On Saturday April 22, I will be participating in the March for Science in Tacoma. I have been involved in Earth Day celebrations since 1993 when I helped plan our local event at Tacoma Community College. I feel blessed every day to work as a geologist in my hometown of Tacoma. It’s where I grew up, where I took my first college earth science course from Tacoma mayor Jack Hyde and where I live and work. As someone who’s passionate about my community, and about science, I feel a responsibility to integrate these two parts of my world.

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"This is a responsibility that goes beyond our clients and our daily business. Broadly speaking, the methods of science are how we better ourselves and our communities."

As business leaders, we understand the value of forming and maintaining relationships. Our relationships are the grease that keeps our business running smoothly. Often, we focus on relationships with our employees/investors and our clients, the two groups that we probably interact with most frequently. But there is a third dimension, a third relationship that can be just as valuable to our business success – community engagement.

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"Studies have consistently shown that firms that view philanthropy as an important component of professionalism tend to be more successful. On average, profits for these firms are higher, employee retention is better and business development is more effective."

Louis Doc Capozzoli JrThis year, GeoEngineers is proud to mark 50 years of doing business in Louisiana. We are lucky our history includes some legends in Louisiana engineering, and many of these legends are still working in our GeoEngineers office, mentoring the next generation. We realize we didn’t reach this anniversary on our own.

If you are gainfully employed, I am sure that you are thankful for the many opportunities it provides.  The appreciation can go much deeper than that when you stop to think about how fortunate you are when compared to the average human’s experience throughout history. The lives of those who have careers, regardless of their trials and tribulations, have been exceedingly good compared to most who have walked this earth. In this spirit, let’s give thanks for some of the factors that have contributed to this good fortune we call work:

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“Instead of comparing our lot with that of those who are more fortunate than we are, we should compare it with the lot of the great majority of our fellow people. It then appears that we are among the privileged.” ― Helen Keller

HUG foodI recently had the privilege of attending the 2014 ESRI International User Conference (ESRI UC) in San Diego. The ESRI UC is the world's largest event dedicated to geographic information system (GIS) technology. With more than 15,000 attendees, the conference provides opportunities to keep up on the latest GIS technology, meet people in the industry and show off our work. 

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“We make a living by what we do, but we make a life by what we give.”<br />— Winston Churchill

Communication is one of the most important business skills to master, no matter what your industry or profession. Truly effective communication goes a long way toward establishing mutually respectful relationships that not only make us happier in the workplace, but also more collaborative, productive and innovative.

Follow these steps to become an effective communicator.

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“The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” <br><br>–<em>George Bernard Shaw</em>

As we recognize the 70th anniversary of D-Day, GeoEngineers would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the men and women who serve in our Armed Forces, especially those who fought for our freedom in World War II and every other war past and present.  

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GeoEngineers would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the men and women who serve in our Armed Forces

In every community there are numerous opportunities for companies to get involved in the fabric of their surroundings. This goes beyond the already significant contribution that healthy businesses provide through employment, products, services and tax revenues.  At GeoEngineers, we encourage our employees to volunteer in community organizations that improve the world we live in.  I want to tell you about one particular organization that is making a huge difference in the Puget Sound region, and that I have been involved in since 2007.

One of my favorite movies of all time is “It’s a Wonderful Life.” While considered a holiday movie, its central theme deserves consideration throughout the year. The movie’s important lesson is that each of us has a significant and positive ripple effect on others, and too often, we take this effect for granted or misunderstand it. This is true in every aspect of our lives, including our business lives, so it’s worth reflecting on how we touch the communities we serve.

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“Strange, isn’t it? Each person's life touches so many other lives. When you aren’t around you leave an awful hole,” as Clarence in “It’s a Wonderful Life” reflects as he earns his wings in the movie.
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