LIS Welcomes Summer Interns 

LIS WELCOMES SUMMER INTERNS

Four college students, representing three universities in Kentucky and Tennessee, were selected for summer internships at L.I. Smith & Associates (LIS). The students will take on roles in civil engineering, land surveying, marketing and communications, and, for the first time, the finance field. The internships will allow them to gain first-hand experience in their chosen fields of study.

“This summer, students from the University of Tennessee at Martin, Murray State University, and the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, will be completing internships at our Paris office,” commented Ashley Horn, Vice President of Marketing and Communications at LIS “We look forward to the knowledge and enthusiasm each student will bring to our company.”

Will Gallimore, a McKenzie, Tenn. native, joins LIS as the Land Surveying intern. Gallimore is a rising senior at the University of Tennessee at Martin (UTM) pursuing a degree in farm and ranch management, alongside a land survey certificate. He is very involved in campus life, having held leadership roles in Sigma Chi Fraternity and the Cattleman’s Association, while also contributing as a student worker on the university’s farm. Additionally, Gallimore was the first recipient of the Lucile D. Smith Land Surveying Scholarship in the spring semester.

Taking on the role of Civil Engineering Intern is Grant Bartholomew. As a previous intern for the West Tennessee Public Utility District and a summer worker for Barsto Construction, Bartholomew is interested in developing skills in infrastructure design and surveying during his internship. Bartholomew is from Huntingdon, Tenn., and a senior at UTM, with an expected graduation date of May 2025. He is also a member of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity.

Kathryn Bullion, who previously interned throughout her time at Henry County High School, has returned as a Marketing and Communications intern. In her previous role with LIS, she showcased her capabilities by taking on various responsibilities across the marketing and administrative departments including reporting, data entry, developing marketing communications, and acting as a brand ambassador at external events. Bullion, a rising sophomore at the University of Tennessee Knoxville (UTK), excels academically and as a student leader. As a freshman, she was elected Vice President of Marketing for DECA Inc. at UTK, a position she’s earned through her dedication to the organization and marketing excellence previously during high school and now at the university level. 

In the new role of Business Operation Intern, Rachel Holmes will help the controller and support staff manage various functions of the accounting department. Holmes will begin her senior year this fall at Murray State University, graduating in May 2025 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a minor in Finance. Her passion for the field is evident through her active involvement in campus organizations, including the MMBA-LCS Club, which involves marketing, management and logistics, and supply chain management. In addition, as a member of Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority, Holmes has demonstrated outstanding leadership as she served as the Director of Chapter Finances in 2024 and led initiatives such as fundraising events for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Since the program’s development in 2022, LIS has offered internship positions for college students seeking to sharpen their skill sets in the land survey, civil engineering, and marketing fields. This year’s interns mark the third group to complete the program and the first to work within the finance field. They will undoubtedly bring a new perspective to our operations. The LIS staff is looking forward to what this group offers and is excited to have them part of the team this summer!

For more information about the LIS internship program, visit our website at www.lismith.com/join-our-team/ or contact Horn at ahorn@lismith.com. 


Tips from the Team on National Marketing Operations Appreciation Day

TIPS FROM THE TEAM ON NATIONAL MARKETING OPERATIONS APPRECIATION DAY

In today’s digital world, marketing professionals serve as an integral part of any successful business, no matter the size or industry. National Marketing Operations Appreciation Day, celebrated annually on April 11th, is a national holiday that recognizes these talented individuals as well as the extensive work required to run successful marketing teams. 

Marketing professionals are often tasked with not only leading and executing advertising campaigns, but they also work in content creation, public relations, sales, event planning, social media, brand management, and design, only to name a few areas of focus. Strategic thinkers, these professionals work diligently to manage brand identify and send clear, cohesive messages to target audiences.  

At L.I. Smith and Associates (LIS), our marketing department got its start in 2021 when, now Vice President of Marketing and Communications, Ashley Horn was hired as Marketing Coordinator. The department of one quickly grew into a comprehensive department, covering a wide variety of roles and responsibilities and is composed of two full-time employees and a part-time intern. Now, in 2024, the team is proud to create all marketing materials such as photos, videos, graphics, and print materials in house, while also managing social media, staff relations, internal communications, and community relations efforts.  

In celebration of National Marketing Operations Appreciation Day, we asked each member of the team to take a moment to reflect upon their current careers as well as how they got to where they are today. Each staff member was asked a series of questions.  

  • What is one marketing resource that you think every business should utilize?  
  • Why did you decide to go into Marketing and Communications?  
  • What is one piece of marketing advice that you would give your younger self?  

Ashley Horn, Vice President of Marketing and Communication

  • What is one marketing resource that you think every business should utilize? 

Utilize your creativity! Don’t feel obligated to continue the status quo or copy the marketing strategies of other companies. Your business is unique, and as such, your marketing strategies and tactics should be too. Try something new, while always keeping your mission and values in the forefront.  

  

  • Why did you decide to go into Marketing and Communications?  

I initially chose to pursue a career in communication because my greatest strength was writing, and I hoped to find a career in which I could directly apply this skillset. After beginning the program at the University of Tennessee at Martin, I quickly found that I also enjoyed the media design element that goes along with telling a brand’s story. Having the opportunity to express my creativity through the development of marketing and public relations materials is something that I truly enjoy.  

  

  • What is one piece of marketing advice that you would give your younger self? 

Always take the time to network! Through networking, you can uncover new opportunities for both your organization’s success as well as your own growth and professional development.

Madison Bickerstaff, Communication Specialist

  • What is one marketing resource that you think every business should utilize?  

I believe every business, big or small, should have some form of social media to share their mission, what they do best, and how others can benefit from their services. You’d be surprised how much traction a company can get by sharing their characteristics through a social media outlet.  

  • Why did you decide to go into Marketing and Communications?  

I always loved the art of Communication and how information is shared through our society. It is an ever-growing field and I wanted to be a part of it.  

  • What is one piece of marketing advice that you would give your younger self? 

RE-READ everything. And after you’ve reread it once, reread it again. It’s always best practice to double and triple-check everything you write.  

Martha Jane (MJ) Hooper, Marketing and Communication Intern

  • What is one marketing resource that you think every business should utilize?  

I think one resource that every business should utilize is networking! Over the past two years, I have watched LIS grow tremendously just because of networking. You never know what will happen and what the outcome will be just by reaching out or going to events. 

  • Why did you decide to go into Marketing and Communications?  

I decided to go into Marketing and Communications after I changed my major from meteorology in my freshman year of college. Over a break, my aunt told me about her degree, which was communications with a focus in public relations, and what all she could do with it! I liked the versatility of it and knowing that every business needs a communications and marketing person helped with my decision. 

  • What is one piece of marketing advice that you would give your younger self? 

One piece of advice I would give my younger self is to be patient when you are learning. Being in the field versus learning in the classroom are two different things and it is a learning process. Every business has different marketing criteria, and it is okay it will take some time getting used to and learning the ropes of it! 


Trevor Teague Earns Second License at 27 Years Old 

Trevor Teague, PE, PLS

TREVOR TEAGUE EARNS SECOND LICENSE AT 27 YEARS OLD

In February of this year, Trevor Teague officially earned his Professional Engineering License (PE). This feat marked a spectacular accomplishment as he now holds two professional licenses at the age of 27. Before earning his PE, Teague also received his Professional Surveyor License (PLS) in 2021. 

“Professional licensure is the highest honor that an engineer can achieve,” stated LIS President Patrick Smith. “It represents to the public that the engineer has satisfied the academic requirements and earned the trust of their colleagues. Trevor has achieved this honor as a surveyor and now as an engineer. He is the youngest person that I know to have done both.” 

With a background in surveying and extensive experience in different departments, Teague is a key member of the L.I. Smith & Associates (LIS) team, bringing skills that benefit both the company and our clients. He is the third professional engineer on the LIS staff and specializes in stormwater design and subdivision design. A graduate of the University of Tennessee at Martin (UTM), he also holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering.   

Teague has proven himself as an invaluable mentor for engineering staff members and our summer interns, teaching valuable lessons and procedures which allow our team to be successful in the field. 

“Trevor has quickly become one of my favorite colleagues that I have ever worked with. The value that he adds as an engineer, mentor, and overall representative for L.I. Smith is immeasurable. I look forward to continuing to learn from and work with Trevor as our company grows,” commented Chris Mills. 

Teague began his career with LIS almost five years ago as an Engineer in Training (EIT), which is essentially an apprenticeship prior to becoming a professional in the field. As he assumes his new role as a PE, he will take a more distinguished leadership position within LIS’ engineering department. Teague will also take on more responsibility for projects while also managing and mentoring the team of EITs and engineering personnel.    

Already planning for the future, he plans to earn a PE licensure in Alabama and join more professional development organizations. Teague is currently a member of Tennessee Associations of Professional Surveyors (TAPS) but plans to join the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and the Tennessee Society of Professional Engineers (TSPE). By participating in organizations like these, Teague will have the opportunity to network with other professionals and promote his professional development. 

“I am excited to have earned my engineering license. This has been a goal of mine since graduating college. I look forward to continuing my career as an engineer and hopefully putting my license to good use,” Teague remarked.  

 


LIS Announces UT Martin Scholarship Recipients

LIS ANNOUNCEs UT MARTIN SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS

Two students from the University of Tennessee at Martin (UTM) were selected as the 2024 recipients of L.I. Smith & Associates’ (LIS) Larry Isham Smith Civil Engineering Scholarship and the Lucile D. Smith Land Surveying Scholarship. The students are the inaugural recipients, as the program was established in February of this year.

“These students are the future of the industry. There is no doubt the recipients will each make a tremendous impact on the field as they enter the workforce,” remarked LIS Vice President of Marketing and Communication Ashley Horn.

The LIS scholarship program aims to recognize and support outstanding, local students who have demonstrated exceptional academic achievement and a commitment to making a positive impact in the civil engineering and land surveying fields. After a rigorous selection process involving careful review and evaluation of numerous applications, LIS was thrilled to announce Estefania Silva and Will Gallimore as the first recipients of the LIS scholarships.

Estefania Silva

Silva, who received the Larry Isham Smith Civil Engineering Scholarship, is a senior majoring in civil engineering. She is a Weakley County native, having grown up in Martin, Tenn. A dedicated student, Silva has maintained an impressive grade point average (GPA) throughout her time at the university and was encouraged by the department chair, Dr. Tim Nipp, to apply for the scholarship.

Nipp commented, “In a pool of outstanding UTM Engineering students, Steffie exemplifies hard work and results. She is very deserving of this scholarship from L. I. Smith. Upon graduation, Steffie will be a successful engineer who will make a positive contribution to the engineering world. We are honored to have our Engineering students recognized for their efforts.

After graduation, she hopes to become a senior structural engineer and gain experience leading other engineers in the workplace. Silva is an emerging leader, serving as treasurer for the local collegiate chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and as a head coach for Martin Elite Gymnastics Academy (MEGA).

Will Gallimore 

Gallimore was awarded the Lucile D. Smith Land Surveying Scholarship and is a junior farm and ranch management major from McKenzie, Tenn. In conjunction with his chosen major, he is also pursuing the land survey certification. As a student leader on campus, Gallimore is a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity and the Cattleman’s Association, as well as a student worker on the university’s farm. He has served in multiple leadership positions within his fraternity including vice president and recruitment chair.

“Will is an outstanding young man who has a promising future as a surveyor. I am thrilled he has received this scholarship and the opportunities it provides to further his career. I know he will be a great representative for the surveying profession,” stated UTM professor, Sandy Mehlhorn.

In the future, Gallimore plans to work toward earning his professional land surveying license (PLS). To accomplish this goal, he will first take his fundamentals of surveying (FS) exam and work under the direct supervision of a licensed professional for two years. Gallimore is confident that the field of surveying will be a great fit for him, as he enjoys being outside and working with his hands.

Silva and Gallimore were awarded the scholarships at the 2024 Celebration of Generosity and Gratitude Gala hosted on March 7 at the university. The event recognized the accomplishments of the student recipients as well as the donations of local organizations and individuals in developing scholarships through partnerships with the university.

“Through the implementation of a scholarship program with UTM, we are eager to make a small impact on the collegiate experience of hardworking, local students by providing financial assistance,” commented Horn.


Survey Party Chief

survey party chief

We are currently seeking a full-time, experienced Survey Party Chief to join our Nashville office.

The Survey Party Chief must be able to excel as both a leader of a survey crew and individually as a one-man survey crew. The ideal candidate will have knowledge of current survey technology, such as Robotic Total Stations and Trimble Business Center, and be eager to adapt to new industry technologies as they develop.

This position will require spending the majority of the day working outdoors. The ideal candidates must be physically able to navigate all landscapes and weather conditions. The ideal candidate must be willing to travel. Some overnight stay will be required.

Ideal candidate should have a minimum two years of experience in construction layout.

Compensation:

$19.00 – $30.00 per hour

Responsibilities:

  • All phases of field work including, but not limited to boundary, ALTA, topographic, and construction surveys
  • Review and understand construction plans and documents
  • Field calculations and sketching
  • Supervision of survey crew
  • Perform office functions including computations, reduction of field notes, filing, and retrieving prints

Qualifications:

  • High School Diploma
  • Two years of Surveying experience
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment
  • Desire to grow professionally
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Must be physically able to work outdoors in all terrain and weather conditions
  • Must be able to lift a minimum of 50 lbs.

Preferred:

  • S.I.T or RLS License
  • Bachelor of Science in Surveying or Survey related field
  • Experience working with Trimble Business Center
  • Experience with Trimble Robotic Total Stations

Benefits & Perks

  • Competitive salary; Referral bonus
  • Medical, dental, and vision benefits. LIS pays 65% of employee’s medical premiums
  • Company provided life insurance; Additional Life Insurance available for employee
  • Retirement plan with a 3% company match
  • Emergency care fund
  • Childcare stipend
  • Weekly pay periods
  • 10 paid holidays; 40 hours of paid time off (PTO) received after the completion of 90-day probationary period
  • Support for industry training and certifications; Tuition reimbursement
  • Opportunity for advancement; Reviews conducted annually
  • Staff awards and recognition programs throughout the year
  • Fitness membership discount; Wellness program; Virtual medical visits

Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or contracted. 


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