We’re loving the Meet the Team Monday post series on social media where we can introduce you to new staff and get to know our existing team. So we thought it’d be nice to round up all the staff featured each month in a blog post to have on our site. We hope you enjoy learning more about our team too!
Get to Know Garco: Meet the Team Monday November Featured Team
JAKE HODGE – PROJECT MANAGER
Project Manager Jake Hodge is based out of our Spokane office and has been with Garco for almost 15 years! Jake shares, “I love the dynamic nature of my role. You’re never bored – the challenges are plentiful. It’s a big role that demands leadership, experience, methodical and strategic pre-planning and oversight, good people skills, being adaptive, and a profound desire to deliver the best projects in the Northwest.” Jake is unique in that he had not really intended on a career in the construction field. His academic background is actually Fisheries and Wildlife biology, which was his original intended career path. He says, “I have a BS degree from WSU and spent several years in the remote wilderness of Idaho on salmon mitigation studies along with work throughout the Snake River system in Washington. My construction degree was earned through hard knocks which seems to be becoming more and more rare these days.” Prior to working for Garco, during high school and college, Jake also gained valuable field experience as a residential concrete finisher. He adds, “I liked the physical challenge and the great sense of accomplishment at the end of each day. Being involved with projects from conception to completion has been very rewarding throughout my career. I began with Garco as an in-field project administrator, then became a project engineer, then senior project engineer, and now a project manager. I enjoyed each role and am glad that I had vast opportunity to continue to learn and grow within the company.”
Outside of work, Jake loves hunting and fishing and spending time in the outdoors. He notes, “I’m a fanatic no question.” In his free time he balances the passion of being in the outdoors with soaking up as much time with my family as possible. Jake and his wife have a five-year-old son and an almost four-year-old daughter. They are his pride and joy. His wife is an amazing taxidermist. He says, “Together we have many irons in the pot with constant self-performed construction projects at home, improvements to our property, and playing at the lake or in the mountains as often as possible. I often say there’s just not enough time in the day … it sums up my lifestyle. Work hard – play hard!”
DUNCAN SEELEY – IRONWORKER GENERAL FOREMAN
Ironworker General Foreman Duncan Seeley (pictured here with girlfriend Katie Garrett ) has been with Garco for almost 10 years and is currently working at the new elementary schools project in Ellensburg, Washington. Duncan says, “I enjoy my position with Garco because I learn new things all the time, and then get to apply them to the tasks at hand. I have been fortunate to work with very good people around me to learn from the best. I started as an apprentice on my very first ironworker job with Garco and over the years have worked up to my position. Garco has been a very good company to work for over the years and I look forward to what’s ahead.” In his free time he enjoys motorsports in the outdoors … everything from snowmobiling and dirt bikes to RZRs and boats, and even off-road wheeling. He says, “I love being outside with good friends.”
ERIK WICK – PROJECT MANAGER
Project Manager Erik Wick. He’s been with Garco for more than six years and is currently working on the Cle Elum Dam Fish Passage project. He says, “Since starting at Garco in 2014, my role in managing our fish bypass work at Lower Granite Dam and now Cle Elum has provided great experiences and memories that will hold throughout the rest of my working career. The coworkers and subcontractors who I’ve been able to work with on these projects has shown me the amazing type of people Garco chooses to associate with.” He appreciates the company’s desire to progress with their employee’s while maintaining a family oriented mindset. He adds, “The challenging jobs we chase after in several different sectors of work creates a diverse company that allows for its employees to really choose their career path.”
Erik has been married to his wonderful wife for 15 years this December and together they have three kids (pictured with him here). Outside of work, he likes to spend his time coaching youth sports, fishing, hanging out in Las Vegas with the wife, playing basketball, camping, and playing poker. Erik grew up in Atlanta and went to Gonzaga for Civil Engineering and decided to make the Inland Northwest his home after that.
JJ MASTERSON – CIVIL PROJECT ENGINEER/EIT
Civil Project Engineer/EIT JJ Masterson has with Garco for seven years, including his internship. Right now he works mostly in the office but makes site visits to the Cle Elum Dam Juvenile Fish Passage project. JJ says, “I love the constantly changing challenge my role in the civil department provides. I work on various activities including formwork designs, CADD models, estimating, as well as my normal project engineering activities for Cle Elum project.” JJ loves the family atmosphere of his team. He adds, “I know that if I need anything, I can turn to them for help.”
2020 has brought much excitement for JJ and his wife, Megan; they welcomed their first child, Declan James, in August (all pictured together here with their adorable dog Obi!). JJ shares, “We are so blessed to have a happy, healthy and adorable son. He has red hair and blue eyes so he is living up to his Irish heritage.” JJ and his wife are Gonzaga alumni which of course means they are huge GU Basketball fans. As a tradition, JJ and his college buddies from across the west coast all normally meet up for at least one Gonzaga game each year. As for other hobbies and interests in his free time, he says, “I am extremely competitive and love to play pickup basketball and indoor soccer. My most recent hobby is going out for a round of golf, where I have made dramatic progress, but still can’t get a decent score.”
JUSTIN LUDWIG – PROJECT ENGINEER
Project Engineer Justin Ludwig has been with Garco for more than three years and works in the civil department. He was on the recently completed CSO 26 Tank project in downtown Spokane and now is working on the Avista downtown network infrastructure projects, also in Spokane. Justin enjoys the collaborative environment of the Garco civil department. He shares, “Many of the civil team members have various backgrounds with unique project experiences and it allows the group to be able to bounce ideas off one another on a regular basis.”
2020 has brought exciting milestones for Justin. He proposed to his now fiancé, Jenna. (Pictured here together on Hayden Lake, Idaho.). They are planning to get married in August 2021. In his free time, Justin enjoys going on weekend camping trips with both their families. He also likes getting out to hunt and hike as often as possible. He shares, “After moving to Coeur d’Alene just over three years ago, it has been really nice to enjoy outdoor activities so close to home from floating rivers in the summer to skiing in the winter.”