Neimeyer Recognized with ASCE OPAL Award

Terry Neimeyer, PE. F.ACEC, B.CEE, F.ASCE, was recently honored with an American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Outstanding Projects And Leaders (OPAL) award in the Management category. This achievement honors civil engineering leaders whose lifetime accomplishments contributed in one of five categories (construction, design, education, government and management). He will be formally presented with the award during the ASCE 2021 Convention in October.

Terry joined KCI after graduating from college in 1977 and was named president and chief operating officer of the firm in November 1995. He served as chief executive officer from March 1999 until September 2018 and is the firm’s current Chairman of the Board. When he took over as President, KCI was ranked number #150 on the Engineering News-Record Top 500 design firms at $35 million in annual revenues. Today, KCI is ranked #54 at $305 million in annual revenues. In addition, Terry was part of a leadership team who orchestrated an employee-led buyout of the firm from a foreign parent in 1988 and led the conversion to 100% employee owned in 1997. KCI now has 50 offices in 19 states offering services in the Transportation, Utilities, Water and Site/Facilities markets.

Terry is passionate about the industry and has served in leadership roles for multiple educational institutions and professional organizations. He served on advisory boards for the Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering and the University of Delaware’s Engineering College, has an annual student scholarship offered in his name at both institutions, and was selected as the Civil Engineering Alumnus of the Year in 2000 and the Alumni Wall of Fame in 2004 at the University of Delaware. Professionally, Terry has been actively involved with the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) for decades. He is also a member of the Maryland Association of Engineers, the County Engineer’s Association of Maryland, the Engineering Society of Baltimore (ESB), and Tau Beta Pi, a national honorary engineering fraternity. In 2001, the Maryland Section of ASCE named him Civil Engineer of the Year, and, one year later, ESB bestowed Engineer of the Year honors. In 2020, the Maryland Society of Professional Engineers gave him their Icon of the Industry award.

On the national level, Terry served as president for the Design Professionals Risk Control Group of XL Design Professional, Inc., and is past chair of ACEC’s Design Professionals Coalition, an organization of large-firm principals dedicated to advancing legislative action that enhances business opportunities for the engineering community. He was treasurer of ACEC National in 2007-2009 and chairman from 2011 to 2012. Terry is a GSA Design Excellence Peer Reviewer, serves on the board of the Maryland Transportation Builders and Materials Association, and is past chairman and a founding board member of the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure. He also served as a trustee and past chairman of the ACEC Retirement Trust that manages assets for 401k plans for over 300 consulting engineering firms. Terry completed his 3-year term as an At Large Director on ASCE’s National Board of Direction in 2019 and is a current member and past Chairman of ASCE’s Industry Leaders Council. For ASCE, he has attained Fellow and Life Member status and has served on numerous national committees. He also served on the board of the US Chamber of Commerce where he chaired the Corporate Leadership Advisory Council for mid-cap companies from 2007-2009.