CAS Engineering Services, Inc. -
Catherine A. Skurow, P.E.

CAS Engineering Services, Inc.

CAS Engineering Services was founded in 2000 by Cathy Skurow and quickly gained a reputation for expertise in environmental consulting services dealing with municipal solid waste landfills, solid waste management and disposal, and environmental/safety training. In addition to having the technical skills to render engineering services, Cathy knew operating a successful business would also require skills in many business areas, including management, marketing, record keeping and personnel. She credits training seminars and workshops attended in the late-'90s/early-2000s at the Del Mar College Small Business Development Center for helping her hone those business skills. According to Cathy, "These workshops were invaluable to the success of my business."

In September 2005, Cathy was contacted by an engineering search firm concerning staffing requirements for a new engineering office one of its clients wanted to open in Corpus Christi . One thing led to another, and the search firm's client became interested in buying Cathy's company and hiring her to manage the office. Aware that the SBDC also offered individual business counseling, Cathy decided to contact the center for assistance with the potential sale of her business. In October 2005, SBDC business advisor Michael North met with Cathy to discuss mergers and acquisitions. Over the next six weeks, North helped Cathy determine an accurate price for her company as well as plan a strategy for negotiation.

In January 2006, the search firm's client made Cathy an attractive employment offer; however, they didn't offer to hire any of her employees. Cathy's loyalty and devotion to her staff led to a quick declination of the offer. It wasn't long, however, before Cathy found herself discussing a possible merger with LNV Engineering. LNV Engineering and CAS Engineering had worked together on projects for several years and seemed a logical fit. In January 2007, the two firms formally announced a merger. According to Cathy, now vice president of environmental services for LNV Engineering, "It was by working with Mike North and the SBDC network that I was able to negotiate a great deal. Thanks for the help."

LNV Engineering opened its corporate office in Corpus Christi in 2000 and specializes in civil and structural engineering, transportation design and infrastructure, and surveying. There were no layoffs as a result of the merger and all five of Cathy's employees have joined LNV Engineering. For information concerning your engineering needs, contact LNV Engineering at (361) 883-1984.

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