Article from the Jasper Journal 3rd Quarter 2019
Written by: Carrie-Ann Jasper-Yearty
Family Spotlight on the Glovers
Mike Glover comes from a long line of draftsmen, so after serving in the Air Force, he went to night school to follow in his grandfather’s footsteps. In 2003, when the timing was right, Mike left what had been a secure job at a large local firm and joined EPC. Mike says at that time, it was “a small Mom and Pop.” He and Brenda, his wife of 41 years, felt that God had change plans for him and he needed to follow that plan. “I just knew I was supposed to be here,” Mike shared. The following week, those that remained at his previous employer found out the company had been sold.
Mike’s sons, Adam and Aaron, were 18 and 15 when their father made this move, and neither of them could have known how that decision would affect their futures. Adam and Aaron chose their own career path; when their journeys began, neither of them considered following in Dad’s footsteps.
But 10 years later, Aaron joined the company, and Adam followed a few months after. Although their individual passions and pursuits led them to leave their original roles (Adam moved into leadership and Aaron into marketing and communications), one thing is clear: they agree their Dad inspired them with his strong work ethic and commitment to excellence. And as they have watched their own families grow since becoming a part of the Jasper Ventures family, both sons hope to impart the same values to their children.
In 16 years, Mike has seen a lot of growth as EPC became JV, looking less like the “Mom and Pop” he originally joined and more like the growing company it is today. He says he understands the industry has demanded that JV evolve as it has and that he‘s felt privileged to work with some of the best in the business.
When asked how he has personally grown while working at JV, Mike said he has grown in his spiritual life, become more generous, and is more concerned about others. Mike is now considered as one of those industry legends and works diligently to be a model and encouragement to others.
His younger son Aaron serves as JV Marketing and Communications Coordinator, using his artistic talent and creativity to benefit the company internally and in the surrounding community. A lifelong learner, Aaron obtained both a bachelor’s degree in business and master’s degree in ministry, and is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Educational Leadership with a concentration in Ministry from Dallas Baptist University. When asked about growth, Aaron said, “I want everything I do to align with my faith. So I have found ways to integrate my faith in my work so as I connect with people here, I do so in the name of Jesus.”
Adam leads the administrative side of JV’s design and drafting team, which has allowed him to practice the leadership skills cultivated in Dave Anderson’s class. This class also lit a fire in him to want to do more at JV and opened his eyes to a different side of the business. As a result, he is taking advantage of the company’s tuition reimbursement program and returned to school to complete the business degree he began years ago.
With a sense of pride, Adam states, “When you see leadership work hard, it inspires you to work hard. This isn’t just the Jasper’s company; it is our company.” Adam has seen those in leadership live out loving God and loving others and appreciates the opportunity to give back to a company that he feels has done so much for his family.