The Terry Ni Scholarship
|Founder and Executive Director|
Ms. Ni was founder, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), and President of TN & Associates, Inc. (TN&A) from 1989 to 2008 when the company was acquired and merged into OTIE. Ms. Ni retired in December 2017 as Director of Special Initiatives and Strategic Planning for OTIE.
Ms. Ni started her engineering consulting business in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with a vision of providing civil engineering and scientific consulting services to federal, state, and municipal customers. Her early customers included the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA), the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, and the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District. Later the business expanded to numerous other customers nationwide and worldwide.
As the president of TN&A, Ms. Ni designed and led successful marketing efforts and, in the early 1990s, successfully marketed the USEPA in pursuit of federal contracts at the US EPA Drinking Water Laboratory in Cincinnati, OH and the US EPA National Center for Environmental Assessment in Washington, DC.
The company expanded to serve many other federal clients nationwide, including the US Navy, US Air Force, US Corps of Engineers, US Marine Corps, US Department of Agriculture and the Department of Energy. TN&A grew from a local engineering company in Wisconsin to a nationally known, well-respected engineering, science, and construction business. The company expanded from one location in Wisconsin to 14 office coast-to-coast, including offices overseas in Japan, Korea, and Guam, serving multiple clients.
Throughout her career, Ms. Ni has led her company into new markets by winning new customers as she grew her business from a small start-up to over 420 employees by 2017.
As the President of company, Ms. Ni was recognized for numerous achievements including:
US Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) Excellence Performance Award in 2003
Department of Defense Nunn-Perry Awarded two times in 1997 and 2006.
Nominated as Prime Contractor of the Year by U.S. Department of Defense.
Entrepreneur of the Year by the Governor of the State of Wisconsin in 1996.
Working Woman Magazine Awards in two categories – General Excellence and Customer Service in 2002.
Ardie Halyard Business Excellence Award
Business of the Year -- UW-Milwaukee School of Business Administration
Wisconsin Minority Business Person of the Year Award by US SBA
Metro Milwaukee Future 50 Award by the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce
Through her vision, leadership, and drive to excel, Ms. Ni grew and developed the company from a one person engineering firm to over 200 staff practicing in over 20 technical disciplines and serving over 50 federal, state, and commercial customers in 14 offices by 2008 when the merger and acquisition occurred and TN&A transitioned to the new company, OTIE.
After guiding the transition, Ms. Ni led corporate initiatives to grow the company as the Director of Special Initiatives and Strategic Planning. The new company grew to almost 350 in 2015. She sought new business development opportunities and new services to sustain diversification and growth for the next several years. Her focused energy and drive to succeed inspired the company to achieve national recognition as a premier engineering, science, and construction management services firm. Under her guidance until her retirement in 2017, the firm grew to over 420 total staff worldwide.
Ms. Ni’s commitment to accomplish the mission of enhancing and restoring the earth to improve sustainability is at the core of her drive to create and sponsor the original FREE program scholarship. And now she continues to fulfill that commitment along with broader goals with her TN Engineering Scholarship.
Mr. Ni retired from OTIE and OESC in December 2017 where he was the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and President of both companies. OESC is an engineering holding company of over 400 professionals and Mr. Ni was the leader responsible for the company’s operations.
With a background in civil environmental engineering, Mr. Ni joined TN&A in 1993 as Chief Operating Officer (COO), a fast-growing engineering design and consulting firm serving the federal government and state agencies with multi-discipline engineering and science services. As COO, Mr. Ni directed Program Managers, Project Managers, and multi-discipline teams on several multi-million dollar contracts for the US EPA, US Air Force, and US Army Corps of Engineers. He directed the hiring and development of key professionals to build technical discipline groups and lead programs for civil and environmental engineering and science.
Mr. Ni led the business expansion and technical diversification of the company from 1993 to 2008 as COO during which the firm grew from approximately 20 to over 200 professionals in 14 offices. In 2008, TN&A was acquired and merged into OTIE. From 2008 until his retirement in 2017, he led OTIE as CEO and grew the company to over 420 professionals. Under his leadership and direction, the company now delivers services on over 200 concurrent projects from offices coast-to-coast in the United States as well as in Japan and Korea. The immediate future plan is to expand the company’s business to Europe.
Mr. Ni directed the pursuit of large-scale, multi-disciplined federal contracts for several customers. The company has demonstrated exceptional capabilities in competing for and winning federal engineering and environmental services contracts valued at over $3 billion in capacity. Mr. Ni directed the company’s technical work and served as principle engineer and program director on many of the largest federal contracts and provided management leadership in the staffing and growth required to maintain outstanding contract performance.
Applying his financial and management expertise, Mr. Ni created the foundation and structure for a lasting and sustaining environmental and scientific services firm, which is recognized as a leader in customer service and quality.
Mr. Ni’s long-term career and leadership in the industry contributes to accomplishing the mission and further development of the TN Engineering Scholarship.
Ms. Cotey is Vice President and Corporate Administrator for OTIE (formerly TN&A), an engineering company of 420 employees. She is head of the Administration and Human Resources departments. Ms. Cotey is a human resources generalist with specialized knowledge in complex employee benefit packages, employment policies and regulations, problem resolution, and overall development of human resource functions.
Ms. Cotey applies her strong problem solving abilities, effective written and verbal communication skills, and project management capabilities to promote the growth and advancement of the company. Ms. Cotey is particularly skilled in cost control of processes and systems within her areas of responsibility.
Ms. Cotey has over 20 years of experience in human resource management, corporate administration, and office systems development. Her expertise includes assessment, development, and implementation of office processes and functions, including office design and layout suited to optimize office space and efficiency.
In addition to her outstanding service for the company, Ms. Cotey volunteers a significant amount of her time and energy in support of several local charitable organizations that benefit the disadvantaged and needy. A short summary of her volunteer work includes:
Ms. Cotey’s commitment to voluntarily serve the community matches the mission of the TN Engineering Scholarship, her energy and efforts should be an example to many.
Mr. Fleissner is recently retired as Vice President and Principle Engineer for OESC (formerly T N & Associates, Inc.), an engineering, science, and construction company of 420 professionals. For over 20 years he was a leader of multiple functions including the company’s QA/QC (Quality Assurance/Quality Control) program and the proposal development and delivery team.
Before he joined the company, Mr. Fleissner worked with CH2M HILL (one of the world’s largest engineering firms) for over 20 years where he worked on a wide range of wastewater treatment studies and design projects for municipalities and commercial customers to comply with the Clean Water Act of 1972 and other related environmental legislation and subsequent regulatory requirements.
In 1979, he became involved as a process engineer and project manager in the emerging practice of environmental remediation, which was driven by enactment of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) of 1976 and Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) of 1980 and subsequent regulatory framework.
Over his 42 years of professional experience, Mr. Fleissner applied his technical understanding coupled with communication skills to create clear and effective technical reports that have served as models for similar work. His written documents have received commendations from governmental and commercial customers for clarity and usability. The US EPA used examples of his reporting format in Superfund guidance documents.
Mr. Fleissner has applied his communication skills to proposal and interview preparation in competition for federal, state, and commercial contracts ranging in size from less than $1.0 million to $3.0 billion in contract capacity. Proposals prepared by Mr. Fleissner and under his direction have earned “Outstanding” evaluation scores by multiple federal customers including the US Air Force, US Navy, and the US Army Corps of Engineers. Under his leadership, the company has competed for and won federal contracts against firms over 100 times the size of the company.
Mr. Fleissner has developed and led quality control initiatives within the company designed to improve company practices and procedures for technical operations and documentation. He led the development team which prepared and maintains the Corporate Quality Management Plan and has overseen the development of numerous Standard Operating Practice guides for technical practices by multiple subject matter experts.
Mr. Fleissner’s technical knowledge and comprehensive experience is an important force for the TN Engineering Scholarship to continue its development. His commitment to accomplish the mission of the TN Engineering Scholarship serves as an example to many other engineers and leaders in the industry.