I used the word “Pleasure” in the title, but it can be better described as a personal life-changing event. My daughter, who is a graduate of the Oak Ridge High School Class of 2020, is leaving home for Memphis next month – to study Journalism at the University of Memphis (U of M).
If you have already experienced your first child leaving home, then you can understand that my wife and I are not quite sure how we are going to handle this! She is our only child and knowing that we will not be able to see her every day (like we have for the past 18 years) is disturbing to say the least.
However, we all have to persevere and adapt to different circumstances and go on with our lives while the world around us is changing. I am thankful and fortunate to have come through the initial stages of the COVID-19 epidemic with virtually all aspects of my life intact, including a challenging and rewarding career at LDA Engineering.
One recent development at LDA is the addition of Ethan Skaggs, P.E. to our team in the Memphis area. Ethan, a U of M graduate himself (BSCE 09’), has spent his career, planning, designing, and building transportation and public works infrastructure projects throughout the greater Memphis Metropolitan area. With the hire of Ethan, LDA is committed to continuing the momentum for stronger, happier, communities in the greater Memphis area.
On another note, LDA has recently taken advantage of an opportunity to sponsor a U of M event. The 7th Annual University of Memphis Spirit Squads Golf Tournament is being held on Monday, August 10th at Mirimichi Golf Course. Please come join us if you can! By the way, my daughter is a member of the U of M Pom Squad.
So, there it is, the collision of my business and personal lives. My daughter’s new home is Memphis, at least for the next four years. I plan to be visiting Memphis on a regular basis. The expansion of LDA’s business relationships in Memphis is an immediate and significant objective. The timing for me could not have been better.
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