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08 Sep / IMS Welcomes New Team Members

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Integrated Management Services (IMS)

 

Mr. Bradford Jenkins has joined the administrative staff of Integrated Management Services (IMS) as a Systems Administrator. Mr. Jenkins has more than six (6) years of experience in progressive troubleshooting, management and quality assurance tasks for various project development activities. Mr. Jenkins is a Veteran Officer of the US Army, has earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Engineering in 2008 from Jackson State University, and has earned his Network & Communications Management Masters w/ Project Management Certificate from Devry University’s Keller Graduate School of Management in 2013.

 

 

 

George Ford, Jr. P.E. (AL) has successfully passed the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying Professional Engineer Exam. Mr. Ford will serve as Project Engineer on projects within the state of his license.  George has been with IMS Engineers for seven (7) years and is responsible for preliminary planning, design and construction engineering for transportation and general civil/site design projects.  Mr. Ford earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering in 2006 from Jackson State University.

 

 

Dr. Redahegn Sileshi, E.I.T. (AL) has joined the technical staff of IMS Engineers as an Engineer-in-Training.  Dr. Sileshi has more than nine (9) years of civil, hydraulic and water resource engineering experience.  Dr. Sileshi received his Ph.D. in Water Resource Engineering in 2013 from the University of Alabama.  He also holds a Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Alabama (2010) and a Master’s Degree in Applied Physics (2008).  Dr. Sileshi earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Hydraulic Engineering in 2005 from Arbaminch University in Ethopia.

 

 

 

William L. Tucker, P.E. (MS) has joined the technical engineering staff of IMS Engineers.  Mr. Tucker will serve as Senior Electrical Project Engineer on projects within the states for which he is licensed.   Mr. Tucker has more than 25 years of experience as a Professional Electrical Engineer in the design and construction of healthcare, industrial, governmental, military, private, and commercial infrastructures.  Mr. Tucker holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from Mississippi State University 1980 and a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Mississippi College 1970.

 

 

Mr. Daniel E. McKay, III, P.E. (MS, AL, FL, LA, AR, TN) has joined the technical engineering staff of IMS Engineers.  Mr. McKay will serve as Senior Project Manager on projects within the states for which he is licensed.   Mr. McKay has more than 30 years of professional engineering experience, specializing in design and construction management of water and wastewater infrastructure projects.  Mr. McKay earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of South Alabama in 1982.  He also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Sciences which he received from Auburn University in 1975.

 

 

 

 

31 May / IMS Welcomes New Team Members

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Mr. Eugene Y. Xue, P.E. has joined the technical staff of IMS Engineers as Senior Project Engineer. Eugene has over 26 years of experience in the area of water and wastewater engineering design and project management. Eugene received his Master’s Degree from University of Arkansas.
Mr. Thomas Khamooshi, P.E., LEED AP has joined the technical staff of IMS Engineers as Senior Project Engineer. Thomas is LEED AP BD+C certified and has over 23 years of experience civil and transportation engineering design services. Thomas speaks fluent French and received his Master’s Degree in civil engineering from the National School of Public Works in Lyon, France in 1992.
Ms. Melissa R. Jefferson, P.E. has joined the technical staff of IMS Engineers as Senior Project Engineer. Melissa has over 15 years of experience in the areas of civil and transportation engineering design. Melissa, formerly a Project Manager with the City of Houston, earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Southern University in 1997.
Dr. Chid H. Kwelle, P.E. has joined the technical staff of IMS Engineers as Senior Project Engineer. Dr. Kwelle has over 30 years of experience in the areas of environmental, geoenvironmental engineering, and wastewater engineering. Dr. Kwelle received his Doctorate in Civil Engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla in 1992 and his Master’s Degree in Environmental Engineering from Virginia Tech in 1985.
Dr. Fadhil Sharif, P.E.O. has rejoined IMS Engineers as Senior Project Engineer. Dr. Sharif recently completed a tour in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia where he served as Chef Resident Inspector for AECOM. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering, a master’s degree in Environmental & Water Resources Engineering, and a Ph.D. in Environmental & Water Resources Engineering from the University of Baghdad.

21 Feb / Where Do You Go To Learn To Be a CEO?

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Integrated Management Services CEO John D. Calhoun says everything he knows about leadership and strategy was learned on the job. Well, this recipient of the 2012 Presidential Citizens Medal must be a quick study.

BUILD MEMBER: John D. Calhoun

POSITION: CEO, Integrated Management Services in Jackson, Mississippi

BUSINESS: IMS, founded 1996 with cofounder ROD L. HILL (now president and COO). IMS Designs, engineers, and builds transportation systems (highways, airports, rail lines) and water distribution systems (pipelines, drainage facilities, canals, dams).

EMPLOYEES: 189

ANNUAL SALES: $10-15 million

CUSTOMERS YOU’VE HEARD OF: U.S. Department of the Army, Nissan.

OTHER LOCATIONS: Greenville, Miss., Memphis, Tenn., New Orleans, and Detroit.

WHAT’S BEEN YOUR BIGGEST RECENT MISTAKE? Wow! I have made so many…. I am a risk taker. Hasty decision making. I am guilty of failing to understand the real organizational context and culture which has led to the current situation. I have also been guilty of not investing the time to understand the core issues behind a problem, preferring to skate across the surface to draw conclusions.

IF YOU COULD BE SMARTER ABOUT ONE OF THE FOLLOWING THINGS, WHICH WOULD IT BE:

  • Analytics and Big Data
  • Social Media
  • Global Business Networks
  • Customer-Driven Innovation
  • Talent Development
  • Building an Adaptive Organization

HOW MANY VACATION DAYS DO YOU TAKE A YEAR? 3 days a year.

ANY MOTIVATIONAL QUOTES ON YOUR WALLS? “We will either find a way, or make one.” – Hannibal

THE HARDEST QUESTION ON THE TEST: The first problem is: Where do you go to learn to be a CEO? No training or other job actually prepares you to run a company. The only thing that prepares you to run a company is running a company.

This means that you will face a broad set of things that you don’t know how to do that require skills that you don’t have. Nevertheless, everybody will expect you to know how to do them, because, well, you are the CEO. If you manage a team of 10 people, it’s quite possible to do so with very few mistakes or bad behaviors. If you manage an organization of 200 people it is quite impossible. At a certain size, your company will do things that are so bad that you never imagined that you’d be associated with that
kind of incompetence. Seeing people fritter away money, waste each other’s time, and do sloppy work can make you feel bad.

If you are the CEO, it may well make you sick. And to rub salt into the wound and make matters worse, it’s your fault. No CEO ever has a smooth path to a great company.

COMPANIES YOU LOVE: Target Department Store because they worked hard to actively market the brand distinctly from Wal-Mart. Price is important, but equal emphasis is placed on design and style. Target’s emphasis on its brand’s image from an early stage has allowed it to achieve what no other discount retailer has in North America. Target is just outright a cool store.

COMPANIES YOU STUDY: Google — I’m constantly trying to understand its culture, its obsession with data, and its acquisition strategy. Google may be one of the best companies when it comes to acquisitions by combining acquisition target discipline with a smart way of integrating the acquired company.

 

Original article and credit: The Build Network “Where do you go to learn to be a CEO?”

06 Feb / IMS CELEBRATES 21 YEARS OF SERVICE

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Today, February 6, 2013, Integrated Management Services (IMS) and IMS Engineers turns seventeen (17) years old!!! It is a wonderful occasion for us, and naturally our folks are strutting a bit about the progress we have made in such a short time. Yet we are fully aware that our accomplishments are not simply attributable to “genius” leadership or hard-working employees. We have survived and prospered only because we found people like you who believe in assisting firms like IMS in securing contracting opportunities.

IMS was founded on February 6, 1996. However, when Rod and I announced that we were starting an engineering firm, the naysayers laughed. They thought both Rod and I had lost our minds. Even more amazing was when we announced our ambitious goal of becoming the best engineering firm in the industry, every imaginable trap was set to sideline and derail our dreams from becoming a reality. But only because of the grace of God, we have thrived. God is faithful!

We are very thankful for the adversities which have crossed our pathways, for they have taught us tolerance, sympathy, self-control, perseverance and some other virtues we might never have known.

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05 Feb / Leadership

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John May

John May has been named Chief Fiscal Officer of Integrated Management Services.  Mr. May has over 17 years professional experience in the area of finance and accounting and is the former Director of Operations at Piney Woods School.  Mr. May obtained his Bachelor’s degree from Jackson State University.

 

 

 

 

 

Vivek Jain

Vivek Jain, LEED AP, Graduate Engineer for IMS has successfully passed the Professional Engineering Exam for the Mississippi State Board of Professional Engineers.  With this certification, Mr. Jain will now serve as Project Engineer/Environmental Engineer.  Mr. Jain has been working with IMS Engineers since 2007.

 

 

 

 

 

Max Garriott

Max Garriott has joined IMS to teach the French language to our employees.

 


06 Feb / IMS CELEBRATES 16 YEARS OF SERVICE

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Today, February 6, 2012, Integrated Management Services (IMS) and IMS Engineers turns sixteen (16) years old!!! It is a wonderful occasion for us, and naturally our folks are strutting a bit about the progress we have made in such a short time. Yet we are fully aware that our accomplishments are not simply attributable to “genius” leadership or hard-working employees. We have survived and prospered only because we found people like you who believe in assisting firms like IMS in securing contracting opportunities.

IMS was founded on February 6, 1996. However, when Rod and I announced that we were starting an engineering firm, the naysayers laughed. They thought both Rod and I had lost our minds. Even more amazing was when we announced our ambitious goal of becoming the best engineering firm in the industry, every imaginable trap was set to sideline and derail our dreams from becoming a reality. But only because of the grace of God, we have thrived. God is faithful!

We are very thankful for the adversities which have crossed our pathways, for they have taught us tolerance, sympathy, self-control, perseverance and some other virtues we might never have known.

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01 May / President Obama names John D. Calhoun ‘Champion of Change’ in business

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Slightly over a month after being named Mississippi’s Small Business Person of the Year, Jackson State University professor John. D. Calhoun has now been named by U.S. President Barack Obama as one of 18 national Champions of Change in business. Calhoun, who was notified of the honor on May 12, is co-founder and CEO of Integrated Management Services (IMS),
a 15-year-old full-service corporation that provides engineering, emergency management, technical, program management and operations services to its clients.

“It’s a great honor to be recognized for our entrepreneurial spirit,” said Calhoun, assistant professor of Entrepreneurship in the Department of Entrepreneurship in the JSU College of Business. “Small business is the engine that keeps this economy moving. We create more jobs and more people end up working for small companies than large corporations.”

The Champions of Change program is part of the President’s Winning the Future initiative. Each week, as part of this initiative, the Obama administration highlights a group of Americans, businesses or organizations who embody the presidents’ plan to “out-innovate, out-educate and out-build the rest of the world”. The 18 people chosen as Champions of Change in business were selected from among the winners of each state’s 2011 Small Business Person of the Year award, of which Calhoun was the winner in the state of Mississippi.

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21 Mar / IMS Cofounder and CEO Named Mississippi Small Business Person of the Year!

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John D. Calhoun, Ph.D., Cofounder and CEO of IMS was named 2011 Mississippi Small Business Person of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

“I am very humbled and honored to receive the award for MS Small Business Person of the Year,” said Calhoun. “I have been blessed over the last 15 years to have had the privilege of working with a great business partner, a staff with a wealth of expertise, businesses and clients throughout Mississippi, and throughout the United States. IMS will continue to deliver global solutions to local problems for many years to come.”

“Hard work, innovative ideas, and dedication to your community have helped you succeed,” said Karen G. Mills, Administrator for the U.S. Small Business Administration. “The SBA is pleased to recognize Calhoun’s achievements and role in driving our nation’s economic growth.”

“Of course, the dedication, hard work and recognition through awards your organization has garnered were the deciding factor as to why IMS was far superior than other candidates,” said Gary Reed, Branch Manager, of SBA’s Gulfport, Mississippi Office.

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