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Team Member Spotlight: Isaac Vehmeier

Sep 16, 2020

Isaac Vehmeier

Bluestone Quarry Project Leader

Isaac Vehmeier is a Project Leader at JHA Companies specializing in bluestone quarry permitting in Pennsylvania and New York. While his work typically involves site visits, CAD design, and walking clients through a bluestone permit, Isaac’s job and life have a lot of diversity. Fun fact: Did you know that Isaac has a 2-year degree in music? He’s a talented musician who has been serving as a worship leader with Bridgewater Church for almost 8 years. After receiving his music degree, Isaac decided to go back to school to pursue civil engineering at SUNY Broome, eventually working at Fox Engineering. While there, he learned the intricacies of bluestone permitting through working with their excellent team, which joined JHA Companies in 2017. Another fun fact: now with JHA, the bluestone team from Fox has submitted over 265 bluestone permits (and counting)! In addition to bluestone, Isaac contributes on a variety of projects, including basemapping, Notice of Termination (NOT) plans, natural gas well pad plans, and mapping. Isaac also performs water sampling for stormwater permits associated with bluestone, infiltration testing, and hydraulic design.

Isaac serves as the go-between for bluestone clients and regulators. Isaac’s biggest tip to a quarryman permitting for the first time: use an engineer with experience. Permitting a quarry is not a “do it yourself” venture, and the counsel and technical expertise of an experienced engineer can save time, money and lots of frustration.

Isaac and his wife Emily live in Montrose, PA and do all the “-ing” things: hiking, fishing, backpacking and hunting (they especially love bow hunting). Isaac enjoys playing guitar and going shooting, and he and Emily try to take an adventurous vacation once a year to a place they haven’t been. They have two fun-loving dogs, Hazelnut and Harley.


What is your name?

Isaac Vehmeier


What would your perfect workday include?

Driving around water sampling/infiltration testing in the beautiful hills of PA.


What is your favorite place in the whole world?

Alaska’s mountains.


What Core Value of JHA most resonates with you, and why?

Empowered with Process. It means we are working to either do things better or do things as efficiently as possible. This includes not having to be micromanaged. Given the tools to succeed and the freedom to use them. Following “the rules” and being able to bend them when necessary.


What is your favorite possession?

My Grestch Electric Guitar.


What is guaranteed to make you laugh?

Two cannibals are eating a clown. One says to the other…Does this taste funny to you?


What is your greatest accomplishment?

Convincing my wife to marry me.

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