Who We Are


In 1984 Ralph Parsons founded Parsons Engineering in Brentwood, TN. Forgoing the traditional document production method by drafters; he built a team of highly qualified engineers and designers. Utilizing engineers to design and draft, the documents are completed faster and cleaner. In 2000 Parsons Engineering incorporated. We continue to provide the same level of service which turned a small company into one of the largest electrical-only consulting engineering firms in the Nashville area. Our team consists of three licensed principles, one engineer in training, and six degreed designers.

Our Staff


Anthony Pezzi, PE

Tony, as most folks know him, has been with us since 1996 and is currently the President or as some of us address him, El Presidente. It’s not uncommon to see a line forming outside his office with eager employees waiting to have questions answered and assignments given. Tony is the Jedi Master of consulting engineering. Once he leaves the office he is known by his four padawans as Daddy. At home he uses Jedi mind tricks to convince the young padawans to pick up their toys, brush their teeth, and stop throwing things in the house.

  • Degrees & Schools: Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering from Tennessee Technological University
  • Associations & Registrations: National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA), Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED AP), Tennessee Society of Professional Engineers (TSPE) and National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE), International Association of Electrical Inspectors (IAEI)
  • Favorite Pastime: Camping
  • Something I Say Too Much: No problem
  • Favorite Place To Be Other Than Work: On the water
  • Favorite Book/Author: HMS Surprise - Patrick O'Brian
  • Favorite Movie: O Brother, Where Art Thou?
  • Favorite Childhood Toy: Legos
  • Nickname: Tony

Rodney Runions, PE

Parsons Engineering Rodney Runions

Rodney joined the crew in 1999 after obtaining his degree from TN Tech and has been working hard ever since. Rodney is a husband to a wonderful wife and a father to three awesome kids (a teenage son and twin teenage daughters). With three teenagers, there is never a lack of excitement or drama around the house. Rodney is an avid hunter and fisherman. When he’s not in the office, he enjoys spending time with his family in the woods and on the lake.

  • Degrees & Schools: Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Tennessee Technological University
  • Associations & Registrations: Registered Professional Engineer in 21 states; International Association of Electrical Inspectors (IAEI)
  • Favorite Pastime: Hunting, fishing or working on old cars
  • Favorite Quote 1: "Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe." - Albert Einstein
  • Favorite Quote 2: "You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality." - Walt Disney
  • Something I Say Too Much: Who’s using the WIFI?
  • Phobias: Flying and Heights
  • Favorite Place To Be Other Than Work: With my wife and children on the lake.
  • Favorite Book/Author: Do magazines count?
  • Favorite Movie: Goonies - 1985
  • Favorite Childhood Toy: My Golden Arrow RC car
  • Nickname: Hot Rod

Ralph Parsons, PE

Ralph has been here from the beginning. Ralph is gradually moving into retirement but he still wields a red pencil without missing a beat. He’s not in the office as frequently as he used to be since he has other important business to tend to: spending time with all his grandsons, wood turning and keeping snakes away at the cabin.

  • Degrees & Schools: B.S.E.E. 1965 North Carolina State University, M.Ed. 1975 University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Ed. D. 1979 Nova University
  • Associations & Registrations: American Association of Woodturners
  • Favorite Pastime: Arguing, turning wood
  • Favorite Quote: If you have integrity, nothing else matters; if you do not have integrity, nothing else matters.
  • Something I Say Too Much: I can do that for you.
  • Phobias: Rattlesnakes, high places
  • Favorite Place To Be Other Than Work: In the woods.
  • Favorite Book/Author: Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  • Favorite Movie: The Blues Brothers
  • Favorite Childhood Toy: My bicycle.
  • Random Interesting Fact: I once set fire to a house but the fire department came and put it out.

Jonathan Work

In 2002 Jonathan decided it was time for a change. He traded-in an exciting, action packed career in the grocery business for a seat of AutoCad and a mouse and never looked back. When Jonathan isn’t designing electrical systems or fighting computer gremlins, he can be found spending time with his wife and two boys watching the VOLS.

  • Degrees & Schools: A.A.S. Electrical Engineering Technology – Nashville State Community College
  • Favorite Pastime: Spending time with family and watching the VOLS.
  • Favorite Place To Be Other Than Work: With family and Neyland Stadium
  • Favorite Quote: Just remember, wherever you go, there you are. And you will never be lost.
  • Favorite Movie: Anything with Bruce Campbell
  • Favorite Childhood Toy or Game: Game of Life

Savanna Owens

Savanna jumped in with both feet in 2012. She has since made the move to a part time Parsons Engineering Designer so she could work from home to be with her two precious kiddos. She has a passion for making time for work and being a homemaker for her husband and kids.


  • Degrees & Schools: A.A.S. Architectural Engineering Technology – Nashville State Community College
  • Favorite Pastime: Riding four wheelers
  • Favorite Place To Be Other Than Work: With my little family
  • Favorite Quote: "Pray for yesterday, live for today, and hope for tomorrow." – unknown
  • Something I Say Too Much: Mercy!
  • Favorite Movie: The Proposal
  • Favorite Childhood Game: High Ho Cherry O
  • Nickname: Momma

Sarah E. Jackson

Sarah joined the pack in 2012 and is swiftly becoming the 3D cad master. Sarah enjoys hunting and shooting and is able to hone some of those skills while at the office. She practices her hunter’s observation skills on the flow of people past her desk to determine the shortest wait time outside EL Presidente’s office and patience when someone sneaks ahead of her before she can get to his door.

  • Degrees & Schools: Bachelors of Fine Arts and Masters of Architecture from Savannah College of Art and Design
  • Favorite Pastime: Hunting, sewing, volunteering for Wildlife Conservation Organizations
  • Something I say too much: What was I about to do/say?
  • Favorite Place To Be Other Than Work: In the woods or duck hunting in Arkansas
  • Favorite Author: J. Alain Smith
  • Favorite Movie: Ghosts in the Darkness
  • Random Interesting Fact: I volunteer for Ducks Unlimited and Music City Chapter of SCI. I also belong to various wildlife conservation organizations.

Lori Pezzi

Lori joined the group as Business Manager in 2009 after spending the previous seven years managing El Presidente and her four monkeys full time on the home front. When she is not managing business matters she can still be found managing the monkeys. She enjoys spending time with El Presidente, traveling, camping with the family, and dark chocolate (we cannot forget the dark chocolate!).

  • Degrees & Schools: BS Psychology - Tennessee Technology University, MA Industrial/Organizational Psychology – Austin Peay State University
  • Favorite Pastime: Spending time with Tony.
  • Favorite Quote: "Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing is like shoveling the walk before it stops snowing." – Phyllis Diller
  • Something I Say Too Much: Did you brush your teeth?
  • Phobias: Heights
  • Favorite Movie: O Brother, Where Art Thou?
  • Nickname: LoPez

Tom Williams

Tom joined Parsons in 2015 and easily took over the oldest employee position.  Parsons has been able to teach this old dog some new tricks but he still has a few of his own up his sleeve.  Tom enjoys history, debating politics, watching sports and doing DIY home projects.

  • Degrees & Schools: Bachelor of Engineering, Vanderbilt University
  • Favorite Pastime: Other than deep sea fishing with minimum 6’ sea swells, coin and Civil War relic collecting
  • Favorite Quote: No good deed goes unpunished.
  • Phobias: Marriage
  • Favorite place to be other than work: Home
  • Favorite Book/Author: The Bible by God
  • Favorite Movie: I know it’s not a movie but Game of Thrones comes to mind
  • Favorite Childhood Toy or Game: Capture the flag

Kyle McKinney

In 2015 Kyle joined Parsons looking for a change. Kyle’s main focus is in parks, music venues, churches and arc flash studies. When Kyle is not in the office, he enjoys playing softball, watching VOLS sporting events, and enjoying time with family.


  • Degrees & Schools: BS Electrical Engineering from Tennessee Technological University
  • Favorite Pastime: Playing and watching sports
  • Favorite Quote: "That which does not kill us makes us stronger" – Friedrich Nietzsche
  • Something I Say Too Much: Cool
  • Favorite place to be other than work: With Family
  • Favorite Book/Author: Where the Wild Things Are
  • Favorite Movie: Billy Madison
  • Favorite Childhood Toy or Game: Legos and Lincoln Logs

Dennis Lewis Jr

In 2015 Dennis joined the team not long after relocating to Tennessee from the Baltimore / Washington metropolitan area. In pursuit of becoming an architect he implements his design skills and knowledge to the field of electrical engineering via AutoCAD and Revit. During his free time, if he’s not occupied with his saltwater tank, playing guitar, or traveling the country you typically can find him at a local Cars ‘N’ Coffee meet.

  • Degrees & Schools: Associate of Applied Science Architectural Design/ Anne Arundel Community College
  • Favorite Pastime: Playing Guitar, Saltwater Reefing, Reading
  • Favorite Quote: "Winners are not afraid of losing. But losers are. Failure is part of the process of success. People who avoid failure also avoid success." – Robert Kiyosaki
  • Something I Say Too Much: Maybe
  • Favorite place to be other than work: The Beach
  • Favorite Book/Author: Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  • Favorite Movie: American Pie 2
  • Favorite Childhood Toy or Game: Sega Genesis
  • Nickname: Dee

Damian Robertson

Damian joined the Parsons family in 2013 soon after a fateful cold call to Tony from a port-a-john on a cold winter day while working as a journeyman electrician for an electrical company in town.   He decided to give up the work boots and the hard hat for a nice, warm desk job where he could use his field experience and his brain most days instead of his body. When Damian isn’t putting out fires for clients or designing assisted living facility and pumping station you can probably find him on the couch watching football, doing never ending homework, or spending time with his minion grandson.

  • Degrees & Schools: ABC School (Electrical Apprenticeship), Associate of Applied Science - Nashville State Community College
  • Favorite Pastime: Playing PS4 or anything competitive
  • Favorite Quote: "No matter how much it hurts, how dark it gets or no matter how far you fall, you are never out of the fight."
  • Something I Say Too Much: Wanna bet?
  • Phobias: Snakes and Spiders
  • Favorite place to be other than work: My couch
  • Favorite Book/Author: Monster: The Autobiography of an LA Gang Member
  • Favorite Movie: Inception
  • Favorite Childhood Toy or Game: Red Rover
  • Nickname: D
  • Random Interesting Fact: I am a journeyman electrician with 12 years of field experience.