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.