Jim Cotton

Jim Cotton

Senior Vice President & Procurement Officer

Email: jim.cotton@asusinc.com

What is one characteristic you believe every leader should possess?
Self-deprecating humor and putting others in front of himself/herself.
Of what career accomplishment are you the most proud?
Deployment to Iraq in 2004
How do you define success?
Failure teaches us how to be successful in the future. Honesty, preparation, hard work and honest self-assessment drives the attainment of success. An equally important definition comes from Theodore Roosevelt who remarked “the most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people.”

Granville 'Rusty' Hodges

Granville 'Rusty' Hodges

Vice President of Operations

Email: rusty.hodges@asusinc.com

Of what career accomplishments are you the most proud?
Starting with the company as a temporary Utility Technician and advancing to a role that helps lead the company’s growth.
What is one mistake you see leaders regularly make?
Being afraid to admit when they make mistakes. As a mentor of mine once said “if you’re not making mistakes, you’re not doing anything”. How true that is.
What are you doing on a daily basis to grow and build your team members?
Continually looking for ways to stretch team members beyond their comfort zone with challenging assignments and/or additional duties and projects.

James Gallagher

James Gallagher

Vice President of Management Services

Email: james.gallagher@asusinc.com

What is one characteristic you believe every leader should possess?
One thing that every leader needs to possess is patience. Not everything goes the way you want it to, when you want it to and how you may want it to. Taking such situations and turning them into teaching opportunities requires being patient with those you lead, being patient with the situation and being patient with yourself and your ability to address it.
Who has had the greatest influence in your career?
A former CEO of the company had a significant influence on my career. He saw in me potential that I did not realize I had. By moving me to different activities within the company, which I felt inadequate to take on, he gave me a breadth of experiences that helped to make me a more well-rounded and effective contributor to the company’s success.

Josh Hemus

Josh Hemus

Division Controller

Email: josh.hemus@asusinc.com

What makes you most passionate about your career and position?
I am making a positive difference every day.
Where do you think the best ideas in the organization stem from?
Best ideas need to come from all levels of the organization.

Gabe Willis

Gabe Willis

Director of Strategic Business Development

Email: gabe.willis@asusinc.com

What makes you most passionate about your career and position?
I’m most passionate about my career to serve those who serve. I’ve held several positions and it provides me great satisfaction to do the best job I can to provide outstanding service to the men and women of our armed services.
Where do you think the best ideas in the organization stem from?
I truly believe that the best ideas come from the bottom up. In any organization no one knows the service or product provided better than the associates that have direct responsibility and hands-on experience to produce said product and/or service.

Brannon Richards

Brannon Richards

Director of Capital Construction

Email: brannon.richards@asusinc.com

What are the most important decisions you make in your position?
I believe the most important decisions are hiring, promotion and delegation decisions. We are only as good as those around us, and it is important to hire the correct people, grow those within the organization, and put folks in the right position to succeed. We each have our strengths and weaknesses; to be successful as an organization, it is critical to realize and maximize those strengths while minimizing the risk associated with the inevitable weaknesses.
Who has had the greatest influence in your career?
The first supervisor I had when I started my water and wastewater career, Kevin Eberle. I was an intern at the time, completing my senior year of studies, and on my first day Kevin assigned to me two projects I would be leading and would have to complete during my summer internship. I was shocked—two full projects that I would lead. I had never done any work related to either of these projects outside of the University. Over the next several months, Kevin taught me how to be a good leader, delegating work early and often, while managing by being present and clearly communicating. This opportunity framed my leadership structure and taught me the importance of delegating, teaching and supervising.

Karla Zavala

Karla Zavala

Project Cost Accountant Supervisor

Email: karla.zavala@asusinc.com

More details coming soon!

Athena Real

Athena Real

General Accounting Supervisor

Email: athena.real@asusinc.com

What is one mistake you see leaders regularly make?
In my opinion, one mistake that leaders regularly make includes silo/top-down decision-making without the benefit of front-line input/contribution.
How would you describe the culture of our organization to a new employee?
I would describe our organization’s culture as dynamic and growing. We are given well-communicated focus and direction to ensure organizational alignment and encouraged to be flexible in order to support Operations, facilitate timely course corrections, and optimize results.

Rebecca Beard

Rebecca Beard

Manager of Subcontracts

Email: rebecca.beard@asusinc.com

Who has had the greatest influence on your career?
I met Barbara Jordan when she was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives for the 18th district of Texas, serving the citizens of Houston, where I grew up. I was in high school and participated in a program to learn more about government. Representative Jordan participated in this program and made it a point to devote considerable time explaining her path, obstacles she encountered, and how she overcame each one. Her dedication and devotion to service was unparalleled to any other individual I had ever encountered. Barbara Jordan not only radiated passion and commitment to public service, she showed each of us how we too could serve, and challenged us to pick up the mantle of service to others. This experience influenced me to enlist in the U.S. Air Force upon graduation from high school.
What makes you most passionate about your career and position?
As the manager of subcontracts, my position allows me to assist in the fulfillment of meeting our government customer’s needs. This allows me the opportunity to provide and foster an inclusive procurement system that invites the broadest possible participation of all qualified vendors and subcontractors. “Serving those who serve” is not only our motto, it is the way we conduct business.

Amanda Owens

Amanda Owens

Operations Support Manager

Email: amanda.owens@asusinc.com

Who has had the greatest influence in your career?
My father is my greatest influence. Throughout my life he has daily demonstrated the significance of commitment, the value and reward of hard work, and importance of quality over quantity.
How do you encourage creative thinking within your team?
I have noticed that the best ideas have come from when I am actively listening and engaging the team. It is often just one question that spurs a conversation amongst that the group that makes the light go off. I also think it is important to be a servant leader and demonstrate encouragement, trust, and diversity in opinion to stimulate the confidence needed to transform an idea to reality.

Zbigniew 'Zig' Resiak

Zbigniew 'Zig' Resiak

Utility Manager, ECUS

Email: zbigniew.resiak@ecus.asusinc.com

What is one characteristic you believe every leader should possess?
Hearing – Perhaps the correct vernacular should be listening. However, there is a great distinction between the two. Listening can often be tainted with our own unconscious filters or ingrained perceptions. Hearing however, that requires us to invest personally in the speakers’ point of view, courageously removing the belief that “I know” and replacing that with "I connect”.
What makes you most passionate about your career and position?
Every day I am blessed with the opportunity to be a positive yet invisible influence on lives. Our Military and their families turn on their water taps on trust that “someone” is taking care to ensure their water is safe to drink, safe to use. As a former service member who’s been deployed, I recognize that what I do every day has an enormous impact locally and abroad to those who are serving. Communicating and planning our daily utility activities to ensure that our client's trust is well grounded with our utility family at ASUS is far more than a job. It is an honor that I eagerly awake to daily. No matter our title here at ASUS, our position is that of trusted provider.

Gilbert Mesa

Gilbert Mesa

Utility Manager, FBWSC

Email: gilbert.mesa@ftbliss.asusinc.com

More details coming soon!

Susan Miller

Susan Miller

Utility Manager, ODUS & ONUS

Email: susan.miller@odus.asusinc.com

Of what career accomplishments are you the most proud?
In 2013, I took a huge leap of faith and made the decision to leave an almost 25 year federal service career. While I had a great federal service career, the opportunities and growth that I have experienced being a part of the ASUS family has exceeded my expectation. I have always had a passion for our military. ASUS affords me the opportunity to continue to serve the military community and enhance my professional growth. I am proud of my courage to have stepped outside my comfort zone to join this team.
Who has had the greatest influence in your career?
Early in my career when I was an Environmental Protection Specialist, I worked for an Environmental Chief that motivated, encouraged, inspired and believed in me. He pushed me to do more, to think outside the box, and to invest in myself. I attribute a large part of my success to his leadership. He was always approachable, fair and objective, and exhibited a high degree of integrity. I recently had an opportunity to catch up with him and share my appreciation of his leadership and the impact he has had on my career.

Tommy Quasney

Tommy Quasney

Utility Manager, PSUS

Email: thomas.quasney@psus.asusinc.com

What is one characteristic you believe every leader should possess?
Integrity. It applies to leaders and everyone on the team. Do what is morally right, even when nobody is looking. Every other characteristic is secondary.
What is one mistake you see leaders regularly make?
Not making the tough calls. Many leaders avoid confrontation at all costs. No decent person enjoys them, but they usually make the organization better. And normally the tough calls don’t get easier with time, rather they further erode the good of the organization.

Greg Booker

Greg Booker

Utility Manager, TUS

Email: gbooker@tus.asusinc.com

What is one characteristic you believe every leader should possess?
One of the major keys of being a successful leader is to be quick to listen and slow to speak. When he/she is able to listen to others' concerns, suggestions, and needs, they are able to gain more value from their employees. As a leader he/she should magnify other’s strengths, as they build up one’s weaknesses. Lastly, leaders are to inspire their employee, as they mold other’s to lead.
Of what career accomplishments are you the most proud?
As a military vet, my greatest accomplishment is to be able to continue to serve the military community and provide excellent service. We make it our goal to make a difference in their lives by providing a simple, yet complex plan to deliver a safe source of drinking water. The objective each day is to fix any issues within our system as quickly as we can. We continue to improve our systems to provide water and wastewater for the future.

Grover 'Cleve' Branton

Grover 'Cleve' Branton

Assistant Utility Manager, ODUS

Email: grover.branton@odus.asusinc.com

What makes you most passionate about your career and position?
Our customers and our team. Every day we are given a very noble opportunity to provide our very best to the men and women that protect our country. It is truly an honor to be able to serve them. I also feel a deep sense of dedication to the men and women that I manage. I have never worked anywhere that there is a greater sense of family and dedication to one another than it is here. There is a continual sense of camaraderie that is unsurpassed among ASUS employees.
Of what career accomplishments are you the most proud?
I am most proud of starting out as a Construction Coordinator and then being given the opportunity to make advancements over the years to finally be in the current role that I am in now. I have done this while taking night classes for over 10 years in order to obtain my Bachelors in Engineering and all the while raising a family. I am grateful that I have been given the opportunity to not only advance myself but more importantly to advance and help grow the company and also be able to give back to our customers on a daily basis.

Timothy 'Adam' Loughman

Timothy 'Adam' Loughman

Assistant Utility Manager, ONUS

Email: timothy.loughman@onus.asusinc.com

What are you doing on a daily basis to grow and build your team members?
o I do my best daily to “practice what I preach”. That is compassion toward my team, patience, forgiveness, and accountability. I strive for consistency in my daily decision making processes to ensure all team members are treated fairly and equal. Through positive reinforcement and congratulatory communication of their successes, I have witnessed an upsurge in the team’s confidence in performing their duties. As a result of this confidence boost, I have personally seen an increase of ownership among my team leads, resulting in a quality product and enhanced customer service relations.
What is one characteristic you believe every leader should possess?
I feel every leader should have a heart for the team they lead. I was once told that if you always bait your hook with the heart, the fish will always bite. When your team knows you care about their needs and growth, you will always get each member’s buy-in and additionally, an enhanced motivation to meet the goals set for your team.