Greg Liebert’s move from Shelburne to Charlotte was in stages.
First, he moved his boats, then he moved his business, and finally he moved his family.
Now he, his wife Donna, his 13 cars and a variety of other motorized vehicles happily share space with his firm Liebert Engineering.
Now 62, Liebert spent four years in the Army before heading to Villanova University for a degree in mechanical engineering. He subsequently served an additional 18 years in the Pennsylvania National Guard.
Over his career, Liebert has worked in the engineering field, initially in process engineering and machine design for equipment used in chemical processing plants. He shifted gears to consulting engineering with an emphasis on building design and worked as a partner in a large firm in Pennsylvania which had several satellite offices including one in Williston.
The company worked on and off with IBM and Liebert relocated to Vermont in 2000. By
2004, he purchased the business and its assets and renamed it Liebert Engineering. After several years, he decided to strike out on his own, taking the company name with him in 2013.
“It took several years to make that transition to become an independent consultant which is what I’ve been doing,” he said.
These days, Liebert concentrates his efforts on energy consumption reduction, process engineering, problem solving, forensic engineering and expert witness work for litigation. He also helps clients with issues like sick building syndrome and construction deficits. Liebert has two contracts with the military, doing process engineering for an industrial wastewater facility in Florida and a combat vehicle maintenance facility in California.
“My whole career I was never satisfied with doing one type of engineering,” Liebert said. “When I had my business in Williston, I was forced to get into certain boxes and it didn’t suit me so I always had my side practice.”
That side practice made it hard to manage the rest of the company, which is why Liebert chose to set out on his own. “I’m always up for the challenge to do something new and I don’t forget what I learned in the past,” he said. “I always want to add to my portfolio and continue to learn new skills.”
When he’s not working, Liebert’s attention is on his collection of antique cars.
He had been storing some of his vehicles in a barn in Charlotte when he started looking for a location for his business. On a whim, he asked the barn owner if he was interested in selling and then moved first the business, and then his home to that location.
He does auto restoration as a hobby with a preference for American muscle cars from the 60s, 70s and 80s, although he is currently hard at work restoring a 1928 Model A Ford.
Liebert occasionally shows his cars, but says his real reason for restoring them is the joy he gets in driving them.