Jose is CDM Smith's country manager for Chile and located in our Santiago office. He has more than 15 years of experience managing multi-disciplinary projects in the United States (Florida and Georgia), Puerto Rico and Chile. His projects include water resources planning, treatment plants design and construction, and flooding control and recollection systems. Mr. Guzman is currently leading our team in Santiago, which has accomplished great success using desalination processes throughout the country.
Why CDM Smith? With its great capacity and technical experience, this company keeps it simple.
What inspires you? Working on projects related to water supply, water reuse and environment. It’s a way of applying our knowledge for a common good and to maximize the resources.
What has been your proudest project or accomplishment and why? The methodology, team work, and modeling work that we did in the Jacksonville Stormwater Management Plan, and Flood Control Mapping was quite an accomplishment. But from the personal, and strategic point of view the team and reputation that we’ve built in Chile in the past years, is an insurmountable thing. Bringing together our global expertise and attracting the talent and professionalism of Chilean professionals has been extremely rewarding.
How has your career evolved since you joined CDM Smith, and why? I am probably one of those poster children for this, because if you were to ask someone who knew me 20 years ago, they would not have guessed what I would be doing years later. Starting with a passion and interest for technical work, water processes and mapping I have been able to evolve into team building, business administration and help others to bring out their best to create a valuable team.
Which of CDM Smith’s core values do you identify with most? Initiative and Share Commitment.
What does “listen. think. deliver.” mean to you? This motto sums up very well what we are. It starts by listening our clients’ needs and concerns. Then we use our greatest resources to think how to solve a problem. And finally, delivering.
The key of our successful projects is the dedication and effort of our team, always committed to accomplish our goals.
Did you know?
Jose María is a civil engineer with a master’s in water resources from the University of Illinois.