Engineering Leaders 2020

It is with great pleasure that we announce two new Associate Partners, six new Senior Associates, and fifteen new Associates. Their dedication, enthusiasm, technical expertise, and commitment to serving our clients are but a few of the reasons we are so pleased they are part of Newcomb & Boyd.

Join us in celebrating the achievements of this fantastic group of consultants and engineers!

Associate Partners

Brett Gilbert, PE - AP

What do you like most about Newcomb & Boyd?

I like that every day we acquire new knowledge, and we work through new challenges. In fourteen years, no two days have ever been the same. I also like that we sincerely strive to do the right thing.

Advice for a successful career in this industry?

Let me first say that I am still learning about the answers to this question and that I believe I always will be. My advice for a successful career in this industry is to think about motivations. What is behind the question, request, comment, or objection that is being raised, and what creative solutions can we find to address the real concern? When clients sense that we are working with them to achieve their goals, everyone wins.

Tell us about someone who has influenced your career.

Do I have to name just one? I have learned a lot about being a good consultant from sitting in Steve Bruning’s office. His combination of technical expertise and interpersonal skills became a model for me to emulate early in my career. I would say the same about Adam Bare and the late, great Steve Severini. My father has also been a major influence on me professionally. He has the strongest work ethic I’ve ever seen, and he has encouraged me countless times to follow through, to follow up, and to look for ways around obstacles instead of looking for obstacles.

Where is your favorite place to be?

My favorite place to be is at home, working on jigsaw puzzle or reading a classic book. My favorite book is A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. Dickens paints a captivating picture of the era of the French Revolution with his typical cast of memorable characters. In close second is The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. I love the richness and depth that Dostoyevsky creates in these brothers over the course of a long novel as they relate with the each other and with the world.

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

My wife and I travel to Asheville every year, and it is still our favorite place to visit. We love the scenery, the seclusion, and, probably best of all, the food!

Favorite Quote

“Whatever you do, work heartily as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.” – Colossians 3:23–24

Sal Lizzio, PE - AP

What drew you to Newcomb & Boyd originally?

Before I knew about the friendly and supportive personnel at Newcomb & Boyd and the important project work that we contribute to, I was drawn to the firm because I was somewhat aware of the MEP systems we design. When I was growing up, my Father was an HVAC repair technician, a licensed electrical contractor, and a manager of a facilities group at a multi-building corporate campus where some of the buildings housed research laboratories. He taught me about what he was doing, and I spent some time on his work sites. So, as a freshman at Georgia Tech, when I saw the description of the co-op position at Newcomb & Boyd, I jumped at the opportunity to interview with a company that worked with systems I was at least passingly familiar with. I would have never imagined how fulfilling the work would become and how much I would grow with Newcomb & Boyd.

What is your wish for the next 10 years with Newcomb & Boyd?

I hope that we can see sustainability become a larger focal point of every project to the point that sustainability goals viewed as a stretch today become standard practice and the goals of the future are so groundbreaking that we haven’t conceived them yet.

What is your proudest moment at Newcomb & Boyd?

I am proud of how important our projects are. I have designed systems for hospitals where people are cared for and lives are saved, university laboratories where some of the world’s most important research is conducted, and projects that reactivate important areas of city centers. It is fantastic when a completed building gets a positive reception from owners, occupants, the public, and the press.

Most Unusual Job

As a young teenager, I worked at a roadside fruit stand for a local farmer in New Jersey. My knowledge of the many different types of apples and their best uses was never deeper! We also sold all manner of fruits and vegetables. This experience reinforced for me why New Jersey is called “The Garden State”. The business was cash only, so I learned how to count change. I also helped with odd jobs at the farmer’s properties, like painting the inside of rental houses or helping move furniture between houses. Turns out, the local sheriff does not approve of people riding in the back of an open pickup truck with a bunch of furniture!

What show are you currently loving?

My wife and I are currently enjoying catching up on Stranger Things. I had a lot of anticipation based on the publicity this show gets, and I think it lives up to the hype. We like the storyline and characters and also enjoy the 80’s nostalgia and seeing how much of the filming was done around the Atlanta area.

Favorite Quote

“Imagination is more important than knowledge” – Albert Einstein.

My fourth-grade teacher taught us this quote. To illustrate the concept of thinking outside the box of conventional knowledge, he took a picture of a tree through a school doorway with the illuminated exit sign visible and wrote this quote on it. I still have this picture. Our project work often benefits from creative problem solving and imaginative solutions.

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