Civic Solutions StaffExecutive Management

Our management team has extensive experience in urban municipal planning and business operations.

  • Thomas G. Merrell


    Tom Merrell, CSI President and founder, completed twenty-eight years of public service when he retired from the City of San Juan Capistrano in 1991 to establish a private consulting practice. During his fifteen years as the city’s Director of Community Planning and Development, Tom developed...


  • George Buell

    Senior Vice President

    George Buell is the firm’s Senior Vice President and has over twenty-five years of experience, including executive oversight, operational administration, and project management. Mr. Buell oversees company operations and works with the firm’s executive management team to develop and...


  • Mary P. Wright

    Vice President, Director of Planning Services

    Mary Wright is the firm’s Vice President and has 30 years of planning and environmental experience.  In this capacity, Ms. Wright works with public agencies to provide a full range of urban planning and municipal staffing services.  She is responsible for managing contracts and projects,...


  • Robert E. Balmat III

    Chief Financial Officer

    Robert E. Balmat III is the firm’s Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Balmat has 38 years of experience in financial management and an MBA in Finance from Harvard Business School. He has held the positions of Corporate Vice President, Financial Planning & Analysis and Corporate Vice President,...


  • Denise Vandal

    Business Manager

    Denise Vandal is a valuable member of the company’s administrative management team, with over 30 years experience in business management.  She is responsible for the company’s business transactions, contracts, internal systems, including IT, cost containment and assists the President...