Darold Phillips, an engineering industry veteran, has retired from Toth and Associates Inc.
Phillips, a vice president at Toth and Associates since 2007, worked his last day at the engineering company on Aug. 6, according to a news release.
“I have had the privilege of both knowing and working with Darold Phillips for over 40 years. Darold is an extremely capable engineer and well respected in our industry," said Lou Toth, the company's board president, in the release. "He is a man of high integrity and a terrific friend and family man. He will be missed."
In his 50-year career, Phillips worked as an electrical planning engineer for electric cooperatives throughout the Midwest.
Licensed in six states, he was honored in 1983 with the Young Engineer Award from the Ozark Chapter of the Missouri Society of Professional Engineers, and he hosted myriad professional development seminars on topics including planning, rates, design and administration in the electric utility field.
"Many accepted practices have changed in the electrical utility industry over the past 50 years. What hasn’t changed is building good relationships with our employees and clients," Phillips said in the release. "Truly caring on a personal level is what has led to a successful career and business.”
In his vice president role, Phillips oversaw distribution design and planning. He has transitioned his responsibilities over the past several years to Jeff Mueller, said Kevin Grinder, the company's marketing director.
Toth and Associates recently was a finalist in its category of 16-29 years in business for Springfield Business Journal's Economic Impact Awards. The firm was named Judges' Choice for SBJ's 2022 Dynamic Dozen fast-growth awards in the spring.
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