Membership Report

ASCE Houston Branch

Membership Report

January 2017

Currently, adjusted assignments to the Houston Branch include 3345 members. 85% of all National renewals (2451 members) elected to pay their Texas Section Dues. Thank you for your strong ASCE participation!

2016-2017 ASCE Houston Branch Membership Report

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Who do I contact with Membership questions?

Houston Branch Membership Chair:  Zach Jacobson



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2016-2017 ASCE Houston Branch Meeting Schedule

General Meeting Format:

* Typical Spring Lunch Meeting Agenda – 11 AM Tech Sessions; 11:45 AM Announcements & Lunch; 12:15 Main Speaker

Please remember to pre-pay online at the time of registration.

Future Meetings:

January Branch Meeting – 1/17/17 (Tuesday)(11:00 AM to 1:00 PM) –HESS Club

February Branch Meeting – 2/21/17 (Tuesday)(11:00 AM to 1:00 PM) – HESS Club

March Branch Meeting – 3/21/17 (Tuesday)(11:00 AM to 1:00 PM) – HESS Club

April Branch Meeting – 4/18/17 (Tuesday)(11:00 AM to 1:00 PM) – HESS Club

May Branch Meeting – 5/16/17 (Tuesday)(11:00 AM to 1:00 PM) – HESS Club

June Branch Meeting – 6/20/17 (Tuesday)(11:00 AM to 1:00 PM) – HESS Club

President's Message

Thank you to Steve Costello on giving us a behind the scenes view into his unique role within the City of Houston at our November Branch Meeting. In addition, we had Jerry Rogers give us a history lesson on the role railroads played in the growth of Houston and Dallas and David Howell give us an update on the Texas Board of Professional Engineers activities.

December is our annual Christmas Toy Drive. If you are unable to bring an unwrapped toy to our December meeting at St. Arnold’s Brewery, please consider a monetary donation which can be made in person or on the ASCE Houston website ( Toys that are collected at the December meeting will be delivered to a local charity.

At our December meeting, we have the pleasure of hearing Mr. Mark Hordes of Mark Hordes Management Consultants, LLC talk about how we can boost our leadership IQ and we have the opportunity to recognize Donald Anderson, P.E. with the distinguished Award of Honor for his long-standing support of ASCE. Thank you Donald for all you have done for ASCE!

If you haven’t heard, ASCE is in the movie business. ASCE commissioned the making of Dream Big. Combined with educational programming and powerful media, Dream Big will:

    • Inform the public about the important work engineers do, helping to heighten interest and change perceptions about the profession

    • Inspire young people to consider careers in engineering

    • Answer the demand for K-12 engineering education resources, in alignment with the Next Generation Science Standards 

In Houston, Dream Big will debut in the IMAX theater at the Houston Museum of Natural Science on February 17, 2017. We have started an ad-hoc committee to help build content and activities around the premiere to take advantage of this unique opportunity to showcase our profession to the public. If you are interested in participating, please contact Luis Gonzalez, our VP – Education, at .

The Houston Branch will return to HESS in January, and we'll return to our lunch meeting format for the spring.  Check our website for more details.

I'm available for your input about the Houston Branch.  You can call or email (713-939-6438 or, or feel free to find me at the branch meetings.  As always, thank you for your support of ASCE Houston.

Patrick Beecher, P.E.

December Branch Meeting Main Speaker

Boost Your Leadership IQ: How to Successfully Transition from a "Technical Contributor" to a High Performing Leader

Mr. Mark Hordes, B.S., M.B.A., M.S. - Human Development Managing Director and Senior Leadership Development Consultant and Coach

The war for Leadership top talent still rages across all industry sectors despite falling energy prices, but the question remains: How do “technical contributors” from Engineering companies make a successful transition to become great leaders? Learn the “critical success factors” and “must-know” essential skills to enable you to become “a high performing leader”.

Mark Hordes has over 25 years of experience in training technical contributors and leaders in how to create, build, develop, and sustain high performance leadership skills. His primary areas of expertise include leadership development, management of change, and training and team development. He also has additional expertise in organizational and talent development performance management, employee surveys, and "voice of the customer" assessments.

Mark is an Associate Partner in Change Management at Accenture, Senior Vice President of Organizational Excellence and Practice Leader at Sinclair Group, and the Vice President of International Consulting and Training at the American Productivity and Quality Center. Mark graduated from the University of Houston and holds an MBA and MS in Human Development from Aurora University. He is also a graduate of The American Graduate School of International Management, "Thunderbird."

Mark has co-authored "S-Business: Reinventing the Services Organization" and is featured in the Houston Business Journal and Houton Chronicle. He is a 2014 Honoree from "Who's Who in Energy Training" at HBJ and has been privileged to work with the following clients: Chevron, SADARA, Dow Chemicals, KBR, NewPage, Tasnee, Saudi Airlines, Baker Hughes, Shell Oil, ConocoPhillips, Schlumberger, Intel, 3M, Caterpillar, Renault, HP, EDS, Toro, Z-Safety, Edea, Malaysian Airlines, S&T, ExxonMobil, Qualcomm, First Data Resources, Toro, Datatel, Lucent, Horne Financial Advisors, and Volkswagen. 

Younger Member's Report

It’s December and the season of giving is upon us.

I hope that you enjoyed a wonderful November with friends and family.

On November 3rd, ASCE Younger Members attended the technical session of David Hasness, regional engineer at Pavestone LLC as he gave a presentation focusing on Pavers followed by a plant tour. Younger Members were engaged in an informative discussion about pavers and how they can withstand the forces of weather, water and traffic. Additionally, they are specifically designed to withstand freeze-thaw conditions, making them a good choice for cool as well as warm climates.

This December, many of our Younger Members are looking for unique ways to give back.

On December 3rd, a group of ASCE members and guests helped build bicycles for CYCLE at NRG Center.  CYCLE (Changing Young Children’s Lives through Education) is a children’s charity that rewards students who have met their goals for higher academic performance with a new bicycle!  So far, over 150,000 bicycles have been awarded to students in the Greater Houston Area.  This was a great event and a fun way to spend a Saturday morning!  Thank you to all of our volunteers who participated. If you didn’t make our scheduled event, please feel free to sign up another time that works best for you.  Additional information and registration is available on the CYCLE website

Join SAME and ASCE December 15th for an ugly sweater holiday happy hour at Hay Merchant from 5pm – 9pm to get into the holiday spirit! All young professionals are welcome and tacky Christmas sweaters are encouraged! Appetizers will be provided.

And last but not least, don’t forget to help yourselves.

As mentioned in November, many of our Youngers Members have a PE Exam in their future!

If that includes you, I invite you to join us at the December 8th PE Luncheon at Terracon and help yourself to a wealth of good advice.

The presentation will be given by George Hartman, Engineer for the Texas Board of Professional Engineers for over 13 years. The Luncheon will begin with a presentation over specifics of professional licensure application and conclude with a Q&A session. Moreover, four recent licensed professionals are available to give a brief rundown of what to expect exam day. 

Lunch will be provided. For questions, please contact Mahsa Arastoo, our YM Technical Committee Chair. Register here:

Happy Holidays!

Ashley Francis, P.E.