Cory Lamb, P.E., loves Columbus! As the Associate Vice President of Transportation for CHA Consulting, Inc., he works every day to better the city’s roadways and bridges, helping people quickly and safely move around the city he calls home. Cory is a licensed professional engineer in Ohio as well as Florida, Georgia, New York, and Virginia. He received his Civil Engineering degree from Clarkson University.
Tell us about your company’s mission and values.
Our mission is to become the best company in the design and construction industry and it begins with our culture – a culture that not only empowers and inspires our employees but also provides services that elate our clients and creates value for our employees, clients and business partners.
What are the services you use the most (or are looking forward to using) from the Columbus Chamber?
The Columbus Chamber has tremendous networking opportunities and events. One event in particular that I look forward to the most is Government Day. In 2016, Government Day was very well attended, and I learned about how Columbus was shortlisted for the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Smart City. Finding out now that Columbus has won this grant and will have somewhere in the neighborhood of $140 million to enable Columbus to be the first city in the nation to transition as a ‘Smart City’ is exciting. Through this grant, it will surely propel Columbus’ overall growth and technology. What makes Government Day great is the unique opportunity of coming together and collaborating with other businesses.
How do you stay engaged with trends that you see in your industry?
Columbus is at the heart of Ohio and is one of the fastest growing cities in the nation. A few key ways I stay engaged with our industry trends is through news publications from the city/chamber, various organizations/associations and LinkedIn. Belonging to these organizations allows me and my team to have an understanding and first-hand knowledge of what projects are taking place in Columbus and throughout the state of Ohio. These organizations provide a great opportunity to continue to grow my network.
In addition to belonging to organizations in the city of Columbus, this October we are exhibiting at the Ohio Transportation Engineering Conference (OTEC) in Columbus. This is one of our favorite conferences to exhibit at as it not only allows us to connect with clients but it also allows for us to network and showcase our projects in the transportation industry.
I also stay engaged with industry trends via LinkedIn. LinkedIn is a great resource to have, as it not only allows you to network with others in the industry throughout the world, but you can belong to groups and follow companies, news, etc. LinkedIn is also a great resource to have, as it allows you to connect with your current and prospective clients. This is a fantastic way to get to know them, their interests, and their background – its making that personal connection that will help differentiate yourself from your competition.
What do you think differentiates you from your competitors?
Our passion and commitment to our clients is second to none and one of our main differentiators from our competition. Our commitment to clients starts with the office culture. Throughout the years our team has formed an unbreakable bond, which is noticed the moment our clients walk through the door or gives us a call. We all strive to go above and beyond the call of duty to ensure our clients’, customers’ and employees’ success. We also want our clients and customers to feel like they are a part of something big…our “family!”
In addition to our passion and commitment to our clients, our location also helps differentiate us from our competition. We are in a prime location in the heart of Columbus and are roughly 5 to 10 blocks from all the city offices.
What is your company culture like?
Our office embodies our company’s aspiration statement – responsibly improving the world we live in – and it starts within the office. Many of our employees volunteer with major organizations throughout the city or participate in city events. Water for the People and Pelatonia are just a couple of the organizations/events where our employees volunteer their time. In addition to volunteer work, we create company outings and participate in city events by taking advantage of the opportunities that in are in our own “backyard.” For instance, our team loves attending the Columbus Clippers game – we always have a grand slam of a time! It is with this culture that has allowed us to form such a tight-knit group and “family.”
What advice would you have appreciated hearing when first starting your career?
Advice I would give to any engineering student or recent graduate would be to always develop your communication skills. Although communication classes may not be a graduation requirement, there is not a day that goes by where you will not be communicating with clients, coworkers, staff, etc. Always strive to continue to strengthen your communication skills.
How do you achieve work/life balance?
I achieve my work/life balance by relying on my family. Family will always come first. I love being able to spend time with my wife and children. I’m actively involved in my children’s life and am often helping coach their basketball, soccer and baseball teams. I enjoy spending time with my friends and actively participating in our church. Work is important, but family comes first.
What business leader do you admire the most and why?
The business leader that I admire the most is actually my uncle, his name is Ron Myers. I admire Ron because he is living the “American Dream” and has taught me lessons in life, business and is a personal strategic business leader that I’m able to bounce Ideas off of. One quote that I like to apply to my life, Ron shared with me – “We judge ourselves by our intentions. Others judge us by our actions.” Ron is a great business leader and my mentor.
Where is your favorite place to have a meeting outside of the office?
To pick one place outside of the office to hold a meeting in the city of Columbus is nearly impossible! There are two places that are my absolute favorite – Black Creek Bistro and Topiary Park. If you are scheduling a lunch meeting there is no better place to go than Black Creek Bistro. The food is phenomenal and you never leave disappointed.
Tied for first is a place with rich history and breathtaking landscape, Topiary Park. The park’s landscape mimics the famous painting A Sunday Afternoon on the Isle of La Grande Jatte by George Seurat, which was shown in the movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. The park is a great place to hold a meeting outside the office because of the peacefulness of the park itself. It’s calming, relaxing and beautiful. It is certainly a must see location in Columbus and by far one of my favorite places to visit and experience.
Why do you think Columbus is a great place to do business?
Columbus is a great place to do business for a myriad of reasons! The first being its central location which allows you to travel to any part of the state of Ohio within two hours. A second reason, there is an increase in business growth and technology in the city of Columbus thanks to being the Smart City recipient in 2016. The final reason is the overall atmosphere and variety of activities, organizations and volunteer opportunities! If you can’t find something to do in Columbus, you are not looking hard enough – there is something here for everyone! From professional sports teams to college teams (Go Buckeyes!) to outdoor recreation to museums, there is so much to do, see and experience.
About CHA Consulting, Inc.
CHA Consulting, Inc. is a highly diversified, full-service engineering and construction management firm providing a wide range of planning and design services to public, private and institutional clients. With technical personnel and offices throughout the United States, CHA offers engineering, architectural, survey, construction, and other services necessary to complete projects on time and within budget. For more information, please visit www.chacompanies.com.