EXPERIENCE WITH EAB
Interviewed by Walt Lipski and Jim Reid, Gar was hired on the spot and began his career with EAB as a Technician in Training. Gar has had the unique experience of working for all 5 EAB Presidents.
During this year, Gar received his B.S. in Architecture from The University of Texas at Arlington and his AABC Test and Balance Certification. After completing college, Gar traveled to Russellville, AR to complete the Arkansas Nuclear One, Russellville, AR 2nd reactor project with Walk Lipski.
Gar was promoted to Project Supervisor and ran jobs in Oklahoma, New Mexico, Texas and Arkansas. He traveled across the United States performing Testing and Balancing services for TGI Fridays and Dalts restaurants.
As Senior Project Manager, Gar worked with the Bexar County Jail design team and contractors to develop new written procedures to meet Texas Jail Commission requirements. These procedures broke new ground in testing jail smoke-removal systems that are used to this day.
Gar provided the bidding and contracts for COMPAQ’s corporate campus in Houston, which at this time was an American personal computer company. The buildings were complex, highly sophisticated and EAB provided services for many years.
Gar assisted Gaylon Richardson with the smoke control system test at the Alamodome. The valuable findings from this project were used by NFPA and the ASHRAE technical committee for smoke control system design to revise the mathematical models for all large-volume public assembly spaces, impacting the design of large smoke control systems.
Gar was promoted to Field Operations Manager. For the next 15 years he managed projects for school districts and universities expanding across Southeast Texas.
As Sales Manager, Gar worked closely with facility managers for K-12 schools and universities throughout the Southeast Texas region to implement testing and balancing, giving educational facilities greater assurances for optimal life-cycle performance.
Gar’s hard work and dedication has not only left a lasting impression on EAB but has moved the industry forward as a whole. Gar maintains strong relationships with his clients and continues his responsibilities as a Pre-Construction Manager.
Which of these core values (Integrity, Quality, Consistency and Teamwork) do you most identify with, and what does it mean to you?
Teamwork… from fellow EAB employees to owners, to the design team and contractors, we all work together to deliver a product that everyone is proud of.
What is your ideal room temperature, and why?
72 degrees at 50% humidity, because I have been in this line of work for 45 years.
What is your absolute favorite thing about working for EAB?
When I come to work, I know that the people in this company have done their best to give the owner the product they deserve.
What did you want to be when you were little?
A fireman or an artist, go figure!
What do you like to do on your days off?