Giffels Webster, a Detroit-headquartered consulting firm specializing in planning, land development and infrastructure solutions, today announced a leadership transition plan which includes the retirement of longtime partners Scott Clein, John Redash and Scott Ringler in the fall. The plan also identifies the promotion of Mike Kozak to president and Mike Marks to treasurer.
In announcing the promotions, Giffels Webster’s retiring President Scott Clein said, “The partners of Giffels Webster have worked diligently for the past few years developing our leadership transition plan, and I am excited for the future of the company. Giffels Webster has thrived for nearly 71 years because of the talent of our people and the ability of leadership to allow that talent to shine. Mike Kozak and Mike Marks will continue that tradition in leading the company toward a fantastic future.”
Mike Kozak, 43, joined Giffels Webster in 2001 and has served as a partner since 2016. Most recently, he has led the firm’s Macomb office. He has extensive experience with both private land development and municipal engineering services, providing him with a unique perspective of the company’s overall business portfolio. Kozak is a graduate of Lawrence Technical University and resides in Grosse Pointe Park, Mich.
Mike Marks, 47, has more than 22 years at Giffels Webster where he has vast experience in urban redevelopment, helping clients navigate complex infrastructure and regulatory networks to achieve success in revitalizing the City of Detroit. He is a graduate of Michigan State University and resides in Grosse Pointe, Mich.
Scott Clein joined Giffels Webster and established the firm’s Detroit office in 1996 where he oversaw design teams for nearly two decades. He assumed the president role in 2011 and has worked to modernize the company’s operations and prepare its next-generation leadership. Clein has made a significant mark on the planning, design and implementation of hundreds of Detroit development projects, most notably Detroit’s Non-motorized Transportation Master Plan, Campus Martius and the Wurlitzer Building.
John Redash joined Giffels Webster in 1986 and has managed most of the firm’s major survey projects, including landmark projects like the Ford Rouge Plant, Little Caesar’s Arena, Comerica Park and the Village of Rochester Hills.
Scott Ringler joined Giffels Webster in 1988 and has served as the engineer of record for the City of Ferndale for over 25 years and the City of Lathrup Village for over 20 years.
Clein, Redash, and Ringler will continue in their roles until the fall, assisting in the transition to the next generation of leaders within Giffels Webster.
“The contributions of Scott Clein, John Redash, and Scott Ringler to Giffels Webster has been immeasurable to our staff and the communities we serve,” said Mike Kozak, PE, partner at Giffels Webster. “We have been fortunate with exceptional leadership over our 71-year history and none more effective than that of these gentlemen. Their vision and actions have assured the success of Giffels Webster into the future, and we thank them for their dedication.”