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Booth, Ern, Straughan & Hiott, Inc. (BESH) was formed by Duane K. Booth, P.E., Robert A. Ern, Jr., P.E., James M. Straughan, P.S.M., and Charles C. Hiott, P.E. in July, 2006 with the purchase of the Tavares operation of longtime Lake County engineering and surveying firm Farner, Barley & Associates, Inc.  Mr. Booth and Mr. Ern had managed the Tavares office of FBA since 2001, building staff from 21 employees to 63 employees during their 5 year tenure prior to making the decision to purchase the business.  Having worked together with Mr. Straughan and Mr. Hiott since 1993 and 1998, respectively, the partnership and purchase was a natural fit, and BESH was born in 2006.

The Partners have provided a comprehensive range of Engineering, Land Surveying and Land Planning services to public and private clients throughout their professional careers.  Eighteen years of local knowledge and the broad backgrounds of the Partners, paired with the professionalism of our staff allows us to fine-tune our services to meet our Clients individual needs from project conceptualization through construction completion.  The professionals of BESH maintain a thorough working knowledge of State and Local regulations and permitting procedures.  BESH is also proud to be the first Lake County firm to become FDOT certified in Engineering and Surveying.