Our Story

Our Story

DBS & Associates Engineering was first chartered as David B. Smith Engineering, Inc. in August of 1988. The company began in the basement of David B. Smith’s home in Clarksville, Tennessee. That same month, the corporation was licensed by the State of Tennessee to practice Professional Engineering and Land Surveying.


Since opening our doors, DBS & Associates Engineering, has grown into the largest Professional Civil Engineering firm in Clarksville, TN. We now have over 50 employees with additional offices in Nashville, Tennessee and Cadiz, Kentucky.

Clarskville, Office

Nashville Office

Cadiz, Office

About Our Founder

David believes that the local Economic Development Council and the Industrial Development Board are the two bodies of the utmost importance to the financial health and success of a community, which is why he has been actively involved as a volunteer with the local Industrial Board since 1988. When industrial prospects visit the local community, He is a part of the team representing the community.  DBSE has provided site plan drawings and reports for every significant prospect that has visited.  DBSE has expended thousands of hours in aiding and assisting the local bodies to attract new industrial investment, all at absolutely no cost to the local community. 

David understands the importance of giving back to the community. He has served on numerous boards through the years. One area of community involvement that he is particularly proud of is the Aspire Program in Montgomery County, Tennessee.  He was actively involved in the early stages of the program's creation in 1996, serving as a Founding Investor and as one of the Initiative Chairs.  Together, this organization has assembled over $ 20 million dollars of private investment over the last 20 years and invested that money into the promotion of the economic development of this community.  



David is a former President of the Clarksville Area Chamber of Commerce and of the Montgomery County Economic Council.  He  served on the YMCA Middle Tennessee  Board and as Chairman of the Board for the Clarksville Area YMCA for four years, during which time he was selected as the YMCA Volunteer of the Year.  

The Tennessee School Boards Association selected David as the Volunteer of the Year in 2011 for his leadership and for his involvement in the CMCSS 100% Graduation since the programs inception in 

David B. Smith, PE, RLS
Founder / CEO

2008. "Through our efforts, the High School Graduation Rate in the School System was raised from the low 80% range to over 94%." 


He is a  graduate of both Leadership Middle Tennessee and Leadership Clarksville, serving as President of the Leadership Clarksville program for four years. Additionally, he is a member of the First Baptist Church in Clarksville, TN,  served on the Board of Land Between the Lakes, served as a Black Tie Member of the APSU Governors Club for over 20 years, was a Cumberland Society member of the United Way of the Greater Clarksville Region for over 20 years, was a Platinum Keystone Sponsor of the Clarksville Montgomery County School System for over 20 years as well as several board positions and appointments. Which is why it is not a surprise that he is a recipient of the Clarksville Chamber of Commerce Community Commitment Award. Out of all of Mr. Smith's achievements, being a husband, father and grandfather is the most rewarding achievement of all.

DBSE Partners

Chris Fielder, PE
Chief Operating Officer, Project Manager 
David Rast, PE
Principal, Transportation Manager
Barry Cleveland, PG
Principal, Project Manager
Grayson Smith, PE, RLS
Principal, Survey Manager
Houston Smith, PE
Principal, Project Manager


DBS & Associates Engineering is headquartered in Clarksville, TN with offices located in Nashville, TN and Cadiz, KY. We offer full A/E services to a range of markets nationwide.

Nashville, TN Office

2200 Rosa L Parks Blvd.

Nashville, Tennessee 37228

p: 615.244.2040

Clarksville, TN Office

330 North 2nd Street

Clarksville, Tennessee 37040

p: 931.647.6959

f: 931.647.7135

Cadiz, KY Office

63 Main Street

Cadiz, Kentucky 42211

p: 270.522.6700

Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday 7 am to 5 pm

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