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#Duckumentary - Chris Hallahan

Today we speak with Carpenter Foreman, Chris Hallahan. He was the recipient of the 2019 Edward DeAngelis Leadership Award, an honor that gives special recognition to EDA employees who exemplify the highest standards of excellence in leadership, customer service, teamwork, compassion and generosity.

What did you do before your time with EDA?

I started working residential construction around the age of 15. Summer work quickly turned into hours after school, and before I knew it, I was basically working full time hours while attending (or sleeping through) high school. After I graduated, I knew college wouldn’t be for me and that’s when I found out about the Carpenters Union. I took the test, got a sponsor, and started my career as a carpenter just one year out of high school.

What brought you to the construction industry?

I joke by saying I’ve been a carpenter since I was born. At a young age I took an interest in all thing’s construction. I still have my Fisher Price tool belt that I wore while climbing extension ladders with Uncle Shorty when I was about 6 or 7. Growing up I would build skateboard ramps/rails, BMX jumps, and tree forts in the woods. Most kids my age didn’t play with power tools, but I just always had a knack for it. I was fortunate to have been given this skill, and I knew that’s what I wanted to do in life.

What was your reaction to seeing EDA’s emphasis on culture?

Like most people will say, EDA is very different from other companies in our industry, especially from the field’s perspective. Construction can be a cutthroat industry, and it’s nice to know you are truly valued as a person here at EDA. Naturally at first it was a bit odd, but after a while it really makes you wonder why every company isn’t like this.

How is EDA's culture compared to that of your previous workplaces?

It really doesn’t compare. Sure, other companies have carpenters just like us, and we got along great working with each other. The real difference is that at EDA, you get along with everybody. Ed and the entire Executive Team know each face that works here. At other companies, you wouldn’t even know the owners real name, let alone see him at happy hours or fun events.

What has been the best part about your experience working with EDA?

I honestly feel like most of the time we aren’t even “working”. I wake up and drive to this job site where me and my buddies build an awesome looking building together. The dirty, muddy, grueling work that we go through isn’t all that bad when you’re having fun with the guys you’re doing it with. Like the old saying goes, “if you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life”.

What is your favorite EDA value, and why?

My favorite EDA value would have to be Work Proud. I love pointing out buildings I’ve worked on and jobs I’ve been a part of. If you don’t take pride in your work, then what’s the point of doing it?