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, Jackson, Flowood, Pearl, and Biloxi) and in Jonesboro, 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 Owner, 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

  • Andy Phelan

    Andy Phelan

    PE

    Andy Phelan

    Andy Phelan

    PE

    Principal Owner, Civil Engineer

    Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, University of Mississippi - 2005

    With Pickering since 2005

  • 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 Mike Pohlman, PE

Mike Pohlman, PE

Mike Pohlman, PE

CEO/President

Mike Pohlman graduated from Christian Brothers College in 1979 with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. That same year he began working for Pickering and has not looked back. Today, Mike is CEO/President of the firm, and celebrates his 40-year working anniversary in October. He and his wife, Catherine, live in East Memphis. They have 4 children and have recently been blessed with a grandson.

You’re celebrating 40 years with Pickering this year. What makes Pickering special to you?

This firm is my second home & family. I grew up here and honed my non engineering skills.

I came to Pickering as a wide-eyed engineering “Summa cum lucky” graduate who didn’t have a clue as to what a career in the engineering consulting profession would look like.  Luckily, I was afforded the opportunity to be thrown in the frying pan and “figure it out” with the mentoring help of some seasoned engineers and part time business leaders. I started out as an energy engineer providing studies and simple HVAC retrofit designs, to being a HVAC design engineer, to getting in the project management side of the business, which seemed to be my forte since I obviously wasn’t as talented as  the rest of the mechanical engineers on staff at performing more complex HVAC designs – there, I said it!  

The opportunities I was given during my project management days were abundant and very challenging, learning about every puzzle piece involved in bringing an owner’s dream into a reality from project financing, site selection, all disciplines of design, construction phasing, construction administration / inspection, to contract close out and handing over the keys to a successfully completed facility. A very daunting task, but very doable when backed by a talented group of surveyors, engineers and architects who all understand and live a mission of Service and Good Work.

40 years is a long time and I hope I haven’t stopped learning or striving to “figure it out” as I approach the second half of my career.

How did you end up being an engineer?  

Back in the old days when we walked, biked or hitchhiked to school, in the snow – uphill both ways! –  we were tested periodically for what and where your strengths were.  So, throughout my schooling I was always strong in math and science, and it was recommended as a junior in high school that I may want to consider going to college and studying engineering or pre-med.  My Dad was an engineer in the elevator design and manufacturing arena, so I had a little insight into what I might face in college. As I struggled to keep up with some very bright and gifted classmates at CBC (now CBU), I quickly realized that along with an engineering degree, I needed to accumulate some leadership, business and sales skills to somehow compete with folk who most likely, like my Dad, would have forgotten more engineering stuff than I could possibly retain.  

My first job offer was working as a sales engineer for Westinghouse, a huge firm in the day. I had met my future wife, Catherine, a couple of months prior to getting this offer and fortunately this offer was located in Pittsburg, PA with transfers every two years. At that point in my life, I wasn’t ready to get married nor was I willing to give up on this relationship, so I declined the offer and went looking for a job in Memphis. Found it and never left it!

During your career at Pickering, what professional accomplishment have you been most proud of?

During my rise through the ranks, if you will, I was afforded many opportunities to get involved in my professional community as well as the business community. Many were “have to” opportunities which I disliked early and then appreciated later due to what I learned and who I met.  I quickly learned that getting involved, and for me, doing the behind the scenes work fit my needs– I volunteer and make things happen and hopefully better, more for the feeling I get inside rather than the pats on the back or the plaques on my wall. 

As a leader in Pickering, I am most proud of the change we were able to make in our culture, refocusing and committing to our mission of Service and Good Work. This is followed closely and concurrently with the transition of ownership from a small group of major owners to an all employee owned firm that has allowed opportunities for both professional and financial growth at all employee levels.

What does your perfect Saturday sound like?

During a major PGA tour event, waking up early and watching the best golfers in the world go at it to the best of their ability. While this is going on, having my family over for an afternoon / early evening cook out / hang out session with laughter, great conversation and maybe a cold beverage while sitting with my grandson on my lap taking it all in, it couldn’t get any better than that.


 


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