About Us

The Company

Originally establishing our roots in 1944 as a civil engineering and surveying firm, we have since incorporated community planning and architecture into our core areas of service. We contribute our growth and success to our repeat clients, having no boundaries of where we will work, our willingness to partner with other firms, consistently incorporating new technology into our work processes, and always remaining 100 percent accountable. If you come across a need that involves our core services, we’ll figure it out for you—if it’s out of our area of expertise, we’ll refer you to a qualified consultant. From on-demand solutions to long-term planning, our deliverables are Stronger, Safer and Smarter.  Count on us to give you tailored solutions that fit your specific needs.


Almost all successful projects can be attributed to strong project management. Our project managers understand that the successful completion of projects is a result of having a well-guided team that communicates well with all stakeholders including the client, contractors, permitting officials and the community. In addition to a dedicated work ethic, we focus on establishing a strong and open relationship with our clients and keeping them informed throughout the entire project process. A successful project that is on budget and on time is very satisfying, however a long-lasting bond between us and our clients—both old and new—is our strongest asset of all.


As a full-service engineering firm, incorporating safe design practices is an every-day task. Our clients count on us daily to provide everything from quality drinking water systems, to strong sturdy structures, to safe travelling roadways. Additionally, we often oversee the construction of the projects we design, and safety plays a key role in all of our projects from the day the design starts to the day first ground is broke—all the way to project closeout. We continually update our safety training, integrate up-to-date safety processes into our designs, and actively practice key safety measures out in the field.


Smart decisions are key to successful project outcomes whether it’s on the design table or out in the field. Over seven decades of providing solutions has helped us grow into a smarter firm.  We look for creative solutions to difficult problems, yet never overlook the most obvious answers first.  We believe that the smartest solution is an honest solution, and trust is a key ingredient in all our client relationships. Remaining up front with our clients every step of the way, even through challenging project times, is the smart approach and is one of the main reasons clients keep coming back. Spicer Group is the smarter choice.


Rob Eggers, AICP | President

Rob recently took the helm as Spicer’s President after beginning here 22 years ago. Rob was essential in incorporating Community Planning services as a core strength at Spicer through innovative recreation design, grant writing and community planning leadership initiatives, and Spicer continues to emerge as a statewide leader in those areas. 

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Larry Protasiewicz, P.E. | Executive Vice Pres. | Water Resources

Larry continues Spicer’s legacy as being a leading water resources firm. His 29 years of forging new relationships and incorporating leading-edge technology into our projects has contributed significantly to our brand and growth. 

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Don Scherzer | Executive Vice Pres.

An employee at Spicer for over 30 years and former President, Don helped captain Spicer through some difficult economic times over the last decade. In addition to playing a major role in Spicer’s recent growth, he enjoys being part of complex engineering projects.

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Ron Hansen, P.E., P.S. | Vice Pres. Water Resources

Simultaneously serving on Spicer’s Board of Directors and overseeing a significant amount of Spicer’s water-resources-related work, Ron’s 24 years of successful accomplishments are credited as being a key contributor to Spicer’s growth in the water resources arena. 

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Jeff Wood, P.S. | COO

Jeff has witnessed 28 years of change in the survey field during his time at Spicer. In addition to serving on Spicer’s Board of Directors, he is responsible for overseeing all staff and the daily tasks of Spicer’s -growing survey and developmental services group department. 

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Rodney Velez, P.E. | Principal
Water Resources

Rodney has spent the past 19 years working primarily on water-resources-related projects and assisting communities with providing solutions to their drainage issues. He sits on Spicer Group’s Board of Directors and is responsible for overseeing Spicer’s Water Resources staff.

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Eric Barden, P.S. | Principal Geospatial Services

Beginning his career at Spicer in the late 90s, Eric continues to keep us ahead of our competition by incorporating the latest in survey technology to our everyday tasks. He is credited with helping Spicer move into a whole new arena with the acquisition of cutting-edge mobile mapping technology.

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Cindy Frazier, CPA | Principal Accounting

A CPA by trade, an accounting engineer by demand, Cindy has spent over 20 years keeping our finances in check and making sure our staff get paid. Turning timesheets in on time are key to keeping this important woman happy.

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Darrick Huff, P.E. | Principal Municipal

Darrick is Spicer’s resident electrical engineer and leads our Electrical, Drinking Water and Wastewater Departments. He has spent over 20 years ensuring electrical power and controls are integrated into our projects correctly. 

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Tim Inman, P.E., P.S. | Principal Applied Technology

Both a professional engineer and surveyor, Tim leads our Applied Technologies Group and has funneled his ambitions and 19 years of experience into innovatively developing faster and more accurate engineering and surveying processes through use of new technologies. 

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Mark Latsch, P.E. | Principal Municipal Services

Mark has provided his structural engineering expertise at Spicer for 33 years. He is relied upon by our clients and all of our engineers for his extensive knowledge on structures of all kinds and his understanding of effects gravity has on them. 

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Shawn Middleton, P.E. | Principal Municipal Services

Shawn has spent more than 20 years at Spicer designing and managing projects across the state.  His ambition to help Spicer grow has successfully created the opportunity to serve clients in northern Michigan with the opening of an office in Manistee, MI.

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Wayne Zolnierek, P.E. | Principal Construction Services

Leader of our Construction Services Department, Wayne has over 30 years of experience in the construction engineering trade. He is highly respected among our clients for his ability to ensure projects are constructed as designed and within specifications.

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