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Building upon a century of successful projects
Universal Asset Management (UAM) was founded in 2001 as a Limited Liability Company specializing in the planning, design, and deployment of cutting edge infrastructure technology and an engineering based approach to the management of a wide variety of mechanical and electrical equipment assets. The Founder, President and CEO, Gary Lee P.E., took decades of infrastructure engineering experience and applied those principles to the development of long term asset management programs with extraordinary guarantees in the form of various insurance products.
Having evolved from the century old environmental and civil engineering consulting firm ET Archer, and growing from its technical background, UAM developed a proprietary process (CAPTURE©) to bring the best scientific methodologies and business strategies to the process of maintenance. By partnering with several of the best insurance providers in the business, UAM provides a unique method for controlling costs associated with maintaining equipment of all types.
Today, UAM provides a wide variety of consulting services, comprehensive insurance third party administration services, risk and fixed asset management consultation, energy savings insurance and independent engineering services.
Elmer T. Archer founded ET Archer with a vision of providing electical power to small and mid-size communities in the Midwest. The firm expanded greatly during WWII, but Mr. Archer elected to downsize it afterward to maintain the ideal of a small firm working closely with long term clients.
Willis Lee purchased ET Archer from Mr. Archer and worked with his business partner Elmer West on water system projects in Northern Missouri and Kansas. Over the next 40 years, the firm constructed over 100 water systems in the Midwest.
Gary Lee, Willis‘ son, joined the firm after finishing his second tour of engineering work for the U.S. Public Health Service. Gary was appointed president in 1978, and he expanded the company‘s services in water & wastewater systems and established 9 new offices in Missouri and Kansas.
Gary Lee founded Universal Asset Management with a broader range of services and a focus on total asset management. ET Archer was sold in 2006, and UAM has become a global enterprise with recent projects in Missouri, Australia, Mexico, and Hawaii.
From the days of Mr. E.T. Archer taking a train or horse and buggy rides to council meetings, to UAM pioneering new methods of water system engineering, our firm‘s story has always been one of success. As always, our firm‘s success is embedded in its personnel, the engineers, the technicians, the surveyors, the architects, the support staff that make up the project teams that serve our clients. With our continued influence over our market, UAM‘s reputation as an design and management firm is hinged not only on quality minded professional services, but also on quality execution for our client which will continue to carry UAM‘s success into the next century.
Key Events of Innovation in the History of UAM
1976 - Raymore, Missouri
1979 - Freeman, Missouri
1984 - Germanton, Missouri
1984 - Para, Brazil
1985 - Mexico City, Mexico
1989 - Guatemala City, Guatemala
1990 - Atherton, Missouri
1995 - Duckett Creek Sanitary District, St. Charles, Missouri
1998 - PWSD No. 7, Freeman, Missouri
2000 - Maryville, Missouri
2002 - Zurich North America Insurance, Schaumburg, Illinois
2005 - Sydney Water, Sydney, Australia
2006 - Grove Farms, Kauai, Hawaii
2007 - Hawaii Reserves, Laie, Hawaii
2008 - SAVVIS
2008 - Far West Water and Sewer Inc, Yuma, Arizona
2008 - Marshall Bank
2009 - County of Sandoval, New Mexico
2010 - Skanska, USA
2011 - Avoca, North Carolina
2012 - State of Missouri
2013 - Baja, Mexico