Category: Careers

Procurement Professional, Ivy Mitchell Receives Promotion

For over a decade, procurement professional, Ivy Mitchell has added immense value to HPM’s Procurement Services Department. Due to excellent performance and consistent leadership, Ivy has been named Director of Program Development.

Ivy’s Achievements

Ivy leads procurement efforts for Airbus where over $750M of work (20 work packages) have been procured. Additionally, Ivy spearheads procurement efforts for Saraland Sports complex, Mercedes and Leonardo. As Director of Program Development, Ivy will be focused on helping project teams, bringing consistency to the procurement process company wide. This enables clients to engage with highly qualified suppliers and ultimately mitigate risk for building programs.

Denny Dahner, Category Buyer with Airbus praised the team led by Ivy stating “HPM’s team of procurement professionals utilize a methodology that is very organized, professional and adds tremendous value to achieve our Airbus project targets. The cooperation happens in a respectful and open way.”

Procurement Professionals

Why Utilize a Procurement Professional?

HPM’s Procurement team assists clients in identifying and procuring high quality designers, consultants, contractors, design-builders and construction managers to position construction program for success. Along with the architects, the team makes adjustments in the schedule to expedite completion.

HPM’s procurement process brings numerous benefits to our clients. Value adds include cost savings, supplier management, risk mitigation, improved quality, transparency, compliance, and strategic decision-making. By implementing HPM’s process, clients can enhance their operational efficiency, reduce costs and gain a competitive edge in the market.

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More About Ivy

Beyond her workplace achievements, Ivy serves as a mentor to numerous individuals at varying stages of their careers. Colleagues appreciate her willingness to invest in those around her and strengthen the team. Her sharp wit, fierce loyalty and willing spirit make Ivy a beloved figure in the HPM community.

Ivy and her husband, John have a riverfront home where they love to fish and spend time together outdoors. Their daughter, Jordan is currently in school to become a Certified Nurse Practitioner and engaged to be married on April 20th next year.

Project Management Professional, Will Cather Promoted at HPM

As HPM continues to grow, it is more important than ever to employ individuals demonstrating the highest level of dedication to the projects and clients they are assigned. Since onboarding with HPM, Will Cather has proven his robust work ethic as a project management professional. Because of his outstanding performance and contributions to our team, I am confident in promoting him to the next level as Project Manager.

Will’s Career

Despite being early in his career, Will has developed a well-rounded skillset by the nature of his previous positions at a general contractor and a design firm. He applies this knowledge and experience daily on our Regions Bank account managing facilities maintenance capital projects. These projects include capital replacements/upgrades of elevators, fire alarm systems, HVAC units, HVAC control systems and both exterior and interior LED lighting retrofits.

The FMC team simply would not be successful without Will’s commitment and effort. The nature of the FMC work is for installations to occur on nights and weekends, and Will is always on call and available to support his projects. Will has developed a great relationship with key members of the client’s team, and quickly gaining their trust and confidence. He excels in managing client expectations as he communicates in a clear and effective manner. Will is a team player and fosters a collaborative work environment where his coworkers feel valued and motivated. He understands that if one person on our team succeeds, we all succeed.


Client Praise

Regions Project Manager, David Caulkins heralded Will’s contributions, saying “Will has been such an asset to the team, it’s hard to surmise into a simple statement. He is transparent, available and impactful, all in a timely manner.”

About Will

Will and his wife, Haleigh have a love for travel and most recently visited Switzerland! Among his many hobbies, Will is a coffee connoisseur and loves to cook—he even bakes his own bread! He is a huge sports fan and his favorite teams include Alabama, the Dallas Cowboys, the Atlanta Braves and most importantly, his beloved Tottenham Hotspurs.

Will truly is a “rising star” at HPM, and I’m so proud of what he’s accomplished in only 8 months. I am excited to witness his continued success!

Project Management

What Does a Project Manager Do?

The breadth of the term “project management” often begs the question, “what does a project manager do?” The HPM team loves to learn through stories and personal experiences. As such, we are introducing you to Project Manager, Justin Adams for a peak behind the curtain into his everyday life.

What project(s) are you currently on? 

I am currently working on three municipal projects in the great state of Texas! These include City of Lewisville Public Safety Campus, City of Denton Fleet Services Expansion and City of Denton Fire Station #09.

What does a typical day at HPM look like for you?

My typical day includes interfacing with our team for project updates and helping develop solutions for project challenges. This involves touching base with our HPM team as well as trade partners and clients/ stakeholders. Generally, we have at least one dedicated project meeting in person or virtually. Days when I am onsite include walking the jobsite with the contractor and reporting meetings with clients.

What is the best part of your job?

The best aspects of my job are getting to learn from clients and trade partners coupled with the opportunity to share this knowledge within our team. I interface directly with various levels of management within the municipalities we support. This exposes me to the many complexities of project management and client satisfaction. There is always something to be learned and my knowledge is ever-growing. This grants me to lead by teaching. Watching team members accumulate new knowledge and develop new skills is immensely rewarding.

What is your proudest accomplishment?

My proudest accomplishment was having run the Dallas Marathon twice. My wife and I are avid runners and love to be outdoors. This was recently outdone by becoming a father. Our baby girl was born October 5th this year!

Tell us about someone who inspires you. What made or makes this person a great leader?

My Grandpa has always been a source of inspiration both personally and professionally. My Grandfather taught me the importance of hard work and taking pride in what you do. He learned to be a hands-on leader working for the Dept. of Transportation building the original Interstate Highway System. He instilled in me the importance of accountability when leading a team, always teach by example. Grandpa is my inspiration for pursuing a career in Engineering / Construction and someone I am still learning from.

What are the characteristics of a great leader?

I find a great leader is often characterized not by personal success and accolades, but by the success of their team. Simply being a manager is not enough. You must gain the trust of your people, foster autonomy and create an environment centered on learning. A great leader is never too busy to work through a question or spend one-on-one time with their team. A leader’s focus should be providing their team the tools necessary for success.

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