A Conversation With: Jason FralickWestern region vice president, Herbert, Rowland and Grubic Inc.
Jason Fralick, 47, is western region vice president of Herbert, Rowland and Grubic Inc., but will take over the role of president Jan. 1.
He has been with HRG for more than 25 years, starting as an intern in 1991 and holding such roles as staff engineer, project manager, group manager and office manager. He is also a registered professional engineer.
Fralick has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Bucknell University in Lewisburg.
He lives in Half Moon Township, Centre County, along with his wife, Desiree, and their 16-year-old daughter Jordan.
Q: Succession planning has become such a key in today’s business. How did HRG’s plan come about and why is it important?
A: Our succession planning team was able to interview 20 of our top employees to obtain feedback on how they viewed the organization as well as their insight into its future. We took a lot of time to understand what our employees might be thinking and looked at this as an opportunity to adjust our organizational model to provide more unity and efficiency.
How has your 25 years with HRG prepared you to step into the role of president?
I came in with relatively little to no pressure at an entry-level type of position and over time was afforded the opportunity to grow with the company as my skills developed. It allows me to appreciate where different people in our company are in different points in their careers. I’ve lived and worked in most of the markets HRG presently serves; I’ve completed projects for clients representing just about every technical service HRG can provide. It’s given me the right experience to have all those opportunities, sometimes to learn, sometimes to fail and be able to learn from that.
What potential challenges face companies during the transition phase of a succession plan?
I think the obvious is the impact to all our employee owners, them getting comfortable understanding how the organization may change. If we take good care of our employee owners they’re going to take great care of our clients as well as the internal support they provide their colleagues. It’s really about inspiring our employees to view this as an opportunity, not a threat or challenge, and take an active role in that transition.
It gives me a lot of comfort to know I’ve got Bob (Grubic) available to continue to provide that consistency in his vision, his understanding of the engineering industry to rely upon, both as a mentor and advocate for me here in the community as well as preparing me for this role. I’m really excited about it. It’s all about opportunity; the challenges will be minimized because of how we’ve prepared for this moment.
What is your favorite way to stay active during the winter?
I try to stay active year-round … I run, I work out, I help coach my daughter’s soccer team so I’m trying to avoid getting injured by teenage girls who are better at soccer than I am. There’s not a lot of change in winter, probably just what I’m wearing when I do it.