As a highly accomplished executive and entrepreneur, USP&E CEO Will Gruver was selected by The Dallas Business Journal to join its 2012 class of 40 Under Forty. Honorees were announced online at dallasbusinessjournal.com and in the newspaper during the week of June 18.
Gruver, who founded the full-service energy solutions company specializing in diesel, natural gas, HFO, and renewable power station engineering, was among 39 other executives and entrepreneurs who are at the top of their games professionally and have demonstrated a commitment to the North Texas community.
To qualify for the honor, candidates have to be 39-years-old are younger as of Aug. 24, 2012 and have a proven track record in both business and community involvement. In its search for the 2012 class, The Dallas Business Journal looked for innovators, dealmakers and influential leaders who excelled in their respective companies and industries while showing dynamic leadership in their communities.
USP&E Chief Strategy Officer Dean Castillo believes that the honor is one that the company as a whole should be proud of.
“It’s a recognition of the accomplishments of our company that really allowed Will to be considered for this award. Therefore, there again it’s the contribution that each and every one of us makes every day to allow us to be recognized in this way.”
Each of the honorees will be profiled in The Dallas Business Journal’s special publication, which will be inserted into the Aug. 24 edition of The Dallas Business Journal. Honorees will also be recognized during a cocktail party at the Granada on Aug. 23.
Award recognizes entrepreneurial excellence in the Environmental and Construction category
Ernst & Young announced that Will Gruver, President and CEO of USP&E, provider of power stations and equipment in emerging growth markets, received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2012 Award in the Environmental and Construction category in Southwest Area North. Will Gruver was selected by an independent panel of judges, and the award was presented at a special gala on June 23, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency Dallas hotel in Dallas, Texas.
“I am humbled by and grateful for this recognition,” Gruver shares, “I think more than anything else though, this award is a direct reflection not of me or my leadership, but of the caliber of people with whom God has surrounded me at USP&E. The economy of the late 2000's was brutal and we had to make hard decisions. But one of the best ones was to be even more relentless about recruiting the absolute best possible people.”
As a Southwest Area North award winner, Mr. Gruver is now eligible for consideration for the National Entrepreneur Of The Year 2012 Award. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the National Entrepreneur Of The Year Overall Award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 17, 2012.
Will Gruver was chosen by an independent panel of judges to represent USP&E as a finalist in the southwest area north region of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Program. Gruver, who is currently working in Sierra Leone, says he felt a surge of emotion and gratitude when he learned of the news.
“To be connected in any way to a firm as world renowned as Ernst & Young is a tremendous honor,” says Gruver who received the phone call while with clients and staff in West Africa.
In June, award recipients will be formally announced during a special gala held at the Hyatt Regency Dallas Hotel. The Entrepreneur of the Year celebrates those individuals building and leading successful growing and dynamic businesses. Ernst & Young recognizes these companies through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 140 cities and in more than 50 nations. Entrepreneur of the Year candidates are both transitional and transformational. The program is in its 26th year.
USP&E has begun demolition of a large Cold War era power station building in one of the largest capitals of West Africa in order to build a brand new power station for a key client. "We are very excited about the opportunity to make a huge difference in Africa. It is just such an exciting and dynamic place to work. Ultimately, we are not just supplying reliable energy to thousands of homes and businesses, but we are truly changing lives in the process", stated Will Gruver, CEO.
USP&E has orders and LOIs now for over 500MW of power station projects in West Africa and projects another year of 200%+ growth.
USP&E: Powering Business. Empowering People.
USP&E announced today the award of a contract to Engineer, Procure and Construct a 150MW HFO MAN power station for a key client. "This win demonstrates our growing footprint in Africa and we are excited to have already gotten started", stated Steve Shipley, VP Global Engineer. USP&E expects this plant to grow to over 600MW in 2012.
USP&E announced today the award of a 5 year Operations and Maintenance Contract in Sierra Leone. After 14 months of Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC), USP&E successfully commissioned this 13MW HFO Power Station on time and on budget. "We are thrilled with our results, but even more so with the overall success of our partnership with our client. It took everything we had and more to get this done and are very grateful for the work," Jason Biermeier, COO/Executive VP of USP&E.
USP&E announced Friday the promotion of several key executives at the firm.
For recognition of his tremendous leadership and outstanding service, Jason Biermeier was promoted to Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.
Stephen Shipley was promoted to Vice President of Global Engineering.
Riaan Slabbert was promoted to Director of Projects.
Les Grafton was promoted to Director of Sales.
Earlier this year Nathaniel Winn was promoted to Director of Product Development.
USP&E would like to congratulate these men for their contributions and wish them every success in their bright futures at USP&E.
Carlson Wagonlit Travel has chosen USP&E to service UPS and generator installations at all of their 39 North American locations. USP&E was chosen based on their competitive bid, innovative approach to service, attention to the needs of the prospective customer and timely follow up during the bid process regarding any issues or questions. With 20+ years of experience in the telecom and data center space, Mr. Richard Eder (Construction and Service Manager) provided a basis from which to understand the needs of Carlson's facilities. "Carlson is excited to work with us because we presented a comprehensive program of unit assessment and a path to full operational status for each of their UPS and generator units. Uptime is essential to mission critical contact centers and data facilities. Should utility power fail, the UPS has to be ready to assume the load", stated Mr. Eder. This contract represents an important and growing market in USP&E's suite of services, including construction of power stations, data rooms, emergency generator services and other related offerings.
USP&E signed a contract to install the HFO power station and HFO fuel farm at an Iron Ore mine in Africa last week. USP&E will supply up to 10 expats and supervise over 25 nationals in order to install this power station in 90 days. "We are thrilled with this new appointment and look forward to working with the client build a good working power station this summer", stated Jason Biermeier, COO/VP of USP&E Global. USP&E: Powering Business. Empowering People.
USP&E will install and commission the power station comprised of diesel generators it sold to an iron ore mining conglomerate with operations in Sierra Leone in April, 2011. Senior USP&E HFO Construction and Service Managers Andre Van Zyl (SA) and Eddie Clough (NZ) will depart with their team in April. USP&E specializes in HFO Generators, Diesel Generators and Renewable Bio-Mass Powered Generators in Emerging Markets. USP&E: Powering Business. Empowering People.