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Recent Honors, Board Appointments and More

September 02, 2016

Congratulations to Bob Pence, President and CEO, who will receive the 2016 American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) Community Service Award. The ACEC Committee of Fellows will recognize Bob and present the award at the Fall Conference in Colorado Springs on Friday, October 21.

Bob will be the second person from Freese and Nichols to receive this award. Jim Nichols, late Chairman Emeritus, received the award in 1996.  

The nomination recounted Bob's dedication to serving the North Texas community, citing his integrity and his roles as a member of the Baldrige Board of Overseers and as chairman of the North Texas Commission, North Texas LEAD, and the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce, as well as PTA president at his daughters' high school. The nomination also touched on Freese and Nichols' programs with descriptions of our community service program and Freese and Nichols University.

Jennifer Wasinger, Account Director, Oklahoma, has been reappointed to the Environmental Protection Agency Environmental Finance Advisory Board (EFAB). She will serve a two-year term, through May 2018.

EFAB provides ideas and advice to EPA’s Administrator and program offices on ways to lower the costs of and increase investments in environmental and public health protection. Most recently, EFAB provided direction to EPA on Financial Capacity Development for Small Drinking/Wastewater Systems, Financing Pre-Development Activities in Communities, Public-Private Partnerships for Water Infrastructure Projects, Financing Stormwater and Green Infrastructure Programs, Household Affordability Challenges in the Water Sector and Financing Operation and Maintenance Costs at Green Infrastructure sites. Jennifer says that this position enables her to express the concerns of many Freese and Nichols clients.

Ken Reeves​, Human Resources Director, had the privilege of speaking at the Bench Bar Breakfast for the State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting​ in June. The assistant editor for Texas Bar Journal, Jillian Beck, was live tweeting Ken’s speech and posted several quotes and video clips. Here’s a look at one of the video clips



Brian King, Stormwater, Austin, was featured in Trajectory Magazine, published by the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF). The national publication reported on Brian's GIS career and his assistant teaching position with his alma mater, Pennsylvania State University. Read the Trajectory Magazine article online



Eric Potts, Account Director, Pearland, has been reappointed to the Oversight Committee of the Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP). U.S. Transportation Secretary The Honorable Anthony R. Foxx appointed Eric to another four-year term, following his previous three-year term.

The ACRP, which is sponsored by the Federal Aviation Administration, carries out applied research to improve the planning, design and operation of airports. Its research reports are used by airport operators and agencies to address a broad spectrum of airport issues, ranging from safety to the environment to human resources. Eric and the other members of the Oversight Committee will review submitted research ideas, known as problem statements, and determine which ones will receive funding.