October 03, 2019

Brinlee named to NextGen Under 30 list

Garver Transportation Project Manager Zach Brinlee has had a passion for mentoring the youth in his community ever since he first helped coach the soccer team at his high school while a college student. Brinlee has since been involved with several philanthropic events that have aided students throughout the Oklahoma City area.

For his work with dozens of high school students, Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity, his local GarverGives committee, and more, Brinlee was honored recently as a NextGen Under 30 award winner. The award annually recognizes professionals from a variety of industries throughout the state who demonstrate a talent, drive, and service to their communities.

Brinlee, who has volunteered with Putnam City High School, Habitat for Humanity, the Alzheimer’s Association, Operation Christmas Child, Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, and others, said that “volunteering is one of the most important ways to give back to your community.”

In addition to coaching soccer, he has mentored 60 students over the last two years as a counselor for the school’s Leadership Development Institute.

This spring, Brinlee helped Garver celebrate its centennial when the firm partnered with 100 schools across the country for the Garver Chain Reaction Challenge. GarverGives, the company's corporate-giving arm, provided local schools with everyday items like balls, ramps, and motors and donated funds for students to engineer their own Rube-Goldberg-style chain reaction contraptions. Garver's engineers worked alongside students to construct the machines while passing along core concepts like perseverance and teamwork.

In addition to recognition, the NextGen awards program includes various events throughout the state, including a visit to the state capitol, a networking luncheon, and a day of lectures featuring speakers from a variety of industries.

To learn more about Garver’s philanthropic efforts, visit our GarverGives page.