Bell Employee Appointed by Governor

Bell Engineering Executive Vice President James K. Roberts, P.E., PLS, was recently appointed by Governor Matt Bevin to the Kentucky Geographic Information Advisory Council (GIAC). Reporting to the Commonwealth’s Chief Information Officer, the council develops and presents recommendations regarding policies and procedures for geographic information and geographic information systems. These policies aid state and local entities in developing, implementing and utilizing geographic information resources and GIS technology to improve resources and the availability of data throughout the Commonwealth. Mr. Roberts will serve a 3-year term through September 22, 2021.James K. Roberts, P.E., PLS

Water For People–Supporting a Good Cause

Water For People is an international nonprofit working across nine countries to bring safe water and sanitation to 4,000,000 people. They look to create long-lasting water and sanitation infrastructure and foster relationships with community members, governments, and business owners to accomplish that goal. Bell Engineering is proud to support Water For People‘s effort by again making a $1,000 donation to their cause. Kelly Gillespie, President of Bell Engineering, accepted a plaque recognizing our contribution for the year 2016. Bell has donated this money to the organization every year since 2011.

Additionally, Bell staff member Ron McMaine, Senior Vice President and Principal, also supports the organization through volunteer efforts. Mr. McMaine assists each year alongside other volunteers at the Water For People booth at the Kentucky-Tennessee Water Professionals Conference. During the conference, a silent auction of donated items takes place at the group’s booth to raise additional funds. This year these efforts raised an additional $2,400.

Receiving Water for People Award

Retirement Celebration for Ron Rogers

Bell Engineering employees, friends and family gathered Saturday, January 24, 2015, at Malone’s Banquets in Lexington, Kentucky to celebrate the retirement of Ron Rogers. Ron began his career with Bell Engineering in 1975 as a Junior Engineer. Over the next 15 years he worked his way up through the ranks and in 1990 became a Principal in the firm. He was well-respected in the field of wastewater engineering and his loyalty and dedication to the firm will be greatly missed.

The celebration allowed everyone to share in this exciting time for Ron and his family and highlighted the tremendous value he added to our company. We were glad that his family could join us for the celebration, and were proud to offer several parting gifts in appreciation to him for his years of service. For those who know Ron, his passion for bourbon, the beach and the Kentucky Wildcats is what made him who he is. We at Bell Engineering wish him many years to enjoy his family and these passions and we will remain forever grateful for the friendship and leadership he offered during his nearly four decades of service to Bell Engineering.

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New Hires at Bell

Bell Engineering is pleased to announce the addition of Rick Harper, P.E., LEED AP and Clinton R. Abbott, P.E., to our team.

Mr. Harper has 27 years of industry experience including a strong background in commercial, municipal, industrial and institutional site development projects. A registered professional engineer and LEED AP certified, he also has extensive experience in sanitary sewer and water main design as well as stormwater control and flood encroachment studies.

Mr. Abbott is a registered professional engineer with 15 years’ experience designing potable water, fire protection, sanitary sewer and stormwater systems. With a background in both civil and geotechnical engineering, he is also experienced with grading and drainage design, detention and retention systems, stormwater quality design, and construction administration.

Rick and Clint are great additions to the Bell team and both will be involved with planning, design, and project management. Bell Engineering is proud to be continually growing and diversifying to best meet the needs of our clients.

Former Bell President J. Wiley Finney, Jr.’s Passing

Mr. J. Wiley Finney, Jr., 102, passed away Monday, February 24, 2014, at Wesley Village following a short illness.

Born in Nashville, TN on March 31, 1911, Mr. Finney was the middle of three children including an older sister and younger brother. In 1928, upon finishing public school in Nashville, he enrolled in the University of Tennessee where he graduated in 1933 with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and a Reserve Commission in the Army Corps of Engineers. Upon graduation, he accepted a job with the Sanitary Engineering Division of the Tennessee Department of Public Health. In March 1934, he married Hazel May Jakes, also of Nashville.

In March 1941, he received orders to report to Fort McClellan, AL as Post Sanitary Engineer and in August 1942, he was assigned to the Eighth Air Force Composite command for overseas duty. After returning from Europe in 1944, he resumed his previous job in Nashville until 1946, when he received a fellowship to Harvard Graduate School. There he earned a Master’s Degree in Sanitary Engineering in 1948.

Over the next several decades, Mr. Finney earned the respect of his peers and colleagues for his work in the water and wastewater treatment industry along with numerous awards and accolades. In 1954, he accepted a job with Howard K. Bell Consulting Engineers, located in Lexington, KY. His work included the design of water and wastewater treatment systems including the first major joint venture wastewater treatment plant between a city and a major industry in South Charleston, WV in 1960. Mr. Finney served as president of the company from 1969 to 1979, when he retired to work part time as a consultant. A mentor and friend to many, Mr. Finney will be remembered for his remarkable contributions to the industry and will be greatly missed.

J. Wiley Finney, Jr.