Herbert Sargent

Herbert R. Sargent has taken the legacy of the family business, founded in 1926 by his grandfather, and continued its tradition of successful project completions. H.E. Sargent, Inc., which started in Maine with an old dump truck and an honest, determined young man, has evolved into a $115-120 million business with the same core set of values. Sargent Corporation, an earthwork firm, specializes in institutional, industrial, and commercial site work, airports; athletic facilities; landfill construction; and highway, public utility, and wind power projects. Herbert R. Sargent, the President, and his team of 400 employees remain committed to excellence, efficiency, and safety. At age 16, Sargent began working summers at his grandfather’s company, where his father, Jim Sargent, served as President. After transitioning to a full-time position at age 20, the junior Sargent rose in the ranks, gaining experience as a laborer, foreman, superintendent, estimator, and project manager. The family sold the firm to a Paris, France, business in 1988, and Jim stayed through the transition until 1989. Herbert R. Sargent left in 1991 to start his own site-preparation company, Sargent & Sargent, purchasing the assets of the original H.E. Sargent, Inc. in 2005. He merged the two businesses, forming Sargent Corporation. Dedicated to running a high-quality business, Sargent Corporation, under the leadership of Herbert R. Sargent, provides not only the latest technologies and best equipment, but also an 85-year history of meeting technical challenges and producing results. The equipment may have changed over the years, from steam shovels and cable-operated bulldozers to a fleet of more than 140 construction vehicles, many equipped with GPS capabilities, but the level of commitment has not. The company shows the same devotion to its employees, providing a wellness program and generous retirement fund contributions. Both personally and through his company, Herbert R. Sargent supports United Way. He also assists the American Heart Association, the American Lung Association, and Citizens For Quality Education Inc. and sits on a number of boards of directors. A member of the Associated Contractors of Maine, Maine Better Transportation Association, and Maine Aggregate Association, he holds private pilot certification with instrument and floatplane ratings. In addition to flying, Sargent enjoys boating, water skiing, and cooking with his family.