About Us

Early in 1972, leaders from about a dozen Texas construction materials testing and geotechnical engineering firms met in Austin at a meeting called by Grover Williams, P.E. of Trinity Engineering Testing Corporation. The purpose was to consider forming a Texas Council of Engineering Laboratories.

The idea of a Texas State organization whose goals would be to foster and maintain excellence and professionalism in the construction materials and geotechnical engineering disciplines was not entirely new. Most of the people at the Austin meeting were members of American Council of Independent Laboratories' Southern division, and had discussed this subject for several years. Their joint conclusion has been that such an organization not only would be a service to the construction industry and to the public, but to its member firms as well. The meeting produced a unanimous agreement. TCEL came into being that very day.

TECL/ Geo-Professionals ServingTexas

TCEL's Purpose

In keeping with Article IV of TCEL's Constitution, the goals of this non-profit organization are several fold: To foster, encourage, promote and maintain the profession and practice of geoprofessional services at the state and local level.

  • Encourage legislative and administrative policy decisions favorable to the geoprofessional practice.
  • To advance knowledge and learning in the science and practice of geoprofessional services through education and training.
  • To collaborate with other professional organizations to advance the practice of geoprofessional services.
  • To develop standards of performance in the practice of geoprofessional services.

Past Presidents

  • Grover Williams: 1972-1973
  • Carl F. Raba, Jr.: 1974-1975
  • Warren Lacy: 1976-1977
  • Dalton Hamilton: 1978-1979
  • Dan Hanna: 1980-1981
  • Douglas Flatt: 1982-1983
  • Joe Jeanes: 1984-1985
  • Jack Haston/William J. Harper: 1986-1987
  • William J. Harper: 1988-1989
  • Richard W. Kistner: 1990-1991
  • Jerry Weathers: 1991-1993
  • Jeffery Danielski: 1993-1995
  • Jack Haston: 1995-1997
  • David L. Pickett: 1997-1999
  • John Wooley: 1999-2001
  • Duane Harrell: 2001-2003
  • Steven Richards: 2003-2005
  • Joe Cibor: 2005-2007
  • Chris Schultz: 2007-2009
  • Lyndon Cox: 2009-2011
  • Pete Bush: 2011-2013
  • Jeffrey Roberts: 2013-2015
  • Woodward Vogt: 2015-2017
  • Russell Gibson: 2018-2019
  • Telfryn John: 2020-2022

Award of Excellence Winners

  • Terry Smith, Sr.: 2021
  • Russell Gibson: 2020
  • Jeffrey C. Roberts: 2019
  • Woodward Vogt: 2019
  • Lyndon Cox: 2018
  • Bill Ciggelakis: 2018
  • Carl Raba: 2016
  • Joseph Cibor: 2015
  • David L. Pickett: 2012
  • John Wolley: 2010
  • George Hollon: 2009
  • Jerry Weathers: 2008
  • Grover Williams: 2006
  • Douglass Flatt: 2005
  • Daniel Hanna: 2004
  • William J. Harper: 2003
  • Richard W. Kistner: 2000
2022 AGM Award of Excellence

Telfryn John presents Terry Smith, Jr. with the 2021 Award of Excellence presented posthumously to Terry Smith, Sr.

Board of Directors

President - Bryan Sy, PE

President Elect - Jesse Kocher, PE

Secretary/Treasurer - Kemp Akeman, PE
TSIT Engineering & Consulting

Past President - Telfryn John, PE
GeoScience Engineering & Testing, Inc.

Director - Preston Parker, PE
Raba Kistner, Inc.

Director - Lee Gurecky, PE
Riner Engineering

Director - Pete Falletta, P.E.

Director - Owen Sanderson, P.E.
ETTL Engineers & Consultants, Inc.

Standing Committees

Budget & Finance - Kemp Akeman, PE
Raba Kistner Consultants, Inc.

Public Relations - Kim Icenhower, FSMPS, CPSM

Membership - Lyndon Cox, PE
Terracon Consultants, Inc.

Website - Kim Icenhower, FSMPS, CPSM

Chapter Contacts

Austin Chapter - Derek Stout
Terradyne LLC

Houston Chapter - Daniel Gutierrez, PE
The Murillo Company

North Central Chapter - Reece Taylor, PE
Braun Intertec Corporation

San Antonio Chapter - Preston Parker, PE
Raba Kistner Consultants, Inc.