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Meet the Team: Chris Yarnell

Meet the one, the only, Mr. Chris Yarnell! As our long standing Branch Manager/Sales Manager for more than 10 years, he's someone you have surely seen and gotten to know over the years. If not though, here are some fun facts about Chris that we hope you enjoy!

Chris Yarnell, Branch Manager for ES&S.

Why ES&S?  

My personality fits working with expensive A..H...s! 

Which of our core values resonates with you the most, and why?Core Values are: Trust, Professionalism, Family & Community, Excellent Service, Flexibility  

All of the core values resonate with me! If I have to chose just one, it would be Family and Community - If everyone is treated as family and cared for as such, a solid team is built. That team moves out into the community and is supported and in turn, the community supports the business. As one of the younger team members said the other day "I'm here 5/7ths of my life, I might as well enjoy it" This is profound. 

What is your favorite thing about your job?  

The challenges we face on a regular basis. I truly enjoy solving problems that benefit others. 

What's the most challenging obstacle you've encountered in a project, and how did you overcome it?  

On occasion we must help clients understand what they want is truly not in their best interest, sometimes in the short term and other times in the long run. This can be very challenging and require a different approach than used on typical projects. 

What motivates you to excel in this field?  

I truly enjoy hearing the public comment on projects I have had the opportunity to participate in, projects that make a difference.  

If you could design a landmark or iconic structure, what would it be and why?  

I would love to design a project that had a multi-generational impact on a community 

What's the funniest or most memorable moment you've experienced at work?  

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What's your go-to karaoke song?  

Anything by Roger Miller. There are many great college memories that involve good friends, an adult beverage and Mr. Millers songs.

If you were stranded on a deserted island and could only bring three items, what would they be?  

A Bible, a good knife and a ferrocerium rod

If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?  

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You just won a million dollars. What are you doing next?  

Throw a retirement party (for me) and we would be singing karaoke. 

If you could leave tomorrow and go anywhere in the world, where would you go?  

My travel would depend on the time of year. Spring and early summer would consist of an extended trip to Western Europe. Fall would be the West Central part of the US, from Mexico to Canada visiting the National Parks. 

What is a fun fact about you that most people wouldn’t expect?  

I was responsible for the planning, funding and implementation of a Transportation Development District that constructed the 179 Highway extension in Jefferson City and in doing so, we laid the ground work for the extension to loop Jefferson City to the East. 

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