What is the most exciting thing about working in this business?
This industry is considered one of the largest industries in the world and is duly responsible for the development and creation of the infrastructure for our cities and towns in this great nation, that’s what excites me the most. However, it was a feeling that was spurred back in the late 1950’s & 60’s when my hometown of Grand Prairie was still considered a small town. After returning home from college, I began working in my uncle and grandfather’s lumber yard, a family business that was established in 1948. While working among these men, the vitality of the industry was ingrained into my very soul. My excitement for the construction industry evolved because of all the changes I have witnessed throughout the years. Construction defined is, “the process, the art or the manner of constructing something”. As “The Life Blood” of our nation, my excitement evolved as I watched the rebirth of my small town of Grand Prairie develop into The City of Grand Prairie.
What is your philosophy about giving back to the community?
When it comes to my philosophy on giving back to the community, I feel that my chosen career in the construction industry aligns with my own aspirations in the fact that I have the skills, knowledge and expertise to be a presence within my community no matter the circumstances. I believe, when we all pull together, we can build great things. I reference, a quote from Oprah Winfrey, “To move forward, you must give back”.
Name a technology innovation that has made an impact in construction or an area where there are opportunities for innovation.
During the nearly 50 years I have worked in the construction industry I have experienced a multitude of innovative products that have influenced the industry. One of the first innovative products began with the first One-Chip Calculator by Texas Instruments which made calculators portable. However, the product that has changed the realm of the industry is the internet and the smart phone. Those innovations allow us to design, build and monitor construction projects from anywhere at any time.
Tell us an awesome fact about yourself or the role you have in the company.
An awesome fact about me justifies my role in the company as well. After playing baseball and basketball for Grand Prairie High School, I was awarded a dual scholarship to Dallas Baptist College. As an athlete, you learn quickly that there is no “I” in team. If you want to win, you better learn how to play the game “together.” That motto has transcended into my work ethic, as a leader you must lead by example. My role in this company is an accolade to my days as an athlete, Together Everyone Achieves More, TEAM. Many of the qualities that are essential in a supervisory role, I learned from my coaches such as, the ability to communicate collaboratively and effectively. In my playbook, communication is key. I have the responsibility of making sure that employees are safe and taking all necessary precautions on the project site. The ability to communicate effectively can save time, energy and money. Another quality that is essential is my ability to adapt, whether I was playing offense or defense, I was still in the game. On a construction job site, change is inevitable. I approach all problems, knowing there is a solution. My coaches were my mentors in life, they taught me the importance of leading by example and valuing your teammates, which is extremely relevant in the workplace. Additionally, I must be approachable with the employees on the job-site, as if I were on the field with my team. These are crucial elements if I intend to give constructive feedback, as well as receive it. The final quality that I gain from my years in sports is a positive spirit. If you do not project the power of positive thinking, do not expect it from those around you. However, I feel the most important element concerning my role in this company is my ability to be “reflective”. At the end of the day, I must be able to look back and reflect on what I did right, what I did wrong and what I must do better, because that’s what makes a good leader, coach, boss or player…great.