Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Carpenter and Hetzel Win Spirit of Garver Awards

As part of Summit 2016, Garver presented two employees each with a Spirit of Garver Award for their outstanding achievements and contribution to the company over the past year. Spirit of Garver nominees exhibit passion, dedication, and leadership as they aid their teams in pursuing Garver’s goals of being a strong, respected, and profitable company.

The selection committee chose Wade Carpenter and Jon Hetzel to receive the Spirit of Garver Award, which carries with it a cash prize. Ten others were chosen from among many nominees to be recognized as finalists for what is the highest employee honor within the company.

Wade serves as a senior project surveyor with the Garver’s Huntsville, Alabama Survey Team, while Jon serves in our North Little Rock, Arkansas office as communications manager for the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department's Connecting Arkansas Program.

Congratulations to our Spirit of Garver winners, our finalists, and our nominees.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Employees Gather in NWA for Garver Summit 2016

Some 250 employees from across the Garver footprint recently gathered in Northwest Arkansas to participate in Garver Summit 2016, the company’s sixth annual meeting. Garver is headquartered in North Little Rock, Arkansas, but its Fayetteville office has played an integral role in the company since it opened in 1993. Its proximity to the University of Arkansas has allowed Garver to recruit a continuous flow of new talent while also allowing Garver’s Water Design Center to work with the University to research and develop new solutions to problems the world’s growing water crisis has presented.

While in Northwest Arkansas employees attended a dinner at Walmart’s Arkansas Music Pavilion where Garver executives discussed the company’s accomplishments over the past year and how the company hopes to accomplish its goals in the upcoming years.

“I’m asking you to continue to give Garver your best,” President and CEO Dan Williams told employees. “Pull out our vision every once in a while and read it. Ask yourself what you’re doing to further that vision.”

In addition to attending the dinner and business meetings, Garver employees were welcomed by Arkansas Congressman Steve Womack at the University of Arkansas’s indoor track and field facilities, where they engaged in an intense team-building competition.

For more photos of Garver Summit 2016, check out Garver’s Facebook page here.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Garver Employees Enjoy the Summer

At Garver, we value a healthy work-life balance. We see our employees enjoying work every day, but how do they enjoy life after working hours? Some went on trips, some spent time with family and friends, and quite a few enjoyed a summer of love by getting engaged or married. Now that fall is officially here, let's take a look at a few adventures our employees experienced over the summer.

Payroll Administrator Julie Pruss went to Gulf Shores, Alabama!

Project engineer Marius Kabera jumped out of a plane!

Project Engineer Natalie Krager explored Engineer Mountain in Colorado!

For more of our employees' summer adventures, check out the rest of the photos on our Facebook page.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Russell Presents at INCOSE in Scotland

Garver Senior Project Manager Jennifer Russell recently presented a paper at the International Symposium of the International Council on Systems Engineering in Edinburgh, Scotland entitled “Therapy for Projects.”

She wrote the paper with employees of Rolls Royce after they discovered a shared interest in the psychology of teams. In this paper, the team converted the language used to evaluate and treat individual psychological conditions so that it could be applied to projects.

“We created an evaluation tool for project teams to find potential solutions to their challenges," said Jennifer, who has a degree in engineering psychology. “The solutions are based on years of research into individual psychology applied to projects as a whole.”

“This is the first step in testing the application of individual psychology to a whole project,” she said, “but it’s resonating with project teams. We are looking forward to validating the effectiveness of the recommendations.”  

To learn more, contact Jennifer at

Friday, September 16, 2016

MES Elects Altobelli, Black to Leadership Roles

In a statewide election, the Mississippi Engineering Society recently chose Garver Senior Project Manager Nick Altobelli to serve as president of the organization. Project Manager Wayne Black will serve as secretary-treasurer-elect before serving a term as secretary-treasurer.

“I’ve been in the engineering profession in this state for a long time and I’m excited to have this leadership opportunity to advance the field for the future of Mississippi,” Nick said.

The Mississippi Engineering Society is chartered by the National Society of Professional Engineers and works to protect and promote the profession of engineering as a social and economic influence vital to the affairs of society and the United States. Both Nick and Wayne will serve one-year terms.

Mississippi is just one of many places where Garver employees are serving in leadership roles of professional organizations all across the Garver footprint.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Garver Aids in Founding New MOVITE Chapter

Garver recently aided in the formal establishment of an Arkansas chapter of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) by hosting a meeting that featured ITE International Vice President Shawn Leight.

The new chapter will fall under the umbrella of the Missouri Valley ITE Section and work in Arkansas to promote ITE’s mission of facilitating “the application of technology and scientific principles to research, planning, functional design, implementation, operation, policy development and management for any mode of ground transportation.”

“We already have an active network of Arkansas transportation engineers, planners, consultants, educators, and researchers, but forming our own local chapter here will strengthen that network and allow our industry to better serve the community,” said Garver Traffic Team Leader Nicci Tiner.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Zweig Group Names Garver to 2016 Hot Firm List

For the sixth year in a row, Garver is ranked in the Zweig Group Hot Firm List, which recognizes the 100 fastest-growing engineering, architecture, planning, and environmental consulting firms in the United States and Canada.

The Hot Firm List recognizes the nation's top 100 firms that have "outperformed the economy and competitors to become leaders in their chosen fields." Firms are ranked according to their three-year growth rate in gross revenue, with half of the ranking based on percentage growth and 50 percent on dollar growth.

This year Garver lands at #32 on the list, up from #50 last year.

“We’ve been able to sustain this rate of growth because we’re making well-thought-out decisions about that growth and we’re doing it with the right people in place,” said President and Chief Executive Officer Dan Williams. “And it’s just as important to me that we’re growing in a way that makes our employees happy—this year Zweig named us the #1 best multi-disciplined firm to work for in the United States.”

Find out how you can join the Garver Team by visiting

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Garver Softball Team Wins Championship

Garver’s Fayetteville office summer league softball team recently won the 2016 championship. After finishing the regular season fifth of six teams, no one predicted they would rally to win the end-of-season tournament, but that’s exactly what they did by winning three games in a row, to include a victory against the top-seeded team.

“We battled scheduling conflicts all season long, which kept us from being able to play a full roster, but we were able to get everyone together for the tournament,” said Team Captain Zach Moore. “Our play in the field was solid and our bats came alive at the plate. Andy [Pruitt] went an impressive eight for nine in the tournament.”

This year marked the team’s ninth season, and its first championship.

Visit the Garver Athletes album on our Facebook page for more photos of more of our employee athletes.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

RCC Earns "Best-Tasting Water" Honors

Russellville, Arkansas’s City Corporation (RCC) recently won the 2016 People’s Choice Award for "Best-Tasting Water" at the annual American Water Works Association (AWWA) in Chicago after conference attendees judged 23 winning samples from all across the country.

RCC previously won awards for best-tasting water in the state, as well as the three-state region (Arkansas, Louisiana, and Oklahoma), which qualified them to compete in Chicago.

“The infrastructure City Corp is using provides them with an outstanding water source and the means to deliver extremely high-quality drinking water to the people of Russellville and surrounding communities,” said Project Manager Aaron Stallmann.

Garver has served as City Corp’s water treatment plant consulting engineer for more than 30 years and was responsible for designing multiple expansion/optimization projects at the plant, as well as the water supply reservoir that holds nearly 6 billion gallons of water on more than 500 acres.

Congratulations to RCC for its deserved recognition!

Monday, August 8, 2016

2016 Spirit of Garver Finalists Named

Each year Garver chooses two Spirit of Garver Award winners—one from the technical side of the house and one from the administrative side—who will receive company-wide acknowledgment as well as a cash bonus. The award recognizes employees for outstanding achievements and contribution to the company while exhibiting passion, dedication, and leadership as they aid their teams in pursuing Garver’s goals of being a strong, respected, and profitable company.

Employees are initially nominated for the Spirit of Garver Award by someone within the company, and then a selection committee narrows the list down to 10 finalists who are interviewed before the winners are chosen in October.

The following nominees have been named finalists for this year’s award.

Julie Pruss serves as payroll administrator in our North Little Rock, Arkansas office. She’s been with the company for four years.

Marie O’Quinn serves as a marketing coordinator in our Kansas City, Missouri office. She’s been with the company for two years.

Jon Hetzel serves as Arkansas Highway Transportation Department communications manager in our North Little Rock, Arkansas office. He’s been with the company for 10 years.                

Scott McReynolds serves as a project manager on our Fayetteville, Arkansas Aviation Team. He’s been with the company for three years.

Zac Simpson serves as a project manager on our Frisco, Texas Aviation Team. He’s been with the company for a total of 10 years.

Robert Mullen serves as a senior construction observer on our Tulsa, Oklahoma Construction Team. He’s been with the company for four years.

Joe Orloff serves as an architect, based in Austin, Texas, on our Facilities Design Team. He’s been with the company for five years.

Wade Carpenter serves as a senior project surveyor on our Huntsville, Alabama Survey Team. He’s been with the company for 28 years.          

Mason Atkinson serves as a project manager on our North Little Rock, Arkansas Transportation Team. He’s been with the company for 12 years.

Rama Dhanikonda serves as a project manager on our Frisco, Texas Transportation Team. He’s been with the company for two years.    

Evan Tromble serves as water technology leader on our Norman, Oklahoma Water Team. He’s been with the company for five years.

Jonathan White serves as a project manager on our Fayetteville, Arkansas Water Team. He’s been with the company for a total of six years.

Congratulations to all of our 2016 Spirit of Garver Award finalists!

Monday, August 1, 2016

Garver Named #1 "Best Firm to Work For"

The Zweig Group has named Garver the #1 “Best Firm to Work For” in the multidiscipline category. The prestigious “Best Firm” list honors outstanding workplaces at architecture, engineering, and environmental consulting firms based on benefits offered and employee satisfaction. This year’s ranking puts Garver in the top three for the third year in a row, but marks its first time at the top.

“By definition, a corporation has to be profitable,” said President and CEO Dan Williams, “but at Garver we believe profitability is a byproduct of providing generous benefits and creating a culture within our organization that attracts and retains world-class talent. Being named the Best Firm to Work For is evidence that we’re succeeding in our mission to do that.”

Want to join the Best Firm to Work For? Check out our job openings here.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Connect Offers Development Opportunities

Garver recently launched its newest corporate initiative, Connect, which is an employee-led group of women and men dedicated to supporting and strengthening Garver's unified vision by maximizing the value of employees through recruitment, retention, and development of the company’s women.

The program has two primary areas of purpose:  to aid in recruitment and retention of talented women through networking and mentoring amongst employees; and to encourage women by offering well-rounded personal and professional development.

“Connect will offer women the opportunities they need to overcome the challenges they face in career development and will benefit the woman, her team, and ultimately the company,” said Suzanne Peyton, the 18-year veteran of Garver who will lead Connect. “Teams with all members operating at their highest level will perform better and be more profitable.”

To discover more about Garver’s employee programs and benefits, visit

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Garver, Employees Invest in WTS

Several Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) chapters have spotlighted Garver as its featured platinum sponsor—chapters in Austin and Dallas, Texas, as well as the chapter in Kansas City.

In the Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter newsletter, WTS recently highlighted the contribution of Garver Project Manager Kathy Kleinschmidt, who embodies the spirit of WTS in that she has benefitted from and is committed to giving back to the organization.

In 2005, Kathy Kleinschmidt was the intelligent single mom of a six-year-old. She was trying to balance a full-time job while earning her bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. With one year remaining in Kathy’s education the WTS awarded her the Sharon D. Banks scholarship, which helped ease the financial burden of completing her degree. Kathy has since become a talented project manager at Garver, and a fantastic role model for her daughter. In fact, Kathy’s daughter plans to embark on her own pursuit of an engineering degree this fall.

WTS’s generosity and support inspired Kathy to do what she can to empower women through WTS. Garver takes pride in employees like Kathy, who aren’t just good at what they do, but also see what good they can do others.

Visit to learn more about WTS.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Employees Pass Professional Exams

Garver congratulates employees who have recently passed professional exams.

Wellness Coordinator Sarah Eanes serves in our North Little Rock, Arkansas office and recently fulfilled her requirements to be recognized as a certified personal trainer.

Ben Perea, PE, is a civil engineer on Garver’s Aviation Team. He serves in our Fayetteville, Arkansas office and recently passed his professional engineering exam.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Aviation Team Named to Top 25 in Nation

The Engineering News-Record publishes an annual ranking of the top 500 design firms nationwide, based on revenue for design services performed at home and abroad. They also provide a more detailed level of market analysis by ranking industry leaders in particular market sectors.

This year ENR named Garver a top 25 firm for airport work, the company’s first such recognition in a particular sector.

“I’ve never worked with a more talented and dedicated staff than our current Aviation Team,” said Director of Aviation Mike Griffin. “They’re committed to the quality of their work and they’re committed to the vision of our clients. That’s never going to change with this crew and I think the industry is starting to recognize that.”

Overall, Garver ranks at #174 on ENR’s Top 500 list, up 18 spots from last year and the firm’s highest ranking to date.

To learn more about the Garver Aviation Team, visit

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Burchard-Juarez Urges Industry Introspection

The National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) recently featured an article written by Garver Project Manager Keri Burchard-Juarez in its national publication, PE Magazine. The article, entitled “In Flint’s Aftermath, a Time for Introspection,” addresses the obligation engineers have to ensure public safety as it relates to infrastructure, even under substantial financial strain.

In the wake of the recent water crisis in Flint, Michigan, in which the city’s financial strain led to compromised decision-making—and ultimately a water supply contaminated with lead—Keri urges engineers to “examine our own practice of the engineering profession and sharpen our focus on the responsibilities that come with the title of professional engineer.”

“Many local and state governments are operating under the acute financial strain of maintaining aging infrastructure,” Keri said. “We can use the lessons of Flint to strengthen our resolve to provide complete, competent, and honest engineering recommendations even in the face of financial and political pressures.”

At Garver, we’re committed to our clients, but we're also committed to our clients’ constituency, and the integrity of the infrastructure we design. Public health and safety is paramount in our work, as it should be across our industry, and we’re proud to have professionals like Keri championing that message.

NSPE members can click here to read Keri’s article in its entirety.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Garver Intern to Head University AWWA Chapter

The University of Arkansas Chapter of the American Water Works Association (AWWA) recently elected Garver’s Megan Browning to serve as chapter president. Megan is a technician intern at the Water Design Center in Fayetteville, Arkansas.  

In her role as president, Megan will communicate with outside associations to schedule, regulate, and control water industry events and interactions.

“It’s an honor to be elected to this position,” Megan said. “AWWA is a great organization that has given me and my fellow students a clear window into the water industry through nationwide networking events, and I look forward to the opportunity to work hard to better our U of A chapter.”

We're always looking for promising students like Megan to join our rapidly growing team. Visit to get started today.

Monday, June 13, 2016

GarverGives Awards Scholarships to Frisco ISD Students

Garver’s Frisco office recently awarded scholarships to three Frisco Independent School District student teams that competed in an end-of-the-year engineering competition. The students presented their projects to Garver engineers who judged each team based on a variety of factors and presented the top three teams with scholarships.

Garver employees raised money and volunteered their time with the school district, which was then matched through GarverGives, the company’s charitable giving program. Altogether, three two-man teams will split close to $4,500.

The students are part of Project Lead the Way—an internationally recognized provider for STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) curriculum and teacher training—and plan to pursue degrees in the STEM field.

“This was a great way to get involved with students in our local community,” said Project Engineer Sara Andrews. “I’m grateful to get to meet such bright and talented students that have a great future ahead of them within many diverse engineering fields.”

To find out more about GarverGives, visit


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