Dean Forman | Founder and President

Dean Forman is Earth Tek Engineering Corporation’s Founder and President. He provides experienced and enthusiastic leadership for all administrative and field operations. He has over 25 years of hands-on experience in all aspects of earthwork.

He began in the construction industry with his purchase of earthwork equipment in the early 1980’s. Extended members of the Forman family have been involved in the grading and engineering industry, providing Dean with the opportunity to begin utilization of this specialized equipment. Later Dean became affiliated with an engineering contractor that allowed him the opportunity to estimate and manage various projects that leased his equipment on a long-term basis.

This arrangement ended and a more profitable opportunity presented itself by which Dean, along with several managers from previous ventures undertook and established their own engineering and grading contracting firm. This resulted in the formation of Earth Tek Engineering Corporation.

Tom Chavez | Vice president

Tom Chavez is Vice president and oversees the estimating and project management team at Earth Tek. Together with staff, they prepare hard competitive bids and also provide value engineering for negotiated projects becoming more prevalent on large projects today. Upon successful award or negotiation, the team coordinates oversight until closeout and completion.

Mr. Chavez began in the construction industry in the early 1980’s. Working with several local real-estate developers, the importance of recognizing regional trends and adjusting to changing conditions became apparent. Participation in the successful development of residential and commercial developments has brought a unique perspective to Earth Tek in providing site development and earthwork services to Southern California builders and developers.

Terry Campuzano | CFO

Terry Campuzano is the CFO of Earth Tek Engineering Corp. Terry has been in the construction industry for over 25 years. He began his career in masonry and then began working with Dean in the early 90’s as an equipment operator. When Dean ventured on his own, Terry came on board to assist with the purchasing of equipment and managing operators.

As the company continued to grow, Terry implemented our Safety Program, which he continues to monitor and update as changes takes place in the industry. Along with being the Safety Manger, he is responsible for all the heavy equipment up to and including managing field operations.

Lorena Baque | CONTROLLER

As Earth Tek’s Controller, Lorena manages the office, prepares monthly and year-end financial statements, implements and monitors financial controls, provides analysis and budgeting and serves as the Corporate Secretary for the company.

Mrs. Baque has been working in the construction industry since the late 1980’s. She has worked in all aspects of the office from Dispatching, Project Management to Accounting. Accounting is where she found her forte. She began working with Dean Forman in 1994 with the beginning stages of his corporations.

James Nelsen | lead estimator

With experience from the field trades, James Nelsen began as a CAD draftsman at a civil engineering firm. In few years he advanced to CAD Designer. His perseverance and drive led him to become a Project Engineer at a well known engineering firm in the Inland Empire.

Because of his background, James was brought in as an estimating assistant to help refine Earth Tek’s estimating department.

In the short time James has been with Earth Tek, he has taken on the role of lead estimator, enhancing accuracy and budgeting capabilities for the benefit of our clients.


Earth Tek Engineering’s Project Administrator is Dominique Martinez. Her responsibility include setting up and maintaining all project files, submitting job requirements to General Contractors, and keeping track of all Subcontractors. Not only does she assist the Project Managers with the correspondence between the office and the field, she also initiates progress billing and tracks change order work.

Ms. Martinez has been in the construction industry since 1996. Her past experience included working for Compaction Plus Inc. She was heavily involved in the equipment rental department, up to and including dispatch and payroll. She is well-informed in all aspects of construction procedures from inception to closing a project.

Estimating & Project Management

Dean Forman – President

Tom Chavez – VP

James Nelsen – Estimator

Leo Banuelos – Estimating Assistant

Office & Accounting Department

Lorena Baque – Controller

Dominique Martinez – Office Manager/HR

Emily Emberson – PM Assistant/Safety Assist.

Sami Gallegos – Dispatcher

Christine Berry – AP

Barbara Baker – PR/AR


Terry Campuzano – Equipment Manager

Eric Smith – Logistics/Safety

Nick Drake – Mechanic