“Besides being able to work on a variety of projects that bring new challenges every day, I am able to help younger staff by teaching them what I know. It’s great to be in an environment that invests in mentoring its staff.”
What inspired you to choose your career path?
After high school, I did bridge construction work as a vocation while I was going to college at night. Then, I went to work in the oil industry for a bit but I went back into the construction field after seeing how the testing of concrete and soils was performed. That was the real game changer for me.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
The thing about my job is that I don’t have to sit behind a desk all day and the projects I work on are never boring or ever exactly the same. I like being in the field and working hands on with contractors to show them how a project should be completed and with the right documentation in place. It is also rewarding to mentor younger staff and teaching them what I know.
What are you most passionate about?
When it comes to my job, I’m passionate about making sure we deliver a quality product and making sure the taxpayers get what they are paying for. On the home front, I enjoy spending time with my grandchildren and I’ve taken up zip lining and whitewater river rafting. So far I’ve zip lined in Belize, Colorado, Georgia and Nevada.
What is your greatest challenge?
I have a never-ending to-do list. There’s always a challenge that comes up that needs to be resolved; it’s the nature of the job. I work to prioritize things on the list and put leftover items at the top of the list for the next day.
Name an important "lessons learned" moment you have experienced.
During a discussion with a fellow employee about 20 years ago, he made the statement that “we all have room for improvement in everything that we do.” That statement has always reminded me to try and be as helpful as I can be with clients and co-workers.