For those seeking an avid corridor and freight planner, look no further than Michael Plagens. Michael is a senior transportation planner based in CDM Smith’s Tallahassee, Florida office who provides planning, consulting and technical services for state and regional transportation agencies and local communities. Bringing to bear decades of planning experience, Michael specializes in freight planning, strategic planning, long-range needs analyses, project prioritization, database management and geographic information systems support.
Why CDM Smith? The people. CDM Smith’s staff has different strengths, talents and capabilities that come together to deliver quality projects for our clients, and we have good people that work hard. I think clients appreciate and enjoy working with our staff. It is our staff that makes CDM Smith memorable and a firm they respect and trust.
What inspires you? What drives me is working with others to deliver innovative and quality projects for our clients. Developing and communicating new ideas by drawing on each other’s professional strengths helps make our team’s product better.
What does “listen. think. deliver” mean to you? The best and simplest definition of unsurpassed client service and problem solving. To be successful, we must understand the needs and desires of our clients, put careful thought into developing innovative solutions that are practical to the situation, and deliver those solutions to be beneficial for both the company and our clients.
What mentors have been crucial to your career growth? I have had many mentors during my professional career, but the mentors I’ve had during CDM Smith’s structured mentoring programs have been the most crucial to my career growth. My mentor through the Technical Specialist Development Program (TSDP), Bill Hurrell, shared with me his years of experience and vast knowledge, encouraged me to grow, and fueled my passion for mentoring. He instilled in me the courage to apply for corporate roles within the company and to continue to mentor others. I am now mentoring other planners through CDM Smith’s TSDP.