As I sit down to reflect on the incredible journey of the past four decades, I am filled with a sense of gratitude and awe. Forty years with Underwood & Rosenblum – it’s a milestone I never imagined reaching when I first embarked on this adventure.

It all started with a simple notice on a corkboard, pinned there with a real thumbtack. That call to Cliff Underwood in March 1984 marked the beginning of an incredible journey, one that has seen us weather countless storms and celebrate numerous triumphs.

From the early days as a firm of four, working tirelessly on civil engineering projects in the San Jose area, to our innovative endeavors like converting a van into the first mobile survey office, our journey has been marked by a relentless pursuit of excellence and a commitment to pushing boundaries.

Through it all, I’ve remained steadfast in my dedication to furthering my education and credentials. From obtaining my professional civil engineering license in 1987 to earning my Professional Land Surveying license in 1990, I’ve always believed in the importance of continuous learning and growth.

Then, there was the pivotal moment when I approached Cliff about the possibility of buying the firm. It was a decision that would change the course of our firm’s history forever, paving the way for a new era of growth and opportunity.

As we look towards the future, I am filled with optimism and excitement. Yes, there may be challenges ahead, but I have every confidence that we will face them head-on, armed with the same resilience and determination that has carried us through the toughest of times.

To our next generation of engineers, I offer this simple advice:

“Always be looking at the bigger picture and have a long-range view of your future. Be engaged in a profession that you are passionate about which is more than just money. And take the time to learn the skills that you will need to succeed.”

Here’s to the next forty years and beyond.