Principal Spotlight – Butch Davis
Butch is PSC’s Engineering Operations Director, Principal, Vice President and is serving on PSC’s Board of Directors as Secretary. Butch has progressively built his management expertise through successful completion of the initial class of the American Council of Engineering Texas Leadership Forum and Class V of the American Council of Engineering Companies Senior Leadership Academy. His peers have recognized his leadership skills by naming him Young Engineer of the Year as well as Engineer of the Year of the South Plains Chapter of the Texas Society of Professional Engineers. As Engineer Operations Director, he is responsible for not only the individual performance of projects he personally manages, but also is responsible for the financial management and profitability of PSC’s Civil Division. He is married to Jody, and they have four children.
What does Building Community mean to you? Building Community is a process of working collaboratively with community leaders to improve the quality of life in the communities in which we live and work. This includes both what we imagine and is built. It includes the lasting relationships we develop in the process.
Why did you choose PSC? When I realized I needed a career change, I remembered my fellow Texas Tech Agricultural Engineering graduate John Kelley. I call him up to discuss potential employment with PSC. After his description of the firm and his roles in various projects, I wanted to be part of that team. Fortunately they were activity looking for another licensed engineer. I applied, interviewed and was offered aa position. I have never regretted the move.
Before working at PSC, what was the most unusual/interesting job you’ve ever had? Working in the USDA Cotton Ginning Research Lab north by the Lubbock TAMU Agricultural Research Station.
Why did you become an Engineer? All my youth, I had a love for what is now called STEM, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Post high school, I wanted to be an electrical engineer. Due to scholarships opportunities, I choose Agricultural Engineering as my degree plan at Texas Tech University – a degree that well prepared me to be the engineer that I am today.
What are your hobbies / interests? I have a 1966 Ford Mustang that I keep running and in good condition. In summer you will find me working outside in the yard or on the lake water skiing. In the winter, I love to find time to snow ski. Most recently, my interests are in 11 grandchildren.
What are your outside affiliations? I am a member and Elder at the Monterey Church of Christ in Lubbock, Texas. Board member for the Monterey Foundation. Volunteer and past board member for Lubbock Area United Way. Member and past Transportation Committee chairman for the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce.
What has been your favorite project? Lubbock to I-10 and Amarillo North route study. I participated in 18 public hearings all across west Texas, interacted with hundreds of interested stakeholders and learned more about the topography, history and people from Sonora to Dalhart.
Tell us three things most people don’t know about you. 1.) I have floated the Rio Grande River (twice) in Big Bend National Park. 2.) My favorite podcast is “Car Talk” from NPR. 3.) In 1976, Jody and I lost a 3 day old daughter due to a birth defect in her heart.