Meet Westwood Associate Michael Banta
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Hi, I'm Michael Banta. I'm the survey service leader here in the Phoenix office of Westwood. I joined this firm in October of 2017 and was named an associate this past year.
What I enjoy most about working here at Westwood is actually the people. The people are our most important asset that we have. From Paul Greenhagen who's the CEO, down to our HR person Jarris in the Dallas office, you know, they're just phenomenal folks to be around.
One of the important things I learned in my career is, two gentleman from Virginia, when I was a much younger surveyor, taught me the phrase, "you gotta want to find it." From the office work on the inside, with looking for the misspelled word, the commoner on place, or bearing reversed on a drawing, and in the field, in trying to find the property corner. You can't quit at the end of the day, you have to go and continue to find it. There's no reason why that corner wasn't there.
Something a client may not know about me is I've had the distinct pleasure of meeting three of the most famous surveyors who all reside on Mount Rushmore: Washington, Jefferson, and Lincoln. I enjoyed a glass of wine with Jefferson at Mount Vernon at a celebration. I have stood side by side with George Washington on his grounds doing reenactments. And I recently interviewed Abraham Lincoln on a radio for a podcast of ours.
The core value that I most like here at Westwood is relationships. Relationships are the lifeblood of our company, in particular, the dealings back and forth with everyday clients. You have to get to know the individual, not just the company. It certainly is more beneficial to solve their problems, create their projects, and then everybody have a mutual satisfaction at the end of the day.