Firas N. Makarem, CFM
With a rich history of experience serving FEMA and state and local governments since 1996, Firas has led numerous strategic programs and delivered hundreds of assignments related to floodplain management, mitigation and disaster response and recovery nationwide. He has served as Chairman of the International Flood Policy Committee for the Association of State Floodplain Managers and more recently as a trustee on the Executive Board of Directors for the ASFPM Foundation. Since 2014, he has led the implementation of CDM Smith’s strategy to expand program, construction and emergency management services by leveraging new technologies, streamlining processes and strengthening our ability to deliver programmatic needs globally.
What inspires you? I’m inspired by seeing those who I have coached or mentored advance and succeed in their careers.
What’s your favorite part of the job? Hearing our clients say that we are the most honest and transparent consultant they have ever worked with.
What’s something you enjoy doing on your day off? Spending time playing soccer with my three boys.
What’s your personal motto? Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion.