Employee Spotlight

What are some of your favorite things about coming to work each day?

There is a lot to love: the picturesque view down Third Street, the hot water dispenser for my daily cup of tea, the spontaneity and excitement of marketing… but it’s the amazing people I get to work with that have kept me coming back for 12+ years.

What has been your favorite project thus far?

The last proposal I just finished! (just kidding!) I love any chance to flex my writing and editing skills – composing narratives for proposals, editing abstracts for conferences, or helping get our stories published in industry journals. I love the chance to highlight and tell the stories behind our projects and helping get our staff in position to share these stories with our clients and colleagues.

What’s special about your office or team?

The best part of my role as PMC is that I get to be part of a lot of different “families” within WK Dickson. There’s my Wilmington office family – which is an awesome, tight-knit group; my marketing family, which is down in the trenches with me sharing the blood, sweat, tears, and war stories; and then there’s the Water and Wastewater Group, which is such a diverse range of folks who do amazing things daily.

What’s your next career goal and how is WK Dickson helping you get there?

For the past two years, my main career goal has been learning to be a successful full-time working mom. WK Dickson has been very supportive of me in this transition, as have many of my coworkers… especially the ones who have had to endure my toddler screaming / singing from the backseat on some early morning conference calls. I also appreciate the support I’ve gotten through the years as I studied for and earned my Certified Professional Services Marketer (CPSM) designation, and the encouragement to stay current on continuing education through organizations like SMPS.

What do you like to do when you’re not working?

I try to spend as much time as I can outside with my husband and daughter, which at this stage mainly consists of rock / seashell / acorn collecting, coloring with sidewalk chalk, and blowing bubbles. Sometimes I also manage to read a grown-up book for about five minutes before I fall asleep.

What are some of your favorite things about coming to work each day?

The organized atmosphere and systems we have in place really allow me to work effectively and efficiently. I enjoy the family atmosphere that our office has, and we never have a dull moment.

What has been your favorite project thus far?

So far, my favorite project task has been forecasting operations when creating the narrative reports for Airport Layout Plans. I love numbers, so getting to apply these statistics and show a client where their airport has the potential to go is really fun for me.

What’s special about your office or team?

Even between separate groups, our office is able to work together to accomplish the tasks at hand. Each person is ready to help one another whether it be by using their own experience or helping come together in order to figure out a brand new solution.

What’s your next career goal and how is WK Dickson helping you get there?

At this point, I hope to take on more responsibility and continue to learn as much as I possibly can. I am part of a great team and they are always happy to assist and lend a hand when I need it.

What do you like to do when you’re not working?

When I am not working, I enjoy taking my two dogs out around Columbia. The city is so dog-friendly, we are always finding new patios and trails to enjoy! Our favorite is the Soda City Market every weekend.

What are some of your favorite things about coming to work each day?

I enjoy seeing the project team, solving problems, participating in the development of our Atlanta staff, and having lunch with my wife who works nearby.

What has been your favorite project thus far?

The odds on favorite answer from people around me would probably be Marsh Creek, a stormwater BMP project in Sandy Springs, Georgia. The project involved a large array of stormwater related topics and took us from concepts to construction with interaction and input from multiple disciplines, and that required interaction with Mayor and Council, City Staff at all levels, attorneys, state and federal agencies, the media, and local residents. While we were fortunate to have the project awarded two engineering and design awards, one from ACEC and one from GAWP, the challenges and obstacles that we had to face and overcome from an engineering perspective were probably the most rewarding part (but sometimes only in retrospect).

What’s special about your office or team?

The Atlanta office has a strong sense of team work, and everyone is willing to help out wherever their needed.

What’s your next career goal and how is WK Dickson helping you get there?

My next greatest career goal is achieving that elusive time of retirement when I can travel with my wife and be a more active granddad. In the meantime, being in a growing office with a great team and support staff is a positive and rewarding experience. I am also fortunate to be able to help promote WKD in new markets and through professional organizations.

What do you like to do when you’re not working?

I enjoy spending time with my family, fishing, traveling and hanging out in remote parts of the country looking for rocks, fossils and the occasional dinosaur bone.

What are some of your favorite things about coming to work each day?

From my perspective the most important factor of enjoying time in the workplace is interaction with coworkers. I feel that here at WK Dickson everyone has fantastic interpersonal skills that we all use among each other and with clients. We all make a great team and I feel comfortable around my coworkers.

What has been your favorite project thus far?

We’re currently working on a project for Jackson County Airport to repair a massive landslide that scarped the mountainside and took part of the runway end (and safety areas) with it. This project presents unique challenges and great learning experiences.

What’s special about your office or team?

The friendly atmosphere of the office here is what sets it apart. Since my first day I have always felt welcomed by coworkers and managers and I am grateful for that.

What’s your next career goal and how is WK Dickson helping you get there?

I have taken the PE exam and I am currently looking forward to becoming a Project Engineer and taking on a bigger role with projects and clients. I learn new things every single day due to the roles I have been given in our aviation projects here in Charlotte and while working alongside our several other offices. I have already taken on several projects as the lead designer and I look forward to all new experiences.

What do you like to do when you’re not working?

Currently pastimes I enjoy include spending time with my fiancé, playing video games, and watching The Office.

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