Stanley consultants History
Stanley Consultants is Born
Stanley Consultants traces its roots to 1913 when Charles H. Young founded Central States Engineering, a private engineering company in Muscatine, Iowa.
Founder Young Sells Minority Stake to Stanley Brothers
In 1932, when Charles was looking toward retirement, he sold 49 percent of the firm to brothers Max and Art Stanley and the firm was renamed Young and Stanley, Inc.
Young and Stanley Brothers Electrify the Midwest
In 1936, the rural electrician program offered a huge boost to Young and Stanley as the firm played a vital role in designing and managing construction of power lines that brought electricity to the Midwest.
Young Retires and Stanley Engineering Company Emerges
Following Mr. Young’s retirement in 1939, Max Stanley became president and the firm’s name was changed to Stanley Engineering Company.
Stanley Engineering Company’s First Annual Conference
The firm’s Annual Conference was first held in 1939 to allow members to become better acquainted and celebrate service, project and company milestones. Our annual conference celebration continues to this day.
New Company Culture Takes Shape
In the late ‘40s, our employees were designated as “members” to more accurately reflect their value to the company and the collaborative project team philosophy of our work.
Business is Booming
By 1955, the firm had designed more than 65 steam electric and more than 55 diesel electric generating plans for cooperatives and municipalities.
Max Stanley Sets the Standard for the Consulting Industry
With rural electrification, state roads and highways, sanitary systems and running water in demand, Max Stanley pioneered quality service methods. He formulated the company's operations and practices and recorded them in The Consulting Engineer, published in 1961. It became the foremost sourcebook for engineers and others in the consulting industry.
Stanley Engineering Company Becomes Member-Owned
The firm became member-owned in 1961. Today, the majority of company members are shareholders, either through direct ownership or through the Stanley Member Stock Bonus Plan.
The Stanley Engineering Company Becomes Stanley Consultants
In 1966, the firm changed its name to Stanley Consultants to better reflect the multi-disciplined services that involved architects, economists, construction managers and planners.
The Next Generation Steps In
Dick Stanley, Max’s son, joined the firm full time in 1955. In 1971, he followed in his father's footsteps to become president of the company.
Outside Directors Bring New Perspectives
In 1979, outside directors were first elected to the firm’s board of directors in 1979. This practice continues to bring different backgrounds, counsel and an independent perspective to company matters.
Expansion Amidst Downturn
The economic slowdown of the early ‘80s prompted the firm to diversify into different markets and regions through the acquisition of firms in Phoenix and Florida. Since then, we have established offices around the US and around the world to serve our clients.
The Stanley Consultants Charitable Foundation is Established
The Stanley Consultants Charitable Foundation was created in 1982 to serve as a living example of our core values. The foundation has contributed over $1.6 million to charities serving international, national and local causes, as well as distributed scholarships to support students.
Future Company President Joins as an Intern
In 1965, Gregs Thomopulos joined Stanley Consultants as an intern. In 1987, he was elected president.
Celebrating Major Successes Amidst Steep Competition
We have proudly served the Federal government for over 75 years. In 1991, the company was selected over 1,300 firms to design two air bases in Kuwait. We served as program manager for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for master planning the reconstruction of Iraq and rebuilding the hurricane protection system in New Orleans.
Stanley Consultants Named “Best for Civil Engineers”
Outside sources confirm – Stanley Consultants is a great place to work. In 2002, Civil Engineering News magazine ranked Stanley Consultants as the country’s best employer for civil engineers. For years, AARP consistently ranked the company as one of the best employers for workers over 50.
Cover Story in Prestigious Industry Magazine
In 2004, Stanley Consultants was featured in Engineering News-Record magazine with president and CEO Gregs Thomopulos featured on the cover described as a 21st Century World Citizen.
Making History with a New Company President
Gayle Roberts succeeded Gregs Thomopulos as the company's fifth president in 2007 and became the nation's first female president of a large international engineering firm.
Setting New Standards for Construction Methods
With growing experience in Accelerated Bridge Construction, in 2008 we successfully replaced four bridges in 37 hours for the Utah Department of Transportation, setting a precedent in Utah to use Accelerated Bridge Construction over traditional bridge construction techniques.
Centennial Anniversary and a Renewed Focus on Service
We are committed to serving our communities and using our resources to solve the issues they face. In 2013, we celebrated our 100th anniversary with a year-long focus on community service, giving back to the communities that have long supported us.
New Leadership Charts a Path into the Future
2017 and 2018 were years of leadership transitions. In 2017, Gregs Thomopulos retired from a 52-year career with the company. Gayle Roberts was elected chairman of the board and Kate Harris joined the firm as president and CEO. In 2018, Gayle Roberts announced her retirement, concluding a 35-year career with Stanley Consultants and Kate Harris was elected chair of the board of directors.
Notable Projects and National Accolades
Our passion for innovative solutions to complex engineering challenges has resulted in multiple industry awards. The $95 million Fox River Bridge replacement project garnered multiple awards and articles. In 2020, our design of the unique Muscatine Organic Waste Recycling facility netted several national awards.
Leading the Way to Address Climate Change
Our 2022 acquisition of Resilient Analytics is helping us to deliver on our strategic vision of creating a connected, sustainable and enriched world. Resilient Analytics’ proven data, models and technologies help decision makers predict, mitigate and manage climate change risks that impact the quality of life and the natural and built environment that we live and work in.
Further Expansion and Growth
2022 has been a year of strategic acquisitions. The acquisition of Florida-based Traffic Engineering Data Solutions, Inc. (TEDS) is providing additional talent, capabilities and geographical presence to our Florida clients, and cementing our position as a regional and national transportation leader in planning, engineering, data and intelligent transportation systems (ITS) and solutions.
Looking Forward to Continued Success
From modest beginnings, we have extended our reach worldwide. We have diversified our services and clients, from local to the world market sector. Today, we're ranked among the largest engineering firms in the world with over two dozen offices across the globe. With a focus on energy, water, transportation and the environment, we continue to bring global knowledge, over a century of experience and multi-disciplinary capabilities to serve our private and public clients.