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VOL. 133 | NO. 128 | Wednesday, June 27, 2018


Triplett Returns to Ensafe as Director of Design Engineering

By Michael Waddell

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After beginning his career with EnSafe in 1990 and working his way up to project manager and lead engineer over the next 17-plus years, Chris Triplett has rejoined the company as its director of design engineering. He spent the past decade working with Barge Design Solutions, and in his new role Triplett will provide leadership to EnSafe’s corporate engineering design group for design execution and delivery. He will also work closely with clients across EnSafe’s landscape to understand their needs and to provide engineering solutions.

Chris Triplett

Hometown: Osceola, Arkansas

Experience: Nearly 30 years in the engineering field, with expertise in developing and executing engineering projects in water resources, erosion and sediment controls, commercial, industrial and residential site development, building design, wastewater, planning and recreational design.

What talent do you wish you had? The ability to understand and predict the stock market.

Who has had the greatest influence on you and why? My mother. She instilled in me at an early age to work hard to achieve your dreams and to see obstacles as challenges to overcome.

What led you to want to be an engineer? At a young age I wanted to be an engineer or jet fighter pilot. During high school, the Air Force told me that my hearing loss would prevent me from every being a fighter pilot. So I started down the path to becoming an engineer and never looked back.

Tell us about some of the projects you've engineered over the years for water resources, erosion and sediment controls, site development, building design, wastewater, planning and recreational design. I have been involved in projects that have/will change the face of Memphis and Tennessee. Some of the major projects were the redevelopment of Cleaborn Homes and Foote Homes (South City), the expansion and creation of an automated greenhouse for Bayer Crop Science, the hydraulic and hydrology modeling of the Tennessee River and its entire watershed for TVA, the rebuild of IBC’s Memphis industrial facility, and the city of Bartlett trail project. I also worked on the planning and preliminary design for the Shelby County Big Creek flood management project, the city of Memphis Mud Island redevelopment, the site preparation for the Brooks Museum’s Downtown Memphis location and the West Tennessee River Basin Authority flood mitigation projects in Jackson, Tennessee, and Tiptonville, Tennessee.

What attracted you to EnSafe back in 1990 and what led you back to them after all these years? EnSafe was then and still is a great organization. In 1990, EnSafe was my first professional job and they allowed me to grow from a field tech to a project manager. I am now back with the opportunity to be director of design engineering for the entire company. This position provides me the opportunity to continue to grow in my professional career and help EnSafe to become one of the top environmental engineering design firms in the country.

What are your goals in your new position? To continue to grow EnSafe’s engineering design capabilities and provide the same level of client service EnSafe is known for.

What do you consider your greatest accomplishment? Raising my children to become independent, self-supporting members of society.

What do you most enjoy about your work? Working with clients to understand their needs and then developing a design solution to meet those needs.

Away from work, what are your interests? I enjoy golfing, hunting, fishing, camping and other outdoor activities.

If you could give one piece of advice to young people, what would it be? No matter how difficult today’s problems seem, it shall pass and tomorrow will be a new day.

Amber Floyd

Dr. Penny A. Asbell

C. Michael Adams Jr.

Amber Floyd, a senior associate in the Memphis office of Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs LLP, has been selected as one of five nominees for the 2018 National Bar Association Women Lawyers Division Outstanding Young Woman Lawyer award. Nominations are solicited nationwide from members of the National Bar Association. Floyd is a member of Wyatt Tarrant’s Litigation & Dispute Resolution Service Team. She concentrates her practice in the areas of commercial litigation, real estate disputes and government affairs.

David Marshburn

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Dr. Penny A. Asbell has been named chair of the Department of Ophthalmology in the University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s College of Medicine and director of the Hamilton Eye Institute. Asbell comes to UTHSC from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, where she is a professor of ophthalmology and director of the Cornea Service and of the Cornea Clinical and Research Fellowships, which she initiated.

C. Michael Adams Jr. has joined Evans Petree PC as a shareholder, focusing his practice primarily in the areas of estate planning, taxation, wills and trusts, and probate administration. He previously worked as a partner at Williams McDaniel PLLC. Adams began providing tax and accounting advice to clients in 1990 as a tax accountant and has practiced law since 1998.

Bass, Berry & Sims PLC has added two new associates in its Memphis office.

David W. Marshburn advises clients on corporate and securities issues, including mergers and acquisitions, capital markets transactions, and securities regulations matters and filings. Prior to joining Bass, Berry & Sims, Marshburn served as a law clerk with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Tennessee.

Jessica R. Reeves counsels clients in the acquisition, disposition and leasing of commercial real estate and advises on a variety of debt financing transactions. Reeves most recently served as an associate in the Nashville and Memphis offices of Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis LLP.

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