Awesome Associates – Mario Garcia, Civil Engineer (Houston, TX)

Meet our Awesome Associate Mario Garcia, an Engineer with our Civil Engineering division in the Houston, TX office.
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Meet our Awesome Associate Mario Garcia, an Engineer with our Civil Engineering division in the Houston, TX office.  At WGI, we know our success starts with our associates and that’s why we want to share their awesome stories with you.

Hi Mario! How are you? Tell us a little bit about where you’re from and where you went to school:

I was born in Reynosa, Tamaulipas, and raised in McAllen, TX just north of the Texas-Mexico border. I went to the University of Texas-Pan American (now UT Rio Grande Valley) where I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering.

Cool. So, what drew you to this profession? 

I was convinced by a family member that my interest in Math and Science would be best applied to the engineering realm. The majority of my family has worked in civil and industrial construction, thus steering me towards the civil side of things based on their experiences out in the field.

What types of projects have you worked on?

Since I started my career with WGI, I have been involved with several parking designs and planning projects with clients in the Healthcare, Commercial, Residential, and Aviation sectors. I transitioned to the Houston Land Development team in 2019 and have mainly worked on multi-family developments in Texas and Arizona. I have also been involved in industrial/commercial applications related to site feasibility studies.

So, while working…What’s your get-pumped song?

El Niño – Los Cachorros De Juan Villarreal <- Listen here!

Nice! What do you like to do in your free time?

Spend time with my wife and daughter. The best times are pool days while grilling, drinking beer, and watching the Astros play.

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Aww, your daughter is so cute! What does your ideal vacation look like?

Being able to spend the morning on my family’s ranch in Mexico.

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Cool, and what was your first job?

Office clerk at a home health care office.

What would be impossible for you to give up?

Family, friends, and tacos.

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Who or what inspires you?

My daughter is my biggest inspiration. She is the happy pill that keeps on giving. All my efforts are for her and her future.

Mario and Daughter

Wow, that’s amazing. For our final questions, we ask gotta ask: Everyone at WGI has a story about why they joined the team. What’s yours?

I joined WGI in 2018 with the Parking group when I decided to leave the current firm I was working for to rejoin my long-time mentor Jacob Gonzalez. I was sitting across the office from Sam Donnelly, Kassie Kolander, and Shayna Johnson and hardly ever working together. It was nothing short of a blessing when an opportunity presented itself in 2019 to join their Houston Land Development team.

That’s awesome Mario, thank you for sharing! 

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