Have you ever wanted to be a fireman, astronaut or cowboy? So has Jeff Lashlee! However, we are lucky that Jeff ended up being an engineer.
Jeff Lashlee, PE is Cannon & Cannon’s Kentucky Operations Director. Much of his experience comes from his 25 years with the City of Bowling Green where he held several positions, including City Engineer and Public Works Director. Currently, Jeff’s focus at Cannon & Cannon is business development in the Kentucky and Tennessee areas. He loves to meet new people and work with others to solve problems.
fun facts about jeff
- Jeff has been married to his wife Leta since 2000
- Jeff has a golden retriever named Nikki
- Jeff is a huge UT Football fan
- Some of Jeff’s nicknames are Flash, Bodean, Jethro and JT
- Jeff loves Barbecue
- Jeff’s hobbies include camping, wood working, and traveling
Q&A with jeff
How did you get into engineering?
The primary influence of me becoming an engineer was my dad, Robert Lashlee. Dad was an engineer with the Tennessee State Health Department (Drinking Water Divison) for over forty years. He instilled a desire in me to know how things work. Dad also took me through water plants as a small kid. Later, I would take things apart, then put it back together, occasionally with extra parts. My original plan was to pursue mechanical engineering and work in the automotive industry. However, I started working with the survey crew with Metro Water Services in Nashville. This peaked my interest to look into civil engineering. Shortly after graduation from Tennessee Technological University, I began my career in engineering with the Bowling Green Public Works Department.
What was your first job?
My first job was mowing in the neighborhood. After a couple years of using a push mower, my dad co-signed a loan for me to buy my first Gravely mower. I continued to mow through high school and college.
What do you like to do in your free time?
I enjoy working on anything mechanical. I am current restoring my grandfather’s 1951 Chevrolet pickup and a 1948 CJ-2A Jeep for my wife. I have a 1969 Mach I Mustang, 1980 Cutlass W-30 442, 1952 Chevy 1 ton (ready for a Cummins diesel conversion), and a 1949 Farmall Cub in the queue. I also collect and rebuild old Gravely tractors. My oldest Gravely is a 1943.
What do you enjoy most about working at Cannon & Cannon?
The most enjoyable thing about working at Cannon & Cannon is the people. When I retired from the Bowling Green Public Works Department, I left a family atmosphere. While I am separated by distance from the other Cannon & Cannon offices, I appreciate the team effort and spirit of cooperation. The family nature of Cannon & Cannon is evident and appreciated.
Are there certain types of projects you especially like to work on?
I enjoy site and drainage work. The idea of designing a site to meet the needs of the client is very appealing to me. Many times, with project constraints, these projects can be challenging but enjoyable.
From the management side, I enjoy working with GIS and Asset Management Systems to best maintain our infrastructure.
From my career in public service, I took great interest in projects that would benefit the citizens. From roads, sidewalks, drainage improvements, parks, to buildings; each project helped improve the community and better serve the public.
What is your favorite thing about Bowling Green?
My favorite thing about Bowling Green is the people. There is a “home town” atmosphere. Also, there is plenty to do here. Bowling Green is the third largest city in Kentucky. We are also close to Nashville.