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ASFE Names Council of Fellows Chair

April 25, 2005

Kevin B. Hoppe, P.E. has been elected chair of the Council of Fellows of ASFE/The Best People on Earth. Mr. Hoppe is the chief financial officer and executive vice president of NTH Consultants, Ltd., a 240-person infrastructure and environmental engineering firm headquartered in Detroit, MI. ASFE is a not-for-profit trade association whose member firms employ an estimated 75,000 “earth engineers” and related professionals worldwide, principally in North America. Established in 1969, ASFE focuses on its member firms’ business and management needs, helping geoprofessional, environmental, and civil engineering firms “prosper through professionalism.”

ASFE’s Council of Fellows is a semiautonomous group within ASFE. Comprising a group of some two dozen recognized association leaders, the Council identifies important issues and pursues those it deems most appropriate. The Council was established in 1975 and has been responsible for a variety of innovations, including ASFE’s Peer Review program. In 1999, Engineering News-Record magazine named Peer Review one of the 125 most significant construction industry innovations of the prior 125 years. ASFE was the only association so honored.

A University of Michigan graduate, Mr. Hoppe received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering in 1981 and 1983, and later went on to obtain his Master’s Degree in business administration from Michigan State University. Mr. Hoppe joined NTH as a staff engineer in 1983, was named CFO in November 1998, and was promoted to executive vice president in February 2004. An active member of ASFE since 1991, he chaired ASFE’s Practice Education Committee, Information Technology Committee, and Program Committee. He was a member of ASFE’s Board of Directors from 1996 to 2001, serving as president in 2000-01.

The “earth engineering” and related applied science services provided by ASFE member firms include, among others: geotechnical, environmental, and civil engineering; geology, biology, ecology, and archeology; brownfields revitalization; infrastructure security; construction and program management; and construction materials engineering and testing. A member firm’s technical activities must be under the full-time control of an individual who is legally and/or ethically bound to hold paramount public health, safety, and welfare. Individual memberships are available by invitation.

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