Strong leaders make strong companies.

At RETTEW, we’ve been fortunate to have so many strong leaders in our ranks over our 50-year history.

One of those leaders, who retired in 2016, was Gary Stouffer. We recently renamed a conference room in our Mechanicsburg, PA office in his honor.

Gary worked at RETTEW for nearly 30 years of his 40-year career in the surveying field. Gary was hired in 1987 as the head of our surveying department, eventually moving into other roles including director of corporate quality, managing director, and regional vice president.

Regularly recognized for his positive attitude and selfless efforts, Gary often received client praise and was chosen as the inaugural recipient of the Presidential Award, RETTEW’s highest internal award. He was known for being steadfast, dedicated, hardworking, and fun to work with. He also showed his leadership by setting aside his role and serving wherever he was needed.

“Gary was instrumental in opening RETTEW’s Mechanicsburg, PA office,” said President and CEO Mark Lauriello. “He played an important role in building our company from about 30 employees to the several hundred we employ today.”

Gary Stouffer PlaqueGary also actively served in the community, including as a member of several boards of directors, such as the Capital Region Economic Development Authority, the Perry County Economic Development Authority, and the Pennsylvania Society of Land Surveyors. He was also a member of the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping, the American Legion, and was a past president of the Newport Jaycees.

Sadly, Gary passed away in 2017. A formal ceremony was held earlier this month to dedicate the conference room, where a plaque is now placed. The plaque summarizes so much of what Gary was known for and who he was to RETTEW: a family man, a surveyor, a veteran, a coach, a businessman, a civic leader, a friend, an outdoorsman, and a mentor.