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Bob Pence Given Lifetime Achievement Award

A statewide engineering organization has given its highest individual honor to Freese and Nichols Chairman Bob Pence.

Bob received the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award for Engineering from the American Council of Engineering Companies of Texas (ACEC Texas) at the 2017 Texas A/E Industry Conference last week in Austin.

He was previously honored with the national ACEC’s 2016 Community Service Award last year. Bob was the second person from Freese and Nichols to receive that award. Jim Nichols, late Chairman Emeritus, received the award in 1996. 

Bob became Chairman after serving as President and CEO for 15 years. He led the company through the difficult financial period that followed 9/11 and into a highly productive expansion that continues today. Under his leadership, Freese and Nichols added 12 offices, more than doubled its workforce and added service lines in urban planning, oil and gas, and coastal engineering. During this time, Freese and Nichols became the first engineering/architecture firm to receive the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award and also received national honors for ethics and for employee satisfaction.

Throughout his tenure, Bob has championed corporate support for professional education, membership in professional organizations, and volunteer service. He is a familiar presence in the community, having served in leadership roles for the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce, Communities in Schools in Greater Tarrant County and numerous other organizations.

An accomplished environmental engineer, Bob began his career at Freese and Nichols in 1978. He is an Army veteran and holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Texas A&M University.

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