Walter Paul Roberson (Lighting Designer, C 10 Contractor, Project Manager, Foreman)

My name is Walter Paul Roberson and I've been in the Electrical field for over 27 years served as a Lighting Designer, C 10 contractor, project manager, and a foreman, and more recently I've been employed as an instructor at the Institute of  Business Technology (IBT) in the electrician program.

I have had the distinct pleasure of having Zelalem Bell-Sparrow as a student in my class, and observed his performance over the past 9 months. Zelalem has been a great student and has dedicated himself in order to achieve advance knowledge in the electric field.  While studying the course work he applied extra study time towards passing the Fundamentals of Engineering and prepared himself for the Professional Engineering Exam, and began a path to becoming a state registered engineer in the field of power and distribution, Zelalem has met or exceeded the requirements of the program with the added challenge of fulfilling the requirements to become an Engineer in Training (EIT).  I feel confident that he will continue to succeed in all aspects of the electrical, field.  Zelalem is a dedicated student and in class he has been a person who is able to successfully develop skills for the overall goal.

On a personal note it has been a pleasure having him in my class. Zelalem came to IBT in an effort to expand his practical knowledge of the electrical trade through attending our hands on electrical apprentice training program. He has been an asset to the electrical instructors here at IBT being able to explain relatively complex electrical theory to our staff and our more advanced students.
Feel free to contact me if you need any further information.


Faith Center Construction
P.O. Box 512, Memphis, TN 38028

Lary Smith
FC Contractors
P.O. Box 512
Memphis, TN 38028

Re: Recommendation for Zelalem N. Bell-Sparrow
I am the CEO of FC Contractors for approximately 30 years. Over the thirty years, I have been the leading contractor for many different large-scale government and private contracts.  My Firm has built churches, police stations, houses, worked on lead removal projects throughout the city of Memphis as a private and federal contractor.

I have worked very closely with Zelalem N. Bell-Sparrow during the summer of 2017.  He served as an on-site electrical engineer on multiple construction projects.

Zelalem has excelled in this role, exhibiting one of the highest level of productivity have seen in electrical engineering during my 30-years with the company.

While working with him, I noticed his positive attitude toward  completing a task and noticed his enthusiasm to grow and lean when working on new things.  Zelalem took a special interest in the process of applying for government bids and contracts.

Zelalem has a good working ethic without any reservation I highly recommend Zelalem for whatever he desires to achieve, and I hope I will have the opportunity to work with him in the future.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.


John Falkenhagen (Corporate Electrical Trades Director)

 As the Corporate Electrical Director at the Institute for Business and Technology, I have had the pleasure of knowing Zelalem Bell-Sparrow for the last 9 months. He has been a tremendous student and an asset to our school.  I would like to take this opportunity to recommend Zelalem for a position with you company

I feel confident that he will continue to succeed in all aspects of the electrical field. Zelalem is a dedicated student and his grades are exemplary along with perfect attendance.  In class , he has proven to be a take charge person who is able to successfully develop plans and implement them.

He has successfully demonstrated leadership ability by always helping other students. His advice has been a great help to these students, many of whom have taken time to share their comments with me regarding his pleasant and encouraging attitude.

It is for these reasons that I offer high recommendations for Zelalem without reservation.  His dedication to studies is to be highly commended.  If you have any questions regarding this recommendation please feel free to contact me.


LT Commander Darrel Wesley (US Navy)

I have worked with Mr. Bell-Sparrow on various occasions, and I was consistently impressed with his work ethic. The attitude that he brought was very contagious and the energy he brought was always welcomed. Mr. Bell-Sparrow held the position of assistant to Integrated Support Command (ISC) Engineering division for the United States Coast Guard at Alameda California and has been a sailor in the Coast Guard from 2004 until 2009. I found him to be an exceptional leader when working with personnel on Coast Guard Island. And while on Board the CGC Sherman he directly oversaw the engine room during crucial operations

Mr. Bell-Sparrow has experience in project managing and continues to improve in leadership. I’m sure he will be a valuable asset to your company, and do everything that is required of him and more. While working with him I found these admirable traits:

• Fast-moving, effective, results-oriented.
• Highly skilled at motivating others to achieve their goals
• Reliable, loyal, enthusiastic.

Mr. Bell-Sparrow is a dedicated, uncompromising worker. He stands for quality, and I have great respect for his consideration.


Brigadier General Ernest G. Talbert (Airlift Wing, Retired)

SUBJECT: Recommendation Letter for US Coast Guard Selection Committee
1.  I have known Mr. Bell- Sparrow and his family for more than twenty years and can attest to him being the finest young men that I have ever known. I would describe him as a mature, respectful, self-disciplined, and focused individual.  He is at a tenacious problem solver, who will pursue a problem and/or opportunity to its’ fullest completion.  Mr. Bell-Sparrow is a dedicated, uncompromising worker. He stands up for quality, and I have great respect for his consideration

2.   I am proud to count as one of Mr. Bell-Sparrow’s friends and supporter.  I only regret that I couldn’t persuade him to join the U.S. Air Force.  I give my strongest recommendation that he be offered an appointment within the U.S. Coast Guard. For further recommendation, I can be reached DSN 445-7500



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