Robert Motis joins EC Applications

August 26, 2020

EC Applications (ECA), an Anaheim, Calif., based geosynthetics installer, has announced that Robert (Bob) Motis has accepted the newly created position of vice president–construction. Motis will provide key leadership to the EC Applications Construction Group with a focus on leadership development/professional growth, construction operations oversight and consistent delivery of operational excellence. Motis joins ECA with …

Seaman Corp. names Jeff Swartz chief executive officer

April 21, 2020

Seaman Corporation, a family-owned business headquartered in Wooster, Ohio, has announced that its board of directors has selected Jeff Swartz as its new chief executive officer. Swartz will replace John Crum, who is retiring after 18 years at Seaman, including the last five as CEO. Swartz is a veteran of the building products industry, having …

IFAI announces hiring of Fred Chuck as GMA executive director

April 17, 2020

The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) announced the hiring of Fred Chuck as the Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) executive director. He brings more than 38 years of geosynthetics industry experience along with him to IFAI. Throughout the past two decades, Chuck has served in multiple roles at different companies within the geosynthetics industry as well as time on the …

Tim Bauters dies while snowboarding

February 21, 2020

Geosynthetics engineer Tim Bauters passed away while snowboarding at Mt. Hood Meadows ski resort in Oregon. The cause of death was not immediately known. Bauters was 47. Bauters served as director of engineering at Slurry Waste Solutions in California. After earning his PhD in soil and water engineering at Cornell University, the Belgium native began …

Dr. Ian D. Peggs retires

January 8, 2020

After 40-plus years of geosynthetic materials performance consulting work, Dr. Ian D. Peggs has made the strategic decision to close I-CORP INTERNATIONAL for the foreseeable future and to retire. Dr. Peggs will continue his own research and development and technical support projects. Dr. Peggs was awarded an honorary membership in the International Geosynthetics Society at …

Geosynthetics pioneer Robert M. Koerner and wife pass away

December 3, 2019

Robert M. Koerner and his wife Pauline W. Koerner have passed away. The Koerner family has released information on their passing to GSI Members. The notice to the Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) says, “It is with regret and heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Robert M. and Pauline W. Koerner. As you know Bob was …

Glen Raven announces new chief marketing officer

August 13, 2019

Glen Raven Custom Fabrics, makers of Sunbrella®, announced the hiring of Steve Pawl as its first chief marketing officer. Pawl has a track record of developing growth strategies and strengthening brands for global companies including Husqvarna Group, Fruit of the Loom, Newell Brands and Pfizer. He will direct the global brand strategy, positioning and activation …

Dickson sworn in as FAA administrator

August 12, 2019

Stephen M. Dickson was sworn in Aug. 12, 2019, by U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao as the 18th Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). An aviation industry professional with nearly 40 years of experience, Dickson is widely respected and assumes the role of administrator of the agency during a critical moment for aviation …

Schapker tapped as ARTBA vice president of legislative affairs

August 5, 2019

The American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) announced the hiring of Lauren Schapker as vice president of legislative affairs, a newly created position. She brings to the association nearly 15 years of experience on infrastructure policy issues.  As one of ARTBA’s primary advocates on Capitol Hill, Schapker will work with legislators and their staffs …

Walker to head new MN Office of Research & Innovation

July 26, 2019

Katie Walker, formerly of Hennepin County, has been named director of the new Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) Office of Research & Innovation (formerly the Research Services & Library section), a role in which Walker will lean on her experience leading organizational change at Hennepin County, Minn. During her 20-year tenure with Hennepin County, Walker held …