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LACO Associates Announces New Leadership

New President and Focused Board of Directors, New Business Manager, New Department Leaders, and New Technical Staff
Northern California engineering and consulting firm LACO Associates (LACO) has announced recent changes within their management leadership. Mike Nelson, AICP, who joined LACO in 2007, is the newly elected President and Chief Executive Officer. Christopher Watt, CEG, CHG (Vice President); Frank Bickner, PG (Chairman); Susan Clower, CPA (CFO); and Dale Romanini (Secretary) will continue to serve on the Board. The Board is motivated and dedicated to the firm’s continued growth and success.
In early 2016, Kara Clower returned to LACO as the Business Manager. Clower was previously with LACO from 2007 to 2014 and specialized in administrative and operations support. After a brief departure, Clower returned to LACO with a refreshed approach to operations and management. She will be assisting the President with operational practices, administrative services, and training programs for the staff members.
To further develop staff teams and to support Christopher Watt with expanding the firm’s offers in the North Bay markets, Mike Nelson will be relocating to the Santa Rosa area with frequent visits to the Eureka office. Nelson will continue to be the Firm’s Director of Planning services; however, Beth Burks, AICP is now assuming full duties as Planning Manager, based out of the Eureka office.
Andrew Sundquist, PE and Rodney Wilburn, PE will be leading the Civil Engineering Departments in Eureka and Ukiah/Santa Rosa offices, respectively, with the support of Scott Kelly, PE as Interim Principal. Sundquist has been with LACO since 2006. Wilburn recently joined LACO in June as the Civil Engineering Director. Wilburn has over 12 years of experience as a technical leader, delivering well managed design and engineering projects. He has a proven ability to plan, manage, and oversee activities and operations of design and engineering projects. Wilburn has a deep understanding of individual roles on a civil engineering design team through advancement from a planner, developer, assistant engineer, registered civil engineer, and project manager, to a Public Works Director.
Will Dawson recently joined LACO’s Santa Rosa office as Senior Project Manager/Designer. Dawson has over ten years of experience designing water and sewer main improvement projects for the City of Santa Rosa and neighboring municipalities. His municipal design experience spans 13 years and ranges from straightforward utility replacements to complex installations involving environmental mitigation and alternative pipeline installation methods. In addition, Bryan Holmes recently joined LACO’s Santa Rosa office as Senior Civil Designer. Both Dawson and Holmes bring exciting skills to the firm and clients as LACO rapidly expands services in the North Bay.
With the new leadership and strong technical teams, LACO has a strong foundation to provide excellent service and continue to improve the quality of life for generations to come. Mike Nelson expressed “I am very enthusiastic about the future of LACO while building on our 60 year legacy. LACO is more prepared than ever to take on the complex challenges of planning, engineering, and geotechnical projects. With three offices, two fully-functional testing and inspections labs, and a well-rounded team of professionals, LACO has a unique ability to be a full-service firm from the feasibility stages of a project through entitlements, design, and construction. We are on track for expansion in Santa Rosa and Ukiah, all while effectively holding our market share in Eureka. This is certainly an exciting and dynamic time for this Firm.”
About LACO Associates
LACO Associates, Inc. (LACO) is a multidisciplinary consulting firm providing integrated solutions for development, infrastructure, and geo-environmental projects. LACO was founded in 1954, incorporated in 1972, and has offices in Eureka, Ukiah, and Santa Rosa, California. LACO offers professional consulting services throughout Northern California in the following disciplines: civil engineering; site design; planning, permitting, and environmental compliance; geology and geotechnical engineering; environmental science; and materials testing and special inspection.
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