Blacks Run Trash Pick Up

Harman is proud of Wayne Witmer and his sons for their service work with the Tenth Legion 4-H Club in the Blacks Run Cleanup day on Saturday. Volunteers, in total, picked up 2 tons worth of litter. More can be read about this service effort here in the DNR article (https://goo.gl/IWK2wA).

Veteran Nancy Bowers Shares Her Thoughts

Harman employee and Veteran, Nancy Bowers, shares her thoughts on Veterans Day.

Team Spotlight – Wayne Witmer

Here at Harman we are privileged to have such a great team of people working for our clients. Once a month we highlight one of our team members so that you can get to know them a little bit better.

Wayne Witmer

This month the spotlight falls on Wayne Witmer – President and COO –    Wayne Witmer has been with Harman Construction for the past 26 years.  He provides day to day support and leadership to the overall teams at Harman Construction as well providing needed resource so that each team has what they need to be effective for each and every client Harman serves.

What have been some of your favorite projects with Harman? Why?

One of my favorites would have to be the various projects for Eastern Mennonite University.  They are an excellent organization to work with from start to finish, which makes for a wonderful and solid partnership through each project we work on together.  Of particular interest for me was the building and completion of the University Commons.

Another project that I really enjoyed was the RMH Cancer Center and Medical Office Building in Harrisonburg.  Not only  was it a large project with an an aggressive schedule, but being able to work and support an organization that is doing so many great things in and for our community has been wonderful.

What have you come to appreciate and value about working with the team at Harman?

Each team member brings strengths to the table.  Those strengths help to balance out the team as a whole.  Here at Harman our people are a wonderful mix of visionaries, dreamers and detailed oriented personalities.  Mixing all those strengths really helps our teams bring the very best to the table for our clients day in and day out.  They are an outstanding group of folks that value team over personal goals and it shows in how well our teams work together here at Harman.

What other life experience have you had that helps you in your job today?

I come from a large family where we had to learn to work together and have a mutual give and take in our relationships, both in day to day life as well as in the family business that has spanned the last 75 years.  My dad is a wonderful role model, teaching us how to treat others, how to be strong in our faith and how to run a strong business together.

Outside your Harman work, what other things do you enjoy in your down-time?

I love being involved in my kids activities and in various roles and connections with my church family.  I also enjoy travel, golf, music, history and Cleveland sports teams.

To read Wayne Witmer’s full bio or to contact him – Click Here

Team Member Spotlight – John Bazan

Here at Harman we are privileged to have such a great team of people working for our clients. Once a month we will be highlighting one of our team members so that you can get to know them a little bit better.

This month the spotlight falls on John Bazan – Safety Director at Harman Construction.  

John Bazan - Safety Director

John Bazan – Safety Director

How long have you been with Harman and what role do you serve?

I have been with Harman Construction for the last ten years and serve as the Safety Director.  My role is to make sure our men and sub-contractors are staying safe on all of our job sites.  I also manage a safety team that consists of our job superintendents.  They help me make sure we are staying safe and abiding by current OSHA rules and regulations.   

What have you come to appreciate/value about working on the team at Harman? 

I really appreciate how well the guys on the field work together.  They understand what it takes to get the job done and they really come together as a team.  Having team players who are open to one another’s ideas and to the ebb and flow of the job is important. They really mesh together well and it makes a huge difference on each job.

What other life experience have you had that helps you in your job today?

I think the missions trip I took to Haiti, leading a team and working with many different people helps me in my day to day work.  When you spend time working with people in a mission setting, you learn about teamwork and meshing together to complete a common task or goal.  I also think I’m a rather personable person and they say I can talk to anyone.  That comes in handy when working with our clients and Harman team members.

Why do you think potential clients should consider working with Harman? 

We work hard to give the best quality product and job to each of our customers.  The end result matters and it’s important that we arrive at the completion of a project safely for our staff and clients.

Outside of Harman, what other things do you enjoy in your down-time.

I love to spend time with my wife.  We enjoy camping together and I love to ride my motorcycle.  We also love spending time with our boys when they come into town.

To read John’s full bio or to contact him – Click Here.

Team Member Spotlight – Zack Fletchall

Here at Harman we are privileged to have such a great team of people working for our clients. Once a month we will be highlighting one of our team members so that you can get to know them a little bit better.

Zach Fletchall

This month the spotlight falls on our LEED AP, Project Executive – Zack Fletchall

Zack joined Harman in 2011 bringing his love and knowledge of building construction to our team.  After winning a Lego building contest at age four, it’s no surprise Zack grew up to complete a degree in building construction from Virginia Tech.  Active in the industry, Zack currently sits on the executive committee for the AGCVA Valley District and has previously served the USGBC’s SWVA chapter as both vice chair and chair.

Here are a couple questions we asked Zack about his own experience at Harman and what he believes makes Harman a great place to work and a great company to do business with:

What has been one of your favorite projects with Harman? Why?

One of my favorite projects has been Generations Park in Bridgewater.  As both an ice hockey fan and player, it’s exciting to be getting an ice surface here in the Valley.  It is also exciting what it will bring to the area community.

I also really enjoyed watching the project for Dick’s Sporting Goods in Harrisonburg take shape.  It was a fast paced project and really neat to see come together so quickly.

What have you come to appreciate/value about working on team at Harman?

There are several things I appreciate about working here – The people, Haman’s strong corporate values and the level of expertise are what continue to make it an enjoyable and rewarding place to work.

Outside your Harman work, what other things do you enjoy in your down-time.

Enjoying time my family, especially outdoors.  This summer we spent a lot of time at the pool, the park, bike riding and visits to the zoo.

What other life experience have you had that helps you in your job today?

Over the past 15 years I have worked on wide variety of projects with many different clients.  I would say that there are aspects from each of those experiences that are used on a daily basis.

To read Zack’s full bio or to contact him – Click Here.

Team Member Spotlight – Jim Ellinger

Here at Harman we are privileged to have such a great team of people working for our clients. Once a month we will be highlighting one of our team members so that you can get to know them a little bit better.

Jim Ellinger

This month the spotlight falls on our Design-Build Manager – Jim Ellinger

Jim joined Harman in 1988.  His past experience working for a civil engineer and a pre-cast factory gave him the groundwork and tools for working with Harman as a design-build manger.

Here are a couple questions we asked Jim about his own experience at Harman and what he believes makes Harman a great place to work and a great company to do business with:

What has been one of your favorite projects with Harman? Why?
  • I have been with Harman for 27 years so it’s a little hard to pinpoint just one project.  However, a couple of key projects stick out in my mind: Rockingham Eye Associates (My very first project), Valley Pediatrics in Verona, the churches we have worked with over the years and the industrial project with Merck.  Every one of these projects have had something unique about them and it has been exciting to work with the clients and see their dreams become reality through our work.
What have you come to appreciate/value about working on team at Harman? 
  • I appreciate the effort that each team member puts into each project that we do.  As a design-build team we work hard to listen to our clients and really become the client.  When we understand at that level, it makes bringing a project together successful.  While we may work as individual teams – from sales, to design-build, to estimating, to the crews on the ground – working together we can accomplish the goals of our clients.
  • I also appreciate the strong work ethic our teams display and the Christian atmosphere here at Harman.  No matter how stressful the job may get we know we can rely on our team members to support us and even pray with us if we have that need.
Outside your Harman work, what other things do you enjoy in your down-time.
  • My wife and I love to camp.  We love to take the weekend, load up our two rescue dogs and head out.  We spend time walking and just sharing life together.  Other than camping, anyone that knows me knows that I love to bowl.  I’ve been bowling for 46 years, been all over the US for tournaments – sometimes on a team but also as an individual competitor on the Amateur Bowling Circuit.  My dad introduced me to the game at 16 and I’ve been bowling ever since.  I have one friend who has been bowling with me for 40 years, same day, same time every week.  I love to bowl.
What other life experience have you had that helps you in your job today?
  • Before I came to Harman I went to work for a Civil Engineer.  It was my first job out of college.  I didn’t know anything about civil engineering, but over the course of my 10 years there I learned a wealth of knowledge that has contributed to my success at Harman as a design-build manager.  I also spent 1 1/2 years working at a pre-cast factory in Waynesboro prior to Harman.  Both jobs helped to build my skills, especially in reading site plans, which is a critical part of my job today.

To read Jim’s full bio or to contact him – Click Here.