On August 1st, Colby Barrett spoke to his hometown Rotary Club about Culture and Values in the Workplace. Through his own experiences as the CEO of GeoStabilization International, he shared a story of innovation with insights that can be incorporated into personal and business journeys. The primary topics were creating a strong company culture and empowering that culture to lead an industry to positive changes and improving standards.
A passionate leader within the geohazard mitigation industry, Colby has worked on stabilization projects for over 15 years; managing projects throughout North America and New Zealand. He has authored numerous papers on landslide and erosion control as well as Geosynthetically Confined Soil® technology. A recent recipient of the prestigious Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, Colby has just been named as one of Engineering News-Record’s National Top 20 Under 40. Under his leadership, GeoStabilization International has been recognized as one of “The Best Companies to Work For” by ColoradoBiz magazine.
In the 1970s, a massive rockslide buried Interstate 81 in Montgomery County, VA while it was being constructed. The mountain of debris took months to clear. More recently, VDOT engineers and geologists noticed active movement near the historic slide, and proactively began an emergency rock slope mitigation effort.