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Featured Employee: Henry Garman

henry garman 4Excavating Project Manager Henry Garman loves heavy machinery—he has ever since he was kid.  That fascination is just one aspect of many that makes him a great fit on the Weaver team. After a successful career working for himself, Henry decided to bring his skills to Weaver. Outside of work, he enjoys camping with his family and mission work. Read on to get to know Henry.

What is an average day like for you on the job?

Playing in the dirt. There’s a lot of working with equipment. We do excavation services and it seems there are no two days alike. We’re always getting into all kinds of different projects.

What do you like most about your work?

The thing I like most about my job, the thing I’ve enjoyed ever since I was a little kid is playing in the dirt. Now I get paid to run the toys I wanted when I was a kid. I just really enjoy running equipment.

What’s your favorite type of equipment?

Number one, I enjoy running the excavator —a trackhoe in other words. I also enjoy the skid steer, because I like grading. What I love about grading is I take something that looks like a bunch of dirt and shape it into something finished and nice.

What do you like least about your work?

I love working outside, but I do not enjoy cold weather.

Do you have a particular management style?

I’m the type of person where I like to tell somebody what to do and then let them do it. I don’t like to micromanage. Everyone on my excavation team is a seasoned operator. They are responsible, mature and experienced. If I tell them what to do, they go out and get it done. That works out very well.

Do you have a favorite project?

My favorite project is the work we did at the Elmwood Park Zoo.

Read more about the Elmwood Park Zoo project.

For a residential project we rebuilt a bridge, so we could get our trucks to somebody’s house. That was really interesting. In order to get our trucks to the house, we had to cross a stream. The bridge was large enough for a car but we needed it to hold dump trucks. So we beefed it up—that was fun.

What is it like to work at Weaver?

The thing I like about Weaver is it’s a positive work atmosphere. It’s a great because the bosses make you feel that you’re a name, not just a number. They not only care about you at work, but they care about your personal life and they care about your family, too.

How is working at Weaver different from working alone?

When I worked alone, I was limited in what I could do. Working with the team allows me to do a lot more, and to do more of what I enjoy and less of what I don’t enjoy – like the paperwork.

What’s your family like?

I have an amazing family. My wife and I are blessed with four children. My son is ten. My daughters are eight, five, and one. As a family, we really love just spending time together, no matter what we’re doing. We enjoy going out to eat together, spending a weekend at the beach or going camping.

What’s your favorite vacation spot?

As a family, camping is probably our favorite type of vacation. Whether at the beach or at the mountains, our family just loves it. In particular, we really like R.B Winter State Park because there are so many bike trails.

Are you any relation to Weaver Construction Foreman Keith Garman?

Keith is my second cousin. Growing up we were neighbors. We went to the same school and spent a lot of time together, probably getting into trouble of some kind.

Do you have any Hobbies?

When I’m not at work, I like spending time with my family. Whether that’s riding dirt bikes with my son or taking my daughters out to eat, I’m happiest when I’m with my family.

I actually like doing yard work and landscaping around the house — it’s really relaxing.

One of the other things I enjoy is going on mission trips.

Where do you go for your mission work and what have you done?

I have been to Africa, Peru, and Brazil. I’ve been to Brazil three times. The last two winter’s I’ve led a group to Brazil with a friend who has been coordinating trips for years there.  His focus is on taking youth groups to go on work teams and do street ministry.

Last winter, we built two houses in the slums of Rio. A year before that, we worked with a church that built an outreach center in the slums. We helped clean up that place and spent time doing outreach with the kids.

Also, we have a trip planned to Jamaica this winter to build a home for a family in need.

What is the feeling like doing that kind of work?

I love to travel, and this is a great way to travel with purpose. I like to see the transformation in the lives of the youth as they experience the hardships of poverty but also the miracles that happen as we show God’s love.

It always helps you keep in perspective what we have back here in America. It keeps me balanced, and keeps me thankful for everything we do have.

 

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