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The Passing of the Presidental Torch

Throughout Johnson Engineering’s 65 years in business, we have only known four presidents. In March 2012, after completing his 15th term as president, Steve Morrison, P.E., will officially pass the torch to the company’s fifth president, Lonnie Howard, P.E.

Lonnie Howard began working for Johnson Engineering in 1994 after completing the University of Florida’s graduate program in groundwater and open channel hydraulics. Currently, the director of our groundwater resources team, Lonnie has also served on the company’s Board of Directors for the past seven years.

For more than 18 years, Lonnie has worked on hundreds of projects for municipalities, utilities, private developers, and agricultural clients. His extensive experience providing clients hydrological and hydrogeological services includes performing hydrogeological investigations, well construction, wellfield design, well abandonments, well rehabilitations, groundwater modeling, hydraulic modeling, hydrologic modeling, computer programming, deep injection well design and construction oversight, water supply planning, utility certification through the Federal Public Service Commission, and water use permitting for public water supply, irrigation, and dewatering, just to name a few. He has also provided expert testimony before hearing examiners related to zoning cases and before the Governor’s cabinet pertaining to water supply and hydrogeology at the Babcock Ranch.

If you want to find Lonnie outside of Johnson Engineering, more often than not he’ll be in the field standing on the side of his well drilling rig. He is a licensed water well contractor, as well as a professional engineer, which gives him unique insight to both sides of groundwater projects. Lonnie is passionate about any endeavor he takes on. He is a hard working, hands-on leader who isn’t afraid to take off his tie, roll up his sleeves and get dirty. He has considerable accomplishments and qualifications; his infectious enthusiasm and his collaborative experience in developing and innovating water supply solutions provide an essential base for the continued advancement of the company.

When Lonnie isn’t drilling wells, he’s spending time with his large family in LaBelle. A fifth generation Floridian, raised in Hendry/Glades Counties, Lonnie is extremely active in his community. He sits on the Hendry County Construction Industry Licensing Board and is also a strong supporter of the LaBelle Youth Soccer Association, LaBelle Junior Pro Basketball and LaBelle Quarterback Club. Lonnie’s wife Vanita and their three children can be found at church every Sunday morning and out on Lake Placid spending time with family and enjoying their boat.

Lonnie is a solution driven leader who will bring Johnson Engineering into what he likes to call the ‘Solution Generation.’ Lonnie will provide leadership and direction in the areas of strategic planning, development and service management. He will work directly with each market leader in building a strong solution-oriented strategic vision for the company’s future. We are excited about these changes and to embark on this journey. With the beginning of this new era at Johnson Engineering, we look towards the future with hope and anticipation.

Contact Lonnie with any questions at mkt@johnsoneng.com.