About

Full Service Engineering and Architecture

Pickering was founded as Pickering Engineering Company in 1946 by O. L. Pickering. Located originally at 349½ North Main Street in Memphis, the firm offered civil and surveying services. Over the next forty years, the firm would add structural, mechanical, electrical, transportation, environmental, architectural and energy management services.

In 1999, Pickering acquired Engineering Associates, Inc. in Jackson, Mississippi, which established a presence in the state that would expand over the next decade. Today, our full-service engineering and architectural firm is headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee with offices located throughout Mississippi (Hernando, Flowood, Pearl, and Biloxi) and in Jonesboro and Little Rock, Arkansas.

Our philosophy in 1946 was simple: to provide service and good work. That philosophy has withstood the test of time and continues to be the cornerstone of our business model. We are an employee-owned, family-oriented firm, offering excellent training and benefits. As a result, we have loyal, dedicated employees who take pride in going the extra mile to understand client issues and provide solutions.

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Meet our Leadership Team
  • Mike Bilderbeck

    Mike Bilderbeck

    PE, FASHRAE

    Mike Bilderbeck

    Mike Bilderbeck

    PE, FASHRAE

    Principal Emeritus, Chief Mechanical/Fire Protection Engineer

    Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering, University of Memphis - 1980

    With Pickering since 1980

  • Blake Collins

    Blake Collins

    PS

    Blake Collins

    Blake Collins

    PS

    Principal Owner, Land Surveyor

    Bachelor of Science, In Mathematics, Mississippi State University - 2001

    With Pickering since 2004

  • Curt Craig

    Curt Craig

    Curt Craig

    Curt Craig

    Principal Owner, Director of Natural Resources

    Bachelor of Science, Psychology, University of Memphis - 1991

    With Pickering since 1993

  • Rick Ferguson

    Rick Ferguson

    PE

    Rick Ferguson

    Rick Ferguson

    PE

    Principal Owner, Senior Bridge Engineer

    Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, University of Mississippi - 1991

    With Pickering since 2001

  • Mike Foster

    Mike Foster

    PE, CPESC

    Mike Foster

    Mike Foster

    PE, CPESC

    Principal Owner, Civil Engineer

    Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Arkansas State University - 1992

    With Pickering since 2005

  • James Hale

    James Hale

    James Hale

    James Hale

    Principal Owner, Director of Finance & Administration

    Bachelor of Business Administration, Banking & Finance, Mississippi State University - 1989

    With Pickering since 2000

  • Jonathan Johnson

    Jonathan Johnson

    PE

    Jonathan Johnson

    Jonathan Johnson

    PE

    Principal Owner, Civil Engineer

    Bachelor of Science, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Mississippi State University - 2006

    With Pickering since 2007

  • Cara Martin

    Cara Martin

    PE

    Cara Martin

    Cara Martin

    PE

    Principal Owner, Senior Civil Engineer

    Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, University of Memphis - 1994

    With Pickering since 1994

  • Tom McConnell

    Tom McConnell

    AIA, LEED AP, BD+C

    Tom McConnell

    Tom McConnell

    AIA, LEED AP, BD+C

    Principal Owner, Senior Project Manager

    Bachelor of Architecture, University of Tennessee, Knoxville - 1990

    With Pickering since 2002

  • Patrick Neal

    Patrick Neal

    PE

    Patrick Neal

    Patrick Neal

    PE

    Principal Owner, Civil Engineer

    Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, University of Memphis - 1993

    With Pickering since 1995

  • Bob Pitts

    Bob Pitts

    PE

    Bob Pitts

    Bob Pitts

    PE

    Principal Owner, Director of Civil Engineering Services

    Master of Science in Project Management, Johns Hopkins University - 1990

    Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, West Virginia Institute of Technology - 1981

    With Pickering since 1998

  • Mike Pohlman

    Mike Pohlman

    PE

    Mike Pohlman

    Mike Pohlman

    PE

    Principal Owner, CEO/President

    Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering, Christian Brothers University - 1979

    With Pickering since 1979

  • Marc Rubenstein

    Marc Rubenstein

    Marc Rubenstein

    Marc Rubenstein

    Principal Emeritus, Vice President, Facilities Design Services

    Bachelor Degree, History, Washington University - 1972

    With Pickering since 1985

  • Yousef Saleh

    Yousef Saleh

    PE

    Yousef Saleh

    Yousef Saleh

    PE

    Principal Owner, Chief Structural Engineer

    Master of Science, Civil Engineering, Ohio University - 1987

    Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Ohio Northern University - 1985

    With Pickering since 1998

  • Dan Townsend

    Dan Townsend

    PE

    Dan Townsend

    Dan Townsend

    PE

    Principal Owner, Senior Water Resources Engineer

    Master of Science, Civil Engineering, North Carolina State University - 1994

    Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, North Carolina State University - 1991

    With Pickering since 2003

  • Nat Whitten

    Nat Whitten

    Nat Whitten

    Nat Whitten

    Principal Owner, Director of Mississippi Civil Engineering Services

    Bachelor of Science, Construction Engineering Technology, Mississippi State University - 1986

    With Pickering since 1987

  • Bobby

    Bobby Biggs

    Bobby

    Bobby Biggs

    Associate Principal Owner, Senior Plumbing Designer

    With Pickering since 2012

  • Greg

    Greg Brown

    PE

    Greg

    Greg Brown

    PE

    Associate Principal Owner, Water Resources Engineer

    Master of Science, Civil Engineering, Mississippi State University - 2006

    Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Mississippi State University - 1997

    With Pickering since 2006

  • Raul

    Raul Cardenas

    Raul

    Raul Cardenas

    Associate Principal Owner, Architectural Designer

    Bachelor of Science, Architecture, University of San Pedro Sula, Honduras - 1989

    With Pickering since 1998

  • Greg

    Greg Carrico

    PE

    Greg

    Greg Carrico

    PE

    Associate Principal Owner, Civil Engineer

    Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Christian Brothers University - 2010

    With Pickering since 2012

  • Marty

    Marty Cooke

    Marty

    Marty Cooke

    Associate Principal Owner, Project Manager

    With Pickering since 1993

  • Jon

    Jon Foshee

    PE

    Jon

    Jon Foshee

    PE

    Associate Principal Owner, Mechanical Project Engineer - HVAC

    Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering, Christian Brothers University - 1987

    With Pickering since 2008

  • Kevin

    Kevin Getman

    AIA

    Kevin

    Kevin Getman

    AIA

    Associate Principal Owner, Architect

    Bachelor of Architecture, Illinois Institute of Technology - 2005

    With Pickering since 2008

  • Jeff

    Jeff Green

    PE

    Jeff

    Jeff Green

    PE

    Associate Principal Owner, Senior Construction Engineer

    Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, University of Tennessee - 1989

    With Pickering since 1999

  • John

    John Hamilton

    PE

    John

    John Hamilton

    PE

    Associate Principal Owner, Mechanical Engineer

    Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering, University of Tennessee - 2012

    With Pickering since 2015

  • Harvey

    Harvey Matheny

    PE

    Harvey

    Harvey Matheny

    PE

    Associate Principal Owner, Senior Project Manager

    Master of Science Civil Engineering, University of Memphis - 1986

    Bachelor of Science Civil Engineering, University of Memphis - 1984

    With Pickering since 2014

  • Tom

    Tom Moisan

    RA

    Tom

    Tom Moisan

    RA

    Associate Principal Owner, Architect, Project Manager

    Bachelor of Architecture, Ball State University - 1991 

    Bachelor of Science, Ball State University - 1991 

    With Pickering since 2013

  • Willie

    Willie Nester

    PE

    Willie

    Willie Nester

    PE

    Associate Principal Owner, Project Engineer

    Masters in Mechanical Engineering, Mississippi State University - 1985

    Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering, Mississippi State University - 1983

    With Pickering since 1996

  • Cullen

    Cullen Powell

    Cullen

    Cullen Powell

    Associate Principal Owner, Computer Systems Manager

    With Pickering since 1983

  • Matt

    Matt Warkentin

    PE, PTOE

    Matt

    Matt Warkentin

    PE, PTOE

    Associate Principal Owner, Transportation Engineer

    Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, California Polytechnic State University - 2004

    With Pickering since 2012

  • Bill

    Bill Woods

    RLS

    Bill

    Bill Woods

    RLS

    Associate Principal Owner, Survey Manager

    With Pickering since 1985

Meet Rick Ferguson, PE

Rick Ferguson, PE

Rick Ferguson, PE

Rick Ferguson, a Principal Owner of Pickering, is a Senior Bridge Engineer in our Flowood, MS office. Born and raised in Oxford, MS, Rick earned his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and began his career in 1992 with the Mississippi Department of Transportation in the Bridge Design Division. He joined Pickering in September 2001 and is celebrating his 20thyear with us.

Rick and Clair have been married for 24 years and have two sons, Davis (21) and Ryan (17).

What makes engineering special and why Pickering?

First, why engineering? The easy answer here is “when you know, you know”. I remember as a young kid growing up in Oxford that if there was road construction going on anywhere, I would ride my bike and just watch them work all day. I was probably the only 7-year-old who knew how to finish concrete.

My path to Pickering is an interesting one. I was first exposed to Pickering in college when our senior Construction Management class made a field trip to the Pyramid (in Memphis, TN) when it was under construction. Pickering was working on that project, so I knew it was a company that would be great to work for.

I was working for L & A Contracting at the time, but we had made a decision to move back closer to family. Clair, a dental hygienist, had a patient one day that worked for Pickering. A brief conversation later and she found out that Pickering was looking for a Bridge Engineer and the rest, as you would say, is history. I tell my folks to always have their “elevator” speech ready because you never know when you might need to use it. I’m a Pickering employee because that patient made his speech. Well that, and he practiced good hygiene.

Any advice to those entering this field?

Civil Engineering is a very broad field, so there is time for you to choose which area you want for a career.

What is your favorite thing to do on the weekend?

If we are not travelling to watch either son play baseball wherever they are playing, we often spend time with family.

Favorite vacation you’ve been on?

Our favorite by far would be our trip to Yellowstone National Park and Mount Rushmore.

And, finally, what is a little-known fact about you?
I had a scholarship to play baseball at Delta State.

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Memphis, TN 38119

(901) 726-0810 or (800) 844-0810

(901) 272-6911

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