Wessler is excited to announce Eric Vance as the subject of this month's Employee Spotlight! Eric joined Wessler in 2018 and serves as a resident project representative in our construction services group. He has 18 years of experience in the industry, overseeing both public and private water infrastructure projects.
We asked Eric some questions so we all can get to know him better. Congrats, Eric!
What are your roles and responsibilities at Wessler?
I am a resident project representative for the construction services department. My duties include providing oversight of construction project execution to ensure work is being performed in accordance with plans and specifications. I also perform routine inspections and observations of contractors' work for conformance with project documents, as well as identify deviations and notify clients accordingly to result in corrective action. Throughout each project, I generate and submit documentation of project operations.
What are some of your favorite things to do outside of work?
I enjoy live music shows and sporting events. The last band I saw live was Slipknot this past summer. I’m a lifelong San Francisco 49ers fan, so the Super Bowl was a little disappointing! Spending time with family and friends is always the best. I like to cook and it actually turns out good most of the time. I also enjoy outdoor activities, such as camping, canoeing, fishing, grilling and games.
What are some skills most people may not know you have?
I wrestled for many years growing up and was pretty good at it; I won more often than I lost. I can whistle very loudly, which comes in handy quite often on project sites. I can throw knives with a great degree of accuracy. I grew up also doing archery and I'm still pretty decent at it.
Tell us about your family, schools, activities, etc. Have you lived in Indiana your whole life?
I have lived in Indiana my whole life, as I was born and raised in Columbus. I went to Columbus North High School and graduated from Ball State University in 2000.
If you could travel anywhere in the world where would it be?
I would like to travel across the U.S. with time to visit and enjoy many of the destinations I haven’t been to yet. Hawaii and Alaska would be cool to see. I also would enjoy visiting and camping at several national parks. I've been to or through most of the country, with the exception of the upper northeast.
What are some of the most surprising things you've done?
I did quite a bit of farming as a kid and worked several harvests throughout the country. I ran a combine out west when I was 19, working from southern Arizona, up through Idaho and over into Washington state. I’ve assisted with mission work many times over the years, helping to build homes and schools in Latin America and the Caribbean.
If you could choose anyone past or present as a mentor, who would it be and why?
My grandfather shared many lessons and valuable advice with me, which has applied both professionally and personally, like having joy in a job well done.
If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do?
If I won the lottery, the first thing I would do is make certain my parents had everything they would ever need!