Los Angeles, CA (April 10, 2009) – Timothy G. Psomas, P.E. will take over as the new Chairman of the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) on May 1, 2009. ACEC is the national voice of America’s engineering industry, representing 5,500 member engineering firms across the nation.
Psomas is Chairman of the Board of Psomas, one of the top-ranked engineering firms in the nation. He is taking the reins of ACEC at a time when nearly $130 billion in stimulus dollars are earmarked for the nation’s infrastructure.
“This boost in infrastructure funding could not come at a more crucial time,” Psomas says. “It is critical not just to jump start our faltering economy and help pave the way for a return to prosperity, but it is also an important down-payment for long-term productivity.
“Infrastructure investment is a critical element in our global competitiveness race,” Psomas continues. “Problems like time wasted in traffic congestion and the risk of water-borne illness are avoidable productivity losses.”
A longtime advocate of infrastructure investment to support local economies, Psomas is active in local, state, and national affairs. He is the past president and board chairman of Coalition for Project Delivery, which sponsored the successful “Yes on Proposition 35” campaign in 2000 for California transportation legislation.
According to Psomas, another major issue ACEC expects to tackle is government competition for jobs that are commercially available through private sector engineering firms. He will be installed as chairman of ACEC during the organization’s national conference, which is being held in Washington, DC on April 26 – 29, 2009.
A leader in the design and construction industry, Psomas serves on a number of corporate boards. He is also on the Board of Trustees for Loyola Marymount University and Marymount College.
Through Timothy Psomas’ leadership, the small company started more than 60 years ago by his father, George Psomas, is now a nationally prominent firm with offices across the Western United States. Dedicated to balancing the natural and built environment, the firm serves clients in the water/wastewater; transportation; and public, institutional, and private land development markets. Psomas is headquartered in Los Angeles, with offices throughout California, in Arizona, and Utah. Psomas’ nearly 600 employees provide services across the Western United States in transportation and water/wastewater engineering, land and institutional site development engineering, land surveying, planning and entitlements, program/construction management, GIS, and natural resources. For more information, visit www.psomas.com.
The American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) is the voice of America’s engineering industry. ACEC seeks to provide a favorable business environment for the engineering industry through the passage of legislation and regulatory reform. The Council’s mission is to contribute to America’s prosperity and welfare by advancing the business interests of member firms. Council members – numbering more than 5,500 firms throughout the country – are engaged in a wide range of engineering projects that propel the nation’s economy and enhance and safeguard America’s quality of life. These activities allow Americans to drink clean water, enjoy a healthy life, take advantage of new technologies, and travel safely and efficiently. ACEC’s roots date back to 1909 when a loosely organized group of engineers in private practice established the American Institute of Consulting Engineers (AICE), the forerunner of ACEC. Today ACEC is a large federation of 51 state and regional councils representing the great breadth of America’s engineering industry. ACEC member firms employ hundreds of thousands of engineers, architects, land surveyors, scientists, and other specialists, responsible for more than $200 billion of private and public works annually. Member firms range in size from a single registered professional engineer to corporations employing thousands of professionals.