Jimmy Epps of B&B Consultants will readily tell anyone that he wouldn’t have been named Halifax County Chamber of Commerce Business Person of the Year without the help of the people with whom he works.
“I don’t think any of us are successful without help from those around us,” said Epps, who came to B&B Consultants in 2009 as a structural engineer.
“I’m confident that’s the case with B&B. I’ve surrounded myself with excellent people, and I’m a firm believer in value of the whole is much greater than the sum of the parts. I feel like that’s true of the chamber’s function as well as that of the community.”
Epps and South Hill native Sam Carroll are co-owners of B&B Consultants, having purchased the company in 2012 from its founder, Dr. Henry (Mac) Bugg.
A native of South Boston, Epps graduated high school in 1994 and graduated from VMI with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering.
He worked in Richmond as a bridge design engineer with VDOT for eight years, but his desire to return home had him transfer to the Lynchburg office, before a position opened for assistant residence administrator at the Halifax VDOT Residency.
Epps joined B&B Consultants three years later, and the company has experienced growth in terms of offices, services and staff the past several years.
Epps and his wife, Olivia, are the parents of a 9-year-old daughter, Addison, and a 4-year-old son, Luke.
B&B Consultants has its main office in South Hill, a relatively new office in South Boston (2014), an accredited wastewater lab in Chase City and an office in Emporia where staff performs environmental services.
The South Boston office gave B&B Consultants an opportunity to grow and put a footprint down in the area, according to Epps, with staff doing a lot of the design work themselves.
Epps pointed out with pride that out of 37 employees, 32-33 work within 20 miles of where they grew up.
“That’s pretty exceptional considering the talent and qualifications they represent,” he explained. “We have everything from those with industry certificates to PhDs’, associate degrees, master’s degrees and bachelor degrees on staff.”
The B&B staff also includes up to seven licensed engineers and licensed soil scientists.
“That’s awesome for this area and a company of our size, and to say they’re almost 100 percent homegrown is pretty good,” he added.
Also during the chamber’s annual meeting Thursday, Ryland Clark was presented the Halifax County Chamber of Commerce Young Professional of the Year award.