Three Questions with Board Member Tiffany Labrie
In this series, we’re talking with members of our Board of Directors (BOD) to get their insight on corporate governance at Tighe & Bond. Today, we spoke with board member Tiffany Labrie, PE, CDT, who currently leads Tighe & Bond’s Water Business line and serves as an At-Large Director on the Board of Directors. Additionally, Tiffany is a member of the Board’s Governance & Nominating Committee and Chair of the ESOP Administrative Committee.
As a Senior Vice President and the Water Business Line Leader, Tiffany, a civil and environmental engineer, provides the firm with deep experience and leadership with water and wastewater projects for private and municipal clients. In addition to her hands-on expertise, she has advanced Tighe & Bond’s master specification program and standard documents for services during bidding, award, and construction.
Q: TELL ME ABOUT YOUR EXPERIENCE AS A MEMBER OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS.
A: I am in the first year of my second three-year term. Over this time and from my contributions to the Board’s Governance & Nominating Committee, I have had the privilege of being part of the search and selection of our two current external board members, Lisa Robert and Greg McIntyre. The expertise and insight they bring relative to the industry and their sharp awareness of market trends have been invaluable in observing the firm from a high-level viewpoint. This enables the Board to collectively address the powerful questions that continue to propel the firm forward while remaining true to our core values.
Q: WHAT ARE SOME HIGHLIGHTS YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE ABOUT YOUR TERM?
A: Being a Board member before, during, and after the influence of the pandemic, I, along with my fellow Board Members, advised on the broad decisions that needed to be made quickly and with flexibility. The firm’s primary goal was the retention and safety of our employees but also to remain mindful of being positioned to pursue and deliver on a potential influx of opportunities stemming from the American Rescue Plan Act and the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. With the nation investing billions of dollars on environmentally sensitive projects in our firm’s wheelhouse, coinciding with the pandemic cultivating a new hybrid work model, it made employee retention more critical than ever. But, again, the input from our collective Board helped Tighe & Bond as we moved in the best direction to be poised and ready for this historic increase in backlog. I am proud of having had a voice in this process.
Q: GIVEN YOUR INDUSTRY INSIGHT, TELL ME WHAT YOU CONSIDER TO BE TIGHE & BOND’S UNIQUE VALUE PROPOSITION.
A: I see our value as a firm as two-fold. Our goal as a company is to provide value to our clients. Our employee ownership model enables us to be uniquely qualified to do so by providing our employees with tangible and inherent benefits that inspire collaboration and exceptional performance. Second, Tighe & Bond’s core values enable our employees to be invested and empowered in shaping the firm’s destiny. Our value system is invaluable to our culture within the current competitive talent environment. We are strongest when all employees share in our firm’s mission, vision, and values, which allows Tighe & Bond to continue to provide the value and service that converts our clients into long-term partners.