Principal Spotlight Joe Rapier
Joe Rapier is President/CEO of Parkhill, Smith & Cooper. He has been with PSC for 25 years and leads the 31-member partnership including the duties of risk management, professional development, and execution of the strategic plan. He is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and was inducted to the UT Academy of Distinguished Alumni Class of 2015. He is from Lubbock, a Monterey High School alum, and married to Stacy. They have two children, Graham and Sarah and Waffles, the dog.
What does Building Community mean to you? Making an impact on people’s daily lives through our professional efforts in the built environment and the personal commitment of PSC to improve our profession and our communities with our time, talent and treasure.
Why did you choose PSC? I knew from my association with the individual professionals and the leadership I wanted to be a part of the organization.
Before working at PSC, what was the most unusual/interesting job you’ve ever had? High school (go Plainsmen!) summers I was a lifeguard at KN Clapp pool. Swim practice at 7 am and 7 pm saving lives…more like babysitting, in between, life could not be better (of course no worries about food and shelter at the time.)
Why did you become a PE? My father was both an architect and an engineer and a firm owner, so I grew up in the industry and knew it was in my DNA. I sensed a great deal of purpose in the A/E world that speaks to me – I receive a great deal of satisfaction being part of something bigger than my own individual efforts and talent.
What are your hobbies / interests? Boating and anything to do with the water. My 1964 Chevy pick-up, and BBQ.
What are your outside affiliations? Lubbock Chamber of Commerce, Past Chairman and Board Member, Reese Redevelopment Authority Board Vice Chairman, St. Elizabeth’s University Parish Finance Committee, City of Lubbock Structural Standards Commission, City of Lubbock Model Codes Advisory Board, and Catholic Diocese of Lubbock Building Committee
What is a unique and/or interesting tidbit about yourself that you might bring up in a conversation with a client or potential client over coffee? The consistent funding of infrastructure is absolutely critical to the economic viability of our local, state and national economy. I am a huge believer in the capability of the private sector in assisting the public sector to achieve the shared goals of economic prosperity for all citizens.
Tell us three things most people don’t know about you. 1.) I love music – Dwight Yokum, say no more (you should listen to his new release of Purple Rain, odd but that is how music works.); 2.) I learn more from people than anywhere else – especially my kids; 3.) I really wish I could play the accordion. It is so cool – country, polka, jazz, zydeco, blues – it may be the best instrument ever!