Gresham Smith Continues to Grow Utility and Broadband Practice

May 21, 2021

Gresham Smith is excited to announce a number of new senior-level hires within its utility and broadband services line.

These hires will be based in the Transportation market, but many will serve in design roles across industries to help clients plan for all of their utility needs, including broadband, electric, communications and natural gas services.

New hires include the following:

  • Senior Electrical Engineer Scott Ribble, P.E. With over 20 years of experience, Ribble will join the firm in Nashville. He most recently served as the vice president of engineering and operations at Jackson Purchase Energy Corporation, an electric cooperative headquartered in Paducah, Kentucky. As a senior electrical engineer, his focus will be assisting with the growth of the electric utility practice in Middle Tennessee.


  • Lead Inspector Aaron Hovis. Joining Ribble in Nashville is Hovis, who will serve as a lead inspector for utility clients. He has over 20 years of experience with electric utilities in Alabama and Tennessee as a line foreman.


  • Senior Designer Gary Lady. Lady joins the firm in Lexington, Kentucky, after more than 20 years of experience in the communications industry. Before joining Gresham Smith, Gary was instrumental in managing the KentuckyWired program. He will perform communications design.


  • Project Engineer Trey Spargo, P.E. Spargo joins the firm in Louisville, Kentucky, after seven years specializing in project management for the natural gas pipeline industry at Boardwalk Pipeline Partners. He will continue using his experience to serve existing clients and grow design services for natural gas.


  • Transportation Manager Greg Poston, P.E. With over 30 years of communications experience at AT&T, Poston is joining the firm in Nashville, where he will serve as transportation manager within the utility coordination group. He will also be tasked with helping to expand the firm’s broadband work. At AT&T, he implemented 5G wireless deployment in Middle Tennessee and helped led disaster recovery efforts for AT&T after the bombing on Second Avenue in Nashville.

“Growing our utility and broadband service lines is a strategic priority for our Transportation market,” said Kent Black, P.E., executive vice president of Transportation. “We see a number of opportunities across the Southeast where our clients have utility and broadband needs.”

Gresham Smith’s transportation professionals deliver comprehensive management, planning, design, environmental, and construction phase services for highway, transit, aviation and rail facilities throughout the Southeast. The staff of engineers, planners and scientists capitalize on the firm’s diverse blend of markets and disciplines to offer a truly integrated and sustainable approach that considers all perspectives and offers practical, forward-thinking solutions.