Robert Draper, President
Employed by F.L. Showalter since 1986, Mr. Draper has learned the utility construction business from the ground up. He began his employment as a laborer, and worked his way through the ranks as foreman, general superintendent, project manager, estimator, and is now the president of the company.
Through the years, he has constructed and managed countless water and sewer main projects as well as pump stations, and has participated in the construction of water filtration plants and sewer treatment plants. Over the past 18 years, Mr. Draper has managed or directed at least 13 Combined Sewer Overflow projects for the City of Lynchburg, totaling more than $40,800,000, and utilizing more than 275,000 feet of pipe — all installed in dense urban settings.
Draper’s accomplishments also include the management of the City of Lynchburg’s annual municipal contact over the past 10 years, consisting of water and sewer main extensions as well as 24/7 emergency repair service totaling over $7,500,000.00. Mr. Draper is also responsible for implementing an aggressive safety program, which has created a noticeable safety culture among all of the employees.