For nearly 50 years, L.I. Smith & Associates (LIS) has provided innovative services throughout the region. The family owned business, named after cofounder Larry Isham Smith, has expanded throughout the decades from a part-time surveying company to the renowned full-service civil engineering and surveying company you see today.
Larry became a Registered Land Surveyor (RLS) in the state of Tennessee in 1975. This professional licensure marked the birth of LIS, as it provided Larry with the necessary certification to do survey work at the professional level.
In 1996, Lucile (Sherrod) Smith, a cofounder and now the President of the company, and Larry, Vice President, turned their professional company into a corporation. During this time, Lucile became the first woman in the state of Tennessee to become a licensed surveyor by passing the state-specific examinations.
To contend with the ever-changing industry, Larry and Lucile began exploring other services to offer, such as construction layout and engineering services. Coverage areas also grew with the addition of Kentucky, Arkansas, and Mississippi. As these new service areas were added, offices were established throughout the region, with the current Nashville branch opening in 2004 to accommodate demand.
At the end of 2017, Lucile retired, and Larry became part-time, still holding his position as Vice President. Their son, Patrick Smith, took over the company as President in 2018. Through his leadership and renewed focus on engineering services, he has carried on the surveying tradition while expanding the company’s services and expertise, which led to the addition of the Portland office in 2021.
With a fresh perspective, LIS has continued to embrace new technologies developed within the engineering and surveying world such as drone mapping, aerial mapping, and laser scanning. The company has expanded to a staff of nearly 50 staff members, including a team of Professional Engineers, Professional Land Surveyors, field crews, and office support staff, all of whom work together to provide multistate coverage for projects of all sizes throughout the Central and Southeast regions of the United States.
patrick smith, pe, plspresident
LIS President, Patrick Smith, heads the leadership team. Smith is an experienced engineer and surveyor, holding Registered Land Surveyor licensures in Tennessee, Mississippi, and Arkansas, as well as Professional Engineer licensures in Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, and Virginia. Smith is a problem solver and enjoys taking on challenging projects and developing creative solutions. He is a graduate of Mississippi State University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering. Smith is involved in several professional and technical societies, including the Tennessee Association of Professional Surveyors, Mississippi Association of Professional Surveyors, Tennessee Society of Professional Engineers, and American Society of Civil Engineers, to name a few.
LARRY smith, pe, RlsExecutive VICE president
Larry Smith is the founder and Executive Vice President of LIS. Smith holds more than 45 years of industry experience, having started the company and earning his first professional licensure in 1975. He is a well-established civil engineer and land surveyor, obtaining Registered Land Surveyor licensures in seven states and Professional Engineer licensures in six states. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Tennessee Technological University. Smith is a veteran of the US Air Force, during which he traveled all over the world to locations such as Guam, Thailand, and Vietnam. He is 20 year veteran of the Tennessee State Guard. At the time of his retirement in 2022, Smith served as the Regimental Commander for the First Tennessee Regiment located in Henderson, Tenn.
Chris Conrad, RLSVICE PRESIDENT
Chris Conrad is the Vice President of LIS and acts as head of our Nashville office. Conrad is an 18 year veteran of the company, having worked his way through the ranks from boundary crew chief to general manager before assuming his current role as vice president. He is an experienced leader in the surveying industry, bringing more than 29 years of experience to the role. Conrad is a Registered Professional Surveyor in the state of Tennessee and has extensive experience in boundary and ALTA/NSPS surveys, as well as construction staking.
Ashley horn, mascmarketing coordinator
As Marketing Coordinator, Ashley Horn heads all of LIS’ marketing and advertising efforts. Horn is responsible for managing the company’s overall marketing strategy, social media presence, brand development, and day-to-day marketing duties. Working from behind the scenes, she implements our community outreach, staff relations, and business development strategies. Horn holds a Master of Arts degree in Strategic Communication from the University of Tennessee at Martin. She is an experienced marketer with a background in communications with an emphasis in higher education and nonprofit fields. Horn is a member of the American Advertising Federation (AAF), Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS), and serves on the Paris-Henry County Arts Council's Board of Directors.
LIS is proud to support our veterans. We understand the importance of leadership, personal devotion, and the sacrifices made by our military personnel and the value they bring to our team.
Will Clark, EIT
Martha Jane Hooper
HUMAN RESOURCE OFFICER
mason peale, Pls
Trevor Teague, PLS, EIT
zechariah rowley, EIT
Tommy Young, RLS