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Fisher Arnold is centered around a culture of caring – for our people, for our clients, and for our community. Our goal has always been to provide a better experience for clients than what is typically available in the professional services marketplace. We are a dedicated, diverse team of quality people, each a recognized expert within their respective disciplines. Every day presents another opportunity to drive our vision, champion our culture, and ensure excellence.

LEADERSHIP TEAM

Dave Backus, PG, RPG, LPG, CPG

Manager - Environmental

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Dave Backus, PG, RPG, LPG, CPG

Dave has a diverse background in managing, designing, and implementing investigations and remediation techniques at uncontrolled hazardous waste sites. This includes over 25 years’ experience in emergency response, industrial services, site characterization, risk management, acquisition due diligence, litigation support, and remedial design/implementation.

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Gene Bailey, PE

Director - Environmental

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Gene Bailey, PE

Gene has more than 31 years of engineering experience with a background that spans a wide range of environmental issues and activities. His responsibilities have included administrative and technical assignments for multi-disciplinary projects involving assessment, design, implementation, and contract management. His background has included projects with private and governmental sector clients.  His environmental work has included multi-task assignments in the areas of Site Assessments, Brownfields, Storage Tank Management, Asbestos Management, Site Investigations under RCRA and CERCLA, and compliance projects mandated by NEPA, RCRA, OSHA, and the Clean Water Act.

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David Baird

Manager - Information Technology

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David Baird

David joined Fisher Arnold in 2015 and is our Manager – Information Technology. He began his IT career supporting media production workflows before transitioning to a network design and support role for an IT consulting firm. His varied experience from consulting in many industries and a strong desire to continually learn allows him to adapt to changing technology quickly and apply it creatively to any business need. David lives in Southaven, MS.

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David Baker

Manager – Land Planning

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David Baker

David joined Fisher Arnold in 1993 and leads our Land Planning and Landscape Architecture department and has over 30 years’ experience in various projects ranging from large scale land use planning to recreational and park design. He is experienced in site inventory and analysis, master planning, compiling development guidelines as well as landscape design. This experience includes both public and private sector projects. David is a graduate of Mississippi State University and is heavily involved in his community, serving on various committees focusing on planning, economic development, greenways, leadership and education.  David lives in Olive Branch, MS.

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Keith Budlong, PE

President and CEO

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Keith Budlong, PE

Keith Budlong began his engineering career with Memphis Light Gas & Water in 1991. He worked as a consultant in Memphis and Knoxville, TN and Jackson, MS from 1993 until 2004. In 2005, Keith founded MidSouth Utility Consultants and led its growth as a top-quality provider of utility services across Tennessee. In January 2017, MidSouth Utility Consultants merged with Fisher & Arnold, Inc. He began as Executive Vice President and was subsequently named President in January 2020 and then President & CEO in January 2021. He is responsible for all aspects of professional services provided to our clients.

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Kenneth Earnest, PG

Senior Advisor - Environmental

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Kenneth Earnest, PG

Kenneth joined Fisher Arnold in 2014 and manages all activities in our Houston, TX office which specializes in telecommunications design and environmental engineering.  With over 30 years’ senior project management experience, he is proficient in Phase I and II site assessments, remediation feasibility studies, remedial systems design, system construction, and system operation. Kenneth also has extensive experience working with regulatory agencies to obtain site closures, and remedial technologies such as groundwater pump and treat, soil vapor extraction, air sparging, bio-venting, enhanced bio-remediation, steam injection, in-situ chemical oxidation and in-situ soil solidification. Kenneth is a graduate of San Diego State University and resides in The Woodlands, TX.

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Rick Gafford, PE

Executive Vice President

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Rick Gafford, PE

Rick Gafford began his career with TDOT in 1981 with CEI activities, including construction inspection, materials testing, and surveying for various TDOT projects. He then worked for a small consulting engineering firm that needed a transportation engineer to perform TDOT design work. After gaining experience in roadway design and drainage work, he joined Fisher Arnold in 1986. Initially working as a design engineer on TDOT roadway projects, he later became a Project Manager and Principal-in-Charge. Rick has 40 years of experience in the field of Transportation including Traffic Studies, Roadway Design, and Construction. He oversees multiple departments including transportation and CEI Services for the firm.

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DeMara Gray, SHRM-CP

Manager - Human Resources

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DeMara Gray, SHRM-CP

DeMara joined Fisher Arnold as HR Coordinator in 2020 and was promoted to Manager – Human Resources in 2021.  A graduate of the University of Central Arkansas and the University of Phoenix, DeMara specializes in recruitment, programming, employee engagement and benefits. She brings experience in performance management and building internal strategic partnerships.  DeMara and her family live in Marion, AR.

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Steve Jones

Chief Business Development Officer

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Steve Jones

Steve has over 30 years of business development, sales, marketing, project management and operational experience ranging from Fortune 100 companies to B2B firms. He has served as a small business start-up advisor, and holds a Bachelor of Science in Technical Business Management.

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Matt Kennedy, PE, PTOE

Manager - Survey

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Matt Kennedy, PE, PTOE

Matt Kennedy leads our Survey Department, which specializes in DOT Route Surveys, Boundary & ALTA Surveys, a well as Construction Staking.  He joined Fisher Arnold in 2013  and is an experienced Roadway and Traffic Operations Engineer. His experience includes numerous transportation projects for highway & conventional intersection design, traffic signal design, Level-of-Service (LOS) analysis, and various traffic studies. His Traffic Operations experience includes both isolated and coordination signal timings, vehicle detection designs, Traffic Impact Studies, and Pavement Marking and Signing designs.  Matt graduated from Oklahoma State University with a B.S. in Civil Engineering, and from the University of Memphis (MBA).  Matt and his family live in Memphis, TN.

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Jason MacDonald, PE

Manager - Civil

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Jason MacDonald, PE

Jason joined Fisher Arnold in 2018 and manages all activities in our Jonesboro, AR office which specializes in civil and transportation engineering.  Jason has been responsible for various utility infrastructure projects including wastewater collection design, wastewater treatment design, water distribution modeling, water distribution design, water treatment design, water tank design, and development of water sources throughout Arkansas and Missouri.  Knowledgeable of all local, state, and federal standards for the State of Arkansas, Jason has coordinated with all regulatory agencies and administered drawings and specifications production.

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Jarrad Mallard

Manager - Telecom

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Jarrad Mallard

Jarrad joined Fisher Arnold in 2022 and manages our Telecommunications Department.  With over 12 years of experience in Outside Plant and Inside Plant Design, Jarrad’s professional strengths are fiber builds/network densification, smart meters, tower management, and passive optical networks. His previous roles include fiber optics cable restoration and design, permitting and planning.  Certified in Data Center Design with extensive experience in the wireless industry, Jarrad graduated from Union University in Jackson, TN.

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Andrew Maybee, PE, MLE

Vice President - Structural

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Andrew Maybee, PE, MLE

Andrew joined Fisher Arnold in 2015 and leads our Structural Engineering group.  With over 30 years’ experience he specializes in buildings, bridges, and design of other civil structures.  He is experienced with condition evaluation, repair, and rehabilitation of existing damaged or deteriorated structures. With a career focus in concrete, Andrew is versed in concrete repair, precast and prestressed bridge design and construction, concrete mixture design, material quality control, and concrete durability and performance. Andrew is a graduate of the University of Memphis and a member of various engineering professional organizations including the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute.  Andrew and his family live in Collierville.

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Stan Moore, PE

Senior Vice President

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Stan Moore, PE

Stan has served as Project Manager, Department Head, Senior Electrical Engineer and Project Engineer on numerous projects. His experience includes high voltage power systems design, mapping, studies of electrical distribution systems, fault current analysis, retail rate, power factor correction, power supply, co-generation, load management cost-benefit and sectionalizing studies, transmission and distribution design, contract preparation and bidding of various electrical projects, project schedules, industrial power supply requirements and design, metering installations, substation design, wholesale power cost study, upgrading of electrical distribution systems for military installation, and technical support for regulatory compliance for retail rate studies.

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Kathryn Patton

Controller

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Kathryn Patton

Kathryn joined Fisher Arnold in 2022 and heads up our Accounting department. She has over 25 years of experience in auditing, manufacturing, and non-profit accounting. Kathryn is a graduate of the University of West Alabama and Benedictine University and lives in Cordova, TN.

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John Pankey, PE

Vice President - Transportation

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John Pankey, PE

John joined Fisher Arnold in 1993 and heads up our Transportation Engineering department. He has extensive experience in the design and construction of interstates, highways, airfield ramps and taxiways, local roads and intersections, including traffic signals. John is also responsible for all Construction Engineering and Inspection (CEI) services for multiple projects for the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) and various municipalities. John is a graduate of the University of Memphis lives in Southaven, MS.

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Chris Robinson

Manager - Industrial Process Group

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Chris Robinson

Chris joined Fisher Arnold in 2016 and manages our Industrial Process Group.  Chris has more than 25 years’ of paper production, converting, and corrugating experience. His previous roles include plant engineering, customer service, market analytics, and site-level manufacturing leadership. Those roles included planning and execution of numerous capital expenditures and implementation of process improvement projects. Organizational effectiveness hinges on reliable manufacturing and repeatable processes, and his strength is in developing and implementing sustainable systems.  He is a graduate of Louisiana Tech University and lives in Springdale, Arkansas.

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Michael Rogers, PE, RLS, QHP, LEED AP BD+C, CPESC

Director – Land Development

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Michael Rogers, PE, RLS, QHP, LEED AP BD+C, CPESC

Michael joined Fisher Arnold in 1997. With over 34 years of experience in land development and stormwater engineering, as Director of Land Development he leads staff in a diverse range of land development projects, including mixed use, single and multi-family residential, commercial, institutional, and industrial developments. He also leads storm water engineering efforts, including analyses and studies, infrastructure improvements, floodplain/floodway modeling and mapping, and bridge hydraulics, among other storm water related tasks. A graduate of Christian Brothers University, Michael is married to Cindy, and has three daughters and one granddaughter.

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Alexandra Mobley Snellings

Director of Marketing & Communications

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Alexandra Mobley Snellings

Alex joined Fisher Arnold as Marketing Manager in 2020 and was promoted to Director of Marketing & Business Development in 2021. With over 20 years of experience in real estate and community development, Alex brings a new perspective to the future growth of the company and its place within the national marketplace. In 2022 Alex assumed responsibility for all internal and external communications.  A graduate of the Australian National University, she lives in Southaven, MS.

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Steve Stringfield, CHMM

Manager - Environmental

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Steve Stringfield, CHMM

Steve’s involvement in the environmental industry began with an internship at the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) and has spanned 25 years and 10 states. He has hands-on experience in a variety of environmental positions ranging from performing laboratory analyses of samples, executing site assessments to leading investigations, and overseeing site remediation objectives for a myriad of commercial, industrial, and residential properties. Mr. Stringfield has completed dozens of Phase I Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs) on properties ranging from undeveloped agricultural land to complex chemical production facilities located throughout the eastern and midwestern portion of the United States. Steve and his family live in Indianapolis, IN.

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Stephen Townsend, AIA, NCARB

Manager - Architecture

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Stephen Townsend, AIA, NCARB

Stephen has over 10 years of service in the practice of architecture and project management with a wide range of experience in commercial, industrial, institutional, educational, and mixed-use building types. Stephen views each project as an opportunity to solve complicated challenges in creative ways, with the ultimate goal of serving others. Stephen and his family live in Memphis.

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Tim Verner, PE

Senior Vice President

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Tim Verner, PE

Tim joined Fisher Arnold in 1986. He now serves as Senior Vice President and is responsible for all of the firm’s civil and sanitary engineering activities. During his career he has had many responsibilities from construction observation of public works type projects to the design and project management of major sanitary sewer and potable water infrastructure for area municipalities. Tim has been responsible for many interceptor sewer and large sewage pumping station facilities during his tenure. He and his family live in Memphis, TN.

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Matthew Waddell

Vice President - Business & Finance

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Matthew Waddell

Matthew joined Fisher Arnold in 1997 and has extensive experience in transportation engineering and bridge construction administration including drainage design, quantity calculations and horizontal and vertical alignment design. He is familiar with preparation of Aquatic Resource Alertation Permit (ARAP) plans, sanitary sewer relocation, and erosion control and SWPPP plans.   Matthew is a graduate of the University of Memphis and a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers.  He and his family live in Memphis.

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John Mark Windsor, PE

Manager - Transportation

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John Mark Windsor, PE

John Mark joined Fisher Arnold in 2006 and co-manages our Chipley, FL office.  As a roadway design engineer and project manager, he specializes in Resurfacing, Restoration, and Rehabilitation projects. He has worked extensively on roadway and drainage design and is proficient in his knowledge of FDOT policies and regulations. His FDOT training has included traffic maintenance, specifications, advanced GEOPAK, and quantity management. John Mark is a graduate of Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University and Troy State University.  John Mark lives in Washington County, FL.

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Ricky Witherspoon

Director - Electrical

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Ricky Witherspoon

Ricky joined Fisher Arnold in 2016 and leads our Electrical Engineering department.  With over 30 years of prior experience in the public power industry, Ricky’s core competencies and professional strengths include Distribution Substations, Fiber Networks, Power Line Construction, Relay Design and Testing, Budget and Funding, Third Party Management, Safety Compliance, Map Design, System Analysis, AutoCad, SEL Training, SCADA, Purchasing, and Customer Service. He is also known for his knowledge of past, present, and future utility needs. Ricky is a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Martin and lives in Lakeland TN.

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Billy Wright

Manager - Transportation

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Billy Wright

Billy has been a design engineer providing design and project management duties for Fisher Arnold since 2005. He has worked on more than 30 FDOT roadway design projects, and has served as the lead designer on many Resurfacing, Restoration, and Rehabilitation projects. Billy is a graduate of Florida State University and lives in Chipley, FL.

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Jessica Mohundro - Electrical
Tommy Claxton - CEI
Jeremy Bevill, PE - Civil
De'Vonte Lawson - Information Technology
Steve Farmer - Industrial Process Group
Debi Hauck - Environmental
Channi Davis - Admininstrative
Ronnie Carr - Structural
Joel Cummins - Transportation
Hope Rogers - Marketing
Jordan Northcross, AIA - Architecture

OUR PROFESSIONAL STAFF

Our professional staff is the driving force behind our success. We have maintained some of the longest tenured employees in the business spanning over 35 years. Excellence comes first and Fisher Arnold would not be the company we are today without our dedicated staff. We’re proud of our FA family.

 

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