Garver named Business of the Year by Arkansas Business
Garver was named Business of the Year on Wednesday night during the 32nd annual Arkansas Business of the Year Awards event in Little Rock. Arkansas Business Publishing Group presents the annual awards program to honor the state’s top businesses, executives, and nonprofits. Garver Chairman Emeritus Dan Williams was named CEO of the Year in 2019.
Garver, founded in Little Rock in 1919, is the state’s largest and oldest multi-disciplined engineering, planning, architectural, environmental services firm with more than 700 employees spread between more than 30 offices in and 13 states.
In an acceptance speech Wednesday night, President and CEO Brock Hoskins thanked Garver’s past and current employees, and recognized other category finalists. The entire speech can be viewed here.
“Our roots run deep in the state, and now we stand on the shoulders of all of those who came before us, who made our 100-year-old firm what it is today,” Hoskins said. “I’m extremely proud of our employee-centered culture that makes our firm successful, so I want to thank our employees, past and current, for their passion and build Garver into a strong company. And I want to thank our clients and the communities represented for valuing our services and trusting our word.”
For more than a century Garver has been providing innovative infrastructure solutions to all corners of the Natural State. The company’s founder, Neal Garver, was the state’s first bridge engineer, and his stamp appeared on more than 2,000 bridges for the Arkansas State Highway Department. Since, the company has grown to employ about 290 in the state based in Conway, Fayetteville, North Little Rock, and Rogers providing services for aviation, construction, facilities design, federal, power, transportation, survey, and water projects.
Some of Garver’s signature contributions to the state’s infrastructure include the Broadway Bridge over the Arkansas River in Pulaski County, I-540 and the Bobby Hopper Tunnel in Northwest Arkansas, and several projects at the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport.
Garver celebrated its 100th year in 2019, by giving back to the communities it has served while inspiring the next generation of engineers. Through GarverGives, its corporate-giving program, Garver donated STEM kits to schools throughout its footprint, including dozens in Arkansas, and encouraged them to create Rube Goldberg-like contraptions. In all, more than 1,000 students worked alongside engineers from Garver, and an estimated 14,000 students were reached through STEM kits and funding.
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