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Fenstermaker Fueled Podcast

May 17, 2022

John Fenstermaker on the History of the Fenstermaker Family Firm

John Fenstermaker is a Registered Professional Land Surveyor, Vice Chairman and Vice President of Business Development here at Fenstermaker. John leads our Business Development Team, managing the promotion of our firm’s services. While in his former role as Vice President of the Survey & Mapping Division, John built a vast network of contacts consisting of both long-time and new clients. His experience with the company includes project planning, quality assurance and quality control, data acquisition and management.

Under John’s leadership, our firm’s Survey & Mapping Division grew into what is now one of the most respected surveying firms in the country. John and his team developed new workflows and field communications, ensuring the company’s position at the forefront of technology. With a focus on client satisfaction and technology integration, John has led some of the most efficient, well-equipped, and experienced teams in the industry.

John is a member of the American Association of Professional Landmen, the Lafayette Association of Professional Landmen, the Permian Basin Landmen’s Association, the Pipeliners Association of Houston, the American Petroleum Institute, the American Association of Drilling Engineers, the Louisiana Gas Association, the Louisiana Oil & Gas Association, the ADAM Energy Forum, and the International Right of Way Association.

Thank you, John, for participating in this Season of FUELED, which we are calling ‘Seeking CHF,’ an attempt to gain insight into our origins as a company, our founder, Charles Howard Fenstermaker, Jr., and of course, your role in the development and trajectory of our family business to where we are today—over 70 years in the making!

May 3, 2022

Greg Palmer on the History of the Fenstermaker Family Firm

Greg Palmer, prior to his retirement late in 2020, served Fenstermaker as Vice President of Contracts and Acquisitions. Greg was a key member of our executive team and was heavily involved in setting the company’s strategic direction. In his VP role, Greg oversaw the details of all corporate contracts including negotiations, management, and closeout for our diverse client base comprised of state and local agencies and governments along with private industry. Greg’s tenure with Fenstermaker began in 1984, and from there, he dedicated over 3 decades of his life to our firm. Greg was a driving force in the growth and diversification of the company. He certainly played a vital role in the development of our firm’s work ethic, culture, and values.

 

 

April 19, 2022

R.J. Boutte on the History of the Fenstermaker Family Firm

R.J. Boutte, prior to his retirement late in 2020, served in a vital leadership capacity here at Fenstermaker as Senior Vice President, overseeing quality and safety programming while working closely with all management teams.

In a prior role as Sr. VP of Operations, he coordinated daily activities in support of the policies, goals, and corporate vision established by our CEO and President. He was responsible for the development, promotion, and financial forecasting of the company’s products and services. R.J. ensured that all of our operations were carried out in compliance with local, state, and federal regulations and laws. His leadership effectively maximized resources and the timely delivery of project objectives.

During his tenure of almost 50 years, R.J. contributed substantially to the formulation of our Safety and Quality Control Programs. Under his direction, and as a result of his effectual management, Fenstermaker experienced tremendous growth in size, expertise, and revenue.

April 5, 2022

Mark Fenstermaker on the History of the Fenstermaker Family Firm

Mark Fenstermaker has been employed within the family company since 1985 and has served in various capacities since joining the team. He is currently serving as our Director of Corporate Resources. Mark is heavily involved in all new capital expenditures, and supervises the construction, operation, and maintenance of all buildings as well as supervising the purchase and maintenance of all vehicles and equipment. Mark is also involved in the in-house design and fabrication of specialized equipment for field operations.

 

 

 

 

 

March 22, 2022

Bill Fenstermaker on the History of the Fenstermaker Family Firm

William H. Fenstermaker, better known as “Bill” Fenstermaker, is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of C.H. Fenstermaker and Associates, LLC., our family’s surveying, mapping, engineering, and environmental consulting company that has been conducting operations for over 70 years. He has been employed in this capacity since 1971 and is responsible for the financial and operational stability of the company headquartered in Lafayette, Louisiana, with offices in Baton Rouge, Lake Charles, Shreveport, Mandeville, and New Orleans, Louisiana, along with Houston, San Antonio and Midland, Texas.

Bill Fenstermaker is not only recognized as a leader in his field, but a leader in the state of Louisiana. In addition to his role with Fenstermaker, Bill was Chairman of the Board of IBERIABANK Corporation a $32B bank holding company, which recently merged with First Horizon out of Memphis, TN. Bill is a member of the World Presidents’ Organization, Chief Executives Organization, and the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. He serves on the Board of the Community Foundation of Acadiana, he’s on the Entergy Louisiana Advisory Board, and is immediate past chairman for the Board of Trustees at Ochsner Lafayette General Medical Center, the largest full-service medical facility serving the Acadiana region.

Mr. Fenstermaker also sits on the Board and is Past Chairman of the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI), he is the past Chairman of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette Foundation, past member of the Board of Regents for the State of Louisiana, he also serves on the Advisory Board of the Louisiana Geological Survey. Bill is on the Board of Directors and is Past Chairman of the Louisiana Oil and Gas Association, and is a founder, Past Chairman, and Trustee of Blueprint Louisiana. This list of the key roles he has played with local non-profit, civic and business organizations is indicative of his commitment to our community. His honors include Business Person of the Year (by the Times of Acadiana) in 1998, the Lafayette Civic Cup in 1999, the Boy Scouts of America Distinguished Citizen Award in 2001, and was named Executive of the Year by Acadiana Business Magazine in 2009. He also received an Honorary Doctorate of Science Degree from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette in 2003 and most recently received the Lifetime Achievement Award for his service to Lafayette General Medical Center.

January 17, 2020

Professional Engineer, Jeanne Arceneaux Hornsby, on Drainage Infrastructure

Jeanne Arceneaux Hornsby is a Professional Engineer and Director at Fenstermaker with 15 years of numerical modeling, water resource engineering, planning, and project management experience. Mrs. Hornsby earned her Master’s of Science degree in Hydraulic and Environmental Engineering from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette under the direction of Dr. Ehab Meselhe and Dr. Emad Habib. Currently Mrs. Hornsby leads Fenstermaker’s Water Resources Team throughout the company’s offices in Lafayette, Baton Rouge, Lake Charles, and New Orleans, LA. Her main responsibilities include leading multi-million-dollar projects that range from coastal and watershed modeling and management to roadway design and construction for both the public and private sectors. She has obtained her experience and expertise by working on projects in Louisiana, Texas, and Florida, with the majority of her hydrologic and hydraulic modeling experience focused on Southwest Louisiana, specifically the Vermilion, Teche, Mermentau, and Calcasieu watersheds. As a Certified Floodplain Manager, Jeanne assists many area communities in flood mitigation project funding through the use of available grant programs. She also assists communities in drafting flood protection and drainage ordinances as well as leading participation and renewal activities in the FEMA Community Rating System (CRS). Jeanne was raised and currently resides with her family in Lafayette Parish.

January 3, 2020

Professional Land Surveyor, Lolly Brasseaux, on Pipeline Infrastructure

Lolly BrasseauxMr. Lolly Brasseaux was the Senior Project Manager and Associate Director within Fenstermaker’s Survey division and served as the point of contact for many of our firm’s larger mid-stream capital projects. He performed pipeline, hydrographic, topographic and boundary surveys for local, state and Federal agencies, major and independent oil companies, as well as private industry.  Lolly was also one of the Staff Coordinators for technical overview and quality control, having done work for clients in Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas, Mississippi and Pennsylvania. Registered Professional Land Surveyor No. 4692, Lolly began surveying in 1974 and was a part of the Fenstermaker family from August of 1977 up until his passing on Thanksgiving day in 2021.

We’re so fortunate to have been on the receiving end of Lolly’s best for almost 45 years. We’re proud to continue sharing this interview with everyone. We’ll be forever missing his genuinely selfless nature, his authenticity, and his kind-hearted spirit.

 

 

December 20, 2019

Dr. Kam Movassaghi on Transportation Infrastructure

Dr. Kam Movassaghi is currently President and CEO of Movassaghi Group, PEC, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He has experience in civil engineering in the areas of consulting, academia, and government. Dr. Movassaghi received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Louisiana, Lafayette in 1963. He then went on to earn his Master of Science and his Ph.D. from Louisiana State University’s Civil & Environmental Engineering Department in 1965 and 1971, respectively.

Dr. Movassaghi served as an engineer in several engineering firms in his early career. He then joined the faculty at the University of Louisiana, Lafayette where he was selected to head the Department of Civil Engineering. Under his direction the department expanded programs in research, developed a design computation laboratory, developed a graduate engineering management program, and received very successful ABET accreditation reviews.

In 1998 Dr. Movassaghi was appointed by then Governor “Mike” Foster as Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development. With this position, Dr. Movassaghi was able to increase the annual construction project lettings by 78 percent with no net increase in annual revenues. He also implemented a comprehensive management plan to expedite completion of the TIMED program, the largest construction program in the history of the department. Dr. Movassaghi accomplished these and many among other notable feats in the 6 years as he served the state in this role.

Dr. Kam was also the President of Fenstermaker from 2005 – 2014 and was excited to be a part of our first season of Fueled.

December 6, 2019

John D. Foret, PhD. on Coastal Infrastructure

John ForetDr. John Foret is Vice President of Environmental, and the Environmental Leader to a staff of fourteen biologists. His duties include supervising all environmental staff activities as they relate to industry permitting activities (air/water/wetland), wetland delineations, mitigation banking consultation, wetland habitat restoration consultation (emergent marsh, shoreline protection, reef restoration), environmental assessments, biological assessments, project budgets and timelines, and project management. Prior to his time at Fenstermaker Dr. Foret served as a Research Fisheries Biologist for 18 years with DOC/NOAA/NMFS Galveston Laboratory. He was the Team Leader within the Fishery Ecology Branch in Lafayette, LA and managed all activities associated to the Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection, and Restoration Act (CWPPRA) as they related to coastal fisheries habitat restoration. He was also a Federal restoration project manager for NOAA Fisheries in the CWPPRA Program.

About the Host

Kathryn FenstermakerKathryn Fenstermaker

I am naturally curious and invigorated by performing extensive research on topics outside the realm of my current understanding. I find that I can learn more during one stimulating conversation with an expert than I can through conducting days of internet research. People who devote their career to a targeted field of study are fascinating, and at Fenstermaker, we’re surrounded by them. My goal in launching this podcast is to share in the discovery of our unique people and their expertise. I aspire to expand our guestlist beyond my colleagues to include industry experts and others who contribute much to our local community. I hope everyone listening gets as much out of these conversations as I have; it is truly a privilege to know such talented professionals.


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