FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
T. Baker Smith
Celebrates "A Century of Solutions” in 2013
generations of Smith Leadership - T. Baker Smith, C.E., Wm. Clifford Smith,
and Kenneth Wm. Smith, P.E.,P.L.S.
(Houma, LA) In 1913, upon graduation from Tulane University, T.
Baker Smith, C.E. (Baker) returned to his home in Terrebonne Parish to begin
his professional career. Today, Kenneth
Wm. Smith, P.E., P.L.S. is unwavering in his dedication to carrying on the
tradition begun by his grandfather and developed by his father, Wm. Clifford Smith, P.E., P.L.S. (Clifford). As president of the firm that bears his
grandfather's name – T. Baker Smith, LLC (TBS) – his aspiration is to provide superior,
integrated, professional solutions across a broad spectrum of markets in
multiple geographic regions.
Between 1913 and 2013, TBS
developed and grew from a one man surveying and civil engineering operation
"into one of the top 500 engineering, architectural, and environmental design
firms in the United States,” according to Engineering
News Record magazine.
Baker's appreciation for the
community and the outdoors motivated him to help build the early infrastructure
in the southeast region of Louisiana, which included roads, bridges, and
utilities systems. He became an expert
at the accurate reconstruction of U. S. government surveys, dating back to the
late 1800s, along the south Louisiana coast between the Mississippi and the
Atchafalaya rivers. He forged ties to
the oil industry that have sustained the firm to the present. From the beginning, TBS' clients were among
the industry's largest and most successful pioneers. For more than eighty years, TBS has been
actively involved in staking out leases, mapping pipeline rights-of-way,
managing permits, and resolving numerous other regulatory issues.
Baker's son, Clifford, upon
graduating from Louisiana State University in the 1950s, succeeded him in the
business, expanding operations to include integrated solutions in environmental
science and regulatory compliance, and land development. As the oil and gas industry developed, he
pursued near and offshore surveying; civil, structural and coastal engineering;
and program management.
In 1980, Kenneth joined the
family business after graduating from Louisiana Tech University, and became President
and CEO in 2001. He soon developed
Geographical Information Systems (GIS), hydrographic surveying, marine
positioning, urban planning, and oyster assessment services to grow and develop
the firm. Beginning in 2002, he expanded
the firm geographically by adding TBS office locations in Thibodaux, Lafayette,
and Baton Rouge, LA and Houston, TX, and more recently adding Shreveport, LA
and San Antonio, TX.
Kenneth said, "I am proud and
honored to carry my grandfather and father's legacy into the next century. Myself and the 300 plus professionals and
support staff stand upon the shoulders of these two men and the thousands of
good people who worked alongside of them to make us who we are today.”
A century ago, founder T.
Baker Smith, C.E. was committed to precision, integrity, and ingenuity in
providing tailored solutions to clients.
Three generations of leadership and 100 years later, the quest of
providing superior, integrated, professional solutions is engrained in the firm's culture.
Built to last, anchored in tradition, and providing cutting edge solutions, TBS
is proud to celebrate a Century of
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Contact: Paula Rome
Corporate Marketing Director