LITTLE ROCK — Brock Johnson, CEO and past president of the North Little Rock-based engineering firm Garver, died Tuesday after battling cancer for years, the company said. He was 63.

"Our company has lost a talented and visionary leader who served as an inspiration to everyone around him, and we are deeply saddened by his death," Garver President Dan Williams said on the company’s website.

Johnson was with Garver for 40 years and became CEO in 2003. Earlier this month he presented a resolution to Garver’s board of directors appointing Dan Williams as president, chief operating officer and chairman.

Under Johnson’s leadership, Garver doubled its size in the past five years. In addition to its headquarters in North Little Rock, it now has offices in Fayetteville; Hot Springs; Huntsville, Ala.; Destin, Fla.; Brandon, Miss.; Norman, Okla.; Tulsa, Okla.; Franklin, Tenn; Frisco, Texas; and Houston.

An avid pilot, Johnson was instrumental in developing Garver’s aviation business line. His engineering achievements include much of the infrastructure at the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport in Little Rock.

Johnson also was a cycling advocate and made promoting healthy living part of Garver’s business culture. He led the company to become the first Arkansas engineering firm to earn recognition for being bicycle-friendly.

He is survived by his wife, Paula; and his three children, Katie, Taylor and Sloan.