Meet Eddie Bocox, our Business Manager in the Phoenix, AZ, office. An accomplished engineer, Eddie recently moved from Jackson, TN, to Phoenix to lead our expansion efforts in the southwest USA. He is best described as dedicated, hardworking, and fun. We’re excited to feature him in this month’s Employee Spotlight below.
How long have you been with LSI?
What is your role at LSI?
Business Manager for the Phoenix Office.
Where did you go to college?
What industries have you been involved in?
Pulp and Paper, Brewing, Automotive, Specialty Chemical, Food and Beverage, and Parts Manufacturing
What is your area of expertise?
Electrical Design, Process Control, Emerson’s DeltaV DCS, Project Management
What platforms are you familiar with?
Emerson DeltaV, Rockwell Automation’s Logix, Bailey Infi 90, and Foxboro I/A Series
What has been your favorite project at LSI?
We worked on a DCS and PLC control system conversion project on the number one producing paper machine for one of our leading customers. This project occurred over the course of four years. At that time, I was one of the lead electrical hardware resources for the project. At one point, we had around 45 LSI resources on site to support one of the outages. I loved being around that team and going through the daily grind at the mill. During that project, a few of the core team members dubbed us “The Mill Heroes.”
What is your proudest moment at LSI?
The project I was just speaking about was a proud moment, but it is second to a smaller project that Lynn Callis (Jackson, TN office) passed along to me. Lynn was remarkably busy with a woodyard conversion and chipped off a piece of the project to challenge me. Well, that piece was a Barko Unloader crane. The crane was pieced together, no one knew how the controls really worked, and there was a severe lack of documentation. I built testing equipment to figure out how the joysticks worked, did the electrical design and the assembly. I was honestly shocked when it worked! The customer gave me a pat on the back and told me about my excellent job!
What sets LSI apart as an employer?
When I was hired, I did not know what controls engineering was. I was simply assured that I would learn and the opportunity would be whatever I made it. The willingness of our team to share information and support one another is unmatched!
What sets LSI apart as a system integrator?
The way we work to build long-lasting relationships. We genuinely want to be there to support our customers for the long term.
What are three ways or words that you would use to describe LSI?
Integrity, family-oriented and motivated.
What is one thing that clients may not know about LSI that you would like to share?
LSI has a broad range of knowledge and capabilities. If you have an opportunity, do not hesitate to ask one of our engineers. I am sure we have someone who will be able to help!
Long-term client relationships are a hallmark of LSI. Why is that?
We have a great business model that provides customers with individuals they can rely on.
How has LSI helped you in your career development?
LSI was a leap of faith for me. As I look back at the provided opportunities, I am impressed at how LSI has supported and challenged me. I went from not knowing much about controls to a leadership position at LSI. It has taken many long, challenging hours to reach this point in my career, and there is still more to do!
What advice do you have for prospective LSI candidates?
LSI is going to challenge you; it is up to you to step up and be ready to accept the challenge.
How do you like to spend your free time?
Taking my RZR or Jeep off-roading, boating, traveling, and being around friends.
What is your favorite vacation spot?
This is a tricky one; before my wife and I moved to Arizona, I would have said traveling to different beaches. Now, I would say I just want to be on a boat floating down the Tennessee River!
Your favorite sports team?
Tennessee Volunteers and Tennessee Titans
Apple iOS or Android?
Not even a question, Apple of course!
Any random facts about yourself that you could share with us?
- I was bitten by a copperhead as an 18-month-old toddler and spent seven days in the ICU.
- I have and always will have a passion for engineering, but I do have a desire to one day get either my pilot’s or my captain’s license.