Engineering Leaders 2019

Please join us in congratulating our new Associate Partners, Senior Associates, and Associates. We are proud to work with some of the best and brightest minds out there to serve our clients, provide innovative solutions, and deliver outstanding environments that are healthy, comfortable and efficient.

Associate Partners

What drew you to Newcomb & Boyd originally?

I worked first as a contractor. I was not familiar with all the firms, but in conversations, when contractors were listing firms, they always seemed to name Newcomb & Boyd first. When I wanted to try design instead of construction, it was the first place I looked. It has been a pleasure to work with a firm that has a such a strong history and reputation.

What is your favorite part about working for Newcomb & Boyd?

I’ve always appreciated our support staff for the work they do to contribute to our success. The work they do helps me stay focused on the technical portions of our projects.

Advice for a successful career in this industry?

Probably just the Golden Rule or some variant. Try to help people solve problems, and there is a good chance the favor will be returned.

What show are you currently loving?

We have been watching a British program called Shetland. It is a police procedural, but the setting is what makes for great scenery for the program.

Three things you can’t live without?

Coca-cola, Diet Coke, and Mexican Coke. I like to rotate.

Favorite Quote?

“Everything should be as simple as possible, but not simpler.” attributed to Albert Einstein. It is similar to the K.I.S.S. principle, but it seems closer to how we need to go about finding solutions. He felt that the simplest, most elegant explanation of a phenomenon was most likely to be the explanation that best explained nature. When we go about evaluating solutions, whatever is simplest that satisfies all criteria is probably the best.

What do you like most about Newcomb & Boyd? And how has Newcomb & Boyd changed since?

I like the challenging work atmosphere, and the variety of market sectors we have the opportunity to work in. I also like a pleasant work environment and the flexibility to get my work done and develop my skills. Over the years, the firm has become more flexible, added practice areas, and discovered new processes and tools that allow us to remain a leader in the engineering field.

What has been your favorite project at Newcomb & Boyd?

I don’t have a specific favorite project, however several of my favorites have been ones to which I have a personal connection, such as our work at The Lovett School. I attended high school there, so it is especially rewarding to work in/on buildings that I previously spent a lot of time in.

Advice for a successful career in this industry?

Audio-visual is a rapidly evolving industry. Be flexible and be willing to evolve with it.

What is the greatest challenge you have had to overcome in your life thus far?

Raising my son, although that will be a lifelong challenge. Thankfully, it’s also been one of the most rewarding experiences.

Where is the best place you’ve traveled to and why?

My wife and I first visited Germany in 2009 and have been back several times over the years. Since 2009 we have developed close friendships with some of the people we’ve met.

Favorite Song/Band?

I have a broad taste in music, but my longest-term favorite is The Scorpions. I checked off a bucket list item by seeing them live in 2016.

People would be surprised to know…

Prior to becoming an Audio-Visual Consultant, I mixed live sound for concerts and other events. During that time, I had the opportunity to mix a performance by Willie Nelson. It was the most laid-back show I’ve ever worked.

How has Newcomb & Boyd helped you in your career development?

Newcomb & Boyd was always very supportive of me in obtaining my engineering degree. I had just started Georgia Tech in the Fall of 1991 and when I started with Newcomb & Boyd in January of 1992, they agreed to allow flexibility in my work schedule, so I could continue going to school while working full time. I eventually decided to attend classes full time in 1995, and after about a year hiatus, came back to work part-time until graduation. The rest is history.

What do you like most about Newcomb & Boyd?

This may sound a bit unoriginal, but what I really like most about Newcomb & Boyd is our people. Having worked here for 26 years I’ve developed close professional and personal relationships with my colleges that I truly value. It’s like family in a way. We have some unique and quirky personalities here which makes it an even more interesting place to work.

What has been your favorite project at Newcomb & Boyd?

The Georgia Tech Engineered Biosystems Building. Electrically it was interesting and challenging with 20 kV primary feeder extension, secondary spot network service transformers, paralleled engine-generators, and rooftop photovoltaic system. We recently took our son on a prospective student tour of the campus and I made sure to point out the building we designed. Really cool, beautiful building!

Three things you can’t live without?
  • Family, of course.
  • My morning meditations.
  • Audible books. With my daily 2-3-hour commute, I would go crazy sitting in traffic without my Audible books.
Where is the best place you’ve traveled to and why?

Grand Canyon, Family Spring Break 2015. Why? It’s the Grand Canyon! Breathtaking!

Favorite Podcast or Audio-Book?

Podcast: The Jordan Harbinger Show
Audio-Book: I don’t really have a favorite single book. I love sci-fi/fantasy books and I’m currently listening to The Core, by Peter V. Brett.

Favorite Quote?

“Our actions may be impeded, but there can be no impeding our intentions or dispositions. Because we can accommodate and adapt. The mind adapts and converts to its own purposes the obstacle to our acting. The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way.” – Marcus Aurelius.

What has been your favorite project at Newcomb & Boyd?

It would be difficult to identify just a single project that I’ve enjoyed working on, but I will say that working in the Healthcare field has been challenging and rewarding at the same time. I enjoy working on Healthcare projects because of the multiple systems that we get to interact with, design and integrate together. It also helps to know that what we do impacts people directly for life safety, security, comfort, and wellness.

Advice for a successful career in this industry?

Success is not a measure between yourself and your peers. It is the measure of your former self against who you are today.

If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?

Flight

Biggest pet peeve?

Clutter

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Senior Associates

Mark Azarraga
Mark Azarraga
Corey Campbell
Corey Campbell, PE
Reed Coggins
Reed Coggins, PE
Beth Ann Hanson
Beth Ann Hanson, PE
Ramya Shivkumar
Ramya Shivkumar, CEM, WELL AP
Jon Willig
Jon Willig, PE
Trevor Wolf
Trevor Wolf, PE

Associates

Andrew Bryant
Andrew Bryant
Stephen Callaway
Stephen Callaway
James Curry
James Curry, PMP
Leah Dymek
Leah Dymek
Britton Gates
Britton Gates, CTS-D/I
Matt Holland
Matt Holland, RCDD
Andrew Horton
Andrew Horton, PE
Dale Joiner
Dale Joiner
Bo Laraia
Bo Laraia, RCDD, TLT
Robert Lontoc
Robert Lontoc, PE
Ryan
Ryan Prater, PE
Danna Richey
Danna Richey, PE, GPCP
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