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Organizational Member Council

What is the Geo-Institute Organizational Member Council (OMC)?
The OMC of the Geo-Institute (G-I) is a group of 5-8 dedicated Organizational Member representatives who serve all G-I Organizational members (OM). The members are selected by the OMC chair, with the assistance of the Geo-Institute Board of Governors (BOG) and G-I OMC liaisons.

Why was the Geo-Institute Organizational Member Council formed?
The OMC represents the interests of the Organizational Members of the G-I, with the ultimate goal of enhancing this special membership category. The OMC examines ways to increase the value of the Organizational Membership by: recognizing the needs of the OM firms, identifying various activities or products that address those needs, and work with the G-I staff and leadership to implement the resulting programs.

What are some activities in which the OMC participates? 

  • Organizing and hosting the Organizational Member/Student Reception at the
    Geo-Institute annual congress. The OMC selects 50 of “the best” geotechnical students to attend the conference and to meet the Organizational Members at an exclusive icebreaker reception. The OMC also provides each selected student with a stipend funded from OM dues.
  • The G-I recognizes the importance of ASFE's new mission to combat commoditization in the geo-services marketplace. To help with this effort, the OMC is sponsoring a session at the 2012 annual G-I conference entitled “Demonstrating the Value Geo-Professionals Provide to Projects.” 
  • Work with the editors of Geo-Strata to bring business content to the magazine. 
  • The OMC organizes and selects the Geo-Institute Corporate Volunteer Award winner.  This annual award is given to a firm that “gives the most back” to the profession and the Geo-Institute.
  • Recruits new OMs and serves as liaisons to current OMs.

Is there a relationship between the OMC and the G-I Board of Governors?
The OMC reports directly to the G-I BoG and will relay to the BoG, through a designated board liaison, concerns and suggestions regarding OM activities or interests.

Are there designated terms for OMC members?
Members serve a three-year term and the chair serves a two-year term, but other succession plans may be implemented at the chair’s discretion. The OMC has a minimum of one in-person meeting per year and meest at other times (in person or via teleconference) as necessary, and within the OMC budget.

How do I become an OMC member?
Express your interest in becoming an OMC member in writing to or by phone to Linda Bayer at 703-295-6162.

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