Steve Carlise

Wightman promotes new president

Wightman’s sixth president is a longtime employee who rose through the ranks. Steve Carlisle was named to the leadership position after a shareholder meeting April 9.

After a two-year process, he takes the reigns from Matt Davis, who became president in 2015. Davis, who has worked for Wightman since 1994, will continue his employment as a full-time special project manager.

“Steve’s proven leadership abilities, industry knowledge and commitment to Wightman make him the perfect fit to lead our firm into the future,” said Brian Lieberg, Wightman’s chairman of the board, in a press release. “We are confident that under his leadership Wightman will continue a path of growth, while still providing quality services and exceeding our clients’ expectations.”

Carlisle has been with Wightman for 27 years, starting off as a civil engineer. He was promoted to director of engineering in 2015, and to government sector leader in 2022. He also served on the board of directors from 2012-2023, including chairman several times.

“As I begin my role as Wightman’s sixth president in its 78-year history, I am filled with a profound sense of responsibility, excitement and pride,” Carlisle said. “It is an honor to lead such a talented and dedicated team, and I am committed to continuing Wightman’s strategic growth and positive impact on our clients, team members and communities while supporting our engaging culture.”

Carlisle will oversee Wightman’s strategic plan, including operations and business development.

“Our clients are at the heart of everything we do, and I look forward to continuing to build lasting relationships that will help drive sustainable growth,” he said.

Carlisls also is committed to the development of Wightman’s staff members.

“Similarly, our greatest asset is our people, and I believe in empowering every member of our team to reach their full potential through a culture of trust, transparency and continuous learning,” he said.

Carlisle earned a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from Michigan State University. He serves on the board of directors for the American Council of Engineering Companies in Michigan and Southwest Michigan First, and is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

“The opportunity to lead Wightman aligns with my personal and professional aspirations, and I’m excited to continue the firm’s lasting legacy of success,” he said.

Benton Harbor, Michigan-based Wightman has offices in Michigan and Indiana, including Portage and South Bend. The consulting company employs more than 200 professionals. It offers architecture, civil engineering and surveying services, among other specialties.


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