Spalding DeDecker Associates Announces Three Hires and an Appointment

Detroit, MI (September 20, 2007) – – Spalding DeDecker Associates, Inc. (SDA), a regional civil engineering and surveying firm, recently hired Andrew L. Keller to manage their SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) operations.

Andrew comes to SDA with over twenty-two years of experience in management and control systems design. The hiring of Andy is significant in that he brings many years of SCADA experience which SDA will now use to launch new services in the SCADA industry. SCADA is predominately used in facilities such as water and wastewater facilities or building facilities to monitor items critical to successful operations.

“Mr. Keller has a proven background in SCADA and will help SDA provide value-added services to SDA clients,” said David A. Lakin, PE, President of SDA.

Also announced was the hiring of Philip N. Loud, PE to manage the Brighton branch office.

Phil comes to SDA with thirty-one years of experience in the civil engineering industry including water/wastewater design, storm water management, road design, GIS, survey, and energy management. He will be responsible for managing and expanding SDA’s new Brighton branch office where the focus will be serving transportation, municipal, and private clients in that region. Mr. Loud graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering and continued his graduate studies in Water Resources at the University of Michigan. Phil is currently licensed as a Professional Engineer in Michigan and Ohio.

“We are very excited to have Phil Loud lead our Brighton office,” said David A. Lakin, PE, President of SDA. “He has the leadership and experience that matches SDA’s corporate vision for this area while coming from a complimentary corporate culture.”

Also announced was the hiring of Ted Meadows to serve as a Construction Contract Administrator.

Ted comes to SDA with nine years of experience in the construction engineering industry. He will be responsible for providing construction contract administration services and construction inspection supervision services to a variety of SDA’s clients. Mr. Meadows graduated from the University of Kansas with a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science. Ted’s certifications include: MDOT Certified Density Technician, MDOT Certified Aggregate Technician, MDOT Concrete Paving Inspector, Concrete Technician & Concrete Construction Inspector, Concrete Field Testing Technician, MDEQ SESC, and USDOT HAZMAT certification.

“We are very excited to have Ted join our Construction Engineering Team,” said David L. Potter, PE, Vice President and Treasurer of SDA. “Ted brings a solid reputation in the field as an experienced Construction Technician and Contract Administrator. He is well liked and respected because of his great attitude and knowledge of the construction industry. Ted knows how to get things done right the first time”

Also announced was the appointment of Sermed Saif, PE to Associate.

Being an Associate of SDA is a special recognition. Members of SDA’s professional staff may advance to Associate upon evidence of professional growth and development and the bearing of increasing responsibilities. Advancement to Associate is a management decision based on the recommendation of an SDA Officer to the Board of Directors.

“Since joining SDA ten years ago, Mr. Saif has grown professionally and has become a great asset to our clients and the overall leadership of SDA,” said David A. Lakin, PE, President of SDA. “His knowledge, attitude, and enthusiasm have been a true value.”

Saif graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from New York’s Polytechnic University in 1997. Joining SDA in 1997 as an Engineer in Training, Sermed has served in many capacities, and is currently a Project Engineer servicing SDA’s Macomb County municipal clients, Macomb and Lenox Townships. Mr. Saif earned his Professional Engineering license in 2004. He is a member of ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers), Treasurer of SOCME (South Oakland County Municipal Engineers), and President of AAEA (Arab American Engineers and Architects Association).

About Spalding DeDecker Associates
Established in 1954, Spalding DeDecker Associates, Inc. is an engineering consulting firm specializing in infrastructure, land development, and surveying. With offices in Detroit, Rochester Hills, and Brighton, Michigan, and field offices in Trenton and Farmington Hills, Michigan, SDA is an employee owned and ISO certified organization that provides design and engineering solutions for municipal, land development, transportation, and water/wastewater projects. The firm also offers complete construction engineering and land surveying & mapping services.