We love to celebrate accomplishments around here, and today we’re spotlighting a recent award-winning leader in our firm.
Soon after Bury+Partners launched an office in San Antonio back in 1996, Mr. Larry Heimer, P.E., joined the team and assumed the role of Managing Principal. Under Larry’s leadership, the San Antonio office has grown in leaps and bounds, taking on major projects with local municipalities, utility services, and other governmental agencies. Many projects have been for corporate clients building and expanding their facilities, and for private land developers building new significant commercial and residential projects.
On Wednesday, January 30, Larry was named the 15th recipient of the Philip M. Barshop Founder’s Award, an honor given every year by the Real Estate Council of San Antonio to recognize “excellence and leadership in the real estate industry.”
L to R: Armando Niebla, Mark Johnson, Cindy Cardenas, Larry Heimer, Paul Bury, Coy Armstrong, Chris Crim (Photo Courtesy of Overstreet Photography)
We caught up with Larry a few days after the award presentation and are excited to share with you a closer look at San Antonio’s fearless leader.
When asked why he chose a profession in engineering, Larry laughed and said, “It was just luck.” Larry married his high school sweetheart at the age of 19, and the civil engineering building on Texas A&M’s campus was closest to the married student housing where they lived. He may think of it as luck, but Larry also grew up with his father who worked for TxDOT for more than 35 years. Seeing road construction projects, surveying equipment and construction plans as a kid may have influenced him too.
“What I love most about working at Bury+Partners is our employees and the work they do for our clients,” Larry said. In his role as San Antonio’s Managing Principal, he observes daily how well the staff handles their work and the high level of service they provide.
Other leaders in the San Antonio office look up to Larry as a role model and mentor.
Mark Johnson, Principal in San Antonio, has worked with Larry for the past 17 years. “Larry came on board (at Bury+Partners) just in time to keep me from drowning,” Johnson said. “His calm, even demeanor makes him a great leader, and he never lets you see him sweat. The most important lesson he has taught me is that when a problem arises, tackle it head on.”
“Larry possesses a true love of his job and a desire to succeed,” said Coy Armstrong, another San Antonio Principal. “He has been a mentor to me since I started with Bury+Partners in 2001, and I continue to learn from him every day. He’s taught me that a key element to success is being responsive to client needs and readily available to address their questions.”
Larry has over 30 years of engineering experience specializing in the design and management of public infrastructure projects. He served as president of the Real Estate Council of San Antonio in 2007 and is involved in the Texas Society of Professional Engineers and the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce.
A few more Q’s and A’s with Larry:
Q: What’s going on in the San Antonio market that excites you?
A: There are so many signs out there that point to growth – new businesses are moving to the San Antonio area and existing businesses are planning for expansion. Also, new people are moving here from other parts of the country for job opportunities, which seems to be creating a demand for housing and other services. The Eagle Ford Oil boom is also creating many new jobs on the south side of San Antonio.
Q: What is something surprising about you that your coworkers might not know?
A: I was a truck driver (delivered freight) for one-and-a-half years after high school.
Q: What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
A: I like to spend time farming and ranching. I also enjoy weekend get-a-ways to fish along the Texas coast (Port Aransas, South Padre Island, Port O’Conner, Baffin Bay) and in Belize.
Q: What is your advice to students pursuing an engineering degree?
A: Never give up!
Congratulations again, Larry! We’re so proud of you.
Read more on the Philip M. Barshop Founders Award here: “Engineer Larry Heimer wins Real Estate Council award”