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Work Here. Grow Here.

A critical focus area for our strategic plan is developing the heart of our business – our employees! We have many amazing employees who celebrate “milestone” work anniversaries throughout the year. Check out the #WorkHereGrowHere features that highlight our staff, what they do, and why we love them.

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Lynn Cunningham

Literally the heart of the Kansas City office, Lynn Cunningham always has a smile beaming for employees and clients when they arrive through our front doors. After working for some time in the probate division of a local county courthouse, Lynn wanted to get back in the private sector and decided to check out Lamp Rynearson. She says, “The moment I walked into the office, I knew I had found my new home.” We like to think she was the missing piece of our Kansas City family. Five years later as a senior administrative assistant, she provides exceptional support to group leaders and engineers, acting as the go-to for the preparation of plans and specifications. Lynn is only a few years away from retirement where she plans to unload and spend some quality time for herself. Although we hope she embarks on an ultimate swimming and biking vacation when Lynn’s time in the office is finally up, we can’t imagine life without her! Lynn, you may leave us for retirement, but you will always be a significant part of our family! Happy anniversary! #WorkHereGrowHere

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Taylor Christmas

Family means everything to Project Engineer Taylor Christmas and has played an important role in his commitment to Larkin Lamp Rynearson. The smaller, familial atmosphere of the office and the prospect of more diverse projects attracted him to the company a year ago. In his short time as part of our family, Taylor has passed his PE exam, gained valuable experience in wastewater treatment and pumping design and evaluation, presented at national conferences, and even has an Excel workshop in the works for the Kansas City office. Taylor has quickly become a star actor in our company-wide quarterly update videos, which have allowed him to tap into his creative, obnoxious side…something his new daughter isn’t allowed to see often. Outside of work, Taylor dominates on the Ultimate Frisbee field in the Kansas City Ultimate League. Taylor, Happy anniversary and “Bravo!” for your hard work! #WorkHereGrowHere

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Craig Matsuda

If you’ve ever met a person who deserves a cape, it’s Project Manager Craig Matsuda. He is a hero for his clients. With the natural ability to foster relationships and dedication to using his talent to benefit communities, Craig is an up-and-coming leader. It was a no-brainer to have him participate in Leadership Development Training and Strategic Planning during his first year at the firm! These events have provided Craig with self-discovery opportunities, a clear direction for growing the water and wastewater group, and a network of supportive coworkers. Investing in the next generation of leaders, like Craig, distinguishes Lamp Rynearson as a committed partner to the success of our clients and community! Congrats on your first employment anniversary, Craig! #WorkHereGrowHere

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Candice Hartley

Fifteen years ago and a fresh college graduate, Candice Hartley joined Lamp Rynearson as a part-time graphic designer to help get the marketing department started. And by golly, did it boom! As the company grew, Candice did too. She ventured from her home state of Nebraska to pioneer the first satellite office in the west. Today, Candice is influential in the client pursuits for all four of Lamp Rynearson's offices as the Marketing and Business Development Group Leader! Although that was quite the adventure, her exploration of uncharted territory didn’t stop there. One of her greatest “summits” was presenting Lamp Rynearson’s customer service program titled GOT CLIENT at the 2016 ACEC National Conference with her mentor and friend – Leslie Peterson! It was a hit! No matter where she goes or what she does, Candice’s love for life and creative spirit sets a course for success. Congratulations on your 15-year anniversary, Candice! #WorkHereGrowHere

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Joe Zadina

Fifteen years ago and not knowing much at all about Lamp Rynearson, Joe Zadina accepted an internship with Omaha’s “best kept secret” at the time. Since then, Joe and the firm’s reputation for excellence have been on a rapid rise. As a senior project manager, he is influential in growing the firm’s K-12 education market, mentoring a younger generation of engineers, and keeping clients happy with successful projects. He's even rescued a pet cat out of a storm sewer in the name of customer service! When he is not going above and beyond for his team or clients, Joe rejuvenates by seizing every opportunity to act like a kid again with his three growing and rambunctious boys! Happy 15-year anniversary, Joe! #WorkHereGrowHere

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Terry Atkins

Terry Atkins loves to build. From large subdivisions and redevelopments to teams and processes, Terry has a knack for building all sorts of things as Lamp Rynearson’s Chief Operating Officer. Community-changing projects Terry has designed with this passion over his 20-year tenure include the Rosenblatt Stadium, The Convention Center, Aksarben Village, Midtown Crossing, and West Farm. Even his hobby of woodworking is founded on his love of building! Congratulations on your 20-year anniversary, Terry! We look forward to continuing to BUILD upon the great reputation you’ve helped Lamp Rynearson achieve!

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Isaac Tiley

Friendly staff and an in-house survey department sealed the deal for Senior Project Engineer Isaac Tiley five years ago, when he was offered a career at Lamp Rynearson. These characteristics stood out to him as advantages to delivering excellent projects that improve our community! With aspirations to grow into a project manager role, Isaac has excelled by using his coworkers and the breadth of services our firm offers as resources to manage projects. Congratulations on your 5-year work anniversary, Isaac! #WorkHereGrowHere

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Michael Palizzi

We’re not sure what he’ll win first – an engineering award or an Oscar! Often starring in our company’s internal videos during his first year at Lamp Rynearson, Project Engineer Michael Palizzi has become widely known for his can-do attitude and wearing ties on Thursday. His accomplishments include completing the design of two elementary schools and assisting with a running track at his alma mater, Colorado State University. Having done so much already, what can we expect next? Michael’s ambitions include obtaining his PE license and increasing participation in “Tie Thursday”. This trendsetting engineer is our nominee for “Best Creative and Technical Talent”. Congratulations on your 1 year anniversary, Michael! #WorkHereGrowHere #TieThursday

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Paul Gargarella

It’s no surprise Paul Gargarella is proud of the progress he has made in the past year in the role of project designer at Lamp Rynearson. As a “huge fan” of Colorado, Paul enjoys hiking in the mountains and knows how to ascend to great heights! But he doesn’t feel like he needs to climb solo. Paul enjoys the sense of teamwork that he experiences every day in his position. Congratulations on your first anniversary, Paul! #WorkHereGrowHere

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Nancy Pridal

A catalyst for excellence, our president – Nancy Pridal – is a builder by nature. Over 20 years at Lamp Rynearson, Nancy has built great projects that improve communities and great teams of bright and talented individuals. These accomplishments come with stories to tell! Although it wasn’t so amusing at the time, Nancy now smiles when she shares the memory of being a young engineer and getting her new truck stuck on a construction site. The contractor wouldn’t tow Nancy out until he took a picture of her standing in the mud by the truck! Keeping her own experiences in mind is how Nancy strikes the right balance between coaching and letting her employees learn to fly. Happy 20-year work anniversary, Nancy! We look forward to soaring into the future on the wings of your leadership! #WorkHereGrowHere

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Greg Van Patten

Employees with a competitive spirit keep our team driven. Project Engineer Greg Van Patten falls into this category. He views each day as an opportunity to make a sizable contribution to Lamp Rynearson and keep clients happy. My friends, Greg does not fail to deliver. Being well-organized allows him to cover a lot of ground. In fact, he provided construction observation on four project sites at one time, found office time to complete design work on multiple projects, AND planned a wedding with his wife in the first year of employment. Having made quite the positive impact since he started, we look forward to the efficiency he’ll continue to bring in the years to come! Cheers to your first-year anniversary, Greg! #WorkHereGrowHere

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Autumn Schleicher

Great bosses and coworkers help us grow. Autumn Schleicher has experienced just that as she works hard to become a more diverse engineer at Lamp Rynearson. Surrounded by industry leading peers, Autumn absorbs a variety of knowledge that feeds her desire to learn. Expanding her knowledge doesn’t only happen within the office walls. By day Autumn is out in the field to survey conditions along a brambling creek. By night Autumn attends company networking events, like Shrimp Bingo, to strengthen relationships with clients. The way she embraces all activities as growth opportunities is truly inspiring! Congrats on your one year anniversary, Autumn! #WorkHereGrowHere

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Clark Thompson

Eager to make a positive impact on the environment, Clark Thompson joined Larkin Associates, now Larkin Lamp Rynearson, in 1973. Since then he has served in a variety of roles, from associate to president of Larkin Group in 1992. No matter his title, Clark has used his environmental passion to design some of the most significant advanced water and wastewater treatment plants in Missouri, including the first pressure sewer system in the region. Forty-five years later, Clark now thrives in a mentoring role for our design teams and was crucial in the transition of Larkin Group to Larkin Lamp Rynearson. Happy 45th Anniversary, Clark! #WorkHereGrowHere

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Tim Willett

A decade down the road, Lamp Rynearson has developed a robust technology infrastructure because of hiring IT Manager Tim Willett! He keeps us on the cutting edge of using new systems to better serve our clients. Originally attracted to the opportunity to work for a small business, Tim has grown with Lamp Rynearson over the years and has been instrumental in connecting our four offices across three states. What hasn’t changed is being employee owned, which he finds rewarding! Congratulations on your 10-year anniversary, Tim! #WorkHereGrowHere

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Pat Hillyer

Partaking as the lead engineer in the creation of Midtown Crossing is the feather in Project Manager Pat Hillyer’s cap after 15 years at Lamp Rynearson. Literally midtown Omaha, this development is the vibrant heart of a city that is home to Fortune 500 companies. Continuing to execute community changing projects and contribute to Lamp Rynearson’s great reputation is what Pat looks forward to every day, and what attracted him to work here in the first place. Because of his excellent work, Pat was invited to become a company stockholder. Investor and leader, cheers to Pat celebrating 15 years contributing to our team in many capacities! #WorkHereGrowHere

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Joe Flaxbeard

Straight out of college, an opportunistic engineer named Joe Flaxbeard came to work for Lamp Rynearson. Over the past decade, Joe has brought enthusiasm to community-changing projects in the Omaha area where he grew up. He helped transform a neighborhood into something better than what he had known as a boy. Because of his influence in dozens of successful outcomes, he was the 2014 recipient of the ACEC Young Professional Award. Be opportunistic like Joe, check out our openings today. You might get lucky enough to work with him, like Lamp Rynearson! #WorkHereGrowHere

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Mainor Martinez

What you learn in the classroom CAN change your life! So, listen up! That’s how Project Engineer Mainor Martinez landed at Lamp Rynearson, where he recently celebrated his one-year anniversary. Lamp Rynearson caught Mainor’s attention in one of his undergraduate classes when we presented our work on some pretty neat projects. Shortly after, he applied for and received an internship, which turned into a fulltime gig after he graduated! Mainor approaches his work with the mindset of “even the smallest contribution I may make to a project is crucial to its completion”. This strong sense of dedication and pride doesn’t go unnoticed, and we are certain there are BIG opportunities ahead for this young professional! In fact, he already had the opportunity to draft his first design at the Eppley Airfield in Omaha! Congratulations, Mainor! #WorkHereGrowHere

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Michael Sharp

Congratulations to Michael Sharp for celebrating his 1 year anniversary at Lamp Rynearson! As a senior landscape architect, he creates beautiful places that focus on the health, safety, and welfare of the public. Over the past year, he has worked on a large variety of projects that are already being constructed throughout the Omaha community, most notably Pier 15, The Landing at CUMC, and the Capitol District. Well done, Michael! #WorkHereGrowHere

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Scott Oswald

As a senior project engineer, Scott Oswald has helped bring African grasslands and Alaskan adventures to life during his ten years at Lamp Rynearson. In addition to crafting zoo exhibits, he designs athletic complexes, street improvements, and storm sewer upgrades. Variety is a part of Scott’s daily routine. It’s the driver of growth in his career, and for the company, which has expanded from one to four offices during Scott’s tenure. You sure have seen a done a lot in the last decade – congratulations on your work anniversary! #WorkHereGrowHere

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Cheryl Stadt

Contributing to the success of the company is Cheryl Stadt’s top priority. As an administrative assistant, Cheryl is responsible for helping to keep the office functioning efficiently. You can always count on her to help co-workers with whatever assistance they need. When she finally gets to take a little time to herself outside of work, you can find her enjoying the hot springs and mountains in Glenwood, Colorado, where she finds some well-deserved R&R! Happy one year anniversary, Cheryl! #WorkHereGrowHere

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Kim Shanahan

We love diversity at Lamp Rynearson, and Kim Shanahan does too! That’s what attracted her to begin working with us as a project coordinator a year ago. She is now our organizational development guru. Kim works on variety of projects with an assortment of great people. She enjoys diversity in other parts of her life too! Growing up in Wyoming, her heart belongs to the mountains where she does many different activities – camping, fishing, and hunting just to name a few! Congratulations on your first anniversary, Kim! We appreciate the vibrancy you bring to our team! #WorkHereGrowHere

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Caleb VanWeelden

Happy one year anniversary to Caleb Van Weelden! Word of mouth brought this hard worker to our team. In his role as a project engineer, his time is spent on helping bring large and complex projects to life! There is nothing that makes him feel more accomplished than submitting plans after putting a lot of effort into the site design. Although the best part of his week is being a Teammates Mentor, where he gets spend time playing games or just talking about life with a local student. #WorkHereGrowHere

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