Larson Design Group appoints new COO

In continuing to implement its two-year strategic evolution of growth and development, Larson Design Group (LDG) is moving forward with additional exciting changes in leadership.

Following the recent transition of David Martin to chief executive officer, the company is pleased to announce that David Schaarsmith, Larson Design Group’s vice president of infrastructure, has assumed the role of chief operations officer, which was previously held by Martin.

“As we move forward with our strategic initiative to expand our national presence for architecture, engineering and consulting services, Dave’s experience and a track record for success will be of critical value,” Martin said. “As a member of the Executive Leadership Team, Dave will provide forward-thinking leadership of the operation as we expand through organic growth and acquisition.”

Schaarsmith joined Larson Design Group in April 2019, bringing a 20-year track record of client growth and operational excellence in planning and engineering consulting to Larson Design Group, including a wealth of knowledge in public policy, resource management, comprehensive and environmental planning, and military master planning and programming.

He joined Larson Design Group after a successful tenure with Michael Baker International, where he mostly recently served as Northern California office executive/area executive, a position in which he oversaw the management, personnel and business activities for eight office locations including architecture, bridge, environmental, geospatial, planning, surface water, transportation and water/wastewater departments.

“I am honored to succeed Dave Martin in this critical role at LDG and am looking forward to working with our employee-owners to drive strategic growth, superior client relationships and dedication to the communities in which we operate,” Schaarsmith said. “This is an exciting time to be a part of Larson Design Group as we continue to grow nationally to better serve our clients in new markets.”

Schaarsmith is a certified planner and holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry with environmental sciences from the University of Notre Dame, and master’s degrees in resource management from Antioch New England Graduate School and in public policy and management from Carnegie Mellon University.

He was a Peace Corps volunteer and participated in Leadership Development Initiative XV at Leadership Pittsburgh.

Schaarsmith will be based in Larson Desig Group’s Pittsburgh office and will travel regularly to interact with Larson Design Group’s geographically dispersed leadership team.


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