We are excited to announce the acquisition of Vision Engineering & Planning, a transportation planning and engineering DBE firm with offices in Columbia, MD and Atlanta, GA.
Born and raised on a farm outside of Pulaski, Tennessee, I always thought my first order of business after high school would be to move to the city. And I did. I attended Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville, Tennessee, and then I moved to Nashville and worked there for a couple of years.
But I discovered pretty quickly that working in the city wasn’t a good fit for me. I knew Richard Holt, who is the Branch Manager at Sain’s Pulaski office, and he’d been trying to get me to come work for him since before I graduated. I originally told him there was no way I was coming back to Pulaski. But things changed, and before I knew it I was back and starting my job at Sain Associates, 10 years ago this month.
In those 10 years, I’ve learned a lot about myself and about being a professional engineer living and working in a small town. It might be hard to believe, but some of my engineering friends are often jealous of my situation. They know I’m getting great work experience, because even though we are in a small town, we are doing design and planning projects that the firms in larger cities also do, and I’m living somewhere that fulfills me.
Of course, there are advantages and disadvantages to being an engineer in a small town, so here are just a few.
So even though I always said I never wanted to move back to a small town, I’m very happy living in the country with my seven acres, donkeys, roosters, dogs and cats. Evidently I’m meant to be a country girl who is lucky enough to be an engineer in her hometown.
Sain Associates, Inc., is headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, with offices in Cullman, Alabama, Pulaski, Tennessee and Mandeville, Louisiana. Sain is a site engineering, traffic/transportation engineering and planning and land surveying firm with experience in more than thirty states.