Press Release

GEI names Six Members and Chairman to the Board of Directors

July 23, 2021

Boston, MA (July 23, 2021) – GEI Consultants, one of the nation’s leading technical consulting services firms, has named six members and Chairman to the Board of Directors.

GEI re-elected Michael Yako and elected Cindy Davis, Daphne King, Ben Sawa, and Peter Ventin to the Board.

Richard J. Anderson was named Chairman of the Board. Richard has been a member of GEI’s board since 2017 and he is currently the Chair of Audit and Finance Committee.

Richard says “I am honored to be named Chairman of the Board, I believe that GEI will continue to grow and thrive with the vision and leadership of the board, and support from GEI staff,” says Richard.

Michael Yako, P.E. is a Vice President and Principal in GEI’s Boston office. He specializes in geotechnical engineering for highways and bridges, rail and transit, aviation, building, site development, utility, waterfront, and port projects.

Cindy Davis is a Senior Regulatory Specialist and Senior Project Manager with more than 21 years of experience leading natural resources projects in GEI’s Sacramento, CA office.

Daphne King, P.E., is a Business Development Director with more than 16 years of experience a design engineer and project manager for public and private infrastructure and maintenance projects in GEI’s Dallas, TX office.

Ben Sawa is a Vice President and Director of Marketing in GEI’s Boston office. Ben develops and supports GEI’s long-term growth strategies and manages the marketing activities throughout the enterprise.

Peter Ventin, P.Eng., is a Vice President at GEI in Ontario, Canada. Peter manages GEI’s operations and strategic growth throughout Canada.

“I would like to welcome Michael, Cindy, Daphne, Ben, and Peter to the Board. Their dedication to GEI will help position the firm for future growth,” says GEI President Ron Palmieri. “I also welcome Richard to his new role of Chairman. I know he will continue to strengthen GEI’s presence as a leader in the industry.”

About GEI: GEI Consultants, Inc. is a consulting engineering firm that delivers professional services that improve our world’s built environment. With more than 900 staff and 42 offices in North America, GEI is a leader in providing multi-disciplined engineering and environmental services to a range of private and public sector clients, both domestically and abroad.

As an employee-owned firm, we foster personal relationships with our clients and support our staff in a partnership model, which is underpinned by continuous learning and sharing of knowledge. We retain proven, recognized experts and attract the best minds to deliver to our clients a refreshing blend of technical expertise, collaborative spirit, and innovation that is rare in our profession. We engineer solutions in five primary end markets: Water Resources, Energy, Buildings, Infrastructure, and Industrial. For more information on GEI, please visit