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Jennifer Vilbig Lawson Graduates from the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses – Dallas

December 15, 2021

Jennifer Vilbig Lawson, PE recently graduated from the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses – Dallas. In addition to earning a certificate in entrepreneurship, she gained invaluable resources from instructors, business advisor and other small business owners while developing a 5-year growth plan for our small business.

For over a decade, Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses has helped thousands of entrepreneurs grow their businesses and create jobs in their communities. The program was developed by Babson College and Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses has partnered with the Dallas College to reach small businesses in North Texas.

“The program gave us insights into our current operations and we developed a road map for how to position ourselves for growth as we transition ownership.” -Jennifer Vilbig Lawson.

Watch out, 2022, we’re coming for you!

About Vilbig & Associates, PLLC:

Founded in 1983, Vilbig and Associates, PLLC (VA) is a professional services firm specializing in the design and delivery of consulting civil engineering, land planning, construction management and surveying services. We serve our clients in the north Texas area and surrounding states for both the public and private sectors. We are a certified Woman Owned Small Business (WOSB) providing services for NAICS 541330, Engineering Services and 541370, Surveying & Mapping. Our Cage Code is 8KH40 and Duns is 117494418. Our office is located in Denison, Grayson County, Texas; we are well-positioned to provide services to the Dallas-Fort Worth mextroplex and south central states with several team members based in Collin County.

We are continuing the Vilbig tradition of building our communities while serving our clients, profession and country since 1886.

About Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses is an investment to help entrepreneurs create jobs and economic opportunity by providing greater access to education, capital and business support services. To date, 10,000 Small Businesses has served over 10,000 small businesses from all 50 states, Puerto Rico, Guam and Washington, D.C, and has resulted in immediate and sustained business growth for graduates of the program.

Jennifer Vilbig Lawson, PE invited to speak at a joint SWE/ACET meeting at UNT

On Monday, November 22nd, Jennifer Vilbig Lawson, PE spoke to about 20 engineering students at the University of North Texas. The UNT Society of Women Engineers invited her to speak about leadership and team building for the joint meeting with the UNT Association of Construction Engineering Technology.

Special thanks goes to the Dallas Post of the Society of American Military Engineers for sponsoring the food for the meeting.

We also raffled off several goodies including one $25 Starbucks gift card!

Additionally, we announced to the students that we are looking to hire a graduate and interns for next summer. Interested applicants can find more information on the employment section of our website.

We are HIRING!

Calling all 2022 Graduates and current engineering students looking for a summer of 2022 internship!

VA hosts the Northeast Texas Chapter of the Texas Society of Professional Engineers Holiday Party & Annual Dessert Competition

On Thursday, December 9th 2021, Vilbig & Associates hosted the Northeast Texas Chapter of the Texas Society of Professional Engineers, TSPE, annual holiday party and dessert competition.

We enjoyed a fajita buffet catered by Denison’s own Rustico’s, an ethics discussion and the always popular dessert competition. The competition field was smaller than in years past with only six entrants, but the competition was TOUGH. The first round of votes resulted in a four way tie for first place! Eliminating the runners up, the second round of voting yielded a winner, Tom Pruitt, PE with his almond joy cake!

The ethics discussion was very thought provoking and provided all engineers in attendance the required 1 hour of ethics continuing education credit. We discussed several recent cases from the National Society of Professional Engineers Board of Ethical Review.

Congratulations to Tom Pruitt, PE with the City of Sherman for winning the dessert competition!
The ethics discussion included a bit of Dilbert humor.

Denison Youth Leadership Academy stops by our Office – Vilbig & Associates

Today, November 11, 2021, we hosted the Denison Youth Leadership Academy at our office!

We began with a tour of, spoke about our work, showed a set of civil engineering plans from a project in Denison and described the education requirements to be an engineer. Finally, we challenged the students to design and construct a tower in 45 minutes.

Each group received $5.00, a tablet of paper for their design schematic and a list of supplies with prices. With 15 minutes left, a surprise challenge was announced! The tower had to withstand a hurricane (fan)!

Discussions during the schematic design phase.
The completed towers!

Thank you, Josh Massey, for asking us to participate in the construction day for the academy. We had fun hosting the students!

VA Sponsors 2021 Texas Society of Professional Engineers Conference – Frisco, Texas

Last week, Jennifer Vilbig Lawson, PE and Tommy Vilbig, PE, attended the TSPE Conference & 85th Annual Meeting at the Star in Frisco, Texas. The conference was a great opportunity for networking with other professional engineers while earning professional development hours.

Vilbig & Associates, PLLC sponsored the conference and is proud to support our profession.

As a bonus, dinner one night was held at the Dallas Cowboys Training Table and included a tour of the Star aka the Dallas Cowboys World Headquarters. Pictures from the tour are below.

About TSPE

The Texas Society of Professional Engineers (TSPE) is a state society of the National Society of Professional Engineers.

The Texas Society of Professional Engineers, one of the largest state societies in the United States, was founded in 1936 to serve the interests of the individual engineer in Texas across all branches of engineering. Composed of 24 local chapters and eight student chapters, TSPE is the only active, established organization devoting its entire effort to the professional, ethical, economic, social and political aspects of engineering in Texas.

Our mission is to promote and enhance the profession and licensed practice of engineering.

Jennifer Vilbig Lawson featured in the Denison Chamber of Commerce Newsletter

This week, Jennifer Vilbig Lawson, PE, was featured in the the Denison Chamber of Commerce’s newsletter. The member spotlight included a short interview. Read an excerpt below and the full document here.

Tell us a little about yourself.
Hi! I am Jennifer Vilbig Lawson. I am a 2nd generation civil engineer and native of Dallas. I am recently married and have a wild 2-year-old jack russel terrier. She keeps life interesting!

Tell us a little about your business.
Vilbig & Associates is civil engineering and surveying consulting firm that was founded by my parents in Dallas in 1983. We have been doing work in Grayson County for over 20 years, and we moved our office to Denison in 2017. We help small business owners, property owners, developers and municipalities with construction plans for water lines, sewer lines, parking lots, street, and landscape plans. We’re small but look forward to continuing to our growth. My parents are not retiring anytime soon, but when they do my brother, Tommy, who is also a civil engineer, and I will be ready to continue the tradition of the Vilbig family in Texas business since 1886.

Why We Became Professional Engineers

To celebrate Professional Engineers Day, today, August 5, 2020 we’re sharing why we became professional engineers.

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Tell us why you decided to become a Professional Engineer

David A. Vilbig, PE, RPLS – As a kid I was always interested in how things worked.  I often broke toys to see how they worked.  I knew my Dad, an electrical engineer, would be able to fix anything.  I chose Civil Engineering because of my experience working for my grandfather’s excavation and dirt moving company.

Barbara J. Vilbig, PE – With an affinity towards math, I was more interested in hands on or practical applications.  My father, an electrical engineer in the electrical contracting business influenced my decision.  I never had a teacher or counselor guide me in the direction of engineering.  I chose Civil Engineering because of my love for water.  Growing up in the panhandle of Texas, rain and water were fascinating and scarce commodities.

Jennifer M. Vilbig, PE – I always loved solving problems. With parents (and grandparents) that are engineers, even though it was challenging in school, I knew that I could do it because they had done it, too. I picked civil engineering because I wanted to have a visible impact on public infrastructure.

Thomas L. Vilbig, PE – I always enjoyed building and creating things even from a young age.  Legos were my favorite toy as a child and I loved construction equipment.  I still get excited to see the projects I helped design go into construction and get completed.

Left to right: David A. Vilbig, PE, RPLS, Barbara J. Vilbig, PE, Jennifer M. Vilbig, PE and Thomas L. Vilbig, PE.

PE licensure is the engineering profession’s highest standard of competence, a symbol of achievement and assurance of quality. NSPE provides its members, whether already licensed or soon-to-be licensed, with the information and resources they need to earn and maintain the respected PE seal.” – NSPE

About the National Society of Professional Engineers

“In 1934, a group of professional engineers met in New York City to establish an organization dedicated to the non-technical concerns of licensed professional engineers. The National Society of Professional Engineers stands today as the only national organization committed to addressing the professional concerns of licensed PEs across all disciplines.”

What is a PE? Learn more on the NSPE website.

“A century ago, anyone could work as an engineer without proof of competency. In order to protect the public health, safety, and welfare, the first engineering licensure law was enacted in 1907 in Wyoming”

About Vilbig & Associates

Vilbig & Associates is a federal certified woman-owned small business providing civil engineering and surveying consulting services with primary office located in Dension, Grayson County, Texas. They serve clients locally in Denison, Pottsboro and Sherman, plus throughout the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex. The firm also hold licenses to provide engineering services in Oklahoma, Louisiana and Colorado. Additionally, team members are located in Plano, Collin County, Texas. The company was founded by David A. Vilbig, P.E., R.P.L.S, in 1983 where he was soon joined by his wife, Barbara J. Vilbig, P.E. Recently, two of their children, Jennifer M. Vilbig, P,E, and Thomas L. Vilbig, P,E, have joined the firm.