President & CEO
After earning a Civil Engineering degree from Iowa State University (ISU), Chad Surprenant returned to his hometown in Mankato, Minnesota to begin what would evolve into a 20+ year career at ISG; an architecture, engineering, environmental, and planning firm that was founded by his late father, Ken Surprenant. Chad has assumed increased management responsibilities and helped grow the firm, adopting new services and branching into his Alma Mater state, Iowa. In 2001, he was named company President, and the firm has continued to experience significant growth under his leadership, both internally and externally with tactical mergers and acquisitions. Along the way, Chad was consistently aware of agriculture’s entrenchment across every facet of the region, identifying that a large percentage of ISG’s services directly serve farmers and rural landowners, with an even larger percentage influenced by agriculture. During his career, Chad has received numerous professional awards including the “Young Engineer of the Year” award. As a committed community leader, Chad has also served in a number of education, business, and non-profit organizations, holding various member, Board, and President roles.