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Collaboration: The Foundation of GBA Lives at the 2018 Winter Leadership Conference

from Joel G. Carson, Executive Director of GBA

The history of the Geoprofessional Business Association (GBA) began when principals of ten consulting geotechnical engineering firms – then known as soil and foundation engineering firms — met in a Chicago airport hotel in December 1968 to resolve a common problem that threatened their companies: Professional-liability claims were at an all-time high and professional-liability insurers worldwide refused to cover them.

With a spirit of collaboration, the ten formally launched what is now GBA as Associated Soil and Foundation Engineers, Inc. (ASFE) in May 1969 to identify the causes of professional liability claims and losses and to develop programs and materials to help geoprofessionals avoid such exposures in the future.

Almost 50 years later that spirit of collaboration lives!

I just returned from the 2018 Winter Leadership Conference where over 60 Member-Firm leaders from over 26 States and Provinces travelled to Denver, Colorado to address common issues and solve them to benefit all Member-Firms and elevate our profession. They finished ongoing initiatives and brainstormed on new projects that will support GBA’s Purpose, Strategy, and Value Proposition. These volunteers donated their weekend to help us continue helping our members and their clients to confront risk and optimize business performance by creating unique professional resources, programs, and services.

They are working on Case Histories, Business Briefs, Best Practices, and future programs to be delivered on-line, at future conferences, and at regional and national events. The level of effort and the creative thinking was off-the-charts and will continue to create value through unique experiences that are not available elsewhere.

Thank you to everyone who supported GBA's 2018 Winter Leadership Conference, especially those that donated their weekend and contributed to the overall success of the event. It was inspiring!

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