Associate Spotlight

Garrett Ezell

Valve Automation Manager
Gulf Coast Sales Center

“Pushing the boundaries of what you’re comfortable with and continuing to learn will make you success in this industry.”

What did you want to be when you grew up? Garrett is doing exactly what he always said he wanted to do when he grew up. In fact, he has been around the PVF business for as long as he can remember. His father and grandfather were both in the industry, and it piqued his interest from an early age. Garrett was just a kid when he got his official start in the family’s PVF business, sweeping the warehouse to earn tokens for his neighborhood batting cages. Years later, a challenging automation project role set the stage for his career success. Today he’s living his childhood dream career right here at Ferguson Industrial, where he manages the Gulf Coast Valve & Automation team at the Gulf Coast Sales Center.

Garrett leverages his 13 years of industrial experience in his role as a manager focused on delivering custom solutions for customers. He blends his enthusiasm for business strategy and logistics with a genuine passion for understanding how the products he’s selling work. He believes this combination is essential to helping maximize customers’ business success. As a leader, Garrett also credits Ferguson Industrial with its strong support of early-career emerging leaders who are empowered to take ownership of groups and become a driving force in the industry.

For Garrett, there are four cornerstones of success in the industrial environment: flexibility, willingness to learn, critical thinking, and initiative. He strives to continuously learn about customers as well as the industry in order to effectively and efficiently solve customers’ problems while going above and beyond to exceed customers’ expectations.

questions and answers
Questions & Answers
Would you rather be the funniest or the smartest person in the room and why?

"I’d have to say a balance of both. I think having smarts and the ability to make someone laugh makes you interesting. Having a good balance makes you able to handle any situation."

If you could be a superhero, who would you be, and why?

"I’d have to say, Iron man. He uses his intelligence, technical intuition and resources to resolve his conflicts, plus he has an edge to him."

What is something you're planning on doing the next year that you've never done before?

"My wife and I are going to take a trip back to Thailand, so we are really looking forward to that."

What is your favorite food?

"A nice, thick cut New York strip with a great bourbon paired with it."

What is your biggest kitchen fail?

"When my wife and I were building our house, we were staying at an apartment with an electric stove. I decided to cook a couple steaks for us on the stove, and apparently the flat top got a bit too hot, I burned the steaks, smoke was everywhere, the alarms were going off. It was a disaster."

If you were a pair of shoes, what would you be and why?

"A nice pair of sneakers. I am always on the go, and I like to stay active."

I like that if you had any skill, what would it be and why?

"I would like to be a Formula One driver. I think that would be so cool because it is like flying a jet on the ground. Plus, I they have really good sponsors, and I would be able to travel the world even more."


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