Two Chattanooga Professionals Graduate Barge Waggoner Leadership Institute

Wednesday, August 06, 2014
Bob Higgins, CEO, Barge Waggoner Sumner and Cannon; David Bible, project manager, Water Services;  Randy Lowry, president, Lipscomb University; and John Lowry, vice president for External Affairs at Lipscomb.
Bob Higgins, CEO, Barge Waggoner Sumner and Cannon; David Bible, project manager, Water Services; Randy Lowry, president, Lipscomb University; and John Lowry, vice president for External Affairs at Lipscomb.

David Bible, PE, project manager, water services; and Ben Nemec, PE, LEED AP, project manager, land resources; from the Chattanooga office of Barge, Waggoner, Sumner and Cannon, Inc. have graduated from the firm’s 18-month leadership institute.  

Graduate employees enjoyed dinner at the historic Mother Church of Country Music, the Ryman Auditorium, in Nashville.

The Institute was launched in 2010 and had 33 participants in this inaugural class. This year’s class, comprised of employees from all Barge Waggoner offices, graduated 29-strong. The 18-month program is customized by Lipscomb University’s College of Business and provides executive education in business, communication, negotiation and other skill-sets needed in today’s marketplace, said officials. 

“Partnering with Lipscomb University provides us exemplary training that architectural and engineering school cannot offer,” says Bob Higgins, president and CEO. “Barge Waggoner takes deliberate steps in assuring that tomorrow’s leaders are versed in topics such as negotiation, risk management, leadership, coaching, mentoring and team building. These topics and how they are implemented ultimately affect our bottom line.”

Class meets every six weeks for two consecutive days during which they engage in learning that is experiential and varied in nature. The participants practice what they learn by engaging in activities that require interaction with each other, activity, and dialogue in varied learning environments. 

Barge, Waggoner, Sumner and Cannon, Inc. is a professional services firm that includes engineers, architects, landscape architects, and surveyors employed in offices in Tennessee, Alabama, Ohio and Georgia. Focus markets include Aviation, Energy and Environment, Federal, Industrial and Building Services, Land Resources and Water Services.  Founded in 1955, Barge Waggoner is ranked No. 171 in the 2014 Engineering News-Record Top 500 Design Firms list. Visit Barge Waggoner’s website for more information: www.bargewaggoner.com.

Bob Higgins, CEO, Barge Waggoner Sumner and Cannon; Ben Nemec, project manager, Land Resources;  Randy Lowry, president, Lipscomb University; and John Lowry, vice president for External Affairs at Lipscomb.
Bob Higgins, CEO, Barge Waggoner Sumner and Cannon; Ben Nemec, project manager, Land Resources; Randy Lowry, president, Lipscomb University; and John Lowry, vice president for External Affairs at Lipscomb.

Study Shows 60 Percent Of Low-Income Tennesseans Face Civil Legal Problems

A study commissioned by the Tennessee Supreme Court Access to Justice Commission and the Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services with the support of the Tennessee Bar Association has found that more than 60 percent of vulnerable Tennesseans face a significant civil legal need. The goal of the study was to examine the effectiveness of delivering legal assistance to those in need. ... (click for more)

The Dixie Group Reports Formation Of Masland Hospitality

The Dixie Group announced the formation of Masland Hospitality, a new business will be led by Elizabeth Moore, vice president of Masland Hospitality. With Dixie’s recent acquisition of the assets of Burtco, LLC, a comprehensive offering of products will be available from Masland for the hospitality market. The product portfolio will include large scale public space patterns utilizing ... (click for more)

Kiser Takes Witness Stand For First Time; Says He Did Not Kill Deputy Donald Bond

Marlon Duane Kiser took the witness stand at his post-conviction hearing on Tuesday to declare that he did not kill Deputy Donald Bond, who was gunned down at a produce stand in East Brainerd 13 years ago. Kiser had not opted to go on the stand when he was convicted by a Nashville jury and given the death penalty in 2003. He said he believes it was Mike Chattin, the man he ... (click for more)

Courtney Godwin, 25, Was Victim In Monday Night Fire In Hixson

Chattanooga firefighters battled a fully-involved structure fire in Hixson Monday night, and the incident involved at least one fatality.  Dr. Steve Cogswell with the Hamilton County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the victim as Courtney D. Godwin, 25. Dr. Cogswell said Ms. Godwin died from smoke inhalation.   The first call to 911 Communications was received ... (click for more)

Chattanooga State Faculty Has No Business Being Involved In Hiring Decisions

This letter will hopefully bring some clarity to the recent situation created by the faculty of Chattanooga State Community College. It is based upon my tenure as a member of the faculty at Chattanooga State Technical Institute, the transformation to Chattanooga State Community College, and my service as the financial and administrative officer at Chattanooga State until my retirement ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: A Grand Thanksgiving Feast

I’m not really sure how it all came about but a few days before Thanksgiving last year, what was usually a crowded table had dwindled down to just Mother, Aunt Martha and me. Just the idea of getting dressed up made both of them tired, which happens when you are 89 and 87, respectively, and the thought of preparing the traditional feast brought only further groans so I announced ... (click for more)