Meet Eric Bogumil, christopher consultants, ltd.
Tell us about your company.
christopher consultants is an award-winning civil engineering firm. We provide civil engineering, surveying, land planning, landscape architecture, environmental and sustainable design services from four offices Virginia and one in Maryland. Our experienced staff of licensed professionals provides a full range of services and our extensive project list includes a variety of project types including some of the most significant projects in the Washington Metropolitan Region.
With professional credentials in all relevant disciplines, christopher can provide all services “in house” from conceptualization through construction. Every project has Principal involvement from inception to completion, ensuring continuity, punctuality, direct responsibility and client satisfaction.
When and why did you join NVBIA?
My firm, christopher consultants, has been a member of NVBIA for decades. I started attending meetings/events about 7 years ago. I’m originally from PA, so after college, I took a chance and moved to the area without knowing a single person here. I chose NVBIA to be my springboard to meet new people in a new industry in a new area.
Please share the value of NVBIA for you and your company.
NVBIA provides the opportunity to network, learn from, and engage with influential commercial real estate professionals. The organization equips its members with the knowledge and tools needed to be successful and provides a community and support to establish a presence in the industry. The network of individuals from NVBIA have become friends, clients, mentors, and references.
How are you involved with NVBIA?
I’m the Chair of the NVBIA Future Leaders Committee and a member of the Executive Committee. With Future Leaders, we focus on education, advocacy, networking and philanthropy through fun events geared toward younger industry professionals, but we have always welcomed those that are either “young or are young at heart”. We’ll leave the category up to you!
What would you tell a future member of NVBIA?
In the instantaneous world, we live in, it’s easy to think that attending one meeting/event is going to bring with it a wealth of business or opportunities. Nope. The connections may not happen overnight, but they absolutely happen. A strong and steady involvement with associations like NVBIA makes it happen. I can guarantee that. Everyone knows someone and people are more than happy to point you in the right direction for the overall good of the industry.
When you have 30 minutes of free time, how do you pass the time?
We adopted our first dog last June, a goldendoodle puppy named Chief (named after musician Eric Church, not Kansas City… relax Washington fans). If I have time, it’s spent walking him or playing with him. Puppy energy is intense.
What is your favorite quote?
“Experience is what you get when you didn’t get what you wanted. And experience is often the most valuable thing you have to offer.” – Randy Pausch
If you were stuck in a tv show for a month, which would it be and why?
Because I grew up in Northeastern Pennsylvania during its 15 minutes of fame, there is really no other answer… The Office.