Two Garver employees recently graduated from the Emerging Leaders program, sponsored by the American Council of Engineering Companies of Arkansas and the Arkansas Society of Professional Engineers.
Construction Services Team Leader Blake Martin and Aviation Project Manager Adam Roberson attended sessions and classes to further develop their leadership and professional skills. Topics included conflict resolution, public speaking, and contracts and risk reduction.
“I appreciate that Garver gave me the opportunity to develop my leadership skills through the Emerging Leaders program,” Blake said. “This program allowed me to network with my peers from across the state during trust-building workshops and sessions on improving project management skills.”
This is the program's fourth year, and five students were involved in the program, which helps engineers stay fresh on some skills that can easily be overlooked and sometimes neglected in the profession.
“We’re used to designing projects, but we have to go out there and explain all of our projects and perform presentations to our clients,” Adam said. “You have to be a good public speaker in our business. You’ve got to be able to explain what you’re doing.”
Blake and Adam were Garver’s fifth and sixth engineers to complete the program over the last four years.
Blake and Adam were recognized for completing the program at the ASPE Annual State Conference by Garver Water Team Leader Paul Strickland, who served as 2012-13 president of the ASPE.