"I was extremely impressed with SMBH, Inc.'s responsiveness and professionalism. They demonstrated tremendous attention to detail and were able to provide us with quick responses to questions we encountered in the field. They understood the important role that a steel fabricator plays in the project and even asked for our point-of-view during the design process and inquired if things could be done differently. We thoroughly enjoyed working with them and would refer them to others."

Scott Warner
Project Manager
Tarrier Steel

SMBH, Inc. Leadership

  • Stephen Metz
  • Bob Baumann
  • Jon Beier
  • Lisa Connelly
  • Joe Noser

Stephen Metz, PE, LEED AP BD+C

Principal + President

Stephen brings more than two decades of structural engineering experience to SMBH and has been with the firm since 1998. In 2013, he assumed the role of President of the firm, taking the reins from Bill Shelley who stepped away from management after 39 years with SMBH. Under Stephen’s leadership, the firm has enjoyed significant growth and remains at the forefront of structural engineering in Central Ohio. His prior office and field experience includes material testing, construction inspection and land surveying, which contributes to his knowledge of the design and construction process. Further, his previous experience with a full-service architectural firm provides Stephen with the skills required to produce well-coordinated construction documents. Stephen has a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering, Structural Engineering from The Ohio State University and has designed new buildings as well as additions and renovations to existing structures using all conventional building materials for various building types. His experience also includes analysis of existing structures and expert witness testimony.

Bob Baumann, PE, SE

Principal + Vice President

Bob has been in the consulting business since 1981. He worked his way through college in the co-op program at the University of Cincinnati where he graduated with a Master of Science degree in Civil/Structural Engineering. Bob's knowledge of building a structure enhances his abilities in the design of structures. He has built or designed structures using reinforced, post-tensioned and precast concrete, as well as steel, masonry and wood. Bob is experienced in investigative work for adaptive reuse of existing structures and has provided field observation during construction of many of the projects that he has designed. He also enjoys the challenges associated with forensic investigations. Bob’s many years of experience allow him to design creative, cost-effective and serviceable structures.

Jon Beier, PE, LEED AP BD+C

Principal + Vice President

Jon has worked for SMBH, Inc. since December of 1999. He is a graduate of Ohio University where he received a Master’s degree in Structural Engineering. During his time at SMBH, he has worked on numerous buildings and other structures consisting of wood, masonry, steel, and concrete. The projects have included a post-tensioned parking garage, numerous schools and office buildings, and a state park lodge utilizing local heavy timbers. Jon has been a speaker at AISC’s Steel Conference and is currently on the AISC Steel Conference Planning Committee. He is also active in the local ACI Chapter.

Lisa Connelly

Partner + Director of Marketing and Business Development

Lisa has guided the execution of the marketing strategy and business development processes for SMBH since 2009. A graduate of Ohio University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications, she is also active in the Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) and the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP). In addition, Lisa served as the Director of Communications for SMPS – Columbus chapter from 2015-2016. She is passionate about creating and building meaningful, lasting relationships within SMBH, with clients and within her community through her constant desire to put people first and to challenge the status quo.

Joe Noser, PE

Partner + Director

Since 2007, Joe has worked at SMBH as a project manager and project engineer. He is active in the Structural Engineers Association of Ohio (SEAoO) and American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). He has also completed the Builders Exchange of Central Ohio Rising Leaders Institute program, which provides intensive, high level business education and leadership training to the construction industry's future top managers. Joe is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering.

"I was extremely impressed with SMBH, Inc.'s responsiveness and professionalism. They demonstrated tremendous attention to detail and were able to provide us with quick responses to questions we encountered in the field. They understood the important role that a steel fabricator plays in the project and even asked for our point-of-view during the design process and inquired if things could be done differently. We thoroughly enjoyed working with them and would refer them to others."

Scott Warner
Project Manager
Tarrier Steel