Thompson establishes Baton Rouge Office

Thompson Engineering has announced an expansion of company services with the establishment of an office in Baton Rouge, La. Thompson also announced that Brant Richard, PE will lead operations in Baton Rouge.

“Thompson is excited to bring professional services to Baton Rouge, and we’re thrilled that a Baton Rouge native is taking the lead at managing operations,” said John Baker, President/CEO. Thompson’s Baton Rouge office will offer planning, design, environmental, construction management and inspection services.

Richard has 29 years of consulting experience in a wide array of engineering projects, including roadway design, pavement preservation, aviation, natural resources, hydraulics, sewer, wastewater and subsurface drainage. Richard has a degree in civil engineering from Louisiana State University, and currently serves on the board of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Louisiana section. He is a former President of the ASCE Baton Rouge branch.

Thompson Engineering has operated in Louisiana since 2002, contributing in many aspects to south Louisiana’s disaster recovery program, industrial development and infrastructure, and oil and gas explorations. The Baton Rouge office is Thompson’s second Louisiana location; the company also has an office in the Lake Charles area.

Posted on 07/25

Thompson Engineering Names New CEO

Thompson Engineering has named John Baker its new President and CEO. Baker first joined Thompson Engineering in 1991, and has served as the company’s President since 2004 with a long track record of executive and operational management. “When I joined the firm in 1991, it was one of the most creative and innovative design firms around, and still is today,” said Baker. “I’m very proud to have been selected to lead this great organization forward.” 

In addition to his executive leadership, Baker has served as the company’s principal-in-charge of a variety of important projects in the Mobile area for clients such as Austal USA, ThyssenKrupp, Airbus, Mobile Aerospace Engineering (MAE), United Technologies Corporation (UTC), Mobile County Public School System, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and the Alabama State Port Authority. Baker is a certified design-build professional (DBIA) and earned his degree in Civil Engineering from the University of South Alabama.

Baker succeeds Jimmy Shumock, who served Thompson as CEO for seven years. Shumock will continue his 34-year career with the company, and serve as the transportation market leader where he will remain involved in many projects, including Thompson’s work for the Alabama Department of Transportation and the Mobile River Bridge. “Jimmy has had an exemplary career with Thompson Engineering and he remains a valuable part of our leadership team,” said Baker.

Baker holds several community posts, including board positions for Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Alabama, the Associated Building Contractors (ABC) of Alabama, Infirmary Health Systems and Thomas Hospital. He has also been active with the Mobile Chamber, having served on its Board.

Posted on 07/18