Mike Garon (left) congratulates Buddy Beamon (right) on 33 years of service. Buddy says Mike has played an integral part in his career.
SSC would like to recognize Robert “Buddy” Beamon who is celebrating 33 years of service. In June of 1984, two weeks after graduating high school, Buddy began his career with the Texas A&M University Physical Plant as a Utility Worker in the Sheet Metal/Welding Shop. Buddy worked in the Welding Shop for 9 years, eventually moving his way up to a journeyman. Buddy recalls, “In the Welding Shop, we worked everywhere on campus from the top of the light poles at Kyle Field to the steam tunnels below campus. We worked on the well field lines feeding fresh water to campus and the sewer plant taking waste water away from campus.”
In early 1993, Buddy had the opportunity to cross-train in the Electric Shop, where he learned a new craft and really expanded his knowledge of the construction field. Buddy ended up working in the Electric Shop for four years.
He remembers 1997 as being a pivotal time in his life, not only at work, but also at home where he and his wife had a four year old child and one on the way. A position became available in Planning and Estimating for a Planner/Estimator I. Buddy decided to apply and fortunately, he says, “Mike Garon gave me an opportunity to prove myself. It was the best decision I have made in my career. I can’t thank Mike enough for that opportunity.” Over the course of the next ten years, Buddy worked his way from a Planner/Estimator I to Planner/Estimator II. In 2005, Buddy was a recipient of the TAMU Division of Administration A+ Award.
In 2009 the Planner/Estimator titles were revised and changed to Project Managers. Then in 2012, the Physical Plant was outsourced to SSC. Buddy currently serves as a Construction Project Manager in the Engineering, Design & Construction Services (EDCS) Department.
Over the last 33 years, Buddy has seen the Physical Plant (or Facilities Services as it is known today) change quite a bit. When he started, the Physical Plant was a full blown construction and maintenance operation. There were eight individual shops for building construction and six area maintenance shops. The construction shops had the manpower to remodel entire buildings. During the 90's, this changed from individual shops to five construction teams. The work and ability didn’t change, just how the work was performed. Over time the construction teams were phased out and most of the work started being contracted to private construction companies.
When asked what has kept him here for the past 33 years, Buddy says, “Brazos County is home. I grew up in Brazos County, my family lives here and my wife’s family lives here. Seven to eight generations of my mother’s family have lived in what is now Brazos County. TAMU is the lifeblood of Brazos County. I have had at least 40 hours of work per week for 33 years - why leave that for the unknown?”
In October of this year, Buddy and his wife Toni will celebrate 32 years of marriage. They have 2 grown children, Carissa and Collin. A 2015 graduate of TAMU, Carissa will soon be 25 and this December, she'll graduate from Sam Houston State with her master’s degree. Collin is 19 and graduated from Bryan High School in 2016. He is currently employed with Building Access at TAMU. The Beamon family has an 11 year old pet beagle and Collin owns six hunting dogs.
In his leisure time, Buddy likes to hunt and fish. A little know fun fact about Buddy is that he officiated football, baseball and softball for over 20 years!
Buddy is a hard worker but knows when to share a laugh or joke in the office. When asked what he likes best about this job, Buddy states, “The people, work is just work, it is the people that make the difference.” Buddy, you have made a big difference in the Physical Plant/Facilities Services over the last 33 years and we couldn’t be more proud to have you on the team. Thank you so much for your hard work and dedication.