How do you explain your profession to people outside of the industry? What do you find most exciting and/or rewarding about this work?

What are the core requirements of your job and how do you measure success?

It is my responsibility to take a project from its inception and work with the design team, client, subcontractors and various other team members to create a physical space that everyone is proud of and generates excitement.

What is one notable professional achievement you've made over the past year that you are most proud of?

I reached my 10 year anniversary with Shawmut over the last year. I have been able to make so many powerful connections over the years and have been able to grow personally as Shawmut continues to thrive.

What professional challenge or failure has stuck with you, and how did you embrace it?

I can’t think of one failure or challenge that has stuck with me but in the construction world, we run into road blocks on a daily basis. Some of these road blocks can lead to schedule delays, cost increases, and strain between clients, vendors and design partners. I have learned over the years that these inevitable issues are sometimes out of your control. It’s all about communication and the ability to lead a team so there are no surprises and everyone is on the same page. Communication is key and is a skill I always am trying to improve.

What trend or technology do you believe will have the most profound impact on your work (and the work of your peers) over the next year?

In construction management, I believe that systems such as Procore and Plangrid are doing a great job trying to implement everything needed to run a successful job within one platform. I believe once we as an industry find a way to implement financials and scheduling, these platforms will make us run more efficiently.

If you could say one thing to your younger self, what would it be?

Take the emotion out of it, don’t sweat the small stuff and always think about the big picture.