The Mannik & Smith Group, Inc. (MSG) has named Dean M. Niese, PE, as President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the firm, and Brian P. Geer, PE, as Chief Operations Officer (COO). Niese previously served as Chief Operations Officer (COO) and Chairman of the firm’s Board of Directors. He is replacing President and CEO Richard F. Bertz, PE, PS, who is transitioning into retirement.
Niese joined MSG in 1984 and became a Principal in 1992. He was named COO in 2005 and Chairman of the Board in 2018. Working with staff and shareholders, Niese helped MSG grow from a single office in Toledo with 15 employees to a regional engineering leader with more than 350 employees. He is credited with spearheading the firm’s environmental business, which is now MSG’s largest operating unit.
Geer joined MSG in 1998 and was named a Principal and Vice President in 2005 and Senior Vice President in 2012. Geer also serves as an officer with the US Naval Reserves, Civil Engineering Corps. A Lieutenant Commander, he received his commission in 2009, deploying to Afghanistan in 2013-2014. Geer’s leadership abilities and teambuilding skills have helped MSG expand into new markets and support the operations of the firm’s 14 offices throughout Ohio, Michigan and West Virginia.
MSG was named a Hot Firm by the Zweig Group in 2019, 2018, 2017, and 2016 and earned a Top Workplaces award in 2018. A trusted engineering services provider for 65 years, MSG employs a talented staff of more than 350 professionals in 14 office locations. The firm provides Civil, Structural, Geotechnical, and Transportation Engineering; Environmental Services; Comprehensive Planning, Permitting, and Funding Strategy Assistance; Landscape Architecture; Surveying Services; and Construction Engineering, Inspection, and Materials Testing throughout Ohio, Michigan and West Virginia.