Staff Feature of the Month – June 2018

Name:  Loyal Lovelady

Role on the Project:  Lead Splicing and Testing Manager

My Story:  I’ve been working in Telecommunications for forty years; fifteen years in the Cable TV Industry from installer to Head End Technician, and twenty-five years as a Fiber Optic Splice and Test subject matter expert. I’ve been blessed to travel to diverse types of Fiber Optic Infrastructure projects across the US, Mexico, Canada and the tropical island of American Samoa.

My Wife, Susie (DBLLC Office Manager) and I have been married thirty-seven years. We have two successful married boys; Louis, who lives in New Jersey and is a Director of TYCO SUBCOM, a global undersea fiber optic constructors and maintenance company, and Matthew who lives in Seattle, Washington, he is a Seattle Firefighter and CrossFit Gym Owner in Lynden, Washington. We also have four wonderful grandchildren.

I enjoy Golf, Water Sports, Grandchildren and my new Blue Healer pup, Teddy on my time away from the KentuckyWired Project.

I moved to Lexington from the Pacific Northwest in 2015 for the KentuckyWired project. I’ve always been interested in Lexington for the Thoroughbred horses and enjoy being here to see the beautiful pastures and ranches. It is truly wonderful to see the beauty of the Bluegrass and its history.

Why I joined the DBLLC:  Prior to joining the DBLLC, I had returned from a two-year FTTH project in American Samoa and was offered the position of Lead Fiber Splicing and Testing Manger for the KentuckyWired Project.  I’m excited to build out the network to bring the Commonwealth’s broadband infrastructure services into the 21st century.

Staff Feature of the Month – MAY 2018

Name:  Musfequs Saleheen

Role on the Project:  Filed Project Controls Lead Planner

My Story:  I am originally from Bangladesh, a small country in Asia. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering and worked for an Engineering Firm in Bangladesh for two years. My responsibilities were installing and providing after sales support for large rotary screw type air compressor (Atlas Copco Brand) for various industries. Also, I assisted with proposal preparation, project management support for turnkey projects for government and private entities. After completing my Masters in Industrial Engineering & Management from University of Central Missouri in December 2006, I started working for Black & Veatch (a joint venture partner in this project) in January 2007.

It’s been little over 11 years since I joined Black & Veatch and lived in Kansas the entire time before moving to Lexington for this project. Previously I worked in Power Delivery (Substation & Transmission Lines), Oil & Gas, Telecom, and Construction & Procurement departments in various Project Controls role. My family, relatives, friends, and co-workers are all very important to me. I have two kids, Areebah (9 years) and Amaar (2 and half years) and they are the most fun part of my life. Visiting new places is one of my passions and I just visited North Carolina and South Carolina during Areebah’s spring break. I also like sports, a lot. Table Tennis, Soccer, Cricket (a game similar to baseball) are few of my favorite games. Football is also a favorite game to me and I hope Kansas City Chiefs will win the Super bowl soon.

Why I chose the DBLLC:  Getting field experience on a large EPC project is my reason for joining the DBLLC. It is my sincere belief that this project will be a game changer for entire state of Kentucky. High speed Internet is like a basic commodity for today’s world. This statewide high speed open network which is a first of its kind in the US will boost economic growth significantly. Large companies will be willing to relocate to Kentucky when we successfully complete this project. It will change the economic landscape of Kentucky for many more years.

STAFF FEATURE OF THE MONTH – APRIL 2018

Name:  Susan Johnson

Role on the Project:  Sr. Document Control Coordinator

My Story:  I grew up in Michigan and have been married for 24 years.  My husband is retired Air Force and we have moved a few times in our lives.  My son, Nick, is currently active duty Air Force.

I worked for ING (Voya) in their call center in North Dakota answering questions on 401K plans and life insurance.  When I first moved to Kentucky, I  worked for L3 for 5 years on the MH-60 project as Engineering Tech II, then for Lockheed Martin for 3 years.  I, then, took a temporary position with Bechtel in Richmond, working in their Document Control department.

I am personally motivated in life by family and my son.  I love going to see my son in Denver, Colorado whenever I have the chance.  Being together as a family during holidays and special occasions means so much to me.  I love working in my yard, planting my vegetable garden and flower garden.

I moved to Winchester, Kentucky in 2006.  I love the people in Kentucky and UK Basketball.

Why I chose the DBLLC:  I joined the DBLLC in December 2015 and joined the team to start a new career path.  I enjoy working on this project and know it will be good for the communities of Kentucky and bring more opportunities to our state.

STAFF FEATURE OF THE MONTH – MARCH 2018

Name:  Dan Greer

Role on the Project:  Scope and Make Ready Operations Manager

My Story:  My permanent residence is a small town called Lebanon, located in the Southwestern portion of Ohio, with my wife of 33 years Mary Ellen. Two of my 3 grown children and one grandchild live within 15 miles of our home so we enjoy getting together with them.

I started my construction experience being a goffer for my father on his construction projects. From a younger age I have always liked to build things whether it be using Lincoln logs, a metal erector set or model planes and cars. As I got older my passion for building new and larger projects developed and also took on a new demission, maintenance and repair of existing structures. I enjoy working with others on projects of all sizes as we can always learn and develop new skills. One moto I learned from my father was you need to always be learning new things so don’t be afraid to ask question. I ask a lot of questions to try to learn and understand how things work and I try to always let others know that there are no stupid questions only those you don’t have the answers for and don’t ask. I enjoy working with various church groups on rehabilitating facility projects, working with food pantries and other distribution systems to get food and supplies to those who need help, and enjoy getting together with our family.

I have worked in the construction filed for nearly 35 years now and have worked for B&V/OCI for a little over six years now. My career with them currently has taken me to 5 different states and 6 major cities. I have spent the vast majority of my career in the Telecom Industry. My Telecom career experience spans from the late days of fix analog and digital microwave radio, individual point to point microwave, cellular radio system construction and fiber optic networks. In my career I have been able to experience the Telecom Industry from all major perspectives; I have been the Owner/Carrier representative, the Engineering Company /Owners representative and the Constructor. Having all three of these perspectives helps me understand the roles and needs of the various groups that make a successful project.

Why I chose the DBLLC:  I have been assigned to the NG KIH project for approximately two and a half years now. I live in Frankfort and work in our Lexington field office. I see the value in this project to help the entire population of Kentucky to have access to the Internet and broadband services. In our world today technology is changing rapidly and with this change there are many new opportunities that are opening up. These opportunities run the gambit from employment, education, life services to entertainment and beyond. With so many changes that have come and many new undeveloped opportunities the need to stay connected is critical and that is what this project is all about connecting people and providing opportunity.

STAFF FEATURE OF THE MONTH – FEBRUARY 2O18

Name: Gary Spicer

Role on the Project: Site Quality Manager

My Story:  I grew up in a small town in Nova Scotia, Canada, and joined the Canadian Army as a Radio Operator when I was 17. Twenty-one years later, I took off my uniform and settled back in my home town to raise our two boys. While working at a computer company in Halifax, I became interested in the quality field and studied Total Quality Management at Dalhousie University. My new knowledge and an insatiable desire for travel took me to Bosnia-Herzegovina, Afghanistan and northern Canada to work in the quality field for various projects. My patient and long-suffering wife Brigitte has followed me from her birthplace in Germany to my home town in Nova Scotia, and on to various project offices in Ottawa and Calgary. I was thrilled at the opportunity to join the KentuckyWired project, as it gave us the chance to not only visit this wonderful part of the world, but also to contribute to a very worthwhile project goal. We love to travel and experience different languages and cultures, and I try to stay busy with amateur motorsports and with tinkering with bicycles and sports cars. We will retire this year and head back to Nova Scotia where we’ll start spending some quality time with our grandchildren and other family members and old friends.

After several trial visits, we moved to Lexington in April 2016. We love our neighborhood and Lexington and it will a sad day when we leave later this year.

Why I  Joined the DBLLC: It’s hard to shake the military practice of moving every few years, and so I find project work very attractive. When Ledcor gave me the opportunity to move to Lexington and work on the KentuckyWired project, I jumped at the chance although we knew it would be a major move and a huge adjustment. I realized the value of this project very early in our stay here in Kentucky. The people here are honest, friendly to a fault, helpful, industrious, intelligent and skilled, and they deserve the best communications infrastructure available to build on those personal and professional qualities and to entice additional modern business investment. I’m looking forward to seeing the positive effects this project will have on the Commonwealth and the people who call it home.

STAFF FEATURE OF THE MONTH – JANUARY 2018

Name:  Shawn E. Kay

Role on the Project:  Lead Construction Manager Outside Plant (LCM OSP)

My Story:  Shawn is motivated by the desire for constant improvement; even though he has done a good job today, he always wants to do a better job tomorrow. He has been married to Tammy for six years, has two daughters attending college, and has a spoiled Basset Hound named Lemon. He is a five-year veteran of the United States Marine Corp and has 17 years of telecom experience. Continue reading “STAFF FEATURE OF THE MONTH – JANUARY 2018”

STAFF FEATURE OF THE MONTH – DECEMBER 2017

Name:  Stephen Crossman

Role on the Project:  Senior Site Quality Control Inspector

My Story:  I grew up in New Hampshire and began in the telecom industry in 1971 in New England.  My jobs have taken me around the globe including time in Egypt, Korea and a multitude of states in the US. I started my career as a Lineman and have worked in a variety of positions including, Project Manager, Design Engineer, Quality Manager, and Construction Manager. Continue reading “STAFF FEATURE OF THE MONTH – DECEMBER 2017”

Staff Feature of the Month – November 2017

Name: Lynnette A. Hennigan

Role on the Project: Project Controls

My Story:  I have worked on projects in the Finance, Auditing and Project Controls fields for many years prior to coming on board with Black & Veatch in 2015. I work in project controls and I have truly enjoyed all the learning experiences that come with this career field. I like learning new things and working hard to improve what I have learned as I grow. I am confident that I will continue to be challenged with my career and I look forward to meeting those challenges head on. I am working in the Project Controls department, track cost for Engineering and Construction and give support to the progress and schedule of the Kentucky Wired Project. I get motivated when I see the work which the project controls team does and how that work assists the project with financial reporting and the field progress management system details that are so important to keep the construction schedule measured and moving forward. Continue reading “Staff Feature of the Month – November 2017”

Staff Feature of the Month – September 2017

Name:  Tim Hagan
Role on the Project: Utility Coordination Manager – Aerial Make Ready

My Story:  My role as a Utility Coordination Manager involves the Aerial Make Ready process and puts me in a key position that is most critical for the success of the aerial construction of the fiber network.  It is one of the biggest challenges I have ever faced in my career. Continue reading “Staff Feature of the Month – September 2017”