Engineering Expertise for 50 Years
S&ME formed in 1973 when founders Glenn Futrell and Bob Owens began providing geotechnical and construction materials engineering services to clients. A decade later, in 1983, S&ME grew to a company of 500 employees in 15 offices across six southeastern states. This set the stage for even more. As the company expanded, we added several environmental services that in turn, increased our staff of experts. Today, S&ME is a thriving company of dedicated individuals with vast technical expertise throughout 30+ offices in 10 states. Looking back on our successes over the past 50 years, we are most proud of our commitment to clients and service abilities which include: Geotechnical, Construction Services, Environmental, and Civil Engineering solutions. Our breadth of service capabilities reinforces our diversity as a company and our success is largely in part from our people, their technical excellence, and our companywide purpose of helping our communities prosper.
We Are Employee-Owners
At S&ME, we pride ourselves on being an employee-owned company, while providing employees an environment that fosters continuous development and growth. What does that mean for us and S&ME? We offer an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP), a benefit plan similar in many ways to qualified retirement plans. ESOPs are funded by an employer, so S&ME staff own shares of the company. Much research has shown that companies perform better and grow faster after the implementation of an ESOP in areas of sales growth, employment growth, and growth in sales per employee. At S&ME, we believe a successful employee ownership structure promotes an engaged employee-ownership culture that drives positive performance. Our ESOP benefit gives our employee-owners the opportunity to lead from where they are, and be rewarded for doing so, allowing us to recruit and retain satisfied employees. With an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP), we all have a vested interest in our company’s success and delivery of quality and consistent customer service to our clients, which drives us to do our best every day.
Thrive Together Strategic Plan
Our Thrive Together S&ME 2023 Strategic Plan charts our goals. With a defined Purpose, Vision, Mission, and foundational statements, we are eager about the future progress and direction of S&ME under our Thrive Together Strategic Plan with guidance from our committed leadership team. The glue connecting us all are the six S&ME Core Values, our deeply held beliefs that drive our daily behavior. These include: Listen First, Work and Grow Together, Do the Right Things and Do Things Right, Do What You Say, Lead From Where You Are, and Be Safe.
Within our Thrive Together plan, we have identified five focus areas; Culture, People, Clients + Partnerships, Growth, and Financials. As employee-owners, we are eager and excited for S&ME’s progress and growth as we thrive together.