Todd & Sargent wishes to announce the retirement of our President, Wm. H. (Bill) Bokhoven after 28 years of service. Bill started working for Todd & Sargent on June 20, 1988 in the Engineering Department as a Project Engineer. In 1994, he was promoted to Vice President of Engineering, and in 2006 he was selected to be President of T&S. He continued in that role until his retirement on December 31, 2016.
Bill always had a desire to be involved in the agricultural industries served by Todd & Sargent. His experience of growing up on a farm, working in a feed mill in college, and earning degrees from Iowa State University in Agricultural and Structural Engineering prepared him well to meet the needs of T&S clients. His engineering background provided a well-rounded, broad-based foundation to help address the diverse facets of our projects. Working as a team with our designers, project managers, field crews, suppliers, and clients created the setting for a rich and fulfilling career.
Bill fully endorsed and believed in the mission of Todd & Sargent. Our mission has been and continues to be that we "serve the engineering and construction needs of our clients to ensure their continued growth and sucess". For Bill, there was probably nothing more rewarding than to be able to help others be successful. While striving to do that for our clients, he also tried to encourage fellow employees to pursue excellence in all they do - from grammar and spelling to being the best you can be at all aspects of your job. Perfection was never an absolute, but striving for it was always a goal.
As he approached the end of his career, he realized that another important aspect of anyone's job is to "pass the baton" to the next generation so they can continue to build upon the foundations that have been laid. To that end, he tried to ensure that his colleagues were equipped with the fundamentals to make their careers as enjoyable and rewarding as his had been.
Bill and his wife Sue live in Ames where they raised their three sons. Future plans include spending more time with their children and grandchildren. Their children include son Nicolas and wife Karla of San Diego, Californina; son Mark and wife Chelsey of Denver, Colorado; and son Eric and wife Erin, who are currently deployed to Germany. Bill and Sue have four grandchildren: Luke, Kate, Logan, and Blake.
Best wishes in your retirement, Bill!