Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Klement and Gran Receive Spirit of Garver Awards

As part of Summit 2013, 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 Lance Klement and Cindy Gran 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 one of the highest honors within the company.

Lance serves as a project manager with the Garver Water Team in the Frisco, Texas office where he is a key team member in the coordination of spreading the Garver brand in Garver’s expanding Texas Water Market. He also has a full workload in the Oklahoma market, where he still maintains several high-profile and challenging projects.

Cindy serves as a regional marketing administrator in our Tulsa, Okla. office, where she goes beyond the expected, sometimes working long hours to ensure first-rate proposals. Since 2009, she has been recognized more than any other employee for demonstrating the call to excellence and the spirit of Garver.

    Friday, October 25, 2013

    Garver Hosts Summit 2013

    Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola welcomed Garver employees from all around the region to the city for the Garver Summit, the company’s third annual meeting.

    The mayor spoke at the Embassy Suites hotel during the Summit dinner, an event that also included Garver President and CEO Dan Williams’s discussion of the successes that shaped the company over the last year and what direction Garver will head in the future.

    “As President of Garver, I strongly believe in the importance of keeping our employees informed about our company’s goals and recognizing our collective accomplishments,” he said.

    The Summit kicked off at the Arkansas 4-H Center with a lunch, which featured a live Garver-formed band and a skit by cast members of A&E’s popular television show “Duck Dynasty” (as portrayed by Garver leadership).

    Employees also engaged in an outdoor team competition in which teams were awarded points for completing a series of challenges. One of the challenges involved coordinating several team photos of varying themes.

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

    Tuesday, October 22, 2013

    Garver's Ryan Sisemore listed as 40 under 40 in Airport Business

    Airport Business magazine recently named Garver Vice President Ryan Sisemore, director of the Aviation Team’s East Region, to its list of 40 industry leaders to watch under the age of 40. The magazine cited Ryan’s work designing the reconstruction of Runway 2L/20R at Nashville International Airport. The project was selected as a finalist for the Bentley Be Inspired Awards and gave Ryan the opportunity to present the project’s details to an international audience in Amsterdam in 2010. The project also won an American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) Engineering Excellence Award in 2011.

    See the Airport Business feature on their website. Congratulations, Ryan!

    Thursday, October 10, 2013

    Lanny Beavers, Director of Survey, Governor of ASPS, Mayor of Hogville

    Garver Director of Survey Lanny Beavers, PS, is currently serving as Governor of the Arkansas Society of Professional Surveyors. Lanny has been a member of the SPS for eight years and previously served as president before being voted into the governorship.

    As governor, Lanny represents Arkansas in meetings of the National Society of Professional Surveyors, an organization which strives to establish and further common interests, objectives, and political effort that would help bind the surveying profession into a unified body.

    “Being the governor of the ASPS works in two ways,” Lanny said. “First, it gives me a voice by which to represent my state and profession, which I’m honored to do, and second, it brings work to Garver. I’ve had out-of-state firms decide to hire us because my governorship helps show that we’re a stable company.”

    Lanny also attracts business for Garver as the founder of a popular website, or as the Arkansas publication Sync Weekly called him in an interview, “The mayor of Hogville.” is a successful message board for Arkansas football fans to talk all things Razorbacks. Lanny started the site in 2003 and continues to manage it on nights and weekends when he’s not directing the Garver Survey Team, but sometimes it’s working for the website that yields work for Garver.

    “People see me doing things for Hogville, and then they find out I’m a surveyor at Garver,” Lanny said, “They know me and the work I do on the website, so they hire me to do survey work.”

    See Lanny’s full interview with Sync Weekly here.

    Tuesday, October 1, 2013

    Connecting Arkansas Program Website Launched

    The Connecting Arkansas Program (CAP) is the largest highway construction program ever undertaken by the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD). Garver is serving as the program manager, responsible for many of the roles traditionally performed by AHTD, such as design review, document controls, right-of-way and utility coordination, and construction oversight.

    As part of the program management team, Garver's marketing and communications group has developed a CAP website that provides an overview of the program and its 31 projects that widen and improve approximately 200 miles of highways and interstates.

    The website includes project descriptions, maps, and schedules. As the program progresses, additional information such as lane closure announcements, news releases, and public meeting and hearing information will be posted on the site.

    You can learn more about the program and Garver's management of the CAP by visiting


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