Although it was a few decades ago, Kansas City Field Office (KCFO) Assistant Manager Andy Gibler says that playing football for the University of Missouri and the Cincinnati Bengals taught him how to be a leader.
That strength has come in handy at NNSA when working with his business, facilities and security teams as well as his fellow KCFO senior managers, the contractor that runs Kansas City National Security Campus, other NNSA sites, and Department of Energy headquarters.
“We all believe in our important national security mission but come from diverse backgrounds and experiences,” Gibler said. “It is challenging and rewarding to help everyone work together toward the same overall goals and objectives. Everyone is committed to the mission.”
Gibler started his college career in 1979, playing as a tight end for the University of Missouri football team. In his freshman year, the Tigers won the Hall of Fame Bowl. By the time he left Missouri, Gibler was a record-setting receiver and tight end; one of his records stood for two decades.
The engineering graduate then played professional football for the Cincinnati Bengals alongside well-known pros like Chris Collinsworth and Boomer Esiason. Although he had opportunities to play for other teams, Gibler left after one year to work as an engineer. He worked at McDonnell Douglas, Allied Signal, Burns & McDonnell, and Honeywell before becoming a federal employee at NNSA’s field office in Kansas City.
Now Gibler enjoys the ability to use his people skills — honed on the football field — by talking to people and showing interest in their lives. He played a key role in the 2014 relocation from the Bannister Federal Complex to the Kansas City National Security Campus.
Gibler was also responsible for developing the requirements for the 1.5 million square foot campus. During construction he worked with a myriad of government and private entities to ensure the project met requirements and stayed on budget and on schedule. He is now working to get upgrades and changes done to the manufacturing facility.
His manager, KCFO Site Manager Mark Holecek said, “Andy was the ‘behind-the-scenes’ guy on the relocation. He did an outstanding job making sure we got in. He is the ultimate mediator and is able to take different constituencies and make sure everyone is happy with the end result.
And, while he may not be carrying the football any longer, he is still active. As an avid cyclist, he bikes about 2,400 miles a year and has run in a couple of triathlons.
“The one thing I like about my job is the people. I have a lot of friends here. You can work anywhere but the difference with a great job is the people you get to work with,” Gibler said. “We have really good people here who are dedicated and proud of the work they do for our Nation.”
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