Hall of Fame 2016
Gregory L. Booth
Mr. Gregory L. Booth was born into a family with a long history of engineering, with his grandfather, father, and brother all being engineers. His unique and early exposure to electrical engineering started at the age of 12, while traveling every summer with his father to visit electric utility clients across the United States. This fostered a strong desire to become an electrical engineer, and Mr. Booth grew to admire NC State and its cutting-edge engineering programs. His desire to attend NC State was further encouraged by university staff such as Coach Al Michaels and later Drs. Herman and Stevenson when they provided assistance to his father’s engineering firm. These experiences added to his desire to become an NC State Electrical Engineering graduate and lifelong supporter of this beloved university. Mr. Booth graduated from NC State in 1969 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. He became a principal in Booth & Associates, Inc., and grew the firm to over 80 employees serving over 300 utility clients in 30 states. After a failed attempt at retirement, Mr. Booth started PowerServices, Inc. in 2005 and has grown that firm to 70 employees with over 250 utility clients in 28 states.
Mr. Booth’s wife Catherine and three children have supported him through the good and the difficult times, as running your own business comes with many personal and business challenges. His career spans the days of slide rules then computer punch cards to the current ever-changing technology. Mr. Booth remains extremely active with clients as the President of PowerServices, performing a wide range of engineering work from traditional generation-transmission-substation-distribution line design and planning to aggressively active involvement with smart grid advancement, AMI metering, renewable energy including solar and wind, and microgrid projects.
Mr. Booth attributes his career and successes to those around him and all of his NC State experiences before and after graduation.
Engage with your professors. You have much more to learn from them than what is in a text. Substitute the word “know” for the word “no”. Engineering is finding ways to accomplish things that have never been done before. Lastly, remember: Do what you love and the money will follow.