Randall Thomas is celebrating 3 years with HMB this month. Randall serves as a Project Manager in HMB's Highway Environmental Division. Randall is also a licensed Professional Geologist. In honor of Randall's anniversary, we asked him a few questions:
What made you get into geology?I chose Geology because of my love for it. I loved to collect and read about rocks, minerals, fossils, etc…, when I was fairly young and before I had any idea what Geology was. The late 1980’s was a good time to have degrees in geology and groundwater hydrology, especially if you wanted to work in the environmental field and/or for the government, and those were about the only jobs available at the time for geologists. Where did you attend college? What did you major in?
Eastern Kentucky University. I graduated with a BS in Geology and MS in Geology/Groundwater Hydrology.
What’s your favorite part of your job?
Meetings. I love to meet with people, teams and groups to identify and resolve issues and to develop short-term and long-term ideas and plans for projects and programs.
What’s the most interesting part of your job?
Managing specific and/or all aspects of environmental projects or the environmental phase of engineering projects, and working with the team to coordinate the various phases.
Which project(s) are you most proud to have worked on in your career? Why?
Definitely the Louisville-Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges-Downtown Crossing Project. Why? Because of the benefit it is going to be to the public, because of the great challenge it has been and how great of a project it is, because of how enjoyable it has been to work on the project, and because of the great experience it has been to me, my career, and HMB.
What has been your best, worst or funniest moment at HMB?
Best: When I learned I was going to be working on the Louisville-Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges-Downtown Crossing Project and that I was going to be the Project-Wide Lead for Contaminated Materials for it.
Worst: When I found out Brian Moore, Dave Kirby, Bryan Stopper and John Brown weren't going to be my office neighbors anymore. Fortunately, all of my new office neighbors are great too.
Funniest: Every time I talk to John Brown.
What are your hobbies?
Playing golf, fishing and watching my children play sports.
If you were stranded on a deserted island and could only take one item what would it be?
Absolutely a no brainer. A solar-powered air conditioner.
What’s your favorite movie?
What’s your favorite TV show?
Have to be honest….about the only thing I watch on network television is live or recorded golf and football and related shows. I did watch the World Cup through the US/Germany game, and I have watched the first three seasons of Game of Thrones and will watch the fourth season as soon as it is available on DVD.
What would be your dream vacation?
A month of sight-seeing, fishing and golf across the U.S with my wife and kids.
What superhero would you be and why?
Superman. Why? He’s the ultimate super hero. He’s like all super heroes rolled into one, and he loves people and has devoted his life to helping them.
If you could travel by plane, train, automobile or boat, which would you choose?
Automobile. I love to drive and sight-see as I do. Plus the other methods are uncomfortable and you have no control and don’t really get to see the areas you’re travelling through.
What is your favorite genre of music? Do you have a favorite band?
1970’s Rock and Roll. The Eagles.
What’s your favorite type of food? Do you have a favorite restaurant?
Steak. Love too many restaurants to say a favorite. BUT, a year or so ago Mitch and I ate at a Sinclair’s in Montgomery, AL. Had a T-bone, loaded baked potato, house salad. Maybe best meal I've ever had.
What's your favorite sports team? Do you prefer college or professional?
Just remember….you asked.
Favorite sports teams are the Franklin County Flyers high school football team and Lady Flyers golf and swimming team, the Elkhorn Middle School football and boys basketball teams, and the Frankfort Stallions AAU boys basketball team. I love professional football, but I love college basketball and football even more, particularly Eastern Kentucky University football and University of Kentucky football and basketball.