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Shimp Elected FGCU Engineering School Advisory Board Chair

FORT MYERS, FL - Steve Shimp, president of Owen-Ames-Kimball Company (OAK), has been selected as the board chair of the Florida Gulf Coast University School of Engineering Advisory Board. The advisory board was formed in 2005 to guide the development of engineering degree programs in bioengineering, civil engineering and environmental engineering. That development includes creating a vision for the program, helping with curricula for the planned degrees and planning for the new engineering program building. Steve also served as the business community representative on the original committee that was assembled to initiate the new program in 2004.

Shimp earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Denison University in 1970, Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Summa Cum Laude) from Ohio State University in 1973 and Master of Science in 1974 with a Construction Management emphasis. He is a member of the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honorary and has earned his Professional Engineer license in four states, including Florida. His military service encompasses assignments as a Tactical Officer in the Officer Candidate Schools of the Ohio and Wisconsin Army National Guards.

Shimp is well known for his many volunteer activities and for his support of educational initiatives. He has chaired the Foundation for Lee County Public Schools, Edison Community College's Foundation, various Horizon Council efforts in furthering education interests, and the Constitutional Accountability Commission. Shimp is also credited with initiating the Lee County Schools Work Skills program. In addition, Shimp has been honored with the Distinguished Citizen of the Year by the Southwest Florida Council of Boy Scouts in 2002, the Richard McGlaughlin Award from the Florida Economic Development Council in 2005 and the Business Leadership Hall of Fame Laureate from Junior Achievement in 2005.

Shimp founded Owen-Ames-Kimball Company in 1982. The firm employs 55 and has completed over $100 million in commercial construction in 2005.

For more information contact Suzanne Maurice, Owen-Ames-Kimball Company, at (239) 561-4141.

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