After an illustrious career spanning 48 years, Engineered Air Balance bids farewell to one of its most respected and influential leaders, Gar Conaway. As Gar embarks on his well-deserved retirement, we take a moment to reflect on his remarkable journey and the indelible impact he has had on the company and the industry as a whole.
Throughout his tenure, Gar’s unwavering dedication, technical expertise, and charismatic personality have made him an invaluable asset to Engineered Air Balance. His ability to communicate effectively with contractors, engineers, and owners has been a constant source of inspiration, as he effortlessly commanded attention while describing complex issues and providing innovative solutions.
What Gar Means To Us
A Mentor and Friend
“Gar has been my mentor for more than 30 years. “Watching Gar communicate with contractors, engineers, and owners was inspirational. Gar could calm frustrated clients down as he commanded the attention from the whole group describing HVAC issues and offering a solution to solve building issues. Gar had a knack to become your buddy in just a few minutes using his calm intelligent conversation mixed in with a little humor. Thanks, Gar, for being you.” – Tim Dudley
Gar’s ability to establish rapport quickly, combined with his calm and intelligent conversation style, has endeared him to colleagues and clients alike. His natural talent for connecting with people has not only enhanced business relationships but has also fostered a sense of camaraderie within the industry. Gar’s presence will be sorely missed, as he leaves behind a void that will be hard to fill.
A Trusted Resource and Leader
“Gar has been a resourceful leader in the Houston office and overall at EAB. He has always been a trusted resource for me on technical issues, the K-12 and Higher Education markets, as well as the history of EAB. Beyond those things, he’s a gentleman and a straight shooter. I have always valued his insight and perspective as we have navigated challenges and triumphs in our business. He will be missed both within EAB as well as our industry. We wish him the best in the next chapter of his life!” – Justin Garner
Gar’s impact extends far beyond his exceptional people skills. Colleagues have long relied on him as a knowledgeable source, seeking his guidance on technical matters and his deep understanding of the K-12 and Higher Education markets. As a true leader, Gar has consistently provided insightful and valuable perspectives, guiding his peers and the company through both challenging times and moments of success.
A Dedicated Teammate
“I have had the opportunity of working with Gar for many of his 48 years. We traveled to Houston in 1975 and 1976 working on the expansion of the old UT Dental School, The UT Medical School, and MD Anderson’s Clark Clinic, which was a major reason he decided to finish his degree in 1977. When Gar finished his assignment in Arizona, at the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station, he visited Houston on a beautiful day in the spring of 1987 and decided to move to Houston to assist in growing our K-12 Schools and University markets. He excelled with his great communication skills and was instrumental in making our K-12 and University markets successful.” – Gaylon Richardson
A Walk Down Memory Lane…
Gar’s History at EAB
How did Gar get started at EAB? What have the past 48 years looked like? What major projects has he accomplished? You can learn all of that and more here!
A Lasting Legacy
“Since the start of my career at EAB, I was shown the importance of providing quality work that would exceed our clients’ expectations,” reflects Gar Conaway. “The way we do business encourages everyone on our team to work with passionate integrity. This has built strong, long-lasting relationships with our clients. As we continue to deliver optimum operating facilities, it’s been a privilege to see how the trust and loyalty of our clients has grown exponentially.”
Gar’s words beautifully capture the ethos of Engineered Air Balance and his personal commitment to delivering exceptional results. Through his dedication to quality and unwavering integrity, he has not only gained the trust and loyalty of clients but also played a vital role in fostering enduring partnerships. Gar’s influence will continue to be felt long after his retirement, as his commitment to excellence has set a standard for future generations at Engineered Air Balance.
As we celebrate Gar’s incredible career, we honor his legacy and the impact he has had on both Engineered Air Balance and the clients he has served so diligently. His unwavering dedication to providing optimum operating facilities and building strong client relationships will continue to inspire and guide us in the years to come.
We express our deepest gratitude for Gar’s contributions and wish him a retirement filled with joy, relaxation, and new adventures. The mark he has left on the hearts and minds of his colleagues will forever serve as a testament to his incredible career and the person he has been throughout it. Thank you, Gar, for your dedication, mentorship, and for simply being you.