Leadership changes push CGA into future

As Bill Grabe nears retirement in a couple of years at Clapsaddle-Garber Associates, the leadership team is already in place for a seamless transition to lead the company into the future.

Matt Garber has taken over as president and CEO of the Marshalltown-based business, and Mike Bearden is the company’s executive vice president. CGA is a civil engineering survey company with 32 employees. There are three areas of focus of the business – aviation, civil/municipal engineering and surveying.

Grabe has served as president and CEO since 1996 and has been with the company for 38 years.

Though the titles have changed for the top three leaders at CGA, they are already accustomed to working together.

“We really operated as a team before anyways,” Grabe said.

As it nears his time to step away, Grabe said he felt it was important to have the next leaders promoted.

“We’ve got a lot of good up-and-coming people,” he said.

Garber said the key to the company’s success has been the connections it has made in the community and the state.

“It’s really about developing relations with people,” Garber said.

Bearden said CGA has a good mix of business opportunities to stake its claim in the market.

“I think we’ve got a good (client) base and opportunity to expand,” Bearden said.

Both Garber (BCLUW) and Bearden (Gladbrook-Reinbeck) serve on their local school boards, and community service is encouraged for CGA employees.

“We try to be active in the community,” Garber said.

Grabe said one of the feathers in the cap of CGA is being able to be a part of designing airports in Belle Plaine, Grinnell and Osceola.

In other leadership moves by the company, Vice President Mindy Bryngelson is now also member of the board, Travis Stewart is a group leader and Adam Daters and Mark Crawford are now part of the ownership group.

The company was started in Conrad by Jack Clapsaddle in 1959 and moved to Marshalltown in the 1970s. The offices are at the City Centre at 16 E. Main St.