Employee Spotlight: Dan Marks

Dan Marks, Environmental Engineer & All Around Good Guy

  1. What brought you to work at Hoyle, Tanner?
    1. When I started looking for a job in the industry, I was interested in working in Boston. Then I met Dave Edson in the MA office, and he pointed me toward Burlington. I’m glad it all worked out!
  2. What do you like most about working at Hoyle, Tanner?
    1. There are a couple of things. First, I’ve really grown to be interested in work that I never thought I could find interesting [laughs]. It turns out that wastewater treatment is a very important part of our social fabric. I also appreciate the flexibility that I’ve been afforded by my supervisors, and it’s been cool to have the unique experience of going from preliminary design right through construction. It’s a “soup to nuts” kind of job.
  3. Can you talk about a favorite memory here? Proudest moment?
    1. I was lucky to work on the Brattleboro Wastewater Treatment Facility Upgrade Project. The design took two years full of many late nights and strict deadlines. Then we went to construction and I got to see the new headworks building when it was completed. A whole new building standing on foundations – The lines that we drew on paper turned into that! It was one of those big ego moments.
  4. How do you spend your time outside of the office? Any favorite pastimes or family activities?
    1. My wife and I recently decided to start a farm on her folks’ land, so I split my time during the week between work and that project. Most of my time this spring is dedicated to building a greenhouse.
  5. What is one thing you couldn’t live without and why?
    1. There are a lot of things [laughs]. I would say friends and family first. A social support system is very important to me, which is part of the reason I recently moved back to Maine. And when I say friends and family, that includes my dog, Avena.
  6. Tell me a random fact most people don’t know about you.
    1. I’m pretty open, but it’s worth noting that I’m on the Board of Directors for the Rich Earth Institute based in Brattleboro. It’s an organization that aims to close the food nutrient loop through composting. If you get the chance, you should check it out! There’s some really interesting work going on there.
  7. Do you have a favorite quote or any words you live by?
    1. I can’t say that I necessarily do. My father used to always say, “Measure twice. Cut once.” I’ve never been very good at that [laughs].
  8. Before working here, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?
    1. Working for Hoyle, Tanner has been my first “real” job, but I did teach English in Ecuador for a spell and spent some time volunteering in Haiti. My experience in Haiti was particularly enlightening. At one point, we were talking with a small community about building composting toilets there, and one of the men asked, “Do you use these kinds of toilets in the US?” That statement said a lot to me. First, it showed that these people wanted their lives to be like those in the US, which speaks to how much of an impact our culture has on others. More importantly, though, this man wanted to know if the toilets were good enough for people in the US – and if they weren’t, he wanted to know why they should be used in his community. This highlighted a disconnect for me between what we as Americans were encouraging there and how we actually lived at home. Essentially, it’s as if the US uses these 3rdworld countries as a venue for experimentation. Once I realized that, it completely changed my thinking. So, after a very long answer, I’d say that was the most interesting job I’ve had.
  9. Would you ever want to be famous? If so, for what?
    1. No, I’ve seen what happens to people who are famous. They go crazy! I would like to be known in my community just for being a good guy, though.
  10. If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?
    1. I’d want to be “equitable man” [laughs]. I wish I could blink my eyes and have everyone in the world be happy and healthy.
Nichole Davis

About Nichole Davis

Nichole is the Creative & Development Director based in our corporate office. She works with all levels of employees assisting with the firm’s marketing and branding strategy and initiatives. Her passion is making a difference and collaborating with people, so it is only fitting that Nichole leads the firm’s public engagement efforts, and public input process for some of our projects. As a self-described “doer”, each day you will find her working on something different, thinking outside the box and pushing the envelope. Sure, Nichole is busy with all of the projects she originates, but when she is not working, she spends most of her time with friends and family, baking, volunteering, and renovating her house.