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VOL. 129 | NO. 206 | Wednesday, October 22, 2014


Minyard Joins Barge Waggoner

By Kate Simone

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Tom Minyard, a 31-year veteran of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, has joined Barge, Waggoner, Sumner and Cannon Inc. as the civil works program manager. In his new role, Minyard’s responsibilities include the advancement of the firm’s strategic direction as it relates to its civil works program for local, state and federal governments. His areas of technical interest include flood risk reduction, navigation, ecosystem restoration and emergency response.


Hometown: Indianola, Miss.

Experience: Prior to joining Barge Waggoner, Minyard served as Engineering and Construction Division Chief for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Memphis District. Before the E&C Division, he held various positions in multiple USAED locations (Savannah, Ga.; Little Rock, Ark.; Huntsville, Ala.; Vicksburg, Miss.). Minyard has a Master Degree in Civil Engineering as well as a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Mississippi State University. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in Mississippi.

Family: Wife of 32 years, Pamela Lucroy Minyard. Children: Mitchell Thomas Minyard (30), Anna Kate Minyard (26) and Mark William Minyard (23).

Favorite quote: “In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” – Abraham Lincoln

Favorite movie: “The Sandlot”

The sports team(s) you root for: Mississippi State Bulldogs

Who has had the greatest influence on you and why? My parents, Thomas and Faye Minyard, have been and still are my heroes. They are simply “salt of the earth” people who instilled in me critical values such as honest, integrity, work ethic and love, to name a few. With God’s grace, I have endeavored to live out these values to honor my parents.

What attracted you to Barge, Waggoner, Sumner and Cannon? After 31 years with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, you can understand that the Army leadership values shaped my view of working relationships and serving others. The Corps is a tight knit family, and you are taught to see that you are part of something much greater than yourself. Very early in my discussions with Barge, Waggoner, Sumner and Cannon it was clear to me that they are very much the same as the Corps: strong sense of purpose, see the bigger picture, integrity, innovation and community leadership. It is exciting to join the BWSC family.

If you could give one piece of advice to young people, what would it be? Character matters most. We have all seen many people with great abilities who never realized their full potential simply because they failed to recognize the importance of character and virtue. You have but one life to live. Make it count and seek to serve others before yourself.


Stan Hyland, head of the School of Urban Affairs and Public Policy and professor of anthropology at the University of Memphis, has been invited to become an inaugural member of the Academy of Community Engagement Scholarship. ACES is a nonprofit corporation with the mission of improving the physical, social, civic and economic well-being of communities by advancing scholarship based on collaborative discovery by communities and higher education institutions.

Jennifer C. Kellett has joined Jackson Lewis PC’s Memphis office as of counsel. Kellett has nearly two decades of experience in labor and employment law and joins Jackson Lewis after serving as in-house counsel for an asphalt production and highway construction company. 

Andy Holt has joined Tioga Environmental Consultants as project coordinator and will perform EPA-mandated inspections and lead assessments. Holt previously worked for Medic One Medical Response as an ambulance driver. Ethan Sanders has joined Tioga as an engineering intern. Sanders recently graduated from the University of Memphis with a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering.

Rebecca Allen has joined Eclectic Eye as an eyewear architect for its Midtown boutique. Allen has spent more than 16 years in the retail business, most recently serving as department manager at an international specialty retail company.


Rupali Dixit has joined Memphis-based Transnetyx as regional account specialist in New York City. Dixit is the company’s second dedicated regional account specialist assigned to the area, where she’ll be responsible for developing new and existing accounts.

The Kiwanis Club of Memphis has elected five new officers and 11 new directors for 2014-2015. Officers are: Joey Hagan, president; Jim Ralston, president-elect; Doug Cupples, vice president; Jennifer DeSouza, secretary; and John Lawrence, treasurer. New directors are Joe Sing, Cynthia Talley, Janice Holder, Chris Triplett, Mary Wilder, Grady Frisby, Skeet Haag, Mary Claire Borys, Sam Cantor, Chuck Strong and Judith Black Moore.

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