Charles G. Cala, Jr., Professional Surveyor
President, Principal-in-Charge – Surveying Services
Mr. Cala has been employed by the firm since 1981, beginning his career as a technician. Mr. Cala received his educational training from the Civil and Surveying Technologies program at the Albuquerque Technical Vocational Institute (now Central New Mexico Community College). After serving his required surveying internship, Mr. Cala tested for and obtained his New Mexico Surveying License in 1990, and subsequently also earned licenses in the states of Colorado and Arizona. He founded the surveying department and implemented the technological strategies necessary to make the department an integral component of the firm’s success. In 1994 he became a Principal with the firm and has continued in his capacity as the Principal-in-Charge of the Surveying Department. He serves as the President of the firm and as a member of the Board of Directors. Mr. Cala also served on the New Mexico State Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Professional Surveyors. Mr. Cala is also responsible for the firm’s implementation and performance of comprehensive Subsurface Utility Consultation services, which have become an integral component of our surveying and engineering duties. He has been instrumental in the development of many of the key relationships that have made High Mesa Consulting Group successful.
Juan M. Cala
Vice President, Principal
Mr. Cala joined the firm in 1981 following his involvement in the oil and gas industry serving a major pipeline project which traversed the entire state. Mr. Cala received his educational training from the Civil and Surveying Technologies program at the Albuquerque Technical Vocational Institute (now Central New Mexico Community College). He also received his construction inspection certification from the American Public Works Association in 1983. His role at the firm evolved as he became the Production Manager serving both the engineering and surveying departments in the 80’s and 90’s. In 1994 he became a Principal with the firm and has continued in this capacity. He now serves as the Vice-President and as a member of the Board of Directors. Mr. Cala manages the administrative aspects of firm, including all financial activities, employee benefits and risk management.
Joseph M. Solomon, Jr., Professional Surveyor
Principal, Project Surveyor
Mr. Solomon received his Bachelor of Science in Surveying in 1995 from The Ohio State University and relocated to New Mexico in order to accept a position at a firm in Santa Fe. In 1996 he joined our firm as a Field Survey Technician, and to serve his internship under the direction of Mr. Cala. In 1997 he was promoted to Survey Crew Chief, and in 2001 he tested for and received his New Mexico Surveying License. In 2002, he became a principal with the firm. Mr. Solomon increased his share of ownership in the company in 2007. In 2011, he tested for and received his Certified Federal Surveying Certification (CFedS) and in 2013 tested and received Licensure in Oklahoma. Mr. Solomon is responsible for developing new surveying processes and implementing available technology for the department. Additionally he is also responsible for scheduling of the current workload. Mr. Solomon also actively participates in proposing and securing contracts for the firm. Areas of expertise for Mr. Solomon include: Construction Staking, Geodetic Control, Large Scale Mapping, and GIS Data Acquisition. Mr. Solomon is also responsible for the firm’s implementation and performance of comprehensive Subsurface Utility Consultation services, which have become an integral component of our surveying and engineering duties.
J. Graeme Means, Professional Engineer, LEED AP
Principal, Principal-In-Charge-Engineering Services
Mr. Means came to the firm in 1992 from Lafayette College with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and a minor in Environmental Science. After relocating from the East Coast, Mr. Means settled into a position as an Engineering Intern, responsible for construction administration and preliminary design work. After completing his internship, he tested for and received his New Mexico Engineering License in 1997. Mr. Means has also obtained an Engineering License in Arizona. In 2002, he was included in a stock distribution and became a principal with the firm. In 2015, Graeme tested for and received his LEED certification as an accredited professional in building design and construction (AP, BD&C). Also in 2015, he increased his share of ownership in the company. In addition to his duties as a principal, Mr. Means is also responsible for recruiting engineering staff, and mentoring the civil engineering interns. Mr. Means provides engineering planning, design and project management services to the existing on-call client base at High Mesa Consulting Group and develops new clients and contacts for the firm.
Joseph E. Gonzales, Principal, Subsurface Utility Manager
Mr. Gonzales joined High Mesa as a principal in 2015 after several years of working with and for HMCG as a sub-consultant. Joe is an accomplished utility locating specialist with over 17 years of experience in the field of subsurface utilities, the last 8 years coming as president and owner of On-Point Utility Locating Services. His areas of expertise include Subsurface Utility Engineering Support-Quality Levels A-B, Damage Prevention, Utility Locate Oversight, Strategic Project Scheduling and Training. Over his career, Joe has established an extensive project resume that includes work throughout New Mexico and surrounding states, and has developed ongoing relationships with numerous professionals and organizations. Mr. Gonzales is constantly following the latest industry standards and implementing training and strategies into daily operations, and has retained security clearance badges to work on Military Bases throughout New Mexico, Intel, Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories. Mr. Gonzales has also met the requirements to become a Certified Utility Locator as well as completing the OSHA 10 course.