Member News: May 2023
EMJAY promotes Myers to president
A self-described “poster child for the construction industry,” Wayne Myers has been appointed president of EMJAY Engineering and Construction Co.
“Plumbing was in the blood,” Myers said. His father, grandfather, two uncles, two brothers and three cousins were all plumbers.
“I started out in the industry digging ditches in the late 70s,” he said.
Always interested in learning and challenging himself, Myers took night classes at a community college, completed a four-year apprenticeship and got licensed as a journeyman and then a master plumber. After years of working in the field, he became an estimator and joined EMJAY as a senior project manager 26 years ago.
“It was a journey of hard work, hard knocks and learning. But having that experience in the field helped me as an estimator because I knew what it took to put things together, and it helped me manage projects because I had the perspective of the field worker who is actually building the building,” Myers said.
Myers was promoted to senior vice president of EMJAY, then executive vice president and chief operations officer. As president, he plans to continue his work in business development and project leadership, and sustain EMJAY’s longstanding belief about how to run a construction business.
“There is nothing corporate about this place. We don’t make decisions based on dollars and we don’t plan expansions based on goals,” he said.
Instead, Myers – who is a proponent of personal relationships, telephone calls and handshakes – intends to continue to support and grow EMJAY by cultivating deep relationships with clients, general contractors and industry partners.
“I am not a salesman and I never sell anything,” he said. “Our growth happens naturally through our relationships with owners, construction managers and engineers. We never go looking for work. Every job we bid, someone asked us to bid. Then we do our best to deliver a really good job so we will get repeat business.”
A long-time trainer of apprentice plumbers and advocate for recruitment and training in construction trades, Myers also plans to remain active in workforce development.
“I hope to stay involved with associations and continue to stand on this soapbox, saying we need more people in this trade,” he said. “It is a good and honest living.”
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