Dennis Petersen: Leading the Way

By Maureen Foody

One can learn many essential lessons while leading a company through the good times and the rough times. Dennis W. Petersen P.E. president of Lockwood Andrews & Newnam Inc. (LAN) has weathered many of both during his years leading the firm. His optimistic outlook and years of experience help drive LAN’s continuing expansion.

“I wish it were more of a visionary tale, but I was just doing what I thought needed to be done,” Petersen said, recounting three decades spent working at LAN. “You have to try and find the optimal tipping point in a decision,” said Petersen of how he has made decisions over the years. “We’re always looking for the details as engineers, but you have to trust your gut at the same time.”

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