Sean Smith, Partners First Program Manager
What is the most exciting thing about working in this business?
I have been the Partners First Program Manager on a number of projects for The Crowther Group. The most exciting part of my job is coordinating our safety and affirmative action programs. I have had the pleasure of developing, implementing and enforcing policies that impact people’s lives. I work directly with the jobsite personnel to ensure they have proper training and follow accident prevention policies. People are our most important asset, and I am charged to keep them safe and free from harassment and discrimination.
What is your philosophy about giving back to the community?
I grew up in a family of eight girls and worked my way through college as a busboy in restaurants. I understand how important it is to be given an opportunity to learn and succeed so I’m proud of our company’s commitment to giving back to the community – especially in areas that are underserved or lagging in clean, up-to-date facilities. When I see a facility or retail establishment we have renovated, I am proud that people in our community have a new space to enjoy.
Name a technology innovation that has made an impact in construction or an area where there are opportunities for innovation.
As the Partners First Program Manager, I realize innovation and new technologies are all around us. We have training webinars not meetings, we have can access every project file on our smartphones, and tablets to mark-up site plans. When I worked for Coca Cola and Club Corp in my early career there were file cabinets and fax machines. We had a calendar on the wall and a notebook full of addresses—now it’s literally all in the palm of my hand. Our Procore project management software even takes all the information gathered about a given project and translates into reports for our clients. The time that saves us and our clients is amazing!
Tell us an awesome fact about yourself or the role you have in the company.
I grew up in the Bahamas and understand the importance of diversity. My family taught me to inspire people quietly and remember that listening is often more important than offering advice. I have had the opportunity to impress that philosophy upon members of my Crowther Group family, especially as I meet with on-site crew members to make sure all construction workers are following established safety regulations. The other key thing I learned growing up was, the worst thing that happen is you can fail, but you can’t fail or succeed if you don’t try.