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Lemons takes new role in Freese and Nichols’ Water Practice

March 16, 2016
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Ron Lemons, P.E., D.WRE, who served as Chief Operating Officer of Freese and Nichols from 2002 to 2015, has taken a new role as Account Director in our Water Practice. An internationally recognized expert in water resources, Ron will support water districts, river authorities and municipalities throughout Texas as their trusted advisor. He will also focus on developing opportunities to deliver water- and dams-related services across the United States.

During his 43-year career at Freese and Nichols, Ron has designed and managed many of Texas’ high-profile water supply projects, including Richland-Chambers Reservoir for the Tarrant Regional Water District and O.H. Ivie Reservoir for the Colorado River Municipal Water District. He was involved in five projects that received the Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers – Texas Section (ASCE Texas) over the past 20 years, plus another that received the equivalent award from ASCE Wisconsin. In addition, he has conducted more than 100 dam inspections nationwide.

Ron has held a number of leadership positions in professional societies at the state, national and international levels. Most notably, he was President of ASCE Texas in 1999-2000 and President of the United States Society on Dams (USSD) in 2005-07. For the International Commission on Large Dams (ICOLD), he is currently serving as Chairman of the Committee on Global Climate Change and Dams, Reservoirs and Related Water Resources.

During Ron’s 14 years as Chief Operating Officer, Freese and Nichols experienced significant growth, opening nine offices across Texas and expanding into North Carolina and Oklahoma. Freese and Nichols also added new services in urban planning, oil and natural gas, and coastal engineering, and, in 2010, it became the first engineering/architecture firm to receive the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.

Freese and Nichols’ new Chief Operating Officer is Brian Coltharp, P.E., who previously served as Water Practice Leader. Coltharp will become President and CEO in January 2017.