President of Pierson Advisory Group Earns OPAL for Management

December 1, 2015
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ASCE has honored George J. Pierson, Esq., P.E., M.ASCE, with the 2016 Outstanding Projects and Leaders Lifetime Achievement Award for Management.

Pierson is the President of The Pierson Advisory Group and previously was the President and CEO of Parsons Brinckerhoff Inc., a global-consulting firm assisting public and private clients to plan, develop, design, construct, operate, and maintain critical infrastructure projects. During Pierson’s tenure, Parsons Brinckerhoff employed approximately 14,000 professionals in 150 offices on five continents and had annual revenues of $2.8 billion. Parsons Brinckerhoff was acquired by WSP Global on whose Board Pierson now sits.

Pierson is a licensed professional engineer in California, and he has been admitted to the bar in California, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania.

He joined Parsons Brinckerhoff in 2006 as general counsel and secretary. In 2008, he was named COO of the firm’s Americas operating company before becoming president and CEO in 2010. Previously, Pierson enjoyed a distinguished career as a construction lawyer, including a three-year stint as partner and director of the international construction practice of Peckar and Abramson PC.

Pierson is a Director Emeritus of the New York Building Congress, a member of The Moles and the National Academy of Construction. He has received numerous honors including the 2012 ASCE John I. Parcel-Leif J. Sverdrup Civil Engineering Management Award and was named a 2014 ENR Top 25 Newsmaker for his work as Co-Chair of the Engineering Success Alliance, a program at Bucknell University designed to assist engineering students from under resourced high schools.

The OPAL Awards honor outstanding civil engineering leaders whose lifetime accomplishments contributed in one of five categories – construction, design, education, government, or management. The 2016 honorees will be recognized at the OPAL Awards Gala, March 17, in Arlington, VA.

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