Lance has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), and is a registered Professional Engineer. He has more than 25 years of experience in the design, specification, and application of earth retention structures, with emphasis on segmental retaining wall and geosynthetic reinforced soil technology.

Lance is an active member within ASTM International and the National Concrete Masonry Association (NCMA) focusing on the development of standards and design methodologies beneficial to the advancement of geosynthetic materials and earth retention structures.

Lance is former NCMA SRW Technical Subcommittee Chair, and current NCMA Limit Equilibrium Design Method Task Group Chair.