TSPE Dallas Chapter Newsletter
September 2014

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September TSPE Dallas Chapter Meeting



Thursday, September 11th, 2014  



Maggiano's Little Italy
205 Northpark Center Dallas, TX 75225
11:30 - 11:55 am - Registration
12:00 - 1:00 pm - Lunch/Speaker


 Click Here to Make a Reservation



(Online registrations will close on Tuesday, September 9th at 5 p.m.)
**We will have a special raffle for those who PRE-PAY online!!**



Nebraska Furniture Mart of Texas: A Grand Development 


Chris Davis
Project Manager
Turner Construction


About the Speaker:

Chris Davis is the project manager for construction manager Turner on the Nebraska Furniture Mart project, a 1.9 million square foot home furnishings retail and distribution center being built by Berkshire Hathaway's Nebraska Furniture Mart in The Colony.

Previously, Chris was the Vice-President of Operations for T&B Structural Systems, an engineering firm that designed and supplied mechanically stabilized earth systems to the heavy highway industry, and a project manager for Austin Commercial and Linbeck Construction, working on projects such as SMU's Recreation Center, Bass Hall in Fort Worth, and Acme Brick's Headquarters.

Chris earned his B.S. degree from the United States Air Force Academy in 1985, and served as an aircraft maintenance officer for the E-3 Airborne Warning and Control Systems (AWACS) aircraft.

Chris was a founding core group member of the Lean Construction Institute's Dallas Fort Worth community of practice, Co-Chair of the Electric Vehicles North Texas Public Charging Infrastructure Committee, and served on the US Green Building Council's program committee. He enjoys backpacking, road-biking with his wife on the outskirts of Fort Worth, and skydiving.

James Hobbs

Marketing Supervisor
Nebraska Furniture Mart of Texas



About the Speaker:

James Hobbs is the Marketing Supervisor for Nebraska Furniture Mart of Texas. He joined Nebraska Furniture Mart in 2012 as a Marketing Projects Coordinator in Kansas City. His current responsibility is to plan and conduct public relation programs promoting Nebraska Furniture Mart of Texas to the community.

Prior to Nebraska Furniture Mart, James graduated from Northwest Missouri State University with a B.S. in Interactive Digital Media in 2008, and has since worked in various marketing positions. While working at the Independence Chamber of Commerce in 2010, he received the Award of Excellence from the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives for creating and implementing a strategic social media plan that increased revenue for their community festival.

James is part of the Rotary Club of Eastern Independence and held the position of Webmaster Chair for Rotary District 6040. He is also an Eagle Scout, season ticket holder for the Sporting Kansas City soccer team and loves barbeque. In June, James relocated from Kansas City to his new home in Frisco, Texas.

He is excited for this opportunity to promote Nebraska Furniture Mart's new location in The Colony, Texas which is scheduled to open in the Spring of 2015.

Cost for the Lunch:

The cost for this lunch is $25 for members, $30 for non-members, and $20 for public agency officials. For reservations made after the preceding Monday (September 8th), the cost for lunch will be $30 for members, $35 for non-members, and $25 for public agency officials. Please make any cancellations at least 24 hours prior to the meeting. If you RSVP and you do not cancel in time, you will be charged for the meal, because TSPE has to pay for all the meals we RSVP for.

President's Message


Dear Members,


I'm sure everyone has noticed the recent trends in development growth.  This is a great sign for everyone.  I'd like to welcome our speakers James Hobbs and Chris Davis involved with the development and construction of the 1.9 million square foot Nebraska Furniture Mart retail and distribution center being built in The Colony.


Hopefully everyone is getting back into a routine with kids in school, football beginning and summer over.  However, the year just gets busier for us at TSPE as we hold the first event of our board, 2nd Annual TSPE Dallas Chapter Sporting Clays Tournament.  Registration is open and filling up quickly.  Be sure and check our website for our upcoming events!

Caleb Thornhill, PE, ENV SP

TSPE Dallas Chapter President 2014-2015



Annual Joint Rangers Outing 

The Younger Members from the Dallas, Fort Worth and Mid-Cities Branches are coming together to host this annual joint outing at the Rangers Ballpark. Come join us to watch the Rangers defeat the Astros.


We will be meeting at the Blue Mesa in Arlington at 5:30pm for drinks and appetizers, where you will pick up your ticket before taking a shuttle to the game. The price of $30 includes parking, some appetizers and drinks, your game ticket, and your shuttle to the game and back. 


All members are welcome, membership is not required and guests are encouraged.  


Contact Sasan Daneshvar (sdaneshvar@ferrovial.us) or
Matt Clark (mclark@jqeng.com) if you have any questions.


You must sign up by Wednesday, September 17th, to be able to attend.


Download Flyer  


Click Here to Sign Up 


3rd Annual TSPE Dallas Chapter Sporting Clay Tournament

October 30, 2014 

Registration begins at 11:30am (lunch not provided)
Tournament Starts at 1:00pm
Dinner and Awards will follow tournament play
Dallas Gun Club
3601 S Stemmons Fwy
Lewisville, TX 75067
No Gun, No Problem! Beginners and First Timers Welcome! 


Event Photos & Info


 Click the image above
 to see photos from past events and to find information about upcoming events on the TSPE Dallas Chapter Facebook page. 



September 11, 2014




Caleb Thornhill, PE



Terry Preuninger, PE


Vice President

Monica Kent, PE


Past President

Joe Garcia, PE 



Ignacio Herrera, PE



Jenny LaFoy, PE 


State Director

Jack Young, PE


Alt. State Director

Marc Sandhu, PE


Chapter Director
Miles Bullion, EIT


Chapter Director

Adriana Vandercook, PE


Chapter Director

Brad Bernhard, PE  


Chapter Director

Ardita Dushi, PE


Chapter Director

Jake Lesue, PE



















For comments or suggestions please contact:
Sasan Daneshvar, P.E.