Inside Memphis Business, April/May 2018

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Every day we rely upon engineers in incalculable ways — or at least in ways incalculable to us but certainly not to these experts. Our bridges, electrical systems, homes, and cars are the products of expert engineering; just ask any of the POWER PLAYERS on this list. They represent some of the most prestigious engineering fi rms in Memphis, helping to turn innovative ideas into a functional reality and answering the eternal design questions: Will it work? And how? And why? And where? And to what extent? And for how long? Civil engineers are at the vanguard of civilization’s material existence — the tip of the spear of humanity’s desire to overcome a stubborn natural world. The city’s engineers are poised to make the greatest impact in Memphis’ future. Plus, they’re good at math. Respect. JEFF L. ARNOLD President and CEO, Fisher Arnold, Inc. B.S., Civil Engineering, Christian Brothers University. Cofounded firm providing engineering, architectural, environmental consulting services in transportation, energy, parks and recreation, land, water. Registered Professional Engineer. Projects include I-69, SR-385, U of M University Center. Member, CBU Engineering Advisory Board. PAC Trustee, American Council of Engineering Companies; past president of Memphis Chapter. MARK W. ASKEW President, A2H, Inc. B.S., Civil Engineering, U of M. Following its motto of “Creating an Enhanced Quality of Life for Our Clients & Community,” A2H specializes in architecture, engineering, planning, landscape architecture, surveying. Board chairman, Bartlett Area Chamber of Commerce. Member, Advisory Board, Herff College of Engineering, U of M. SCOTT BARRY Senior Principal, Smith Seckman Reid, Inc. (SSR). Certified in Plumbing Design and as a LEED AP. SSR a long-time leader in comprehensive engineering design and facility consulting services, specializing in engineering design for civil, electrical, mechanical, plumbing, fire protection, instrumentation and controls, structural, transportation, construction management, inspection. Current projects include Ballet Memphis, City of Memphis property maintenance relocation, Central Station renovation, St. Jude building expansion, I-40/I-240.

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RICHARD C. BURSI President and CEO, OGCB, Inc. Mechanical and Electrical Consulting Engineers. B.S., Mechanical Engineering, U of M. Member, Tennessee Architectural and Engineering Board of Examiners. TSPE Outstanding Engineer of the Year, 2016. Herff College of Engineering Outstanding Alumnus, 2004. Past president, Memphis Chapter, American Council of Engineering Companies of Tennessee. Member, Executive Board, Memphis Italian Festival. Projects include Crosstown Concourse, Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, FedExForum, Rhodes College Barret Library, Sewanee McClurg Dining Hall. JAMES F. COLLINS Principal, Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc. B.S., Civil Engineering, University of Memphis. Projects include Environmental Impact Statement for a new multimodal bridge over the Mississippi River in Memphis, design of Elvis Presley Boulevard improvements, industrial warehouses, I-240/Airways interchange, Memphis/Shelby County traffic signal coordination, and redesign of Saddle Creek South. 2010 ACEC Featured Engineer. PHILLIP G. COOP Chairman and co-founder, EnSafe, Inc. A.B. degree, Harvard University. Cofounded EnSafe in 1980. With offices throughout U.S., company provides environmental consulting, engineering, industry safety, hygiene consulting, geographic information services. Member, White House Advisory Panel on Sustainability. Charter member, Hazardous Materials Control Institute. Recipient, Herff Honor Award for Distinguished Service in Engineering. Elected into the Society of Entrepreneurs in 2011.

MARK GREY Associate vice president of business development, South, Buchart Horn, Inc. M.B.A., U of M. Company offers full architectural and engineering services pertaining to transportation, environmental, facilities. Clients include TDOT, City of Memphis, Shelby County, surrounding states, cities, towns on a variety of transportation and water resource projects. Member, Society for Marketing Professional Service, American Public Works Association, Tennessee Chapter. JOEL T. JOHNSON President, Burr & Cole Consulting Engineers, Inc. B.S., Civil Engineering, U of M; Master of Engineering Management, Christian Brothers University. With Burr & Cole since 1988. Professional Engineer in Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana, Oklahoma, North Carolina, Georgia. Projects include State of Tennessee, U of M, Lausanne Collegiate School, Rhodes College, Shelby County, Coca-Cola. MICHAEL POHLMAN President/CEO, Pickering Firm, Inc., a professional engineering and architectural design services provider for facilities, roads, municipalities, water resources, natural resources, surveying. B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Christian Brothers University. Member, Greater Memphis Chamber’s Chairman Circle, Tennessee Economic Development Council. Past president, Tennessee American Council of Engineering Companies. Advisory Board Member, U of M and CBU Schools of Engineering. 2014 CBU Alumni of the Year. Member, MLGW Board of Commissioners. NISHA POWERS President, Powers Hill Design, LLC. B.S., Civil Engineering, UT-Knoxville. Founded firm in 2005. Appointed by Governor Bill Haslam to the Tennessee Aeronautics Commission; board member and past chairman. Board member, Women’s Foundation. Co-chair, Grants Committee, Visible Music College. Projects include Main Street to Main Street Multimodal Connector, Overton Square Garage Detention Basin, Zoo Parking Expansion. Recognitions include MBJ’s “Super Woman in Business,” “Top 40 Under 40” of the Ruby R. Wharton Outstanding Community Service Award. Passionate about encouraging young girls to consider engineering as a career. Most cherished title – “Proud Mom of 4-year old Lucas.” HARRY PRATT President and CEO, Allen & Hoshall. B.S., Civil Engineering, Christian Brothers University. M.S., Civil Engineering, U of M. M.B.A., U of M. Registered Professional Engineer in six states. Past member, Dean of Engineering Advisory Board, Christian Brothers University; Civil Engineering Advisory Board, U of M.

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