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Ted Garrison graduated from Rutgers University in 1970 with a BS in civil engineering and a BA in liberal arts. After spending two years as a lieutenant platoon leader in the U.S. Army, he worked for a large general contractor, the Beck Group. While working for this general contractor, he learned the construction trade from the contractor's perspective. During this tenure, he constructed two major projects—one the 3.5-million-square-foot USAA office building in San Antonio, Texas, the other the 1,200-room Hilton Convention hotel in New Orleans. He ended the hotel project as the project manager. During these projects, he learned the value of working with the owner to deliver the best possible results, which is supported by the fact he was hired by the developer of the Hilton project to manage their construction. [+]