William Brock Johnson, Garver Engineers CEO, passed away Tuesday after battling cancer for the past several years.
The company had recently announced management changes as Johnson’s illness scaled back his daily duties.
“Our company has lost a talented and visionary leader who served as an inspiration to everyone around him, and we are deeply saddened by his death,” said Garver President Dan Williams. “Brock was a respected leader who helped guide Garver through a period of historic growth. Brock also was a great friend and mentor to many, and we miss him dearly. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this very difficult time.”
Johnson served as president and CEO from 2003 to 2012.
“Our company has lost a man who led Garver through transformational growth during one of the most difficult economic times in our industry,” said Chad Clinehens, Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer. “Brock outlined an ambitious growth plan to double the size of our company over the past five years. Despite the challenging economic conditions, Brock succeeded with flying colors. Brock was loved and respected by his employees, and he will be greatly missed.”
According to the company, Johnson spent 40 years with Garver. He led the firm through a tremendous growth period as Garver grew from six offices in four states to 12 offices in seven states. He also guided Garver to becoming the first engineering company in Arkansas to build a LEED-certified corporate headquarters at its location in North Little Rock.
Johnson is survived by his wife Paula, and his three children, Katie, Taylor and Sloan.