Wessler is proud to announce Ty Graves as our Employee of the Month! Ty works as a Business Development Representative, meeting with city and county employees, elected officials and representatives to discuss their project needs and help with funding.
We asked Ty some questions on what all he does in and out of the office, and on touchy subjects such as putting pineapple on pizza. Congrats, Ty!
What are your roles and responsibilities at Wessler?
I assist clients in the process of project identification, education, funding and completion. I try to view the project from the client’s eyes within our organization and provide input when I see an opportunity for a better project. In the rare occasion that an engineer is having trouble communicating, I try to help them out. Consider me a translator, if you will.
What does the Wessler Way mean to you?
The Wessler Way is when you train, apply and complete something successfully with mutual respect for everyone involved. It’s never hard to make a decision at Wessler, you just always do the right thing.
What are some of your favorite things to do outside of work?
My wife Sandhya and I are the parents of twin 5-year-old boys and a 4-year-old girl. Outside of work, life revolves around them. We live near Eagle Creek Park and spend a lot of time exploring all the excitement Mother Nature can provide.
What are some of the most important lessons you have learned?
These are my top five pieces of advice as I turn 40 years old.
- Life is short; spend as much of it as you can with your family
- Political parties are fundraising mechanisms, stop associating one or the other with being correct.
- Listen more, speak less
- Understand the difference between your role and your identity
- Never sell on a down day, reinvest your dividends and save your money
You are involved with several organizations. What are some of them and what do they do?
In 2017 I graduated from the Stanley K. Lacy Leadership series, where I met and had the opportunity to learn from 24 amazing professionals over a 12 month fellowship program. I serve as the President of our Neighborhood Association in the Traders Point area of Indianapolis and I am currently beginning my 6th year as the President of the Marion County Alcoholic Beverages Committee.
What is the most ridiculous fact you know?
Meetings occurred where the reasonable outcome or decision was to allow gaming in Indiana - as long as it was on a boat.
How do you feel about putting pineapple on pizza?
Pineapple on pizza is only acceptable on the weekend, and when the temperature is over 70 degrees.
What was the name of your childhood dog?
We had a golden retriever named TEBS. It stands for Tiffany’s Eleventh Birthday Surprise. It didn’t matter what his name was because that dog loved me more!
If you were stranded on a desert island, what would be the top three things you would like to have?
A boat, a comfortable chair and some good weather!