Our Team

“The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team.” -Phil Jackson

ABES Leadership


Emmanuel Tuombe, P.E., Chief Executive Officer: The ABES founder, Emmanuel Tuombe grew up in Rwanda after the Rwandan genocide of 1994. Having lived with the realities of a crumbling infrastructure and lack of basic needs, Emmanuel understands that infrastructure can mean the difference between life and death. After a successful career with one of the largest engineering, procurement and construction companies in the world, Bechtel, Emmanuel is now dedicated to using his lifelong experiences to build the best engineering Minority Business Entreprise (MBE) firm in Memphis.

Emmanuel holds a Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. As a professional engineer, he is registered in Tennessee (TN), Georgia (GA), Mississippi (MS), Texas (TX), California (CA), Missouri (MO), Washington (WA), Pennsylvania (PA), and Illinois (IL). Emmanuel has provided full construction document design, reviewed bid documents, and conducted field inspection for the projects in USA and Africa. He has worked primarily in program and design management and has acted as a client representative in overseeing contractor’s work in preparing the water supply master plan, housing development, and infrastructure projects.

Emmanuel speaks six languages and has over 15 years of experience in civil, drainage and water systems as a designer, supervisor, project manager, and an infrastructure policy advisor.

Brad Davis, P.E. Chief Operating Officer: Brad leads ABES in delivering client projects with high quality.

Brad is a Memphis native, born and raised in Raleigh. He is joining ABES with an excellent track record in Memphis. He served as the Deputy Program Manager of SARP10 with Black & Veatch, managing a $50 million per year sewer program for the city. Prior to that position, he served as Deputy Director of Engineering for the City of Memphis.

Like ABES CEO Emmanuel Tuombe, P.E., Brad has been involved with Engineers Without Borders USA throughout his career and has a strong belief that engineering is more than an occupation, but a way to make communities stronger. Both Brad and Emmanuel have a passion for seeing more minority-owned businesses thrive in Memphis.

One of the biggest reasons Brad joined ABES is his desire to use his engineering experience and skills to make my community stronger. Both Emmanuel and Brad have a vision that ABES can make a positive impact in underserved communities in Memphis and beyond. We both believe that engineering can change our community and world for the better. We are excited to see where this journey will take us.


Advisory Board


John Blom, P.E., CEO of HECO Engineers: John is an experienced board president with a demonstrated history of working in the civil engineering industry and a commitment to servant leadership. Skilled in Municipal Engineering, Sanitary Engineering, Project Management, Cost Estimating, and Strategic Planning. He is a strong business development professional with a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) focused in Business Administration and Management, General from Boise State University.

Kathryn S. Ware, P.E., Former Owner of KSWA: After a hugely rewarding 33-year career in consulting engineering in Tampa, Jacksonville, and Nashville, Kathy has moved into a role at RPI providing real estate and land development expertise. She remains very active in several engineering organizations – past president of ACEC of Tennessee and past board member of SAME, Nashville Post. She graduated from Clemson University in 1985 (Go Tigers!) with a bachelor of science degree in Civil Engineering. In 2000, she was named Young Engineer of the Year by TSPE, and in 2015, she was honored as Engineer of the Year by TSPE. She finds Tennessee to be a great place to live, work, and contribute one’s talents!

Christopher Lee, President & CEO, Think Inspired: Christopher Lee is a strategic communications and marketing specialist who creates valuable partnerships, makes connections with those in the know, and keeps himself educated on trends as well as traditions related to marketing and branding. In particular, he has a focus on strategies and tactics related to multicultural marketing. He is an agent of change and a 27-year business innovator.


ABES Professionals

ABES works with a selected team of Professional Engineers on its project on a needed basis. The Professional Engineers that ABES work with have a combined experiences of more than 100 years in diverse discipline of engineering.

Our Team Thrives On….

Our team is well versed in cutting edge technologies and does not hesitate to go the extra mile in bringing about lasting solutions to client projects within schedule. We do so through collaboration, creativity and commitment. It is the ABES team’s dedicated and focused approach towards problem solving and implementing solutions that our satisfied clients have only words of praise for it.

Our team upholds the vision and values of ABES Engineering Inc at all times by being on the job until it is completed. The team is able to perform its role due to its intrinsic positivity, vast experience, excellent training and proper guidance it receives across all levels.

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