About / Key People
GEC has been successful because of our quality, dedicated professional staff. Below are details about a few of our key people. There are many others - contact us for more information!
1. Macon Office
Thomas E. Driver, P.E., is the President and CEO of GEC and manager of the Macon branch office. Tom earned a bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from Auburn University and has over thirty years of experience in the geotechnical, environmental and construction materials testing fields. Tom is a member of the Georgia Society of Professional Engineers (GSPE), the Georgia Onsite Wastewater Association (GOWA), the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME), and the Macon Board of Realtors Commercial Council. He is a Past President of the Macon Chapter of ASCE, past president of the GSPE Middle Georgia Branch, a past statewide President of GSPE, and has been Regional Vice-president and on the Board of Directors for CEC/GA. Tom was named the 1992 Young Engineer of the Year and the 1996 Professional Engineer of the Year in Private Practice by the GSPE. Tom is on the Mercer University National Engineering Advisory Board (NEAB). Tom is also a Board Member of Capital City Bank, the MEDCEN Foundation Business and Corporate Committee, and is the board President for the Macon Area Habitat for Humanity. Tom is a registered Professional Engineer in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.
Jon A. Spaller, P.G., is the Chief Geologist of the firm. Jon graduated from the State University of West Georgia with a bachelor's degree in Geology, and has over thirty years of experience in the geotechnical and environmental consulting fields. Jon has extensive experience in subsurface explorations and geotechnical engineering evaluations for commercial and industrial developments, dams, and solid waste facilities. Jon has been heavily involved in solid waste disposal facility consulting for the past 15 years, directing numerous hydro geologic site evaluations for solid waste landfills. He has directed compliance monitoring programs and assessment of corrective measures studies for numerous Georgia landfills and has also served as Construction Quality Assurance Project Manager for several Subtitle D disposal cell construction projects. He currently provides technical assistance to GEC professionals on solid waste, UST, and ESA projects. Jon is a registered professional Geologist in Georgia, and is a member of The Solid Waste Association of North America and the Georgia Groundwater Association.
Jerry B. Williams is the Construction Services Manager for the Macon office. Jerry has over 25 years' experience in construction testing and construction management, providing construction quality control, construction quality assurance, construction management, and project superintendent duties. Jerry manages a staff of engineering technicians, is the GEC Radiation Safety Officer, and oversees the materials laboratory for the firm. Jerry is experienced in quality assurance/quality control testing and monitoring of soil, concrete, steel and masonry building materials. In addition, Jerry has served as chief of quality control on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers projects and as quality assurance representative for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on projects throughout Georgia. He has also worked in the general contracting field as a project manager and construction site superintendent.
Bob Hadden is the Environmental Services Manager for the Macon office. Bob graduated from the University of South Alabama and has over 30 years of experience in the environmental field. Bob provides project management, construction quality control, and environmental consulting services. Bob manages a staff of engineers, biologists, safety professionals and others in the performance of environmental services for the firm. Bob's environmental experience includes Phase I and Phase II environmental site assessments, regulatory assessment and compliance auditing, field sampling and analysis by immuno-assay, subsurface investigations to assess soil and groundwater contamination, construction monitoring for remediation projects, asbestos, lead based paint, radon, and other hazardous material surveys. Bob also has experience in underground storage tank removal, site assessment and site remediation. Bob is past treasurer of The Georgia Environmental Information Association (EIA) and is a member of the Macon Chamber of Commerce and the Georgia Water & Pollution Control Association.
2. Columbus Office
Jason Cooper, P.E., is the Branch Manager for the firm’s Columbus, GA location. Jason graduated Cum Laude from Mercer University with a Bachelor's of Science in Engineering with a Specialization in Environmental Engineering in 2002. He earlier earned an Associate in Arts degree from Skagit Valley College. Jason served 6 years in the United States Navy Seabees, which is the Navy's Engineering and Construction department. He also has over 15 years experience in the environmental field, providing project management and environmental consulting services. Jason is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME), the Water and Environment Federation (WEF), and the Georgia Society of Professional Engineers (GSPE), where he is a member of the state Board of Directors. He was elected the GSPE 2008 Professional Engineer of the Year in Private Practice. Jason is a 2007 graduate and current Board member of Leadership Macon. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Georgia and Alabama.
Kevin Strumpler, P.G., is a Project Geologist and manages Environmental Services in the Columbus branch office. Kevin graduated from Columbus State University in 1996 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology. Kevin is a member of the Geological Society of America (GSA), the National Ground Water Association (NGWA), the Georgia Geological Society (GGS), the Alabama Geological Society (AGS), and the American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG). Kevin has over 14 years of experience in the environmental field, providing project management and environmental/geotechnical consulting services. His experience has included Phase I/II Environmental Site Assessments (including Georgia Environmental Policy Act (GEPA) and Department of Community Affairs (DCA) ESAs); Underground Storage Tank Closures and Corrective Action Investigations in Georgia and Alabama; geotechnical investigations; soil and groundwater sampling and remediation; deep foundation installation monitoring; emergency spill response; and consulting for Solid Waste Landfills. Kevin is a registered Professional Geologist in Georgia, Alabama, and Florida.
Fred Sharpe, P.E., is the Geotechnical Engineering Manager for the Columbus branch of GEC. Fred received his degree in Civil Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1966. He has over 40 years of experience in geotechnical engineering, environmental assessments, project management, building condition surveys, construction materials engineering, and quality assurance/quality control for governmental, institutional, industrial as well as commercial projects. Fred is a registered engineer throughout most of the southeast states including Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia.
Wesly Jacques, is the Construction Services Manager for the Columbus office. Wesly has over eight years experience in providing construction quality control, construction quality assurance, construction management and testing. Wesly manages a staff of engineering technicians and oversees the materials laboratory for the branch. Wesly's experience includes material testing and monitoring of aggregate, asphalt, concrete, and masonry building materials. Wesly's previous construction experience has been as a project manager with the New York State Department of Transportation, with GEC and other Engineering firms as a Civil Engineering Technician. Wesly received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from Troy University. He is a member of American Society for Testing and Material International, American Society for Civil Engineers, American Concrete Institute, and National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies.