2023 IECA Board of Directors Election

The IECA nominating committee helped identify candidates with certain skill sets to run for the Board of Directors based on grouping them by skillsets. To ensure the committee was inclusive and not exclusive each chapter had a nominating committee member. The process gave IECA chapters the opportunity to identify and submit qualified candidates. Additionally any member, who meets the requirements in our bylaws, is able to run for the board of director. Skills assessment were completed by three individuals selected by the candidate and submitted to IECA. The nominating committee then ranked candidates based on their experience in the following areas:

  • Board of Directors
  • Business/Corporate Planning Experience
  • Leadership Experience
  • Strategic Planning
  • Human Resource/Executive Performance Review
  • Accounting Knowledge
  • Financial/Investment
  • Risk Assessment
  • Organizational Management
  • Marketing
  • Legal
  • Information Technology
  • Networking
  • Public Affairs and Communication
  • Fundraising

Voting will take place online in IECA Connect through 20 September 2023. To select candidates, click on the seat link above after candidates in each section and click submit. Please note you may abstain or vote for neither vote for each seat. 

If you encounter any problems with voting, please contact Jan Rabern at jan@ieca.org for assistance. You must be a member of IECA to cast a vote.

Candidates have been placed into three groups based on the qualifications and experience provided by the candidates’ references as follows:

Seat “A” Candidates
Candidates in this seat position possess high marks in Board of Director experience, Strategic Planning, Financial/Investment, Organizational Management and Marketing.

Adam Lyman
Adam joined IECA in 2005 mostly to attend a conference in Long Beach where I learned what IECA was. He worked as geotechnical engineering consultant at this time. I volunteered for local stormwater events in Boise. In 2007 he helped a friend start Syman LLC and in 2009 I quit my consulting job and went to work for Syman LLC full time. When the business could afford it, he re-joined IECA and have juggled running a business, volunteering in Idaho and IECA ever since. In 2013 he started a Civil Engineering firm, ABCO Engineering and currently have two jobs, principle at a small engineering firm and the director of the consulting services at Syman. For the last 3 years Adam has served the pacific northwest chapter as the Idaho representative. He has been a conference speaker several times. He is a trainer for the City of Boise erosion control class and the Idaho Transportation Department Erosion control classes. He is a professional engineer licensed in Idaho, Oregon, Nevada, and Utah. Adam is also a CPESC. In the last 10 years he has volunteered my time for industry and community outreach in stormwater pollution and erosion control for the Cities of Nampa, Boise, McCall, the Associated General Contractors, The National Association of Home Builders, and the Idaho Transportation Department.

Nicky Araujo
Rafael (Nicky) Araujo, born in Panama, Republic of Panama, holds a BSc. in Biology, majoring in Zoology and Ecology from the University of Panama and a Certificate in Geotechnical Engineering from University of Delaware. With more than 36 years in the business of geosynthetics and erosion control, he is the current C.E.O. of Servicios de Ingenieria Geosintetica, S.A. (S.I.G.S.A.). Nicky has served as President of I.E.C.A. (2021-2023), President the Ibero American Chapter of IECA (2010-2012), is the current Vice-President for Global Development of IECA, a Board Member of the IRC, past Co-Chair of the Erosion and Sediment Control Track of the Educational Track Committee as well as a member the Professional Development Committee and of the Chapter Advisory Committee of IECA.

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Seat “B” Candidates
Candidates were selected for seat “B” as they possess high marks in Leadership Experience, Human Resources/Performance, Accounting; Risk Assessment and Legal.

Josh Hanson
Josh began his stormwater compliance career in the mid-Atlantic region performing erosion and sediment control inspections in Virginia and West Virginia and later overseeing SWPPP development and permitting services and construction and post construction inspection services in Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina and Florida for a small consulting firm. It was in the mid-Atlantic region that he first joined the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the IECA on the urging of his supervisor to expand his knowledge and grow his industry connections. Later, Josh relocated to the Midwest to take on a technical leadership roll at Olsson, a mid-sized engineering and design firm based in Nebraska, and move closer to family. Here he joined the Great Rivers Chapter of the IECA where he became a board member in 2022. In his roll as the firmwide technical resource for stormwater compliance he also engages and attends conferences in the Great Rivers and Mountain chapters and this year the South-Central chapter to cover the Olsson footprint. He has found engagement in these chapters as the best way to engage with different regional regulators and industry experts and to keep abreast of changing regulations, and the latest industry advancements and technologies. .

Michael Frankcombe
Michael started his career as a soil conservationist with the NSW Soil Conservation Service in 1989. He joined the Australasian Chapter of IECA in 1993 and became a CPESC. Michael was elected to the Australasian Chapter Board of Directors (BoD) in 1994 and remained on the BoD until he chose to not stand again in November 2022. He was elected Vice President in 2001 and President in 2002 and held the Presidents role for 14 years. He was elected to the USA BoD in 2005 for a 3-year term and was on the International Development Committee and held the position of Technical Vice-President. Michael was the Chair of the International Regional Council responsible for the reunification of IECA and a member of the international standards and practices committee. He has been providing technical tips for the IECA newsletter since 2002.

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Seat “C” Candidate
This candidate was selected to be grouped into seat “C” because he possess high marks in Business/Corporate Planning, Information Technology, Networking, Public Affairs and Fundraising experience.

Matt Welch
Matt Welch, CPESC, CESSWI, is the Director of Technical Development for Profile Products, LLC, of Buffalo Grove, Illinois. Welch oversees Profile’s Technical Department and works closely with specifiers to ensure that all erosion and sediment control designs, involving Profile’s line of products, will have a high rate of success. Welch holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Conservation and Environmental Sciences from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, with an emphasis on land resources and soil science. During and after college, Welch worked at an engineering and consulting firm out of Green Bay, WI. The firm he worked with was heavily involved in projects with erosion control and reclamation of land; many of which were on linear transmission line projects. This experience ultimately led to a smooth transition into the technical department at Profile Products. Welch has been a member of the IECA since 2013 and is currently the Great Lakes Chapter President. Previously he was a member of the IECA Professional Development Committee for a term limit of 4 years.

>> Vote for the Seat "C" Candidate

Voting will take place online in IECA Connect through 20 September 2023. To select candidates, click on the seat link above after candidates in each section and click submit. Please note you may abstain or vote for neither vote for each seat. 

IECA is the foremost organization for those involved in or concerned about soil erosion control. Membership (in IECA) tells others you take erosion control seriously and you want to help make a difference.

Scott Velting, CPESC, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA