Engineering Leaders 2022

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We are delighted to share the promotions of 28 firm leaders. Each of these individuals is actively engaged in and passionate about contributing to the success of our clients. They are experts in working together to bring smart solutions to the built environment. Please join us in recognizing and celebrating their accomplishments!

Ricky Dozier - Partner 2022

How has Newcomb & Boyd helped you in your career development?
The company has always provided me with opportunities to learn and grow. From designing and managing challenging projects to attending my first conference that really pushed the introvert side of me, the leaders at Newcomb & Boyd have always been supportive and encouraging.

What do you like most about Newcomb & Boyd?
The people. The relationships that I have made over 15+ years are some that will last for the rest of my life. You can have the best job in the world, but if you don’t enjoy the people you work with, you’ll never be satisfied.

What has been your favorite project at Newcomb & Boyd?
The Veterinary Medical Learning Center at the University of Georgia was one of the most interesting and challenging projects of my career. I learned so much about the care of all types of animals, including underwater treadmills for dogs and surgical suites for horses and cows.

What is your favorite/proudest moment at Newcomb & Boyd?
One of my favorite moments was signing and sealing a set of drawings for the first time. It was a great feeling to see my stamp and signature on the drawings, and since my handwriting isn’t the neatest, I had to practice signing my name several times beforehand.

Where is the best place you’ve traveled to and why?
For our 10-year wedding anniversary, my wife and I spent almost two weeks traveling through northern Italy. We saw some great museums, ate and drank amazing food, and drove through the mountains on very winding and small roads. It was an adventure, and we can’t wait to go back and visit other parts of the country.

What is the best book you have ever read?
The Dark Tower Series by Stephen King. I bought the second book of the series while at the airport traveling for work and was immediately hooked. The series is his longest work and very different from his more famous books. It took over a year to read the entire series as I took a break after the third book because I didn’t like how he ended that portion of the story.

Favorite food?
Mexican food. After a long week, there’s nothing better than good salsa, tacos, and a margarita. My wife and I have several favorite restaurants that we rotate through as each restaurant adds its own variety.

Favorite Podcast or Audio-Book?
My favorite podcast is At the Table with Patrick Lencioni. Pat’s podcast focuses on organizational health and how to make work more fulfilling for employers and employees. It has been a great resource to learn about different methods that can improve engagement, company culture, and job satisfaction.

Before I die, I would like to…
attend a Chelsea FC game in London at their home stadium — Stamford Bridge. I have been a fan of Chelsea since high school and attended games in the United States, but I would love to attend a home game.

 

Curt Bridges - AP 2022

How has Newcomb & Boyd helped you in your career development?
Newcomb & Boyd provides challenging projects that accelerate professional growth and strengthen engineering knowledge.

What do you like most about Newcomb & Boyd?
The familial environment. Newcomb & Boyd is a workplace where one feels they’re working more with family than simply workmates.

What have you gained from working at Newcomb & Boyd?
Exceptional experience, memories and skills, and an improved golf game.

What is your proudest moment at Newcomb & Boyd?
Picking one proud moment is difficult. I’m proud anytime I see constructed projects that I’ve designed. Our profession typically has a permanent reminder of our challenges and accomplishments.

Advice for a successful career in this industry?
Learn to see the details. The details of design, regardless of the trade, are what makes the systems complete. In this industry, we should strive to know the details and how they apply to the project design.

What is your favorite thing to do?
I love to create. Metal fab, automotive work, and woodworking are my favorites, but creating a low score on the golf course may be my most favorite hobby.

Where is the best place you’ve traveled to and why?
Paris. If feels very familiar. I’ve been multiple times and the city never gets old.

What would you do (for a career) if you weren’t doing this?
Over the road trucker

Favorite Song/Band?
If forced to pick one band — Journey. If on a deserted island with one song — “House of the Rising Sun” by The Animals.

If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?
Controlling metal like Magneto. It would be very cool to open doors with just a wave of the hand.

 

Josh Brisbane - AP 2022

What is your favorite/proudest moment at Newcomb & Boyd?
We were on the tail end of completing the construction documents for a Missile Defense Agency project at Redstone Arsenal. At the time, it was the largest, most complex project I had ever taken on as the lead engineer. The Owner was pleased with my work. One day in our monthly team leader meeting, Bob Howell (Partner Emeritus) asked me to stand up. He gave a short speech of appreciation for a job well done. It was nice to receive recognition in front of the firm’s leadership for my hard work.

Advice for a successful career in this industry?
Improve your communication skills. As engineers, we communicate with people at many different levels. The ability to communicate in a respectful, clear, and concise manner and effectively translate technical jargon into layman’s terms without patronizing others is critical to ensure that our core message relays successfully.

What is your favorite place to be?
My favorite place to be is with my family. My wife and three children have changed my life in ways I never thought possible. We enjoy watching movies, roller skating, and taking trips together. Our goal is to visit national parks in all 50 states. We recently welcomed a new family member — a Goldendoodle named Chewy.

What is your favorite thing to do?
Over the past few years, I’ve developed a love for playing golf, especially with my father. The sport challenges me to focus and reflect on how to improve my game.

Favorite Song/Band?
“More of You” by Fred Hammond

What’s your hidden talent?
I am passionate about leading worship. My wife and I are vocal team members at our church. Initially, she joined the choir, and years later, I reluctantly joined. I find fulfillment in strengthening others in their faith in Christ and encouraging people through life’s ups and downs.

Ben Coe AP - 2022 What do you like most about Newcomb & Boyd?
The wealth of knowledge and the spirit of collaboration at Newcomb & Boyd is really special.

What is your favorite part about working for Newcomb & Boyd?
I have the chance to share what I have learned in nearly 40 years on topics like business operations, project management, project engineering, and client relationship with other team members and leadership. Also, I get to work with and mentor some amazing young talent.

Advice for a successful career in this industry?
Learn to listen, ask the right questions, and work with all parties to achieve matched expectation.

Most Unusual Job
My most unusual actual job was a custom rug manufacturer while I was a student at Georgia Tech. My most unusual engineering project was an aviation fuel testing lab for the Navy in Okinawa, Japan.

Three things you can’t live without?
Coffee, my daughters, my wife

Where is the best place you’ve traveled to and why?
I have enjoyed a number of trips to Guatemala for mission trips. Not luxurious by any means but very fulfilling, especially the years that my daughters made the trip with the group.

What is your favorite book?
Nothing by Chance by Richard Bach.

What show are you currently loving?
Mindhunters

Before I die, I would like to…
fly in as many different types of aircraft as I can access.

Tell me about someone who has influenced your career.
My first employer in the A/E/C industry was Derek Peters, owner of the MEP Consulting Firm Hibble, Peters, and Dawson. He believed in me and was a great mentor.

 

Britton Gates - AP 2022

How has Newcomb & Boyd helped you in your career development?
Working at Newcomb & Boyd allows me to actively contribute to the success of some of the largest and highest-profile projects in the region. There is no substitute for experience, and our experience always comes from exciting and challenging projects.

What do you like most about Newcomb & Boyd?
Newcomb & Boyd focuses on taking care of people — both clients and employees. We are a team that is devoted to innovation and solid design while maintaining the human element through compassion and respect.

What is on your wish list for the next 10 years with Newcomb & Boyd?
Our technology group is at the forefront of looking at building technology holistically. Instead of looking at AV, Security, IoT, MEP, and Communications in silos, our group looks for efficiencies in converged cabling, facilities and IT resource management, and monitoring and analytics, with widespread knowledge and constant collaboration between all trades. I look forward to the next 10 years with a growing group that leads the industry towards more intelligent and more efficient buildings.

What is your favorite thing to do?
Travel and go camping with my 5-year-old daughter. She’s been camping with me since she was 6-months old. She’s a pro.

Favorite food?
Indian. Also Italian. Chinese. And Mexican… Hot wings? Sushi!! Just all of it.

What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
When I was about 5-years old, my dad told me to “Always tell the truth and always honor your commitments.” That leads to trust, and being trustworthy is the only way to build a collaborative relationship with peers, clients, and customers.

 

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