When someone stays at a company for 42 years, it’s clear they are doing something right – or more likely, many things.
Terry Myers, senior client representative, has been with C.S. Davidson for 42 years. When he started with the company, he did not yet have his Professional Engineer license and was considered an engineer in training.
Making an impact
Now, after holding titles including project manager, client manager, department manager, and even sitting on C.S. Davidson’s board of directors, Myers is scheduled to retire from the firm he has called home for more than four decades at the end of 2023.
In his time with the firm, Myers has worked primarily with municipalities, collaborating with eight different boroughs, eight different townships, and four municipal authorities. He served as C.S. Davidson’s representative for all of them.
As the client’s senior representative, he has been responsible for managing everything for the clients – ensuring the work gets done, being the face of the firm on behalf of the clients, and setting up project budgets and schedules, seeing them through to the end.
As an engineer, he enjoys problem-solving, which allows him to be creative in finding solutions. Myers would find new ways of getting developers and Townships to work together on joint projects, coming up with solutions that made economic sense for the developer and addressed township issues.
When he worked with Manchester Township, which he did for more than 20 years, he created ways to provide commuters with more options to get where they needed to go through roadway improvement projects.
“Those kinds of improvements always felt like they were significant accomplishments in the development of the Township,” Myers said. “We were able to really impact people’s lives in a positive way.”
Part of the firm’s history
When Myers started with C.S. Davidson, there were no computers available for use in the office. When a computer did become available in the late 1980s, engineers needed to sign up to reserve time to use it. Before that, all drafting and calculations were done by hand and written out on paper. On Fridays, employees were paid in cash.
When David Davidson, former company president now chief financial officer, held his first “state of the company” address, the roughly 25 employees all gathered in what was the drafting room. Not one for pomp and circumstance, David stood up on a chair and addressed the company. At that time, company holiday parties were held at the Davidson family farm where David and Linda would host.
“I’ve always been very satisfied with the way the firm has treated me, and I like the work, so there was never a reason to go looking for another place to work,” Myers said. “It’s been a very good place to work, a truly family-oriented company. They care about the employees and that they’re treated well and justly compensated. I felt like I was part of the company, really a part of C.S. Davidson.”
He won’t be a stranger
Over the last couple of years, Myers has been working with younger employees to transition his clients over to them. By the end of the year, all will have transitioned – all except Dover Township.
Beyond working closely with the Township at C.S. Davidson, Myers was born and raised there and currently lives there. He’ll continue working part-time to assist with the larger projects still in the works.
When he’s not working, Myers hopes to delve into the landscaping he loves to do around his Dover property, as well as spending more time golfing, and returning to his trout fishing hobby which he enjoyed in the past.
Besides being an engineer, many C.S. Davidson employees have come to know Myers as a grill master during staff gatherings and community events. So, of course, he’ll be firing up plenty of burgers and dogs on his barbecue while enjoying his retirement.