Stephen Veith is a Certified Floodplain Manager whose background includes five years of experience of consulting in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) analysis and natural hazard mitigation planning projects. Stephen holds a Master of Urban Planning degree from the University of Washington and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Washington State University. He brings experience on a wide variety of natural hazard mitigation projects while continually bringing his level of technical expertise, strong work ethic, and team-player attitude to the forefront of any task he works on. Stephen is always looking to improve the risk assessment process and help communities become more prepared and reduce their risk in the face of ever-present natural hazards.
My favorite quote: “All models are wrong, but some are useful.” – George Box
The natural talent I was gifted with: The ability to memorize movie quotes and trivia.
The natural talent I’d like to be gifted with: The ability to put memorized movie quotes and trivia to good use.
What inspires me: A quiet, peaceful sunset in the mountains.
What I love about what I do: Helping communities and people prepare for what will likely be one of the worst days of their lives, so they can get through it and recover.
My favorite motto: “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” – Oscar Wilde
Most influential person: My wife; she is the reason I get up in the morning.
At the top of my bucket list: To visit all 50 states and discover the most unique and treasured places in them.
The words or phrases I most overuse: “Alrighty then.” I blame Jim Carrey in Ace Ventura.
The characteristic I appreciate most in my co-workers: Integrity & honesty
One thing most people don’t know about me: On occasion I sing in a classic rock cover band