History & Heritage

In 1949, Conrad Blucher and James S. Naismith founded the firm of Blucher and Naismith, Inc., in Corpus Christi, Texas. Today, NEI is the beneficiary of a unique legacy bestowed on the firm by these two great gentlemen.

The Blucher name is synonymous with pioneering South Texas surveying. Mr. Conrad Blucher was the last of three generations of Bluchers who served as Nueces County Surveyors, spanning from the mid 1800's to 1954. The Conrad Blucher Institute for Surveying and Science at Texas A & M University - Corpus Christi was dedicated in his name in 1987.

The Naismith name is recognized around the world, with many claiming that it is "synonymous with basketball". Mr. James S. Naismith first came to Corpus Christi, Texas in the 1930's as the project engineer for the construction of the Corpus Christi seawall. Mr. Naismith's father, James Naismith, invented the game of basketball in Springfield, Massachusetts in 1891. Later, James Naismith was the first inductee into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. (Learn more at:  www.hoophall.com/history/ )

NEI has a heritage of solid leadership. In 1961, James P. Naismith, a son of James S. Naismith, joined the firm. He purchased Mr. Blucher's interest in 1968 and the name was changed to Naismith Engineers, Inc. James P. Naismith served as president of the firm until 1989. James S. Naismith continued active with the firm until his death in 1980. In 1989, James P. Naismith entrusted the leadership of the firm to several of his key engineering professionals, who gave the firm its present name. Mr. Steven F. Hiltpold served as president from 1989 until his death in 1990. Mr. Rendell C. Webb, Jr., served as president from 1990 until 2007. Currently, Mr. John A. Michael serves as Chairman of the Board and Mr. David M. Underbrink, Sr. serves as President.

Some 60 years after it's founding, NEI is one of the premier professional services consulting firms in Texas. Over the years, we have earned a reputation for the quality of services we provide our clients. Our success has resulted in a large and expanding repeat client base. This is a direct result of the experience and working knowledge of our licensed professionals and support staff. Many of our professionals have worked not only on multi-disciplinary projects throughout Texas, but also in other areas of the United States, developing a keen sense of client needs, constraints, and working philosophies. We continue to operate on the principle that long-term client satisfaction is the key to building a successful consulting firm.