Technician Profile – Eric Steyer

Eric Steyer

What city of cities have you worked in for GPRS?

New Orleans / Gulf Coast, Portland / PacNW

What personal accomplishments are you proud of achieving at GPRS?

Growing the New Orleans market to sustain 2 GPRS employees.

Tell us about your spouse, family, kids, and/ or pets?

I have a girlfriend named Lisa, 2 brothers, one 3 years older named Jason and one 3 years younger named Adam, and a golden retriever named Maia.

What are your hobbies?

Sports, hiking, spending time with friends and family, trying new things, traveling.

What is your favorite sports team?

Notre Dame Fighting Irish

What is your favorite thing about the town you live in?

Well I just moved to Portland but so far there is nothing I DON’T like.

What has been your favorite job site that you have worked at and why?

LSU Stadium in Baton Rouge, because I’m a huge college football fan.

What is your favorite aspect of your work here at GPRS?

Every day is different and the constant opportunities to solve problems.

What is your favorite local restaurant?

Lawry’s – Chicago

What is your favorite vacation spot and why?

Who doesn’t love a cold drink in their hand and sand between their toes?

What is your claim to fame (what do people find really interesting about you)?

I am a closet singer/actor/dancer.

Do you have a motto that you live or work by if so what is it?

“Don’t sweat the small stuff, and it’s all small stuff”

What is your biggest personal goal in the next five years?

Marriage, house, start a family.

Technician Profile – John Lause

John Lause

What city of cities have you worked in for GPRS?

Chicago

How long have you been with GPRS?

3.25 years

What personal accomplishments are you proud of achieving at GPRS?

Winning the Good to Great award last year, helping to grow and expand the Chicago region, the personal relationships built over my time here. Having someone continue to want to work with you because they can trust you to do the job right is probably the one I am most proud of

Tell us about your spouse, family, kids, and/ or pets?

Married to Meghan for five years with 2 kids (4&2) and another on the way any day now

What are your hobbies?

John Lause1Fantasy baseball/football, ultimate Frisbee, sports

What is your favorite sports team?

Syracuse Football and Basketball, Cleveland Browns, Indians

What is your favorite thing about the town you live in?

Beecher is a small town, it’s quiet but close enough to the city to take advantage of the activities there

What has been your favorite job site that you have worked at and why?

Any of the roof top jobs in the city, the view of the lake and skyline is something that you can’t normally get especially for free

What is your favorite aspect of your work here at GPRS?

Same skills and tools are used everyday but each job/application is different and meeting new people every day

What is your favorite local restaurant?

Maggiano’s (great Italian food)

What is your favorite vacation spot and why?

Anywhere warm with a beach, Belize is both and has a lot to see with an interesting history

What is your claim to fame (what do people find really interesting about you)?

My height, I guess being 6’8’’ people tend to notice

Do you have a motto that you live or work by if so what is it?

Success doesn’t come without hard work

What is your biggest personal goal in the next five years?

Finish off the man cave in the basement, and take the family to Disney

Technician Profile – Nate Stair

Nate Stair

What city of cities have you worked in for GPRS?

Raleigh

How long have you been with GPRS?

Since March of 2011

What personal accomplishments are you proud of achieving at GPRS?

Building the Raleigh territory into a successful market.

Tell us about your spouse, family, kids, and/ or pets?

My wife’s name is Ashley and we’ve been married for 8 years this fall. We have 2 beautiful girls, Jada is 2 and Mia is 5 years old. We love being outdoors and spending weekend at the beach.

What are your hobbies?

Golf, Fishing, and hunting the elusive whitetail deer.

What is your favorite sports team?

The Ohio State Buckeyes

What is your favorite thing about the town you live in?

I enjoy the outdoor activities like downtown festivals, night life, and diversity of people from all over the country. We have 3 universities and there’s alway something going on.

What has been your favorite job site that you have worked at and why?

I’ve worked at the PNC Arenawhere the Carolina Hurricanes play scanning concrete for anchoring guard rails and also scanning inside the locker rooms.

What is your favorite aspect of your work here at GPRS?

I really like the challenge of performing our services for our customers in highly critical situations. I feel this sets us apart from other GPR companies. I also enjoy running a territory and all the responsibilities that come with the position as Regional Manager.

What is your favorite local restaurant?

My favorite restaurant is The Pit because the BBQ is crazy good!

What is your favorite vacation spot and why?

Any lake where I can catch large mouth bass.

What is your claim to fame (what do people find really interesting about you)?

I would say my claim to fame is being a father and husband. If I didn’t do anything else in life but I was great father and husband, I would be happy with that.

Do you have a motto that you live or work by if so what is it?

I can do all thing through him who gives me strength. – Phillipians 4:13

What is your biggest personal goal in the next five years?

I have a personal goal here at GPRS to turn NC and SC into a $3 million a year in revenue having 10 technicians in the 2 states.

Final Thoughts:
“I am a Christian and I believe in the saving blood of Jesus Christ. He has blessed this company and I have been blessed to be apart of this incredible team here at GPRS.”

Technician Profile – Nick Janney

Nick Janney

What city of cities have you worked in for GPRS?

Cleveland, OH / Akron

How long have you been with GPRS?

3 years

What person accomplishments are you proud of achieving at GPRS?

Growth year over year and adding a new tech to the Cleveland market 1st quarter this year

Tell us about your spouse, family, kids, and/ or pets?

Married to my beautiful Whitney and we have three children ranging from 10 months to 5 years old.

What are your hobbies?

Fishing, Reading

What is your favorite sports team?

Any University of Michigan program

What is your favorite thing about the town you live in?

Big city feel without being too big.

What has been your favorite job site that you have worked at and why?

New Air Traffic Control Tower at Cleveland Hopkins Airport (great view)

What is your favorite aspect of your work here at GPRS?

New experiences with new people and the amazing job sites I get to see.

What is your favorite local restaurant?

 Swensons Drive In Akron, OH http://www.swensonsdriveins.com/

What is your favorite vacation spot and why?

Emerald Isle, NC (the beaches)

What is your claim to fame (what do people find really interesting about you)?

I can reverence any present life situation to a Seinfeld episode.

Do you have a motto that you live or work by if so what is it?

Luke 10:27

What is your biggest personal goal in the next five years? 

We would like to buy a house.  Find time to pick up more hobbies.

Technician Profile – Wade Vickers

Wade Vickers

What city of cities have you worked in for GPRS?

I perform work and oversee Oklahoma City & Tulsa:OK. Fort Smith & Fayetteville:AR. Amarillo: TX. I have also performed work in Houston, Dallas/Fort Worth, Lubbock: TX, Los Angeles: CA, Phoenix: AZ, Detroit: MI and Toledo: OH.

How long have you been with GPRS?

I have been with GPRS since October 2010 and going on to my 4th year.

What person accomplishments are you proud of achieving at GPRS?

I am proud of growing the OK/TX region and spreading the knowledge of ground penetrating radar to those who are unaware of our services. In 2012, I received the “Good to Great” award for excelling in market growth of my region.

Tell us about your spouse, family, kids, and/ or pets?

WVimageimage2In July of last year, I got married to my best friend Molly. She works at the YMCA in Edmond, Oklahoma as the wellness coordinator. We have two dogs. Oslo is a 145 lb. Olde English Bulldog and Bo is a 60 lb. Vizsla.

What are your hobbies?

I have skateboarded since I was 11 years old and still enjoy it to this day. Molly and I enjoy visiting the Oklahoma wineries and are always looking for new ones to try out. We love to find new things to do in Oklahoma. We enjoy swimming at Turner Falls, 4 wheeling and zip lining in Davis, OK. We also like to float down the Illinois River outside of Tulsa, OK.

What is your favorite sports team?

I will always be a Detroit Tigers fan for baseball and love watching OKC Thunder basketball games.

What is your favorite thing about the town you live in?

I really enjoy the people. There is a strong sense of good Christian values within the culture.

What has been your favorite job site that you have worked at and why?

I’ve scanned multiple locations within and around the Oklahoma City National Memorial Museum.

What is your favorite aspect of your work here at GPRS?

I enjoy problem solving and helping others. We are able to provide the location of potential hazards on job sites. We save the customer costs, job setbacks, and potential injuries.

What is your favorite local restaurant?

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There are a lot of great places to eat in OK.  Cattleman’s Steakhouse in OKC, OK is a great steak. Smokin’ Joes in Davis, OK is the best bbq. If you enjoy great food and great scenery, Vast on the 49th floor of the Devon Tower in OKC.  I do miss Tim Hortons and San Marcos in Toledo, OH though.

What is your favorite vacation spot and why?

My wife and I took our honeymoon in Nassau, Bahamas. The people were friendly, the water was blue and the sun was shining. I fell in love with the island activities.

What is your claim to fame (what do people find really interesting about you)?

I was a sponsored skateboarder and used to travel for contests within the Midwest.

Do you have a motto that you live or work by if so what is it?

 “The best sales call is a job well done.”- Matt Aston, GPRS President

What is your biggest personal goal in the next five years? 

I would love to travel Europe for a few weeks. The history, architecture, and culture would be fun to experience.

Technician Profile – Ron Anderson

Ron Anderson

What city of cities have you worked in for GPRS?

Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Palm Beach, Key West among others.

How long have you been with GPRS?

Since Oct. 2010

What person accomplishments are you proud of achieving at GPRS?

Learning to continually improve no matter what the circumstances.

Tell us about your spouse, family, kids, and/ or pets?

My wife of 9 years, America, has helped me to become a better person more than I’ve ever though possible. We have 3 dogs and 2 cats. All of which are rescue animals.

I am #11 of 13 children from incredible parents.

What are your hobbies?

Sports. Watching and playing. Especially basketball and football.

What is your favorite sports team?

All Cleveland and Miami Sports. (I’m a glutton for punishment)

What is your favorite thing about the town you live in?

The weather and fresh seafood.

What has been your favorite job site that you have worked at and why?

Key West Naval Airstation. I love going to the Keys

What is your favorite aspect of your work here at GPRS?

By far, it’s my coworkers. Best I’ve ever had.

What is your favorite local restaurant (include city and state)?

The Keys Fisheries in Marathon Key

What is your favorite vacation spot and why?

The Keys. It’s a break from business of Miami but with all of the food and ocean.

What is your claim to fame (what do people find really interesting about you)?

This may sound silly but, at 5’ 7”, I could dunk a basketball from age 18-22 years old. Although, that was once upon a time.

Do you have a motto that you live or work by if so what is it?

Never allow fear to dictate what I believe to be the right thing.

What is your biggest personal goal in the next five years?

Learn as much as I can from my parents about their life.

My Parents are a little older than most parents of people my age and the older I get, the more intriguing there life stories’ are. Eg. What life was like heating your house with coal, having an Iceman come to your house to cool your refrigerator, what things were like during Civil Rights period, etc.

Technician Profile – Jacob Blust

Jacob Blust

What city of cities have you worked in for GPRS?

My areas that I cover include: Austin, San Antonio, El Paso, Temple, Waco, McAllen, Laredo, Eagles Pass, San Marcos, New Braunfels, San Angelo, and Fort Stockton. I have also helped out in Oklahoma City, Dallas, Sacramento, Houston, and New Orleans.

How long have you been with GPRS?

I started with GPRS in August 2010.

What person accomplishments are you proud of achieving at GPRS?

It would probably being a part of the growth of the Texas/Oklahoma region. When I started, I was only the 3rd technician in the area. Today we have 9 technicians in Texas. The work that we, as a team, have done has allowed us to bring in 6 additional technicians into this area.

Tell us about your spouse, family, kids, and/ or pets?

I am the youngest of 3 sons. My parents and one brother and his wife live in Toledo. My other brother and his wife live in Boston. I have my first niece or nephew coming in a few months… very excited to be an uncle!

What are your hobbies?

I am an avid movie fan. I can usually be found in my free time at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas in Austin. I enjoy all types of films… especially love watching older movies back on the big screen.

I also like to paint… I’m not great at it, but I really enjoy it. I usually like painting scenes/images from movies, or recreating movie posters.

What is your favorite sports team?

I have grown up a fan of The Ohio State Buckeyes and Detroit Tigers. Also, I had the privilege to go to the Super Bowl in Dallas to see my Green Bay Packers win!!

What is your favorite thing about the town you live in?

Where to start?! Austin is an absolutely great, beautiful, and unique city. No matter what your interests are, there is something to do every day of the week. In the summer, my favorite thing would be all the outdoor movies they show around town at all the different parks at night. Oh yeah, did I mention Austin is the “food trailer capital of the world”?

What has been your favorite job site that you have worked at and why?

I have been to a lot of cool job sites, but the most unique on would a project by Lake Travis in Texas. My contact and I got into a lift, picked up by a crane, and dropped down a shaft of about 500’ to scan for rebar on the sides of shaft walls. To be that far below the surface was truly something amazing to see.

What is your favorite aspect of your work here at GPRS?

I really enjoy being on different job sites day to day. After my jobs where I would be in the same place every day, the daily change of scenery is great. Texas has some great areas to drive through.

What is your favorite local restaurant (include city and state)?

Oh man. This is going to be tough. I would have to go with Chuy’s (originated in Austin, TX). But there are a ton that I enjoy… I’m a bit of a foodie.

What is your favorite vacation spot and why?

Love going to OBX, North Carolina. Nothing beats the beach vacation and seafood.

What is your biggest personal goal in the next five years?

After being down in Austin for the past few years, I really want to establish some roots. I’m working towards buying a house in South Austin sometime this year. An equally big goal (and more important) is getting to a healthier way of living. I will be working at getting healthier and losing weight.

Technician Profile – Jim James

Jim James
Regional Manager | New York/Tri-State Area

What city of cities have you worked in for GPRS?

Tampa/St. Petersburg, FL; Naples, FL; New York City, NY; & Hartford, CT

How long have you been with GPRS?

Since August of 2010; Roughly 3 ½ years

What person accomplishments are you proud of achieving at GPRS?

Simply that I feel like the regions I have worked in have consistently improved during my time there.

Tell us about your spouse, family, kids, and/ or pets?

I’m single so I don’t have a family of my own, but I do have a girlfriend named Liz and my brother works for our company in New Orleans, LA

What are your hobbies?

Playing Ultimate Frisbee and weightlifting

What is your favorite sports team?

Ohio State Football with Ohio State Basketball coming in at a close second.

What is your favorite thing about the town you live in?

I live in Jersey City, NJ and am only four blocks from the Hudson River directly across from the World Trade Center and I am within view of the Statue of Liberty.  My favorite thing is that I can be in one of the greatest cities in the world with just a five minute train ride.

What has been your favorite job site that you have worked at and why?

BY FAR, my greatest job site has been the Marriott Frenchman’s Reef on St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

What is your favorite aspect of your work here at GPRS?

This list is long, but probably my favorite is getting to travel to a new site with new people almost every day.

Jim James

What is your favorite local restaurant (include city and state)?

A small hipster type restaurant in Jersey City called Marco & Pepe.  It’s a great brunch/lunch place

What is your favorite vacation spot and why?

I rolled my job on St. Thomas into a vacation and I can’t imagine another place as beautiful and relaxing.

What is your claim to fame (what do people find really interesting about you)?

Well, my real full name is James H James III.  Every credit card use, every booked reservation, every introduction results in a disbelieving look or confusion.  Last name? James. First name? James. Oh, I’m sorry what was your last name then? . . . and repeat that about two more times before it clicks.

Do you have a motto that you live or work by if so what is it?

I’m completely paraphrasing, but it is from the Dalai Lama:  If there are problems in your life and you can do something about them, there is nothing to worry about; if you can’t do anything about them, there is nothing to worry about.

I strive to focus on what I can control and avoid “crying over spilt milk” situations and I think this quote emphasizes focusing on the aspects you can control of any problem.

What is your biggest personal goal in the next five years?

I don’t know if it’s my biggest personal goal, but my most important is to just ensure that I improve myself daily, monthly, yearly.  I want to continue to try to make myself a better, more well-rounded person, whether that’s in my general and professional proficiencies through reading or education or its in the relationships that I have or it’s in my personal finances.  If you are constantly improving these aspects of yourself, almost any specific end goal is possible.

Technician Profile – Matt Johnson

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Matt Johnson
Regional Manager | Tennessee – Nashville, Knoxville, Chattanooga

What city of cities have you worked in for GPRS?

Covered the Michigan market for the last three years before transferring to into the regional manager position over Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi.  The main cities I’m currently working in are Nashville, Knoxville and Chattanooga. I have also completed jobs throughout Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Oklahoma, West Virginia, Kentucky and Illinois.

How long have you been with GPRS?

Just under 4 years

What personal accomplishments are you proud of achieving at GPRS?

I am excited about the new market that I have taken over.  Looking forward to building my territory up to a point where it will be able to support multiple GPR technicians.

Tell us about your spouse, family, kids, and/ or pets?

Happily married to my high school sweet heart since 2007, and we now have a two year old son named Graham.

What are your hobbies?

When I’m not spending time with my family, I love to golf.  I have been an avid golfer since I was seven years old & try to get out as much as I can.

What is your favorite sports team?

THE Ohio State Buckeyes

What is your favorite thing about the town you live in?

We recently relocated to Nashville, TN & we love it.  Since the city is new to us there are tons of great restaurants & fun places for us to explore.   My favorite thing about Nashville would have to obviously be all the great live music that is always happening.

What has been your favorite job site that you have worked at and why?

Working at Bridgestone Arena in downtown Nashville.  I was there the same day that Taylor Swift was performing, so it was pretty fun to see all of the hustle & bustle that goes on behind the scenes.

What is your favorite aspect of your work here at GPRS?

I enjoy the aspect that you never know where you will end up scanning each day.  Every day offers a new adventure!  And I love all the camaraderie within the company, we have a great team!

Matt Johnson

What is your favorite local restaurant (include city and state)?

Martin’s Barbeque is my favorite restaurant in Nashville, TN

What is your favorite vacation spot and why?

Hawaii is my favorite vacation spot, the island of Kauai was the most beautiful.  We went for our honeymoon and would love to plan a trip back for an anniversary trip.

What is your claim to fame (what do people find really interesting about you)?

People find it interesting that my specialty in the kitchen is Crepes Suzette

Do you have a motto that you live or work by if so what is it?

“Don’t sweat the small stuff”

What is your biggest personal goal in the next five years?

Figure out where we want to live in Nashville & buy a house, and hopefully add to our family to fill up that new house!