Military Team Members

L.I. Smith & Associates (LIS) is proud to support our veterans and service members. We understand the importance of the leadership, personal devotion, and sacrifices made by our military personnel and the value they bring to our team. 

Our military ties go all the way back to our co-founder, Larry Smith, who cofounded the company in 1975 and later went on to enlist in the United States Air Force and Tennessee State National Guard. We believe leadership in the private sector has many of the same attributes as leadership in the military, and, as such, we believe these skills are directly applicable to in the workplace.

After nearly 50 years in business, we continue to thrive and grow because of our dynamic team of professionals across numerous departments including survey, engineering, marketing, human resources, and accounting. Each of our staff members bring their own unique experience to our collaborative environment, which allows us to provide a team-focused approach to projects and tasks. 

We value the individual contributions made by each of our talented team members. We understand the skills gained through hands on work experience as well as time spent in military service are each imperative to workplace success.

Our Veterans and Service Members

Learn more about each of our personnel, as well as their current roles in their respective military branches.

Nick Haberman

Nick Haberman joined the Army National Guard in 2020 and was recently promoted to an E-5 Sergeant. His newly assigned unit is the 194th Headquarters and Headquarters (HHC) out of Jackson, TN. He has completed Basic Combat training at Fort Sill Oklahoma and Advanced Individual Training (AIT) at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. Haberman’s Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) in the army is a Technical Engineer (12T), which mainly consists of surveying. He graduated from 12T School with honors and was second in his class. While in 12T School, Haberman set the school record for the fastest traverse around Brown Hall.

Mike Ilko

Mike Ilko is an Operations Sergeant Major for the Headquarters and Headquarters Troop (HHT) at the Regimental Engineer Squadron (RES) in the 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment (ACR), belonging to the Tennessee National Guard. His duty station is located in Lebanon, Tenn. Ilko is responsible for managing the performance of the enlisted operations staff. He also assists the operations officer with relevant processes, including planning, rehearsals, and monitoring and controlling operations in the current operations integrating cell (COIC), or the section of the command post that manages ongoing missions, among other duties. Prior his promotion, Ilko was the First Sergeant for the 212th Engineer Company (EVCC), located in Paris and Camden, part of the 230th Engineer Battalion (EN BN) in the 194th Engineer Brigade (EN BDE).

Brad Jones

Brad Jones actively served in the U.S. Navy from 2013 to 2017. Jone’s position was an E-5 but he was addressed as MR2, which is known as Machinery Repairman 2nd Class. He went through basic training and “A”-School at Naval Station Great Lakes in Illinois. Jones also went through Advanced Shipboard Firefighting School in Norfolk, Virginia. During his service, he was stationed onboard the USS Abraham Lincoln, CVN-72, an aircraft carrier, during its Refuel and Complex Overhaul (RCOH) period, which is the process for refueling and upgrading nuclear-powered aircraft carriers. He also went out to sea for his Sea Trials and Flight Deck Certification.

AJ Maxwell

Austin (AJ) Maxwell became a 2nd Lieutenant (2LT) for the Tennessee Army National Guard in May of 2022. Before this, he held the position of Combat Engineer before contracting into the Reserve Officer’s Training Corps (ROTC) program at the University of Tennessee at Martin in the fall of 2019. Throughout his time, Maxwell has completed his training in several states including Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Tennessee. He also will attend the Field Artillery Basic Officer Leadership Course in 2024.

Tyler LaPointe

Tyler LaPointe recently transitioned from Staff Sergeant (SSG) to Warrant Officer (WO1) with the Army National Guard. This transition occurred after LaPointe attended and completed the Warrant Officer Candidate School for five weeks in early 2024. He will soon attend the Warrant Officer Basic Course (WOBC), allowing him to continue to progress to a new title of 120A Construction Engineering Technician. After his training, his responsibilities will include serving as the subject matter expert (SME) on construction operations, facilities management, and project management in a multifunctional capacity across various engineering operations from an engineering company through Army Service Component Command (ASCC) units during his deployments. LaPointe has had the opportunity to survey in six countries which include Germany, Bulgaria, Romania, Jordan, Kuwait, and Iraq throughout his time in the military. He correlates his duties from LIS to the Army National Guard by doing many of the same tasks in both careers, such as surveying, drafting, project management, and training others.

Travis Prather

Travis Prather currently serves in the Army National Guard as a 1st Lieutenant and has been serving for over 5 years. His position is as a Fire Direction Officer, an artillery position managing indirect artillery fire to ensure that artillery is being fired safely and effectively on hitting targets to prevent any accidents. During his time, Prather was deployed to Djibouti, Africa, where he acted as the United States Embassy Liaison Officer. In this role, he was tasked with helping organizations communicate, collaborating on projects, and coordinating their activities by functioning as the official point of contact.

Larry Smith

Larry Smith is an almost 30-year veteran with a highly decorated career, having received numerous awards and decorations throughout his nearly two decades of service. These honors include Commanding General Letter of Commendation, Meritorious Service Ribbon, Commendation Ribbon, Aid to Civil Authority with one Oak Leaf, Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Task Force Volunteer, Community Volunteer Service with two silver and three Oak leaf, Recruiting Achievement Ribbon, to name a few. During his extensive military career, Smith paved the way for the implementation of numerous initiatives that benefited both his fellow guardsmen and the community. Smith is also a member of several professional and military organizations including the National Guard Association, State Guard Association, American Legion, Veteran of Foreign Wars, Society of the American Military Engineers, Tennessee Association of Professional Surveyors, and the Tennessee Society of Professional Engineers.

Their Accomplishments

Our personnel are continuously furthering their skillsets through trainings and military classes. Learn more about their experiences here.