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Posted 2/6/2018

Release no. 18-001

Jim Pogue

MEMPHIS, Tenn., Feb. 6, 2018 – Thomas E. Mercer is the new Small Business Program Manager for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Memphis District. 

Originally from Jackson, Tenn., Mercer has worked for the Corps of Engineers for more than 11 years. He brings a wealth of expertise to his new assignment. His past experience includes most recently, work as a Contract Specialist for the Memphis District, and Contracting Officer for the St. Louis District. Prior to that Mercer worked in private industry and as military officer of the Army Acquisition Corps.

Mercer retired from the U.S. Army in 2000 at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He is a Veteran of Operations Desert Storm and Desert Shield, and received the Bronze Star, Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, and the Army Commendation and Achievement medals for his service. 

In his new position, Mercer oversees the Memphis District’s direct work opportunities to small business enterprises and ensures the full participation of small, small disadvantaged, 8(a), women owned small business concerns and historically Black colleges and universities and minority institutions in Federally sponsored programs.

The Memphis District covers approximately 25,000 square miles in portions of each of six states adjacent to and along the Mississippi River above and below Memphis including Illinois, Missouri, Arkansas, Kentucky, Tennessee and Mississippi. Typical projects include design and construction or repair of levees and floodwalls, channels, harbors, pumping stations, articulated concrete mattress casting, bridges, buildings, dikes, revetments, and numerous miscellaneous construction and supply contracts. 

Mercer earned a Bachelor’s of Business Administration - Finance and Banking from Austin Peay State University and a Master’s degree in Material Acquisition Management from the Florida Institute of Technology.