Category Archives: Best practices

The Business of Having Fun

By Julie Conn, Executive Assistant and Funtime Committee Chair It’s the beginning of another new year. This is a time when many people are busy setting personal and professional goals, making resolutions and in general, trying to get a fresh … Continue reading

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What Our Team Leaders Wish They Had Known

A few weeks ago, Sain Associates Principal/Owner, Joe Meads, wrote a blog post that was inspired by his daughter’s first college essay. In the essay and the blog, Joe answered three questions that explored his career path to help him … Continue reading

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What I Wish I Had Known

By Joe Meads, Sain Associates Principal/Owner For her first college essay, my daughter, Lindsey Meads, was asked to do a career exploration, and she decided to ask me a few questions. I wanted to share them here, because this advice … Continue reading

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Another Step Toward More Women in Engineering

By Alicia Bailey, P.E., Sain Associates Transportation Team Leader My youngest son is four years old, and he’s really interested in construction equipment and talking about any type of construction. I tell him he can be involved in construction when … Continue reading

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Attributes of a Dream Consultant [Guest Blog Post]

Last week, Sain Principal/Owner Joe Meads shared his thoughts about what makes a dream client. We thought it would only be fair to give our clients the opportunity to share the attributes that make up their dream civil engineering consultant. … Continue reading

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Attributes of a Dream Client

By Joe Meads, Sain Associates Principal/Owner For several years, we’ve spent time thinking about and studying what our dream client looks like. To us, this is a marketing strategy that helps us identify the best things about clients so we … Continue reading

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Intuition: A Leader’s Quiet Helper

By Becky White, Vice President/Organizational Development Civil engineers are not typically wired to make intuitive decisions. We’re taught to make decisions based on empirical data. While the day to day brain functions associated with engineering may tend to crowd out … Continue reading

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Improving Intersections in Tennessee

By Richard Holt, P.E. Tennessee Branch Manager With the ultimate goal to reduce crashes and improve the safety at stop-controlled intersections across Tennessee, our Pulaski, TN office began working on an Intersection Action Plan (IAP) in April of 2011.

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Do Your (Early) Due Diligence

By Lawren Pratt, P.E., LEED AP, Site Engineering Team Leader When it comes to due diligence, the sooner we do our front-end homework, the better off the project may be. While some developers may want to pinch pennies in the … Continue reading

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Why Marketing Isn’t Just My Job

By Joe Meads, P.E., Principal/Owner, Director of Business Development My philosophy is that people want to do business with people they know and like. This is why it’s so important for not only me, but every employee in our firm, … Continue reading

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