Lochner Provides for Native Oklahoman
“I’ve had a career of public service. Employment with Lochner has allowed me to continue serving Oklahoma, with the heart of a servant” - Troy Travis, office manager and professional engineer
Troy Travis was looking for an opportunity after retirement to continue serving the business community in Oklahoma City
after retirement. His state service as a 25-year employee with the Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) and three years with the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority (OTA) provided more than 30 years of expertise that he wanted to pass along to others.
“I found a way to mentor young people and share my knowledge before leaving the work world,” said Travis, who is now in his third year at Lochner, a leading engineering and construction firm. Travis recognizes the public safety aspect of Lochner’s work; he oversees projects with counties, cities, ODOT and OTA, which directly impacts infrastructure and construction plans, including bridge inspections. The firm’s support of local charities, from the Ronald McDonald House to the Regional Food Bank, also underscores the positive difference employees like Travis can make in the community they call home.
Travis is originally from Tahlequah. He studied at both Northeastern State University and Oklahoma State University and has lived throughout the state.
“Having Lochner here has allowed us to live better than if we went to work somewhere else,” said Travis. “I’m better able to provide for my family and family’s quality of life by this company being present here in Oklahoma.”
Lochner currently employees 17 people in its Oklahoma City office and has served the area for more than 25 years.
“Many things in the engineering world are very specialized; all niche firms are simply stronger in some areas than others,” said Travis. “Individuals have unique skills and talents that set them apart from others and Qualifications Based Selection recognizes that. States and local governments have a process.”
Proposed Oklahoma First legislation that would award contracts to companies headquartered in Oklahoma does not make sense to experienced engineers like Travis.
“Ultimately, we would not be chosen in roles where we would have previously been chosen if selection is based solely on where a company’s main office is located,” said Travis. “Coming in second does not allow you to win jobs and keep offices open. All Lochner employees are Oklahomans and have historically been Oklahomans. It almost becomes a Good Ole’ Boy System as opposed to contacts being award based on qualifications and who is best suited for the job.”
Even employees from other states soon come to know the Sooner State as a place they can thrive and contribute to locally.
“We are always asking others and challenging ourselves to invest in Oklahoma,” said Travis. “It’s counterintuitive to growing our state not to continue that investment. I have three daughters living in Oklahoma who are all studying some kind of technical engineering. I hope they can stay here and raise my grandchildren. Ultimately, this is the place I want my family to be and the presence of valuable jobs through employers like Lochner make that possible.”