Zach Hammond

What is the most exciting thing about working in this business? What is your professional passion?
The construction industry is fantastic. There is never a dull moment. Through the life cycle of each project, we enjoy the opportunity to work with a wide variety of people, coordinate with the masses, and overcome unique and complex conditions to deliver products that originally started with a client’s vision. It’s a truly amazing process and every project is different. Strong networks are formed because everyone on the team depends on each other to get the job done. The relationships we build during that process are what’s most fulfilling. My passion is working with people to help guide them to become the best possible version of themselves and achieve their goals. I take great pride in that effort out of respect and acknowledgement for everyone who did the same for me.


What is your greatest Suffolk memory?
I am fortunate to have many great memories while with the company. One of my most cherished is the time I spent on the Newbridge on the Charles project when I first started with Suffolk. The 1.1 million square foot assisted living facility was constructed concurrently across the 160-acre campus. Our team was large, the schedule was fast paced, and we had to overcome challenges of all types. Ultimately, the success of the project stemmed from the strength of the relationships we formed internally, as well as with the owner and design team. We all truly enjoyed being together and that created a fun atmosphere of trust and collaboration. The experience left a lasting impression on me. Our teams are more than just co-workers and clients, they become family. 


What is your favorite app and why?
Any news app. The world is a big place. Our global economy and way of life continue to change at an ever-increasing pace. Technology has provided us with the tools to stay more informed. Having a better sense of things in real-time helps me remain in touch and make more informed decisions. Which news sources? Now that’s a different discussion.


What sport did you play and how did it help you professionally?
I played a variety of sports in high school and I played football in college. I’ve always felt that all sports have great lessons that translate to work, but football is unique. It is one of the few sports where you can have the best athletes, but not be guaranteed to win. Raw talent certainly plays a factor, but on the most successful teams I was a part of, all players committed themselves to the success of the team. Everyone had a job to do and that went beyond just showing up for practice and games. It involved year-round training and consistent, focused execution as a group. My experience in athletics taught me about team dynamics, the importance of preparation, and dealing with adversity among other things. These are lessons that I carry with me and utilize every day.


What is your favorite quote?
"It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit." – Harry Truman