CEO of the Year Finalists | 50-200 Employees
MBQ CEO of the Year 2013
Name: Mark W. Askew
Company: A2H, Inc.
Address: 3009 Davies Plantation Road, Lakeland, TN 38002
Services provided: Full-service firm of engineers, architects, landscape architect, planners, and surveyors.
Number of Employees: 71
How long with company: 27 Years
Education: University of Memphis, B.S. Civil Engineering
Accomplishments: Mark Askew has guided A2H from a one-man engineering studio into a multidiscipline design firm, employing 71 people; doubling the A2H work force from 2007 to 2011, the most difficult times for the design and construction industry. He leads A2H under the guiding principle “Creating an Enhanced Quality of Life for Our Clients and Community.” He serves on the Advisory Board for the Herff College of Engineering at the University of Memphis.
Professional Awards: Outstanding Engineer of the Year, Tennessee Society of Professional Engineers. 2012 Herff College of Engineering Outstanding Alumnus, University of Memphis.
PROFESSIONAL Memberships/CERTIFICATIONS: Member, Advisory Board, Herff College of Engineering, University of Memphis. Past National Director and Past President, American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of TN. Member and Past President, ACEC of TN, Memphis Chapter. Member, Founder, and Past President, West Tennessee Structural Engineers Association. Board Member, Team Green Zone.
Civic Responsibilities/causes: Highly involved with the local arts.
Name: Lynn Lanier Lanigan
Company: LANIGAN Worldwide Moving & Warehousing, Inc., an Interstate Agent for Allied Van Lines, Inc.
Address: 1870 Airways Boulevard, Memphis, TN 38114
Services provided: Full-service relocations of household goods, office and plant/warehouse relocations, and in-house moving for corporations.
Number of Employees: About 50
How long with company: Since 1981 with marriage to Edward J. Lanigan, former owner and President/CEO until his death in 2007. Inherited majority ownership and became CEO in 2007.
Education: B.S., Business, Christian Brothers University.
Accomplishments: A premier agent for Allied Van Lines, involved with the corporate relocations of Ducks Unlimited and International Paper to Memphis. Other notable clients include St. Jude and Sedgwick Claims Management.
Professional Awards: Finalist, 2011 Memphis Business Journal’s Small Business Awards. Company designated “ProMover” by the American Moving & Storage Association. Has won many awards by Allied Van Lines. Member, Better Business Bureau with an A+ rating since 1959. Certified Woman Business Enterprise and obtained WBENC certification in 2012. Participant in the Society of Entrepreneurs Insights Group.
Family/personal information: Widow with two pets, Lola, a white Chesapeake lab, and Roucky, a French Brittany spaniel.
What makes a good CEO: “Successful CEOs don’t work IN the company; they work ON the company.”