OUR HISTORY

In 1975 Larry and Lucile Smith founded a company in Rutherford, Tennessee offering surveying services to the surrounding areas. L.I. Smith & Associates, a professional company, was born and up-and-coming. With their company beginning to grow, Larry and Lucile relocated the office to Paris, TN and started exploring other services to offer, such as construction layout and engineering services. Coverage areas also grew with the company and Kentucky, Arkansas, and Mississippi were added to the list where LIS offered their services. Fast forward to 1996 and Lucile Smith, now the President of the company, turned their professional company into a corporation. L. I. Smith & Associates, Inc. was born and the company continued to grow. During this time, Lucile became the first woman in the state of Tennessee to become a licensed surveyor by passing the state-specific examinations. An office was established in Nashville, TN to accommodate the growing business. At the end of 2017 Lucile fully retired and Larry partly retired, sticking around to be Vice President of LIS. Patrick Smith, Larry and Lucile’s son, took over the company as President, carrying on the surveying tradition while bringing in a renewed focus on engineering services. With a fresh perspective, LIS embraced new technologies developed within the engineering and surveying world. Drone mapping, aerial mapping, and laser scanning are just a few of the new services adopted by LIS. LIS proudly employees professional engineers and surveyors, staffs a team of valuable personnel, and offers our clients the latest technologies.

OUR Leaders

patrick smith, pe, plspresident
731-644-1014
psmith@lismith.com

Patrick Smith is the President of LIS and runs things from our Paris, TN office. He graduated from Mississippi State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering in 1998. Mr. Smith works hard running our company and spends his time here overseeing and working on projects for our clients, leading our team on a daily basis, and has created an unbeatable work environment for his employees here at LIS. He is a problem solver and likes to take on challenging projects and come up with creative solutions that are tailored to the needs of his clients and employees. He has helped numerous people around him, including the people who work for him, exceed their potential, be effective at their jobs and meet their personal and career goals. When Patrick isn’t working hard running the company he enjoys playing golf, working around the house and spending time with his four sons and his wife.

LARRY smith, pe, RlsVICE president
731-644-1014
lsmith@lismith.com

Larry Smith is the Executive Vice President and works out of our Paris, TN office. After graduating high school and spending some time in college, he joined the US Air Force on a delayed enlistment program in November of 1965. His time spent in the military took him all over the world; California, Guam, Thailand and Vietnam. Returning home in March of 1970, he went back to school to finish his degree and earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering in 1974 from Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville, TN. Larry enjoys being an engineer and solving complex problems for our clients. His vast experience in the engineering and surveying world makes him a great asset to our team and to our clients. He has served as the City Mayor for Rutherford, TN, starting a City Park; became the City Commissioner for the city of Paris, TN, initiating a city beautification project; and even co-authored a book on the monumentation of the state line between Kentucky and Tennessee.

Tommy Young, RLSsurvey manager
731-644-1014
tyoung@lismith.com

Tommy Young is our Survey Manager working out of our Paris, TN office. He oversees all of our field crews and schedules our surveying work. Tommy is a huge asset to our team here at LIS, and has been since he started here in 2001. He is a natural-born leader and takes initiative, running things smoothly and overseeing projects for our clients to their completion. He has a knack for taking the most difficult surveying projects and creating solutions that work for our clients and for our employees. Tommy has many interests other than surveying and one of his favorite hobbies is history. He enjoys learning about historical events and taking pictures of sites he’s visited. One of his main focuses has been taking pictures of courthouses in every city he’s survey in, right now he’s up to 80 pictures and wants to get the whole state of Tennessee before he retires.

Craig Pearson, CST IIINashville Branch Manager
615-256-0290
cpearson@lismith.com

Craig Pearson is our Nashville Branch Manager, working out of our Nashville, TN office. Craig has over 20 years of experience, beginning as a Rodman for a land surveying firm while still in high school. He served as a crew chief for many years before becoming a technician and leader at his last employment. He returned to college to study Land Surveying & Geometrics and Technical Drafting at Austin State Community College in 2010. He joined LIS in 2016 as the Technology Coordinator and this past year he was promoted to Nashville Branch Manager. He also holds a Federal Aviation (FAA) license as an Unmanned Aircraft (Drone) Pilot. His capabilities with mobile mapping, data processing, drone controlling, and creating scan data make him an integral part of our team here at LIS. He enjoys solving complex problems and considers that one of things he likes most about his job. When he isn’t working on projects for our clients or helping his team work more efficiently, he likes to travel, mountain bike, play guitar, read, and spend time with his wife and their dogs.

LIS is proud to support our veterans. We understand the importance of leadership, personal devotion, and the sacrifices made by our military personnel and the value they bring to our team.

OUR Team

john amann
technician
nashville, tn

frank burch
PARTY CHIEF
paris, tn

benjamin driver
pARTY CHIEF
Nashville, TN

nathan grasfeder
engineer
paris, tn

Nick Haberman

Nick Haberman
PARTY CHIEF
Nashville, TN

mike ilko
PARTY CHIEF
paris, tn

debbie kinsland
payroll clerk
paris, tn

TYLER LAPOINTE
Survey Technician
Paris, TN

aj maxwell
SURVEY technician
paris, tn

William Middleton

William Middleton
UAS Pilot, UAS Coordinator
Nashville, TN

keith newman
survey technician
paris, tn

mason peale, Pls
PROFESSIONAL surveyor
paris, tn

zechariah rowley, EIT
ENGINEER
nashville, tn

daniel snow
engineering technician
paris, tn

john snow
PARTY CHIEF
paris, tn

ron taylor, rls
professional surveyor
nashville, tn

Trevor Teague, PLS, EIT
Engineer
Paris, TN

jennifer ussery
OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR
paris, tn