2014 Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame
by Paige Townley
Glenn Bishop, partner and senior principal at LBYD, has been inducted into the State of Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame as part of the 2014 honoree class. Bishop has dedicated more than 40 years of his professional life to being an engineer.
“You see a lot of people who do the job and go home, but Glenn has never been that way,” said Bob Barnett, structural engineer with Barnett Jones Wilson. “He cares about the profession and he cares about improving the profession. It has been a real plus for the industry to have him as he’s done a lot to help the industry over the years.”
Bishop received his degree in civil engineering from the University of Alabama. He is a founding member of LBYD, having helped form the company in the late 1970s. Some of his major professional accomplishments include the north end-zone expansion at the University of Alabama’s Bryant-Denny Stadium, a project that included a 195,000-square foot addition of more than 8,300 new upper deck seats, a club lounge, 38 sky boxes, a new home team locker room, ticketing and concession areas, two framed floors for administrative purposes and the design of a new plaza at the entrance of the stadium, and the facility’s south end-zone expansion, which consisted of a 300,000-square foot addition to the upper deck.
“Glenn hired me more than 30 years ago and I have worked here at LBYD with him since,” said Dale York, chairman and senior principal of LBYD. “He’s been a great mentor and a great engineer. He has really dedicated himself to not just our company but the industry as a whole.”
Bishop served as president of the American Council of Engineering Companies-Alabama (ACEC) for two terms and while on the ACEC’s Planning Cabinet he helped completely revise, update and rewrite the organization’s long-range plan and numerous guidelines and commentaries.
While he has served as chairman of the board of directors at LBYD, the company has been inducted into the State of Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame and received numerous other recognitions, including the American Subcontractors Association of Alabama’s Engineering Firm of the Year Award twice and the Alabama Association General Contractors of America’s Outstanding Engineer of the Year Award.
Bishop was officially inducted at the 26th Annual Induction Ceremony of the State of Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame on February 15, 2014.
“There are a lot of things that go into getting you here to receive an honor like this,” Bishop said. “You are only as good as the people around you, and I’ve had terrific people around me, including my family and friends. You can’t achieve an honor like this on your own. So it makes me very appreciative of those around me who have helped me get to where I am today.”
Jeff Stone, chief operating officer at Brasfield & Gorrie, is one of six individuals inducted this year into the State of Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame.
“It’s a tremendous honor and I’m very humbled to be included with the group already inducted,” he said. “To me, it’s a reflection on the company I work for more than me personally. The fact I’ve been associated with such a great company—a company that has already been inducted in the Hall of Fame—I feel has largely contributed to my being inducted. But this recognition is very special and I’m just honored to be included.”
Stone has been with Brasfield & Gorrie throughout his professional career, which has spanned more than 35 years. During his career at Brasfield & Gorrie, Stone has served as project manager, division manager of healthcare, vice president of operations and president of the firm’s central region. Currently serving as chief operating officer, Stone now oversees more than $2 billion in annual revenues, 30 operating divisions and more than 3,000 employees. Noteworthy projects he has worked on include the Colonnade, Bellsouth Services Headquarters, the Kirklin Clinic, the McWane Center and major components of the Airbus production center.
“Jeff’s name in the industry precedes him and synonyms such as caring, devoted and committed are always used to describe him,” said ABC of Alabama President Jay Reed. “I prefer excellence. He is committed to integrity, honesty and forever interested in making our industry better. Simply put, if it’s best for construction, Jeff Stone is engaged.”
Stone attended Auburn University, where he served as Engineering Senator and President of the Student Government Association. He graduated from Auburn with highest honor in civil engineering.
Today, Stone continues to devote time to his alma mater as an alumnus, currently serving as the Chairman of the Auburn University Foundation, Chairman of the Engineering Campaign Committee, a member of the Civil Engineering Advisory Council and the Auburn Athletic Advisory Council. He also continues to serve the construction industry as well with involvement on many other boards over the years, including the Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame, Associated General Contractors, Associated Builders and Contractors and the Jefferson County Workforce Investment Board. Stone has also devoted much of his time to serving the Birmingham community, having been past President of the Rotary Club of Birmingham Sunrise, Corporate division Co-chair for the United Way, a member of the United Way’s Tocqueville Society and a board member of the American Red Cross, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and REV Birmingham.
Stone was formally inducted along with the other honorees at the 26th Annual Induction Ceremony of the State of Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame on February 15, 2014.
Last year, Thompson Engineering celebrated its 60th anniversary. This year, the company is celebrating its induction into the State of Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame.
Vester J. Thompson Jr. founded Thompson Engineering in 1953. At the time, the company was an exploration drilling, materials testing, construction inspection and chemistry laboratory firm that worked on construction in Mobile and its surrounding areas. By the 1970s, Thompson Engineering employed professional engineers that specialized in geotechnical engineering and environmental sciences. Today, the firm operates as a multi-disciplined engineering firm with more than 300 employees in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee and Louisiana.
“In 1996, when the founder sold the business we began a transition almost immediately to an employee-owned culture,” said James H. Shumock, the company’s chief executive officer. “At that time we were partially employee owned, but we became completely employee owned by 2008 and that has been a big part of our success. When everyone is an owner in one way or another it helps create a different mindset. You look at it a little differently when you show up to work in the mornings.”
Throughout its 60-year history, Thompson Engineering has achieved great success on numerous projects that can be seen throughout the southeast, including jobs for Austal such as the Northern Shipyard expansion, Assembly Bay #5 and Cove Reclamation. In fact, for the Cove Reclamation project—which required the company to turn an open water cove with extremely soft river sediments into a stable, workable land area—Thompson Engineering was awarded the 2013 Engineering Excellence award from ACEC-Alabama.
The company has long strived to contribute to economic development and sustainable design for industrial and commercial development and focus on environmental stewardship, coastal conservation and recovery projects. The company has received numerous awards over the years, including ABC’s Eagle Award for Alabama’s Safest Company and the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce’s Corporate Community Service Award and Partners for Progress annual environmental stewardship award. Thompson Engineering’s leadership attributes this success to its employees. “What makes us stand out and what makes us successful is our people,” said John H. Baker III, the company’s president. “Any recognition we have goes to show that our people are the most important asset we have. This recognition, any recognition, is a thank you for a job well done for literally 60 years of Thompson Engineering employees because they are the ones behind the brand that have made us successful.”
Along with the individual honorees, Thompson Engineering was formally inducted into the State of Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame at the 26th Annual Induction Ceremony on February 15, 2014.
“It’s such a special honor when your peers acknowledge you in a business like ours when it’s so competitive,” added Shumock. “When your peers recognize you as a leader in the industry and a leader in your field, it’s even more special. You can get recognition in a lot of ways but when it’s by the people you work with and compete against and collaborate with, it’s really special and such a significant event in your company’s history. You get one shot at that sometimes and it’s a special honor to have Thompson Engineering chosen in that way.”