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Thomas D. Richards, Jr., PE, D.GE, is a retired chief engineer and now consultant at Nicholson Construction Company. For more than 30 years at Nicholson, he has handled the technical aspects of a multitude of specialist geotechnical projects using micropiles, anchors, ground nails, diaphragm walls and numerous injection techniques. His responsibilities included design, quality control, research, testing and instrumentation. Richards was a director on the DFI Board of Directors and was active on numerous DFI, ADSC, PTI and ASCE committees, leading to frequent commentary on the FHWA and other industry documents. He remains active in several DFI and ADSC committees. He is also a member of The Moles. In 2019, he received the DFI Distinguished Service Award and was selected as the 2021-2022 DFI Traveling Lecturer.
Thad Tobaben is a business development professional specializing in client relationships, strategic partnerships and organizational development. He is currently the Kiewit Foundations business development representative across the United States, securing new clients for Kiewit infrastructure engineering projects. Over the past 8 years, he has held various positions in engineering recruitment and talent development. Tobaben served in the Nebraska National Guard for 6 years. He brings a passion for prospecting, team collaboration and project management, all leading to the development of successful relationships.