William W. Gwyn, P.E.
If there were an Exuberance Award in the geotechnical engineering field, the walls of our Chairman, Bill Gwyn, would be filled. His enthusiasm has not dimmed in the 34 years (14 as President) he has worked at Eustis Engineering L.L.C., nor in the 12 years he previously spent as a geotechnical engineer with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (New Orleans District). Mr. Gwyn’s significant contributions to civil engineering include his role as the Geotechnical Engineer of Record for the Inner Harbor Navigation Canal surge barrier in 2014, and his spearheading of Eustis Engineering’s post-Katrina emergency upgrades to levees and floodwalls as well as the design of interim pump stations at New Orleans’ outfall canals. Recently, Mr. Gwyn received the “Wall of Fame” award from the Louisiana Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). This award is reserved for civil engineers who have made outstanding contributions to the profession. In 2008, Mr. Gwyn also received the Lifetime Achievement Award from both the New Orleans Branch and the Louisiana Section. Mr. Gwyn has given numerous presentations on drag loads, sheetpile designs, geology, dynamic pile testing, cone penetration testing, and pile foundations. He also serves as a mentor to undergraduate students at the University of New Orleans. Mr. Gwyn has been married to his wife, Marsha, for 47 years. His son is a physician in Boston.
John R. Eustis, P.E.
With 39 years of experience at Eustis Engineering L.L.C., John “Randy” Eustis has mastered the art of balancing an efficient and methodical nature. Each of the projects he manages utilizes a vast history of the local geology and an uncanny attention to detail. Mr. Eustis has worked on more than 7,000 projects during his time at Eustis Engineering. A majority of his work experience has dealt with identifying soil properties, developing criteria for design of foundations, and determining the appropriate foundational support for structures under consideration. His projects have included residential and commercial structures, multi-story buildings, industrial plant sites, municipal sewerage and water treatment plants, docks and wharves, levees, airports, roadways, wastewater ponds, pipelines, power transmission lines, and storage tanks. Mr. Eustis has also had the opportunity to work on a number of roadway, interstate, and bridge projects throughout the years. Mr. Eustis and his wife, Lizby, have been married for 37 years, have one daughter, two sons, and four grandchildren.
Gwendolyn P. Sanders, P.E.
When asked to describe Mrs. Sanders, her engineering colleagues grasp for some version of the word “meticulous.” After 24 years at Eustis Engineering L.L.C., she has more than earned a reputation as the “go-to” person related to all things engineering. As department manager, she is responsible for personnel resource allocation, the overall engineering schedule, and execution of engineering services. She is also responsible for quality assurance and has established an organizational structure that facilitates two levels of review for engineering projects. Mrs. Sanders started at Eustis Engineering as an Associate Engineer in 1993, became a Project Engineer in 1997, and Project Manager and Vice President in 2003. She currently serves as Executive Vice President developing scopes of work, planning and coordinating field tests, performing geotechnical engineering analyses, making foundation recommendations, and consulting with clients. She has earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of New Orleans (UNO). Her projects have included bridges; levees; monopole, stand alone, and guyed tower foundations; residential developments; industrial projects; and commercial structures. Mrs. Sanders has touched more than 4,000 projects during her time at Eustis Engineering. Mrs. Sanders serves on the Industry Advisory Board to the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UNO. She is also an honorary advisor to the Louisiana Epsilon Chapter of Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honor society. She has previously served as a practitioner advisor to the UNO Student Chapter of ASCE. Currently, she serves as the chair of the ASCE New Orleans Branch – Geotechnical Activities Committee. Mrs. Sanders resides in New Orleans with her husband of 24 years and son, who enjoy music and hiking.
Chad L. Held, P.E.
Chad Held is Eustis Engineering L.L.C.’s resident authority on deep foundations, dynamic pile testing, and pile driving analyses. This expertise stems from a broad knowledge of geotechnical engineering. Since Mr. Held started at Eustis Engineering in 1991, he has not stopped moving. He started as a laboratory technician, simultaneously working as a CMT technician for our materials testing department and as a soil technician for our drilling department. In 1998, he earned his bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering, and in 2002 he earned his master’s degree in Engineering, both from the University of New Orleans. In 2004, he was promoted to Project Engineer, and in 2006 to Project Manager. In 2008, he became the office manager of Eustis’ Gulfport office. Since 2011, he has been the office manager of the Baton Rouge office and currently is spearheading Eustis Engineering’s efforts in that community and beyond. He is married to Jennifer, and has two daughters and a son.
James J. Hance, P.E.
James Hance juggles many tasks as the Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Eustis Engineering L.L.C. As CFO, he oversees the financial management of the firm, while managing complex civil engineering projects. Mr. Hance joined Eustis Engineering in 2003. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Bucknell University, his master’s degree in Civil Engineering (Geotechnical) from the University of Texas at Austin, and his MBA from Tulane University. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in Louisiana, Texas, and Mississippi. Mr. Hance has been involved in a multitude of projects at Eustis Engineering for various governmental agencies as well as private sector clients. He manages geotechnical services associated with commercial, industrial, environmental, and civil works projects. He also has significant experience in the geotechnical designs of flood protection structures and coastal restoration features located along the Gulf Coast. In 2015-16, Mr. Hance took part in the New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute class, which provided a nine-month intensive training program for emerging and established community leaders. Mr. Hance has been married for 14 years to his wife Jen, and they have three sons.
Travis R. Richards, P.E.
Mr. Richards comes by his troubleshooting honestly. He hails from a family in the printing business and grew up tinkering with all sorts of devices. So it’s no surprise that Mr. Richards is the brains behind our instrumentation program, handling all issues related to complex coding, wiring, and both electrical and digital devices. In his spare moments, Mr. Richards serves as Eustis Engineering L.L.C.’s information technology liaison. Mr. Richards first worked at Eustis Engineering from 1999-2001, helped with levee repairs for five months after Hurricane Katrina, and returned for good in 2008. In addition to the management of our instrumentation programs, Mr. Richards supervises the management of the drilling, construction materials testing, and laboratory departments in our Metairie office. He also is tasked with the oversight of the QA/QC for the company’s laboratory and CMT services. Mr. Richards has been involved with various project assignments including residential, commercial, and municipal clientele practicing in the fields of land development and geotechnical engineering. In addition, he is experienced in the geotechnical design and construction quality of foundations for industrial, levee, and heavy civil construction projects. One of his most notable achievements is working as Project Manager for the $1.4 billion Inner Harbor Navigation Channel Surge Protection project in Orleans and St. Bernard Parishes. In his spare time, he enjoys fishing and kayaking with his wife, Jen, and children.
Larry Rome keeps his management style simple: He’s dedicated, level-headed, and has done every job he asks other people to do. Mr. Rome has spent the past 23 years working in nearly every department at Eustis Engineering L.L.C. which helps him to cultivate strong working relationships among employees. Mr. Rome started in our laboratory in 1994 and has gradually performed more complex testing for the company. After assisting the drilling crew as a wrenchman, Mr. Rome took on the role of a driller in 1998 and became adept at sampling operations from various types of equipment including pontoons and barges. In 2005, Mr. Rome began serving as Operations Manager overseeing both the exploration and laboratory departments’ daily objectives, reviewing calculations, and developing new skills in laboratory personnel. In the exploration department, he oversees up to five drilling crews and two cone penetration test (CPT) crews. These duties include ordering parts, looking at prospective sites, making crew schedules, lining up subcontract equipment, and ensuring the highest quality samples are obtained by drill crews as well as subcontractors. Mr. Rome works closely with the drilling supervisor, CPT operators, assistant laboratory managers, and the Construction Materials Testing (CMT) operations supervisor overseeing each department’s daily objectives, reviewing reports, reviewing invoices, addresses staffing needs, as well as other duties. Mr. Rome also serves as a driller or soil technician for high profile projects, and has assisted in the field with our CMT department. In 2016, Mr. Rome was named Vice President (Operations). In his spare time, he enjoys camping and spending time with his wife, Jennifer, and two sons.