What does a typical day at work look like for you?
Right now, bouncing between managing the I-480 job that we are doing with Hawkins, reviewing bids, and distributing estimates to the team.
What do you like most about your job?
Reviewing bids and deciding just how aggressive to be.
What aspect of your job do you find the most challenging?
Managing people, it’s a lot harder than managing projects.
How did you get into the heavy highway construction industry?
I took the long way around. In the early 2000s, I moved to Texas and worked in the automobile industry for a few years before moving to New York City and getting my Construction Management degree from NYU in my 30s. I have been with McGill Restoration for six years now.
What is your favorite moment of your career so far? Favorite project?
While I was in New York City, I interned for MTA, the company that inspects the foundation systems in the subway tunnels. I was there when they were building the new World Trade Center and got to be involved with that process.
What are your hopes for our industry?
That the material and labor issues don’t derail the industry.
If you could provide one piece of professional advice, what would it be?
Don’t rush into anything. Make sure you choose the career path you truly want before settling in.
Who has been the most influential person in your career?
Dino, a superintendent of mine in New York. He had a lot of experiences to share with me and really taught me how to survive and thrive in this industry.
What did you want to be when growing up?
What was the first job you ever had?
Worked at a golf course.
Before working at your current company, what was the most unusual or interesting job you have ever had?
Back in New York City, I bartended at a hotel right by Grand Central Station. All kinds of people came through there.
If you could go back and tell your 18-year-old self-one thing, what would it be?
Slow down and appreciate the moments instead of rushing through life.
What is one skill/ability you wish you had?
What is your favorite thing to do on a day off?
Play golf. Thankfully, my seven-year-old enjoys going out so I get to play on the weekends with him.
If you could be anyone (past or present) for just a day, who would you be?