Rick Smith to Retire from Structural Services Inc.
Structural Services Inc. (SSI) today announced that Rick Smith, the firm’s Vice-Chairman, Senior Consultant and Principal, will retire effective August 15, 2022.
Rick will continue to assist as a Technical Resource for Structural Services Inc.
Smith joined SSI in June of 2000 and has served in his current role since January 2022. Prior to that, Rick served for eight years as President, where he oversaw the daily operations and management processes.
During Smith’s 22-year tenure at SSI, he has played a critical role in helping the firm adapt to significant changes in the Concrete Industry and to grow the firm’s leadership & stature. In the process, he served as a champion for establishing new clients for SSI while at the same time contributing significantly to the Concrete Industry delivering hundreds of private, American Concrete Institute (ACI) and World of Concrete (WOC) seminars, publishing articles, and serving on ACI Committees 302, 360 and 544. Rick has been a longstanding voting member of both ACI Committee 302 Construction of Concrete Floors (including past Chair) and Committee 360 Design of Slabs-on-Ground. Rick is also a member of the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM).
“Rick has contributed over 35 years of experience to Structural Services Inc., and his achievements will not be forgotten. He has held leadership roles across a broad range of the company’s operations – from Client Development and Consulting, to the Executive Office, where he served as President; and most recently, as Vice-Chairman, Senior Consultant. Rick’s work ethic, command of complex projects, devotion and client focus have been exemplary at the company,” said Bryan M. Birdwell, President of Structural Services Inc. “He has been a mentor to many, and his influence has made an indelible impact on generations of professionals at SSI and throughout the Concrete Industry. I want to thank Rick for all he’s done for the development and progress of SSI during the 22 years he has been here. We look forward to continuing to benefit from Rick’s experience.” said Birdwell.
From 2013 to January 2022, he served as President of SSI, where he was instrumental in overseeing company growth and managing the daily activities of SSI, which involved consulting on more than 100,000,000-SF of floor slabs and pavements annually for industrial, commercial, and retail projects in the U.S. and other countries.
Structural Services, Inc. was founded in 1988, the firm is headquartered in Waxahachie, TX and maintains 5 offices in all major areas of the US. SSI has been an industry leader in design and construction consulting services for over three decades. Many of SSI’s personnel have pioneered innovative designs, placement, finishing and testing procedures for slabs-on-ground, pavements, suspended slabs, and decorative concrete. SSI’s personnel have published numerous papers, serve on industry standards committees in leadership positions, received industry awards, and teach seminars.