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May 8, 2009
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Raleigh, NC-At its annual meeting held on April 22, the board of directors of the engineering, surveying and planning firm of McKim & Creed elected Diane C. Creel, Fred Day and Timothy Cawood, PLS, to its board. Creel, retired chairman, CEO and president of Ecovation and Earth Tech, and Day, retired president and CEO of Progress Energy Carolinas, were elected as outside directors. Cawood, McKim & Creed’s national director of geomatics advanced technology, was chosen as an employee member of the board.

“Diane Creel and Fred Day bring world-class experience and objectivity to McKim & Creed’s board room,” said Michael W. Creed, PE, president and CEO of McKim & Creed. “Each has special qualities to help us continue our growth. Diane helped Earth Tech grow from a $50 million regional firm to a $1.6 billion global powerhouse in the water and transportation infrastructure engineering business. Fred helped Progress Energy expand into Florida and led its Energy Delivery business and customer service function in the Carolinas. And Tim Cawood is a trusted colleague who has excelled at every position he has held in this company, and it is a high honor that his associates nominated him for this position. These three people will provide our company valuable guidance and I am excited to be working with them.”

Creel is the recently retired chairman, CEO and president of Ecovation, Inc., a Rochester, N.Y.-based wastewater technology company. Prior to that, she was the chairman, CEO and president of Earth Tech, Inc., becoming the first woman to hold the CEO position of a publicly held engineering firm in the United States. Creel currently serves on the board of directors of Allegheny Technologies, Inc. and Goodrich Corporation, and is a member of the Women’s Leadership Board of the Kennedy School at Harvard University.

Day is the retired president and CEO of Progress Energy Carolinas, a subsidiary of Progress Energy, Inc. that serves 1.4 million customers. During his 39-year career with Progress Energy, he held several management positions. He was named senior vice president-Energy Delivery in 1997, executive vice president in 2000 and president/CEO in 2003. He served on the Progress Energy, Inc., Senior Management Committee for 10 years, and serves on the boards of the N.C. State Engineering Foundation, Microcell, Mars Hill College and the N.C. Military Foundation.

Cawood is McKim & Creed’s national director of geomatics advanced technology. He joined the company in 1985 as a land surveyor and has helped build the company’s geomatics division to the largest in the Southeast. He currently oversees the company’s hydrographic surveying services and 3D imaging services for industry, architecture and manufacturing. Cawood serves as vice chair of the national steering committee of the Council of Professional Surveyors, and is a member of the marine technology curriculum advisory committee for Cape Fear Community College and the U.S. branch of the Hydrographic Society.

McKim & Creed provides engineering, surveying and planning services to public and private sector clients via offices throughout North Carolina, Virginia, Georgia and Florida. The company has won numerous awards and accolades, including being named one of the top architectural/engineering/contracting firms by Public Works magazine, one of the top 200 environmental firms in the United States by Engineering News-Record magazine, and one of the 100 fastest growing engineering, architectural and environmental firms in America by the management firm of ZweigWhite.

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