San Diego, CA – January 7, 2020 – Today, Wood Rodgers celebrates the first birthday of our San Diego office. Over the past year, our operations in San Diego have grown significantly, both with the addition of new team members and new projects.
Our San Diego office is led and managed by Kevin Gustorf. Kevin joined Wood Rodgers (Sacramento) as a Principal at the end of April 2018, bringing 20 years of water and wastewater consulting experience throughout California. Supporting Kevin is Karl Meier, who started at Wood Rodgers in January 2019 as an Associate, bringing 15 years of experience in the water industry. Karl manages the day-to-day operations of the San Diego office and generates opportunities for water and wastewater work.
Proven Partnership Establishes San Diego Office
Prior to the San Diego office opening, Kevin and Karl worked together for over 10 years on many projects throughout California. They brought a proven partnership to establishing and growing our presence in San Diego. In fact, it was Kevin who recruited Karl to establish the new office location in San Diego.
“Karl Meier would be my first hire in any situation,” Kevin explained. “From my experience working with Karl, I knew he was a person we could build an office around. When Karl mentioned that he was interested, and we were the company of choice, the idea of planting a flag in San Diego became real.”
Kevin Gustorf (left) and Karl Meier (right) together at the San Diego Open House in October 2019.
New Team Members, Planning and Design Projects in San Diego
Once the office officially opened in January 2019, it wasn’t long before Kevin and Karl added to the team. Shirley Reppert, Daniel Valencia, and Mario Tambellini joined the office over the course of 2019, quickly expanding our available services in San Diego.
“The San Diego office is thriving with bright, energetic engineers who are working on challenging planning and design projects that span from San Diego county to Northern California,” commented Karl. “I am excited to be a part of this office which has grown from one person to five over the course of only a year. I look forward to continue to collaborate with our staff and clients on exciting projects in 2020!”
From left to right: Kevin Gustorf, Shirley Reppert, Mario Tambellini, Daniel Valencia, and Karl Meier.
Although the office has only been open for a year, Wood Rodgers has already been selected to work on exciting projects in the San Diego area.
“There’s also been immediate success with project selection, which has been a little quicker than we anticipated. Wood Rodgers was virtually unknown a few months ago in San Diego, but we’re already getting a great response,” Kevin stated.
Building the Workplace with Culture in Mind
With expansion in mind, both Kevin and Karl worked to ensure that the new office stayed connected to company as a whole. Throughout the year, they hosted events such as the San Diego Open House to connect with the local community – as well as office events such as pumpkin carving for team bonding.
“As we build the workplace, it’s vital to focus on connecting people and their families together outside of the office,” said Kevin. “All of our offices have to feel that the company supports bringing them together and helping them maintain our culture.”
Daniel Valencia, Karl Meier, and Shirley Reppert pose for a fun photo at the San Diego Open House.
The opening of our San Diego office grows our services and presence in southern California. The San Diego office is located at 1775 Hancock Street, in the Old Mission Brewery Plaza. The leadership in place, location and space fits the character of our firm and represents who we are very well. We are excited to celebrate the success of the San Diego office – happy first birthday!
Article written by Lexi Robertson.