Leadership team at GeoStructures and GeoConstructors
Mike Cowell, PE
President & CEO
For over 10 years I worked for companies that focused on selling one product – Tensar and Reinforced Earth. Not only were there a limited number of tools available to help customers solve problems, but I had to rely on a contractor to build the products being sold. During this time it was also becoming clear that most general contractors were not only looking for design-build solutions in MSE Walls but other areas as well. Unless you were able to design and build it, a lot of innovative solutions sat on the sidelines waiting for a risk-averse general contractor to be the innovator. Having more Geo tools and the ability to build creative solutions, we were able to quickly and efficiently solve problems while saving customers more money. So that’s how GeoStructures came into existence over 18 years ago. Every day I have the pleasure of working with exceptional people who come together to solve our customer’s problems by developing new products or construction techniques. Innovation, value and great service is contagious and fun!
■ Clarkson College BS, Civil & Environmental Engineering
■ Cornell University MS, Geotechnical Engineering
■ Professional Engineer (VA, MD, DE, NY, NJ, DC, NC, PA)
HONORS / AWARDS
■ First Geopier Man of the Year – Geopier Foundation Company, 2003
■ 11th Street Bridge, Washington, DC
■ John Paul Jones Arena at UVA, Charlottesville, VA
■ Capital One Building, Mclean, VA
■ HOT Lanes Soundwalls, Fairfax, VA
■ Comcast Arena (Pittsburgh Penguins’ Arena), Pittsburgh, PA
■ Millennium Project (Arlington National Cemetery), Arlington, VA
■ Enjoys playing tennis every week
■ First concert attended was the Jefferson Airplane at the Filmore East in NYC
Larry Moore, PE
Chief Operating Officer
Having a strong track record of improving efficiency while maintaining the highest level of customer satisfaction and quality, I thrive on providing our clients with value based products and safely executing projects on schedule and within budget. I have the pleasure of working with many talented professionals who share the same values of building trust and confidence in customers which lead to strong relationships and repeat business. I am proud to be a part of an organization that supports their customers by providing superior solutions.
■ The Catholic University of America, Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Construction Management)
■ Cornell University, Master of Civil Engineering (Structural & Geotechnical Engineering)
■ Professional Engineer (CA, VA, MD, DC)
■ 23 years with a large general contractor as senior manager within its self-perform foundations, cast in place concrete, and heavy civil divisions
■ Loves skiing, hiking, and camping
■ Enjoys spending time with family
Pete Sacripanti, CPA
Chief Financial Officer
As a results-oriented individual, my passion lies in achieving continued success for a company and assisting others wherever I can. GeoConstructors allows me the opportunity to work closely with a very entrepreneurial owner, senior design engineers, experienced and new sales professionals, project managers, and a host of dedicated individuals who strive to do their very best and surpass our customers’ expectations. As a company, each employee knows that our success depends on applying our collective efforts and expertise to design and build the optimal solution for our customers.
■ Georgetown University, BS Business Administration
■ Accounting; Masters – Taxation
■ CPA (Maryland)
HONORS / AWARDS
■ VP of Finance for a $2 Billion North American divisions with over 1,000 locations.
■ Completed over $1 Billion of acquisitions throughout the US and Canada.
■ 4 years in public accounting with Big 8 firm (audit and tax)
■ 20 years with a Fortune 500 multi-national building materials company
■ 4 years as owner of a consulting company serving the construction industry
■ 1st Athletic Achievement: Washington DC CYO Volleyball League Champion
■ Cadet Colonel of JROTC Program at St Johns College High School in Washington, DC
■ Lived 5 years in Canada (2 years in Toronto, Ontario and 3 years in Calgary, Alberta)
■ Completed 4 Marine Corp Marathons
Chief Revenue Officer
Thomas Prozinski is the Chief Revenue Officer at GeoStructures. As a member of the company's executive leadership team, he is responsible for revenue-related activities, including the management of sales staff, customer support, and business development.
A construction sales veteran, Tom has spent over 25 years in sales and product marketing leadership roles with a focus on the direct sales and rentals of specialized cranes. He has extensive expertise in managing sales processes to advance revenue opportunities and a track record as a change agent for construction companies like GeoStructures.
■ University of Massachusetts Dartmouth BS, Mechanical Engineering
■ Loves all kinds of sports, especially the ones my kids are playing
■ Over 6 feet tall, but still can’t dunk
Ed O’Malley, PE
Sr. Vice President of Risk Management
As a geotechnical engineer, I had a lot of opportunities to work on a wide range of projects around the U.S. and in other locations around the world utilizing many different shallow and deep foundation solutions. Doing consulting engineering was interesting but became more so with the arrival of a new type of ground improvement – Geopier. Once I heard about Geopier and the regional design-build firm GeoStructures, a large number of projects came to mind that could have used Geopier ground improvement instead of more expensive deep foundations, had Geopier been available at the time. The Geopier concept was so effective and robust that instead of simply trying to find projects to use it on, I joined the company that was leading the regional effort to promote, design, and construct projects using Geopier technology. Since those days, the acceptance of Geopier and related approaches provided by GeoStructures has moved rapidly throughout the civil engineering and contracting community. It’s a great feeling to be an early adopter of a really good idea and then see its success grow over time.
■ University of Texas at Austin BSCE, MSE, Civil Engineering
■ Professional Engineer (DC, VA, MD, PA, NY, NC)
HONORS / AWARDS
■ American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) National Capital Section, Geotechnical Engineering Committee – Chairman
■ American Society of Highway Engineers, (current member, past treasurer, board member)
■ 11th Street Bridges, Washington, D.C.
■ BP Whiting Refinery Upgrade, Whiting, Indiana
■ T.C Williams High School, Alexandria, Virginia
■ Fox Hill Senior Living, Bethesda, Maryland
■ Tower Oaks, Rockville, Maryland
■ Worked on the King Ranch
■ Walked across the “Bridge on the River Kwai”
Valerie Merida, PE
Vice President, Engineering
For over 15 years I have been working for GeoStructures in the engineering department, starting out as a project engineer and working in all areas from pre-construction to final design.
I have the privilege of working with an exceptional team of engineers dedicated to excellence and providing the best solutions to solve our clients’ challenging geotechnical and geo-structural problems.
I also work hand in hand with our sales engineers and project managers to better understand the needs of our clients, so we can deliver solutions in a quick and efficient manner.
I enjoy coming to work every day and working with my team to provide value to our clients on every project.
■ Drexel University, BS Civil Engineering
■ Drexel University, MS Civil Engineering (Geotechnical)
■ Professional Engineer (VA, MD, PA)
■ As a native Pittsburgher I bleed black and gold and eat french fries on my salads
■ Enjoys travelling with my husband and daughters
Human Resources Director
I like to think of myself as an authentic business partner who has a knack for high level Human Resources analysis, planning and application of what matters most; doing the right thing at all times. Finding and retaining high quality talent is key in satisfying and sustaining relationships with our customers and that’s why I’m here.
I have a solid history of building strong teams and guiding the development of talent in a performance-driven culture. My experiences have made me quite adept at applying my expertise of HR in management coaching, recruiting, compensation administration, employee relations, ethics, compliance and related laws.
I look forward to getting up every day and making this a reality at Geo….
■ University of Maryland, Master of Science in Human Resources Management
■ University of Maryland, Bachelor of Science
■ 10 years supporting the hotel and long term care construction industry
■ 2 years supporting a Big 4 firm
■ 10 years supporting engineering and construction industry on large civil infrastructure projects
■ I’m a Dave Matthews Band groupie
■ I LOVE being a wife and mom!!