Gannett Fleming’s acquisition of LDP Group, Inc. in 2017 brought us many outstanding employees, and Tony Zamberlan is one of them. The University of Missouri-Columbia graduate has a long history in electrical engineering, controls engineering, and project management. Born and raised in St. Louis, where he coached his three sons in soccer and basketball for more than 14 years, Tony recently relocated to Phoenix, Arizona, and is looking forward to his 2021 wedding.
We asked Tony a few questions to get to know him:
What behavior or personality trait do you think is most responsible for your professional success?
My inquisitiveness. I love to learn and have always wanted to know at least a little bit about all subjects. This is matched with my love of talking… to anyone about anything. My ongoing desire for more knowledge in the power industry makes it impossible for me to become stagnant in my profession, and my gift of gab has helped me network and build key relationships throughout my career.
Tell us about your family history in the power industry.
I’m the third generation in my family to work in this field. When I was young, my dad used to take me to the power plant and show me projects, and by the time high school rolled around, I was familiar with many aspects of the industry and knew I wanted to be an electrical engineer. However, the experience that confirmed my decision happened during a Boy Scout campout in the middle of a terrible storm. Lightning struck a transformer, and I remember seeing a blue plasma ball drop and disappear. I immediately thought, “That was awesome – I need to know more!”
What’s one professional achievement you’re especially proud of?
Recently, I was elected a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), which recognizes valuable and active contributors to the electrical engineering profession. I certainly feel honored as less than 10% of IEEE members reach this level. I’m also proud that I acquired a Professional Engineering license early on in my career, though I didn’t need it at the time.
What’s your favorite hobby?
Hiking! Every year, some employees from the Phoenix office hike down to Phantom Ranch at the bottom of the Grand Canyon, stay for two nights, and then hike back up. The trek totals about 25 miles with a 6,000-foot elevation change. I distinctly recall my first view of the canyon – the beauty is spectacular; pictures never do it justice. It’s truly a moving experience.
What could you give a 30-minute presentation about with no advance preparation?
My motto with respect to presentations is always to keep it simple. Simple is repeatable, and repeatable is reliable. With that mindset, I could deliver a presentation on the fly about several topics, such as Gannett Fleming, renewable energy, and even how to effectively coach young players in sports.
What’s something most people don’t know about you?
My family has made Italian hiking/mountain boots since 1929! Another little-known fact about me is that I’m not afraid of heights and used to climb about 400 feet on power smokestacks as part of my job.