VOL. 127 | NO. 11 | Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Nichols Joins Spirco As Engineering Mgr.
By Taylor Shoptaw
Matthew Nichols has joined Spirco Manufacturing as engineering manager.
(Photo: Lance Murphey)
Hometown: I currently live in Olive Branch. My hometown is Thaxton, Miss.
Education: Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, Mississippi State University
Work Experience: I have approximately 18 years of experience in metal buildings and steel design: American Buildings Co., design engineer; Gulf States Manufacturing, design engineer; Spirco Manufacturing, engineering manager; Barnhart Crane & Rigging, senior design engineer.
Family: I have been married to my wife, Marianne, for more than 19 years. My wife is an elementary teacher in Olive Branch. I have three sons: Blake, Mason and Elijah.
Favorite quote: Romans 8:28: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.”
Last book read: Bible
Favorite music: Christian, country and the ’80s
Favorite movie: “The Terminator” trilogy
Sports team: Mississippi State
Activities you enjoy outside of work: I enjoy spending time with family, church activities, hunting and fishing.
What talent do you wish you had? Music. My wife and boys are talented in music.
Who has had the greatest influence on you? My parents.
Why did you pursue a career in engineering? I enjoyed math, and using it to design an actual product led me to pursue a career in the engineering field.
What led you to Spirco? Spirco is a great company with a family atmosphere.
What will your new role at Spirco entail? My primary responsibility is to oversee the design and drafting of all engineered buildings and projects.
What do you consider your greatest professional accomplishments? For one, I am a licensed professional engineer in seven states: Mississippi, Tennessee, Alabama, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio and Virginia.
What do you most enjoy about your work? I enjoy designing a product that the customer is happy with. A happy owner means return business and good customer relations.
Seven attorneys from Butler, Snow, O’Mara, Stevens & Cannada PLLC have been named Mid-South Super Lawyers. James E. Bailey III, bankruptcy and creditor/debtor rights, and Charles R. Crawford, health care, have been named Top 100 Tennessee Super Lawyers 2011. Michael P. Coury, bankruptcy and creditor/debtor rights, Charles C. Harrell, personal injury defense: general, Frank M. Holbrook, business litigation, David P. Jaqua, employment and labor, and Randall D. Noel, business litigation, have been named Top 100 Tennessee and Top 50 Memphis Super Lawyers 2011.
Jeffrey Jones of the Law Office of Jeffrey Jones has been named a Mid-South Super Lawyer 2011.
Signature Advertising has made two new hires. Michelle Borgognoni has joined as a production manager. Borgognoni has more than 15 years of experience in marketing and print production. Jonathan Riley has joined as a Web developer. Riley is a graduate of Southwest Tennessee Community College and has a degree in computer programming. In addition, Jeremy Paine has been promoted to production workflow manager. Since 2002, Paine has worked as a production artist, pre-press expert and IT assistant.
Susan Springfield has joined the SRVS board of directors. John Homa and Trudy Pfisterer have joined the SRVS advisory council.
The Better Business Bureau of the Mid-South has elected officers and new directors for 2012. Randall D. Lewis has been re-elected as chairman of the board. Other officers include Jay Myers, first vice chairman; Craig Marshall, second vice chairman; Reginald Peyton, secretary; and Bruce Doane, treasurer. New directors include Dotty Summerfield Giusti, Lynn Lanigan, Michael Drake, Meredith Crawford, David Andrews, Dave Miller, Mark Bernsen, Scot James and Richard Marsh.