Employee Spotlight

With a wealth of experience and a diverse skill set, Tim Blackwell has played an integral role in BETA’s asset management projects throughout New England, showcasing his versatility and commitment to improving communities. Tim’s journey at BETA began as a contract employee in April of 2012. He worked on a variety of projects crossing many disciplines at BETA until he became a full-time employee in November of 2013 as a member of BETA’s GIS & asset management group. At that time, the group only consisted of five full-time employees and has since grown to 15. Tim has been an integral part of the team’s success and growth in the timeframe.

Senior vice president Tony Garro shares, “What sets Tim apart is his flexibility and technical expertise on a wide range of GIS, asset management and engineering-related projects. Tim leads by example, is well respected by his peers and is truly a team player having worked in every state in New England.” From pavement management programs, MUTCD sign inventory and inspection, to ADA ramp and sidewalk inventory and inspection, stormwater, wastewater, and water system infrastructure mapping, Tim’s meticulous attention to detail and dedication to accuracy have been instrumental in the successful completion of projects in municipalities such as Taunton, Cranston, Salem, and many more. Tim also played a key role in the RIDOT stormwater mapping in 2020, which was conducted amid the peaks and surges of the pandemic. Despite the difficulties, Tim’s dedication and adaptability were crucial in successfully completing the project.

In addition to his fieldwork, Tim also plays a vital role in the office, assisting with drafting proposals for a wide range of projects and training and mentoring junior staff. To ensure accuracy and precision in data collection and analysis, Tim’s approach involves clear communication with project managers and consistent methodology across projects. He believes in encouraging new hires to ask questions and learn from mistakes, emphasizing the importance of resilience and learning from experience. Tim is also responsible for BETA’s fleet of 14 vehicles. This includes assigning trucks to staff on a weekly basis, maintaining mileage logs at the end of each month and scheduling vehicles for routine maintenance, inspections and repairs as needed.

Aside from the benefits of employee ownership at BETA, Tim also enjoys the variety of his job, which largely takes him outside to different communities throughout New England. He relishes the opportunity to explore new areas and engage with residents in the communities we serve. Outside of work, Tim enjoys spending time with his wife and two dogs, reading, and playing video games, as well as outdoor activities such as gardening, camping, hiking, and fishing.

“Having worked alongside Tim since 2012, he has become a vital member of BETA’s GIS & asset management group. Our team relies heavily on Tim’s expertise and knowledge in all facets of asset management projects including field data collection, data quality control and deliverables. He has played a key role in the group’s expansion across New England over the past decade,” states senior project manager Peter Dadarria.

Tim’s contributions go beyond his technical skills; his dedication, professionalism, and passion for his work make him an invaluable member of the BETA team. His ability to tackle challenges with a positive attitude and his unwavering commitment to quality make him a true asset to our organization. We are proud to have Tim on board, and we look forward to witnessing his continued growth and success with BETA.