Wessler is proud to announce Stan Diamond, P.E., BCEE, as our Employee of the Month! Stan has 38 years of experience and works as a Senior Project Manager in our Drinking Water group. He also has expertise in stormwater and wastewater planning, design, and construction.
We asked Stan some questions on what all he does in and out of the office, his childhood in Louisiana, and his garden! Congrats, Stan!
What are your roles and responsibilities at Wessler?
As a Senior Project Manager in the Drinking Water Group, my primary responsibilities are to perform and manage drinking water-related engineering services. While I have always been passionate about improving our drinking water systems, I have also had many opportunities at Wessler to perform and manage stormwater and wastewater projects. Dabbling on “the dark side” so to speak, is not a problem for me because the stormwater and wastewater projects are ultimately necessary for the protection of our drinking water sources.
What does the Wessler Way mean to you?
The Wessler Way means that we work together with our clients to identify the most appropriate solutions, and then we perform the engineering services needed to implement those solutions with the quality required to ensure successful outcomes.
What are some of your favorite things to do outside of work?
Gardening, hunting, fishing, wood cutting, woodworking, traveling, learning, spending time with family members, and helping others. I truly enjoy gathering, producing, preparing, cooking, repairing, repurposing, and building things that Pam and I can enjoy and share with our extended family and friends.
What are some of the most important lessons you have learned?
That if you can’t do something right it is probably not worth doing, and to always be honest and ethical.
Can you tell us about your childhood in Louisiana and how you ended up in Indiana?
My mom, Emily Diamond, raised seven of us in a big old house on nine acres in the pine woods four miles outside of Covington, Louisiana. We didn’t have a television until I was a sophomore in high school, so we spent as much time as we could outside and we read a lot. Our house wasn’t air conditioned so as soon as we finished our daily chores we would jump in and hang out on the beautiful Bogue Falaya River that bordered our property. During those hours and days on that wonderful river I gained an appreciation for how water works and what it can do. The Bogue Falaya has a huge hydraulic basin so when there are widespread, heavy rains it turns into a raging monster. I also learned what can happen if we don’t protect our rivers and streams when a truck load of acid that was leaking was dumped in the river. Everything in the river for miles downstream was killed and it took years for the eco-system to recover. After attending college in Pittsburgh I was visiting family in Brown County, Indiana and decided to stay for a while. My cousin introduced me to Pam and the rest is history!
You have a garden! What all do you plant and what do you do with the produce?
I plant a wide variety of vegetables and have been doing so for years - all without using any commercial fertilizers. We really enjoy the garden produce, particularly the corn, tomatoes, potatoes, and beans; and enjoy it even more when we can share it with others.