About thirty years ago, a young mechanical engineer walked into my life with a funny name. Spivey Lipsey became the mechanical engineer for a bunch of projects I was managing, and then he became my friend and a Mazzetti Principal. At the end of the month, Spivey will retire from Mazzetti in his current capacity.
Spivey and I have worked together now for many clients. He came to my wedding. We have watched our kids grow up. We have helped each other through tough times. It was largely because of the work we did together that we were able to put together Mazzetti and Nash Lipsey Burch, making us the company we are today. And, we have worked together for almost a decade now, to build this company.
A few years ago, when New Orleans was booming during the rebuild that followed Katrina, Spivey moved to New Orleans to open an office for us there. For many years, we served the people of that great state with pride, and to the best of our abilities. We have not been perfect, but we have always made things right.
Now, after so many years and so many adventures, Spivey has decided that it is time for him to retire from Mazzetti. He is not done working, and he is still going to do some consulting for Mazzetti. With his retirement, and the simultaneous slowing down of activity in the New Orleans area, we will also be closing our Louisiana offices. Our folks in Louisiana will report to the growing Nashville office.
As I have gotten older, I have seen person after person who has been important to me and to my career retire and move on, and every time, it hurts. I will miss having Spivey, his sense of humor, his gentle wisdom, here. His presence made us a better company, but he will not go too far. He has helped us to build the strong organization we now have in the eastern part of the country. He will remain with us, in a consulting-capacity, to continue to help our new leadership, including Brian Miller in Nashville, to grow and thrive.
Maybe most importantly, the invitation to join him for Jazz Fest or Mardi Gras in New Orleans, he says, is always open.