SAN ANTONIO – Six years ago, Nathan McGann came into Yantis Company as an assistant project manager, and after just one month with the civil infrastructure contractor, he achieved his goal of becoming a project manager. Today, he hopes to continue to grow within the company.
“I get to have a lot of time out in the field,” says McGann of being a project manager. “I get to communicate with all the foremen, superintendents and all those guys [in the field]. And I get to see how things are built and get a broader understanding of the materials and the processes that go into a job, deal with all the set up and schedule out all the subcontractors that we use – a lot of interaction with people. At the same time, we do have to take care of all the administrative stuff back here at the office. It’s always busy. I’ve never had a dull moment since I’ve worked here.”
McGann’s work at Yantis includes the Dollar General Distribution Center, which included a lot of earth work and utilities, and the Esperanza subdivision in Boerne.
Though he was born in San Antonio, his family traveled around with his father, who was in the Air Force at the time, until he was 9 years old and his father retired and they settled in San Antonio. He attended San Antonio Christian School from fourth grade until graduation.
That summer, McGann met his future wife, Jenica, who was going on to her senior year of high school, on a blind date. The two dated while he went to San Antonio College (SAC). When Jenica graduated high school, they both went to Texas A&M University, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in construction science in 2004. Jenica graduated in 2005, and the next year they got married.
Jenica was a teacher for Comal ISD, but two years ago, she became a stay-at-home mom. Every now and then, she will do some subbing and tutoring. Jenica’s mother runs the Challenger League, an organization that helps children with mental or physical disabilities play baseball every spring. Every year since he met his wife, McGann has been involved with the league, and for about four years, he was a coach for the league.
At 33, McGann and his wife have a 5-year-old daughter, Ella, and a 2-year-old son, Bennett. Their daughter has gotten involved in soccer, so he hasn’t been able to participate in the Challenger League the past two years. The family also has pets, two dogs, Lily and Jules, and a cat their daughter named Rainbow Rose.
When he’s not at work or spending time with his family, McGann likes to fish at the coast, bird hunt and do some woodworking at home.
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