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IGS-NA changes; Suits steps down

News | November 1, 2016 | By:

John Henderson
John Henderson

A letter sent last week to members of the International Geosynthetics Society–North America from IGS–NA president, John Henderson, detailed personnel changes for the chapter.

The letter stated: “Dave Suits has resigned the position of executive director effective Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016. Dave has served the association admirably and we thank him for all his years of service.”

Suits was executive director for this chapter, formerly the North American Geosynthetics Society (NAGS), for more than 10 years. Before joining NAGS, Suits was with the state of New York’s Department of Transportation.

Henderson’s letter continued: “Moving forward, [the IGS–NA] will be administered by a secretary, appointed by the Board of Directors, along with an outside management organization.”

The letter said that Ranjiv Gupta has been appointed secretary of IGS–NA. The other officers, already in place, include Richard Brachman, president-elect; John McCartney, treasurer, and Henderson, president.

Top (L-R) Dave Suits, Ranjiv Gupta, Richard Brachman, John McCartney
(L-R) Dave Suits, Ranjiv Gupta, Richard Brachman, and John McCartney

Gupta is a project engineer with Geosyntec Consultants. He is based in Phoenix, Ariz. Brachman, is a professor of geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering at Queens University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. McCartney is an associate professor of structural engineering at the University of California–San Diego. Henderson is the president of TenCate Geosynthetics, based in Pendergrass, Ga.
Henderson’s letter also named the “outside management organization”—Minerva–Technology, Resources & Information Inc.—to provide administration services for IGS–NA. Minerva will assume this role effective Nov. 1, 2016, according to the letter.

Minerva is a Texas Research International (TRI) subsidiary company. Henderson’s letter stated: “The selection of Minerva is based on [its] extensive experience in the geosynthetics industry, involvement with our parent organization, the International Geosynthetics Society, and as a key partner of IGS–NA throughout our very successful GeoAmericas 2016 conference.”

The letter concluded with notice of the nomination process for the IGS–NA Board of Directors, 2017–2019.

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