Our Corporate Timeline
Over 100 Years of Innovative Solutions
BUILDING THE COMMUNITY Upon graduating from Tulane University in 1913, T. Baker Smith, C.E. (Baker) returned to his home in Terrebonne Parish to begin his professional career as a civil engineer, developing the firm, T. Baker Smith, C.E. BUILDING THE COMMUNITY 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 construction management of 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. GROWING THE COMMUNITY 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. GROWING THE COMMUNITY Under Clifford’s direction, many of the Terrebonne Parish subdivisions were designed. TBS became a leader in flood protection issues such as floodgates, pump stations, levees, and coastal erosion. Numerous pipeline surveying projects were conducted and a parish-wide sewer program was developed. He also developed the Houma-Terrebonne Airport Master Plan. GEOGRAPHICAL EXPANSION In 1980, Kenneth joined the family business after graduating from Louisiana Tech University and eventually became President and CEO in 2001. In 2009, he became sole owner of the firm. After recognizing the need for expansion, he added TBS office locations in Thibodaux, Lafayette, and Baton Rouge, LA along with Houston and San Antonio, TX. More recently, he added TBS offices in Covington and Metairie, LA. COMBINING TECHNOLOGY & PEOPLE TOGETHER Kenny implemented corporate culture and value-adding technology to the firm, such as hydrographic surveying, electronic data collection, information systems integration, and records and information management. A CENTURY OF INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS In 2013, TBS celebrated A Century of Solutions. Three generations of leadership and 100 years later, the quest of providing superior, integrated, professional solutions is engrained in the firm’s culture. A CENTURY OF INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS Today, TBS is a thriving professional consulting firm with 270 professional and support staff and eight office locations serving the United States, Central America, the Gulf Coast, and Trinidad and Tobago.