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Tom Searle Receives Executive Excellence Award from HENAAC

Tom Searle Receives Executive Excellence Award from HENAAC

DENVER, 01 August, 2006 — CH2M HILL, a global full-service engineering, construction, and operations firm, today announced that Tom Searle, Water Business Group President, has been honored with the Executive Excellence Award by the Hispanic Engineering National Achievement Awards (HENAAC).

The award will be presented 6 October, 2006 during HENAAC's annual conference in Anaheim, Calif.

"CH2M HILL is honored to have one of our senior executives recognized by HENAAC with this prestigious award," said Ralph Peterson, Chairman and CEO of CH2M HILL. "During his 29-year tenure, Tom has made significant contributions to CH2M HILL's Water Business Group's growth and industry leadership. The strong work ethic and top-notch leadership skills he has brought to CH2M HILL make all of us personally and professionally proud that he is part of our team."

As President of CH2M HILL's Water Business Group, Searle leads a business unit with more than $600 million in revenue and a staff of 1,500. Since joining CH2M HILL in 1977, he has served as an executive and board member, program manager, project manager, engineer, and construction services manager for water, wastewater, and public works projects.

In addition, he has reached a number of professional milestones, including: leading the Water Business Group in providing more than $200,000 of in-kind support for increasing water supplies to victims of the 2004 tsunami, contributing to the report "A Silent Tsunami"; serving as Co-Chair for the Water Environment Federation's International Programs Committee, and starting the firm's desalination initiative.

HENAAC was established in 1989 as a means of identifying, honoring, and documenting the contributions of outstanding Hispanic American science, engineering, technology, and math professionals. The Executive Excellence Award is judged on several criteria including level of responsibility, potential as a role model, involvement with the Hispanic community and overcoming obstacles of minorities in his field.

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