For Jimmy Stallings, Enid has always offered room to grow personally and professionally.
He was a teenager in high school in 1992 when his dad Rob, a former U.S. Air Force instructor and oil and gas developer, started a local environmental engineering consulting firm. Since then, Envirotech has grown from two partners to 30 employees, opened a satellite office in Guymon and is now licensed in 17 states working with a diversified clientele that includes municipalities, agriculture, oil and gas and more.
After graduating with a civil engineering degree from Auburn University, Stallings was working at a large firm in Atlanta when he decided to return to the family business. “It kind of dawned on me while I was sitting in traffic, wondering how I was going to buy a house, that maybe the quality of life wasn’t what I wanted.” His wife, Abbey, also an Enid native, had a similar revelation.
“Initially she was an attorney in a large law firm in Oklahoma City, but moving back here wasn’t a hard decision for either of us. I brag on her a little bit, but my wife was in the top five in her class in law school. We both got a great education here. One of the things we are passionate about is that you can still get a quality education from the public school system in Enid. This is a community that cares about our kids.”
“The size of Enid allows me personally to be involved in a lot of things,” he continues. “It’s small enough to feel like you can make a difference and that’s very important to me. My parents were always very involved in community activities.”
Now, when Stallings conducts job interviews, one of his favorite things to hear from a candidate is that they’re from Enid too.
“The best thing about our company is the people,” Stalling insists. “What makes us unique from other engineering firms is that we hire a lot of technical people who grew up here and work hard and have good on-the-job training. Enid’s allowed us to find good quality folks, and Autry Technology Center has been a great partner in offering the courses and training we need.”