How do you explain your profession to people outside of the industry? What do you find most exciting and/or rewarding about this work?
As a project manager, I am responsible for systemizing the predictable and humanizing the exceptional. I take pride in effective people management, which helps me build strong relationships that can influence all parties involved in my projects. My skills allow me to be proactive, responsive when necessary, and effectively address projects’ unforeseen issues when they arise. In my 15 years in this industry, nothing beats seeing my projects come to life after studying and interacting with them on paper for months.
What milestone or accomplishment have you made in your career that you are most proud of?
The accomplishment I am most proud of is being recognized as an asset and contributor in multiple roles: Customer Relations Manager, Call Center, Cost Engineer, Estimator, Project Manager and more. My career evolution has allowed me to become well-rounded, create and implement new processes and train new team members.
What is one notable achievement (personal or professional) that you've made over the past year?
Outside of work this past year, I have spent most of my time as a proud dad to two young and wild boys; an achievement that is worthy of a medal in and of itself some days.
What is a piece of media that has inspired you professionally?
I love reading and listening to leadership and financial podcasts in my free time. However, few things are more impactful and inspiring than the Bible. Colossians 3:23 says “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as though you are working for the Lord and not human masters.” I hope my faith, hard work and love for others are evident when interacting with people in my professional and personal life.
Please share one fun or surprising fact about yourself:
One fun fact about me is that I was a former contestant on ABC’s “The Bachelorette.” This experience has allowed me to build unique relationships and makes for a very interesting story when people ask how I met my wife.