“I like that our leaders at DRMP are approachable and they work for the good of the staff to make sure we have what we need to be successful.”
What inspired you to choose your career path?
To be honest, I kind of fell in to this line of work. As I was preparing to leave the Army, I knew I wanted to do something engineering-related, but wasn't set on the specifics. Through discussions with my sister-in-law and uncle, I learned more about opportunities within the transportation industry. I began my career as a Construction Inspector with the Florida Department of Transportation, which later led to a position with DRMP's CEI Division, where I have remained since 2001.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
Problem solving. Every day there are new challenges and obstacles that need to be addressed for the project to continue and be successful. I have always enjoyed working with the contractor and designers to come up with solutions to unforeseen issues and looking for ways to make the construction more efficient.
What are you most passionate about?
Trying to live a life of purpose.
What is your greatest challenge?
It's hard to say what my greatest challenge is as every project is different and presents its own unique challenges. Sometimes it's resolving constructability and contract-related issues other times it's dealing with third parties (local governments, utilities, businesses, homeowners, etc). The key to both is being proactive and communicative. I have found that, besides maintaining one's integrity, these two activities are the most effective at addressing issues on the projects.
Name an important "lessons learned" moment you have experienced.
Assume nothing. I don't remember a single moment or event that really drove this home, but it seems to be at the root of a lot of issues that come up on projects. Something I always tell my staff is that you either know or you don't know, so never assume. If you don't know and can't find the answer, ask someone.