KRAMER ENGINEERS WELCOMES AARON BLEDSOE

Last month we spotlighted stories of several long-time Kramer Engineers.  So, this month we thought we would flip the script and turn our attention to one of our newest team members.  Kramer Engineers welcomes Aaron Bledsoe.

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND

Aaron Bledsoe is an engineering designer.  He launched his career back in the early 2000’s, armed with a degree in drafting and design from the University of Rio Grande.  His first stop back then was the Austin Powder Company (APC).  According to their company bio, APC is the oldest manufacturing enterprise in the State of Ohio and one of the oldest manufacturers of explosives in the world. 

From that point Aaron worked his way up the engineering design ladder, gaining experience with several notable companies including AECOM, a powerhouse in global infrastructure.  However, earlier this year Aaron decided to switch gears.  Moving from designing in a mega corporate setting to creating design solutions in a more relaxed family-owned environment.  So, he made Kramer Engineers his new professional home.

PERSONAL | FAMILY

When Aaron isn’t solving design challenges, you can find him at home with his wife Rachel and his sons Brian, Levi, and Silas.  When I asked him what he liked to do for fun, he shared a laundry list of outdoor activities:

Kramer Engineers welcomes Aaron Bledsoe shown here with his wife Rachel and sons Silas, Levi & Brian
  • Coaching/playing sports with his sons
  • Competing in disc golf
  • Camping/fishing with his family
  • Vacationing in the Smokey Mountains or at the beach

However, Aaron told me that he found equal joy in a few indoor favorites as well.  He loved exploring new restaurants and “dives” with my wife, playing the drums and bass guitar, and volunteering at his church.

LINEAGE

But I have to say what I found most intriguing was when Aaron shared his family history.   And it’s not your run-of-the-mill “oh, I’m distant cousins with retired NFL QB Drew Bledsoe” …which he is.  No, it’s more like his family member a couple generations back was part of Billy the Kid’s gang.  Kid you not (pun intended).

Oh, but it doesn’t stop there.  His family is steeped in history both here and abroad.  Aaron shared that his US roots are so vast that both Bledsoe Creek State Park and the Bledsoe Forest in Tennessee are named after his immense network of southern relations.  

But the cherry to his ancestral tale sits atop his English origins.  His family tree dates back centuries to Bedfordshire, England where Bledsoe Castle (or Bletsoe; the old English spelling) still stands today.  A monument to Aaron’s ancestors who helped save the royal family some 500+ years ago; and were knighted by the Queen for their effort.