Thursday, December 21, 2017

Gran elected president of Oklahoma chapter of SMPS

Garver Regional Marketing Administrator Cindy Gran has been elected President of the Oklahoma Chapter for the Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS). Gran, who has been a member of Oklahoma’s SMPS chapter since 2006, began her one-year term on Sept. 1.

“I’m honored to be selected to lead an organization that has proven to be so vital to our industry in Oklahoma,” said Gran. “Over the next year we hope to continue the steady growth of SMPS membership, while providing even more support that allows us to better serve our clients and enhance our marketing and business development professional growth and opportunities.”

Identified as the leading organization dedicated to creating business opportunities in the AEC industry, SMPS counts more than 6,000 businesses and professionals as members. The Oklahoma chapter, formed in 2001, aims to strengthen the AEC industry in the state through networking, educational programs, certification, and national exposure.

Gran has served previously on the National SMPS Marketing for Communications award selection jury for SMPS, as the Oklahoma Chapter Membership Chair and President-Elect, and as President of the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) Tulsa Post, which honored her with the distinguished Regional Vice President (RVP) coin in recognition of outstanding service to the organization in 2013.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

GarverGives donation aids school garden program

A recent donation from Garver’s Norman, Oklahoma office will help advance the mission of Earth Rebirth, a nonprofit organization that aims to educate the community by creating sustainable food, energy, and water.

Earth Rebirth’s award-winning Garden Your Own Growth program uses its various education programs to spark economic improvement within its community by using the food it produces. The Norman-based organization now reaches 17 schools, 15 of which are in Norman, including an aquaponics system at Norman High School that supplies its cafeteria, a food pantry program, and a local farmer’s market. Garver gladly supports the hands-on, STEM-based curriculum that allows up to 300 students maintain the gardens themselves.
The $1,500 GarverGives donation will support Earth Rebirth as it increases the number of school gardens; helps purchase winterization supplies for school gardens, and materials to construct hoop housing for raised garden beds and in-ground garden beds while funding transport to each of the 17 partner schools.

“We wanted to work with Earth Rebirth because it represents so many of Garver’s values by using innovative thinking to make an impact on our community,” said Garver Project Engineer Amanda Way. “We’re excited that this donation will allow them to continue the important contributions they’ve already made.”

To learn more about Garver’s charitable giving, visit

Monday, December 11, 2017

Garver adds Gorsegner to Wellness team

Over the last decade, Garver has experienced unprecedented growth, expanding our services into new markets and adding expert professionals who aid clients like never before.

But Garver takes seriously its commitment to maintaining a healthy workplace and a positive company-wide culture, and with that effort in mind, Garver is pleased to announce the hiring of Wellness Coordinator Whitney Gorsegner, who will help advance its award-winning, employee-focused Wellness Program.

“No matter how much we continue to grow, promoting a health-conscious workplace will always be one of our top priorities,” said Wellness Team Manager Sarah Palmiero. “Whitney’s experience as a dedicated advocate for a healthy lifestyle will be a welcomed addition, and will provide even more support to our employees and their families.”

Gorsegner comes to Garver with experience in developing personal training, group fitness, and health education curriculum, while serving as an advocate for healthy eating as a foundation for quality life. She is a Certified Health Education Specialist and a certified personal trainer by the American Council on Exercise.

“I firmly believe that lives can be changed simply by showing people of any age how fun being healthy can be,” Gorsegner said. “I’m positive that we’ll continue to create an environment in which our employees continue to discover the benefits of healthy lifestyles.”

As part of Garver’s People Services Team, Palmiero and Gorsegner will work together in advancing the award-winning Wellness Program with continued support of its employees and families in achieving overall physical, mental, financial, and social well-being. In 2017, 99 percent of 
Garver employees participated in the Wellness Program, with almost 40 percent earning financial rewards for hitting established benchmarks. Garver was named earlier this year a Gold Well Workplace by the Wellness Council of America and was named among the Top 100 Healthiest Employers at FitBit Captivate 2017.

As Wellness Team Manager, Palmiero will continue to direct overall programming, while concentrating on disease management efforts and total rewards support, while Gorsegner will focus on health promotion, employee engagement, and program administration.

To learn more about how Garver’s Wellness Program contributes to its award-winning culture, visit,

Thursday, December 7, 2017

MDOT opens stretch of I-269 in north Mississippi

Garver joined representatives from the Mississippi Department of Transportation, the Federal Highway Administration, and several elected officials this week to mark the opening of a section of I-269 in Marshall County, Mississippi southeast of Memphis, Tennessee. The four-lane controlled access interstate extends I-269 from just east of U.S. Highway 78 to State Road 302 and is the second leg of the ongoing project. 
Garver provided engineering services for Phases A, B and C of the project, which included surveys, roadway, traffic and bridge design. Garver’s section of the project, which opened this week, covers 6.3 miles and includes one interchange, several grade separation structures, and a 4,000-foot bridge over the Coldwater River.

“We knew from the beginning that this would be a huge economic benefit to north Mississippi, providing another route around one of the region’s largest metropolitan areas,” said Garver Senior Project Manager Steve Haynes. “It’s rewarding to see this stretch of interstate open and to know that the citizens of Mississippi and Tennessee, and those traveling through it, will be taking full advantage.”
Eventually I-269 will provide an interstate loop around Memphis, providing easier access into Memphis while opening up additional areas to further development. From Hernando, Mississippi, the interstate will travel along Memphis’s eastern edge to Millington, Tennessee.

To learn more about how Garver’s Transportation Team can help you, visit

Photos courtesy of the Mississippi Department of Transportation.


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