North Little Rock-based Garver, the largest engineering, planning, architectural and environmental services firm in Arkansas, announced Dan Williams, president, CEO and board member, will retire in December 2019, and chief operating officer Brock Hoskins, who works at the company’s Fayetteville office, will become president Jan. 1.
The company made the announcement Friday (Oct. 19). Williams will remain CEO as the company celebrates its centennial year in 2019, and Michael Graves will succeed Hoskins as chief operating officer in January. Graves has been with the company for 14 years, serving as vice president and regional director. Also, Garver has hired Kurtis John as general counsel and vice president. He was previously with Kiewit Corp., and had served as assistant general counsel for the past seven years.
“After a rewarding 36-year career at Garver, including nearly eight years as president and CEO, now is the right time to begin the transition to Garver’s next generation of leadership,” Williams said. “Garver’s consciously strategic approach to leadership succession ensures a smooth transition and leadership continuity that will keep our company moving forward. Brock and I have worked together for 28 years, and I will leave the company at the end of 2019 confident that under his leadership as president and CEO, Garver will continue to evolve and grow.”
Hoskins joined Garver in 1990 and was named chief operating officer and executive vice president in 2012. He serves on the board and has managed the company’s Northwest Arkansas office, which has grown to more than 85 employees.
“Dan’s exceptional leadership has been a major component in guiding the company through transformational growth in new markets,” Hoskins said. “Garver has continued to grow successfully because our clients trust us to deliver the best solutions to their most challenging problems, and I’m honored to continue that momentum.”
Garver has more than 500 employees in 26 offices and 11 states, and has worked on projects from aviation and transportation to power and water.
“I am exceedingly proud of the distinctive culture Garver is known for in the industry, and I look forward to furthering that success as we begin our second century serving our clients, our employees and our communities,” Hoskins said.