At DRMP Since:
- JW Clay Boulevard Streetscape
- NC-119 (U-3109B) Relocation
- W. Mallard Creek Church Road Shared Use Path
“No one works in silos at DRMP. I like that the culture of the firm is built on collaboration. I’m a better engineer because I’ve worked on projects with colleagues from different disciplines.”
What inspired you to choose your career path?
My career path has been unconventional to say the least, but I wouldn’t change a thing. After losing focus during my first stint in college, I worked on a survey field crew for a few years. A couple of Florida summers doing this gave me not only an appreciation for the people who do this every day but also a renewed focus on getting my degree.
Armed with commitment but without money, I enlisted to serve in the U.S. Army as an artillery surveyor and served proudly in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. While stationed at Ft. Riley, Kansas, home of the Big Red One, I deviated slightly by enrolling as a political science major at Kansas State University. Nothing will motivate a person with an aptitude for math, science and analytical skills to stick with a STEM-related major like dipping your big toe in the political science waters. After my service, I completed my degree at the University of Central Florida in 1996 and began my career. Although I originally had a firsthand view of our industry from my father and grandfather who were both career land surveyors, the true inspiration for my career path has always been my fervent desire to solve problems. At an early age and to this day, I see problems as challenges to be unraveled with a combination of often simple and sometimes complex solutions.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
Just as solving problems continues to be my inspiration, my greatest pleasure comes from working with others in developing solutions to those challenges. Everything we do at work is a collaboration of very talented and passionate individuals coming together as a team to mentor, challenge, motivate, and share their talents with one another toward a common goal. Working with colleagues and our clients is an opportunity to learn from and share in successes and failures.
What are you most passionate about?
I am most passionate about my faith and family. I have been richly blessed beyond what I deserve personally and professionally. My wife and kids are my greatest source of courage and who I want to be the most proud of me. I enjoy the times we get to spend together whether it’s a weekend-long swim meet, a dance recital, hiking and biking in the North Carolina mountains, vacationing or relaxing on the porch playing a board game.
What is your greatest challenge?
My greatest personal challenge and goal each day is to be a better man than I was yesterday. Finding the opportunities to improve as a leader, mentor, colleague, consultant, husband, father, and friend are easy, but the implementation is often challenging.
Name an important "lessons learned" moment you have experienced.
Over the years, I have had numerous “lessons learned” moments, but two important lessons resonate with me above all others. First, gratitude and respect are reciprocal – give it abundantly and you will receive it in return. The second lesson learned is that true success only comes if you “dare greatly” with the courage to fail. This was succinctly captured in a book I recently read, Brene Brown’s "Daring Greatly" that uses President Teddy Roosevelt’s famous The Man in the Arena passage as a backdrop.
It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.
- Teddy Roosevelt, April 23, 1910, from the speech “Citizenship in a Republic”