David Schaarsmith, AICP, PMP, LEED AP BD+C

Chief Operating Officer

David Schaarsmith, AICP, PMP, LEED AP BD+C

Chief Operating Officer

With more than 20 years of client growth and operational excellence in Planning and Engineering Consulting, Dave Schaarsmith brings a wealth of knowledge in public policy, resource management, comprehensive and environmental planning, and military master planning and programming to his role as Chief Operating Officer of Larson Design Group (LDG). 

Dave transitioned to COO in June 2020 after serving as LDG’s Vice President of Infrastructure since April 2019. As VP, he was responsible for overall performance of the group, ensuring that goals for sales, profitability and sustainable growth are met. Dave worked to set strategic direction and build collaboration within the departments of this new group while managing group financials and operational processes to achieve a successful 2019. In 2020, Dave oversaw the expansion of the Infrastructure Group to include Geotechnical and Planning departments. 

As COO, Dave will be responsible for providing leadership by working with the Board and upper management to establish short and long-range goals, strategies, plans, and policies. He will also be responsible for the implementation of all strategic and tactical matters as they relate to technical services and operations of the firm. 

David is a certified planner and holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry with environmental sciences from the University of Notre Dame, and master’s degrees in resource management from Antioch New England Graduate School and in public policy and management from Carnegie Mellon University. He was a Peace Corps Volunteer and participated in Leadership Development Initiative XV at Leadership Pittsburgh. 

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