What is the most exciting thing about working in this business?
No two days in this business are alike. While every project comes with the same end goals, each project presents different challenges along the way. There is a sense of pride and accomplishment in seeing something transformed from concept to concrete. It is an honor to help create something that becomes part of the landscape and will likely last longer than I will.
What do you love to do when you aren’t at work? What is your personal passion and why?
I love taking something old and making it new again. Specifically, I enjoy remodeling houses. Taking a property that has great “bones” but has been neglected and creating something fresh and new is my passion. It is amazing to watch the progress and peel back the layers of the decades.
What is your favorite community cause or philanthropic organization to support and why?
My brother-in-law suffers from Multiple Sclerosis. It is such a horrible disease which crosses all segments of the population. I am a cyclist and have ridden in the MS150 from Houston to Austin for several years to raise money and awareness as part of the Race for the Cure.
Who is/was your favorite person you ever worked with and why?
I worked with a Superintendent in Dallas and Ohio for many years. Regardless of the challenge, he never panicked. I saw firsthand how his calm demeanor set the tone for his jobsites and attributed to the success of his projects. In addition, he gave me a lot of valuable career advice early on. He told me that when climbing the career ladder, I would sometimes have to skip rungs to make it to the top, but that I should never claim to have the knowledge of the rungs I skipped.
If you could have lunch with someone, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
My Grandfather, Alva Martin. He was born in 1896 and fought in World War I. He had many stories about his father and grandfather, who fought in the Civil War and how the landscape of America changed with the Industrial Revolution. I wish I had been older and had more time with him.