Groundwater and Engineering Geology at Fresno. Also, Mr. Smith has an AA in Business Administration from Antelope Valley College in Palmdale, CA.
At Earth Systems, Mr. Smith if the former President/CEO and Chairman of the Board. Most noteworthy, he was responsible for developing the goals and objectives of the company, as well as the policies and guidelines for directing the management team.
Mike spent his early career with Kleinfelder Associates with a short tour in Saudi Arabia working on preliminary investigations for the Riyadh International Airport. In 1978 he formed his own company in Palmdale, CA and in 1981 he joined Earth Systems managing the Palmdale office. In 1994, he became President and CEO of Earth Systems. Michael retired as Chairman of the Board in 2017.
Mr. Smith has been an active member of GBA since 1976. He is a former GBA Director. Also, Michael has served terms as President of CalGeo (1997-1998), President of two Rotary Clubs, and President of the Consulting Engineers and Land Surveyors of California (CELSOC) Antelope Valley Chapter, now known as the American Council of Engineering Companies, or ACEC.
GBA Council of Fellows
The GBA Council of Fellows, established in 1975, provides guidance and counsel to GBA’s efforts and vision, as well as other activities deemed appropriate from its members.
Geoprofessional Business Association (GBA)
Most noteworthy, GBA’s mission is to help its members and their clients to confront risk and optimize firm performance. Hence, they achieve their goal through the advocacy, education, and collaboration of its members. By definition, geoprofessional firms provide geotechnical, geologic, environmental, construction materials testing/engineering, and other related civil engineering and services.
Finally, GBA is a critical resource for conducting the business of a geoprofessional firm. Also, it aids in leadership advancement throughout the industry.