Mason, Bruce & Girard, Inc. Appoints New President – Michael Lester named president of the Portland-based natural resource consulting company

Today, Mason, Bruce & Girard, Inc. (MB&G) announced the appointment of Mike Lester as its new president. Founded in 1921 in Portland by David Townsend Mason, MB&G provides consulting services in natural resource assessment, management and regulatory compliance. The company’s areas of expertise include forestry, wildlife, fisheries, wetlands and geospatial services.

Lester has worked for MB&G since 1991, has led the company as one of its principals for 18 years, and most recently served as the firm’s chief operating officer. During his tenure as COO and the leader of the Support Services Group, Lester has used his business education and acumen to streamline the firm’s operations and improve its internal systems. During that time, the firm has grown from 30 employees to 105 today, and is poised for greater growth in the future.

Mike Lester

Lester will be onboarding as president this fall and will officially take on the role and title in January 2022. He follows Roger Lord, who became president of MB&G in 2016. Lord will continue in his role directing the Appraisal Services Group.

“As Mason, Bruce & Girard celebrates its centennial anniversary, there are many challenges emerging in forestry, geospatial services, wildlife, fisheries and wetlands management,” said Lord. “Mike has the knowledge, dedication and passion to lead the company into its next 100 years of business.”

Lester said, “I’m honored to take on the role of president and know I will be standing on the shoulders of giants who served before me. I want to specifically thank one of those giants, Roger, who has led the company through significant expansion and success. I plan to continue to foster the growth of the company while staying true to our values of integrity, quality, expertise and client service.”

Under Lord’s leadership, MB&G celebrated its centennial anniversary, added its first female principal, Erin VanDehey, established its business on the East Coast by opening an office in Virginia, and significantly grew its environmental services and geospatial businesses.