This month we celebrate HEB’s Senior Structural Engineer, Jason Ross, for his 20th anniversary with the firm. HEB’s President, Jay Poulin, says that “we are humbled and appreciative of Jason’s 20 years of dedication to HEB. His willingness to adapt over the years as we have grown has made him a big part of our family.” HEB’s Vice President, Chris Fournier, has always considered Jason as “a source for foundational knowledge in the structural group. He has always had an eye toward keeping the firm grounded in practical design.” We thought it would be fun to celebrate this platinum anniversary with a Q&A from the man himself:
When did you first join the team at HEB?
June 2000, shortly after graduating from the University of New Hampshire. I actually started as a Junior Civil Engineer. I knew that I wanted to be in the structural group but the group was full when I started. I switched a little over a year later once a position in the structural group became available.
How did you learn about HEB?
Ed Bergeron, the founder of our company, worked at UNH when I was in college. I grew up in northern New Hampshire and wanted to stay in the area. I was excited for a career opportunity so close to home.
What are some of your favorite HEB memories?
I have always enjoyed our summer activities; whitewater rafting, ropes courses, zip lining, cookouts, all sorts of stuff over the years. I really enjoyed the 35th anniversary open house, when each department came together to demonstrate different projects. I have always appreciated the focus on employee wellbeing. We’ve always had such a great work culture. The focus on outdoor group activities like mountain biking, skiing, hiking is an important part of HEB’s team. I will always remember how much fun we had on our 24 hours of Great Glen team. We always have plenty of opportunities to come together.
What was your favorite project to date?
Being the Project Manager for the Stark Covered Bridge. It was such a unique and historic project.
What have you taken away from your career thus far?
I have learned a lot regarding technical work between the civil and structural groups. I also have had the time to figure out where my priorities are. The technical part of projects is really what I enjoy the most. The most important thing that I have learned is how to prioritize family and work.
Is there anything else that you would like to share?
It’s hard to believe that it’s been 20 years, but time really does fly when you are having fun. The variety of projects and the great people that we work with make me feel grateful to be at HEB. I am looking forward to the years to come with new and interesting projects.