Jerry McCarley to retire after decades of service to Garver, Alabama
In mid-June, Garver’s Huntsville office held a retirement party for Vice President and Development, Survey and Construction Services Team Leader Jerry McCarley, to recognize his 37 years of service. Although bidding a leader like Jerry farewell is never easy, the day had an added significance, at least in part because McCarley’s career and Garver’s Huntsville office have a long, intertwined history. This became especially clear when Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle proclaimed June 10 “Jerry McCarley Day.”
This is because, in truth, you cannot talk about Garver in Huntsville without talking about Jerry, or vice versa.
Prior to the Huntsville office being under the Garver flag, the company was called Gass McCarley, and Associates and it was run by McCarley. Open since 1984, the small firm had made a name for itself by primarily providing land survey services in and around Huntsville. Gass McCarley merged with Garver in 1995 and the added resources of a larger corporation provided additional services and fueled growth of the office.
In the past several years, Garver’s presence in Huntsville has become a model for the other Garver offices.
“At Garver, we really emphasize being ‘trusted advisors’ for our clients – but this extends to our people as well,” said Garver President and CEO Brock Hoskins. “Jerry McCarley is a great example of being that trusted advisor with our clients and within Garver, and I’m thankful to be his partner and his friend.”
In addition, because the Huntsville office has expanded to encompass multiple business lines, including aviation, construction services, transportation, and water, it’s had a profound effect on the surrounding community. One need only look to the upgrades made at the Huntsville International Airport, the development of a roadway master plan through an annexed section of Limestone County, or the application of a blended series membrane process, the first in Alabama, to appreciate the extent to which the office has had an impact in the North Alabama area. Jerry also led a team of professionals to provide land acquisition services, planning, surveying, and civil design for an urban renewal project in Huntsville known as Mid-City. One of the largest commercial development projects in the United States, Mid-City includes facilities such as TopGolf, REI, Trader Joe’s, and a new 8,500 seat amphitheater currently being constructed by the City of Huntsville.
These projects, and more, serve as reminders of the positive impact Garver can have on surrounding communities. There is one recent project, that is evidence of Garver’s impact on the area. Garver’s Huntsville office played a key role in planning and designing the site and infrastructure that will support the Mazda-Toyota Manufacturing Project located in West Huntsville. Garver worked with our clients to help acquire and develop the site for the $2.6 billion facility. Garver provided surveys, site grading and stormwater management plans for the plant site, as well as construction plans for roadways, bridges, railroad overpasses, wastewater pre-treatment, water, and sanitary sewer line extensions.
In that way, Garver’s efforts helped bring to fruition another major economic win for the North Alabama area. Soon there will be over 4,000 Mazda-Toyota employees benefiting from those improvements. Garver will continue assisting our clients in providing a launchpad for the area’s booming economic footprint.