Chad Surprenant, PE
Growing up in the industry, Chad developed a ground-level understanding of contextual design and leadership from the time he was six years old when he fed plan sheets into ISG’s (then I&S Engineers) early blueprint machine. Chad continued to work for the family business throughout high school and college, earning practical experience on various survey, civil, construction inspection, and structural engineering projects along the way. After earning his Civil Engineering degree from Iowa State University, a university he proudly supports today through the Surprenant Ingenuity Lab, Chad returned to his hometown of Mankato, Minnesota, to join his parents’ 10-person engineering practice.
Over the next several years, in addition to earning his professional license, Chad began assuming management responsibilities and helped ISG leaders grow the company to 30 employees, also adopting new services to the practice. In 2001, he was named company President, and the firm has continued to experience significant growth under his leadership, both internally and through tactical acquisitions.
During his career, Chad has received numerous professional awards including the Young Engineer of the Year Award two years in a row from the Minnesota Society of Professional Engineers and Minnesota Federation of Engineering, respectively. As CEO of ISG, Chad’s leadership style is to empower first, manage second. This gives ISG professionals across each level of management the confidence to pursue innovative ideas that align with the strategic vision for the firm. Paired with his strengths as a visionary, ISG continues to drive creative, client-focused services while supporting fulfilling careers for the firm’s employee owners. With 300+ professionals as of 2019 and the transition to a 100% ESOP structure in 2017, Chad sets a strategic direction that has resulted in more than 18% compounded annual growth for the past 20+ years.
Maximizer | Competition | Context | Futuristic | Strategic
A natural leader in both his professional and public life, Chad is actively involved in his hometown community of Mankato, Minnesota. He has served in a number of local education, business, and non-profit organizations, holding various member, Board, and President roles over the past decade. Mankato, which was named one the fastest growing cities on Forbes' 2015 list, has evolved dramatically under the leadership of community organizers like Chad—changes that continue to strengthen the cultural, recreational, social, and economic vitality of the City.
ISG, Board of Directors
Minnesota State University, Mankato, Civil Engineering Advisory Board, Chair
Iowa State University Civil Engineering External Advisory Council, Member
Greater Mankato Growth Board, Treasurer
South Central College Foundation Board, Former President
Mankato Area Foundation, Board Member
Mankato Golf Club, Former President
Mankato Area Youth Baseball Association, Board Member
GreenSeam Steering Committee, Founding Member
GreenSeam Board, Director
Cultivation Corridor Board, Director
Iowa State University Surprenant Ingenuity Lab, Donor
Northwoods League Mankato MoonDogs, Co-Owner
Northwoods League Rochester Honkers, Co-Owner
Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, Iowa State University – Ames, IA