Top 40 Under 40: P. Ryan Sisemore

Ryan Sisemore was raised in Lebanon, Tenn., near the Fall Creek Airpark where he developed a love for aviation at a very young age. His work as a teenager included aircraft hangar construction and maintenance of the airpark’s turf runway. This early...


Ryan Sisemore was raised in Lebanon, Tenn., near the Fall Creek Airpark where he developed a love for aviation at a very young age. His work as a teenager included aircraft hangar construction and maintenance of the airpark’s turf runway.

This early work translated into a desire to pursue a career in the design and management of infrastructure projects. He attended Tennessee Tech University and graduated in 1997 with a Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. Today Sisemore is vice president and team leader in Garver’s Aviation Groupwith 16 years of engineering experience.

Sisemore joined Garver in 2001 and specialized in aviation engineering. Since then he has led many notable projects, including the reconstruction of Runway 2L/20R at Nashville International Airport. This project was selected as a finalist for the Bentley Be Inspired Awards and Sisemore presented the project details to an international audience in Amsterdam in 2010. This project also won an American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) Engineering Excellence Award in 2011.

Sisemore’s primary duties include managing the four-state East Region of Garver’s aviation team, responsible for the planning, design and construction management of airport development projects. These projects include new greenfield general aviation airports, runway reconstructions and extensions, taxiways and aprons, terminal building and aircraft hangar complexes, fuel systems, and airfield lighting improvements. Sisemore has led Garver’s Tennessee aviation team in completing more than $50 million worth of airside construction at the Nashville International Airport over the last decade.

Combining the skills of Garver’s planners and engineers with a desire to develop and deliver sustainable projects, Sisemore has been at the forefront of developing new strategies on the formulation of airside projects. This has included the selection of materials, construction methods, and reclaiming or recycling existing materials on site to promote his clients’ sustainability initiatives.

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