The Brown Wegher team is an assortment of people from all over Siouxland and the country. Recently, we launched an interview series which helped us showcase our variety of talents and skills on a more personal level. We continue the series with Tyler Manker, our Vice President of Commercial Construction, who shares with us his love of building businesses, communities, and a life here in Siouxland.
How did you come to work in construction?
I grew up on a farm, and that came with an early appreciation for tools and equipment. Because of this, I developed an interest in building things that never really went away. After graduating high school, I chose to study Construction Engineering at Iowa State University because I knew it would be challenging yet very rewarding. I wasn’t wrong.
Tell us a little about your background.
After graduating from Iowa State, I became a licensed professional engineer in Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota and Kansas. I’ve worked for several companies in and around Siouxland, including the time I took up farming with my family for a few years (you know what they say, “once a farm kid, always a farm kid”). Eventually, I got back into doing what I love, which is commercial construction and project management.
How did you end up at Brown Wegher?
When it comes to landing the perfect job, they say it’s not what you know, but who. I like to think it was a bit of both in my case. I had known Mike Blankenship from a previous job and have great respect for him as an industry colleague and a friend. I also have great respect for Tim Brown, who I consider to be a great businessman and community leader. When the opportunity to work at a great company with great leadership comes up, you don’t think twice. I certainly didn’t. And here I am.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
The thing I enjoy the most is building relationships with our internal team, the project team, and our clients. I also enjoy understanding challenges and turning them into opportunities.
What are the most frequently asked questions from clients?
Not surprisingly: What is it going to cost? and When is it going to be done?
What has been your favorite Brown Wegher project so far?
The current project I’m working on – Renal Associates
What makes Brown Wegher different from the rest?
There are many good construction companies out there; I know this because I’ve had the pleasure of working for them. I also know that while few individuals can build a good company and get near the top, it takes everyone to actually get there and—more importantly—stay there. Brown Wegher has very strong leadership that filters down throughout the organization. Its positive company culture is one I don’t see often, and I think it’s what makes us all accountable for the good job we do. It’s one of the most surprising—and rewarding—things about working for this company.
What is your favorite thing about working in Siouxland?
I spent many years managing large construction projects around the country. Because of my departure from the area, I did not have a large network in this community when I came to put down roots here. That being said, I’ve been surprised how quickly my network has formed. This community is diverse, but most individuals share the same values and attitudes personally and professionally that I do.
What are your favorite things to do outside of work?
I try to spend as much time as possible with my best friend, my wife, and my 1-1/2-year-old daughter. Growing up in a rural area, I spent a lot of time hunting and fishing, and I have a continued to develop a respect for nature and the land. I still spend as much time as possible outdoors with my family.